Episode 64 - Portal 2
The game that started off as a simple Half-Life 2 mod and earned its way to Game of the Year 2007 has just released it's follow up, Portal 2. In today's BFF Report, Mike B shows us some of the newest additions to the game, with focus primarily on the games biggest feature, co-op.

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138BFF Report - Ep 138 - PanzarPanzar is a free-to-play, team-based, third-person action game in the spirit of modern competitive multiplayer games.137BFF Report - Ep 137 - Shootmania StormShootMania the FPS “Powered By Players” ShootMania Storm is revolutionizing the multiplayer FPS by adding a community dimension and unlimited replayability. Developed by the Nadeo studio, renowned for community racing game, TrackMania, ShootMania Storm boasts quick-fire matches and epic battles, where only your talent will distinguish...136BFF Report - Ep 136 - DefianceJoin the futuristic online open-world shooter where thousands of players scour a transformed Earth competing for alien technology. Hunt alone or with others as you improve your skills and level up, unlocking powerful weapons that will help you survive the massive battles that await.135BFF Report - Ep 135 - BioShock InfiniteA first person shooter set in 1912 where players assume the role of former Pinkerton agent Booker DeWitt, sent to the flying city of Columbia on a rescue mission.134BFF Report - Ep 134 - Trials Evolution Gold (PC)Trials Evolution: Gold Edition marks the Trials franchise’s triumphant return to the PC gaming platform. RedLynx’s signature franchise, the Trials series first made its mark in gaming with the 2008 release of Trials 2 SE for the PC.133BFF Report - Ep 133 - Tomb RaiderTomb Raider explores the intense and gritty origin story of Lara Croft and her ascent from a young woman to a hardened survivor. Armed only with raw instincts and the ability to push beyond the limits of human endurance, Lara must fight to unravel the dark history of a forgotten island to escape its relentless hold.132BFF Report - Ep 132 - Age of WushuMike B takes a look at the latest action sandbox MMORPG from Snail Games, Age of Wushu.131BFF Report - Ep 131 - Crysis 3Crysis 3! Use the enhanced Nanosuit to Assess, Adapt, and Attack every situation and experience tactical freedom.. or.. you know.. just use stealth and bow it up for 8 hours.130BFF Report - Ep 130 - Path of ExileAre we ready for yet another ARPG? Well, Path of Exile from Grinding Gear Games just went open beta and Mike B is here to give us the breakdown.129BFF Report - Ep 129 - Warframe BetaMike B jumps into closed beta for the space-ninja PVE shooter from Digital Extremes, Warframe.128BFF Report - Ep 128 - Top 5 Most Controversial Games of 2012Mike B wraps the Top 5 Most Controversial Games of 2012, did your favorite game make the list?127BFF Report - Ep 127 - Turtle Beach SpecialMike B showcases the Turtle Beach 2012 headset line.. just in time for Christmas!126BFF Report - Ep 126 - Planetside 2Mike B revisits Planetside 2 post-launch to review the current state of the game and to give us his thoughts on the game's cash shop.125BFF Report - Ep 125 - HawkenMike B takes a look at the fast paced Mech FPS, Hawken, in today's BFF Report.124BFF Report - Ep 124 - Natural Selection 2The highly anticipated indie title, Natural Selection 2, blends RTS and FPS in a way not seen in many franchises. Did it pull it off?123BFF Report - Ep 123 - Happy WarsMike B takes a look at the first free-to-play game released on the XBox Live Arcade in this week's BFF Report.122BFF Report - Ep 122 - Torchlight 2Today on the BFF Report, Mike B checks out the latest installment in the Torchlight series and shows you how modding done right can give a game endless replay value.121BFF Report - Ep 121 - RavagedMike B takes a look at the post apocalyptic shooter, Ravaged. Funded by Kickstarter and developed by indie studio 2 Dawn Games, Ravaged brings chaotic and skill based gameplay to the FPS genre.120BFF Report - Ep 120 - Planetside 2 Beta ImpressionsMike B gives us his initial impressions and brief general overview of some of the mechanics and functions of Planetside 2.119BFF Report - Ep 119 - Gunnar GlassesMike B takes a look at, or rather, through Gunnar's Technology Eyewear. Do they deliver on the hype that surrounds them?118BFF Report - Ep 118 - AirMechMike B takes a look at the latest RTS/MOBA/Action Shooter hybrid, AirMech, and tries to pinpoint why it's yet to take off.117BFF Report - Ep 117 - Bullet RunMike B takes a look at the latest free to play shooter from SOE, Bullet Run.116BFF Report - Ep 116 - The Secret World (Part 2)In the second and final part of his coverage of The Secret World, Mike B takes a look at PvP, missions, and the dangers of wild goose chases?115BFF Report - Ep 115 - The Secret WorldThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B gets a good look at the mysterious universe of Funcom's The Secret World.114BFF Report - Ep 114 - DrakensangThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest browser based free to play massively multiplayer online action role playing game from Bigpoint, Drakensang.113BFF Report - Ep 113 - Quantum ConundrumMike B takes a look at Quantum Conundrum, the latest from Portal creator, Kim Swift.112BFF Report - Ep 112 - SMITEHi-Rez is taking on the MOBA genre by fusing the familiar feel of a third person RPG and the gameplay functions of the action RTS. Mike B takes the challenge to see if this combination will work in today's BFF Report.111BFF Report - Ep 111 - KraterPer the fans request, Mike B takes a look at the post-apoc squad based action role playing dungeon crawler (PASBARPDC for short), Krater.110BFF Report - Ep 110 - ARMA 2: DayZ modThis week, Mike B takes a closer look at the hottest mod out for ARMA 2, DayZ.109BFF Report - Ep 109 - Portal 2 Community MapsMike B may be on vacation, but that doesn't mean work stops! Today's BFF Report is covering the latest addon to Portal 2 community which allows the players to create their own puzzles.. you know what? Just watch..108BFF