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The Orange Box

MobyRank MobyScore
PlayStation 3
88
3.7
Windows
95
4.3
Xbox 360
95
3.9

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Our Users Say

Platform Votes Score
PlayStation 3 19 3.7
Windows 68 4.3
Xbox 360 34 3.9
Combined MobyScore 121 4.1


The Press Says

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Xbox 360Edge
Valve's genius is in the way it constructs its worlds through unspoken means - and The Orange Box is a perfect realisation of some staggering talent. At its lowest points it is highly competent. At its best, there is little that can touch it. The variety of its substance runs the gamut - furious action both online and off, tortuous puzzles, and enrapturing narrative. In each part it excels and betters what has gone before; as a whole it is almost overwhelming in its depth, irresistible in value and certainly, unreservedly, brilliant.
100
WindowsEdge
Valve's genius is in the way it constructs its worlds through unspoken means - and The Orange Box is a perfect realisation of some staggering talent. At its lowest points it is highly competent. At its best, there is little that can touch it. The variety of its substance runs the gamut - furious action both online and off, tortuous puzzles, and enrapturing narrative. In each part it excels and betters what has gone before; as a whole it is almost overwhelming in its depth, irresistible in value and certainly, unreservedly, brilliant.
100
PlayStation 3Edge
Valve's genius is in the way it constructs its worlds through unspoken means - and The Orange Box is a perfect realisation of some staggering talent. At its lowest points it is highly competent. At its best, there is little that can touch it. The variety of its substance runs the gamut - furious action both online and off, tortuous puzzles, and enrapturing narrative. In each part it excels and betters what has gone before; as a whole it is almost overwhelming in its depth, irresistible in value and certainly, unreservedly, brilliant.
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Xbox 360Le Geek
I’ve seen some complaints about the game being too long, but Half-Life 2 rarely, if never, repeats itself. Some claim the episodic semi-sequels (Episodes One and Two) have tighter gameplay, and I’d probably agree, but it’s at the expense of the story, during which I became aware that I was playing a game. It’s my favorite FPS to date, and I highly, highly recommend experiencing it for yourself. Half-Life 2 is one of the rare big budget games to have a compelling story that can compete with other media.
100
Xbox 360Gamereactor (Sweden)
Jag brukar väldigt sällan prata om prisvärdhet när det gäller spel, men i fallet The Orange Box är det svårt att hålla slutbossgarvet borta då man tänker på hur sinnessjukt mycket superb underhållning man får för pengarna. Detta är årets hittills bästa spel, och ett måste för alla som någon gång njutit av Gordons kungliga sällskap. Ja, och ni som ännu har gjort det har helt enkelt inget kvar att skylla på längre.
100
WindowsGamereactor (Sweden)
Jag brukar väldigt sällan prata om prisvärdhet när det gäller spel, men i fallet The Orange Box är det svårt att hålla slutbossgarvet borta då man tänker på hur sinnessjukt mycket superb underhållning man får för pengarna. Detta är årets hittills bästa spel, och ett måste för alla som någon gång njutit av Gordons kungliga sällskap. Ja, och ni som ännu har gjort det har helt enkelt inget kvar att skylla på längre.
100
Xbox 360AusGamers
If we had reviewed all these games separately, you'd be looking at high 8s and 9s out of 10. But when you go to a store and hand over your hard-earns, you're getting one disc in return. So rating on the merits of value - they don't come any better than this. Completely aware of the other terrific games available now and others due this holiday season - if you only buy one disc this year, you'd do well to make it The Orange Box.
100
WindowsGamervision
The Orange Box is easily the greatest deal of the holiday season, bar none. In the box for the Xbox360, PC, and soon PS3, Valve packed in five games. This isn't some deal where you get one cool game, one mediocre game, and three crap ones. Every single game in The Orange Box is an amazing experience and on their own they are worth a purchase. But what's in the box? Firstly there is Half-Life 2, an amazing first-person-shooter that won several game of the year nominations across the board when it came out. Also packaged in are the two expansions to Half-Life 2, Episodes One and Two. Also inside this amazing package is Team Fortress 2 and Portal . Below are excerpts of the reviews I have done for the three new games in the box.
100
WindowsGame industry News (GiN)
The Orange Box packs a lot of value into a small package. You will certainly feel like you got your money’s worth, especially if you missed Episode 1 or even the core Half-Life 2 game. This orange is absolutely worth your green.
100
WindowsAceGamez
Even if you don't usually like shooters, if there's one compilation that could turn you on to this ever-popular genre, then The Orange Box is it. Whether it's the blend of grand sci-fi action and physics-based puzzles in Half-Life 2, the fast multiplayer craziness of Team Fortress 2 or the highly original puzzle solving brain food of Portal, The Orange Box really does have something to cater to every gamer's tastes - and most of you will wolf down every last bite of all five titles! Without doubt this is the best value for money compilation in the history of gaming - and it's hard to imagine how any publisher will ever top it in the future.
100
WindowsGamingEvolution
The admittedly brief length of the main game, combined with the white, sterile labyrinth setting, and the fact that the player only has one gun throughout the entire game, makes Portal into a sublime minimalist experience. At the end of the day, Portal is like many puzzle games in that regard -- something simple you can keep coming back to -- and completely unlike puzzle games in most every other regard. The abstract, reality-bending nature of the design and the wry, sardonic sense of humor, combine to bring to life a truly unique and off-beat game. Truly, you’ve never seen or played anything quite like Portal.
100
WindowsVideo Games Daily
If this is not a 10/10, nothing is. Utterly essential gaming. Buy it in a shop on Xbox 360 or PC from today, or go to steampowered.net and download it via the miraculous Steam delivery system for a bit cheaper. Or wait for the PS3 version, which will be out at some point soon.
