Watch Portal 2’s clever new trailers, for science!

After Gabe Newell’s shocking E3 announcement that Portal 2 will be showing up on PS3 in addition to 360, PC and Mac, it was official, Portal 2 is going to be huge. To celebrate the impending hugeness, Valve is releasing new Portal 2 videos everyday this week, which so far includes an introduction to one of the game’s sidekicks, a personality core named Wheatley, and introductory videos for some new Aperture Science gizmos.

Above: "Asbestos, the Excursion Funnel and you" an Aperture Science pamphlet

The personality cores are little disembodied spherical computers that travel around on ceiling mounted rails, and can apparently provide access to locked doors and other functions. Wheately is apparently responsible for waking Chell up, and comically prattles on in his charming Cockney accent during the trailer (though allegedly his voice is only a placeholder provided by one of the animators). While he's somewhat handicapped by being bolted to the ceiling, your gravity gun makes a great impromptu stroller as you can see:

The other two videos Valve has released reveal the new Faith Plate and Excursion Funnels, two wondrous new technologies from Aperture Science. The videos start off with some clever instructional footage that resembles official Aperture Science media. The Faith Plate is like a mini catapult, quickly bouncing Chell or an object in one direction; It looks like they're activated by anything that touches them. As an added hazard, the ones in the video are placed precariously over some possibly lethal liquid: 

The Excursion Funnel is apparently a tunnel of liquid Asbestos, designed to transport objects and players around the level. While to location of the Funnel seems fixed, you can shoot a portal at one of its endpoints to redirect it like so:

Wow, if these are just the introductory videos we're already worried our minds are going to overheat trying to crack some of these puzzles. Valve's got even more new stuff to reveal, so make sure to check back tomorrow to see what other miracles, and disasters, Aperture Science has in store. 

Jun 29, 2010




  • RacistParentsHitHo - July 1, 2010 5:29 p.m.

    Shhiiiii... this looks even better than the first one. My brain will implode.
  • ryno - July 1, 2010 3:59 a.m.

  • Vitoruss1 - July 1, 2010 2:08 a.m.

    I really liked Wheatley's voice! I wish they kept it, he gives the game a more familiar and hospitable tone. These puzzles look amazing!
  • NearNRiver - June 30, 2010 6:33 p.m.

    I like the voice, though maybe a bit more synth. This trailer made me cry with excitement.
  • EnragedTortoise1 - June 30, 2010 5:51 p.m.

    Wheatley smells like meme.
  • Kehno - June 30, 2010 5:40 p.m.

    I love Wheatley's dialogue, he's just precious.
  • vinicusg.t.guedes - June 30, 2010 11:34 a.m.

    Looks fantastic. Now I want half life ep 3 even more.
  • rxb - June 30, 2010 11:09 a.m.

    The English accent in that thing is great. Looking forward to this.
  • Hammerburst - June 30, 2010 10:28 a.m.

    I actually really liked that Wheatley voice! and it would seem I'm gonna need a lobotomy after portal 2.
  • Felixthecat - June 30, 2010 7:12 a.m.

    Awww, I don't want Wheatley to get a new voice, or otherwise I won't be able to relate to ANY of the characters :( But Portal 2 looks purdy.
  • toastile - June 30, 2010 5:37 a.m.

    Haha Wheatley's the man.
  • IChooseUAntistaMON - June 30, 2010 4:17 a.m.

    these vids make my dick hard
  • lukel127 - June 30, 2010 3:55 a.m.

    I like wheaty's voice its got a comical tone in a serious game. Anyways those puzzles look extremely hard.
  • GoodGuyWithACrappyJob - June 30, 2010 2:02 a.m.

    As Mencken once said, "For every problem, there is a solution that is neat and simple--and wrong." Cannot wait for this game. Always loved the ingenious puzzles in the first one.
  • CurryIsGood - June 30, 2010 12:23 a.m.

    ok so now it has been confimed that Valve is the holy voice od God
  • Cleanser247 - June 30, 2010 12:22 a.m.

    I absolutely cannot wait for Portal 2! The levels look so challenging, and I can't wait to see all the new features Valve's added to it!
  • r3ap3r - June 30, 2010 12:06 a.m.

    wheatley is awesome but damn this game looks like its going to b one of my favorites this year.
  • hardcore_gamer1990 - June 29, 2010 11:58 p.m.

    Wheatly + synth = WIN
  • Conman93 - June 29, 2010 11:35 p.m.

    I freaking love wheatly. This game looks really charming but challenging. I haven't even played the first one yet but I know I'll love it and this one!
  • DabWolf - June 29, 2010 11:28 p.m.

    Jesus, I can't wait to play the next Portal; it probably was the best thing out of the Orange Box!

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