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10

Perfect

Okay, the low reviews are just silly.

posted by TheDrue (DURHAM, NC) Oct 4, 2008

Member since Nov 2006

153 out of 160 gamers (96%) 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.

Ignore the naysayers and make your own choice

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9

Excellent

A Better Deal Than Halo 3?

posted by Twizlex (DAUPHIN, PA) Oct 12, 2007

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Member since Jul 2006

95 out of 109 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.

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10

Perfect

one of the greatest shooters of all time

posted by RUNDAS (SAN DIEGO, CA) Aug 21, 2009

Member since Sep 2007

3 out of 3 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I bought this game at Target for 20$ and to be honest its extremley well put together
Story: Okay so this is for Half Life 2 if you've played HL2 you already know what the story's about but i'll fill you in for those of you who don't know Gordon Freeman from the first game goes to City 17 a sort of concentration camp where it's ruled by Wallace Breen so Gordon teams up with resistance fighters to overthrow the Combine the story is kind of generic but the characters are so 3 Demensinonal that you can connect and feel sorry for them and that's what makes the story so intriguing.
Gameplay: Half Life 2 is the typical First Person Shooter so im not going to go into to much detail Team Fortress 2 is a sort of next gen Counter Strike if there is one two teams red or blue with nine classes each pretty much blow stuff up Prtal is not a first person shooter but rather a puzzle game told from a first person perspective its challenging addictive and a suprise hit for the game.
Graphics: the Source engine for Half Life 2 is beggining to show its age but Team Fortress 2 has an incredible art style almost like a pixar film designed by the army.
Sound: this game exceeds in sound but what it really succeeds in is voice over work most of them are voice actors with some celebrity voice talent like Robert Culp Michelle Forbes and Robert Guillaume but the characters have real emotion and so its easy to love or hate someone Glados from Portal is extremeley likable with a dark sense of humor and an obvious parody of HAL 9000 from 2001: A Space Odyssey.
replay value: this is definentley worth whatever you're gonna pay for it 5 games on one disc is incredible buy this game
story 9/10
gameplay 10/10
graphics 9/10
sound 10/10
replay value 10/10
final score 10/10

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10

Perfect

best value of the year

posted by Destroy (ALEXANDRIA, VA) Nov 8, 2007

Member since Oct 2004

30 out of 34 gamers (88%) found this review helpful

Excellent game design and game play.

5 games included

Portal - a puzzle game for everyone, logic, physics, out of the box thinking

Half life 2 - excellent fps

Half Life 2 - ep 1 - more of HL 2

Half Life 2 - ep 2 - more of HL 2

Team Fortress 2 - excellent multiplayer fps

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10

Perfect

You couldn't ask for anything more.

posted by Ascalon (LEWISVILLE, TX) Jun 7, 2008

Member since Dec 2006

24 out of 27 gamers (89%) found this review helpful

With so many games out there being released at 60 bucks with barely any content on it, The orange box is a breath of fresh air.

There is not ONE bad game in this package, Half-Life 2(along with episodes 1 & 2) is one of the best First person shooters i've ever played, great story, and it actually makes you think rather than shooting everything that moves. Same thing with portal, very fun and creative puzzles.

Team Fortress 2 could've been better, but it was still pretty darn good, fun modes, classes are balanced, but it's hard sometimes to find a match that doesn't lag or shutdown.

Overall, i give this a 10/10.

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9

Excellent

Overkill much, VALVe?

posted by mjcabooseblu (DAVIS, CA) Oct 8, 2011

Member since Oct 2011

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The Orange Box was released by VALVe as a sort of belated apology for the delay on episode 2's release. It contains Team Fortress 2 (a ridiculously fun multiplayer team based shooter, with endless replay value,) and Portal (the greatest game that has ever been made in the history of everything.) Oh, and some Half Life stuff, but that's really the least of it.