100
PlayStation 3Game Freaks 365
Rarely is there a game that I have played as thoroughly as I have The Orange Box. I took my time, beating Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and Portal, and put in a decent amount of time with Team Fortress 2. I think I am qualified to determine that this is one of the best games I have ever had the pleasure of playing. It is hard to argue that The Orange Box is not a 10. For starters, it comes with Half-Life 2, Game Freaks 365's Game of the Year of 2004. Valve did not just leave it there. No, they included two expansion packs, a unique puzzle game that would seem out of place other than for the fact that it could be considered the best puzzle game since Tetris, and the multi-player mayhem that is Team Fortress 2. If you can find a better value in a video game, please let me know about it. Congratulations, Valve. You have earned our first post-GoldenEye 10 out of 10.
100
Xbox 360Game Shark
Just taking those three games into account, The Orange Box is a steal at its retail price. When you consider that you also get Half-Life 2 and Episode 1, it’s a no brainer to recommend this purchase. Add in the huge assortment of achievements that will draw you back to these games multiple times, and the excellent integration with Xbox Live, and you’ll probably pass out from excitement. There isn’t a better value for the Xbox this holiday season, and the quality of each game is far above even other high-profile titles this year. Valve has put together an impressive package that demands your attention. Now you just need to clear your schedule until late March to fully enjoy it all.
100
Xbox 360Eurogamer.net (UK)
The Orange Box offers everything any fan of first-person shooters could possibly want: some of the best single-player gaming ever in the shape of Half-Life 2 and Episodes One and Two; wonderful innovation from Portal, and the most refined, downright fun team-based online FPS currently available in Team Fortress 2. If that doesn't warrant a 10 out of 10, nothing does. Buy it and enjoy one of the must-have releases of this - or any other - year.
100
Xbox 360Game industry News (GiN)
The Orange Box packs a lot of value into a small package. You will certainly feel like you got your money’s worth, especially if you missed Episode 1 or even the core Half-Life 2 game. This orange is absolutely worth your green.
100
Xbox 360Armchair Empire, The
Succulent and juicy sweet gaming goodness – The Orange Box is waiting to be unpeeled. EA/Valve could have easily sold Half-Life 2 along with Episode One and Two as one game and Portal and Team Fortress 2 as another. But instead, gamers have them all together, and with all five titles excellent unto themselves, having them bundled for one price is an unbelievably spectacular bargain that every Xbox 360 owner should take advantage of.
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Xbox 360Console Obsession
The Orange Box is an amazing bargain and all five games are quality through and through. Simply put, we can’t recommend it enough, so if you’re an FPS fan you’d be crazy to let this pass you by, in fact you would be completely insane to miss out on such an excellent package.
100
Xbox 360AceGamez
So there you have it; for the price of one game, you're getting three incredible chapters of arguably the best single player first person shooter ever created, the unique and sublime first person shooter puzzler hybrid that is Portal, and an incredible multiplayer game that is incredibly addictive and totally distinctive, simply unlike any other online shooter on the market. Valve set out to create the best class-based shooter ever made with Team Fortress 2 and they've done just that. The Orange Box is simply the best deal that money can buy and if we had to recommend any one 360 game for the Holidays, or indeed as your next purchase, then The Orange Box is it. You will get endless hours of fun out of this wondrous little box, and to own an Xbox 360 and not have it in your collection is nothing short of criminal.
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Xbox 360GamesAreFun.com (GAF)
As an entire package, The Orange Box delivers almost an endless amount of polished, cinematic gaming goodness, and the sheer volume of quality in the package is quite unheralded. An instant buy, I trust you would agree?
100
Xbox 360GameSpy
Even though The Orange Box deserves accolades regarding the amount of "bang for your buck," it's really about quality here, not quantity. Aside from the fact that you're receiving five games on one disc, the craftsmanship that has gone into each of these titles rears its head with every Antlion you shoot, every high-velocity portal transfer you make, and every sentry gun you assemble. The amazing part is that these three diverse games are all running on the same engine. We cannot overstate the fact that if you are an Xbox 360 owner, there are few games this year that can match up to what Valve is offering here. It's hard to imagine anyone who buys The Orange Box regretting their purchase for a second.
100
Xbox 360G4 TV: X-Play
It’s hard to think of a game on the shelves that provides more bang for the buck than The Orange Box. For $60, you get one of the best games ever made along with its episodic sequels, a top-tier multiplayer game, and a brilliant little puzzler with some of the best writing in the medium. There’s really no reason not to own it.
100
Xbox 360Video Games Daily
If this is not a 10/10, nothing is. Utterly essential gaming. Buy it in a shop on Xbox 360 or PC from today, or go to steampowered.net and download it via the miraculous Steam delivery system for a bit cheaper. Or wait for the PS3 version, which will be out at some point soon.
100
Xbox 360The Next Level
There's a lot of content here for $60. It varies from amazing to simply good, but it'd be worth the money at twice the price if you haven't already experienced any of it before. With just the new stuff, you're still getting a good deal, with more diversity at a higher quality than any other console release to hit this holiday season.
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Xbox 360Wham! gaming
At the end of the day, however, you just can't beat the value being offered here and though it's not perfect, the sum of "The Orange Box" is greater than its parts.
100
Xbox 360EL33TONLINE
At the end we have one of the best game releases in history (only second to possibly Zelda: Windwaker being released with Zelda: Ocarina of Time). It’s rare us gamers are spoilt this much as Valve needs to be applauded for not ripping our wallet to shreds and instead providing us with an abundance of reasons to why gaming is one of the best hobbies in the world.
