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Portal 2 released early

Portal 2 released early

Valve has released Portal 2 two days early, but only for those who bought it over Steam.

Valve has released Portal 2 two days ahead of schedule in the culmination of an Alternate Reality Game which saw players collecting hidden potatoes and achievements from a number of indie games.

Players who found all 36 potatoes have been rewarded with a free copy of the entire Valve Pack, which includes all of Valve's previous games and Portal 2.

The ARG saw players competeing to get Portal 2 released ahead of schedule by rebooting in-game villain, GlaDOS. The game is now available to play immediately, though only if you've purchased it on Steam.

Players who pre-ordered a retail copy of the game will still need to await their physical copies, as will console gamers. Copies should be distributed or available to buy in shops on Thursday 21st April.

Portal 2 is the next side-story in Valve's classic Half-Life series, casting players as unwilling participants in a series of experiments run by Aperture Science - a rival of Black Mesa.

Read our Portal review for more information on the game, or check out the Portal 2 video below. We'll have our Portal 2 review online shortly and until then you can let us know your thoughts in the forums.

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Unknownsock 19th April 2011, 11:02 Quote
"Players who found all 36 potatoes have been rewarded with a free copy of the entire Valve Pack, which includes all of Valve's previous games and Portal 2."

Why didn't I know this! Pff Although i do have most already...
VeNoM JaCKaL 19th April 2011, 11:21 Quote
Valve have done it again !!! What a way to drum up publicity for the imminent release of one of the most anticipated sequels of 2011.

Nice to see that they have given the PC community the ability for a early release date also I feel slightly sadden for the people who purchased the retail copies over the steam digital release. That will teach you for not buying through Steam !!!! XD
DriftCarl 19th April 2011, 11:30 Quote
This has been a great buildup to the game. I have really enjoyed the cute little things that valve have been doing with varioud other games and websites in the run up to this release. A true company dedicated to PC gaming.
I cant wait to get home from work and decrypt my portal2 preload.
wuyanxu 19th April 2011, 11:35 Quote
22 potatoes here, if i had known there can be a free game for 36 potatoes, i'd have worked a lot harder to get them! :'(

and it's a huge shame that the early release means little for UK usual working hour people. :( 5 hours left for me to play the game.........
Blackmoon181 19th April 2011, 11:39 Quote
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Originally Posted by wuyanxu
22 potatoes here, if i had known there can be a free game for 36 potatoes, i'd have worked a lot harder to get them! :'(

and it's a huge shame that the early release means little for UK usual working hour people. :( 5 hours left for me to play the game.........

Haha i'm a student and am playing through it right now.

It's a shame i have no hope of getting a job after i graduate though :D
TMhat 19th April 2011, 11:41 Quote
err wasn't it always due for a worldwide release on steam today?
proxess 19th April 2011, 11:45 Quote
I think it was. But anyway. %$#%ing HATE WORK! LET ME GO HOME SO I CAN GAAAAAAME!!!111111one!1 Anyway, I'll be pulling an allnighter today! :D
Stewb 19th April 2011, 11:47 Quote
Woo, Valve Complete Pack :D

More importantly though: PORTAL 2 :D

EDIT: It appears I could have played portal 2 30 mins or so before actual launch with the golden potato, I valued sleep though...
Psy-UK 19th April 2011, 11:50 Quote
Erm. Pretty sure it was only released 3-ish hours earlier then was originally planned.
wuyanxu 19th April 2011, 11:56 Quote
original release: 3pm BST.
actual release: around 5am BST.

