i suppose as next-gen hardware gets more advanced, games like Half-Life 2 will be in collections similar to how arcade classics like Galaga and Asteroids are on PS2 and Gamecube.
i have to say without sounding too negative that while all the Half-Life games and Team Fortress 2 were all really fun games and a a great deal more intelligent than your modern first-person shooter, you really do feel the age of each one of these games, and small details like shells not popping out of guns and lack of detailed shadows really make you feel behind the times. Couple that with antiquated FPS mechanics and gameplay you really do get the nagging sense that you could be spending your time playing something that looks and feels much better.
personally this type of action-adventure gameplay is not what i look for in a first-person shooter, and with the money i spent on a big-screen HDTV, audio system, and PS3, i want every game i play on it to be cutting edge. i'm not quite ready to play a classics compilation on the ps3 just yet...
portal is something interesting in itself and very cleaver, but personally i don't see what the fuss is about. while the concept is cleaver and innovative, the puzzles were all far too easy and i was disappointed at how short it was. i can imagine speedruns being done on this one, it is really addictive, but personally i wanted more of a workout for my brain.
with games blurring the line between games and reality i'm sad to say while the games of the Orange Box were great for their time, i'd take the intensity and cutting edge graphics of Call of Duty 4 any day of the week.
I have enjoyed every minute of this game. I have now purchased it. The online play is extremely enjoyable. Team Fortress2 is Incredible. I wasn't caught up on the Half Life 2 Episodes so I played both.. Not nearly as impressed with them as I was with Team Fortress 2. Portals, if you don't know, is a single player puzzle game where advancing through levels simply complicates the puzzle that needs to be solved. It's enjoyable as well
Pros: Team Fortress 2. Awesome Online Episode 1 & 2 for Half Life 2 Half Life 2 Original story.. if you haven't already beaten it.. Portals
Orange box contains five games that will keep you entertained for Hours on end.
Team Fortress also has a stat recorder for how good you do with certain classes that I thought was pretty cool..
Cons: Map choice is a little weak on Team Fortress at the moment (6 maps). It's not really much of a problem for me though because I enjoy any map where I can be the spy and stab a bunch of people in the back.
Let me just say this: All PS3 owners should buy this game. Each of the games on The Orange Box feature some of the best game and level design I've ever seen. Ever. And no, I'm not exaggerating.
Half-Life 2: Trust me, you don't have to play the first game to get into it. The Physics engine on this game is enough in my book to sell it, but it's also helped by some of the best level design I've ever seen. Not only that, but you've got one full game and two 6+ hours of episodes to play of this masterpiece. Do not pass this game up.
Portal: Even though it's only about 2-3 hours long, that's more than enough time for portal to blow your mind five ways inside and out. Learn the complexity and physics of Portals to create endless hallways, bottomless pits, and more. Portal needs to be experienced to understand it, so I'll just say this: This game is as close to perfection as you'll ever going to get.
Team Fortress 2: Probably the most balanced online shooter I've ever played. Bar none. It's an endlessly fun battle of Red Versus Blue featuring some of the most incredibly entertaining and hilarious soldiers ever. There's a role for anybody, like the Heavy for people who soak up damage while killing everything in sight, Snipers, for those who like to pick off at a distance, and the Spy, for Metal Gear Solid or Splinter Cell enthusiasts. Endlessly replayable and fun.
So there you go. 5 games, all fantastic. What are you waiting for. GET IT NOW!