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Portal: Still Alive, why buy this Xbox 360 'exclusive'?

by Steven Williamson on 23 July 2008, 12:06

Tags: Portal Still Alive, Microsoft (NASDAQ:MSFT), Xbox 360, Puzzle

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Last week at E3 2008, Microsoft revealed that a new Portal game is in development exclusively for the Xbox live arcade. Details were non-existent at the time, but small pieces of information have begun to trickle out giving us an interesting insight as to what to expect from the clever action/puzzle videogame.

First up, we know it will be released by the end of the year. Secondly, we know that it will feature new chambers, new levels and a new game mode, but that it won't be tied in with the storyline of the previous game.

Thirdly, and most interestingly, we know that it isn't exactly what you'd call an 'exclusive' as Microsoft originally claimed. Portal Still Alive will actually be a combination of the levels found in the totally free PC versions of Portal The Flash Version and Portal The Flash Version Map Pack.

It figures that everyone who has Xbox live will have a broadband connection and therefore will have a PC. So, apart from scoring themselves a few extra achievement points, why the hell would anyone buy Portal Still Alive?

We don't know about you, but there's not a chance in hell we'll be forking out for free content.

Check out our Portal review

Source :: Chris Remo


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It figures that everyone that has Xbox live has a broadand connection and therefore will have a PC.
That's a very odd conclusion.

As for why buy it I don't understand the problem - just because a game doesn't contain exclusive content it doesn't suddenly make the rest of the (supposedly excellent) game suddenly turn into mush.
Not that odd a conclusion surely?

If you paid up for Xbox live then it's reasonable to assume you have broadband - be serious, why would you pay £50 a year for something that you can't use. And very few people i'd have thought would pay for broadband solely for use with a console.

The problem with paying, as i see it, is that it was available for download free on the internet - and MS appears to be trying to make a quick buck out of it.
It figures that everyone who has Xbox live will have a broadband connection and therefore will have a PC. So, apart from scoring themselves a few extra achievement points, why the hell would anyone buy Portal Still Alive?

Have you tried playing Portal on a PC World / Dell / Dixons PC? No?
Try it and you'll find out why ;)

We are enthusiasts. We have powerful PC's because we can. The % of the PC market we make up is tiny and Portal really does require a little bit more than you're average PC world jobbie.
It's not actually that exclusive, we can get all the level already for the PC, according to Rock,Paper Shotgun