Report - Ep 108 - Family Guy OnlineEvery so often an interesting case comes across the desk of Senior Vice Detective of Internal Operations and Current Affairs Echelon Spec 7 Mike B, and Family Guy Online certainly qualifies itself as a game that might just be hitting all the right points..107BFF Report - Ep 107 - Trials EvolutionThis week Mike B takes a look at the latest couch console commander title, Trials Evolution. With the undeniably insane track customization and irresistible replay value, is there any question that this game is worth the $15?106BFF Report - Ep 106 - TERA OnlineThe highly controversial game from Korea's Bluehole Studio has made it's way around the world courtesy of En Masse Entertainment and Frogster. Our own Mike B has spent the past few months in various betas collecting more information than he could squeeze into today's massive 25 minute BFF Report. Does TERA make the cut?105BFF Report - Ep 105 - Legend of GrimrockLegend of Grimrock is bringing back the funk with it's true-to-origin dungeon crawler design. For all the fans of Might and Magic, Eye of the Beholder and that one person who played Scarab of Ra, this game might be the throwback you were looking for.104BFF Report - Ep 104 - WoW MoP: Pandas, Pandas EverywhereThis week Mike B takes an extended look at some of what is in store for players with the next expansion for World of Warcraft, Mists of Pandaria.103BFF Report - Ep 103 - Modern Combat 3 (Mobile MW3)Gameloft, the creators of Order and Chaos (Mobile MMORPG), have set a pretty high bar with their entry into the mobile FPS market, Modern Combat 3. Mike B gives us a breakdown of the mechanics and features available in this impressive app.102BFF Report - Ep 102 - Realm of the Mad GodWith its recent Steam debut, Realm of the Mad God is making headway in the mainstream. Mike B takes a look through it see if its worth a click.101BFF Report - Ep 101 - Mass Effect 3 Co-opWe all knew that there would be a co-op system included in Mass Effect 3, but what we didn't know was the amount of depth and progression that was going to be included. Even Mass Effect franchise fan Mike B was a skeptic, as the game had always thrived on it's single player elements. So, this week on the BFF Report, our host will be covering several of the backend elements as well as the combat system changes that Bioware will be bringing us come the 6th.100BFF Report - Ep 100 - Guild Wars 2The NDA has dropped, the green flag goes up, and Mike B delivers with his 100th episode of the BFF Report! Today he gives us two shows worth of content on Arenanet's Guild Wars 2!99BFF Report - Ep 99 - RIFT Mobile App + Valentine's Day SpecialThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the new RIFT Mobile App and then hops in-game to marry some guy to support TRION's entry into the Guinness Book of World Records.98BFF Report - Ep 98 - Turtle Beach Earforce z6a HeadsetHaving never done a BFF Report on a piece of hardware, Mike B gives a BFF style review of the latest tech from Turtle Beach, the Earforce z6a headset.97BFF Report - Ep 97 - Kingdoms of Amalur: ReckoningThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a run through Kingdom of Amalur: Reckoning.96BFF Report - Ep 96 - Trine 2This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest puzzle/platformer from Frozenbyte, Trine 2.95BFF Report - Top 5 Most Controversial Games of 2011Mike B aka Fony wraps up 2011 with his list of the most controversial games of the year! You may be surprised to see who made the list and more importantly, why!94BFF Report - Ep 94 - RIP Lego UniverseFrom time to time Mike B will take a look at an older game in the MMO genre, but this week we have, what was previously, a shelved episode for the soon to be shelved game, Lego Universe.93BFF Report - Ep 93 - RIFT Holiday EventsThis week Mike B is tasked with exploring the Fae Yule holiday events in RIFT.92BFF Report - Ep 92 - Star Wars: The Old Republic (part 3)This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a final look at Bioware's first MMORPG, Star Wars: The Old Republic. The focus of this episode will be PvP and Warzones.91BFF Report - Ep 91 - Star Wars: The Old Republic (part 2)Mike B is back to continue his coverage of the upcoming MMO, Star Wars: The Old Republic. This week, he focuses on flashpoints and reflects back on his thoughts on questing.90BFF Report - Ep 90 - Star Wars: The Old Republic (part 1)The most anticipated MMO of 2011 is finally here, and our own Mike B aka Fony is here to break down his adventures in beta for us.89BFF Report - Ep 89 - Tribes Ascend (Beta)This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest from Hi-Rez, Tribes: Ascend. Yes, THAT Tribes.88BFF Report - Ep 88 - DOTA 2 PreviewThis week, Mike B takes a look at Valve's latest contribution to the MOBA market, DOTA 2.87Episode 87 - WoW 4.3 PreviewThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a brief look at some of the new features/dungeons coming in 4.3!86BFF Report - Ep 86 - Mists of John MaddenHours away from heading out to Blizzcon, Mike B takes a moment to speculate on the latest "leaks" regarding the next World of Warcraft expansion..85Episode 85 - Orcs Must Die!Orcs Must Die is the latest in a short line of action tower defense games, and Mike B is here to break it down in this week's BFF Report.84Episode 84 - Dark SoulsThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B gets a last minute assignment change to cover Dark Souls. He doesn't seem too stoked about it..83Episode 83 - League of Legends (Dominion)This week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at League of Legends and their latest game mode, Dominion.82Episode 82 - Diablo 3 BetaMike B has managed to get into the Diablo 3 beta and has put together a brief overview of some of the systems currently in place. He also discovers what he considers some rather curious design flaws involving the new stat/skill system and, in true BFF Report format, demonstrates them accordingly.81Episode 81 - Quick Guide to Minecraft 1.8With 1.8 dropping at the last