The Orange Box

First Person Shooter - Xbox 360 - MPN: 9849
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The Orange Box delivers five innovative action games from Valve - creators of the blockbuster Half Life franchise, in one box. Available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system. The Orange Box includes Half Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2 in addition to full versions of award winning Half Life 2 and Half Life 2: Episode One for an engrossing first-person action experience.
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ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Game Genre First Person Shooter
Release Date 2007-10-09
Maximum Number of Players 16
Expert Reviews
The Orange Box
5 Star Review  GameZone - Oct 29, 2007

Special. Just one simple word that is used to describe many different subjects. In gaming, special usually implies a game that morphs into more than a just a game. The player begins to feel an almost personal connection to the game which soon becomes more of an urban legend than video game. Mario, Halo, and Final Fantasy are just a few of the gaming legends that have made the ascension to legendary status of Special. Half-Life is another gaming franchise that is considered special by many gamers due to the amazing story telling and gameplay in Half-Life 1 and Half-Life 2. Now with the release of The Orange Box the Half-Life legacy has transcended into another description of gaming, Amazing.

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Portal
4 Star Review  bonafidereviews.com - Dec 31, 1969

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The Orange Box
5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

The Orange Box receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.92 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #6 game of all time, #2 game of 2007 for the Xbox 360 and #2 Xbox 360 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 47 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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The Orange Box
5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

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The Orange Box | Xbox 360
4 Star Review  productwiki.com - Apr 18, 2010

Five games, One Box. Thats the tag line behind Valves latest offering that packages in three new games along two previously available ones. In a departure from Valves usual operations The Orange Box will be available simultaneously on consoles alongside the PC. Naturally the title will be available from Valves Steam digital distribution system, where each game can be purchased a la carte, though at a higher combined price. Half-Life 2 and Episodes Half-Life 2 released in 2004 to great critical and commercial success. The Orange Box contains the original game with updated graphics and improvements to the underlying Source engine technology. Half-Life 2 is praised for its solid physics engine with resulting physics-based puzzles, and immersive world and environments. HL2 was also ported over to the original Xbox with many features downgraded, the Xbox 360/PS3 port are nearly identical to the PC version. Half-Life 2: Episode 1 is the previously ... PROS: (1) Tons of content for your money (2) Team Fortress 2 is an excellent multiplayer game (3) Half-Life 2 is still one of the best games ever made (4) PORTAL! AWSOME, additictive, innovative game (5) Great price considering the inclusion of both Episodes as well ... CONS: (1) Many people already own Half-Life 2 (2) No split screen play

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The Orange Box (Xbox 360)
5 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Feb 27, 2008   

Strengths: Five full titles in one package, including 20 hours of Half-Life 2, a great online game and a intelligent puzzle game

Weakness: None apparent

The Orange Box has five full games inside of it. The main attraction is Half-Life 2, with the two follow-up episodes containing new content. Half-Life 2 shows its age well, as it still is entertaining to this day. The two episodes carry the story further forward and leave with an amazing cliff-hanger at the end of Episode 2. Portal is a very unique puzzle game that requires the careful use of dimension-shifting portals to work through to the end of each level. Team Fortress 2 is a very diverse online-only multiplayer game that covers different game modes. Overall, it's a fantastic value for all types of gamers.

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So much fun
5 Star Review   By member ssession - Feb 6, 2008   

Strengths: Portal, Portal, Portal!

Weakness: I had already played Half-Life 2 and Episode 1 on the PC.

This is the best value in gaming right now. Essentially 5 games in one box. Let me start off at the top: Portal. Portal is probably the most innovative and fun game I have played in a really long time. Its funny, frustrating, fun, and mind bending. You really have to think to play it. TF2 is fun, but I really don't play it much. I see my brother online playing it every day though. What can be said about Half-Life 2 that hasn't be reiterated through numerous awards. The same great game brought to the 360. Episode 2 just continues the awesome franchise. I hope they release more levels for Portal in the future.

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Must Own Game for the 360
5 Star Review   By member monsoonman - Jan 26, 2008   

Strengths: +5 solid titles +valued price +great graphics +great replay ability

Weakness: -portal more like mini-game (too short) -team fortress 2 online only -lame cover art

The Orange Box is a collection of 5 great titles from Valve. Included in this awesome package are Half Life 2, Half Life Episodes 1 / 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. Half Life 2 is the same game as the old xbox game but with updated graphics. Despite being somewhat old, Half Life 2 still holds up well. Episodes 1 / 2 continue the game play found in Half Life 2. Portal is a mini game that challenges players in new, fun, and creative ways. Team Fortress 2 is an online only shooter that allows players to assume the role of different classes that each has their own unique abilities. All of these games come in one disc and for the affordable price of a regular 360 game. The only complaint I have with the Orange Box is that the cover art is very bad. Don’t let the covert art fool you, the Orange Box is a great value and a must own for 360 owners.