We'll start with the weakest point of The Orange Box, which, ironically, is Half Life 2: Episode 2. I understand that it's not supposed to be a long game, but honestly, it's bizarrely short. It stumbles around for a few hours long enough to add very little to the series, other than the introduction of a new character, and the removal of an old one, spoiler alert. You could essentially just replay ep1 and read a plot synopsis of ep2 and get roughly the same experience. Not that it's bad, it's just more of the same.

Now. Team Fortress 2. The game itself starts off committing one of the greatest sins a game can; that is, having no singleplayer whatsoever. It then flips conventional game design the bird, and lets us all know that a little sin now and then is pretty fun. The game itself is very well balanced, with 9 unique classes that are very well characterized, and a host of maps and unlockable weapons and hats. Very good game, worthy of a review of its own.

And here it is. Portal, also known as the game that is officially better than anything real life has to offer, including meaningful relationships, british TV, and Olivia Munn. With truly innovative and unique gameplay, a fantastic soundtrack, and some of the funniest writing in the history of any medium (including films, books, television, etc.) Portal is, without any possible doubt, the greatest game that's ever been made

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10

Perfect

Amazing game. But it shines brighter elsewhere.

posted by reach17 (GOOSE CREEK, SC) May 21, 2010

Member since May 2010

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The Orange Box contains what I like to call 5 of the greatest FPS games of all time: The complete Half-Life 2 experience to date, containing Half-Life 2 and its two episode sequels, the mind-bending Portal, and the always fun Team Fortress 2 as the multiplayer component. Whether you are evading Combine forces in City 17, participating in the Aperture Science Computer Aided Enrichment Center, or dominating BLUs as a RED or REDs as a BLU, there is always something to enjoy, no matter what game you are in the mood for.

However... If you have a good gaming PC, I HIGHLY recommend purchasing this game on Steam rather than playing it on your console. The PC version offers much more content, especially in Team Fortress 2 in the form of improved weapons, character customization, and multiplayer maps and gametypes.

If you don't own a gaming PC, then you're not at too much of a loss. The console version of The Orange Box is still a fun experience. If you like FPS games, then The Orange Box has something for you.

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10

Perfect

Best Deal Ever

posted by ggilbert13 (SAN JOSE, CA) Nov 4, 2009

Member since Nov 2006

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

It was only a few days after I rented this game from GameFly that I wanted to buy it. The five game pack was a terrific idea for Valve. Half-Life 2 Episodes 1 and 2 plus Portal and Team Fortress 2 is great. Half-Life 2 is a great campaign game for almost anyone. Portal is a great game if you like puzzles and having to figure things in a pattern. Not to mention Team Fortress 2 is a great multiplayer game. Considering it's been going for 9 years, it has to be one of the best games in history. Good job Valve, keep it up!

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9

Excellent

Packed full of goodness

posted by rockospin (CINCINNATI, OH) Jan 9, 2009

Member since Feb 2008

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Half-Life 2 is a great FPS. And Episodes 1 and 2 step it up a notch. The graphics and sound in Episodes 1 and 2 are excellent. Episode 1, however, is a little too short.
The gem of this disc is Portal. What a great surprise. It only took about 4 hours to get through it all, but once I started I couldn't stop, and I didn't want it to end.
Didn't play Team Fortress 2 because I don't have XBOX Live Gold.

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10

Perfect

worth buying!

posted by adrian97c (PORT SAINT LUCIE, FL) Dec 10, 2008

Member since Jul 2008

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I first beat HL2:Episode 1 on PC over a year ago.

Now, I get to play HL2 (prequel 2 episode 1) and Episode 2.

Then for achievement purposes I'll play episode 1 again!

lastly, Team fortress is unique and great fun!!

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10

Perfect

With the recent price drop, best value on Xbox 360

posted by EVILteddie (SANTEE, CA) Nov 29, 2008

Member since Oct 2008

2 out of 2 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The Orange Box is not just one great game, it is 5 great games, and at only $35 this retail season, it is one of the best values if you are looking to buy this game.