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PlayStation 3AceGamez
However, if you don't have access to a 360 or PC then the score is for you - on any platform, this is one of the best deals in gaming history, with all five parts of the compilation making for the most complete first person experience ever burned to disc. Half-Life 2 and its two episodic follow-ups are simply brilliant, and despite minor hiccups make for a must have game. Portal is the same as the other versions, allowing PS3 owners to play through this amazing game as it was intended. It is better than you could possibly imagine and it deserves all the praise that it has gained in its short life so far. And finishing off this already action-packed box is the awesome Team Fortress 2. Forget about the slowdown and the small hiccups - The Orange Box is one of the must have games of 2007 and regardless of which platform you choose, you owe it to yourself to pick it up immediately.
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PlayStation 3EmpireOnline.com
While any PC player worth their salt will have already cracked Half-Life 2 and Episode 1, The Orange Box still represents tremendous value for money, especially as you can ‘gift’ friends with the bits and pieces of the compilation you already own. But no matter what platform you play this package on, The Orange Box is a indisputable classic that no gamer should be without.
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PlayStation 3GamePro (US)
By now, you probably know all about what the Orange Box has to offer but just in case, you don't, here's a quick primer: it includes the classic Half Life 2 as well as the follow-ups Episode One and Two; these mini-sequels do an excellent job of extending the story and set up what's coming next.
100
WindowsBoomtown
Some might say that Valve is crazy, putting all these gems in one box. But in doing so it has provided a clear statement of its place among the top ranks, offering value for money as well as truly superb gameplay.
100
Windows1UP
A stunning compilation.
100
WindowsGameAlmighty.com
Regardless of whether you enjoy first-person shooters or not, The Orange Box is one title that every gamer must experience. If you buy one game this year, make it The Orange Box.
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WindowsGame Tap
After playing through both the old and new stuff, I realized that there is one word that perfectly summarizes Valve: craft. Never mind that ballyhoo about whether games are capital-A art or not. Instead, put someone in front of a Valve game, and watch that person experience sheer craftsmanship. It seems that Valve just can't make a bad game.
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Xbox 360Gamernode
Orange Box is the best deal in terms of bang-for-the-buck since Mario All Stars. Not only that, but every game in it is a winner. Three classic games and two great games for this low price? You're an idiot not to get it.
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Xbox 360Yet Another Review Site (YARS)
As this is a compilation, the score can only represent the overall value and enjoyment that you will get from it. If you own Half Life 2 already then you will still be getting Episode 1, 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2. Also you will be given free subscriptions that may be given to steam friends. So it is win win all the way! Take into account that this costs the same as any other standard release game you really can't go wrong.

The best value pack I have ever seen...now stop reading and go buy it!
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WindowsYet Another Review Site (YARS)
As this is a compilation, the score can only represent the overall value and enjoyment that you will get from it. If you own Half Life 2 already then you will still be getting Episode 1, 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2. Also you will be given free subscriptions that may be given to steam friends. So it is win win all the way! Take into account that this costs the same as any other standard release game you really can't go wrong. The best value pack I have ever seen...now stop reading and go buy it!
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Xbox 360Gaming Age
If one thing is certain, there is not one game out there that offers such a complete package at the regular retail price of a single game. You get 5 outstanding games that give you a little bit of everything, action, story, puzzles, multiplayer, and just flat out addictive content. If you own a decent PC, a 360 or a PS3 (granted you have to wait till December) you would be doing yourself, gamers, and the wonderful developers a great injustice by not buying The Orange Box. Not only is it possibly the best bargain in gaming history, but arguably the best FPS experience of all time. Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got a gravity gun I need to put to good use.
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Xbox 360Game Freaks 365
Rarely is there a game that I have played as thoroughly as I have The Orange Box. I took my time, beating Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2 and Portal, and put in a decent amount of time with Team Fortress 2. I think I am qualified to determine that this is one of the best games I have ever had the pleasure of playing. It is hard to argue that The Orange Box is not a 10. For starters, it comes with Half-Life 2, Game Freaks 365's Game of the Year of 2004. Valve did not just leave it there. No, they included two expansion packs, a unique puzzle game that would seem out of place other than for the fact that it could be considered the best puzzle game since Tetris, and the multi-player mayhem that is Team Fortress 2. If you can find a better value in a video game, please let me know about it. Congratulations, Valve. You have earned our first post-GoldenEye 10 out of 10.
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WindowsGamernode
So there you have it. If you have a gaming PC, buy Orange Box. Now. Don't even finish reading this review -- just go. if you don't, you can always opt for the Xbox 360 version. It's not quite as spectacular, but it's much, much better than not playing these games at all.
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WindowsGameSpy
But really, if you're reading this review, how could you not want The Orange Box? Every game in the package is a winner, and the price makes it a no-brainer for anyone remotely interested in Half-Life or PC shooters in general. Our only question now is which of its games we want to go back to first.
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WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
The Orange Box offers everything any fan of first-person shooters could possibly want: some of the best single-player gaming ever in the shape of Half-Life 2 and Episodes One and Two; wonderful innovation from Portal, and the most refined, downright fun team-based online FPS currently available in Team Fortress 2. If that doesn't warrant a 10 out of 10, nothing does. Buy it and enjoy one of the must-have releases of this - or any other - year.
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WindowsJolt (UK)
With something like 30 hours of outstanding single-player gameplay, plus a solid multiplayer mode and even a whole new audience being introduced to one of the greatest game series to have been produced, make no mistake, the release of The Orange Box is An Event. Even if you can’t find someone to pass on your old Half-Life 2 keys to, the outlay justifies the content being offered. Yes, a ‘new stuff only’ version (a.k.a. the cancelled Black Box) would have been preferable, and yes, Episode 2 ends on another annoying cliff-hanger, but as existing fans already know and new players will soon discover, this is the best sci-fi FPS series in existence.