second, Mike B drops everything to give us a quick guide to some of the many changes that went in. He also points out a few engine changes that could have adverse effects on some of you miners..80Episode 80 - Minecraft Inspired GamesThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the handful of available voxel-based sandbox, or "Minecraft inspired," titles currently available on the XBOX Indie Arcade.79Episode 79 - From DustIn this week's BFF Report, Mike B aka Fony takes a look at the Ubisoft's controversial release, From Dust.78Episode 78 - Gamescom 2011Gamescom 2011 is all the talk this week, and Mike B is going to breakdown some of highlights from the event thus far.77Episode 77 - Cthulhu Saves the WorldWhat is this 16bit throwback JRPG parody game doing in my stream? Well, according to Mike B, this is the hottest thing for less than a Big Gulp/corndog combo on the market right now..76Episode 76 - Rusty HeartsThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B checks out Rusty Hearts, a Beat'em Up MMORPG from Perfect World Entertainment.75Episode 75 - Dragon NestThis week Mike B gives a first impressions look at the latest MMO from Nexon.74Episode 74 - Age of Conan: UnchainedIn this week's BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the newest edition to the converted-to-F2P family, Age of Conan: Unchained.73Episode 73 - APB ReloadedThis week on the BFF Report, Mike B takes another look at the newly relaunched (beta) APB Reloaded.72Episode 72 - Team Fortress 2Team Fortress 2 is the latest F2P conversion in the Massively Multiplayer Online Hat Collection Game genre... I don't even think I need to finish this description after that, tbh.71Episode 71 - Duke Nukem ForeverThe reviews for DNF are rolling in and, for the most part, it's not good. Expecting a less than stellar release, Mike B gets his hands on the game to break down what exactly went wrong, what managed to work, and then shows us it's predecessor to draw comparisons.70Episode 70 - WoW 4.2: FirelandsThe 'big' 4.2 is right around the corner and Mike B aka Fony is here to provide us with a guide to some of the newest questlines and PvP changes.69Episode 69 - The Witcher 2In this week's BFF Report, our host breaks down the latest hack n' slash RPG, The Witcher 2. Attempting to keep the review of the M rated game as close to PG-13 as possible, he's able to give an in-depth assessment of the many unassuming assets associated with the carefully assembled assault of assorted assailants.68Episode 68 - L.A. NoireIn true BFFR fashion, Mike B steps into the latest release from Rockstar Games and pokes around the edges to see what makes this game 1940's open world adventure work, and what doesn't. (Mild) Spoilers incoming!67Episode 67 - Spiral KnightsSpiral Knights is a recently released java based hack n' slash/dungeon crawler. And while it wouldn't normally be something on Mike B's radar, you, the viewers sent in an overwhelming number of requests for an episode covering this latest installment from Three Rings and Sega.66Episode 66 - Order & Chaos (iPad MMO)Having recently rigged his iPad for outbound recording, Mike B jumps right into the latest MMORPG offerings from the mobile world, Order & Chaos. It has been mentioned by many forum-goers that this game feels 'inspired by' World of Warcraft, but do those observations have any merit? Watch and decide for yourself...65Episode 65 - RequiemIn today's episode of the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at a game that's been passed around more than.. well lets just say it has a mature rating and go from there.64Episode 64 - Portal 2The game that started off as a simple Half-Life 2 mod and earned its way to Game of the Year 2007 has just released it's follow up, Portal 2. In today's BFF Report, Mike B shows us some of the newest additions to the game, with focus primarily on the games biggest feature, co-op.63Episode 63 - Black ProphecyIn this episode of the BFF Report, Mike B takes a look at the latest F2P installment from Gamigo Games, Black Prophecy. The action MMORPG focuses focuses on space combat and little else, but does it have enough to maintain a solid footing against other contenders for the space MMO genre? ;62Episode 62 - Mass Effect 2: The ArrivalBioware's Mass Effect 2 has bestowed upon us it's final piece of DLC. "The Arrival" is said to be the bridge between this and the upcoming third installment in the franchise, Mass Effect 3. Is it a worthy cap to this award winning game? Let's find out...61Episode 61 - DarksporeMaxis has taken it's Spore brainstorming sketchbook and developed their co-op action-RPG title, Darkspore. At a glance it may feel like other titles currently on the market, is it though? Mike B brings us the full report... ;60Episode 60 - Gods and HeroesIt's not often you see a full blown Roman mythology based MMORPG, and Mike B seems to think that this is the angle Heatwave Interactive is going for. But, with the inclusion of old fiction and magic, wouldn't this go into the 'Fantasy MMO' bucket? With the game still in beta, Mike B dives in to see if G&H has what it takes to compete in today's crowded MMO market.59Episode 59 - EverquestIn the first special edition "classic" BFF Report, Mike B aka Fony takes us on a trip through the original Everquest. ;58Episode 58 - WoW - Zul'Gurub 2.0The first chunk of 4.1 is on the PTR and with it comes Zul'Gurub and Zul'Aman. These two classic dungeons have been retooled for Cataclysm, and Fony has managed to check out the first of the two available for testing, ZG. Is this just another case of rehashing content to fill space? Watch and find out..57Episode 57 - Battlestar Galactica OnlineSeveral years ago, a guy with too much time on his hands successfully coded Quake to work within any Java enabled browser. Up to that point, the most impressive games "playable at work" ranged from N-Game to Farmville. Bigpoint is hoping to raise the bar even higher with their upcoming release, Battlestar Galactica Online. Did they pull it off?56Episode 56 - RIFT (Dungeon Guide)In the