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Incredible Value
5 Star Review   By member mchenoweth16 - Jan 7, 2008   

Strengths: Some of the best games around, all in one

Weakness: slightly old game shows a little age as far as graphics go

Half Life 2 is one of the standards for games and with this package, you can keep enjoying it. The game runs great on the 360 and the new games are well developed. Although the graphics don't use all of the latest tricks, they still look good. The science fiction story is right up there with the best you can find in games. The new puzzle game, even though short, is a blast and the new team fortress shows some style. If you like Half Life 2 or just science fiction, this is definitely a great buy.

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Ludicrous value!
5 Star Review   By member dafunkk12 - Dec 31, 2007   

Strengths: 5 games for the price of one, all of them winners

Weakness: Half Life 2 not as good-looking as the other games in the box

Valve is really spoiling gamers with this set. First off, there's Half-Life 2 and its two current extra episodes. These are top-notch story-centric FPS, and the characters are far from disposable. Next is Portal, which is a truly inventive puzzle game. You'll have to think like MC Escher to solve some crazy puzzles. Please know, though, that there are some reflex-based areas, so it's not entirely slow-paced. The writing is absolutely hilarious, which is just the cherry on top of an already stellar product. Finally, the set include Team Fortress 2, which does a fantastic job of showing the significance of working as a team. Each of the 9 classes is visually and functionally distinct, which adds a whole new dimension to the way you'll play online shooters.

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Five Great Games for One Great Price
5 Star Review   By member JDreborn - Dec 28, 2007   

Strengths: 5 great games

The Orange Box is a collection of 5 different FPS type games for the XBOX 360. The five games included are: Portal, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and Team Fortress 2. Portal is a puzzle FPS that the player has to get to the exit using portals. Half-Life 2 games let the player play as Gordon Freeman to help the resistance against some nasty humans and aliens. Team Fortress is a multi-player game only and requires XBOX Live subscription. All the games play and run great on the XBOX 360. Biggest flaw is that Portal is extremely easy for being the most original of the bunch. I beat all the puzzles including the advanced ones in under 3 hours. Its that easy. Besides that little flaw I give this collection 5 solid stars. Nothing beats the price.

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The Orange Box
5 Star Review   By member psincubus - Dec 17, 2007   

Strengths: 5 games in 1. All great games.

The Orange Box contains 5 games in one: Half Life 2, Half Life 2 Eps 1, Eps 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. All of which are great. The Half Life games are some of the best single player games I have ever played. They are FPSs revolving around a scientist named Gordon Freeman. Portal, in my opinion, is great, but is overrated by many. It is a FPS puzzle game. Team Fortress 2 is an online multiplayer game where you choose between 9 different types of characters and work as a team to capture your opponent's intel or defend your points, etc. Overall, a must own for any 360 owner.

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The Orange Box
3 Star Review   By member jinyu1 - Dec 7, 2007   

Strengths: Good value

Weakness: Graphics is a bit dated

I bought this game because of its value - five games in one box: half life 2, episode 1, episode 2, portal, and team fortress 2. The half life series is a bit boring for me, because I do not like to find ways around or seek for clues. My preference is Gears of War types of game, where things are linear and you don't need to hurt your eyes to look for clues. In addition, the graphics are dated (cannot compare to Gears). As for portal, my wife likes it better, since she is into puzzles. Team fortress 2 is just too cartoonish.

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So many (great) games in such a small package
5 Star Review   By member Rig85 - Nov 28, 2007   

Strengths: Multiple great games HL2 finally on consoles

Weakness: Maybe could've been $5 or $10 cheaper (these aren't "new" games)

These games have not made their way to consoles, until now. If you are a PC gamer, it is likely that you have played them already. But for the console gamers, this is a great deal. All feature exciting gameplay, and each have their own unique charm. HL2 is just one great FPS series. Portal does things you haven't seen before. TF2 has a very fun multiplayer.