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WindowsGame Informer Magazine
If you haven't played the original Half-Life 2 and Episode One before, then you need to read my headline again. For those who have played both, don't worry --- there is still $60 worth of new content in this package, so you too should go ahead and re-read the headline, because you shouldn't have to read this whole review to understand why The Orange Box is probably the best videogame deal ever.
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Xbox 360Game Informer Magazine
If you haven't played the original Half-Life 2 and Episode One before, then you need to read my headline again. For those who have played both, don't worry --- there is still $60 worth of new content in this package, so you too should go ahead and re-read the headline, because you shouldn't have to read this whole review to understand why The Orange Box is probably the best videogame deal ever.
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WindowsGamingTrend
The Orange Box is packed with enough content to keep gamers satisfied for a long time. In addition to the original masterpiece of Half-Life 2, the continuation of the saga with Episode 2 and Portal provide more fun than we’ve seen in years. Portal alone is reason enough to pick this package up immediately and developers everywhere should take note of what exactly tight, well-structured and well-written gaming looks like. A breath of fresh air is exactly what this industry needs and Portal delivers it, along with one of the most brilliant songs in video gaming history.
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WindowsPlay.tm
So that's it, I've still not talked about Half-Life 2 or HL2: Ep1 but the chances are you know all about them already. It really is had to find anything to be genuinely critical about in The Orange Box, it supplies both quantity and quality in abundance which makes even the smallest niggles seem insignificant when compared to the whole. Yes, the Source engine is looking a little dated when viewed against the current crop of show-off titles. Yes, Portal could have done with being perhaps a bit longer, although even that is more to do with greed than because it actually needed to be. And yes, TF2 could have perhaps done with a few more maps. But really, I have to struggle to be negative here and whatever I say I'm constantly reminded that this is effectively five fantastic games for the price of one. If you're even a casual fan of the FPS genre then there is no reason not to add this to your collection. Hell, I'd probably buy it for Portal alone!
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Xbox 360Planet Xbox 360
Toss in the best puzzle game ever made and one hell of a multiplayer shooter and you have the best $60 ever spent on a videogame. Does that make The Orange Box the best Xbox 360 game ever made, the simple answer is no. There are some small issues, one of which is that three of these games have been available on the PC for some time, which is very noticeable in the graphics and gameplay. Even so they stand up to the test of time and are just as fun, if not more fun, to play today than they were some years ago. There is something on this disc for everyone in the family and if you are a fan of the Half Life brand it should be a no-brainer purchase, I cannot recommend The Orange Box enough.
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Xbox 360TalkXbox
While each game by itself is remarkable, what's even more jaw-dropping is that they all come bundled together on one disc that will set you back the same as much as any other full retail price game. Even compared to some of the other remarkable titles being released on the Xbox 360, why buy one amazing game when you can purchase get five for the same price? No matter how one looks at it, The Orange Box is an astonishing deal that should be considered a mandatory purchase for any real fan of the genre. If all that still isn't enough to sweeten the deal, just remember that there's a promise of cake.
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PlayStation 3Futuregamez.net
The ONLY reason to not purchase The Orange Box is if you were only interested in online gameplay and nothing else. On that count it's a big loser. But Team Fortress aside, this is about as good as a perfect release. It still won't appeal to everyone – no game does; but you'd have to be a damn fussy gamer to hate this to the core.
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Xbox 360Worth Playing
If I were, collectively, Valve, the thing I'd have done differently, I believe done better, in cobbling together a semi-related collection of games: I'd have axed Half-Life 2 and Episode One from the deal altogether — blasphemy! — and instead I'd have delivered a smaller but more purely sublime package. Each component of the package has moderate to minor flaws, but as a whole of historical significance and truly unique, entirely innovative contemporary game design, The Orange Box is pretty damn close to perfect, barring the rare, almost accidental miracle title.
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Xbox 360Wonderwallweb.com
The Orange Box is a gem of a game and a real bargain, everyone of the games included is worth the money you will pay. A must for everyone’s game collection.
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Xbox 360XboxAddict
So what else can really be said? The contents of the Orange box have finally been revealed. Included in the box, you will find an engaging single player adventure broken out into several episodes, a brilliantly balanced and class based multiplayer shoot-fest, and an original game that will bend your mind. It’s almost not fair to other developers out there that going forward we might always expect 5 great games for the price of one, but perhaps that’s the cross the Orange Box and Valve have to bear. So please, dig in, and enjoy the tasty oranges. Who knows when we may ever see such a treat again.
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Xbox 360XboxZone (Australia)
As it stands the Orange Box is a slice of gaming history, pure quality from every angle and absolutely the best value for money title out available. Put quite simply this is an absolute essential purchase.
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WindowsGame Positive
As far as the differences between the PC and 360 versions go, there are a few worth mentioning. The most noticeable inconsistency lies in the frame rate. The Xbox 360 version is capped at 30 frames per second, while the PC allows for 60 and higher. They accommodate for this on the console version by including motion blur when you quickly move the crosshair, and that helps smooth things out. In terms of actual graphical quality, if you have a high-end PC, you'll get better looking visuals than you would on the Xbox 360. There is also a maximum player difference in Team Fortress 2. The 360 supports up to 16 players in a match, while the PC version permits up to 24. And finally, the PC version costs $10 less. Ultimately, you can't go wrong with either version, and choosing what's best really depends on your computer specs.
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Xbox 360Game Positive
All in all, The Orange Box contains such a high quantity of excellent material that it's almost obscene that it's being sold at standard retail price. You get more than your money's worth here, with five phenomenal games each brimming with many hours worth of gameplay. Despite the fact that Team Fortress 2 and Portal could have used a few more maps, there's still a ton to do, and the high production values really push the envelope for how first-person shooters should play, look, and sound. This collection is an astounding value, and crams so much refined gameplay into one package that anyone who doesn't experience it is missing out on one of the best releases in recent memory. If you only buy one game this year, it might as well be The Orange Box.
