Portal 2′s Co-Op mode just got a little larger with the release of Valve’s free “Peer Review” DLC, which adds more to the story of Atlas, P-Body, and everyone’s favorite passive-aggressive homicidal AI, GLaDOS.
In addition, the DLC pack adds challenge maps to both single player and co-op, as well as leaderboards so you can show off how great you are. Valve also decided to put Portal 2 on sale on Steam for just $14.99 until October 6th to celebrate, so get it if you don’t have it already.
Have you been hiding under a rock for several years? Perhaps I can suggest you play the fantastic PC/Mac Puzzler Portal, because it’s free now. Atleast for the next 4 days you can pick up Portal on Steam for absolutely free. In case you don’t have Steam you can get it here and not only are you on your way to an amazing puzzler, but you also finally have the best way to buy PC games.
Portal 2 is also available for 30 dollars and just as fantastic and even funnier than the first game so if you like what you see with Portal 1 then you need to pick it up.
Yeah. You read that right. Portal has made a 10 minute speedrun. Considering how long and complex the game usually runs for, this is actually quite an amazing accomplishment. Naturally, there were some glitches that were utilized in the run, but within total use of the actual portal gun capabilities. You can see the full speed-run after the jump.
Portal 2 is fast approaching.. Valve isn’t helping the fan angst by releasing an amazing amount of interesting material that we can’t touch for several months. PAX was no exception. After the jump, check out the new co-op trailer as well as some adorable robot hugging screenshots that Valve is deciding to torture us with.
Portal 2 was recently confirmed at Gamescom for a February 9th, 2011 release date. Today, Valve gave us a little taste of what the 2 player Co-Op mode will look like. It shows a puzzle involving momentum (something that that fans of the original will remember), that would be impossible if not for the synchronization between the two players. In co-op mode, two players will control two different robots who must work together to solve challenges like the one shown. Check out the clip from GameTrailers after the jump.
Valve has confirmed though Gamescon the release date for the long anticipated Portal 2. Portal 2 will be hitting shelves Feburary 9th, 2011. Also confirmed from previous press releases, Portal 2 will be supported on the Playstation 3, and as Valve originally stated, it will be ”the best version on any console”. However, it was also confirmed that Portal 2 will have neither 3D or PlayStation Move support. The game will also launch on the Xbox 360, Mac, PC, and will be released at the same time.
More suprisingly, however, is the direction the voice acting seems to have taken. It was also announced at Gamescon that hit “The Office” actor and writer Stephen Merchant has been selected to voice a “buddy sphere Wheatley” in the upcoming Portal 2.
(Source: CVG & Destructoid)
Valve has just released it’s Mac version of the Steam client from Beta. It is now available to all Mac users. Today Portal is immediately available, as well as Runic Games’ Torchlight, but every Wednesday they will add more games from the massive library of games currently only available on Windows.
The best part about all this is if you already own the Windows version of a game through Steam, then when/if it is built for Mac, you will get it for free. Further, all Mac gamers will be able to play online games, such as the upcoming Team Fortress 2, on the same servers as their Windows comrades.
This holiday season, Portal 2 will be released for both Windows and Mac on the same date, as will all future Valve releases. The updates Source engine should also make it much easier for third-party developers to port their game. Also announced today was a Linux version of Steam in development, bridging the gaming gap between all operating systems.
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UPDATE: Portal is also FREE until May 24th for both Windows and Mac!
Valve announced that Mac users can look forward to playing Team Fortress 2, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal, the Half-Life series, and Counter Strike next month. Valve has announced they will be making steam available to Mac users.
“As we transition from entertainment as a product to entertainment as a service, customers and developers need open, high-quality Internet clients. The Mac is a great platform for entertainment services,” said Gabe Newell, company president of Valve.
The Mac version of steam will have all the features of the PC version in addition to a new one called Steam Play. This new feature allows consumers to download a title for free on the Mac version of Steam if they already purchased it on their PC steam account.
Valve plans on making MAC a “tier-1 platform”. Any titles released in the future by Valve, the first of which to be Portal 2, will be available on Mac the same day as the PC and Xbox 360 versions.
PC and Mac users will be running on the same servers, so PC and Mac users can play together in games like Team Fortress 2 and Left 4 Dead 2. Because of this, Mac users will be getting the same update support that the PC version is getting, so no worries about it falling behind on updates.
Hopefully other developers will follow behind Valve and offer their games for Macs as well via Steam. The more games available the better!
Chances are you have heard of the updates that have been hitting Portal recently. But if you haven’t keeping up with it, here is a quick overview on what has been going on the last few days.
Valve performed a mysterious update on the PC version of Portal that added a new achievement called “Transmission Received” along side a variety of new sound files added to the game. Some of these clips were found included Morse code which translated to
1. interior transmission active external data line active message digest active
5. 9e107d9d372bb6821bd91d3542a419d6 (decoded to “The quick brown fox jumps over the lazy dog”)
12. system data dump active user backup active password backup active
17. beep beeeep beep beep beeeep beeeep beeeep beep beeeep beep beep (decoded to”LOL”)
The other sound files translated into images which you can see in the gallery after the jump.
Using these images fans pulled out the code 9459C6CAC8C203B8128B7CC63068D4FD which is a encoded phone number for a Bulletin Board Service.
This revealed some text and some ASCII art, which can also be seen in the gallery.
The last update changed the ending to portal Portal which you can view after the jump as well.
No one is really sure what all this is pointing to yet, but the first thing that probably comes to mind is Portal 2 possibly being announced somewhat soon.
(Update source: Kotaku)