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Four major characters drive the single player campaign, and they are amazing. Three of which have explosive personalities, bring humor, suspense, sadness, and empathy. The other being Chell, who doesn’t speak but her interactions with the rest of the cast make her all the more mysterious and intere...
It’s possible to play a multiplayer game for free online using the Steam servers, as well as locally on your machine using split-screen (the second player must use a gamepad controller if playing locally). This keeps the multiplayer options versatile to any players needs.
Portal 2 is larger in every way when compared to the first title, from the longer and more detailed story to the larger levels and new game mechanics. This makes for a title that will last 8-9 hours minimum, with many elements that are worth revisiting, not to mention the co-op section of the game,...
Voice acting for Wheatley the robot is done by Stephen Merchant (Extras, The Office UK, Life's Too Short) in humorous fashion. His delivery is well executed on all dialogue. On top of this specific experience, the rest of the voice acting of every other character in the game is performed just...
While Portal 2 requires focus and logic, it does not punish players for causing a bit of mischief. The instant respawn system means trolling your friend will affect almost nothing in the game, as there are no in-game setbacks when you die. Being able to stop at any point in the game to just goof ar...
The game has more than 60,000 co-op puzzles created by users through the Steam Workshop and through mods. Because it is user-generated content, the quality and size of these puzzles vary widely, including everything from simple, one-off chambers to full-fledged expansions with high-quality stories,...
In a game that requires perfect timing and teamwork, Portal 2 features many tools to facilitate said teamwork. One of the most helpful tools is a 3-second countdown timer that players can use to coordinate their actions – e.g., to ensure that you launch a portal or jump at the perfect time. There...
The game challenges your brain to use portals, cubes and other mechanics in order to solve simple and complex puzzles in interesting ways. Trying to figure out the best placement of entrance and exit portals in order to gain access to (perceived) inaccessible places takes a lot of thought, especial...
Co-op multiplayer offers a completely different set of puzzles from the single-player campaign, which keeps things fresh for those that finished the single player campaign. Almost all co-op puzzles require a high level of teamwork, creating a great sense of accomplishment for the players working to...
While the single player learning curve is quite gradual, late game the puzzles can become quite difficult, sometimes leading to the player being stuck for long stretches of time. While not impossible to solve, some creative thinking will need to be done in order to finish.
The co-op campaign in Portal 2 is about 4 hours long for experienced players, meaning it could be beaten in a just a couple days. With almost zero replayability, this makes the game feel incredibly short. Luckily, hundreds of hours of user-generated content is available.
Aliens, portals to other dimensions, oppressive regimes, oh my! This game brings a great flavor of dystopian sci-fi as you fight part of the rebel cause to deliver justice with your Gravity Gun to the many species afflicted by the evil Combine. Also Half Life ties in somehow with the Portal series...
Almost every gun is fun to shoot and is distinct. The crossbow is super awesome for it’s power and the gravity gun offers variety in puzzles and what you can shoot with. Want to hit someone with an explosive barrel? Pick it up and throw it with the gravity gun!
Left 4 Dead 2 features a co-op versus mode that pits two teams against one another. One takes on the role of survivors, which is very similar to the normal campaign. The other team, however, plays as the infected, opening up a whole new play style and set of strategies.
Turn the gameplay upside down by hunting the hunters in a unique co-op mode where you play as the zombies•••
This game has a history of over-the-top characters, visuals, voice-overs, and various other items, which altogether create an amusing world both within the game and outside of it as well. You get a feeling a lot of thought has gone into the development of the characters as well as the world they li...
The TF2 community is know for actively engaging in different TF2 related activities. They create shorts using the source filmmaker, sell items via the steam workshop, build real-life sculptures, etc.
TF2 has more than 10 game modes, plus variations on those, as well as community mods that offer a wide range of objective-based play. Classic game modes include Capture the Flag, Control Point, King of the Hill and Payload. There's also Mann vs. Machine, a co-operative game mode where you play...
TF2 has 9 playable classes - Scout, Soldier, Pyro, Demoman, Heavy, Engineer, Medic, Sniper and Spy. This allows for a range of playstyles. For example, the Heavy, starting with 300 health (going up to 450), wielding a machine gun and usually assisted by a Medic, will be commonly found on the front-...
Mann vs. Machine is a co-op mode in Team Fortress 2 that is comprised of gameplay in which 6 players team up to stop AI robots from deploying a bomb. Though not the central gameplay of Team Fortress 2, it is a mode that allows for co-op play to be enjoyed with the characters of the game. Mann vs...
To enable VR support, type -vr in console. TF2 has 8 modes in which to control the game. They can be changed with the command vr_moveaim_mode in console. They offer choice in what combination of aiming and steering should be coupled to the rift and mouse and introduce the concept of dead zones -...
Free accounts do not get rare and cosmetic items nor as many storage slots for items. Items are relevant as free accounts can only hold 50, while the game has much more than 50 pieces of equipment (that affect gameplay), let alone 50 weapons. While a premium account player can react to almost all...
In most 'public' servers, an option called 'random crits' (short for 'random critical hits') exists by default. This allows a random percentage of your shots to multiply damage by 3 for a shot, and also remove the damage drop-off over range. This 'feature' gets incre...
Random critical hits add a significant luck element into the game and push certain types of players out•••
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive builds on the strengths of its predecessors, even though those predecessors have been constantly improving for over a decade now. Nonetheless, Counter-Strike veterans will feel right at home in Global Offensive, albeit with some minor differences. The MP5 is now t...
