The long awaited DLC for Portal 2 is almost here!! There’s a new test track for those of you who want to revisit Atlas and P-Body, as well as a challenge mode for both co-op and single player. The DLC will be out next week for PC, Mac, PS3, and Xbox 360.
Mortal Kombat and SOCOM 4 are releasing today but let’s not forget about Portal 2, the game is releasing on Mac, PC, PS3, and 360 with the PS3 version getting some cool multi-platform network stuff detailed a few days ago. People who have played the original version are huge fans and the second one is bound to blow peoples minds too, so tell us if you like this game if you got it already!
For those who are unaware, a while back Valve announced that they are bringing their Steam service to PSN. This means both Steam and the PSN services will operate side-by-side while you are playing your PS3 for a better gaming experience. For those of you who don’t know what Steam is, it is one of the Mac/PC’s biggest online gaming services and you will be able to soon access some steam information through your PS3 while playing this game. Valve has not confirmed all of the available features for Steam through PS3 until now though. Steam on PS3 will have the following features while you play Portal
- Cross-platform (PS3 & PC) matchmaking and gameplay.
- Access to steam friends and chat.
- Steam achievements will be awarded along with PSN trophies.
- Ability to save co-op and save game progress to Steam Cloud.
- You can access to Steam overlay to send messages, view friends, etc…
When Valve said that the PS3 version of Portal 2 would be superior to the 360 version, they weren’t lying! Valve was recently able to finally confirm that Portal 2′s online features will be cross-play through Steam with the PS3, PC, and Mac all connected so gamers on the PC can actually play with PSN users, for example. This is huge as I don’t believe it has ever been done before.
Valve also confirmed persistent cloud based PS3 save data storage along with communication through steam within all systems. PS3 physical copies of Portal 2 will also have “Steam Play”, which is apparently a code that gives you a key to download the Mac and PC version of Portal 2 off of the Steam Store! Valve also plans to push the Steam features to future games later down the line too.
“We made a promise to gamers at E3 that Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 would be the best console version of the product … Working together with Sony we have identified a set of features we believe are very compelling to gamers. We hope to expand upon the foundation being laid in Portal 2 with more Steam features and functionality in DLC and future content releases,” stated Gabe Newell, head of Valve.
Look out for portal 2 on April 18th in North America and Europe on April 22nd!
Valve has announced today that the highly anticipated Portal 2 will be getting a delay and will be releasing now on PC, MAC, PS3, and 360 on April 20th, 2011 in North America, and April 22, 2011 in Europe. Valve calls this delay “the shortest delay in Valve history,” to somehow calm the peoples nerves while waiting for this.
Portal 2 was originally slated for a release this Christmas season but then it was moved to February 9th of 2011 and then to April of next year which is the official release date now. I’m pretty sure this game will be well worth the wait now.
So above is a trailer that was shown at Gamescom a few days ago but just now hit the web in its nice clean digital format, so enjoy the near four minutes of gameplay in Portal 2, your character is being led by Wheatley, the floating orb that we saw in the E3 trailer.
In other news, a co-op mode has been announced for Portal 2, that follows two robots in Aperture Labs in an entirely different campaign from the single-player one, it’s supposed to be as long as the single-player campaign also. Not to mention that the single-player campaign in targeted to be twice as long as the first Portal. Valve also said that they plan on doing cross-game play between steam users and PSN users for Portal 2′s online if everything goes as they plan.
Well look what we have here. It looks like Vaulve has forgotten about their past predjudices about the PlayStation 3 platform and gone full-steam-ahead into making “Portal 2 on the PS3, the best experience out of all the platforms.” Perhaps integrating Steam features as well as Cross Platform support with PC, will definably fulfill that statement.
“Head to head or co-op cross pollination” say developers
Though Steamworks isn’t being allowed anywhere near the 360, for the time being, PC and PS3 owners will at least get to play together – or fight with each other in Portal 2.
Valve has been trying to finalise netcode to enable steamworks to effectively cross pollinate online game play between console and PC. This is no new idea, but if all goes well it will be one of the first games to use the feauture. It looks like it may join the ranks of DC Universe Online, The Agency, and Free Realms, in Cross Platform gaming.
This is a pleasant surprise. Portal, which was an experimental game packaged in with The Orange Box is receiving a full-fledged sequel. Valve is responsible for some of the most highly acclaimed shooters, such as Team Fortress and Half-Life and inspired the majority of developers who are making games today. I anticipate this to open up doors to similar games.
Here are the winners of last night’s Game Developers Choice Awards. It’s no surprise that Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim won game of the year as many continued to play it well into 2012. The full list of award winners is after the jump.
The Game Developer Choice Awards is probably the best award show in gaming. It’s an honor for a developer to earn an award because the voting is done entirely by their peers. Some of 2011′s biggest games will be on display like Skyrim and Uncharted, but smaller download only Bastion has also earned five nominations. In addition to the actual video game awards, the GDCA also recognizes important people in the industry with the Lifetime Achievement Award, Pioneer Award, and the Ambassador Award. This will be the 12th annual GDC Award ceremony being held in San Francisco March 7, 2012.