|The Orange Box
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The Orange Box includes all the content of The Black Box for PC, plus the original Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One. Innovative games featured in The Orange Box include Half-Life 2: Episode Two, the second installment in Valve's episodic trilogy advances the award-winning story, leading the player to new locations outside of City 17, as well as the pioneering type of single-player action game Portal, which rewrites the rules for how players approach and manipulate their environment, and Team Fortress 2 -- an all-new version of the legendary title that spawned team based multiplayer action games with a daring new art style features the most advanced graphics of any Source-based game released to date.
- 5 Games, One Box - The Orange Box is the ultimate collection of innovative action games for console, and an amazing introduction to the Half Life series for console gamers
- Epic Storyline - Half Life 2 - Episode Two takes gamers deeper into one of the best-known stories in gaming, following the desperate struggle of Gordon Freeman against the mysterious Combine. In this episode, gamers will leave the confines of City 17 for the first time.
- Redefining Action - Portal delivers an innovative new action gaming experience. Arming players with a portal gun allowing them to create portals from one location to another with the press of a button, Portal will forever change the way that gamers interact with their environment.
- World-Class Multiplayer - Team Fortress 2 is the sequel to granddaddy of role-based multiplayer action games. Featuring nine distinct roles - Heavy, Spy, Scout, Demoman, Engineer, Medic, Sniper, Soldier and Pyro - Team Fortress 2 is one of this year's most anticipated multiplayer games for any platform.
- Best Bargain for Gaming!
First, I've owned Half Life 2 and HL: Episode 1 on PC and this version looks as good on a flat screen with HDMI, if not better. Second, I've noticed no appreciable slowdown, lags, or freezes. Sony has an online patch for the game that you can download the first time you run it- I've used it and the games run great.
I mean.. 5 games. Half Life 2 is a must have if you enjoy sci-fi and like first person shooters.. it's got one of the most uniquely fresh game worlds you'll ever play in. Aside from Half-Life and Ep. 1&2, you also get the platform puzzle shooter Portal- a wonderful mess-with-your-head game with cool humor. And Team Fortress is a solid online capture-the-flag shooter with characters reminiscent of 'the Incredibles'. (no, I haven't noticed any lags in the Sony server, either)
This game pack is a must have- and at this price- it's a no-brainer. ...more info
- No Excuse to miss out on this
Seeing as the price has come down quite a bit since release there is really no reason to miss out on this experience.
If you like first person shooters the Half-Life Series is top notch.
If you like multiplayer Team Fortress 2 is a lot of fun.
And everyone needs to experience Portal.
You get a lot of entertainment in this package. The only reason not to get this would be if you don't like first person perspective games....more info
- Bang for your buck.
The first thing that can be said for The Orange Box is what a deal it is. For less than the price of one game you're getting 5: Half Life 2, Episodes 1 and 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2. And every single one of those games are awesome in their own right. Starting with Half Life 2 and the 2 episodes; graphically all three are great and hold up even compared to newer games. The story and weapons are part of what make this game so fun and definitely one I'd recommend for those who enjoy both first person shooters and puzzle games, but beware as there are zombies. Team Fortress 2 is a quirky online first person shooter that is worth trying out and a lot of fun to play with a bunch of friends. Each character class has it's own unique personality to go along with it's unique weapons. Finally there's Portal. A first person action puzzle game that is both fun and challenging. GLaDOS the crazy computer who is putting you through all your test with the portal gun had me laughing out loud so many times and I replayed the game several times just to hear what she had to say. Plus the ending of the game, which I won't give away, is well worth the time put in getting through the trickier puzzles. Overall this is a great buy I'd recommend to anyone who enjoys fps game and puzzles that have a different point of view to them....more info
I used to think that console gaming was becoming increasingly boring as the days go by, till I've bought The Orange Box.
Team fortress is simply amazing. Yeah, I know it's a shooter. But it's not a simple shooter: it is an amazing shooter. You gotta play it to understand it... There's not enough words to explain why I've spent so many hours hooked to it, exploding buddies around the globe.
Nice try by Portal on proposing new playing experiences, but it's still like a revamped edition of echocrome - not much action really.
