Posts Tagged ‘Valve’

Portal: Prelude, An Unofficial Prequel

September 18, 2008

Video game modifications sure are something, aren’t they? The Unreal Tournament series, as well as Half-Life 2 have had some amazing mods, but Portal: Prelude raises the bar to a whole new level.

Portal: Still Alive was unveiled at Microsoft’s E3 2008 press conference, but that will not continue the story and will have miniscule new content. Hardcore Portal fans need a big experience to tide them over until Portal 2 is released, and that is just what Prelude will deliver.

While this may not be an official release from Valve, it will actually be longer than the original Portal, and have it’s own story-line, in which test subjects are observed by Aperture Science employees, meaning it is the pre-GLaDOS era. A main team of three people are developing the game, which will include “8 chapters, 19 test chambers, 48 challenges, 6 advanced maps,” already more than the original game, “and more than 400 lines of speech.” The game will only be available for PC Portal owners, but the soon-to-come download is said to be free. GLaDOS? No. Amazing offer? Yes! 

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Update: Left 4 Dead Heading To PS3

August 5, 2008

Remember that article about Offical PlayStation Magazine saying that Left 4 Dead would be coming to PS3? Apparently, that was incorrect. Valve’s Doug Lombardi denied the rumor by saying, “There is no PS3 version of Left 4 Dead currently in production.” The key word there is currently. Are they working on it now? No. Could it be done in the future? Yes. As for now, 360 owners can continue to rub it in PS3 owner’s faces.

via IGN

Left 4 Dead Heading To PS3

August 3, 2008

The newest copy of Official Playstation Magazine revealed quite a shocker. Valve’s upcoming zombie shooter, Left 4 Dead, was said to be a 360/PC exclusive. Microsoft stole Final Fantasy XIII, so Sony is taking this. These two bombshells aren’t exactly on the same level, but PS3 fanboys can finally take the knife out of their back and gently poke the backs of 360 fanboys.

This title will be a collaboration between EA and Valve, but EA will be leading the port. The last Valve/EA partnership created The Orange Box for the PS3, which apparently had many problems. If this port is as bad as the first, I can see Gabe Newell pimp-slapping John Riccitiello.

via Kotaku

Doug Lombardi Gives Portal: Still Alive Details

July 18, 2008

OXM hosted an interview with Valve’s Doug Lombardi and got him to shed some light on their Portal XBLA. Lombardi said “It’s just a series of new challenges,” which most likely means a full length Portal 2 is in the works. Valve wants the game to be “another way for people to experience Portal, without having to buy the full Orange Box.” One sad bit of news, is that everyone’s favorite robot, GLaDOS, will not be featured. They didn’t want to create more dialogue that might mess up the story. Again, Portal 2, in the works. GLaDOS or no GLaDOS, Portal: Still Alive is a must-download. My brain is almost completely melted by summer freedom.

GLaDOS Is Back

July 14, 2008

Perhaps the most innovative game of last year, I can’t think of anyone who wouldn’t want to see Portal return. Obviously, the crowd at Microsoft’s press event love it; a unanimous cheer filled the room as soon as the computerized voice was heard. Portal: Still Alive is a Xbox Live Arcade exclusive and I can’t wait. Luckily, the wait won’t be that long, because Valve is currently looking at a Fall release date. Whether or not this is an actual sequel or a filler game is unknown, but I don’t care either way. Containing downloadable levels and achievements, this game is a must-buy (for me at least).

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