Valve and Aperture Science have teamed up to bring you, the fans, an exciting video series. And yes, the Aperture we're referring to is of the Portal 2 variety. The release date of the long-anticipated game is fast approaching, and to celebrate Valve is releasing a number of documentary-style videos to promote the game.
The anticipation for Portal 2 is so big, that Valve has just announced commercial tv spots heading to a cable station near you. Don't have cable or a television? No worries, we have it for you right here.
And so is some original music to go with the thing that will destroy your social life and make you forget meals, friends and sleep.
On Friday, Valve announced that an original song by popular recording artist The National will be included in its upcoming game, Portal 2.
Portal 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to the title that earned over 30 Game of the Year Awards in 2007. The sequel adds new characters, game mechanics, and multiplayer co-op to the award-winning formula that made the original a global phenomenon in gaming.
It's only the first day of GDC and already Valve (creator of the Half-Life, Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, and Portal franchises as well as Mac gaming supporter) is rolling out the big announcements. In a somewhat unclear press release sent earlier today, Valve announced plans for something called "Big Picture Mode." How exactly this new mode will work is unclear, but we do know that it is a program designed to allow PC and Mac gamers to play their games through their television (or other computer displays) with controllers.
For gamers everywhere, this is seriously the best Valentine's Day ever. First, Valve officially opens up pre-orders for the die hard Portal fans, and then they release another teaser trailer to warm our hearts and quell the wait for April 18, the official release date. This will be especially comforting for those of us munching on our own drug store purchased box of chocolates tonight. And for those of you sharing today with a loved one, make sure to pass on the trailer and tell them how excited you are to eventually play the game with them co-op when it's eventually released.
Growing up, your toys were cool and you were glad you had them, but your friends always had a cooler toy that you would have killed for. Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises such as Half-Life, Counter-Strike and the Steam online store, appear to have realized this and announced on Tuesday that the the PlayStation 3 version of Portal 2 will include cross platform play capable of communicating with the Mac OS X and Windows versions for multiplayer games, persistent cloud-based storage of saved games, and cross platform chat.
Ladies, gents, countrymen, womanfolk, everyone please lend me your ears. Valve has announced that:
Valve today announced that Portal 2 -- the sequel to the ground-breaking title that won over 30 game of the year awards, despite missing its original ship date -- will now be available the week of April 18th, 2011. This two month slip not only marks the shortest delay in Valve's proud tradition of delays, it represents the approaching convergence of Valve Time and Real Time. Though this convergence spells doom for humanity, it will not affect the new Portal 2 release date.
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!