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WindowsGamingExcellence
It’s hard to not recommend these five titles for the price of the Orange Box. Each of them have the chance to, and likely have already become, classics. Now, what did I say before…ah right: Orange Box is a great package, filled with excellent games that are instant classics, and is a must-play for any gamer that enjoys a solid story, polished gameplay, and a great deal.
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Xbox 360games xtreme
In summary The Orange Box is worth buying. Sure some elements feel a little dated, but on the whole it is a great experience. The game could have been split up into its separate components and each sold as an individual title and all parts would have sold well.
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WindowsYouGamers
This is pure value-for-money: a total of 5 excellent games for the price of one (and a bit). The sheer quality of the gameplay to be experienced makes The Orange Box an absolute "must have" purchase. Get it now, get the gnome into space but don't eat the cake.
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WindowsIGN Australia
Damn you Valve. That's what rival game publishers must be thinking. Not content with releasing a brilliant expansion pack in Episode 2, Valve has thrown in the phenomenal Team Fortress 2, as well as the mind-bending Portal, into a package that sells for the price of a regular game. Oh yeah, you also get Half Life 2 and Episode 1. It's a ridiculously over-stuffed box of high quality gaming, which simply can't, and won't, be matched for years to come. Oh how we pity the poor rival publishers. We'd have quite happily paid double for all of these games (provided TF2 had a few more maps) but no, Valve has given us all an early Christmas present in Orange Box. Shrewd marketing or insane accounting? Who cares when the gaming is this good? Game of the year then? More like Games of the Year.
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Xbox 360ZTGameDomain
Valve’s Orange Box is unlike anything we have ever seen on a console, and while Half-Life 2 is a three year old game, it is much better than a lot of the mess found on the console. With five stellar chapters to dive into there is a little something for everyone to enjoy, not to mention being able to finally play the Half-Life 2 saga in succession on one disk truly is worth the price of admission. You will be hard pressed to find a better deal this holiday season and to those who think gaming was better back in the glory days, enjoy your 8-bit sprites while I continue to indulge life as a Freeman!
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Xbox 360VicioJuegos.com
En conclusión, una compra obligada si tus conocimientos de inglés no te lo impiden; un pack que nadie debería dejar de escapar.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
This version does have a few graphical and loading hiccups, but they don't ruin the experience on a whole. Unless you only own a Wii, you're running out of excuses for not playing these stellar games.
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Xbox 360Fragland.net
The Orange Box is a "game" that knows no equal. Half-Life 2 and its expansions are true pearls of gameplay and storytelling, Portal adds to this a hilarious and refreshing puzzle game, and Team Fortress 2 is multiplayer fun as it's supposed to be; addictive, without pretence and with an infinite amount of variations. What Valve achieved here can be described with two words: billiant masterpiece!
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Xbox 360Kombo.com
Every component of the Orange Box stands as a unique triumph in modern game design and serves as powerful representation of what's possible when you have one of the most talented and dedicated developers in the industry working at the top of their game. Run, do not walk, to your nearest game retailer and buy this game now.
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Xbox 360Game Over Online
As has already been pointed out in many other places by many other people, The Orange Box may be the single greatest value in gaming history. Packaging a classic like Half-Life 2 and its episodic companions with the oh-so-long anticipated Team Fortress 2 is a little like ordering the most expensive item on the menu stuffed with the second most expensive item (credit: Homer Simpson). As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve thrown Portal on top like a big fat maraschino cherry. What more could you ask for? World Peace? Free Energy? A Spice Girls reunion tour? Patience, gentle friends. All things in their time. For now simply enjoy the bounty of riches that has been laid before you, cause it’s all good.
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WindowsGamers.at
Die Orange Box - fünf Spiele, ein Preis. Was sich wie eine luftige Werbebotschaft liest, ist in diesem Fall keine Mogelpackung, sondern genau das, was man auch bekommt. Selbst jenen, die Half-Life 2 und Episode 1 bereits ihr Eigen nennen können, bietet das Paket drei grundverschiedene Titel, die jeweils auf ihre ganz eigene Art jede Menge Spaß machen und kaum Wünsche offen lassen. Wenn bei einem Spiel jemals das Preisleistungsverhältnis gepasst hat, dann hier. Also: Kaufen, kaufen, kaufen!
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WindowsGame Over Online
As has already been pointed out in many other places by many other people, The Orange Box may be the single greatest value in gaming history. Packaging a classic like Half-Life 2 and its episodic companions with the oh-so-long anticipated Team Fortress 2 is a little like ordering the most expensive item on the menu stuffed with the second most expensive item (credit: Homer Simpson). As if that wasn’t enough, they’ve thrown Portal on top like a big fat maraschino cherry. What more could you ask for? World Peace? Free Energy? A Spice Girls reunion tour? Patience, gentle friends. All things in their time. For now simply enjoy the bounty of riches that has been laid before you, cause it’s all good.
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Xbox 360IGN
here's nothing else available on any console like The Orange Box. Though you could argue that Half-Life 2 is old news by now, there are still four components of the Box brand new to consoles. That so much great content is offered at the standard single-game price is astonishing. Playing through Half-Life 2 again and then continuing on through Episodes One and Two is like batting with the '27 Yankees. These are Hall of Fame titles; it doesn't get much better than this. Throw in Portal, an imaginative puzzle game with a wicked sense of humor, and Team Fortress 2, one of the few multiplayer games to get the class system right, and you have a tremendous package. And all on one disc. While Portal and TF2 may not be strong enough to stand on their own, coupled with the Half-Life titles, The Orange Box really is one of the best games ever released.
