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No more potatoes: Portal 2 available right now on Steam

Tuesday, 19th April 2011 05:32 GMT By Brenna Hillier

The countdown is complete. Portal 2 for PC and Mac is available right now on Steam.

Valve’s follow-up to the breakaway hit original was due on April 19, but for the last three weeks, the developer has played a deep AR Game.

A long trail of clues hidden in the Potato Sack indie game bundle culminated in a request from GLaDOS herself to lend CPU cycles to her reboot systems.

By clocking up enough hours in thirteen different games, players let the AI out of the bag a few hours early – worldwide.

There is some speculation that the PotatoFool’s AR Game may continue, leading up to an Half-Life-related announcement, perhaps at E3.

Bonus content
Ten hours’ grace for US players (and a little extra for international markets) might be reward enough in itself, but for the naysayers, there’s more.

Those who found all thirty-six potatoes during the AR game have been rewarded with a golden potato – and a free copy of the entire Valve Pack on Steam, which includes Portal 2 itself.

Big Download reports that an interactive trailer for J.J. Abrams upcoming flick Super 8 is available from the game’s Extras menu.

Retail response
Valve’s little bonus for PC and Mac gamers didn’t go unnoticed by console-centric retailers.

In Australia and New Zealand, where a physical retail release is not scheduled until April 21, the street date has ben broken by major chains and speciality shops including EB Games and GAME – presumably to avoid sales lost to those giving in to the temptation of a quick digital copy.

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  1. Dralen

    Wooooo! It’s about time.

    #1 3 years ago
  2. Phoenixblight

    Reviews are leaking through.

    9.5 IGN

    http://pc.ign.com/articles/116/1162215p1.html

    #2 3 years ago
  3. Talkar

    I am okay. I am still a person. Who is okay. I am busy doing safe things that are supervised by a responsible safety associate.

    #3 3 years ago
  4. mathare92

    @2 You can always trust IGN to get “permission” to out a review before the embargo drops.

    Likewise, you can always trust that the review will read like the a drab, monotonous manual, and will only be slightly longer than a news story even with the inflated font size. :)

    #4 3 years ago
  5. Patrick Garratt

    They’ve lifted the embargo. You’ll start seeing a lot of scores soon.

    #5 3 years ago
  6. freedoms_stain

    I don’t think the street date was broken, Valve’s announcement of Portal 2′s availability said that it would be available from retailers today too.

    #6 3 years ago
  7. Phoenixblight

    @4

    I wasn’t saying it was the best review ever just stating that the review for Portal 2 was on IGN. Drama queen much?

    #7 3 years ago
  8. mathare92

    @8 Neither was I implying that you were stating as such. -.-

    Just a generel comment. Maybe I shoulda left out the “@2″ part.

    #8 3 years ago
  9. Phoenixblight

    @8

    Oh well sorry I guess I put on the offensive too quick. I agree with you IGN is not the best for reviews but then again who is?

    #9 3 years ago
  10. mathare92

    ^ Depends on your reading tastes, I guess. For various reason, I usually go for eurogamer,cvg,rockpapershotgun,videogamer or killscreen.

    Of course, one should NEVER buy a game before listening to what Zero Punctuation has to say about it.

    Sample: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/zero-punctuation/2680-Minecraft :D

    #10 3 years ago
  11. Phoenixblight

    @10
    “Of course, one should NEVER buy a game before listening to what Zero Punctuation has to say about it.”
    Hahah. Right?

    I do usually read rockpapershotgun because of their direct approach.

    #11 3 years ago