New Portal 2 trailer gives first taste of how co-op will work

Portal can apparently do no wrong. The original was so good we ventured that it might in fact be the perfect videogame. But one thing it didn't have was co-op - and that's something the sequel is about to address in some style. Take a look at this CG trailer, which shows how much fun two people can have with logic puzzles and a portal gun.

The cynical could argue that it looks exactly like single-player Portal but with two players, but the potential for gameplay that's beyond anything seen in the ground-breaking original is very high. Not only will more complex puzzles be possible with the extra player, it will also give GlaDOS plenty of new behaviour to analyse. Not least because there's also plenty of scope for annoying the hell out of your co-op partner. It's only a matter of time before someone opens up a portal under their mate's feet and drops him into an acid pit.

Speaking of building on the original, look closer and you'll find that the two robots are made out of a gun turret and a personality core from the original game. They've also been animated to Pixar-quality, with loads of expression in their eyes. If this is carried over to the game itself, we should be in for a treat.

On a side note, I couldn't help but notice that the 'one short, one tall' makes them look like Mobo and Robo from retro classic Bonanza Bros (oops... careful how you type that - 'Bonanza Bris' is a completely different kind of game).

Above: Even the colour of the eyes corresponds to Mobo and Robo. Co-incidence, or knowing nod?

Basically, Dave H is going to explode at his desk if he gets any more excited about Portal 2 and, despite telling everyone that co-op can be a terrible idea, even he thinks this is going to be great. Do you agree? Or should Portal be a single-player only experience? Let us know in the comments.

24 Aug, 2010

Source: Gametrailers


  • BurntToShreds - August 25, 2010 3:48 a.m.

    And I thought Gabe ate all the talent Valve had left. I guess he just ate the Ep. 3 dev team.
  • nomnom52 - August 25, 2010 2:42 a.m.

    Actually, the robots will be quiet. Thankfully, because if they made smart-ass comments all the time, then your concentration would be broken. This could get especially frustrating on the tougher puzz- I mean test chambers.
  • Grif - August 24, 2010 10:08 p.m.

    So long as you are working with someone who knows what they are doing this will be fun. Now it's time to go find someone who I can trust... it may take awhile
  • shyfonzie - August 24, 2010 9:07 p.m.

    All right, It's just some robots!! I hope they say some funny stuff!
  • Thequestion 121 - August 24, 2010 7:57 p.m.

    I think co-op would be a great idea. Working together to get past an amazing puzzle is too good to resist.
  • Imgema - August 24, 2010 7:22 p.m.

    I was worried about the co-op at first because i thought that they would introduce new human characters and that would break the fine sense of isolation that i liked so much in the original Portal. However the inclusion of robots is a brilliant idea because Chell is still the only human around (so far) and at the same time we get a co-op with two characters that are already funny... who knows what hilarious quotes the personality core and the turret will make!
  • Defguru7777 - August 24, 2010 6:48 p.m.

    There are a thousand ways this co-op could go wrong... if it wasn't being developed by Valve. It'll be friggin' perfect.
  • NathanXplosion - August 24, 2010 6:28 p.m.

    Urge to play rising, RISING!
  • JohnnyMaverik - August 24, 2010 5:10 p.m.

    @ oufour Funny xD
  • mahabat - August 24, 2010 5:01 p.m.

    some games, yeah co-op can easily destroy. but man alive, freakin sweet for portal, cant even describe how excited that makes me
  • oufour - August 24, 2010 4:35 p.m.

    amazing. if infamous 2 wasn't coming out next summer portal 2 would have a great shot at GOTY.
  • neilbeforezod - August 24, 2010 4:28 p.m.

    gonna be fantastic. now where the hell is my HL2:Ep3?!
  • EnragedTortoise1 - August 24, 2010 2:56 p.m.

    I swear to f&%ing Christ, if this comes out close to the 3DS..
  • StrayGator - August 24, 2010 2:50 p.m.

    Reminds me of Bert and Ernie.
  • Fiirestorm21 - August 24, 2010 2:49 p.m.

    DO WANT.
  • Hydrohs - August 24, 2010 2:46 p.m.

    I think co-op fits a game like Portal perfectly. Two brains are better than one, and there's nothing like solving problems with your buddies.
  • JohnnyMaverik - August 24, 2010 2:45 p.m.

    I agree and I know how he feels, valve back to doing what they do best, blowing us all away, Portal 2 will be GOTY... and if it isn't then some very, very good games will be coming out next year, either way we win.
  • Crabhand - August 24, 2010 2:41 p.m.

    I can't wait to play some co-op. I was surprised at how much creativity Valve was adding to the single player experience, and if it is any indicator, we can expect some insanely cool puzzles for co-op. Also, the music from all of the trailers thus far has been fucking brilliant.
  • IsaacFenix - August 24, 2010 2:23 p.m.

    Excuse me, I think I accidentally made a mess of my immediate surroundings. Let me get back to you?

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