Various reports are pointing to May 12 as the day Valve Software plans to launch its classic game, Portal, on Nvidia's Shield handheld. As reported during GTC 2014 in March, this won't be a case of streaming the game from a Kepler-based gaming rig; this will be the original game ported to Android and optimized for the Nvidia Shield.
From what we've heard so far, this version will drip pure awesomeness for $9.99 USD. The Android version will be an exact replica of the original PC title, which initially launched in October 2007 as part of the Orange Box bundle, and released as a stand-alone product in April 2008. That means the game is over six and a half years old… how time flies!
For the uninitiated, Portal is a first-person puzzle platform developed by Valve Software. Players take control of Chell and her Portal Gun, aka the Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device, who is trapped within the Aperture Science complex. She must navigate through room after room of varying difficulty designed by a mad-crazy AI called GLaDOS.
On Metacritic, the game scores a 90 out of 100, and a user score of 9.4 out of 10. The highest score on the critic reviews was given by Armchair Empire, saying it was "one of the best experiences of the year." AceGamez and IGN are at the bottom of the list, assigning a score of 80 and 82 of 100, respectively.
If anything, getting Portal up and running smoothly on Android should pave the way for additional PC games using the Source engine. There's no doubt that fans would pay for those games again, just as they will with the current Portal release. The only obstacle, it seems, is to shell out $199.99 for the Nvidia Shield.