And I've never played the Half Life saga, as it's a non-multiplayer linear game, which made me push down the rating stars from 5 to 4... but I promise I'll play it someday, if I lost my internet connection =)
The only shame is the almost-useless empty booklet, with not enough information on strategies, controls, point/award strategies and a whole lot of missing information...
Yet you can still get the Prima Official Game Guide to complete a nice bundle, here:
Half-Life 2 (Orange Box): Prima Official Game Guide...more info
- Sound and video glitches, but still worth buying.
Yes, it's true, this is a somewhat shoddy port.
The audio is the biggest problem, from time to time the soundtrack engine glitches out for several minutes at a time, resulting in unpleasant digital noise over the music. In addition, sound effects in Team Fortress 2 often go missing when too much is happening at once.
There are some frame rate dips too, which really eat into the sense of immersion and can make TF2 a bit frustrating when too much is going on next to you.
But having said all that, Portal is an excellent game, and Team Fortress 2 has actually got me playing online and enjoying it. So given the cut price of the package and the amount of game contained, I'd have to say it's worth buying....more info
- No Title
Valve has made itself distinct in the PC world of gaming. We've all played through at least one session of Gordon Freeman clobbering some headcrab, have fond memoriories of a killer game of Team Fortress, and each time we see the fat man with the knob on his dome, we recognize how much skill Valve has. But Valve take the easy way out, by making the Orange Box a smourgasboard of games, but small ones.
The Orange Box is a great game deal, there's no denying that; the entire Half Life 2 collection with the 2nd sequal, the much innovative, mind-blowing Portal, and one of the origonal class-based multiplayers, Team Fortress 2. While there is 5 games total, the only true full game is the origonal Half Life 2. Both sequals are just episodes(half a game), not a full fledged 20+hr game, which goes the same for Portal, Valve's interpetation of a test lab rat. Among all the gold(or orange) in the Box, Portal truly is a diamond, by circling around a wormhole-generator gun as the main gameplay mechanic, using it to solve puzzles for a appliance company. Seems simple enough, but innovation is just breaking into games now(outside Nintendo). Portal is enjoyable enough, fun enough, and brillant enough to stand on it's own two feet, but Valve gives it 4 support beams to fall back on, channling the Box as a pilot game to lauch a hopefull franchise.
After hitting the snooze button for 10 years, Valve woke up to the fans call of a 2nd edition of Team Fortress. Instead of following the sequal norm of an upgraded graphic engine, Valve rehauls the whole look, flip-flopping over to a Pixar-type look, Incredibles, if I had to call one out, but ramped up violence/blood is what slappes the M on the box more than anything. Valve keeps one eye on TF2 online, now giving patches and updates for the unpopular clases, which keeps gameplay fresh and stops Valve from pumping out another full fledged game. Team Fortress has a great online community, but thats just it. It's ALL online, nothing else. No offline services, which isen't to bad, but when fans get love affairs for certain maps, the play-feild gets real stale.
Even though Valve gave us 5 games(4shorties) it's has all the makings for the perfect game sequal: a strong foundation to build off of(Half-Life 2), fresh new ideas, while still keeping to it's roots(Episodes 1 and 2, Portal), plus, a killer multiplayer function(Team Fortress 2). Valve put all of the ideas in the same box, but just put barriars between them....more info
- The Orange Box for PS3
If you are reading this then you are thinking about buying the Orange Box for the Playstation 3 system. It is 100% worth it. Make sure not to pay more than $20 USD for a new copy but it is one of the best buys out there. You will not be sorry.
