Portal 2 – Perpetual Testing Initiative – My First Look

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last couple of weeks then you should already know and have played with the new feature that Valve added to Portal 2, the Perpetual Testing Initiative! Ever since they announced this awesome news, I have been wanting to get my hands on it. So, on May 8th they finally released it to the public. It is awesome!

I recorded my first time on it and uploaded it to YouTube for all to see!

The map isn’t brilliant, but its not bad for 25 minutes of work. If I was to do that in Hammer, then it would have taken perhaps a couple of hours to do! So there it is. It’s now out in the wild and people have been mapping like crazy fools over the past 2 days. As I write this, there have been 28,641 maps made.

If you haven’t jumped on the Portal band wagon, then I suggest you do it right now. For the next 12 hours Portal 2 will be £5.09, then will go back up to its usual price of £14.99. If you’[re real smart, then you will also spend an extra £3.40 and get both Portal 1 and 2 together!

If you’re one of those people who need to buy the game on a physical disk, then head on over to Amazon and buy it for £16.00 and free delivery if you live in the UK.

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If you don’t already know, I am an avid fan of the Portal franchise. I love it so much that I have started making maps for it. A lot of the first rooms in the map are where I have been learning the various tools and are as a result, easy. As time progresses with making this map, I hope that at the end of it, people will think that they have downloaded a good and enjoyable map that challenged their cognitive abilities.

I have included some screen shots from the latest rendering of the map below. Any and all feedback is welcomed.

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Portal 2 – Cross Platform Play

If you have missed the big news some how about Portal 2 being cross platform playable, then you seem to have been sleeping in a hole for the past couple of days!

Valve released a press statement yesterday lunch time that they were going to stick to their guns and bring us the best console version of Portal 2 humanly possible. If you buy Portal 2 on the Playstation 3, you will get a free copy of the game to play on the PC and Mac via Valve’s Steam Play initiative.

This is all very exciting and all, but the best news is, that all 3 platforms will be able to play together in a huge Playstation 3 vs PC vs Mac orgy but unfortunately, only a 2 player co-op situation.

Although, you may find this trivial, believe me it’s not! It has opened up the door way for future developers to enable games to be played on all 3 platforms together, which will be very good news for anyone who owns games which support this.

All platforms will be up to date, and all will have equal support for each, which is even better, as consoles are currently favoured over PCs for gaming now days. They get the latest updates and addons way before PC users, so hopfully this will bring gaming back to the PC community!

Original press release below;

PORTAL 2 PLAYSTATION 3 STEAM FEATURES REVEALED

January 18, 2011 — Valve, creators of best-selling game franchises (such as Half-Life and Counter-Strike) and leading technologies (such as Steam and Source), today announced the Steam features shipping with the PlayStation 3 (PS3) version of Portal 2.

Marking the debut of Steam functioning on any next generation console, the features shipping in the PS3 version of Portal 2 include cross platform play (PC/Mac vs. PS3) for multiplayer games, persistent cloud-based storage of PS3 saved games, and cross platform chat (PC/Mac and PS3).

In addition, those who purchase Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 may unlock a Steam Play (PC & Mac) copy of Portal 2 at no additional cost by linking their PSN and Steam accounts.

“We made a promise to gamers at E3 that Portal 2 for the PlayStation 3 would be the best console version of the product,” said Gabe Newell, co-founder and president of Valve. “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.”

“We designed the Portal 2 PS3 experience to be very straightforward for gamers,” said Josh Weier, project lead on Portal 2 at Valve. “PS3 gamers will be able to simply drop the Blu-Ray disc in the PS3, link to their Steam account from inside the game, and all their Steam friends (on PC and Mac) will be visible and accessible for chat and game invites.”

These features are made possible through the use of Steam, Valve’s platform for the delivery and management of games and digital content.

Portal 2 is due for release on the PlayStation 3, PC, Mac and Xbox 360 this April.

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