How can people possibly play this online?

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#1 Posted by SecondPersonShooter (899 posts) -

Last night I played through the entirety of Portal 2's co-op campaign offline and split-screen...and from what I can tell this seems like literally the only way to do it.


There are moments in the latter half of the game where it is key to not only have instantaneous communication with your co-op partner, but also be able to see his screen.  I cannot imagine how frustrating those later moments in the game would be for people online.

Just saying, if any of you have the option, play the co-op splitscreen instead of online.

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#2 Posted by The_Laughing_Man (13807 posts) -
@SecondPersonShooter said:
" Last night I played through the entirety of Portal 2's co-op campaign offline and split-screen...and from what I can tell this seems like literally the only way to do it.There are moments in the latter half of the game where it is key to not only have instantaneous communication with your co-op partner, but also be able to see his screen.  I cannot imagine how frustrating those later moments in the game would be for people online.Just saying, if any of you have the option, play the co-op splitscreen instead of online. "
Skype...
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#3 Posted by NoRemnants (439 posts) -

Aren't you able to bring up PIP with your partners screen in it?

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#4 Posted by Spoonman671 (5874 posts) -

"How can people possibly play this online?"

They didn't buy it on PS3?

Zing!

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#5 Posted by Sundalen (6 posts) -
@Havox: Yup, and playing Portal 2 COOP online works wonderfull, but it is reliant on you having some kind of communication tool.
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#6 Posted by SSully (5627 posts) -
@Havox said:
" Aren't you able to bring up PIP with your partners screen in it? "
You are, by pressing tab I believe. There is also built in voice communication..... me and my friend managed to do online coop on the PC just fine. 
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#7 Posted by Junkerman (521 posts) -
@SecondPersonShooter:

It actually works quite flawlessly on PC anyway.  I was really impressed with the tools they included (being able to bring up your allies screen, contextual timers, alerts and tags).  Overall its very smooth, you can do the whole thing easily without any verbal communication at all.
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#8 Posted by deactivated-57beb9d651361 (4541 posts) -
@Spoonman671 said:
" "How can people possibly play this online?"They didn't buy it on PS3?Zing! "
*High Fives*
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#9 Posted by Aishan (1074 posts) -

I finished it without voice chat my first time through (broken mic). The in-game tools (Partner PIP and the context ping-tools) are more than enough to get you through.

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#10 Posted by JeanLuc (3883 posts) -

I played it online with my cousin and it was great. You just need a mic and a good partner in science.

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#11 Posted by thegoldencat7 (1504 posts) -
@GetEveryone said:
" @Spoonman671 said:
" "How can people possibly play this online?"They didn't buy it on PS3?Zing! "
*High Fives* "


DENIED.

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#12 Posted by Yanngc33 (4551 posts) -

It's actually pretty playable thanks to chat, the ping tool and the Y button that lets you see in real time what your partner is seeing. Wired connection is recommended.


@thegoldencat7 said:
" @GetEveryone said:
" @Spoonman671 said:
" "How can people possibly play this online?"They didn't buy it on PS3?Zing! "
*High Fives* "


DENIED.

"
LOLZ
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#13 Posted by recharge330 (86 posts) -

Voice chat and tab button. I think you're underestimating the developers over at valve. So if anything, splitscreen is the worst way to play as you don't have the wholes screen to yourselves.

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#14 Posted by 234r2we232 (3175 posts) -

I've played it through once online with my friend and we're now in the process of going back for all of the achievements. Probably the most fun we've had online playing games together online next to RB2 and RE5.


Oh, and yes. It is possible.
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#15 Posted by TheBlindChessman (250 posts) -

On the Xbox if you play it online you press Y to see your partners screen.

I completed it with a friend with no hassle.

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#16 Posted by MystDragon3k (124 posts) -

I played the co-op twice on xboxlive, once with a friend with a mic, another with a friend who didnt have a mic. Having the Ping tool and the ability to bring up a window to the other player's perspective was great, especially the ping.

