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Alien: Isolation gets Oculus support

Alien: Isolation is playable on the Oculus Rift virtual reality headset, adding another dimension to the sci-fi survival horror game coming soon from Creative Assembly and Sega. The game will be demonstrated at the Oculus VR booth at E3 this week. Alien: Isolation is one of several games showing at the booth, including Eve: Valkyrie, the shooter set in the Eve universe that will be co-published by Oculus. The others are Lucky's Tale, a made-for-VR adventure, and Superhot, a first-person shooter in which time only moves when the player moves. Additionally, Jason Rubin, the co-founder of Naughty Dog and former head of THQ, has joined Oculus VR as its head of worldwide studios. "There have only been a handful of times in my life where I saw something that I knew would change...

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Portal hits Nvidia Shield on May 12

Valve's Portal will launch for the Nvidia Shield Android-based handheld gaming console on May 12, Nvidia confirmed with Polygon today. Android Authority initially reported the release date for Portal along with a price tag of $9.99. The game will be available for purchase through the Google Play Store — although it will not be playable on Android devices other than the Shield. The version running on Shield will be the same as the original Windows PC version, which launched in 2007. Nvidia announced in March that Portal would be coming to Shield, and that the port was being developed internally at the company.  The Shield's latest update upgraded its operating system to version 4.4.2 of Android software KitKat — this is what you can do with Nvidia's handheld streaming console now.

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Smite receives patch, new character Osiris, Siege mode

The latest patch for Hi-Rez Studios' free-to-play 3D multiplayer online battle arena game, Smite, introduces Siege mode, new god Osiris, new league ranking system, skins along with a slew of a bug fixes. Osiris, Broken God of the Afterlife, wields a sickle and can transform into a spirit form to walk through enemies. His four abilities include Sickle Strike, Spirit Flail, Judgment Tether and Lord of the Afterlife. To learn more about Osiris abilities and lore, watch the reveal trailer above. The new league ranking system consists of six tiers from Bronze through to Master, with five divisions of similar skilled players within each tier. Set in "Jungles of the Mayan Gods," the new Siege mode is a two lane map that features new towering weapons, player portals and a Silver Fury being...

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Mod adds time travel to Portal 2

A mod for Portal 2 on PC adds "time travel" options so that players may, in effect, use past versions of themselves to complete puzzles in the game. "Thinking With Time Machine" is the name of the mod; like the original games, players can use it to get a third-person glimpse of Chell elsewhere on the map. The difference is, she's a past version of the player, loaded into the current instance through a tablet-style interactive controller. It lets players stop and start "recording" her actions and then "play" themselves back, meaning Chell can go stand on a switch or even hand off a companion cube. See it in action in the video above.

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Smite's cinematic launch trailer flaunts its god-like heroes

The cinematic teaser trailer for Hi-Rez Studios' free-to-play 3D multiplayer online battle arena game, Smite, introduces players to its God characters ahead of it full launch March 25. Earlier this year, Smite received a new arena map with fully updated art and a god of the Earth character called Geb. The god-like being has the power to transform into a mass of rolling earth, create shockwaves and more. His other abilities allows him to take less damage when struck with a critical hit. In Smite's new arena map, the map spawns the Manticore after every 10 player kills on one side. A team loses 10 points if the opposing side successfully guides the Manticore through the other team's portal. The Windows PC game's beta began in June 2012 and has drawn in more than 750,00 player...

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Games about sex, dance, shapes and relationships shown at Experimental Gameplay Workshop

The Experimental Gameplay Workshop — a curated showcase of some of the most exciting experimental game design in 2014 — featured works that spanned themes like sex, the use of the body in games, forced perspective and subversion of existing game rules. Both independent and established studio developers took to the stage to talk about and show 13 titles, all of which were experimental in some way, and many of which were still works-in-progress. Auriea Harvey and Michaël Samyn of Tale of Tales showed The Cosmos and the Cave, a game that Harvey described as a research project about the intersection between sex, spirituality and video games. "We wanted to explore ... sex in games, because not a lot of people do it, and when they do it's wrong," she said. "What is the game mechanic of...

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How Valve and Cryptozoic came together for a Portal board game (update)

Back in 2012, the developers who made Portal and Portal 2 — as well as their predecessor, Narbacular Drop — decided to try putting together a board game based on the first-person puzzle series. The internal team wasn't a massive group: "In general there's been two to three people actively working on it at a time, but in total about a dozen people have been involved," said Valve's Jeep Barnett, a member of the original Narbacular Drop team that Valve hired to make Portal, in an email interview with Polygon. Valve worked on the prototype for a year before approaching Cryptozoic "Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game" is the non-final title for Valve and Cryptozoic's board game, a strategy game in which two to four players guide expendable Aperture Laboratories test subjects around...

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Portal board game coming this fall from Cryptozoic

Tabletop game publisher Cryptozoic Entertainment is producing a game based on Valve's Portal series, the former company announced last week during the American International Toy Fair. Tentatively called "Portal: Uncooperative Cake Acquisition Game," the tabletop title is "designed by the creators of Portal and Portal 2," according to Cryptozoic. Details are scarce at this point, but the game will include custom playing pieces that will be familiar to Portal fans, such as a test subject, sentry, weighted Companion Cube and cake. The franchise has generated plenty of merchandise, such as Companion Cube plushies and life-size sentries, but no official board games until now. Other video game-related products from Cryptozoic include The Street Fighter Deck-Building Game and the board game A...

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TowerFall Ascension coming to PS4 March 11 (update)

Matt Thorson's TowerFall Ascension will launch on the PlayStation 4 on March 11, the developer announced today on the PlayStation Blog. The original TowerFall was a single-player and multiplayer archery arena game that launched in 2013 exclusively on the Ouya. The PS4 version, titled TowerFall Ascension, plays similarly with intense four-player battles, but also includes 50 new arenas that players can fight in and new power-ups, such as one that gives players drill arrows that burrow through walls. Ascension also features a new one or two-player co-op Quest mode, where players fight monsters that spawn from portals into the arena instead of fighting each other. The game is expected to launch on Windows PC sometime this year. Update: Developer Matt Thorson announced on Twitter today...

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Dota, Halo, Team Fortress merch headed to Toy Fair this month

A Crowded Coop is bringing video game-themed merchandise to Toy Fair 2014 this month, according to a press release from the "boutique consumer products" company. Toy Fair attendees will get the first public look at a series of three-inch Team Fortress 2 vinyl figurines "meticulously designed and detailed side-by-side with Valve's artists/designers." The Blu and Red figures will retail for $9.99 each. Fans of the Halo series can check out an ammo crate tin lunch box, which is based on the UNSC ammo crate from Halo 4. It will feature a reusable sandwich bag and retail for $29.99. A Crowded Coop, whose "product junkies, geeks, and pet lovers" have been creating consumer products since 2010, will also show items based on Dota 2 and Portal as well as non-video game properties like A...

Portal Releases
North America
  • Windows
    • Released 2007-10-09
    • Publisher Valve
    • Developer Valve
  • Android
    • Publisher Valve
    • Developer Valve
  • Mac
    • Released 2010-05-12
    • Publisher Valve
    • Developer Valve
  • Xbox Live Arcade
    • Released 2008-10-22
    • Publisher Microsoft Game Studios
    • Developer Valve
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