Half Life 2 is a great FPS, if not one of the best and most engaging on the 360. the graphics are amazing, and the sound quality and voice acting are superb. The achievments in Half Life 2 and throughout the entire Orange Box are really great, and will give playres a challenge.

Episode 1 and 2 are both great additions to Half Life 2. Episode 1 is excellent, and ep. 2 is even better. Both are very dramatic and satisfy in this world of weak storylines.

Portal. I can no say enough about this game that was seemingly thrown in for filler, but ends up being the shining light on the Orange Box. Although fairly short, GLaDoS will keep you coming back and playing again. I have beaten this game about 5 times now, just because the game is that enjoyable.

Team Fortress 2 is a great game for people looking for online action. One of the best online games on the 360 in my opinion. Their are multipple job classes and lots of action, and it is just very engaging and addicting.

All in all, The Orange Box is one of the must own games on Xbox 360, especially if you have not played Half Life 2 in the past.

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10

Perfect

5 games in one VERY GOOD DEAL

posted by master1135 (HENRIETTA, TX) Jul 10, 2008

Member since Feb 2008

10 out of 11 gamers (91%) found this review helpful

the orange box is cool and fun and for five games in one for sixty dollars at game stop this is a good deal. it has a good story line, sound, graphics, physics, and voice acting. it has team fortress 2 [ FUN MULTIPLAYER GAME! ], half life 2 [ tells new comers the story ], half life 2 episode 2 [ the newest installment ], half life episode 1 [ forgot to put it before 2], and a game called portal witch is about a person who escapes from a test facility using a gun that makes portals. i wish though that it had half life 1 but it's still a fun game. PERFECT 10

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10

Perfect

The Reason to Own an Xbox 360!!!

posted by Funfactor (Cypress, CA) Oct 10, 2007

Member since Sep 2005

90 out of 108 gamers (83%) found this review helpful

The Orange Box should be called "The Reason to Own an Xbox 360". From the very first game out of 5 that you get (Half-Life 2) you're engulfed in one of the best episodes of gaming you will ever experience. For a steal you get Half-Life 2, Episode One, Episode 2, Portal (which ties into the Half-Life story somehow) and a fantastic multi-player game in Team Fortress 2! It's all here and yes I love Halo 3 but this package politely pushes Halo 3 aside for "dominate must own game on the Xbox 360" crown easily. Half-Life 2 has an engaging story that draws you in from the start and doesn't make you feel left out for not playing the first. Episode One & Two do a great job of bringing you more when you finish Half-Life 2 and need another fix. Portal is an innovative puzzle type game that's simple enough for anyone to pick up and get into. Team Fortress 2 is a fun frenetic multi-player add-on with some cool options you won't find in other online first person shooters. Overall, all 5 parts of this package make it impossible not to want to rent or buy it immediately. Don't miss out on this one! This orange box is loaded with juice!

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3

Bad

Ehhh

posted by bsiz3387 (BUFFALO, NY) May 13, 2014

Member since Sep 2013

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Played Half Life 2 when it was released for PC way back when. I have to say i can't get into it. I normally can replay alot of games, just not this one.

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10

Perfect

A classic that never gets old!

posted by Gamestar32 (SUFFERN, NY) Jan 2, 2011

Member since Jan 2011

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

I have this game for PC and X-box 360 and I still can't stop playing! From Portal, Valves hit puzzle game that always makes you think a step ahead, to Half-Life 2, the classic game series that mixes action with stratagy. Team fortress 2 is a fun and enjoyable multiplayer game that always fills time ready to be wasted. I would reccomend The Orange Box to anyone who loves shooters as much as they love to use their brain to conquer challenges.

