Budding practitioners of science have created 35,000 maps in Portal 2’s new puzzle maker, The Perpetual Testing Inititive, after it was released on Tuesday. To celebrate this achievement, Valve have cut the price on both Portal 2 and Skyrim, both of which take advantage of the Steam Workshop. That isn’t all that is on offer this weekend though, and we have a full round-up after the jump.Click here to read more...
Portal 2 will be receiving a free DLC pack on May 8th, Valve revealed today. The Perpetual Training initiative acts as a simplified puzzle editor, allowing players to create their own challenges and share them via Steam Workshop. We'll naturally be able to download and rate content from other players, providing yet another reason to keep playing Valve's sensational puzzler.
The Perpetual Training Initiative has only been dated for PC and Mac - console versions haven't yet been announced. With Valve making headlines recently due to scurrilous rumours and intruiging speculation, it's great to see some concrete details emerge from the coy studio - and especially when it concerns awesome free stuff.
Just a quick PSA: the free Peer Review DLC pack for Portal 2 is now available for download (as promised) on Xbox Live, automatic Steam update and the PlayStation Network. The co-op testing track delivers new challenges for P-Body and Atlas, the adorable robotic BFFs from the original cooperative campaign, as well as some singleplayer content and leaderboards.
Note, however, that the content pack weighs in at a massive 1.37 GB. It might be time for a bit of spring hard drive cleaning for console owners.
Portal 2's Aperture testing duo P-Body and Atlas are back on October 4th in a chunk of DLC titled 'Peer Review'. The best part? It's completely free! The add-on will download automatically via Steam on PC and Mac, and will be available on PSN and XBLA starting Tuesday.
Alongside the new co-op testing track, which will see you run into GLaDOS once again, the DLC will offer both singleplayer and co-op Challenge Modes along with Leaderboards.
Get testing on Tuesday!
Our industry is obsessed with sequels. Just look at 2011's upcoming slate, for example; Gears of War 3, Arkham City, Modern Warfare 3, Battlefield 3, Elder Scrolls V. We're not complaining - not now, anyway - but it has made us think; what's the best follow-up yet this generation? We've had a whole host of excellent new IPs and long overdue successors. But what sequel has impressed us the most?
Now, before we dive in, a few ground-rules. First; to make this list, said sequel must follow up a game exclusive to this generation. So the likes of Fable 2 and so on and so forth don't count. Second; this must be the second entry in a series; not a third or a forth. Now we've got that out of the way, let's get cracking shall we!
We'll level with you; Bioshock is nowhere near as good as the original. It doesn't even come close. That said, living up to Irrational's dystopian underwater epic is a tall order. And while developers 2K Marin couldn't quite replicate the same sense of wonder, dread and jaw-dropping spectacle as Levine, they did deliver a solid, polished experience with a surprisingly robust and enjoyable multiplayer component. The created a game that could never really have the same impact, but they certainly made a slicker, smoother, more challenging FPS experience and for that, they should be commended.Click here to read more...
We sort of liked Portal 2 here at Dealspwn; and by 'sort of', I mean we absolutely bloody loved it! Valve's mind-bending, co-operative masterpiece was a tour de force in game design and narrative genius, and so we couldn't be happier to report that it has sold over three million copies since its April release. That's according to Valve's head honcho, Gabe Newell.Click here for more
Valve have gone and announced the release of Portal 2's soundtrack in a three part musical bundle entitled 'Songs To Test By', for absolutely free. Mike Morasky's mechanical masterpiece provided a cracking backdrop for the events of Portal 2 - and were procedurally-generated in the game too, though it's doubtful the soundtrack itself will adapt to your own actual daily life.Click here for more details...
Well, surprise, surprise! LA Noire's jumped straight in at Number 1 in this week's UK Games Charts and my guess is that it'll stay in the top three for at least the next couple of weeks. Rockstar's Detective saga is jam packed full of content and I had a wicked time investigating away and busting criminals over the weekend! That's not to say it's a perfect game by any means, there are a couple of areas that could do with a bit of polish, but it's wonderful to see the story unfold before your eyes.Click here to see who made the Top Ten this week!
When we cornered Valve's Chet Faliszek for an interview at a recent EA Showcase, we were quick to ask him whether the venerable Source engine was finally running out of steam (no pun intended). His answer was that they'd "keep adapting it" to suit their requirements - and Valve have now confirmed that they have no plans to create a new engine in the near future. However, they are apparently keeping an interested eye on the facial animation software displayed by Rockstar's upcoming L.A. Noire. Valve also plan to stay out of the engine licensing race - and we have the full details below.
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Game on! Portal 2 got a big, fat, full ten from us last month, and with good reason. But there were still one or two questions hanging over the game's staying power in the long-term. Now, however, in typical Valve fashion, the doors have been blasted wide open to give folks the chance to create their own fiendishly puzzling testing chambers as well as music, sound effects, skins and character models.