Portal: Still Alive

Portal: Still Alive Features for Xbox 360

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Neon Kelly, Deputy Editor - Mortal Kombat, PS3, Xbox 360

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"That new Mortal Kombat game looks good," a generally non-gaming friend of mine said to me the other day. "Oh!" I replied, slightly taken aback. "Yeah, it is. I reviewed it last week," I added, with the ingrained games journalist reflex that makes you endlessly try to make people read your work (usually in vain). It turns out that my good chum had seen a post-watershed TV ad in which someone has their skin pulled off, and she thought this was fairly awesome. So much so, in fact, that we'll probably be celebrating the royal wedding by ripping out each other's electronic spines.

She also used to play Angry Birds, and from this I deduce that the best way to bring more people into gaming is to follow this simple recipe: Birds, then extreme violence. And on that note I must end this observation, as I have to go work on my new project: Fluffy the Penguin's Barbed Wire Skipping Rope Child Massacre. This time next year, I'll be a rich man.

Martin Gaston, Staff Writer - Portal: Still Alive

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Despite being one of the best games made in the entire history of time, Portal didn't win VideoGamer.com's Game of the Year in 2007 - proof, if it were ever needed, that nobody around here knew their arse from their elbow before I showed up. Since blasting my way through the single-player campaign of Portal 2 last week (still waiting for PSN to come back online before I can get into co-op) I've decided to reacquaint myself with the iconic original.

I would normally play on the PC - I'm a bit of a stickler for playing Valve games on the computer - but I impulse bought Portal: Still Alive on the 360 last year in a holiday sale, and I couldn't resist another run through the Aperture Science labs when I read about the 'Out of the Blue' Achievement, which requires you to complete the entire game only ever exiting from the blue portal. Working through the 14 new challenge maps was excellent, too.

Fingers crossed Sony will have sorted PSN out in time for some Portal 2 co-op action next week.

Emily Gera, Staff Writer, The Sims Medieval, PC

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Look out, Charlie Sheen. My hot Saturday night was spent playing Portal 2 for seven hours with a pile of crisps nested on my lap like a blanket. But it's safe to assume that's a pretty accurate description of your own Saturday night so instead of telling you what you already know (it's a great game, run - don't walk - to your nearest shop to buy it if you haven't already) here's a short review of Sims Medieval: If you like The Sims and you like the past then Sims Medieval might be up your alley! It's a structured, quest-based Sims game that leaves you in charge of a kingdom and servants. My favourite pass-time is sending villagers to the stocks and then immediately wooing them. I've decided to role-play as proto-rap star L.L. Crusades whose only aim is to love the one he's with. So yeah, good game.

Jamin Smith, Staff Writer – Scrabble, iPad

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Before last weekend, the last time I'd played Scrabble was about seventeen years ago; I was six-or-so, and forced my little sister to be my opponent. After exhausting my limited vocabulary, I'd invent elaborate meanings for barely pronounceable words, and she'd lap it all up - it was hilarious. Anyway, Scrabble was 59p on the App Store over the Easter Weekend, so I snapped it up. In the modern day version, however - with its touch screen technology and integrated dictionary - there's no way to cheat! Calling your opponent's bluff with ridiculous definitions was such a big part of Scrabble for me as a kid, and now I had to play by the damn rules. Thankfully, I was able to beat my girlfriend fair and square - or to be more precise - I was winning up until the point she got bored and decided she wanted to do something outside instead. Subsequently, I didn't actually play many games last week, hence this slightly dull account of my history with the board game Scrabble.

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EverTheOptimist's Avatar


Portal 2 - Still loving it but I haven't played it in the last week due to not being at home much. Need to get back into it as it's getting very exciting.

Shift 2 - Played a few bits yesterday and tried to finish up the Modern B category before going onto Modern A. Unlocked the time attack category and I'm enjoying that.
Posted 13:07 on 03 May 2011
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Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Rental game came through the other day, have just moved so have no TV but I managed to get a quick go on it. It's pretty fun and tongue in cheek, just what I needed. Glad I didn't buy it however.
Posted 12:59 on 03 May 2011
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Mass Effect 2 - Been playing this all week. 50 hours in and just about to go get the reaper IFF. Depleted every planet, completed all DLC and side quests... feel pretty good with the choices I've made as my paragon adept. Can't wait to play as my secondary character: a renegade soldier chick ^_^

Portal 2 - Haven't been playing as much of this as I would like (see above as for why). Hoping to play lots of CO-OP with NeonS or someone else on my friends list this week. Want to get every achievement for the COOP eventually.
Posted 20:33 on 02 May 2011
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Endless@ Jamin

Still on the first disc, just left Lumeris with Lymle, it's refreshingly simple but with layers of complexity if you want to tap into them. Love the characters and the setting, reminds me a lot of Grandia with PSO overtones. Though i'm pretty sure it'll take a backseat when I get Borderlands due to actually being able to play co-op with people online for a change etc.
Posted 16:03 on 02 May 2011
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Bloodstorm@ squidman

Aye alot of people on forums have been calling DMD a picnic compared to LDK, need to play DMD myself.
Posted 15:13 on 02 May 2011
Jamin's Avatar


Thumbs up for Star Ocean.

