Tuesday, April 19, 2011

Portal 2 Released Today

"It's been a long time, how have you been?" the mechanically feminine voice of GLaDOS (Genetic Lifeform and Disc Operating System) asks as the camera pans around the wreckage that was left upon you beating the first Portal game. The first teaser trailer for Portal 2 was released mid-2010 and the day has come: Aperature Science is back. I've not yet played the demo, but I'm very excited for Portal 2.

From the Steam Portal 2 store page:
Portal 2 draws from the award-winning formula of innovative gameplay, story, and music that earned the original Portal over 70 industry accolades and created a cult following.

The single-player portion of Portal 2 introduces a cast of dynamic new characters, a host of fresh puzzle elements, and a much larger set of devious test chambers. Players will explore never-before-seen areas of the Aperture Science Labs and be reunited with GLaDOS, the occasionally murderous computer companion who guided them through the original game.

The game’s two-player cooperative mode features its own entirely separate campaign with a unique story, test chambers, and two new player characters. This new mode forces players to reconsider everything they thought they knew about portals. Success will require them to not just act cooperatively, but to think cooperatively.

For those who do not like playing a game alone, Co-Op mode sounds like a really fun and challenging experience. As soon as the game was released last night, MikeB aka Fony from ZAM's BFF Report and Gamebreaker.tv live streamed co-op mode on

his Justin.tv channel.

Portal 2 is available for PC, Xbox 360, and Playstation 3. You can download it on your PC through Valve's Steam client for $49.99.

GLaDOS is still alive. The cake is still a lie. Aperture Science carries on for the good of all of us, except the ones who are dead.

In honor of the Portal 2 launch, here is my song of the day:

"Still Alive" by Johnathan Coulton AMV featuring Azumanga Daioh

You can even drink your own Portal cocktail! Get the recipe at The Drunken Moogle.

Have you played Portal 2 yet? What are your thoughts? Share them in the comments!

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