Director Guillermo del Toro confirms that he cast Ellen McLain as the A.I. in the movie because of her iconic role as GLaDOS in the Portal games, though that connection won’t be nearly as explicit in the film as it was in the trailer:
“I wanted very much to have her, because I’m a big Portal fan. But just as a wink. She’s not cake-obsessed. She’s not out to destroy humanity. I said, ‘Look, there’s no A.I. I’d rather have than GlaDOS. The filter we’re using [in the film] is slightly less GLaDOS. Slightly. The one in the trailer I wanted to be full-on GlaDOS.”
Get your wallets out. Valve’s annual Steam Summer Sale is here, and with it comes a deluge of ridiculous sales on excellent games.
But the wilderness of wonderful discounts can be tough to navigate. Don’t worry: we’re here to help. The staff of Kotaku has put together a list of 10 games you should totally buy.
Our recommendations are based on both game quality and relative discount. Please keep in mind that due to the nature of the sale, many of these prices will fluctuate over the next few days. Check out the timer on each Steam listing to see how much longer each sale will last.
Here they are:
- Portal 2 [$5] - Not only is Valve’s first-person puzzler both brilliant and hilarious, it will legitimately make you feel smarter as you play. For $5!
- Rayman Origins [$15] - A colorful, bouncy platformer that relives the good old days of golden age platforming.
- Deus Ex: Human Revolution[$7.50] - Ridiculously great price for the third Deus Ex, a game that is a sheer joy to experience (at least until its ending sequence, which is kind of a drag). This sale only lasts a few more hours.
- Sega Genesis Classic Pack 5 [$4.50] - There are tons of great gems packed into this Genesis collection. Beyond Oasis and Wonder Boy in Monster World are well worth your time. And Phantasy Star IV is worth just $4.50 on its own. (Pack 4 is also a great deal!)
- SpaceChem [$2.50] - An indie puzzle game based on chemistry that Stephen says ismuch more fun than it sounds.
- Civilization V [$15] - Fantastic price for a strategy game that will keep you up until 5am every night for the rest of your life.
- Terraria [$2.50] - Minecraft meets Metroid in this top-notch indie hit.
- The Walking Dead [$18.74] - Kirk and Tina are nuts over this episodic adventure game. Only two out of five episodes are out so far, but with this package, you’ll get them all as they’re released.
- Crusader Kings II [$10] - One of Luke’s favorite strategy games and, when modded, the best Game of Thrones video game out there.
- Legend of Grimrock [$6] - An addictive first-person dungeon crawler reminiscent of old-school games like Stonekeep.
Remember, the whole sale ends on July 22. Enjoy!
There’s a Portal Cartoon Being Made. It Looks Incredible.
Given the fact Valve isn’t in the business of making its own animated films (outside of TF2 advertisements), fan Alex Zemke is doing his own Portal flick. And going by the screens he’s released so far, it looks as good as you’d hope the real thing to look.
The movie is called Companionship, and before you sigh that it’s just a “fan” project, know the guy is a professional animator, whose credits include Disney movies like G-Force and The Smurfs and games such as Uncharted 2 & 3.
While it’s still obviously early days, so much so there’s no footage, these test renders and preview images are exactly what you’d want from such a project.
THE BUZZ: Recently, there was talk going around that NECA had decided to cancel their planned replica of the Portal gun. The gun is still coming—and now it has a release date and price.
EGM’s TAKE: Showing up today on ThinkGeek, NECA’s limited edition Portal gun replica will be hitting on an estimated release date of May 18th for $139.99.
The replica is at life size 1:1 scale, features both orange and blue LED lights, “unique sounds” to go along with both of those colors, a working trigger, and “extendible & possible” claws. (Actual working portals must be supplied by the customer.)
The limited edition Portal gun replica will be limited to 5,000 pieces worldwide, and ThinkGeek is—at least as of now—not doing pre-orders for the gun. So, actually getting yourself one might be a bigger challenging than outwitting GLaDOS.