third installment of the BFF Report's coverage of Trion's debut title, Mike B gives us a walkthrough style first look at the first 3 dungeons available in RIFT. Are you RIFTing br0?55Episode 55 - StarCraft 2 Custom MapsWhat do you get when you mix Bejeweled, Left4Dead, Iron Chef, and a ChinHawk with Starcraft 2? A pretty sweet set of official custom maps and today's episode of the BFF Report!54Episode 54 - RIFT: Warfronts (PVP)Player vs. player combat in any MMO is a complicated system to balance for developers. Besides the various character classes, there is the meticulous, and crucial element of the board itself in which the combat takes place. In today's episode, Mike B gives us the run down on RIFT's own PvP battleground system: Warfronts.53Episode 53 - DC Universe Online (part 2)In the highly anticipated follow up to part 1 of Mike B's DC Universe Online coverage, we get an in depth look at the game's various facets of gameplay: questing, pvp, co-op instances, and.. Black Dynamite?52Episode 52 - RIFT (part 1)In today's episode of the BFF Report, Mike B gives us the basics on how to get going in the world of Telara. With RIFT scheduled for release on March 1st, 2011, there is plenty of time to get as much information out there as possible, and it seems that Fony is planning on doing just that. Is RIFT on your radar?51Episode 51 - DC Universe OnlineWe are quickly approaching DC Universe Online's release date, and luckily Mike B was able to get into the beta to get the full report! What's that? It's not a full report? What happ...uh oh..50Episode 50 - Top 5 Controversial Games of 2010Fifty episodes of the BFF Report and it just happens to arrive just in time for a good ol' 2010 wrap up! In today's episode, Mike B goes over some of the games he's reviewed in the past and picks out some of the most controversial pieces in this year capping countdown. Did your favorite make the list?49Episode 49 - Bloodline ChampionsIn this week's episode of the BFF Report, Mike B takes a closer look at one of the more unique additions to the Massively Online Battle Arena genre, Bloodline Champions. Will the latest from Funcom provide the twist that gamers are looking for in a genre with such deep running roots? Does Mike B really do the show with no pants on? Watch and find out...48Episode 48 - Cataclysm - Beyond 80 (part 2)Last week Mike B brought you coverage of one of the newest Cataclysm zones, Vashj'ir. This week, he brings you highlights from his journey through the center of the world (of Warcraft), Deepholm. Yes, there will be more Neverending Story references, but we can blame Blizzard for that. ;47Episode 47 - Cataclysm - Beyond 80 (part 1)The Shattering is live, and Old Blanchy is dead. Millions of players in Azeroth are adapting to the world reshaped by the black wyrm, Deathwing. The ability to experience the new leveling zones, previously covered in the BFF Report, is available for play, but what about what lies beyond the cap? ;46Episode 46 - Cataclysm - Horde Starting ZonesFollowing up on last week's Alliance starting zone review, Fony has delivered a shiny new BFF Report FOR THE HORDE (cwutidid?). In this episode, we get the inside scoop on each race, some funky beta bugs and the best FREE companion pet.. Darnell. ;45Episode 45 - Cataclysm - Alliance Starting ZonesWe know that the decision to re-roll is a tough one, and unless there's an OP racial involved, or some shiny new race, having to grind through the same old content is rough. The expansion is a month out, the leveling experience has been almost completely revamped, but where do you start? Thankfully Mike B is here to do all the grunt work and assist you in making that decision..44Episode 44 - World of TanksOn his way out to BlizzCon 2010, Fony was kind enough to drop us this week's BFF Report covering WORLD OF TANKS. He got a chance to sample some of the vehicle classes and also breaks down the gameplay and progression aspect for us. Does this game deliver in the "OMGFREAKINTANKSWOOO" department? Yes, but does it deliver in fun and replayability? Let's find out...43Episode 43 - WoW 4.0.1Fresh off the GDC boat, Fony is slammed with the sudden release of 4.0.1 on the live servers. So, to help you prepare for Cataclysm, he has put together a video checklist of some of the basic changes that have been implemented. He also brings to light some of the gameplay oddities that this patch has introduced, points out unintended symbolism, and does it all while making a sandwich.42Episode 42 - Warhammer OnlineWarhammer Online is largely considered the premiere PvP oriented MMO amongst players in the genre. Having recently hit it's 2 year mark, and per your suggestions, Mike B utilizes the game's "Endless Free Trial" feature to bring back his thoughts on Mythic's take on the Warhammer IP. After two years, does this game still deliver? Let's find out...41Episode 41 - Final Fantasy XIVSquare Enix's latest creation could quite possibly be the most polarizing release in recent MMO history. However, love it or hate it, the Final Fantasy lineage has a devoted following, and then there's Mike B. It's no secret that he is not the biggest fan of XIV, but with the NDA lifted, we finally get to see if he has good reason.40Episode 40 - Lord of the Rings Online (F2P)Several subscription based games have been making the switch to the free-to-play model recently, LotRO being one of them. Unfortunately for Mike B, he wasn't able to experience (afford) the game during it's sub-days, but there really couldn't be a better time to jump into some nasty hairy flip-flops and take on Middle Earth. Let's see what he thought...39Episode 39 - MineCraft (Alpha)Most of the time when games go to open beta, the NDA takes a walk. Unfortunately, this was not the case this week with Square Enix's latest release, Final Fantasy XIV. As a last minute request, and with the assistance from a fan, Mike B was able to jump into the latest buzz-worthy game, MineCraft. Could this game be the next massively successful independent IP to hit the underground? You tell us!

