Portal 2 DLC Now Available for Only $140

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Portal 2 DLC Now Available for Only $140

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If you're aching for more Portal 2, you can now get more Portal 2 - but only if you have a special $140 controller.

Back in January, Valve and gaming peripheral maker Razer jointly announced that the developer would be making special Portal 2 content to take advantage of Razer's motion-sensitive "Hydra" controller.

As of today, Gamers can now pick up the special Hydra content pack for the low, low price of absolutely free. That is, it's free if you own a Razer Hydra. The Razer Hydra, by the way, costs $140 (but to be fair, it does come with a free copy of Portal 2).

According to the Razer Hydra site, the Sixense MotionPack DLC is comprised of levels designed specifically to "harness the full capabilities" of the gadget: "Intuitively reach out and interact in Portal Test Chambers using the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device in complete three-dimensions; fire portals at exact, accurate angles and throw Weighted Companion Cubes with the right force, the way it's meant to be played."

I'm not even really sure how the dual-"nunchuck" setup works with the Hydra, or what the purpose of the glowing ball is - if it isn't just the sensor bar styled to look cool, of course. But more of the superb Portal 2 can hardly be a bad thing, and truth be told I'm interested to see how Valve and Razer have designed content for explicit use of a motion controller.

I'm just not $140 worth of interested. But I bet somewhere out there, someone is enough of a Portal fan to go for it. Of course, it's not like the Hydra can only be used with Portal, so you could always rationalize it as an investment.

(Via MTV Multiplayer)

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Only 140$, neat-o!

I'm actually interested in the controller, seems to have a lot of good potential if things were made with it's compatibility in mind.

I wouldn't pay $140 just to use it with Portal 2 of course, that would just be the added incentive.

damn... if there only was a controller similar to this on one of the existing consoles for less money...

Well, the controller is pretty close to a modified Wiimote + nunchuck, so, people praising this thing and hating the Wiimote would be lying to themselves. I'd still pick one of these though. For the record, I loved the Wiimote... when it was well implemented, like in Metroid Prime Trilogy.

This controller could be worth while.... if only they had more than one game for it. That just makes a cool, but way overly expensive copy of Portal 2. Crazy shit. Now, if this controller got more industry support, it could be worth it. I must confess, the Wiimote and Nunchuck combination was fun and worth while as long it was implemented properly (which it wasn't most of the time). It made FPS on the Wii a lot of fun, Like Metroid Prime for exampe.

More support and you got me.

I was looking into getting one of these a while back, thought it would be cool. Can't justify the money yet.

crazeecurt:

Baresark:
This controller could be worth while.... if only they had more than one game for it. That just makes a cool, but way overly expensive copy of Portal 2. Crazy shit. Now, if this controller got more industry support, it could be worth it. I must confess, the Wiimote and Nunchuck combination was fun and worth while as long it was implemented properly (which it wasn't most of the time). It made FPS on the Wii a lot of fun, Like Metroid Prime for exampe.

More support and you got me.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=78Fsks9ZRNU&feature=related

I must say, that looks super precise. Hmmm, if the list of supported games grows, I'm sold. or if they can institute a system that makes it so you can customize game controls with it, kind of like my Logitech G13. I'm gonna keep my eye on this.

Edit: it already supports 125 games, and they are going to release profiles as games come out, and there is software in the works that will allow you to customize controls to motions.... Guess I know my next investment, haha. From that CodBlops video, it's super precise, which is awesome. The only real downside to the console counterparts.

123(€139.99)?

50-60 then we will start talking.

C'mon you fanboys eat it up! You know you need more Portal in your life!

OT: Razer is all about quality so maybe this would be worth the money, but as of right now I have no interest in Portal 2

At its heart I see no difference to dropping the cash for this and dropping the cash for a steering wheel.

Kudos for the innovation (and bravo for the intelligence and bravery to create exclusive DLC), but for me to entertain something like this it would need a vast catalogue of software to take advantage of. Come to think of it, a game that I'm actually interested in too...

Likely it will be a forgotten piece of tech that I went "interesting" at once.

Another scam designed to milk the fans of a game franchise...

Razer makes some really nice stuff, but I'm not shelling for another motion product, I've got a Wii already and that doesn't get used enough as it is.

