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Portal 2 has got a final release date - and the retail version will be published by EA Partners.

The game will hit retail shelves on April 21, 2011 for PS3, 360, Mac and PC.

"Portal 2 is Valve's most innovative title in the company's history and will be launched with a first-class launch campaign this April," said Doug Lombardi, vice president of marketing at Valve.
"We're excited to be working with Electronic Arts to deliver this title as we expand our platform strategy to include the Mac and PlayStation 3 platforms."

Portal 2 was named the most anticipated game of 2011 at the Spike TV Video Game Awards earlier this month.

It will see players introduced to a host of fresh puzzles and new test chambers in never-before-seen areas of Aperture Science Labs. Players will also be reunited with GLaDOS, the occasionally murderous computer companion from the original Portal.

Meanwhile, co-op mode will feature its own unique campaign and characters, and will force players to both act and think together.

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Left 4 Dead 2-styled Hunter and Tank plushies are now available through the Valve store, where they are 10 percent off for a limited time. Unfortunately, they won't be delivered in time for Christmas, if you're looking for a last minute idea. They're scheduled to ship Dec. 27. Both require 3 AAA batteries and include 10 sound samples from Left 4 Dead 2. The Hunter is $26.95, the Tank is $31.45. (Those are the discounted prices).

Pre-orders Open for Two New Left 4 Dead 2 Plushes [GameSwag]

[Source: Kotaku]

 
 
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Valve is throwing on ongoing public beta test for Team Fortress 2, and everybody that owns the game is invited! Valve loves adding new items and features to Team Fortress 2, but doing so takes testing, and testing takes people. Where are they going to find a large group of people with a vested interest in the future of Team Fortress 2? Oh yeah, the folks that play the game on a regular basis! Players will be able to actively participate in shaping the future of Team Fortress 2, testing new weapons, class changes, new maps, and large-scale game variations in a safe and friendly environment.

To participate in the Team Fortress 2 open beta, all TF2 owners need do is download the beta from Steam. Once downloaded, players will gain access to the first beta build, featuring three different new versions of Natascha, some map tweaks, and a change to the hit-scan weapons effect the movement of players being healed by medics.

If any of that sounded important to you, hit up the link below for more information on participating in the Team Fortress 2 public beta.

Prepare for your examination! [Team Fortress Blog - Thanks Sweeper!]
[Source: Kotaku]