Valve Unveils 'Portal 2' Multiplayer Screenshots at PAX

Portal 2 will be Published by EA

I am definitely one of the many waiting with baited breath for every new detail of Valve's upcoming sequel Portal 2. The videos of new game mechanics have already got my head spinning with possibilities, and the time left until release feels like torture.

So when Valve announced that not only would Portal 2 feature a Co-op campaign, but that it would be longer than the original game in length, and contain its own complete storyline, I was sold.

Today, we're getting a sneak peak at just what that campaign will look like with new multiplayer screenshots from the PAX showroom floor.

The first game was essentially a co-op experience for a ton of gamers, since many played the entire campaign with a friend or loved one next to them on the couch. When the announcement trailer for co-op was released, it was as if Valve had looked into our hearts - opening up a spot in the game for my best friend alongside me. Yet another example that many other game developers should follow when preparing their sequels.

When Project Manager Erik Johnson described the co-op mechanics, it sounded like a totally unique gaming experience - this fact alone has me frothing at the mouth for more Portal 2 details. That said, the co-op details are still quite scarce, though its clear that you'll be playing as one of two humanoid robots - making their way through the future remnants of the Aperture Science labs.

I don't know about you guys, but I definitely get a blue and red M&M vibe from these two. Check out the co-op screenshots from Portal 2 below:

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It's hard for me not to gush when I talk about Portal 2, since the E3 announcement trailer was all it took for Valve's presentation to be one of the most memorable of the show, at least for me, prompting me to pre-order on the spot. These screenshots showcase that, not only are the robots an interesting change from the game's original protagonist, but they have their own distinct personalities. I couldn't be looking forward to it more.

Of course, the recent addition of voice actor Stephen Merchant, as your robotic companion for the single player campaign, is the cherry on top.

But what do you guys think? Do these screens get you amped for the release of Portal 2, or if you weren't a huge fan of the original, does the idea of suffering alongside a companion make the game seem more appealing?

Catch up with Portal 2, and subsequently GLaDOS, on February 9, 2011, on either PS3, Xbox 360, PC, or Mac - you monster.

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