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10

Perfect

A Perfect Package.

posted by Fuzzymole (ROCKLAND, MA) Dec 8, 2010

Member since Jun 2010

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This collection of Half Life 2, it's expansion Episode Two, Portal, and Team Fortress make this a must buy for any fans of Half Life or FPS games. Even if you don't know or like either one you'll still get grabbed buy the amazing story and awesome gameplay that Valve always delivers. I suggestion is to buy this. If not then definitly rent it.

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10

Perfect

this is good game

posted by codfan13 (GENEVA, IL) Jul 21, 2010

Member since Feb 2009

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Ok really? who would give this a bad review? Half life is one of the best shooters ever and the other half life campaigns are just as good. And team fortress 2 is amazing and portal is good. But I would recommend getting steam and getting the computer version because I like it better but this one is good. Plus on the computer you can play with bots.

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10

Perfect

Great Game

posted by Brute773 (OLATHE, KS) May 10, 2010

Member since May 2010

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

every one who say oh its the same or its repetitive that's dumb half life is very fun anyone who doesn't like it probably should do the norm play cod mw2 all night with no skill or strategie needed half life 2 you cant just blow through it there's time where you actually have to THINK! and portal is fun but the only problem is isn't easy to replay it Team Fortress ooooh don't get me started with that cause its the best darn game ever since the call of duty series it has a very ADDICTING leeme repeat that VERY ADDICTING multiplayer you can play for weeks and months and years and no game will ever be the same it always different down side of it no single player so soz for non xbl users and uber heavys that is all hope you all get this game!

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10

Perfect

Yay Sayers Unite! LOL

posted by otakusan (KNOXVILLE, TN) Apr 30, 2010

Member since Apr 2010

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Ok, when I owned this it was, by far my favorite. I mean lots of action, puzzles and enemies that'll blow you away,almost. Basically, this package is BY FAR THE BEST GAME EVAR!!!! like the other guy said some said you'd get boring within the first 15 minutes, by then you're stilll trying to escape the confinements of city 17, it's almost nonstop action and a lot of sci-fi built into it. I'd reccomend it to any shooter lover.

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10

Perfect

Well Worth It!

posted by KeiceXD (CAPE CORAL, FL) Feb 25, 2010

Member since Feb 2010

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This was one of the first games I bought for the 360. With Portal and Team Fortress 2, the game is easily worth $50, but when you throw in Half-Life, it gets beyond value. The video quality calls back to when the games were originally created, and the physics are still the same basic physics, but the games are no less fun.

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10

Perfect

Freeman, Fortresses, GLaDOS, oh my!

posted by spartan492 (ROSENBERG, TX) Nov 30, 2009

Member since Jul 2005

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

This has to be the most underrated collection of games i have played in my life. Half-life 2 is amazing, Portal is also amazing and very funny. And Team Fortress two is equally awesome. From the train at the beginning to the Blah, blah, blah Mr. Freeman Half-life 2 is an absolute trill ride. The best of the entire Box is Ravenholm, i don't wanna spoil anything for newcomers, but lets just say, it'll be the most thrilling 45 minutes in your gaming life. Portal on the other hand, is my favorite stress reliever. However the only problem with all these games is that they're just too short. But seriously you'll want to revisit the Aperture Science center again and again. Not to mention the enormous reply value that comes packed into the Half-life saga. You'll waste many hours of your life finding all the secrets in Half-life as well as Portal. And TF2 is Awesome. Half-life is the best shooter ever... Deal with it Halo Fanboys.

P.S. Blah, Blah, Blah Mr. Freeman. Watch Half-life in 60 seconds on youtube to get the joke.

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10

Perfect

amazing

posted by primewire (LUTZ, FL) Oct 7, 2009

Member since Sep 2009

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

one of the best games i have played in a long time. for sure worth a rent.

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10

Perfect

The Best Deal in video game history

posted by lilandyman (DENVER, CO) Sep 10, 2009

Member since May 2004

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

Only one word can describe The Orange Box, and that word is fantastic.