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No long term memory.. or maybe I'm too old
# May 26 2011 at 11:28 AM Rating: Decent
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Wow, Has everyone forgotten that games used to be $40 a pop? No one remembers that they were all 39.99 before the next gen consoles came? PC,PS2,Xbox and nintendo were all 39.99 your handhelds were 24.99 and your junk games you could get for 29.99. Then with the xbox 360 release the prices got bumped to 49.99 and people were up in arms,especially since the pc titles changed to the $50 price point. Now its "for as long as I can remember"
Price
# Apr 30 2011 at 11:55 PM Rating: Decent
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I paid $45 for portal 2 via steam. That's less than half the price of the average game out here in Australia. I'd consider it a **** good deal, especially considering the current exchange rate.

Go take a peek at ebgames.com.au...
Portal
# Apr 27 2011 at 10:44 AM Rating: Decent
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I loved Portal 2 it was great, but its hard to recommend a game that i beet the solo and co-op in under a day of total play. I agree with what you said about modding being future potential, but for now it's just a $50 paperweight.

One thing about portal 1 though, the reason the price point was good was the Orange box set, when you get that many of valves best game in one box, it's hard to complain that one of them only had ~5 hours of game, Portal 2 on it's own doesn't have that deal to soften the game play blow.


Edited, Apr 27th 2011 12:45pm by Talhn
Requiem: Memento Mori
# Apr 24 2011 at 8:00 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm glad to see you are taking a look at this game, it differently could use the attention right about now, although since Warportal took over it at least received a booster shot to the community base.

I am a bit taken a back that you mentioned the nudity aspect, as I've yet to see any in the game - Then again i just recently started playing again as i dropped it 2 years ago because the community went AWOL, so i could be completely forgetting those moments, or was not high enough level to see some Boobie-demon frolicking by.

Anyway, can't wait to see your first impressions on Requiem: Memento Mori.

P.S. Watch out for Nightmare phase creatures, they are not push-overs. :)





Edited, Apr 24th 2011 3:42pm by Neoyoshi
Age of Empires Online
# Apr 23 2011 at 1:08 PM Rating: Decent
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I just noticed, it looks like Age of Empires is releasing an online version with beta keys open now,
sounds exciting to me.
Hater gunna Hate
# Apr 23 2011 at 8:47 AM Rating: Decent
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I only played and finnished the solo part. I love this game's story. It was very funny with wheatly i realy enjoyed that game better than first one. HATERS GONNA HATE
The game is good
# Apr 22 2011 at 4:10 PM Rating: Decent
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I just wanted to dispel some of the predjudice that people have about the game.

