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  • Blog Post: Test Chamber – Portal Stories: Mel

    Valve's games have always been playgrounds for the motivated mod community, and Portal 2 is no exception. Portal Stories: Mel follows the titular Mel as she explores an Aperture Science laboratory of the past. Taking place in 1952, the game features about 22 new levels, original music, and a completely... More
  • Blog Post: Valve's First Foray Into Virtual Reality Is A Convincing One

    Three days after Valve announced its virtual reality partnership with HTC, we finally had a chance to test out the technology we have heard rumors about from giddy developers for a couple years. Though the initial setup is much more cumbersome than the other VR demos we've tried, once you drop into... More
  • Blog Post: Kyle Hilliard's Top Five Games Of Last Generation

    I’m sure many of our lists will feature broad open worlds and RPGs full of choices and alternate player-driven directions, but I have always been a fan of the more curated experience – the one that has been designed with a specific goal in mind that the player must accomplish. I love exploring... More
  • Blog Post: Games To Beat In A Day – Portal

    Valve's Portal is one of the greatest feats of game design of the last decade. It's also a testament to the power of brevity. Portal was a unique game. It started as a student project entitled Narbacular Drop, which had the now-iconic "portal" gameplay but lacked in storytelling, polish... More
  • Blog Post: Thinking Without Portals – How The Portal 2 Gel Mod Aperture Tag Came To Exist

    Recently released on Steam , Aperture Tag rests somewhere between a substantial mod, DLC, and a full game release. It uses Portal 2's assets and and setting, but takes one if its mechanics – the use of the blue and orange gel – to create a completely original experience forcing you to... More
  • Blog Post: Top 10 Memorable Character Voices In Video Games

    Imagining beloved characters with different voices is difficult – even upsetting. The most iconic video game characters are often easy to recognize just by the sound of their voices, a feature that helps define many of the memorable ones. The distinctive voice of a classic character can become... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Video Game Surprise Songs

    It’s not an entirely new phenomenon. Surprise songs have been showing up in video games for quite some time, but it has become increasingly popular in this generation of video games. Sometimes they accompany secret areas, important plot moments, or they appear during the credits at the end of a... More
  • Blog Post: Creativity Within The Lines: Immersion In Linear Games

    There are dozens of ways to tackle missions in Dishonored. You can forego killing enemies in favor of a stealth-oriented playthrough or you can eliminate anyone standing in your way. Taking cues from games like Deus Ex and Thief, Dishonored encourages experimentation with the ways you approach each situation... More
  • Blog Post: Live-Action Web Series Roundup

    Since Lou Albano first donned Mario’s blue overalls in the Super Mario Bros. Super Show, gamers have had a fascination seeing their favorite digital worlds realized in live action. With the launch of the webisode series Halo: Forward Unto Dawn, we’ve collected several first episodes from... More
  • Blog Post: Crafting A Memorable Villain

    If there is one thing the original Borderlands desperately needed, it was a villain. A slew of characters came and went through the story, but there was never any singular presence players could set their sights on. That all changed in the sequel, though. The dynamic between the heroic do-gooder and... More
  • Blog Post: The Best Achievements And Trophies Of 2011

    Whether you love them, hate them, or forget they exist until they pop on your screen interrupting your game, achievements and trophies have become a (literally) required aspect of all PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 games. I fall into the love camp, and these are some of my favorites from 2011. The achievements... More
  • Blog Post: Watch The First Three Levels Of Portal 2's DLC

    Watch this video of me and a random online co-op buddy tackling the first three levels of Portal 2's just-released DLC pack, "Peer Review." Spoilers obviously abound, so enter at your own risk. I loved every second of my time with Peer Review's co-op. The puzzles are outstanding, GLaDOS... More
  • Blog Post: Portal 2 "Peer Review" DLC Impressions

    I just conquered the latest Portal campaign with a random stranger on Steam, and it was glorious. This free DLC pack is easily on par with what other publishers would charge $10 or more for. The just-released "Peer Review" DLC has two components: a two-and-a-half hour long (or so) cooperative... More
  • Blog Post: Critical Mass: The Best Games Of This Generation...So Far

    Time flies when you're having fun. It seems like it was only yesterday, but our current generation of console hardware launched nearly six years ago, with the release of the Xbox 360. Nintendo and Sony followed suit a year later, with the Wii and PlayStation 3. Since then, we've been able to... More
  • Blog Post: Seven Great Video Game Comics

    Want to dive deeper into your favorite video game stories? Try the comic book world. It’s not a surefire solution. Many properties attempt to make the transition to other mediums, and graphic novels/comics are one of the most common attempts. Sadly, many of the franchises that attempt the transition... More
  • Blog Post: Spoiled! Portal 2

    It almost feels wrong highlighting the finale of Portal 2 when the entirety of the game is near perfect . Few of us in the Game Informer offices rushed to discuss the awesome climax right after beating it. Instead we chatted about memorable puzzles along the way, new gameplay mechanics, and Cave Johnson... More
  • Blog Post: Reiner And Phil Play Portal 2 Co-Op

    Portal 2 comes packed with a lengthy and hilarious single-player mode, but we didn't want to ruin any of the surprises for you. Instead, Reiner and I decided to take a look at the biggest addition to Portal 2: the co-op mode. Watch as Reiner brags about his incredible abilities while showcasing an... More
  • Blog Post: Everything You Need To Know About Portal 2

    Portal 2 comes out on April 19. After that you’ll have a lot of science to perform, so you better get briefed on everything you should expect from Valve’s next release now. The Story Those who played the first Portal know that you narrowly escaped the Aperture Science facility after defeating... More
  • Blog Post: Most Anticipated PC Games Of 2011

    There's little arguing that 2010 was one of the best years PC gaming has seen in some time. Between extremely successful major releases like StarCraft II and Civilization V and surprising indie hits like Minecraft and Amnesia: The Dark Descent, there was study buzz for a consistent stream of excellent... More
  • Blog Post: Most Anticipated Xbox 360 Games of 2011

    Outside of Gears of War 3 and Forza 4, Microsoft hasn't announced any noteworthy Xbox 360 exclusives for 2011, but that doesn't mean the system is lacking in heavy hitters. While we patiently wait for some new announcements, there are enough cross-platform blockbusters to keep you glued to your... More
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