10 hours early.
Kiytan 19th April 2011, 11:59 Quote
aye same, as i already had most of the games, didn't bother buying the potato pack. Had i known you got the complete pack, would have got the 1 or 2 i was missing, oh well
quack 19th April 2011, 12:09 Quote
Portal 2 is AWESOME!
Snips 19th April 2011, 12:37 Quote
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Originally Posted by proxess
I think it was. But anyway. %$#%ing HATE WORK! LET ME GO HOME SO I CAN GAAAAAAME!!!111111one!1 Anyway, I'll be pulling an allnighter today! :D

Me too, my son has been playing all morning and texting me updates. I think I'll ground him just for being off school for easter and being able to play Portal 2 while I'm at work. That's parenting for you!
javaman 19th April 2011, 13:09 Quote
The trailers on steam are epic!! Gotta love valve, but I can't really work out why, they lied to us =(

All hail valve!!
r3Q 19th April 2011, 13:11 Quote
sigh. at least ill be home before my wife today haha.
Dreaming 19th April 2011, 13:16 Quote
I'm quite glad I didn't get involved in the ARG.

The general consensus seems to be annoyance that Valve played people to buy the potato sack, spend their time idling / working out the cues with the insinuation it could be released 4 days early (15/04/11 = 19/04/11), then only have it a few hours before, when most people were sleeping or whatever anyway.

The big winners are Valve and the indie devs, the customers just got brought along for the ride tbh.
tripwired 19th April 2011, 14:06 Quote
ahhhh, do I buy this now or wait to receive as a birthday gift in a month's time!? so tempted, as I'm really looking forward to it... perhaps time for a replay of Portal.
Bauul 19th April 2011, 14:19 Quote
I ended up buying this on Amazon as I had a £20 off voucher. Would I have paid an extra £20 to get the game two days earlier?

Hmm, I'm starting the think perhaps.
Omnituens 19th April 2011, 15:40 Quote
Clocked it. Was AWESOME.

Valve Complete Pack? I'm pretty sure I already have all of them anyway :(
stuartwood89 19th April 2011, 15:43 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dreaming
I'm quite glad I didn't get involved in the ARG.

The general consensus seems to be annoyance that Valve played people to buy the potato sack, spend their time idling / working out the cues with the insinuation it could be released 4 days early (15/04/11 = 19/04/11), then only have it a few hours before, when most people were sleeping or whatever anyway.

The big winners are Valve and the indie devs, the customers just got brought along for the ride tbh.

But what's wrong with that?

I for one would be happy to see indie developers get some publicity , and it's not like those games are expensive. Portal 2 is an extremely anticipated game, and this is no different to those people who queue outside Game for a midnight release of the latest COD, except that this ARG requires some intelligence.
Nikumba 19th April 2011, 16:37 Quote
Those who are complaining about not getting to play it as they are at work, I am as well, but I didnt preload as I only bought it this morning, missing out of the £3 discount cos I was away.

But it means when I get home it will have downloaded and be ready to play, as no doubt the steam servers are going to be busy

Kimbie
Toploaded 19th April 2011, 16:51 Quote
I played for about an hour this morning and I'm not disappointed, so far it's the perfect evolution of Portal 1.
chimaera 19th April 2011, 17:59 Quote
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Originally Posted by Toploaded
I played for about an hour this morning and I'm not disappointed, so far it's the perfect evolution of Portal 1.

Likewise - I got a bit of playtime in before work this morning and am so far most definitely happy with what I've seen. Looking forward to carrying on this evening. \o/
Pieface 19th April 2011, 18:07 Quote
I'm looking forward to when the price drops on this game. I just don't see it as a £30 game :/
Sloth 19th April 2011, 18:14 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dreaming
I'm quite glad I didn't get involved in the ARG.

The general consensus seems to be annoyance that Valve played people to buy the potato sack, spend their time idling / working out the cues with the insinuation it could be released 4 days early (15/04/11 = 19/04/11), then only have it a few hours before, when most people were sleeping or whatever anyway.

The big winners are Valve and the indie devs, the customers just got brought along for the ride tbh.
A lot of people seemed to also be having some good fun. Just look on these forums to see the excitement as everyone was watching the countdown and building up potatoes.