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The Orange Box - Xbox 360
5 Star Review   By member drtbaumann - Nov 16, 2007   

Strengths: Value, Superior Graphics, Solid Gameplay, Multiple Games on one disk

Weakness: None - unless you count the lack of Counter-Strike: Source

The Orange Box is a tremendous value for the amount of content Valve put on the single disk. Any Team Fortress fan will appreciate the upgrade with its gorgeous graphics and new gameplay types. Highly Recommended!

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The Orange Box delivers five innovative action games from Valve - creators of the blockbuster Half Life franchise, in one box. Available for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system. The Orange Box includes Half Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2 in addition to full versions of award winning Half Life 2 and Half Life 2: Episode One for an engrossing first-person action experience.
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ESRB Rating M (Mature 17+)
Game Genre First Person Shooter
Release Date 2007-10-09
Maximum Number of Players 16
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Product Title The Orange Box
Manufacturer Electronic Arts
Lowest Price $72.00 from Amazon Marketplace
Power Score 4.7 | 21 Reviews
Game Information
Maximum Number of Local Players: 16
Network Compatible: Yes
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Minimum Number of Players Support: 1
Single Player Support: Yes
Software Main Type: Game
Parent Retsku: B001EYUNYY
Multiplayer Support: Yes
Software Name: The Orange Box
Game Expansion Pack: No
Brand Name: EA
Frequency Band: 1 PlayerMultiplayer Versus
Rating Descriptor: Language
Local Availability: yes
Player Connectivity Mode: 16 x Online
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Expert Reviews
The Orange Box
5 Star Review  GameZone - Oct 29, 2007

Special. Just one simple word that is used to describe many different subjects. In gaming, special usually implies a game that morphs into more than a just a game. The player begins to feel an almost personal connection to the game which soon becomes more of an urban legend than video game. Mario, Halo, and Final Fantasy are just a few of the gaming legends that have made the ascension to legendary status of Special. Half-Life is another gaming franchise that is considered special by many gamers due to the amazing story telling and gameplay in Half-Life 1 and Half-Life 2. Now with the release of The Orange Box the Half-Life legacy has transcended into another description of gaming, Amazing.

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Portal
4 Star Review  bonafidereviews.com - Dec 31, 1969

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The Orange Box
5 Star Review  TopTenREVIEWS.com - Mar 17, 2008

The Orange Box receives an overall TopTenREVIEWS rating of 3.92 out of 4.00. It is ranked the #6 game of all time, #2 game of 2007 for the Xbox 360 and #2 Xbox 360 game of all time. The rating and ranking is based on an average of 47 critic scores, awards and other criteria. To see a breakdown of the game ranking, read individual critic reviews, or see how other games ranked, click on the link below.

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The Orange Box
5 Star Review  testseek.com - Oct 24, 2008

Testseek.com has collected 24 expert reviews for The Orange Box and the average expert rating is 95 of 100. The average score reflects the expert community’s view on this product. Click below and use Testseek.com to see all ratings, product awards and conclusions.

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The Orange Box | Xbox 360
4 Star Review  productwiki.com - Apr 18, 2010

Five games, One Box. Thats the tag line behind Valves latest offering that packages in three new games along two previously available ones. In a departure from Valves usual operations The Orange Box will be available simultaneously on consoles alongside the PC. Naturally the title will be available from Valves Steam digital distribution system, where each game can be purchased a la carte, though at a higher combined price. Half-Life 2 and Episodes Half-Life 2 released in 2004 to great critical and commercial success. The Orange Box contains the original game with updated graphics and improvements to the underlying Source engine technology. Half-Life 2 is praised for its solid physics engine with resulting physics-based puzzles, and immersive world and environments. HL2 was also ported over to the original Xbox with many features downgraded, the Xbox 360/PS3 port are nearly identical to the PC version. Half-Life 2: Episode 1 is the previously ... PROS: (1) Tons of content for your money (2) Team Fortress 2 is an excellent multiplayer game (3) Half-Life 2 is still one of the best games ever made (4) PORTAL! AWSOME, additictive, innovative game (5) Great price considering the inclusion of both Episodes as well ... CONS: (1) Many people already own Half-Life 2 (2) No split screen play

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User Reviews
The Orange Box (Xbox 360)
5 Star Review   By member shrike424242 - Feb 27, 2008   

Strengths: Five full titles in one package, including 20 hours of Half-Life 2, a great online game and a intelligent puzzle game

Weakness: None apparent

The Orange Box has five full games inside of it. The main attraction is Half-Life 2, with the two follow-up episodes containing new content. Half-Life 2 shows its age well, as it still is entertaining to this day. The two episodes carry the story further forward and leave with an amazing cliff-hanger at the end of Episode 2. Portal is a very unique puzzle game that requires the careful use of dimension-shifting portals to work through to the end of each level. Team Fortress 2 is a very diverse online-only multiplayer game that covers different game modes. Overall, it's a fantastic value for all types of gamers.

