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Clearing The Backlog – Portal 2

Clearing The Backlog – Portal 2

A few things strike me as I start writing about Portal 2. For one, how has it taken me until nine years after release to write about this game again? And for two, it’s strange to look back at Ben’s review from 2011 and to think that was one of the early Verdict’s following the relaunch of the site in April of that year. So much time has past, and yet with regards to Valve’s singleplayer games, it’s only now that…

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Portal 2 – Perpetual Testing Initiative Preview

Portal 2 – Perpetual Testing Initiative Preview

Although an incredible story, I couldn’t help but feel that the puzzles in Portal 2 lacked a certain finesse. Abandoning the streamlined approach of the original Portal might have provided Valve with the ability to tell a remarkable tale, but some fans, myself included, believed the difficulty of the puzzles had been reduced to increase pacing. On May 8th, Valve is due to release the Perpetual Testing Initiative update for Portal 2, at which point the internet will probably explode.

Our Games Of The Year

Our Games Of The Year

I think we can all agree that it has been quite a year for games with a heap of great titles appearing on our computers and consoles over the past twelve months. It is only fitting then that a few of us here from The Reticule share our Game of the Year lists. Hit the jump to find out what we have loved this year.

Valve Shut Up and Take Our Money

Valve Shut Up and Take Our Money

I once entertained the idea that in the grand scheme of geekery, my abstinence from comic books and action figures meant that I still retained some shred of credibility. It inevitably turned out the world merely hadn’t manufactured colourful pieces of paper and plastic on subjects I’d fork over money for. See, games companies have only just realised that we all have more money than sense.

Format Fight F…oughts

Format Fight F…oughts

So we’ve had our long Easter weekend, and the charts are in. Perhaps unsurprisingly the awesome Portal 2 is sitting at the top with Mortal Kombat close behind it. Both games are excellent (look out for our MK review later this week) and both offer some exclusive bonus content to those who purchase their games on the PS3. However Mortal Kombat has sold more on the PS3, Portal 2’s best selling format has so far been the 360. There are…

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Valve Love Co-Op, I Don’t

Valve Love Co-Op, I Don’t

I am going to say it, I think Valve are falling in love with co-op a bit too much, along with many other developers, but I am going to highlight Valve right off based on what Geoff Keighley wrote in his The Final Hours of Portal 2 epic.

Portal 2 – The Verdict

Portal 2 – The Verdict

It’s almost unbelievable, but it’s been almost seven years since the last full length single player game from Valve. It’s not like they’ve been quiet since then or anything, on the contrary – Portal 2 is in fact the cumulation of the things learned from all their output in the intervening years: The short form Episodes provided the platform to test out the original Portal. The lessons learned from Team Fortress 2 in predicting player behaviour. How players interact with…

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