Ah the gaming mouse industry, it's practically extortion. I find it hilarious to see people flaunt their 100 euro mice when the best pro-Starcraft players use Microsoft mice they bought for 10 quid.

This however is a new direction, rather than appealing to the gamer who thinks skill comes with equipment, now they're moving towards capitalizing on the hardcore fans, just like that WoW mouse.

Still, at least you're getting a damn awesome game with it.

It is a bit wiimote and nunchuck-y, but it seems to work pretty well, as in you don't need to flail like a moron to do things. Most of the motions seem to be minimal for maximum effect, looking at that vid and the guys hands. This controller would be well suited to an FPS. Dual joysticks for movement, the closest to mouse like accuracy a console has gotten to. This controller has potential for plenty of games, I hope devs realize it.

I'm keeping my eye on this and waiting for the first wave of suckers buyers to test it out for me. It could make for a novel alternate control device for some of my space combat games once we can customize the input. Or it could flop.

I'll probably get a low-content post warning, but...

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All my feelings summed up in one gif.

SupahGamuh:
Well, the controller is pretty close to a modified Wiimote + nunchuck, so, people praising this thing and hating the Wiimote would be lying to themselves. I'd still pick one of these though. For the record, I loved the Wiimote... when it was well implemented, like in Metroid Prime Trilogy.

I would too, assuming it begins to be supported by other high profile games, and not just valve ones.

Scars Unseen:
I'm keeping my eye on this and waiting for the first wave of suckers buyers to test it out for me. It could make for a novel alternate control device for some of my space combat games once we can customize the input. Or it could flop.

It already supports 125 games, and they are going to release new profiles for new games. And are making software to customize the motion controls how you want, meaning you can use it for any game you feel like in the future.

mad825:
123(€139.99)?

50-60 then we will start talking.

That is dead on the balls accurate!

Leave it to Valve to finally create a motion controlled game that even "hardcore" gamers can love.

Just so you know this is not the DLC Valve promised to release during the summer.

I thought us PC gamers were to be spared of motion controllers.

If they were selling it for about 60-70$ I would buy it since I'm going to get Portal 2 at some point.

It supports Poker Night at the Inventory! Wow! I wonder what other games that couldn't possibly benefit from motion control will have motion control support added!

But seriously, I want to play Left 4 Dead 2 with this. It's gotta be all kinds of fun.

P.S. Thanks

edit: I'm not even slightly disappointed that this DLC requires this accessory. Having watched the video, it looks like it would be unpleasant, bordering on impossible, with a standard mouse+keyboard setup.

This is work Valve has done on new content that is strictly for a new-fangled controller that costs more than average gamers can afford. What other games also use this controller? Quite a lot actually, but I have my doubts you get anything extra except feeling like you are playing Wii on your PC.
Lately Valve doesn't feel like the company it used to be, and instead is just trying to get money for money's sake without putting out decent quality or anything new. Don't get me wrong, I love Portal 2. JK Simmons alone makes that game worthwhile. But it is a sequel to Portal just about as Left 4 Dead 2 is a sequel to Left 4 Dead 1. As in maybe but just not quite.

If Valve wants to pander to the rich then they can, but they better be prepared to start losing other customers.

And by the way, that controller is gimmicky shit.

i got all excited and then remembered i am a console gamer. boo hoo for me, but the thing is still too expensive IMO. I might actually use my free Steam copy of Portal2 if this thing were cheaper, *sigh* maybe someday.

No thanks Valve but I'm not spending that much for DLC.

Ill get one and sell it on Ebay in 20 years. I'm thinking it will turn out like the power glove or rob the robot

Not interested in the slightest, 140 is too much

Looks like the control panel from a Tron Recognizer(The space invader ships). The whole tractor-beam and stretch function seems like cheating.

Looks like a nice controller but for 140 dollars, no thank you.

samsonguy920:
This is work Valve has done on new content that is strictly for a new-fangled controller that costs more than average gamers can afford. What other games also use this controller? Quite a lot actually, but I have my doubts you get anything extra except feeling like you are playing Wii on your PC.
Lately Valve doesn't feel like the company it used to be, and instead is just trying to get money for money's sake without putting out decent quality or anything new. Don't get me wrong, I love Portal 2. JK Simmons alone makes that game worthwhile. But it is a sequel to Portal just about as Left 4 Dead 2 is a sequel to Left 4 Dead 1. As in maybe but just not quite.

