Valve released Portal 2 in 2011, and that’s the last time players returned to the Aperture Science Enrichment Center, except as a backdrop for demoing new VR tech. The dream of exploring beyond the end of the second game has been kept alive, though, thanks to mods.
Portal has gone all over the place, from the darkest depths of Aperture Science to outer space, briefly. Next stop: the open road. Or some bridges, anyway. Because why not? I guess?
Ever wondered what it would look like to mash up Portal and Super Mario 64? Well, your wish has been granted.
On October 10 2007, Valve didn’t just release a video game, they released three. All came in the one package, and it was called The Orange Box.
Here is Imanex with today’s instalment of Video Game Things I Never Even Thought Of But Are Very Impressive Now That I’ve Seen Them.
A sub-eleven minute run of the original Portal is a big deal for the game’s speedrunning community, but the accomplishment is even better when viewed listening to Franz Liszt’s Hungarian Rhapsody No. 2.
Look at that orange hole in the wall!
Speedrunner 097AceOfSpades beat Portal in 52 minutes using no portals and a lot of airboat cheats.
We’re back with our third and final Kotaku Splitscreen special episode from the Game Developers Conference in sunny San Francisco.
Why play Portal on a 2D screen when you can play it all around you in the real world?
Today was one of those occasions that comes once, maybe twice (but definitely not thrice) in a lifetime. Gabe Newell arose from his Scrooge McDuck-esque lake of knives and cash to conduct an AMA. Spoiler: he likes Portal 2 more than Half-Life, and despite appearances to the contrary, Valve still makes games.
Doug “Rat Man” Rattmann is one of the most important characters in Portal, though he didn’t appear in either game. The message-scrawling scientist made his video game debut in Lego Dimensions’ Portal level pack, though he’s so well hidden it took more than a year to find him.
Whether it’s an RPG that tells a story over dozens of hours, or a strategy game that takes months to master, games are often a considerable time investment. For many people this is central to gaming’s appeal: nowhere else in art can you find such complete worlds to lose yourself in or such stern challenges to overcome.
If Valve’s two most famous silent protagonists had a fight, who would win? Chell or Freeman? Portal Gun or Gravity Gun? Long Fall Boots or HEV Suit?
It’s the kind of thing you wonder after having too many donuts and margaritas: what would happen if you were stuck inside the two portals that a Portal gun shoots out? The answer: shit gets weird, man.
It’s probably the perfect item to scare off guests from the living room. Modder Evie Bee built a replica of Portal 2’s AI companion that moves and sounds just as annoying as the original one.
Free Portal-themed goodness comes to Rocket League PC on Tuesday. Players need but to complete a match to earn several pieces of Aperture Science-flavored kit, from cake stickers to Companion Cube antenna toppers. Check out the Steam news post for full details.