Portal 2 is an exceptionally polished game, the level design and gameplay flow is a testiment to the quality Valve produce. Compared to a game like dragon age 2 which is long, tedious, wildly unpolished and dull as all **** this game is definately worth the money.

I may only play through the story once but i really enjoyed it, Valve have a perfect way of telling story through events, environments and things going on around you, not taking you out of the action to watch cutscenes. I agree that once you have completed a puzzle its not a challenge to play it again.

Remember, Valve are reknowned for releasing FREE DLC for their games, just wait until October or something and i'm sure they'll have a bunch of new chalenges for Co-Op. (as well as community created mods and map packs)

Hats you buy in TF2 are compatable with Portal 2 Coop robots too.

The difficulty in this game isnt hard but thats because the game design is so strong that they teach you how to play and interact with new mechanics, so i dont understand why people seem to think that being stuck is a good thing, it's just frustrating.

the game is much longer than 4 hours, i've spent 16 hours on it already, I expect to see this as game of the year.
(By the way im not a valve fanboy, i just know about what makes a quality game.)

Edited, Apr 22nd 2011 6:19pm by Chard6
PS3 Version
# Apr 22 2011 at 11:54 AM Rating: Decent
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I haven't finished the game yet as mine just arrived yesterday, but for 50 bucks the PS3 version comes with an activation code for you to get a free copy of Portal 2 through steam on a PC. Now, 2 games for the price of 1 is pretty nice, albeit the same exact game just for different platforms... In the end, it's nice to be able to play it on both platforms and not pay for both to do so.
Price translation
# Apr 22 2011 at 11:24 AM Rating: Decent
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Living in Sweden, I am fully used to buying games at a higher cost than I would have in the states, but the price for this game is prohibitively expensive. It costs as much as a normal game, which as I stated is normaly higher that in the states, but at current exchange rates the 600 sek it costs translates into roughly 100 dollars. I consider this to be to high a price for the amount of entertainement you get out of the game.
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# Apr 22 2011 at 1:57 AM Rating: Decent
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Spent 7 hours on the single player part.
Went through the Co-op in 4 hours.

So 11 hours total of good fun. Not a fan of the shop, its just BS big time. I'm not paying 5 euro extra for red condoms, just cause thats my girls favorite color.


But really, the game is fine. Wait for editors to make some custom stuff, and it will be even better.
If your really hungry for a game with long time content, get X3: Terran Conflict... Got 112 hours in that, and not even 50% through the story stuff.
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# Apr 21 2011 at 4:59 PM Rating: Decent
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I think a lot of the people complaining that it was a short game and therefor not worth $50 are focusing purely on the time it takes to complete it and ignoring the co-op mode which is really a whole second game as well as the overall story. For me I brought Portal 2 not because I thought it would be some amazing time sink, but because I wanted more Portal flinging fun with the continuation of a very awesome story.

A big piece of the Portal fan base is set around that story, sure the gameplay is cool and it won many with that alone but its the Chell, GlaDOS, Companion Cube, Aperture story that keep many in love. That spawned all kinds of fan theory's, art, Prequels etc.
In my opinion this game did a great job of "possibly" concluding the Chell storyline while doing an amazing job of giving us all the Aperture/Cave Johnson back story in game.

All that at a price point and play time equal to many other Console/PC game nowadays makes this well worth the $50 and that's USD, I payed more once it was converted to my dollar.
Awesome game
# Apr 21 2011 at 3:50 PM Rating: Decent
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Had to save for a month (very broke college student) to be able to afford to pre-purchase Portal 2. Got it, and I loved it. The puzzles were fun, the co-op was awesome, I loved the story line and the humor and everything (except the cubecrabs, ugh). I don't understand why people are complaining? People shell out $60 to mouse over a bad guy and click a button to kill him for 6 hours, why is that any better than a game that actually makes you think about things for 6 hours? And then think about things with a friend for another 6 hours? For $50, you get 12 hours of actual, non-repetitive content. That's pretty hard to find in big budget games, I would think.
Reasons why 50$ may be too much.
# Apr 21 2011 at 1:12 PM Rating: Decent
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1. 8 hours and then your done: You said it yourself, once you get through the content once there is no real draw to play again. However the user created content may be strong enough to give the game more life, but its hard to make that kind of prediction. Console gamers won't see much benefit from user created content.

EDIT: I'm reading that the time issue may not be a legitimate complaint as it seems as though Steams timer is on the fritz. How people don't recognize it took them longer than 4 hours to beat a game is beyond me though.

2. Portal is a puzzle game: Puzzle games have traditionally been thought of as what I would call "lesser" games. By that I mean that people can enjoy playing them and even think their awesome, but will rarely see them justifying a 50$ purchase. It might be an unfair bias, but it is definitely there.

