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.
Odds are you're a good person. You go to work, pay your bills, assist the elderly across the street, and get to bed at a reasonable time. So why would you want to be an amazing Renaissance-era assassin, leaping from a nearby rooftop to quickly dispatch your target with concealed wrist blades (or any other weapon), quickly looting the body and escaping without a trace?
Because it would be about the most fun you could have on your Mac.
A quick recap for those of you who haven't been following Valve's awesome video series starring Portal 2's co-op mode characters Atlus and P-Body. Every Monday until the release of Portal 2, Valve will be releasing a new hype/comedy video to promote the game's launch. Today we have the third in this sequence, and it stars the adorable/horrifying turrets of the original game.
We were very impressed by PopCap games huge $200,000 donation to Japan relief with their generous App Store sale earlier this month. However, (even though it's certainly not a competition) we were blown away when Valve announced today that they had raised $300,000 with a recent sale. What's more, the sale isn't even over yet. The items will be availabe for charity until April 6. Let's hit half a million!
According to a press release sent to us by Valve, the company will be switching to the SILK voice codec for providing in-game chat and communication options to its customers. In keeping with its recent attitude towards the Mac gaming community, the upgraded service will be offered to Mac and PC gamers alike.
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.
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.
Valve, creators of gaming staples such as Half-Life, Counter-Strike and the Steam digital storefront, announced on Monday that the company is now accepting pre-orders for Portal 2 via brick-and-mortar retailers, as well as through the Steam interface.
Special pre-order offers vary at participating outlets around the world and include a variety of dollars off and/or exclusive in-game content for those who reserve the game for purchase before it is released the week of April 18. These include $5 off the full price, exclusive in-game skins for the co-op bots (Atlas and P-body), and more.
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.