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Portal: Hands-on Preview

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Hugo 25th September 2007, 14:10 Quote
I'd just like to ditto Joe's thoughts: Portal is pure awesome!!
Redbeaver 25th September 2007, 14:15 Quote
me wanna try :(
riggs 25th September 2007, 14:25 Quote
Damnit! Yet another game I need to add to the long list of stuff I havn't played yet!

But, do I have to pick up the Orange Box, or can I just buy Portal separately (I'm talking about the PC version here)?
Tim S 25th September 2007, 14:35 Quote
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Originally Posted by riggs
Damnit! Yet another game I need to add to the long list of stuff I havn't played yet!

But, do I have to pick up the Orange Box, or can I just buy Portal separately (I'm talking about the PC version here)?

I don't think that has been finalised yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if you could buy Portal / TF2 on their own. They might be priced in a way that makes you buy Orange Box though.
steveo_mcg 25th September 2007, 14:56 Quote
Do you think there will be community mods for this? Perhaps that would add a little bit extra to it.
will. 25th September 2007, 14:57 Quote
I seriously am more excited about this game than the other orange box titles. I'm excited about them too. But I have played all of those genre's before. I love a good puzzler and I love a good FPS! Best of the both :D
Tim S 25th September 2007, 14:58 Quote
Well, I guess you'll be able to mod it using the Source SDK, so I'd guess there will be mods (if required). :)
will. 25th September 2007, 14:58 Quote
I bet there are loads of maps spewed out.
jakenbake 25th September 2007, 14:59 Quote
is this going to be multiplayer?
Jodiuh 25th September 2007, 15:12 Quote
I still can't believe I'm getting all this for $45 bucks.
Veles 25th September 2007, 15:33 Quote
I'm also more excited about portal than anything else in the Orange Box, it looks well cool and I can't wait. I am looking forward to the other games though, I want to continue HL2's story so I'm looking forward to Ep 2, and TF2 is pretty fun, albeit yet another multiplayer FPS which I'm not very good at.
CardJoe 25th September 2007, 16:24 Quote
No multiplayer, yes there'll be mods on the PC I bet, but it will depend heavily on quality maps being made. I look at Narbacular drop and I think thats how Portal will end up - the main replay coming from speed runs
will. 25th September 2007, 16:30 Quote
If they can make the sdk a bit more accessible. Or even implement some kind of garry's mod style tool into the game I would love to have a go at making a few mind benders.
capnPedro 25th September 2007, 16:41 Quote
Slightly offtopic: are you going to review TF2?

I';m trying to decide whether to get Orange Box or wait for Ep2 to be released by itself...
Veles 25th September 2007, 16:48 Quote
I'd imagine bit will do a massive review of all three, they aren't massive games, I've played TF2 for few hours and there isn't a lot to say about it other than it's a lot of fun. It's a bit hard right now though as all the people in the beta are very good at the game and I'm a bit crap. Hopefully when the final game is released there will be more people of my skill level.
Hugo 25th September 2007, 17:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by capnPedro
Slightly offtopic: are you going to review TF2?

I';m trying to decide whether to get Orange Box or wait for Ep2 to be released by itself...

A Beta preview is under consideration for the weekend - eyes peeled
Tim S 25th September 2007, 17:13 Quote
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Originally Posted by capnPedro
Slightly offtopic: are you going to review TF2?

I';m trying to decide whether to get Orange Box or wait for Ep2 to be released by itself...

I would have thought we'll be reviewing the whole Orange Box when it comes out. We'll have a TF2 preview up this weekend too, all being well. Busy week for games this week. :)
CardJoe 25th September 2007, 17:15 Quote
Archangel has currently volunteered to review the TF2 beta. As for the full game, the plan is to do three shorter reviews on each. I'm planning to do them in this order: Ep 2, Portal, TF2.

One massive review of all three isn't worth it IMO from a effort/payoff effort. I can do nine pages and take a week and let everybody read it a little late, or I can do three sets of three, let everyone read exactly what they want and deliver it in a more timely fashion.

It's the same reason I don't cover events like Ubidays in a single article now. Most people read the first page, skip to what they really want to see and miss out the other stuff which may well interest them. By splitting it up it eases my workload and gives readers more of a chance to see what they want.

Of course, as ever I'm open to alternatives from you lot...

Edit: Tim has a different opinion on how to cover it?! Oh noes! Maybe we should have a poll...
Tim S 25th September 2007, 17:46 Quote
The whole Orange box means all games in The Orange Box, not all at once :p
Akava 25th September 2007, 18:35 Quote
Can't wait till I get to play this, it looks so fun. The last game that gave me a vague challange would have to be Prey, really looking forward to having to think about what im doing for a change. ;) :D
D3s3rt_F0x 25th September 2007, 20:05 Quote
What can I say Valve are the daddy, really looking forward to continuing the Half Life saga.

Hammering TF2 till my finger tips are worn into stumps

And puzzling my mind with portal

All for £25 oh my although im already hammering TF2 and thats what im going to do right now.....
Bladestorm 25th September 2007, 20:23 Quote
I'm looking forward to EP2.

Portal and TF2 are intrigueing, but Its rare that I play online shooters and then I usually play a few hours and move in, likewise this isn't the first time I've read the suggestion that portal is probably going to be pretty short.

At the moment I'm .. irritated, somewhat, by the way they are forcing the orange box on us at the increased price point (plus steam has been adding V.A.T. but not telling you till you come to pay for it for a bit now) I've not decided as to wether I pre-order it for the 53$ it will about work out to or not, I can't see them knocking much off for ep2 alone or ep2+portal somehow.

I can't remember exactly how much EP1 was now either, though my gut is telling me $25 or so for the pre-order ?
proxess 25th September 2007, 21:05 Quote
I'm dieing to get my hands on this! EP1 was $20 ($23 with tax) retail price.
HourBeforeDawn 25th September 2007, 22:18 Quote
wow simply amazing....
steveo_mcg 25th September 2007, 22:22 Quote
You can get the orange box pre order from play for about what steam is charging, seems like a good deal if you prefer your stuff in a box with discs and everything.
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