There are, by and large, two sorts of sequels in the gaming industry: sequels that publishers demand because they are guaranteed hits that will contribute to a company’s bottom line; and sequels that need to be made, that deserve to be developed, because the mechanics, characters, or design of the original game deserve to be fleshed out and appreciated to a degree and scope that the original never allowed for. Portal 2 is the latter, the game that needed to be made, and one that most gamers will want to […]
Independent Portal mapping site Thinking With Portals has teamed up with Valve to run a mapping contest for Portal 2. The top two map designs, judged in a variety of categories, will take home a Portal 2 Gift Pack including signed goodies from the game’s developers, as well as having their maps featured on Valve’s official Portal 2 website. Get mapping, test subjects. Via Portal 2 Blog
By RockyRan Your playable character enters a town, having been brought here due to a severe lack of important questing supplies. You move him from the town’s outskirts to the main center, looking for any sign of a store nearby. You find one in seconds, and instruct your avatar through a clicking command to move that way, open the door, and talk to the shopkeeper. He greets you with a snarky comment about your appearance, which you ignore and proceed through the conversation. A list of conversation options flashes up […]
Game Save Manager does what it says on the tin. It will automatically scan through your save files, back them up, and later on restore them. I would say it’s an essential download for all PC gamers. I’ve only being using it for a short while and have already fallen in love with its feature set.
For many gamers making your own games and turning your ideas into reality is a dream come true. However for many it stays as a dream. Press X or Die plans to rectify this. Over the coming weeks we will highlight some of the tools you can use to turn your ideas into working games. And maybe how to make a little cash along the way. If you feel we’ve missed any tools feel free to share with us. And any readers with knowledge of game creation we’d love to […]
After ten years of Mortal Kombat games that were slowly diminishing the franchise, Ed Boon and cohorts in NetherRealm Studios decided to go back to MK Basics: gore, simplicity and endless entertainment to play with friends. If you enjoyed Mortal Kombat in the ’90s you will fall in love at first round, if not then…just stop reading. This is not Tekken or Street Fighter or anything from the V.S Series, it’s Mortal Kombat so don’t expect anything drastically new to the formula. Does the game stand up on its own […]
Unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past six or seven months then I’m sure you’ve heard about Minecraft, the open world, build anything sandbox game that’s become a phenomenon among gamers, even though it’s still in beta. But while thousands praise it, there are many who aren’t fans of it, myself included, mostly due to the fact that people call it a game when it’s more of a creation tool. A literal sandbox, not a video game in the modern sense. If that sounds like you then […]
There’s a lot of talk about how The Witcher deals with choices. It just so happens that Rock, Paper, Shotgun recently wrote an article on the subject. Though CD Projekt RED STUDIO deserve respect for this aspect of game design, that’s not what I’m going to talk about. While playing through the game for the first time, something happened. Something that got me thinking about RPGs in general. I offended a dwarf. Bear with me while I explain…
You’d have to be living under a rock to remain unaware of the PlayStation Network’s major downtime the past week. But regardless of your current living conditions you’d be forgiven for being none the wiser on the cause; as Sony have been very tight-lipped on the matter.
Youtuber Ashens has uploaded a near 50-minute long review of the Open Pandora handheld-computer. Ashens may be known to some readers for his Yahtzee-style reviews of knock-off consoles such as the Popstation and Vii, well worth watching if you haven’t.
Today, Valve and Sony released details on how the union of PS3 and Steam will go down when Portal 2 releases next week. And to go along with that we have a bunch of screens of the overlay in action.
A review for Hothead Games’ action platformer. A simple summary of the game is that you control creatures known as Swarmites and have to get them to the end of the level while trying to achieve a high score. Sounds pretty familiar, right? Well, the main difference is that you’re controlling 50 of these Swarmites all at once and you’ll find it near impossible to get through a level without a lot of them dying.
This year’s VG BAFTAs (which this is the first year I’ve noticed they’re BAVGAs) was once again hosted by the ever funny and avid gamer Dara O’Brian. He warmed up the night making quips about the magical healing properties of hiding behind a wall, suggesting the inclusion of a zombie mode to FIFA, and questioning the lack of Irish voice-acting, specifically himself, in games. The awards quickly moved on after a brief message for aid to those affected by the Japan quakes.
And hello to Gaikai. The game streaming service from industry veteran David Perry went live beta yesterday with a limited selection of games. The first whispers of the service surfaced around two years ago and for the longest time has been mostly silent, with streaming service OnLive taking most of the spotlight.
French achievement-tracking site “Success Full” have posted what appears to be the full list of Portal 2 Achievements; giving you a glimpse into the story and co-op challenge modes. In the interest of spoilers I suggest you stop reading around about now.