Didn't get involved myself, though. Would rather just spend time playing games I wanted to be playing and passing the time faster.
FelixTech 19th April 2011, 18:31 Quote
My initial reaction of annoyance (surely the few potatoes I have should get me at least one game!) quickly faded as I realised that there aren't any games in that pack which I wanted anyway.

The only problem is that Portal 2 seems a bit over-hyped now, and I don't know if I will enjoy it so much... only one way to find out ;)
AFX 19th April 2011, 19:49 Quote
Where the sh*t is E3!
javaman 19th April 2011, 19:52 Quote
Below E2 above E4 and between D3 and F3. Its ok my sub is in J5.

I assume your talking about the show E3 and google reveals its 7-9 June
smc8788 19th April 2011, 19:55 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pieface
I'm looking forward to when the price drops on this game. I just don't see it as a £30 game :/

Should've got it when it was available for £24 then :p

As someone who's completed the game, I would be quite happy if I'd paid £30 for it. I really don't understand people complaining about it being a full priced game while comparing it to Portal 1 - it's at least 3 times as long, far more detailed and polished, and much funnier with an unparalleled script and voice acting. And that's just the single player, I haven't even started on the co-op yet which promises the same again with the added dimension of another player.

Portal 1 was an experiment (pun intended) - this game is the full realisation of that experiment.
alf- 19th April 2011, 20:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pieface
I'm looking forward to when the price drops on this game. I just don't see it as a £30 game :/

agree, portal itself was essentially a bonus game included in the orange box, and considering it contained 5 awesome games for little over 20 quid, i don't see me paying 30 quid for its sequel, its not going to be better than all of games in the orange box combined.

so yeah it looks good, actually it looks very good, but im happy enough waiting for it to fall in price, and as its a valve game it will likely fall quite quickly.

on a side note reviews on sites like meta-critic are really mixed, the critics are in universal praise, whilst users seem split down the middle, some hating it because of short length, DLC and the potato sack promotion, whilst others are saying its the best game ever.

i'll definitely be waiting for the price too fall
kzinti1 19th April 2011, 23:33 Quote
I can't wait until BestBuy puts this in the Buy 2 for $10 bin!
Faunus 20th April 2011, 00:48 Quote
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Originally Posted by smc8788

As someone who's completed the game, I would be quite happy if I'd paid £30 for it.

So just to clarify, you'd be happy to pay £30 for a game that you completed in less than a day?

O.o
knuck 20th April 2011, 01:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Faunus
So just to clarify, you'd be happy to pay £30 for a game that you completed in less than a day?

O.o

so would I. It's just that good. There are several activities in life that that are more expensive than that and much less fun
Matticus 20th April 2011, 02:00 Quote
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Originally Posted by Dreaming
The big winners are Valve and the indie devs, the customers just got brought along for the ride tbh.

I really don't understand this attitude. You didn't have to buy the Indie pack, you didn't lose anything by not buying it. It whipped up a bit of excitement and interest for those directly involved, and those who just watched it all unfold did so without having to spend an extra penny. So in my eyes, absolutely no one lost out.

The game is great, and the release time made no difference to me as I didn't get to start playing it until 9pm anyway. But I still enjoyed all the pre-release craziness and I wish more games would release like this.
Toploaded 20th April 2011, 03:57 Quote
I got the game for free but would not have been disappointed with paying £30 for it, it's much better then the original Portal. Not touched on the co-op yet but even before that it's a very nice and solid game. Pretty cool that it looks great with the settings cranked up but also runs pretty well on my 2007 MacBook pro under MacOS (I never use MacOS, but I figured I would because I could).

Still, I'm sure those of you that are in no rush will pick it up at a very reasonable price come the summer and next to nothing during the Xmas holidays.

I'd be interested to see how Steam on the PS3 is working out and the whole cross platform co-op is going.
TWeaK 20th April 2011, 09:04 Quote
I completed the game in 7.2 hours. While it is an awesome game and I enjoyed every minute of it, I can't help but think that at £27 or whatever it was a little overpriced. I also thought it felt a little bit unpolished (little details I can't quite put my finger on) but then maybe I'm looking back on Portal 1 with rose-tinted glasses - and that was free, too, which obviously made it feel more special.

