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GF Rating
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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GF Rating
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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GF Rating
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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