Portal 2, the highly anticipated (and oft delayed) sequel to the smash hit Portal, is set to release late in April, and fans of the original have much to look forward to. Portal 2 features more of the amazing physics-based puzzle platforming from the original, and throws in some new gadgets and twists to make gameplay more exciting (and potentially difficult) this time. Players take their character into a world that has been crafted and rebuilt by GlaDOS, the AI antagonist from the original, where they must guide him through to safety. Along the way, they will be assisted (and maybe hindered) by some new mechanical NPCs who are sure to amuse with the same humor as Portal. The journey from A to B is not a simple one, however; players will constantly be tested due to several new pieces of technology and obstacles that promise to keep the puzzles challenging and fresh.
Multiplayer has been added to the sequel, so players will be able to grab a friend for some two-player online or local action. Separate puzzles have been designed specifically for co-op, which promise to be a bit more challenging and should be a nice alternative to the solo-only campaign. Portal 2 will be released on multiple platforms, and will be available on April 21st. Check out the full preview here!
Ratchet & Clank: All 4 One is the next entry into the Ratchet & Clank series and exclusive to the Playstation 3. This time around, the focus is on co-op, with two to four players able to play at once. Online play is included, so it should be easy to get some friends involved whether via the interwebs or locally. Platforming and fighting enemies will still be integral to the gameplay, but developers have said that puzzles in the game will be designed for two players; if you are playing solo, your companion will be controlled by AI to allow for the co-op puzzles. While the idea is to cooperate with your teammates, there will be competitive elements to the gameplay as well, which should help keep things interesting.
Not much is known about the story other than that Ratchet and Clank will be teaming up with some of their past nemeses, but we can be almost certain that it will be an entertaining one as in games past. All 4 One is slated for release in the third quarter of 2011. Look here to read our full preview.