3. Portal 1 was sold at a value price: As others have said the first game was included in a relatively cheap bundle package as an afterthought. Jumping from that very low price point up to 50$ is going to throw a lot of people off. I would argue that if the original Portal had been priced at 50$ it would not have been nearly as popular with fans and critics.

4. Co-op is not generally recognized as an essential part to a game: Yes playing co-op can make a game funner, but most people do not feel a need to play a game with other players to experience what the game has to offer. Now obviously in Portal 2's case co-op offers a whole new experience lasting as long as the single player mode. Still I would argue that it is hard for people to get passed the prejudice against co-op that has been built into their brain.

4a. Not everyone has friends into the same types of games: Most of my Gamer buddies are FPS fanatics so I rarely get them to play games outside that genre. I also have never found much enjoyment with playing with some stranger online so there is little recourse offered to me in terms of co-op. Now while this may not be the developers fault, if a game's full experience relies on co-op then I am likely to shy away from spending money on the game when I know I will not get everything I can out of it. I doubt that I am the only person who finds themselves in this position.

Edited, Apr 21st 2011 3:39pm by iamBQB
Reasons why 50$ may be too much.
# Apr 21 2011 at 2:55 PM Rating: Good
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iamBQB wrote:
1. 8 hours and then your done: You said it yourself, once you get through the content once there is no real draw to play again. However the user created content may be strong enough to give the game more life, but its hard to make that kind of prediction. Console gamers won't see much benefit from user created content.


Also Steam is now on PS3 so custom maps might still be a possibility on the PS3. So don't auto discount console users.

iamBQB wrote:
2. Portal is a puzzle game: Puzzle games have traditionally been thought of as what I would call "lesser" games. By that I mean that people can enjoy playing them and even think their awesome, but will rarely see them justifying a 50$ purchase. It might be an unfair bias, but it is definitely there.


Almost EVERY puzzle game came out at full price since Tetris, on consoles. You're thinking about current 'puzzle' games like angry birds Plants Vs Zombies etc. Tetris 64 was 50 bucks, Tetris was 50 (or whatever the original NES price was) Puzzle Bobble's are 50 bucks new. Genres of games were never cheaper.

iamBQB wrote:
3. Portal 1 was sold at a value price: As others have said the first game was included in a relatively cheap bundle package as an afterthought. Jumping from that very low price point up to 50$ is going to throw a lot of people off. I would argue that if the original Portal had been priced at 50$ it would not have been nearly as popular with fans and critics.


Portal 1 was part of a package deal, they didn't know how it was going to fly so they just added what they had and shipped it. Later we learned how awesome it was etc etc. This game felt MUCH more fleshed out then Portal 1, It had a ton more content etc. 44.95 was worth the asking Price IMHO.

I agree With your 4th statement.

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# Apr 21 2011 at 11:56 AM Rating: Decent
I do agree with you that the co op has to be included in the length of the content, but 8-10 hours of gameplay isn't really a lot of gameplay. Compare that to an MMO, you pay 50$ and then spend the whole 24 hours of the first day playing the game, and then keep playing it every day for a month (only counting the first month because it becomes more complicated if you add in monthly fees). Most FPS or strategy games are going to cost you 50$ but will also get you a lot more gameplay due to the multiplayer content. Sometimes even the single player content lasts longer than 10 hours, but I wouldn't get my hopes up for an FPS having any decent amount of single player content.

Midway point: Portal is an FPS so people really shouldn't be surprised it lacks content. I pretty much expected that and only purchased it because of peer pressure.

Secondly, 50$ isn't the only price you'll pay for games any more. There are lots and lots of indie titles, or even titles from less popular studios, that cost 30$ or less. There are plenty of good games you can get for 10$. They might not have more than 10 hours of content, depending on the game, but if Portal 2 had only been 30$ I would've felt that was a decent price.

As a final note I think Portal 2 was an excellent game outside of price issues. I did very much enjoy my limited time playing it. In the end I felt kind of ripped off, though, which I expected when I first saw the price tag a month or two ago.
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# Apr 21 2011 at 10:57 AM Rating: Decent
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i think hat would have made this good game even better, would be if there was alot more test chambers in the single player and multi player.

the single player had you mostly running through destroyed hallways and i wouldnt really call those puzzles. i liked the test chambers you were in though, some of them really made you think.
Perspective
# Apr 21 2011 at 10:47 AM Rating: Decent
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I think the reason why the solo campaign time is getting more attention than the time of completing the solo+co-op together is that it isn't really the norm (at least in my experience) with games that the co-op is vastly different from the solo stuff.

Also it probably isn't that those complaining have no friends but rather having... a limited number of gamer friends and having to wait until one is available to play through with you ^_^

Might be sticker shock, compared to the original I guess you could see portal 2 as exorbitant if a lot of people got it for free or picked it up for a couple of bucks. I know I was taken aback by the price originally but I mean... $50 is way way cheaper than a night out, **** its practically cheaper than going to the movies, so I'm not really complaining. The game is polished and well made, and to me worth the $$

People complaining could always just wait till the game's been out for a while and the price point comes down :P
Portal 2
# Apr 21 2011 at 10:32 AM Rating: Decent
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Mike,

The last time I paid $50 for Portal it came with Half-life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and Team Fortress 2.

