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Part 2 of the Portal 2 comic is out now

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Part two of the new Portal 2 comic has gone live over on IGN. The story bridges the gap between the two games, and explains how Chell survives long enough to star in the second game. There's a much darker edge to the comic than you might be familiar with from playing Portal, and Glados is more psychotic than ever. You should definitely read it, because as Glados says "science rhymes with compliance." You'll find part one here, and part two is up now here.


Portal 2 concept art shows extraordinary visions of Aperture Science

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Valve's ongoing potato sack ARG has turned up a treasure trove of Portal 2 concept art. As well as a number of alternative designs for Chell, there are also more than 20 designs for a Portal 2 front cover, varying from bizarre to inspired. Each artist brings their own vision of Aperture Science, leading to some weird and wonderful works of art. You'll find a few of our favourites below.


Portal 2 comic out tomorrow

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Valve are releasing a free Portal 2 comic tomorrow with a story that aims to bridge the considerable time gap between the two games. According to Valve it will feature a "much-rumored yet never seen character," and was created in-house by writer Ted Kosmatka and artist Andrea Wicklund, in collaboration with Portal 2 writers, Chet Faliszeck and Erik Wolpaw.

IGN will be hosting the comic on Friday, and already have some preview pages up, so you can get a taste of the art style and some of the overriding themes. The madness of the main character seems to be one of them. Either that, or the companion cube really is talking to him. For more Portal 2, check out the latest Portal 2 trailer, devoted to the game's lovely, huggable turrets. The game's out on April 19 in the US, and April 21 in Europe. That's less than two weeks away!


Portal 2 trailer sells turrets, contains secret messages

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The latest Portal 2 trailer tells you why you'd want to own your very own Aperture Science turret, probably the friendliest tools of death you're ever likely to fall victim to. This is more than just another Portal 2 trailer, however, hidden away between the cuts there are secret messages, encoded in ASCII, which feed back into the mysterious goings on in Steam's recent potato sack sale.


Portal 2 TV ad shows off co-op mode

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The new Portal 2 ad may not contain any in-game footage, but it sells the idea of playful, co-op puzzle solving quite nicely. Valve decided not to take the traditional route of hiring an ad agency to make the video for them. Instead, they built it in-house, and playtested it during production in the same way that they would with one of their games.


Portal 2 PAX updates: new character, new song from The National

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Valve have been showing off Portal 2 at PAX, dropping some tasty info-nuggets about the sequel. A new character, Cave Johnson, has been revealed, there's going to be a Portal 2 song from The National, and there are plans to release an unnamed surprise to fill the gap between Portal and Portal 2. Read on for details, and footage of the PAX presentation.


Valve say Portal 2 will be "much larger but not harder," Steam pre-orders now available

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Portal 2 is now available to pre-order from Steam with 10% off the full price. The pre-purchase comes with a free copy of Portal that can be gifted to a friend if you already own it. Valve have also updated the product description to explain that while Portal 2 will be much larger, it won't be any harder than the original.


Portal 2 trailer reveals Valentine's day dangers, pre-orders available

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A new Portal 2 trailer has arrived, providing a healthy dose of Valentine's day advice outlining the hidden dangers that can lurk in traditional gifts like flowers and giant industrial diamonds. The trailer also reveals that Portal is available to pre-order now from retailers, though not through Steam.


Portal 2 to allow player-made levels across all platforms, will have two end credit sequences

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Portal 2 will be encouraging the mod community to create new levels by giving them the ability to distribute their creations to every platform. Levels made using mod tool on the PC will be playable on the Mac, Plastation 3 and Xbox 360. Valve have also revealed that Portal 2 will have two different end credit sequences, each with their own "surprises". Read on for details.


Portal 2 will let PC and PS3 gamers play together

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Valve have announced that Portal 2's co-op mode will have cross-platform support, meaning we'll be able to team up with Playstation 3 and Mac players to take on Glados. The game will also support Steam chat across all three platforms.


Get to know the co-op bots in latest Portal 2 trailer

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The latest Portal 2 trailer shows a few moments in the lives of the two unfortunate robots we'll be playing as in co-op mode. Watch them get poked and prodded by Glados' many robotic arms in the video below.