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So much fun
5 Star Review   By member ssession - Feb 6, 2008   

Strengths: Portal, Portal, Portal!

Weakness: I had already played Half-Life 2 and Episode 1 on the PC.

This is the best value in gaming right now. Essentially 5 games in one box. Let me start off at the top: Portal. Portal is probably the most innovative and fun game I have played in a really long time. Its funny, frustrating, fun, and mind bending. You really have to think to play it. TF2 is fun, but I really don't play it much. I see my brother online playing it every day though. What can be said about Half-Life 2 that hasn't be reiterated through numerous awards. The same great game brought to the 360. Episode 2 just continues the awesome franchise. I hope they release more levels for Portal in the future.

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Must Own Game for the 360
5 Star Review   By member monsoonman - Jan 26, 2008   

Strengths: +5 solid titles +valued price +great graphics +great replay ability

Weakness: -portal more like mini-game (too short) -team fortress 2 online only -lame cover art

The Orange Box is a collection of 5 great titles from Valve. Included in this awesome package are Half Life 2, Half Life Episodes 1 / 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. Half Life 2 is the same game as the old xbox game but with updated graphics. Despite being somewhat old, Half Life 2 still holds up well. Episodes 1 / 2 continue the game play found in Half Life 2. Portal is a mini game that challenges players in new, fun, and creative ways. Team Fortress 2 is an online only shooter that allows players to assume the role of different classes that each has their own unique abilities. All of these games come in one disc and for the affordable price of a regular 360 game. The only complaint I have with the Orange Box is that the cover art is very bad. Don’t let the covert art fool you, the Orange Box is a great value and a must own for 360 owners.

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Incredible Value
5 Star Review   By member mchenoweth16 - Jan 7, 2008   

Strengths: Some of the best games around, all in one

Weakness: slightly old game shows a little age as far as graphics go

Half Life 2 is one of the standards for games and with this package, you can keep enjoying it. The game runs great on the 360 and the new games are well developed. Although the graphics don't use all of the latest tricks, they still look good. The science fiction story is right up there with the best you can find in games. The new puzzle game, even though short, is a blast and the new team fortress shows some style. If you like Half Life 2 or just science fiction, this is definitely a great buy.

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Ludicrous value!
5 Star Review   By member dafunkk12 - Dec 31, 2007   

Strengths: 5 games for the price of one, all of them winners

Weakness: Half Life 2 not as good-looking as the other games in the box

Valve is really spoiling gamers with this set. First off, there's Half-Life 2 and its two current extra episodes. These are top-notch story-centric FPS, and the characters are far from disposable. Next is Portal, which is a truly inventive puzzle game. You'll have to think like MC Escher to solve some crazy puzzles. Please know, though, that there are some reflex-based areas, so it's not entirely slow-paced. The writing is absolutely hilarious, which is just the cherry on top of an already stellar product. Finally, the set include Team Fortress 2, which does a fantastic job of showing the significance of working as a team. Each of the 9 classes is visually and functionally distinct, which adds a whole new dimension to the way you'll play online shooters.

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Five Great Games for One Great Price
5 Star Review   By member JDreborn - Dec 28, 2007   

Strengths: 5 great games

The Orange Box is a collection of 5 different FPS type games for the XBOX 360. The five games included are: Portal, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, and Team Fortress 2. Portal is a puzzle FPS that the player has to get to the exit using portals. Half-Life 2 games let the player play as Gordon Freeman to help the resistance against some nasty humans and aliens. Team Fortress is a multi-player game only and requires XBOX Live subscription. All the games play and run great on the XBOX 360. Biggest flaw is that Portal is extremely easy for being the most original of the bunch. I beat all the puzzles including the advanced ones in under 3 hours. Its that easy. Besides that little flaw I give this collection 5 solid stars. Nothing beats the price.

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The Orange Box
5 Star Review   By member psincubus - Dec 17, 2007   

Strengths: 5 games in 1. All great games.

