During Microsoft's E3
press conference, the announcement of Portal: Still Alive
caused OMG MEGATON waves of excitement throughout the fanboy nation. That was until we discovered it wasn't a full fledged sequel and would instead be a re-release of the Portal
game as experienced through the Orange Box
with additional content. Soon, OXM confirmed
the new content wouldn't be story driven which was a bit of a bummer, but now we're hearing from Valve's Doug Lombardi that the addition content won't even be original.
Lombardi informed GameSetWatch that Portal: Still Alive
's additional content will actually come from the fan created, fan tribute Portal: The Flash Version
. Levels that can be experienced for free, online but now re-certified for inclusion on the 360 as part of Portal: Still Alive
. It's kinda sucky if you think about it, because the flash inspired levels will not feature any story elements or the iconic GLaDOS herself. Major bummer.
So, for those who have yet to experience Portal
in all its portal creation glory, Portal: Still Alive
looks to be a perfect purchase. It'll be a stand alone XBLA download featuring all the original Portal
content plus a few levels from Portal: The Flash Version
all for a reasonable price. But for those who already own the Orange Box
, Still Alive
may not be worth the MS points. Unless, of course, achievements are the main draw or you don't own a computer to play Portal: The Flash Version
. If that's the case, then how are you reading this? Public library computers?