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A few years ago, Valve Software released an interesting little game called Portal as part of The Orange Box, a game pack which also included the long-awaited Team Fortress 2 and a new episode of their hit Half-Life 2. Portal challenged players to solve puzzles and bypass obstacles in this fresh 3D take on platform puzzle games by taking advantage of the physics that were i ncluded with the Source Engine, enabling players to make holes in space and move objects in the evironment. Many players and critics were pleasantly surprised by the fun challenges Portal offered along with the game's quirky sense of humor and style. Recently, Valve officially unveiled Portal 2 to the world and started sharing information on the upcoming sequel to the surprise hit.
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Preview of the Portal 2 Video Game: Announcements
Portal 2 was officially announced on March 5, 2010. The Portal story continues hundreds of years after the defeat of the twisted GLaDOS in the original game. Players will be returning to Aperture Laboratories to resume the role of the first game’s protagonist, Chell, to be challenged with all new puzzles.
Fortunately for players, the Portal Gun from the original game is also returning to aid in solving those puzzles. In addition to the return of the portal gun, many new environmental objects will be available to players as well, such as Redirection Cubes to alter the path of laser beams. Also being introduced are two types of gels, Propulsion for a speed increase and Repulsion for improved jumping, which can be used on Chell or objects in the environment. A handful of short Portal 2 trailers for the new features can be found at Think With Portals.
Probably one of the biggest new feature coming in Portal 2 is the addition of a co-op play mode. In addition to the single-player mode, players will be able to work together in an alternate story to overcome obstacles in specifically designed extra-difficult levels.
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Preview of the Portal 2 Video Game: Availability
Portal 2 is expected to be released as its own stand-alone game sometime in 2011 for PC, Mac, Playstation 3, and Xbox 360 platforms. It was initially expected to be released during the latter quarter of 2010, but has since been delayed. The PC and Mac versions are slated to be released simultaneously. The Playstation 3 version will come with many of the Steamworks features (auto-updates, downloadable content, and community support) that will be found in the PC and Mac versions.
Portal 2 is highly anticipated and looking to be one of the biggest games of 2011.A preview of the Portal 2 video game was shown at this year's E3 convention which has already earned it praise from critics, as it was the recipient of many “Best of” and “Game of the Show” awards at E3 2010. Check out the Portal 2 game demo trailer at Think With Portals, the official Portal 2 site, to see for your self and to keep up with the latest news on the game.