The Orange Box has 5 games compiled onto one disc. Every single game on there is Excellent. First, there's Half-Life 2. Half-Life 2 is the amazing sequel to what is considered the Best PC game ever, Half-Life. Everything about this remarkable game is absoloutly terrific. I know people who have gotten every achievement for Half-Life 2, and still play it non-stop. Also, Half-Life 2 contains the ever so popular Gravity Gun. This is considered the best gun in Video Game History. Everyone find this gun to be very fun. It doesn't get much better then Half-Life 2. Next, there is Half-Life 2 episode 1 and episode 2. These are the long awaited epilouges to the Half-Life 2 story. They contain the same exicting, fun action as Half-Life 2 does.

Next, contains the newest edition of a game from Valve, Portal. This interesting game is about a "test subject" who has been forced by Aperture Science to test out their newest invention, the "Portal Gun". This portal gun creates a blue portal, and an orange portal. Go through 1, end up through the other. This game contains many interesting and entertaining obstacles that you must go through by using the Portal Gun. The possibilities of this Portal Gun are endless.

Last but certainly not least, is Team Fortress 2. This Class-Based sequel to the popular Team Fortress is the most anticipated game of 2007. This game is only for Multiplayer, there is no single player story. In TF2, you can choose any of the 9 classes that suits you the most. From the extremely fast scout, to the very slow, but very powerful heavy weapons guy. The "spy" class in this game is by far the most anticipated. As a spy, you can disguise yourself as the enemy, cloak yourself invisible, and infiltrate the enemy base. The posibilities of the actions of a spy are endless. Team Fortress 2 is one of the best multiplayer games ever.
I reccomend The Orange Box to everyone

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10

Perfect

3 Hot Titles in One Tight Package

posted by Xeigrich (DALLAS, TX) Sep 8, 2009

Member since Sep 2009

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

The Orange Box is an explosive package with 3 whole games crammed into one disk.

NOTE: While the Xbox 360 version is excellent if console gaming is your preference (or only option), the PC versions are a much better option if you have a decently capable computer and a reliable Internet connection. The console versions suffer from a lack of extra content (maps, weapons, user-created content), and a far smaller community -- primarily a problem for TF2.

-Half-Life 2 + Episodes 1 and 2 (One Player)
An exhilarating adventure through a radioactive wasteland riddled with alien creatures and a brutal alien-controlled police force. Speed through a radioactive bayou on a ski boat, and ride an armed dune buggy along a bug-infested coastline. Whack stuff with your Crowbar, snipe enemies from afar with the Crossbow, pick up and utilize the Gravity Gun and use any piece of junk as a projectile weapon while solving intuitive physics-based environmental puzzles and confronting the dark reality and humanity's potential downfall. A dark and gruesome future awaits, and our silent hero has his work cut out for him.

-Portal (One Player)
One of the most innovative puzzle-platforming games ever. Shoot 2 portals (entrance and exit) onto walls, and jump in! See physics from a whole new direction, possibly upside down with a turret shooting at you while avoiding a poison moat below. Solve puzzles by rerouting energy balls into hoops, creatively bringing weighted cubes onto buttons, and flinging yourself through the air with carefully placed portals and timed jumps. Not to mention the crazy story and "lovable" antagonist! (Story indirectly related to Half-Life 2)

-Team Fortress 2 (Multiplayer Only)
Fast-paced cell-shaded multiplayer mayhem! Pick one of several different classes like the light-footed, baseball bat-wielding Scout, the dastardly Spy, or the hot-headed Pyro, and stop the other team from snagging your Intel or your Capture Points in one of a few "tug of war" style game modes.

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10

Perfect

awsome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

posted by pilphh (GREENSBURG, PA) Aug 14, 2009

Member since Mar 2009

1 out of 1 gamers (100%) found this review helpful

this game is great, half-life2 is the best game of all time. portal is the shortest of the 5, but incredibly fun with great graphics. team fortress 2 is a great multi-player with lots of classes and weapons.

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