Even for my friend who had no mic, we were able to get through all the puzzles except for one, which I just called him on my phone and got through it (its the one where your partner needs to switch the excursion funnel forward and back as you navigate through the maze btw)

So I say it works fine.

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#17 Posted by PerryVandell (2223 posts) -

Play with a friend who has a mic. Online you can press tab (on PC) to see what your partner is looking at and you can use a ping tool to show them where to portal, among other things. Playing online seems like the better option, as you then have the entire screen to yourself.

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#18 Posted by imsh_pl (4208 posts) -

I played it with my brother in the second room... we eventually got tired shouting and turned Skype on :)

Also you can see your buddy's screen using Tab.

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#19 Posted by RIDEBIRD (1280 posts) -

Flawless on PC. We could've used Steams voip (which isn't half bad now), but we used our Mumble server. And pressing Tab to see what your friend sees really helps.

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#20 Posted by captain_clayman (3349 posts) -
@Havox said:
" Aren't you able to bring up PIP with your partners screen in it? "
on the PC you definitely can.
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#21 Posted by JJGIANT (884 posts) -
@Spoonman671 said:
" "How can people possibly play this online?"They didn't buy it on PS3?Zing! "
THATS NOT FUNNY *SOB*
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#22 Posted by Rhaknar (6300 posts) -

finished the co-op on PC in 2 sittings online and it was perfect without voice chat. PiP, in game pointer thingies and text chat (you know, like an mmo...) worked perfectly
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#23 Posted by 234r2we232 (3175 posts) -
@captain_clayman said:
" @Havox said:
" Aren't you able to bring up PIP with your partners screen in it? "
on the PC you definitely can. "
On Xbox 360 you definitely can.
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#24 Posted by ProfessorEss (7961 posts) -

Played it last night, works brilliantly.

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#25 Posted by Yanngc33 (4551 posts) -
@sofacitysweetheart said:
" @captain_clayman said:
" @Havox said:
" Aren't you able to bring up PIP with your partners screen in it? "
on the PC you definitely can. "
On Xbox 360 you definitely can. "
PS3 too
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#26 Posted by intro (1276 posts) -

I haven't really had any problems at all playing online, on the 360. Just takes a lot of communication, obviously lol.

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#27 Posted by Crono (2762 posts) -

Played through online with no problems.

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#28 Posted by President_Barackbar (3641 posts) -
@Spoonman671 said:
" "How can people possibly play this online?"They didn't buy it on PS3?Zing! "
HI-O!
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#29 Posted by toowalrus (13404 posts) -

I played through the entire game with my cousin over XBLA- it was cake. In fact, I was a little worried- I mean, she's the kind of person who gets FURIOUS the second she begins to get frustrated. When she gets stuck, it's because the game is retarded, but it actually went pretty smooth. (we only got real stuck twice, I had to talk her down a little bit. WHEN I FIGURE THIS OUT IN ABOUT TWO SECONDS BRITTNEY, WE'RE GOING TO FEEL SO STUPID!) You can do literally everything you can split screen- sometimes better. Left bumper to put a marker in the exact spot you want to put something out, pressing Y lets you see exactly what the other person sees, voice chat is seamless... in fact, I'd rather have two screens in different towns, then have to get up and point at two half screens. It's easy. "Put your red portal there- bleep bloop- and your orange portal there- bloop bleep- then I'm going to run across this orange gel and launch myself up to that lazer- bleep bloop.

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#30 Posted by toowalrus (13404 posts) -

NO CAKE PUN INTENDED (but it was cake).

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#31 Posted by Nadafinga (1042 posts) -
@Yanngc33 said:
" @sofacitysweetheart said:
" @captain_clayman said:
" @Havox said:
" Aren't you able to bring up PIP with your partners screen in it? "
on the PC you definitely can. "
On Xbox 360 you definitely can. "
PS3 too "
I can confirm it works cross-platform too. (The little co-op I got to play on Tuesday was PS3 <--> Mac)

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