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WindowsIGN
Orange Box is a terrific package and truly more than the sum of its parts. We highly recommend this to anyone who loves games. If you haven't played any Half-Life 2, this is a must buy. If you've played Half-Life 2 and are looking forward to Ep 2 and wouldn't mind checking out the other two games, we say go for it. If you only want Team Fortress 2 and have no interest in the others, you may want to get it individually. Any way you slice it, this is one hell of a deal.
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Xbox 360GameSpot
But that's beside the point. You don't need burritos, sealed dealer cases of baseball cards, or fully integrated fitness systems thrown in at no additional charge to make The Orange Box a great deal. It's practically guaranteed that if you enjoy video games, you'll find at least one thing to like in this collection, though there's also a very good chance that you'll really enjoy all of it.
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WindowsGameSpot
But that's beside the point. You don't need burritos, sealed dealer cases of baseball cards, or fully integrated fitness systems thrown in at no additional charge to make The Orange Box a great deal. It's practically guaranteed that if you enjoy video games, you'll find at least one thing to like in this collection, though there's also a very good chance that you'll really enjoy all of it.
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WindowsCheat Code Central
Ultimately, The Orange Box is one of the best deals in gaming. All five games that are offered are a blast to play, and if Portal and Team Fortress 2 were fleshed out a little more, they could easily stand on their own. However, most gamers will not be angry at Valve for packaging all of the games together, giving a nearly complete Half Life 2 experience (which could have only been made better by the inclusion of the original), a multiplayer game, and a puzzle game, all for the price of one next gen title. It would be hard to find a better deal anywhere and you definitely won't be disappointed by what is in the Box.
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WindowsGameZone
The Orange Box is worth a hundred bucks; you will pay half that. So much fun and excitement packed into this collection, it should be a crime.
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Xbox 360Play.tm
And don't forget: The blend of near-faultless quality and originality associated with the amassed content threatening to burst free of Valve's collection can be secured for the price of a single Xbox 360 title, which near demands that The Orange Box finds its way onto your disc tray at the earliest possible opportunity.
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Xbox 360Cheat Code Central
Ultimately, The Orange Box is one of the best deals in gaming. All five games that are offered are a blast to play, and if Portal and Team Fortress 2 were fleshed out a little more, they could easily stand on their own. However, most gamers will not be angry at Valve for packaging all of the games together, giving a nearly complete Half Life 2 experience (which could have only been made better by the inclusion of the original), a multiplayer game, and a puzzle game, all for the price of one next gen title. It would be hard to find a better deal anywhere and you definitely won't be disappointed by what is in the Box.
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PlayStation 3Cheat Code Central
Ultimately, The Orange Box is one of the best deals in gaming. All five games that are offered are a blast to play, and if Portal and Team Fortress 2 were fleshed out a little more, they could easily stand on their own. However, most gamers will not be angry at Valve for packaging all of the games together, giving a nearly complete Half Life 2 experience (which could have only been made better by the inclusion of the original), a multiplayer game, and a puzzle game, all for the price of one next gen title. It would be hard to find a better deal anywhere and you definitely won't be disappointed by what is in the Box.
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PlayStation 3Mygamer.com
If you don’t already own this, you just…NEED to get it. It’s just a whole load of excellent games that. The single player alone lasts over thirty hours and is plain-and-simple compelling to the point where you don’t want to stop. I’ve clocked over one-hundred fifty hours into it (mostly TF2), and I’m still enjoying it. This is probably the best game of this console generation. So seriously. Go get it. Not even a million units were sold, and there are over 42 million PS3s and 360s out there. There’s no excuse for this to be such a low-selling game.
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Xbox 360GameZone
The Orange Box has raised the bar when it comes to value for your gaming dollar. Sure, we get collections of older games released all the time, even some with improved visuals, controls, music, etc. However, The Orange Box has proven that gamers are entitled to a collection of AAA gaming content without having to break the bank to pay for it. Half-Life 2 is considered to be one of the greatest games of all time and we get a version optimized for the Xbox 360. Episode 1 and 2 are fantastic games that continue the Half-Life 2 story just with a shorter gameplay time. Portal could almost be described as the game that redefines the puzzle genre. Team Fortress 2 proves that good things do come to those that wait with an amazing team-based online shooter with incredible characters. Having all of these games in one package is similar to opening a birthday present that contains five more presents.
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WindowsActionTrip
In a nutshell, I could've skipped all this talk about The Orange Box and just told you to go and get it. Valve's latest release offers great value for your money and many hours of quality entertainment. The Orange Box is a mix of conceptually different products that when combined, provide great entertainment on so many different levels. Let's hope for more stuff like this from Valve (and other publishing houses for that matter -Ed) in the future. Two orangey thumbs up.
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PlayStation 3Gamer 2.0
When it comes down to it, The Orange Box is a must-have no matter what system you have, but if you’re a PS3 owner that has yet to play the game on either the PC or Xbox 360, there’s no reason to miss out on it now. You’re not just getting one great game, but five great games that aren’t just old relics that you’ve long since forgotten about. Whether it’s the great multiplayer fun of Team Fortress 2 or the great stories in Portal and the Half-Life 2 games, this is probably the only game that packs amazing value and great gameplay into one tidy package.
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WindowsWorth Playing
Odds are that you've already milked Half-Life 2 and HL2: Episode 1 for all they're worth. Sure, you can get the new games via Steam individually for about the same price as this package, and Half-Life 2 is still on store shelves for around $20 by itself, so whether you pick up five games for $50 or only the three newest is up to you. Are they worth it? Steam issues notwithstanding, the answer is yes, even more so if you're like me and hadn't gotten around to taking the HL2 plunge yet. The once-great are still very good, and the newer titles continue pushing the envelope in terms of quality, narrative and how much you can do within a given genre.
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PlayStation 3Game Informer Magazine
It may not be the best platform to play it on, but The Orange Box is still hard to beat, even with a hand tied behind his back.
