Crossovers aren't all that uncommon in video games, but they're rarely as satisfying as we want them to be. Sure, it's fun to see Iron Man tussle with Street Fighter's Chun-Li, or watch Mario trade blows with Sonic the Hedgehog, but what would happen if characters from disparate realities just sat down and, y'know, talked? The Poker Night games might be the only ones to answer this question, and the second one has made a pretty slick transition to iOS.
Have you ever wondered what it's like to develop a video game? Building mods or custom maps is an honest way to gain some experience with game development, but doing so requires technical knowledge most people don't possess – or want to spend the hard time learning. Thankfully, a few games over the years have simplified the process through level-editing software. The Perpetual Testing Initiative, a community-generated content add-on for Portal 2, is a really enjoyable, no-fuss way to try your hand at building your own mind-boggling stages.
The rumor mills are heating up as September enters its second half. Next week we expect things to really get hot and the week after that'll be like living on Mercury. We've got a few of these tasty stories, mainly involving a third (possibly fourth?) carrier for the iPhone, as well as some gaming news sure to make at least one reader squee in our hottest stories of the week round up.
Let's face facts, your Mac games rock, but your Windows PC-using friends have pointed out some pretty cool mods and expansion packs for their games over the years.
And they WERE pretty cool.
Moving beyond the fact that both Boot Camp and virtualization programs are out there and you could readily switch over to the Windows partition on your Mac or boot a program like Parallels, Fusion or CrossOver and work with game mods that way, we'd like to offer the following five native Mac OS X games with accessible expansions and downloadable levels, the expansion installations ranging from least to most technical.
Portal 2 is here, it's dark, it's snarky, it's funny, and it's really, really, really hard. To alleviate a few future headaches, we present a walkthrough guide to 10 of Portal 2's toughest levels, complete with screenshots and step-by-step explanations. With any luck, these will help make an amazing game that much better...
Portal 2 has some excellent writing. It's hard to stop laughing everytime GLaDOS says something offensive -- she's all about calling you fat this time around. But the humor doesn't start and end with outstanding dialogue; hundreds of signs littered throughout the various levels contain everything from inside jokes to cupcake recipes. Some of these might contain mild spoilers, so read at your own risk!
As we mentioned in our review, Portal 2 is hard. Like, really hard. But don’t give up just yet, because if you’re consistently hitting snags in the wonderful puzzler, chances are there are a few things you can do to alleviate your periodic portal problems (or the Three P's as they’ve been dubbed...just now). Our six quick tips will help you solve just about any level and turn that SaDOS into a GLaDOS.
Shoot two portals -- enter through one, exit through the other. That’s the main principle of the Portal franchise, and that mockingly simple premise defies the incredibly complex game mechanics in Valve’s second outing with the Portal gun. Plus, this time around you can add motion-detecting turrets, tractor beams, “thermal discouragement beams” (AKA lasers), bridges made of light, and gels that affect your momentum, jump height, and portal placement to the mix. That’s Portal 2.