You liking it? Far through?

I've been tempted to start another playthrough...
Posted 14:44 on 02 May 2011
Endless's Avatar


Been playing Star Ocean: The last Hope and recently Lee brought Borderlands with him on a weekend break down south so I got to play a bit of that properly. Ordered the GOTY edition from zavvi for £15, bargain! So i'll probably be glued to that for a while when it gets here!
Posted 12:54 on 02 May 2011
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squidman@ Bloodstorm

I've heard nothing but good things about that mode. I should really look into picking up a copy of the PC version, but I want to clear DMD on 360 first.
Posted 12:13 on 02 May 2011
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Shift 2 Unleashed: The fact I've been playing shift recently it wasn't much of an change. Infact apart from the menu, HUD, Track master gage and helmet cam its about the same game.
The helmet cam is awesome but had to take some getting used to.

Fifa 11: Its Fifa so thats that.
Posted 11:09 on 02 May 2011
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DMC4, been playing the AMAZING Legendary Dark Knight mode, if you're looking for a challenge, this is the way to go.
Posted 00:59 on 02 May 2011
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OF Red River - Got stuck on level 4 or 5, don't think I can be assed putting in any effort to get past it. My patience has finally worn out with this game. Patch please.

Portal 2 - I'm near the end of chapter 7 and it is a fantastic game.
Posted 19:58 on 01 May 2011


Civ V - Played about 45 hours worth in 2/3 weeks, it's a good game. just overly time consuming. One game took me 22 hours. Good game, but it's getting a little... same-y now.

Left 4 Dead 2 - Good game to play with others, fun as always

Portal 2 - Not played much of it this week. Still need to finish co op, great game though.

Gears 3 beta - Brilliant, might finally get me to play on the Xbox more.
Posted 18:16 on 01 May 2011
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Metal Gear Solid 4 - My 8th time through, 3rd on the Boss Extreme, I think. MGS4 is the only one that has properly great gameplay, but forcing a vehicle section at the end of Acts 2-4 (my favourite ones) really screws the game up for me. They're not enjoyable, and shouldn't be in Metal Gear Solid games as far as I'm concerned. I'll play through it again soon, but on an easier setting so I can just focus on emblems and collecting stuff.

Bulletstorm - Really enjoyed this. The dialogue is great, and genuinely funny a lot of the time. Sure it's stupid, but that's fine because it's not being serious at all, ever. The core mechanics make it really enjoyable to just play, but I get the impression that higher difficulties would be brutally difficult.

Also played Splinter Cell 3D, which is atrociously bad thanks to the controls.
Posted 18:05 on 01 May 2011
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Literally i've only played just cause 2, mainly because i'm limited with time and i can usually just pause it when i'm doing work and then on the break, just piss about. But because i pause and forget, i've racked up 11 hours or so on it :P
Posted 17:59 on 01 May 2011
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Test Drive Unlimited all week, mainly poker, and managed to win the Poker Tournament twice despite having to start from scratch a few times due to random disconnections whilst playing at a table and two server maintenances which cost me 25,000 casino credits each time. Not funny.

Mafia II is currently getting a workout by Daughter Number One who loves it to bits so far, and we've just come back from a shopping trip where I'd hoped to pick up a copy of Disgaea: Hour of Darkness for the PS2 to add to my 'epic games for when I get a couple of months free pile', but no luck.

Shift Unleashed got a couple of hours on the 360 last night, where I managed to obliterate most of Wido's Autolog times on the tracks I tried. I don't find the driving as immersive as Forza 3's, nor do I get the same sense of progression as Shift tends to start you off in high end cars straight away rather than making you work up from stock, so you're fast from the word go.

If Forza had Shift's front end 'fun' menu system, silly intros and autolog, or Shift had Forza's simulation handling and crispy graphics, it'd be a marriage made in heaven.
Posted 14:05 on 01 May 2011

Game Stats

Technical Specs
Release Date: 22/10/2008
Developer: Valve
Publisher: Microsoft
Genre: Puzzle
No. Players: One
Rating: PEGI 12+
Site Rank: 1,252 32
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