gamers (97%) found this review helpful
First of all, there are five games available in this package, do not play just one of them and claim to know enough about the whole thing to give an accurate review. One person complained there were no iron sights, one other person claimed it was boring after FIFTEEN MINUTES, you don't even learn all of the game mechanics in fifteen minutes.
Half-Life 2 is one of the most well crafted games ever, and one of the best shooters of all time, while I don't think I will play the story all the way through a second time(it's LONG) it is a compelling story with great graphics, physics, AI, puzzles, voice acting, character development, and creature creativity.
The two Episodes are also good, if of course you enjoy the first installment. They are both as long as some other games that some reviewers seem to love, and they are of course not intended to be very long.
Team Fortress 2 is one of the most balanced class based shooters I have ever played(and I have played a majority of them out there) it has a unique artistic direction, a good sense of humor, unique gametypes and a clever new upgrade system on the way. Yes there were problems with matchmaking, but patches are something Valve pumps out very quickly, so instead of waiting 15 minutes, have a little patience ye gamers of little faith.
Then there's Portal, a game I was eagerly anticipating for a year prior to release and was very pleased with the end result. The story is very uniquely presented in a sort of narrative, the enemy is yourself, the puzzles get more and more clever(especially the advanced versions) GLaDOS is immensely entertaining, the sense of humor this game has is also very fun, mixed with the dark and sinister undertones, and the ending is a nice climax with a great lead up to a sequel.
This game is a buy for anyone who wants long and entertaining and challenging gameplay in a whole slough of shooters. Including some of the best reviewed games of all time.
posted by HelloWorld (JACKSONVILLE, FL) Feb 19, 2010
Member since Feb 2010
gamers (100%) found this review helpful
Might Be Some Subtle Spoilers
The Good: Well this is just a overall good that I have to get out the way, the value of this game, or should I say games is incredible. I bought this game, awhile back so I am not exactly speaking on a renting aspect, but it wouldn't matter either way, would be a great rent. The story is very engaging once you get through the learning stages. It stays this way through out the chapters, though I personally liked the main game, but the additional chapters do add on to the experience. This is a game that does take a little while to beat, which is great, unlike many of the 3 hour and done games. Very good voice acting.
Not to spend all my words on Half Life, so portal must be mentioned in this good. This is a more puzzle based oriented game, really gets your brain rolling once you carry on. Like other Valve games, you will find the very subtle humor in it, will sure to get a few chuckles out of you. This its self would be a good stand alone (though it is a download on live), but heck it comes with the game, just continues to add value to the disc itself.
The Bad: The only bad that I can state, is that the graphics are a little dated. Do not let this turn you away from a good series though. Once you get into the game play they become less notable. Have to realized the game was released in like 04 if I am not mistaken.
The Ugly: None to speak of
The Good: Extremely fun experience if you have never experienced Team Fortress 2. What you will get is a very engaging team experience.
The Bad: Now a days for the console, there are a good deal of servers, but its not as populated as one would hope. Do not let that deter you, as you will not have trouble finding full rooms at any given time.
gamers (87%) found this review helpful
Not only do you get the critically acclaimed Half-Life 2, but you get the Episode One and Two expansions, Team Fortress 2 (an online versus multiplayer game), and Portal (a sort-of mini-game that involves teleportation portals). Even though Half-Life 2 came out in 2004, it still looks great on the 360. I would say that the graphics on the main game are not as good as they could be, but for Episodes One and Two they are just about the same quality as Halo 3, as hard as some people may find that to believe. The story is also fantastic, so even people that have played Half-Life 2 before should check this out just to get the Episode One and Episode Two content. In fact, this is such a great deal that I would recommend just going out and buying The Orange Box instead of renting it.
For anyone that may not know, you play as a scientist, Gordon Freeman, who accidentally opened a portal to another dimension and now fights to protect the world from the "aliens" that invaded through that portal. The coolest and most innovative feature is the Gravity Gun. It works much like how telekinesis works in Bioshock, but Half-Life 2 came out 3 years ago, so it was the originator. You can do awesome stuff like stop grenades mid-throw and launch them back at guys, pick up a saw blade and fling it through the air, move large obstacles out of your way, drop heavy objects on an enemy's head, and so on.
The only problem I really found with the game is the mid-level loading. Like Oblivion and Halo, you will occasionally get a pause in the action for some quick loading of upcoming terrain, but it's not quite so quick in Half-Life 2. Sometimes these loads take a good 30 seconds, which really blows when you're in the middle of doing something.
Regardless, magazines and websites all over the place are giving The Orange Box better scores on average than Bioshock and Halo 3. Basically, if you love either of those games, you should love this game too, if not even more.