If Valve wants to pander to the rich then they can, but they better be prepared to start losing other customers.

And by the way, that controller is gimmicky shit.

Kinda agree with you. The last couple of Valve games have felt more like DLC than anything else. Portal 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 were fine, but IMO they were games that would have fitted better as 20-30 dollar expansion packs than full games.

Oh well, I picked up Left 4 Dead 2 for like 6 euros on Steam so im not going to complain too much. Since they arent setting the world on fire im comfortable waiting till these games drop to a more suitable price - which they do, through Steam.

I just wish they would make a proper new IP or Episode 3. Stop fiddling around with puzzle and co-op and make a good FPS, dammit.

OT: Fuck Portal, I am done with it.

You know why? Because of you fuckers. Thats right, its your fault!

People on the escapist and the Internet in general have been spewing out the cake is a lie, spaace, lemons, whatever so much that I cant fucking hear it anymore. I am sick of it. The franchise is ruined for me.

SmashLovesTitanQuest:

samsonguy920:
This is work Valve has done on new content that is strictly for a new-fangled controller that costs more than average gamers can afford. What other games also use this controller? Quite a lot actually, but I have my doubts you get anything extra except feeling like you are playing Wii on your PC.
Lately Valve doesn't feel like the company it used to be, and instead is just trying to get money for money's sake without putting out decent quality or anything new. Don't get me wrong, I love Portal 2. JK Simmons alone makes that game worthwhile. But it is a sequel to Portal just about as Left 4 Dead 2 is a sequel to Left 4 Dead 1. As in maybe but just not quite.

If Valve wants to pander to the rich then they can, but they better be prepared to start losing other customers.

And by the way, that controller is gimmicky shit.

Kinda agree with you. The last couple of Valve games have felt more like DLC than anything else. Portal 2 and Left 4 Dead 2 were fine, but IMO they were games that would have fitted better as 20-30 dollar expansion packs than full games.

Oh well, I picked up Left 4 Dead 2 for like 6 euros on Steam so im not going to complain too much. Since they arent setting the world on fire im comfortable waiting till these games drop to a more suitable price - which they do, through Steam.

I just wish they would make a proper new IP or Episode 3. Stop fiddling around with puzzle and co-op and make a good FPS, dammit.

OT: Fuck Portal, I am done with it.

You know why? Because of you fuckers. Thats right, its your fault!

People on the escapist and the Internet in general have been spewing out the cake is a lie, spaace, lemons, whatever so much that I cant fucking hear it anymore. I am sick of it. The franchise is ruined for me.

I'm not letting you near any lemons.

Couldn't help myself. But I do understand what you mean. There are memes and cliches, and then there is beating a dead horse. But do remember that escapists are young teens as well that just don't know any better. You just gotta learn to ignore that kinda stuff so it doesn't spoil the entertainment for you.

Valve is known for HalfLife, Portal, Team Fortress, Counterstrike, Day of Defeat, and Left 4 Dead. A decent roster for a gaming company. And yet everything feels old anymore coming from them.
Blizzard is known for three games: Warcraft, Starcraft, and Diablo. And, though Warcraft smells old(moldy even), when Starcraft 2 came out(first chapter) it smelled fresh as a daisy with new mechanics and such. And then there is also a new IP coming out with Blizzard's new MMO.
Why isn't Valve feeling as original? Too much on their plate? Their last original mechanic was the gravity gun. Watching the vid for this Razer controller reminded me of that. And if that's all you get out of playing with it is more gravity gun stuff, then it is absolutely nothing new, and you don't even need the controller to do all of that. I've been stretching stuff with mouse and keyboard with ease long before then. Without the danger of punching my friends or the screen.

Lame, Valve. Lame.

Edit: After reading this again, I just realized I oopsied by omitting the Portal Gun itself. But even taking that into account I feel my argument still stands, especially as there isn't much time difference between the reveal of both guns. It feels like nothing new anymore from Valve.

From the video in the thread, it doesn't look any different from the move. So they'd better bring out Move compatibility for the PS3.

Then I'd be okay.

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