The Orange Box contains 5 games in one: Half Life 2, Half Life 2 Eps 1, Eps 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. All of which are great. The Half Life games are some of the best single player games I have ever played. They are FPSs revolving around a scientist named Gordon Freeman. Portal, in my opinion, is great, but is overrated by many. It is a FPS puzzle game. Team Fortress 2 is an online multiplayer game where you choose between 9 different types of characters and work as a team to capture your opponent's intel or defend your points, etc. Overall, a must own for any 360 owner.

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The Orange Box
3 Star Review   By member jinyu1 - Dec 7, 2007   

Strengths: Good value

Weakness: Graphics is a bit dated

I bought this game because of its value - five games in one box: half life 2, episode 1, episode 2, portal, and team fortress 2. The half life series is a bit boring for me, because I do not like to find ways around or seek for clues. My preference is Gears of War types of game, where things are linear and you don't need to hurt your eyes to look for clues. In addition, the graphics are dated (cannot compare to Gears). As for portal, my wife likes it better, since she is into puzzles. Team fortress 2 is just too cartoonish.

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So many (great) games in such a small package
5 Star Review   By member Rig85 - Nov 28, 2007   

Strengths: Multiple great games HL2 finally on consoles

Weakness: Maybe could've been $5 or $10 cheaper (these aren't "new" games)

These games have not made their way to consoles, until now. If you are a PC gamer, it is likely that you have played them already. But for the console gamers, this is a great deal. All feature exciting gameplay, and each have their own unique charm. HL2 is just one great FPS series. Portal does things you haven't seen before. TF2 has a very fun multiplayer.

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The Orange Box - Xbox 360
5 Star Review   By member drtbaumann - Nov 16, 2007   

Strengths: Value, Superior Graphics, Solid Gameplay, Multiple Games on one disk

Weakness: None - unless you count the lack of Counter-Strike: Source

The Orange Box is a tremendous value for the amount of content Valve put on the single disk. Any Team Fortress fan will appreciate the upgrade with its gorgeous graphics and new gameplay types. Highly Recommended!

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Awesome Videogame Deal
5 Star Review   By member VaRIABLE_SoUL - Nov 6, 2007   

Strengths: Five games for $60, Half-Life 2 finally on consoles along with both Ep 1 and 2, TF2 = fun multiplayer and Portal is a very creative and unique game

Weakness: You might have already played HL2 and ep 1 on a PC since they came out years ago. TF2 has no deathmatch only objective based gameplay

Valve released an awesome deal for gamers. You pay $60 and get Half-Life 2, ep 1 and 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal. If you haven't already played HL2 on the PC then i highly suggest you pick up The Orange Box. That game is still one of the best shooters around and the 360 finally allows console gamers to play it. Ep 1 may feel like a weak add-on but it still has some fun moments and furthers the main plot. Ep 2 is meatier and is a nice addition to this HL2 trilogy. Team Fortress is very fun and addicting. It incorporates a cartoony look that might not appeal to all tastes but don't let that stop you from enjoying this fairly deep multiplayer experience. The only downside to TF2 is that there is no deathmatch and the objective based games are linked to what map you play. Portal is a mind bender. It's a game that allows you to create two portals and jump in and out of them resulting in various gravity-defying hijinx. It takes some getting used to but there's a lot of reward to gain once you master the art of portal jumping. Overall The Orange Box is a must buy for console (and even PC) gamers. The price alone warrants a purchase just to experience the greatness of Valve.

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Amazing Game!
5 Star Review   By member MrNEWZ - Nov 5, 2007   

Strengths: Different games. The game is packed with tons of fun from top to bottom.

Weakness: Not too varied in gameplay style. Not suitable for all ages.

Half Life 2 was considered one of the best games ever made. It's no wonder that the game, packaged with Episode One AND the newly released Episode Two would be a great deal. Throw in Team Fortress 2 and Portal and you have yourself the best deal in video game history. The Orange Box is, without a doubt, the best value in video game history. If you've never played Half Life 2 --- or even if you have, the game is worth the purchase. Not many games can pack in the value that the Orange Box can. Just the sheer replay-ability of Team Fortress 2 blows most games out of the water. There are a few downsides. Frankly, not everyone will be into the styles of gameplay offered in the Orange Box. The violence offered is also not for members of the entire family. But the game is wonderful. The ending of Portal finishes off the cavalcade of wonder with a hilarious song by Jonathan Coulton. So on top of making amazing games, Valve has a sense of humor too.