Saying all that, I haven't touched the co-op yet, and I reckon there could be bucket loads of fun there if you play with the right people.
MaverickWill 20th April 2011, 09:32 Quote
Well, I've not finished the game yet, although I've given the co-op a fair bash. It's mind-bendingly hard sometimes. The difficulty curve feels slightly wonky sometimes.

Secondly, I got all 36 potatoes, and then in the last 6 hours of the ARG, proceeded to get them for my girlfriend, since I'm a completionist (and I owed her money for the second part of a Portal 2 two-pack). We both got gift copies of every game we owned, meaning we have 2 gift copies of Portal 2, Half-Life 2, and she has 3 gift copies of Portal (2 from pre-order, 1 from potatoes). Which is funny.


Thirdly:
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Originally Posted by TWeaK
I completed the game in 7.2 hours. While it is an awesome game and I enjoyed every minute of it, I can't help but think that at £27 or whatever it was a little overpriced.

Double the price and strip away 2 hours of single-player gameplay, as well as any initiative, advancement in the series, or genuine fun... And you've got Modern Warfare 2. Go ask the Xbox crowd if £27 is overpriced. Heck, ask the vast majority of the PC crowd if £27 is overpriced. ;-)

I always rate games by the "cinema experience". I'll pay £7 to go see a ~2-hour film (and that's not counting drinks, snacks, transport, etc). If a game works out similar or less (and it's more often than not less), I'm happy with that. If I walked to the cinema and bought nothing else, Portal 2 could about line up with that, based on 7ish hours gameplay. However, I've already racked up 8, and that's without finishing the story - co-op is, indeed, for the win.
Jezcentral 20th April 2011, 09:36 Quote
@Tweak

I completed the game in 7.2 hours.....I can't help but think that at £27 or whatever it was a little overpriced.....I haven't touched the co-op yet......

So you've completed the game without actually finishing it?
Toploaded 20th April 2011, 09:39 Quote
And I have a feeling there is going to be free additional content too (at least, for the PS3 and PC versions). Not to mention the fan made levels.

Quality not quantity after all, and my 5 hours have so far been an awesome experience. I work as a game dev so I suppose I'm more aware of the man hours and care that went into this title, but even so saying this game is overpriced at launch is clearly incorrect, and knowing Valve it will only be a matter of months before you can pick it up cheaper anyway.
wuyanxu 20th April 2011, 09:57 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Toploaded

Quality not quantity after all

this!

Portal and Portal 2 is not some game where number of hours counts. Valve have tweaked the puzzles to be perfect difficulty. if they had made them as difficult to figure out as Portal Prelude, a lot more ours would be spent on it, but would it be fun?
DbD 20th April 2011, 11:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by Pieface
I'm looking forward to when the price drops on this game. I just don't see it as a £30 game :/

+1

As I understand it 7 hours single player, and 4 hours co-op. When they do a steam sale and have it cheap I'll get it, until then plenty of other games to play.
smc8788 20th April 2011, 11:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Faunus
So just to clarify, you'd be happy to pay £30 for a game that you completed in less than a day?

O.o

I haven't completed it. As I said, I haven't even touched the co-op yet, partly because the single player was so damn good that I wanted to go back and play it again as soon as I had finished, and I still need to go through and find all the secrets, easter eggs, and listen to the developer commentary.

Unfortunately it seems few people these says can understand the concept of quality > quantity, but if you can get your head around that and enjoy the ride instead of watching the clock all the time, you'll be in for an amazing experience. There's a reason the game has received overwhelming critical praise - it's because it's one of the best games ever made, right up there with the HL series, Deus Ex et al. in my opinion.

But then, why do I have to justify my opinion to someone who hasn't even played the game...
azrael- 20th April 2011, 12:00 Quote
There were potatoes...?
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