GAMES DEVELOPER Valve has released its first person puzzler Portal 2 for the PC on its Steam games service two days before console fans will be able to get their hands on it.
The humble PC seems to be having a renaissance of late with Treyarch announcing PC mod tools for Call of Duty: Black Ops and Dice using the PC as the development hardware for Battlefield 3.
Now games developer, publisher, digital distributor and all round gaming operation Valve has given PC players something to smile about. It has released first person puzzler Portal 2 for £29.99 on Steam two days before console users will get it on Friday. Oh, and Mac fanbois get it today as well.
Valve released its Source engine based Portal as an addition to its goodie filled Orange Box in 2007 to wild acclaim. The game, originally created by students now employed at Valve, was re-imagined in the Half Life universe at the Aperture Science labs and caused much head scratching by its mind bending portal gun puzzles. It was also genuinely funny but very short and based on single player experience only.
Portal 2 is much longer, uses the latest iteration of the ageing Source engine - which, in our humble opinion has still got it - and Valve has added a two-player capability. The droll humour is said to be intact and it is has already received near perfect reviews online.
And, using all manner of techno-trickery at its disposal, Valve has also promised that Playstation 3 gamers will be able to play against PC and Mac players. If Valve can crack multi-hardware gaming for Portal 2, that will have knock-on repercussions for the future of gaming.
It seems that the ever innovative and magnanimous Valve can't put a foot wrong, as long as you don't mention Half Life 3. µ