We Play: Portal 2 Peer Review DLC

We think with portals in Art Therapy, the co-op section of the free Portal 2 Peer Review DLC.

The newly released free downloadable content for Portal 2 includes nine new co-op levels, as well as a new Challenge mode and leaderboards. The levels reintroduce familiar features from the main game, including gels, lasers, and launch pads. Being the harmonious team that it is, the GameSpot crew jumped straight into co-op to see what dastardly designs Valve have devised. See below for gameplay clips from Art Therapy, the co-op portion of the DLC.

As seen above, the first level of Art Therapy pulls no punches, throwing turrets, lasers, and refraction boxes into the mix. Firstly, some turrets must be fried with a refraction box (tragically, some boxes were harmed in the making of this video). The second half of the level requires juggling and portal shifting to get a ball across the map.

Level four is the first of the DLC levels to use blue and orange gels. It combines these with the blue beam walkway (Hard Light Bridge) to great effect. We had to combine the blue gels and walkway to get across the ledges, which is always a fun way to cross chasms. Here's a quick tip: Make sure the walls are completely covered with gel. If any part is missed, poor Atlas or P-Body could become spare parts.

In the next room, blue and orange gels need to be combined with the walkway once again. The orange gel must be painted first to make you fast enough to jump up to the ledge using the blue gel. As you can see by our failed attempt, using only the blue gel doesn't work.

This level is reminiscent of a part of the campaign in which white gel is used to pretty much coat the entire level. In our first playthrough, we painted everything in white before solving the puzzle.

The co-op portion of the DLC will take a few hours to complete, depending on your puzzle-solving proficiency. Combined with the replay value added by the new Challenge mode and leaderboards, Peer Review is a great reason to revisit Portal 2.

Check out some more videos from Art Therapy below:

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14 comments
poochythegenius
poochythegenius

The only bad thing about this (and I mean the ONLY bad thing) is that I have no one to co-op with. :/

BenFireFox
BenFireFox

:D i already downloaded it will try it this evening with friends

PushLevel
PushLevel

Valve is my favorite gaming Company. THis do stuff like this, they made Team Fortress 2 which is also FREE now. and they made my favorite game ever, Left 4 Dead 2 which they add new free content to also. go Valve!! oh yea, and the Half-Life series is amazing also!

keabler
keabler

This is dlc that I WOLD pay for

Q8-KAMIKAZI
Q8-KAMIKAZI

This game is soooo creative I love it

shakensparco
shakensparco

Valve has always been good about DLC. It's kinda their thing, their "Shtick" and they know that. So they try very hard to keep the public's good opinion of them.

max_1111
max_1111

Thank you Valve for showing the world you don't have to be a money grubbing bunch of asshats to lengthen the life of your product(s).

kazumashadow
kazumashadow

This is something we don't see much this days, we get more of the game without having to pay for it. Congrats to the dev. Oh and Portal 2 was a great game, the co-op portion provided hours of fun to me and my friends.

un_turco
un_turco

Time to grief McShea with the new co-op...

antoniobandino
antoniobandino

Portal 2; my game of the year so far! (Have Skyrim pre-ordered and Dark Souls in the mail..and Uncharted 3 half-paid off...*head explodes*)

antoniobandino
antoniobandino

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juiceair
juiceair

Free add-on content is the best and this one for Portal 2 is how it should be done.