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PlayStation 3Play.tm
Despite the issue of load times and the general slack pace of this PS3 port (and that the Xbox 360 and PC versions have been received with remarkably more favour), the fact remains that The Orange Box, regardless of what platform you play it on, has too much to offer to not be enjoyed. It's a revolutionary title offering five times more than any other developer would dare. There are potentially infinite playing hours available here, providing you get hooked on Team Fortress 2's zany online experience (and there's plenty of players mainlining daily). If it was all even half has good as it is, it would still be worth shelling out the RRP of 40 GBP for (and I'm sure you can get it for less).
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PlayStation 3VicioJuegos.com
Por lo demás sigue siendo un pack magnífico compuesto por 5 grandes títulos que ofrecen diversión y horas de juego a raudales; uno de los mejores juegos de acción de la plataforma.
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Xbox 360Computer Bild Spiele
Ein umfangreicheres Paket voller Witz, Spannung, Intelligenz und Spielspaß werden Sie kaum finden - da kommt auch Crysis nicht mit, das zudem viel höhere Hardware-Anforderungen stellt. Die Neuheiten der Orange Box - Episode 2, Portal und Team Fortress 2 - sind drei höchst unterschiedliche Spiele und faszinieren alle auf eigene Art.
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WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Ein Marktschreier hätte an der Orange Box seine helle Freude, denn schreien muss er mit so einem Paket nicht, sondern nur deutlich die Namen der Spiele sagen, und schon sollten ihm die Leute das Ding aus den Händen reißen. Ich würde es jedenfalls tun. Ich kann mich zwar nicht entscheiden, ob für mich nun Portal oder Team Fortress 2 der Hit der Sammlung ist, aber das muss ich auch nicht. Ich habe ja beides.
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Xbox 360Xboxdynasty (XD)
Ja, was soll ich an dieser Stelle noch groß sagen? Ein besseres Preis-/Leistungsverhältnis werdet ihr momentan bei keinem vergleichbaren Titel finden. Alle fünf Titel dieser Box bieten eine enorm hohe Qualität und alleine mit Half-Life 2 nebst Episoden werdet ihr wochenlangen Spielspaß haben. Zwischendurch lockert ihr euch mit den noch nie dagewesen, immens verqueren Puzzles in Portal auf um anschließend euer Zwerchfell in Team Fortress 2 auf Trab zu halten, welches ganz nebenbei auch noch einen klasse Mehrspieler-Shooter mit enormen Tiefgang darstellt. Einziger Kritikpunkt ist in meinen Augen die nicht mehr ganz frische Präsentation, diese ist meines Erachtens jedoch nur sekundär, denn was zählt ist Gameplay und Spielspaß und davon bietet euch die Orange Box mehr als jeder andere Titel!
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Xbox 360PGNx Media
In the end, The Orange Box is worth more than your $60. The Half-Life 2 games alone could comfortably sell at that price, but the addition of the surprisingly fun Portal and the incredibly deep Team Fortress 2 make this a must-have game.
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WindowsGame Shark
The Orange Box may not restore the reputation of the bargain box, but it is a bargain, and it is worth your time. The three titles may vary in quality, but a fan of the franchise can probably overlook the flaws in Episode 2, and everyone, without exception, needs to experience Portal.
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Xbox 360Game Revolution
In the end, this much cake would give anyone diabetes, though thankfully we don't have to worry about that. The Orange Box is more content on one disc than just about any other 360 game on the market. The single player Half-Life 2 experience is just as good now as it was years ago, and even longer thanks to Episodes 1 & 2. Team Fortress is a solid, but small multiplayer game. And Portal should be played by every person who has ever said that “all first person games are the same”. In fact, Portal should be played by everyone; it's just that different. Though each game has its own drawbacks and limitations, and some games you might wish were on their own with a ton more content, The Orange Box is a fantastic deal and a worthy addition to any 360 library.
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WindowsNZGamer
So there you have it – five fun slices of an extremely delicious pie. If you’ve never played Half Life 2 before, this package will keep you occupied for some time to come, and rarely makes a wrong move. And even if you’re a long-time fan of the series, there’s still so much to play with here that you might still want to pick it up. Alternatively, you can just download each game separately from Steam if you so desire. Either way, if you have even a passing interest in first person shooters – or good games in general – this is an excellent package to look into.
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WindowsAll Game Guide
Any one of these games would keep players happy for a long time, but together they are the bargain of the year.
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Xbox 360The Review Busters
It is hard to say too much about The Orange Box without ruining the games main story. Half Life 2 and the expansions are great, Portal steals the show and Team Fortress 2 is a huge disappointment. I really like everything on here, even though TF2 is lacking I did have fun online. Unfortunately this game can not receive a perfect score from me since the online play lags way to much, even after the patch Valve released not to long ago. Is there too much happening at one time or is something else wrong that we’ll never know? Who knows, but for now stick with everything else but TF2 in The Orange Box. If you haven't picked this game up yet then do so, but if you mainly want this collection for online play you might want to pick it up for the PC. Valve has promised MODs for the game (at some point) but it is a known fact that all FPS games get MODs much faster and on a monthly bases.
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WindowsUSA Today
The Orange Box is well worth the money for both PC and Xbox 360 gamers (a PlayStation 3 version will be available by the second week of December). Its five highly polished titles — each offering a different kind of action experience — guarantees many hours of intense solo or multiplayer game play.
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WindowsDeeko
Coming in at ten dollars less that its console counterpart, you should be giving your PC some long overdue attention. There are even achievements as well, so you can't use that as excuse not to pick this up. Le Orange has five games that when taken as a whole offer up players everything that we adore in gaming: Great stories, side splitting humor, excellent visuals, fleshed out online multiplayer, and quite possibly the best story-driven shooter to boot. Throw in some horror elements and wrap in all up in an easy to download format (via Steam), and you've got your cake and you can actually eat it too.