Portal 2 should have been $24.99.

It's a crying shame in today's game market that you are pinning your hopes on someone else creating content for your $50.
Fun
# Apr 21 2011 at 10:21 AM Rating: Decent
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I'm not done with the single player yet but finished the co-op last night. Yeah there weren't any puzzles that fooled us for long but it was still fun. That is the main thing I look for when paying for any entertainment. I've spent that much or more for sports events that last 2 hours. If doing both sides of Portal 2 takes 8-12 hours, figure average movie is 2 hours, my local theater costs $10, so thats $40-$60.

Portal 2 is way better than most movies.
Higher Expectations, Tougher Reviews
# Apr 21 2011 at 9:47 AM Rating: Decent
This game was troll bait from the start. The things that made the last one popular were A) the humor and B) the puzzles. They were both interesting and different the first time. They aren't so surprising now. Portal 2 had to meet a different set of expectations than Portal 1. The developers tried to do that with multi-player. It seems like a lot of people are completely ignoring that part of the game; it wasn't what they were expecting to be the meat and potatoes of the game. I'm not sure if they missed the target with that feature or if the marketing should have done a better job pushing the game as a co-op experience.

As for the price, $50 is overpriced for 8 hours of entertainment. It has been since the SNES was released. That is why I mostly buy RPGs or games with competitive multi-player. But seriously, this will be on sale before you know it. They need to move more copies so that they can cash in on skin sales. I didn't play the first Portal until it was discounted to nothing, and this one will probably be the same.
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# Apr 21 2011 at 9:17 AM Rating: Decent
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I can see where some just count the single player, because most games still released are single player type games. Portal isn't a FPS or a MMO so its not going to have that same huge draw for multiplayer action. Still though since a lot of work was spent on multiplayer and its in the game, it counts as content whether you play it or not. Just how it is. I think there is a mentality about the price of a game sequel that is more expensive than its original. Like how well did Geometry Wars do as a full retail game. It's a lot of "i bought p1 at cheap price, why is p2 so much more?" Also we're used to cheaper games now days. We spend lots of our money on PSN/XLive/Wiiware/Phone. None of them usually pass 10-20 bucks. People were raging that Limbo only had like 3-4 hours of gameplay and it was what, like 15 dollars? Seems its just a mentality of gamers. RPG X has 120 hours of gameplay for 60 dollars, why is this 9 hour game 50? I have no problem with the 50 dollar price. The game has nice visuals, will take me way longer than 4 hours because i fail at puzzles, good voice acting, and hopefully more levels in the future. I would figure the cost to make it justifies the price. Plus nothing wrong with starting high and price dropping over time. Get the suckers, and still get the rest of us later for a profit. Win! Wow wallotext.
Overlay is broken
# Apr 21 2011 at 8:29 AM Rating: Decent
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One thing on the 4 hours: the Steam overlay is broken. A lot of people are freaking out that Steam says they only played 3 hours when in reality they played more like 6. Yeah, people are really bad at remembering when they started playing and doing math.

I also agree, people are overreacting to the fact that it's $50 (or $60 for consoles). Games have been that pricey for a while, often being just as short as Portal 2, and much worse overall. Yes, it sucks that games are that expensive, but that's the way it is right now.

I mean, no one complains that they paid $60 for Assassin's Creed 2 when it was new, and I beat that game in, what, 12 hours? People are just used to Valve games being cheap and lash out when they're not.
Price Point
# Apr 21 2011 at 7:01 AM Rating: Decent
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While we've been conditioned to paying 50 bucks for video games since i can remember buying my first at toys r us in the late 80s/early 90s (ugh getting older)... I read an article on joystiq today regarding the battle thats going on with mobile devs vs the major dev houses like nintendo.

I spent 99 cents on battlehearts and just looked at my /played time on the one save i have... It was 8 hours

Compare that to a game like portal and its 8 hours of single player/co-op content from a ***Purely*** "time it kept me content playing it" stand point and its kind of a holy **** moment.. for me at least.

It'll be very interesting to see how that price point fairs over the next couple years or so.

Personally I think Portal 2 should have been around $35. Clearly super polished, good voice acting, well thought out, dev time, graphics teams etc etc etc. That is worth something.. Kongfu also points out that a game like dragon age 2 thats just as polished (if not more so) at the 60$ price point contains way more then 8 hours of gameplay.

if anything holds portal 2 back, it will definitely be the price point.


Options time
# Apr 21 2011 at 3:31 AM Rating: Decent
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Godt 5-6 times more aut of dragon age 2.
People are complainers
# Apr 20 2011 at 10:27 PM Rating: Decent
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A lot of people don't realize that people who make games are people. And like money. They will always charge you more then what they should that's why the gaming industry is an industry.
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