Trust Me....more info
- EXCELLENT FUN
I HAVE BEEN A HALF LIFE FAN EVER SINCE THE FIRST GAME CAME OUT. I HAVE PLAYED IT PROBABLY 5 TIMES. I HAVE PLAYED HALF LIFE 2 ABOUT 3 TIMES. THIS NEW HALF LIFE PACKAGE WAS A REAL GOOD DEAL AS I PICKED IT UP NEW FOR 29.95. HALF LIFE EPISODE 1 AND EPISODE 2 ARE REALLY FUN. BOTH EPISODES ARE FAIRLY TOUGH AS YOU GET OVERWHELMED BY ENEMIES AT TIMES AND OF COURSE YOU ARE FIGURING THINGS OUT IN PUZZLE FASHION. I STARTED PLAYING PORTAL AND FOUND IT POINTLESS AND I HAVEN'T PLAYED TEAM FORTRESS AS OF YET. I HIGHLY RECOMMEND IT JUST FOR EPISODES 1 AND 2. I'M NOT A GAME NERD SO I DIDN'T FIND ANY PROBLEMS WITH IT. SOME OF THE REVIEWS I READ I NOTICED THAT SOME PEOPLE GRIPE ABOUT THE SMALLEST DETAILS. I HAVE NO GRIPES. I PLAYED IT ON THE PS3 AND I ENJOYED IT JUST FINE. I DID GET THE IMPRESSION THAT THERE WILL BE A HALF LIFE 4. I HOPE SO. IF YOU ARE A HALF LIFE FAN, BUY THIS GAME. YOU'LL BE GLAD YOU DID, ESPECIALLY AT THIS PRICE. ...more info
- Strongest purchase for the PS3.
Five awesome games by one awesome company, don't own a PS3 without getting this game. You'll never regret it....more info
- just get it
if you're a fan of shooters this is the collection to get. Great story and game play. It's way too easy to get caught up in playing through over and over again. It's way better on the pc but still worth the $20 to get it on the ps3....more info
- Portal is the Jesus of Gaming!
Half-Life 2: Episode 2 - Great
Portal - Perfect
Team Fortress 2 - Perfect for the gamer with friends (you lucky person you)
Saying anything more than this would just be redundant....more info
- Great Value!
Not only do you get the entire line of Half-Life 2 games (massive first person role playing/shooter game) but you also receive Team Fortress (entertaining online shooter) and Portal (great puzzle game) as well for less than $30.00 making it a must buy for anyone owning a PS3 console. In full 1080p view the games are just breath taking, in a matter of minutes you will find yourself becoming immersed into the games' massive environments (such as that of Half-Life 2's that are a combination of something along Orson Welles' 1984 and Interplay's Fallout) that have you coming back for more. The replay value is like that of reading a good book, you'll play it again just to experience it one more time.
A definitive must buy. ...more info
- Quite Possibly STILL the Best $-for-$ VALUE for the PS3!
Gordon who? I'm one of the handful of people who missed out on Half-Life One. So my main complaint is the intro to Half-Life 2. You basically wake up on a train and find yourself in a train station...OK, so not much was put into an opening movie or storyline, but thankfully it gets much better from there. There are subsequent areas where things are somewhat explained incrementally, but you'll probably be so into the quality of the gameplay by then that it just starts filling things in a little better. There was obviously a great deal of planning that went into HL2 and BRAVO to Valve for following that up with great execution of the plan. There were a couple of places I did notice a frame rate drop, but they were quickly played through. In fact, there is so much going on in this game at times that it's a pure wonder that there aren't a couple of dozen places with frame rate problems.
Thankfully this game was produced in a epic-type format. You go on a true journey from that original train station through some pretty creative scenes that require a combination of quick reflexes, puzzle-solving and resourcefulness to get you safely through plenty of good old fashioned shoot-them-before-they-shoot-you adrenaline pumping confrontations. Quick Save often and at any time you please. Then there's the almost guilt-inducing selection of weapons you collect when progressing through levels and plenty of times where you'll nearly jump out of your seat or nearly paralyzed with fear (I can still hear that attack gunship's gun batteries charging up before firing lethal rounds...Ouch!)
HL2 is just a GREAT game...Even if you never really liked FPS games. There are times that will be frustratingly difficult, but when you finally pull it off and clear the level it produces a sublime sense of satisfaction rarely found anywhere else on Earth. The graphics are really top-notch along with the sound effects. The other 2 HL2 "Episodes" extend the story, although the game titles are unnecessarily confusing:
Half-Life 2; Half-Life 2: Episode One; Half-Life 2: Episode Two. Those are 3 separate games, so why not HL2, HL3: Episode One and HL3: Episode Two?!?! Or even HL2, HL2: Episode Two and HL2: Episode Three?
