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New Portal 2 gameplay footage is the most complicated and amazing thing you'll see all day. Also, GLaDOS!

As a  long-time Valve fanboy, I'm obviously troubling my trousers with excitement over Portal 2. But I, like many of us, had previously wondered how a sequel could possibly improve upon the original. I knew it would of course. At this stage I'd trust Valve with the care of my own imaginary children, and would continue to do so even if they were real. But all the brief glimpses of gameplay and talk of Excursion Funnels and Repulsion Gel still hadn't given me a clear picture of quite how amazing Portal 2 is going to be.

This new Gamescom footage has. And sweet Jesus, my life has just got better by 270%. 540%, counting both times I had to watch it to take it all in. Yours will too. Watch it. GLaDOS is on-screen and everything.

By way of further clarification (or if you just have an allergy to internet-based video), what we have above is a series of Aperture environments designed to show off the way portals interact with some of the game's new elements. Repulsion Gel is a blue paint that imbues anything it touches with springy-bouncy properties, allowing you to create your own playforming tricks and launch enemies into the air. Propulsion Gel is the orange version that turns the surfaces it coats into accelerator plates, boosting the speed of things travelling across them to ludicrous levels. Excursion Funnels are tractor beams. All three of the above can be sent through portals, and all three can be combined for mind-bending domination of your environment.

If you're au fait with British comedy, you might also notice the rambling West Country tones of one Stephen Merchant over the first part of the video. Co-writer and director of The Office and Extras, he's voicing Wheatley, the Personality Core who guides Chell through the opening sections of the game. And already, I like Wheatley a lot.

So, have Portal 2's vastly evolved gameplay and just plain vast environments got you as steamingly excited as I am? Or are you notoriously hard to please and still requiring of more? Let me know in the comments.

38 comments

  • Kehno - August 24, 2010 6:13 a.m.

    I think I liked Wheatley's voice a bit more before, when it wasn't as... deep, but that is hardcore nitpicking. This looks wonderful.
  • philipshaw - August 20, 2010 12:26 p.m.

    This will be amazing, getting PS3 version because Gabe said "it will be the console version of Portal 2"
  • Crabhand - August 20, 2010 9:44 a.m.

    @abbottfrizzell And the PC version is likely to be superior to both. Everyone is lower on the food chain (except for the glorious PC master race, of course). I just cannot wait for this game. The original Portal had a simple system and endearing charm. Portal 2 has some mighty big shoes to fill and so far it looks like Valve is doing everything perfectly.
  • bedelicious - August 20, 2010 8:20 a.m.

    Everything they've shown from the game so far has been super impressive.
  • Memph - August 20, 2010 1:23 a.m.

    it's getting harder and harder to avoid any and all portal 2 vids and teasers it just sounds so damn ace. i don't in any way want it ruined or have the moment when i first play and it blows my socks off watered down by knowing anything about what i'm gonna be undoubtedly amazed by.
  • Radagast107 - August 20, 2010 12:56 a.m.

    I loved the first portal but it needed more challenges. This looks so good. The only issue I have is that I hope the ending is better than the first one.
  • TeslaVonMagnus - August 20, 2010 12:47 a.m.

    Incredible. Portal 2 looks wondferociously astoundazing! I CAN'T WAIT!
  • ChampKind - August 19, 2010 9:23 p.m.

    @ Crofto & Tomsta, surely you are getting Merchant muddled up with Gareth? Merchant has only a cameo in the Office, as Oggy, a friend of Gareths. Would have to be a terrible cameo to garner that much dislike? On another note, game looks amazing, makes me want to play the original again and again until its released!
  • NightAce84 - August 19, 2010 8:55 p.m.

    Steven Merchant, yay! I will be buying this game just for him. The guy is a comedic genius for the Office, Ricky Gervais Show, and Extras especially. Oh, and the new gels and beams aren't bad either. When I say "aren't bad", I mean freaking awesome.
  • lovinmyps3 - August 19, 2010 8:30 p.m.

    OMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMGOMG!!! CAN'T WAIT!!!!
  • mubobi7593 - August 19, 2010 8:25 p.m.

    OHMYGOSH. This is the best thing in all of forever! I want to play this sooo much! The only possible detraction I can think of to this game, however, is that my head hurts just from watching someone else play, let alone trying to figure out the puzzles myself >_>'
  • NipplesTheSuperHippo - August 19, 2010 7:54 p.m.

    My brain . . . it's dripping from my ears!!!!
  • Jacko415 - August 19, 2010 7:34 p.m.

    i love you valve.
  • Crimmy - August 19, 2010 6:35 p.m.

    Day one purchase. 'Nuff said.
  • Axcleblade - August 19, 2010 4:02 p.m.

    I'm going to need to go shopping for some more pants.
  • Helios - August 19, 2010 3:44 p.m.

    Yeah, this is totally and completely epic.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - August 19, 2010 3:34 p.m.

    awesome. Just awesome.
  • Fiirestorm21 - August 19, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    Yeah, some of it was reused from the E3 demo but all in all still brilliant. All that antipathy leading up to E3 because it wasn't Episode Three. Much as I still am eager for the next Half-Life, when are we going to learn to stop doubting Valve?
  • Darthspud - August 19, 2010 2:13 p.m.

    AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRRRRRGGGGGGGGGGGGHHHHHHH!!! I want sooo badly! LOVE overriding grammar an spelllin skeels.
  • RabidCabbage - August 19, 2010 2:10 p.m.

    I thought that was Steve Merchant. I'm looking forward to this more than I expected, which is nice.

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