Portal 2 multiplayer gameplay detailed

By on June 22, 2010, 1:04 PM
Along with expanding on the refreshing single-player gameplay that originally captivated gamers, Portal 2 will introduce a multi-player element. The much-anticipated puzzle shooter will come with entirely separate levels designed for co-operative action, which puts players in control of "infinitely respawning robots," according to the guys at Joystiq, who got their hands on a preview build at E3.

This makes sense, because the multi-player's higher degree of intricacy causes gamers to die far more often. Not only will there be four portals to manage instead of two, but it'll take more brainpower to wrap your head around the new puzzle mechanics. This added complexity once prompted Valve to say that a multi-player Portal is "less fun than you'd think" though that was two years ago.

To prevent players from strangling their partners, the developer is implementing a number of communication aids, such as a marking system that gives players the ability to show one another where to stand or where to place a portal. All in all, Joystiq said Portal 2's multi-player aspect is better than expected. The title is due sometime next year for Windows, OS X, Xbox 360, and PS3.





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TomSEA TomSEA, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

Pretty slick teaser video.

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Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Wow, was that ingame?

If so that is really impressive!

princeton princeton said:

Per Hansson said:

Wow, was that in game?

If so that is really impressive!

The start was definitely not in game. Unless valve managed to get their engine up to par with today's graphics standards which they have failed to do since episode 1. If so I congratulate them.

Guest said:

i dont understand why portal 2 is so much anticipated. Portal 1 was alright, but wasn't that big of a hit. Is it because it is the only new valve game in the near future?

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Matthew Matthew, TechSpot Staff, said:

The original Portal was very popular, Guest. It was arguably the most popular game in The Orange Box and that says a lot considering the fact that it was an independent student project (if I remember correctly, anyway). The sequel is backed by one of today's most prominent game developers so it has tons of potential to build on something that was already well received.

cyrusjumpjet cyrusjumpjet said:

I can't even wait!!! raaiohfasjkfhaskjdfh

HaMsTeYr HaMsTeYr said:

It would be interesting to see that valve managed to get source looking that beautiful.

Relic Relic, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

For some in-game videos check out http://www.gametrailers.com/game/portal-2/12821. The new puzzles look pretty intense but I am a bit nervous about multiplayer, it's either gonna be awesome or frustrating imo.

Guest said:

i dont understand why portal 2 is so much anticipated. Portal 1 was alright, but wasn't that big of a hit. Is it because it is the only new valve game in the near future?

It's one of those love/hate kinda games. I have a few friends who just couldn't stand the game while others loved it to no end. Whatever floats your boat I guess.

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