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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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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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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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