It's been months now since Valve's Steam cloud gaming client has been around for the Mac operating system, and we've noticed a generally happier disposition from the Mac gaming community--especially after they've managed to shoot our faces off in Frag the Editor Friday (never mind the fact that we're having a tough time getting through a whole campaign in Left 4 Dead 2). Valve has announced that Steam's year-over-year user growth has gone up 178% from last year.
Calling all Team Fortress 2 players! And we know there's plenty of you out there because you've managed to kick our butts--repeatedly--in Frag the Editor Friday quite a few times now. Valve has released a new online store, caleed Mann-conomy, that will allow players to buy, trade and customize a ton of inventory items in the game's history, using their Steam Wallets. The Steam Wallets will be accounts that players can add money to--sort of like a gift card.
This morning, Valve announced a new add-on for its immersive, co-op zombie killing game, Left 4 Dead. "The Sacrifice" is due for release on October 5 and will continue to chronicle the struggle between the remaining Left 4 Dead survivors as they make their way to the South. "The Sacrifice" will also introduce a new style of finale gameplay called "Sacrificial Gameplay", where the players can device who will give their life so that other may live.
We love Valve, and we love them even more now that their games are available for us Mac users. But do you know who loves Valve even more than we do? Our sister magazine and cubicle neighbors, PC Gamer. This week, the crew is publishing up six different interviews they've had with the Valve team, with the first discussion in their series detailing the game publisher's strategies for the future, as well as why they've given us hats for our beloved Team Fortress 2 characters (this editor usually plays Pyro).
We've been waiting for this all week. No, really. This teaser trailer shows off the cooperative gameplay abilities of the next Portal iteration. Players can play as different characters and will run through a different storyline than the single player portion of the game.
More details on Portal 2 will be released next week at PAX in Seattle, WA. Check out the video after the cut!
More Portal 2 gameplay footage has been released at Gamescom. The high definition footage includes a first-person view through two of the levels, and a showcase of the game's seemingly realistic mechanics. It also offers a glimpse at two new features, like the Repulsion Gel, which enables you to bounce from any surface, and the Faith Plate. Watching the game almost feels like you're in the backseat of those virtual reality motion rides. Check it out after the cut!
We're anticipating that this puzzler game is going to be as awesome as it's predecessor. And if these teaser images from Gamescom are any indication, we're confident that we won't be let down. All of the photos are from the single player version of Portal 2 and detail the game's beautiful graphics, as well as give a bit of insight into the game's rendering effects. Click the cut to take a look at the photos, and watch footage of Stephen Merchant as Wheatley and Portal 2's rendering effects in motion.
Portal 2 is slated for release February 9th, 2011 for the Mac, PC, Playstation 3 and Xbox 360.
We can't confirm this, nor deny it, but according to Game Informer, Portal 2 is allegedly slated for release on February 9th of next year. Like we said, whether this is true or not is entirely up in the air.
[Update] Valve has gotten back to us and has confirmed that Portal 2 will, indeed, be available through Steam on February 9th, 2011. Now go and mark your calendars.
If you didn't get a chance to play the epic action RPG Torchlight from Runic Games, you might want to hop on that bandwagon right away. The sequel is on its way for Spring 2011 and it'll include all of your favorite elements of fantasy-themed game play, with some added features. Torchlight 2 will include multiplayer game play, customizable characters, an editor that will enable players to create their own mods with their friends, a new user interface, pets a la MMORPG gameplay, and a retirement system that allows players to transfer features and items from "retired" characters to active characters. No word on whether or not the game will be released for Mac OS X alongside the Windows version.
If you like online MMOs, you might be interested to know that City of Heroes is releasing an all new expansion pack later this summer. It's called "Going Rogue" and your player will be able to start out a neutral character and gradually choose his side as he gains levels. The game is available on August 17th. Check out the video below for a quick look into the game's storyline and gameplay.