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Valve is known for making quality first-person shooters: The Half-Life series redefined how players think about the FPS genre, while titles like Team Fortress and Left 4 Dead took team-oriented multiplayer action to a whole new level. But among Valve's stable of popular shooters, one game stands alone: the mind-bending puzzler, Portal. A small-scale experiment that was squeezed into 2007's The Orange Box alongside some powerful heavyweights, the love Portal received from fans was beyond anything Valve could have imagined, winning it a full-fledged, standalone sequel. Our 12-page cover story gives you the first details on Portal 2's new gameplay mechanics, storyline, and some surprising new twists.
Other features in April's issue include a celebration of The Sim's 10th anniversary with creator Will Wright, and an interview with Yoshinori Kitase and Motomu Toriyama about the making of Final Fantasy XIII. We also talk to PopCap founder Jason Kapalka about the state of casual gaming, then grill some big name developers to find out why games don't feature more female protagonists in our 4-page feature, The Gender Gap. Additionally, it wouldn't be an April issue without the return of our irreverent doppelganger, Game Infarcer.
Hands-on previews of Alan Wake, Red Dead Redemption, and Lost Planet 2 are just a few of the upcoming games this issue covers, while reviews of Just Cause 2, Dragon Age: Origins – Awakening, and the highly-anticipated God of War III round out the issue.
There are two versions of the cover this issue – the second one reverses the portals. Here's what it looks like:
And here are both versions in all their wraparound glory:
Subscribers can expect to receive their copy in the near future. If you're as excited about Portal 2 as we are, be sure to check out our Portal 2 Hub Page throughout the month for even more mind-blowing details you won't find anywhere else. Oh, and did we forget to mention it has co-op?
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I was really late to the Portal party because I always bought a different game instead of the Orange Box. Now that I have it from the XBox Live Arcade...wow.
I thought I was gonna cry when I saw the added content to the first game. I'm a happy gamer, indeed. Thanks for breaking the story, Gameinformer.
Oh I just can't wait for this game,I literally just finished playing the game about 2 days ago and the ending was simply amazing. But what will be even better (and I do hope Valve makes it soon) will be the release of Half Life 3 or Half Life 2:Episode 3.
Ohhhhhh, just can't wait.
no way awesome!
Really really REALLY hopes this comes out for the PS3!
It looks really good.
Well no PS3 version so far = no purchase from me.
Its about time Valve stopped being unwilling to learn new programing techniques (that are now proven to produce great results) and stop ignoring the millions of potential sales on the PS3. Hell they could even just hire people with PS3 experience, its not rocket science.
Congrats to Meagan on her first cover story!
God I love Valve
I want the first one, with the forest on the front cover, and the wall on the back cover.
I just hope they can keep the clever writing from the first game going for a full-length game.
Not going to read the the Cover story, I hate all that volve is associated with. So I temporarily hate game informer. See you in april, B--ches.
Guess who predicted Portal 2? THIS GUY!!!
Before, I thought "Man, I hope Fallout New Vegas will be the cover. NOTHING can get better than that, right?"
I was wrong.
yay i'm such a portal fan. Another game to add to my years wish list
My new most anticipated game evar! I'm probably the only one who wants the orange portal on the front. I'm sorry but seeing GLaDOS just brings back good ole memories of Aperture Science. It can't get any better than tha--wait...CO-OP!!!!
I nearly climaxed when i saw that it had co-op
All we need now is a new Team Fortress game