Portal is a great diversion, although it's over just about the time you start really excelling at the game. Can't comment on Team Fortress 2, haven't played it. All told, we got a great deal of fun out of 4 of the games in The Orange Box and I've bought more expensive games that have only one game (like most) and regretted the purchase because of poor gameplay and zero fun factor. In other words, you can't go wrong with The Orange Box! Get it and prepare yourself for a truly enveloping gaming experience......more info
- PS3 version of Orange Box a Bad Buy
Let me state at the outset that I am a fan of the Half Life series, and own the Orange Box for PC. I think the game itself is outstanding - one of the best video game experiences ever created.
The Playstation 3 port of the Orange Box is a disappointment. Frame rate issues haunt several areas of the game. Audio issues, ranging from missing sounds to crackling and even audio cutting out completely, are everywhere. For me, I noticed the most audio issues in Portal, the least technically complex of the games included in this package. I am not an online gamer, but reportedly the Team Fortess 2 component is sorely lacking - you are unable to host your own games, the servers are "laggy" and often off-line, and the maps are full of exploits which have been patched in the PC version, and mitigated somewhat in the Xbox 360 version.
The real problem with this game, that make it a bad buy in my opinion, is that you are buying an orphan. The Orange Box for the PS3 is the red-headed stepchild of the video game world, and neither parent, EA nor Valve, are taking responsibility for it. Gamers have been requesting patches to address the faults in the game since it was released in October of 2007. "Support" at EA says it is Valve's responsibility to fix the game. Valve, who aren't PS3 developers, say it is EA's job. While the two game studios point fingers at each other and duck responsibility, consumers who have paid a premium price for an unfinished product are left holding the bag (or the box, in this case).
Do not buy this product if you are expecting a polished game experience. If you cannot live without the Half Life 2 series on your PS3, by all means, this flawed, half baked attempt is the only way you are going to satisfy your craving. But go into this purchase with your eyes open - this game is buggy, and nobody seems willing to fix it. EA and Valve will take your money and ignore your troubles.
- Low Cost FUN!
Whether you know Half Life or don't, this game will entertain you. The extra games give you a bundle you can't pass up for the price....more info
- "Stuttering" vastly exaggerated
This review is for the PS3 version of Half Life2. (Amazon tends to lump all reviews together) I have not played the Xbox or PC versions, so this is a review, and NOT a comparison.
Having read numerous reviews complaining about the dropped frame and slow load times on the PS3 version of this game, I had all but convinced myself to buy the PC version instead. Then I found the PS3 version used for cheap and bought it anyway. And I'm very happy with it! I've had exactly 1 dropped frame so far and am over 3/5 the way through the game. (e.g. I had NO stuttering or dropped frames in the boat chase chapter despite what the 1UP.com reviewers claimed.) The graphics are nice, and I've had over 20 moving objects on screen at one time with no problems. (That's not counting the bullets!) So I think this issue has been overblown a bit. The online Team Fortress has also performed smoothly with zero stuttering.
As to the load times, yeah, they're a little slow. About 37 seconds, in point of fact (just timed one). I'm happy for you Xbox and PC owners if yours is significantly shorter, but frankly that's about the same or less loading time as other games I play on the PC and the PS3. (The Sims2 takes almost 3 minutes to load at times!)
Finally, you can quicksave at any time! Repeat, at ANY time!! Furthermore, you can still move around and fight while quicksaving! This feature has proved invaluable time and time again.
All in all, very happy with a great game!...more info
- Actually a good game
I had a couple questions after reading the reviews like others but the game is far from unplayable. I haven't experienced any noticable lag yet (the kind where you are like 'Okay this is messing up my experience' or something like that) just a couple spots here and there that don't really register in your conscious until a couple minutes later.
Load times are not a big deal either, although if you finish levels quickly in Portal they can be irritating. (The first couple levels are hella easy and you can pass them in less then a minute so having a load time every minute is a little tedious but as the levels get harder, it takes longer and longer to finish the levels so you won't be affected by it after 4-5 load times or so)
All in all, its a great game, best bang for your buck imaginable . Also, I reccomend the Metal Gear Solid Essential Collection if you have a BC PS3 because you are probably into playing great games regardless of their age if you like TOB....more info