“Portal: Still Alive is extra challenges with a disregard for story”

Friday, 22nd August 2008 14:34 GMT By Mike

Joystiq has taken a look at XBLA title Portal: Still Alive, and has said that the game is just “extra challenges with a disregard for story.”

From the piece:

If your wish for Portal: Still Alive is extra challenges with a disregard for story than this Arcade release is exactly what you want as it controls as well as it ever has with an Xbox 360 controller. However, if the realization that the additional content will solely be based on gameplay with a complete disregard for an additional story then Still Alive may have you worried that the Portal train is making an unnecessary stop on Microsoft’s Arcade.

Full thing through the link.

By Mike Bowden



  1. Blerk

    Buy Portal or buy Orange Box…. buy Portal or buy Orange Box?

    /weighs up the options
    /weighs up some more
    /spends money on a really nice sandwich instead

    #1 6 years ago
  2. morriss

    I got my 60Gb 360 today. Traded in the Halo 3 console, GTA IV (meeeeehhh) and Guitar Hero III with Guitar plus £25.


    #2 6 years ago
  3. Blerk

    Even I like GTA, you mentalist!

    #3 6 years ago
  4. Whizzo

    Remember, morriss is someone who bought a Halo 3 360, his judgement is rather suspect!

    #4 6 years ago
  5. morriss

    For me, the mark of a game worth keeping is when you’re away from it, even if it’s for a few days, every now and then you think: “Must get back to that” etc.

    When I think about GTA after having put it down after around 12 or so hours total play time I think: “Wow. I’ve still got this” and then completely forget it again.

    #5 6 years ago
  6. No_PUDding

    You are crazy for liking it. unless you never played a GTA last generation.

    The only eason I keep it is to see Euphoria. Damn that’s geeky, but it’s funny and impressive, so I don’t care. And I keep all my games.

    I still ahve Splinter Cell Double Agent, and that’s the worst game I played this generation, specifically because it’s a PS3 choppy framerate port.

    #6 6 years ago
  7. Psychotext

    So this has the story part and a bunch of extra puzzles on top? Win.

    #7 6 years ago
  8. morriss

    No. It doesn’t. read again.

    “disregard” for story


    #8 6 years ago
  9. No_PUDding

    No story, just puzzles.

    #9 6 years ago
  10. Psychotext

    “However, if the realization that the additional content will solely be based on gameplay with a complete disregard for an additional story”

    Additional content will have no story. The original game is still intact.

    “Those who were unfortunate enough to never play the original Portal are in luck as Portal: Still Alive is essentially the exact same experience but with a few added bonuses.”


    #10 6 years ago
  11. morriss

    But this isn’t the original game. It’s just extra levels. Nothing else.

    #11 6 years ago
  12. Psychotext

    Incorrect. It’s the original game plus additional levels. Contact your sources.

    “With Portal: Still Alive, you’re getting the original game that comes in The Orange Box,” an Xbox representative told us.”

    /continues victory dance, with added taunts

    Hey Pat, if you ever want to start paying for writers give me a call. You pay peanuts, you get monkeys. ;)

    #12 6 years ago
  13. No_PUDding

    Well yer… But you can already get the game…

    I just got it for PC :D

    #13 6 years ago
  14. morriss

    You still lose, psycho.

    #14 6 years ago
  15. morriss

    From the Wiki:

    Portal: Still Alive

    Portal: Still Alive was announced as an exclusive Xbox Live Arcade game at the 2008 E3 convention to be released sometime later in 2008, and will feature new levels and achievements.[42] The additional content will be drawn from levels from the map pack based on “Portal: The Flash Version” created by We Create Stuff and will contain no additional story-related levels.[43] According to Valve spokesman Doug Lombardi, Valve has been in discussion with Microsoft to bring Portal to Xbox Live Marketplace, but was limited by the amount of bandwidth that Microsoft is willing to allow for such content.

    #15 6 years ago
  16. morriss

    #16 6 years ago
  17. Psychotext

    No… additional… story. Original game, plus additional levels with no… additional… story.

    Why is this so hard to understand? It wouldn’t be so bad but it’s in the very article you linked!

    #17 6 years ago
  18. morriss

    Right, well, I didn’t know that. :) All I thought it was, was just new levels within the Portal world.

    #18 6 years ago
  19. morriss

    heh. Seems like I wrote that story too.

    I need a lie down.

    #19 6 years ago
  20. No_PUDding

    So Portal is a downloadable now… with extra levels. Nice.

    Why no story? You don’t have to hire a voice actor…

    #20 6 years ago
  21. Psychotext

    This is really no different to the standalone Steam version with some DLC. I’m not sure what people are expecting given there’s a Portal 2 due out at some point.

    #21 6 years ago
  22. Blerk


    #22 6 years ago

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