The updates and improvements made to existing maps have been pretty clever and useful. For example, cracked glass is more opaque, making it harder to go on a sniping rampage. Or the stairway which was added to the bottom of de_dust made the route more viable for the Terrorists, while keeping the o...
Each round of CS feels more like a game driven more by careful tactics than a frivolous fast-paced and lethal paintball arena of which too many modern First-Person Shooters are guilty of. Positioning, timing and thinking are key ingredients of a successful game and cooperation is crucial if you wa...
One of the things that were changed in CS:GO is firing feedback. When someone is shot in GO, they don't wince, there's only a small amount of blood and audio that conveys the information that you are actually hitting someone. But omitting wince animation from character models makes it hard...
Even though old maps have been revisited and improved by a wide margin, new maps and modes released with CS:GO are pretty mediocre. Half of the maps available are locked under Arms Race (which is a re-imagining of the original community-created GunGame) and Demolition (GunGame without insta-respa...
As it is a large game, it should come as no surprise that the community just won't be up to par. You may be kicked for strange reasons (like bottom scoring or the all too common random hacking accusation) and many could give you a 7 day ban. It can be very frustrating as missions in the mission...
This is a feature that makes kills and hits (no health regeneration) more impactful, but also a lot less time is spent playing the game, especially if you die early to a sniper peek. Newbies will be playing a lot less of the game than more experienced players.
For those looking for a deep first person shooter that requires a lot of dedication and skill, Counter Strike is a very popular option. While not for everyone, those that want to spend their time really learning all of the mechanics, maps and weapons in order to excel at a game, Counter Strike shou...
You can do some really crazy things in this game thanks to all of the community mods available as well as the built in, in game tools. Pretty much any scenario can play out in the game, if you so desire. Of course the winning combination of funny tends to be when players are just goofing around.
This game has a steep learning curve, but it's well worth it. The games that came after Dota like League of Legends, Heroes of the Storm, Smite, and other lookalikes don't even compare to the complexity of Dota 2. Every hero is unique and valuable in one team composition or another. The am...
For players who put the time into Dota 2 to get past the early beginner phase, Dota 2 can become an extremely satisfying game. There's a reason it's one of the most popular eSports titles in the world. The amount of strategy, skill and variables involved make it a very deep game where anyth...
Gameplay is balanced in the sense that while other MOBAs would have only around 30-60 viable picks for the competitive scene, Dota 2 has heroes and strategies in the game that are more varied, which enables more heroes to be picked in the competitive scene. Number of Heroes Picked in Dota 2'...
Recommended 4 months ago
ProAnyone can run the game as it easily runs on low end systems
ProGreat for those looking for deep gameplay that requires dedication
ProNo need to worry about what OS is installed on your PC
ProHuge map selection with 18 maps available to the player
ProEasily find matches thanks to the hugely active community
ConRequires too much dedication and time
ConDated game that shows its age
Left 4 Dead 2
Recommended 4 months ago
ProInvigorating cooperation based survival dynamic
ProTurn the gameplay upside down by hunting the hunters in a unique co-op mode where you play as the zombies
ProAI teammates work great in single player gameplay
ProMelee weapons have the best visceral experience
ConVery difficult without team engagement
ConThere is no variation of gameplay
Recommended 4 months ago
ProCreates a sense of accomplishment through a high level of teamwork
ProChallenging puzzles that require creative thinking
ProWell implemented tools that improve teamwork
ProHuge selection of user-generated content that should appeal to any use-case
ProCo-op does not punish when you want to goof off with or troll the other player
ProEntertaining and well delivered voice acting
ProSo large in scope that it takes multiple playthroughs to see everything
ProVersatile selection of co-op multiplayer
ProWitty and funny character driven story
ConMain co-op campaign is short
ConSteep co-op learning curve
ConNo replay value
ConLate game single player can be quite difficult
Counter-Strike: Global Offensive
Recommended 4 months ago
ProDriven by tactics and cooperation
ProRuns well on most hardware and even on older hardware
ProCarefully-executed changes to existing maps
ProWill be familiar to CS 1.6 and CS: Source players
ConHas a large skill gap
ConLess time spent playing a game
ConCan have a bad community
ConNew maps and modes feel pretty mediocre
ConHard to see if you are hitting someone
Recommended 4 months ago
ProStart with all heroes
ProFair free-to-play business model
ProIt's very well-balanced
ProIncredibly deep gameplay
ProVery active professional scene
ProA very diverse MOBA
ConIt's got a huge learning curve
ConMatches are too long
ConYou love and hate the game
ConRude, toxic community
Team Fortress 2
Recommended 4 months ago
ProPretty good VR support and options
ProFair free to play model
ProIncludes Mann vs. Machine, a ridiculously fun co-op mode
ProHectic FPS gameplay that utilizes 9 distinct classes, each with lots of varied items
ProTons to do in the game with plenty of game modes and plenty of community mods
ProEngaged, active, fun, and creative community give the game a welcoming feel, even for outsiders
ProCompletely free to download and play any existing section of the game
ProOffline LAN support is pretty easy to implement
ProFun and humorous gameplay with graphics and sound that fit with this theme
ConRandom critical hits add a significant luck element into the game and push certain types of players out
ConFree accounts are slightly limited
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