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The Orange Box
5 Star Review   By member ready2run2 - Nov 3, 2007   

Strengths: Awesome value: 5 games in 1 box!

This is the ultimate value in gaming history. You get 5 games in the box, all of which are fun. The graphics are great, and this game has good replay value. Overall, everyone should at least enjoy this game for what it is, a masterpiece.

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Best bang for the buck this year
5 Star Review   By member mkernan - Oct 31, 2007   

Strengths: Essentially 5 games for the price of 1, all on one disc, many hours of fun to be had

Weakness: Portal is a bit short, some lag issues in TF2, not enough maps in TF2

Put simply, The Orange Box is the best value to be had by gamers this year. For the same price as your typical 360 game, you're getting what essentially amounts to 5 separate games on the disc. This compilation includes the original Half-Life 2, both the Episode 1 and Episode 2 expansions, the mind-bending first-person puzzle game Portal, and the multiplayer Team Fortress 2. Considering the fact that the original Half Life 2 is the only part that was previously available on a console, this is an outstanding amount of content for the price. I was blown away by the original Half-Life but had never gotten around to playing Half-Life 2, so for people like me, every bit of content is new and its all well worth the price of admission. There's quite a bit of gaming goodness to be had here, so I'll just quickly summarize each piece. Half-Life 2 is single-player FPS action at its best. The story is interesting and integrated into the gameplay itself. It piles on the action and keeps pushing you through to the next encounter without ever really letting up. Simply excellent. Episodes One and Two are more of the same (and not in a bad way). They continue the story and keep the action and story coming at you. I can't help but wonder if maybe Valve is missing the point when it comes to episodic content, since 2-3 years later, they're just now putting out the second episode. Regardless, they're both great fun. Portal is an absolutely refreshing and innovative little gem. Its quite short, taking only about 2-3 hours to finish, but those couple of hours are a ton of fun. You have a portal gun that can create a blue and an orange portal. When you (or other objects) go through one, you come out the other. That simple concept really makes for an absolutely terrific first-person puzzle experience. Portal is even funny too, but I won't go into any of the story as not to ruin it. Team Fortress 2 is a team-based multiplayer game with 9 different character classes. Each class has a unique set of weapons and abilities. For those you just want to run and gun, pick the soldier. If you want to disguise yourself as an enemy and sneak into their base, pick the spy. To play successfully, the team must work together with the strengths of the various classes to achieve the task at hand. The only downside to TF2 is the lack of variety: there are only 6 maps to choose from. Each map has a specific game type associated with it, which is good because the level is perfectly suited for the game type, but with only 6, it may get boring after a while (hopefully not though). Upon release, there were major issues with lag but a recent patch seems to have taken care of most, if not all, of the lag issues. Overall, this is absolutely a must-buy for any 360 owner.

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The best value in gaming...
5 Star Review   By member tenjack - Oct 30, 2007   

Strengths: 5 Games for the price of 1. Half Life 2 is the best FPS I ever played.

Weakness: HL2 is a few years old, Team Fortress lag. Load times.

I'm a die hard Half Life fan. I had the original Xbox port and loved it, despite its many issues. Once I heard it was coming out on the Xbox 360, I sold my copy in anticipation. Half Life 2 looks and plays great. Episode 1 and 2 look even better. Portal is an absolute blast, and Team Fortress is fun as well. For $60, you won't get any better value in gaming. This package will keep you occupied for 30+ hours.

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Orange Box
5 Star Review   By member markc72 - Oct 24, 2007   

Strengths: -Many hours of gameplay. -Action, puzzle, and strategy piled into one package.

Weakness: -Graphics not really up to date. -Team Fortress 2 lag and lack of maps and choice of game type.

I have had Half Life 2 since it came out on the computer years ago and never have finished this masterpiece. Having that along with the 2 extra episodes, portal, and Team Fortress 2 is a no brainer for a purchase. While the graphics are not really up to par with todays standards, it still holds it's own there and on game play. Half Life 2 is as great as ever with updated HDR lighting. I'm sure that episode 1 and 2 are just as good with slightly better graphics and more wide open areas. Portal is a fun and addictive puzzle game that makes you really think. Team Fortress 2 is a multi-player romp doing CTF and Territories and some other game play modes. The only problems is that there are 6 maps and you can only do those modes in a specific map. No team deathmatch, come on!!! I highly recommend this game for anyone even if you have played Half Life 2 already.

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