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Xbox 360videogamer.com
I'm a massive fan of FPS games on a pad with shoulder buttons. I prefer it to keyboard and mouse. It was because of this that HL2 passed me by at a time when it should have put both hands on my shoulders and shook me silly. I'm glad The Orange Box has provided me, and other gamers like me, with an opportunity to experience everything PC gamers have been banging on about for years. Will it force Halo 3 addicts to put Master Chief's heroics on hold? Probably not enough to seriously dent its popularity. But we heartily recommend that you at least try to find some time in your busy gaming schedule for Gordon Freeman's more thoughtful exploits. If you love FPS gaming you owe it to yourself to get The Orange Box. Hell, if you love gaming, you owe it to yourself to get it. Anyone for cake?
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Xbox 360Gameplanet
The Orange Box is one of the most complete and feature packed game packs of the year. That Valve have brought this incredible pack onto consoles and done exceptionally well at porting it is credit to them. All the titles are rock solid and stand on their own. Each will provide you with many hours of fun and action and there are few gamers that would feel that The Orange Box was not money well spent. Valve have taken care creating well thought through achievements for each of the games, and have packed in far more than your usual 1000 gamerscore limit. The Orange Box is suitable for almost anyone into shooters, even if you have previously completed Half-Life 2, as the expansions provide incentive enough to pick this up.
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Xbox 360USA Today
The Orange Box is well worth the money for both PC and Xbox 360 gamers (a PlayStation 3 version will be available by the second week of December). Its five highly polished titles — each offering a different kind of action experience — guarantees many hours of intense solo or multiplayer game play.
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PlayStation 3GBase - The Gamer's Base
Trotzdem, alles in allem bietet The Orange Box eine wirklich sehr gute Sammlung an tollen Spielen zu einem absolut fairen Preis. Wer nur eine PlayStation 3 sein Eigen nennt, kann bedenkenlos zugreifen, Multiplattformspieler sollten lieber zu der PC- oder Xbox 360-Version greifen.
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WindowsMaximum PC
Finishing The Orange Box left us in a state of shock. It wasn’t Half-Life 2: Episode 2’s requisite cliffhanger ending that floored us; rather, it was the realization that Episode 2 is the low point of the entire Orange Box package. Portal and Team Fortress 2 completely eclipse what Valve bills as the “centerpiece” of the bundle.
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Xbox 360XBox Front
Rein grafisch gesehen kann Half-Life 2: The Orange Box zwar nicht ganz mit aktuellen Referenztiteln mithalten, jedoch ist der Titel in den Bereichen Inszenierung, Spielzeit und Langzeitmotivation zweifellos der Konkurrenz ebenbürtig. Allein die Einzelspielerkampagnen bringen es schon auf gute 40 – 50 Stunden für den etwas geübteren Spieler.
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Xbox 360Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
It’s a crowded market this winter for the FPS genre on the 360. Gamers have a tough choice between BioShock, Halo 3, Call of Duty 4 and The Orange Box. If you’re on the fence of whether you should pick up The Orange Box in lieu of any of these other games, break out that crow bar and smack that fence down. You won’t go wrong with an epic story arc that will suck you into its atmospheric portal and hold you until that final screen fades to black. And while you might not receive the polished multiplayer of Halo 3 or Call of Duty 4, The Orange Box, with over 20 hours of unparalleled gameplay, is still “the best deal in videogame history.”
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PlayStation 3Gamer.nl
Als je een geschikte PC of een Xbox 360 hebt, koop dan The Orange Box op één van die platformen. Maar als je alleen op de PlayStation 3 Valve’s meesterwerkje kunt spelen, aarzel dan niet. De zogenaamde problemen die deze port zou hebben, zijn zwaar overdreven door andere media. Ja, de PlayStation 3-versie is de mindere versie, maar nee, deze versie is niet mislukt en is prima te spelen. Ook op de PS3 komt dit Half-Life 2-pakket ten volste tot zijn recht.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot
Frame rate and loading issues aside, the content in The Orange Box for the PS3 is as good as the content in the superb Xbox 360 version. This is definitely a must-have game for the platform that will provide countless hours of single- and multiplayer action. It might not be the definitive version of The Orange Box, but it still represents one of the greatest values in gaming history.
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WindowsGamesFire
The Orange Box erfüllt meine Erwartungen voll und ganz. Episode 2 hat seine Höhen und Tiefen, Team Fortress 2 ist der würdige Nachfolger einer Legende und fasziniert auf seine ganz besondere Art und Weise. Mit Portal ist Valve ebenso ein sehr gutes Spiel gelungen, das für einige Stunden an den PC fesselt. Solltet Ihr Half-Life 2 nur als einen geradlinigen Shooter im Gedächtnis haben, dann solltet Ihr jetzt zuschlagen. Dieser Meilenstein der Computerspielegeschichte sollte in keiner Sammlung fehlen und wenn Ihr Half-Life 2 und Episode 1 schon Euer Eigen nennt, bietet Euch Valve die Möglichkeit die zusätzlichen Kopien an Freunde zu verschenken – Steam macht's möglich. Die Orange Box ist auf alle Fälle ein Schnäppchen: fünf Top-Titel in einer Box, das hat wirklich Seltenheitswert – kaufen!
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Xbox 360Thunderbolt Games
If you haven't experienced the trials of Gordon Freeman at the hands of the Combine before, The Orange Box is an absolute must buy. For those of you who have completed the adventure before on PC, The Orange Box is still a great deal- Episode 2, Portal, and Team Fortress 2 are brand new games that are definitely worth playing. If you really must only buy one game this season, make it five: get The Orange Box.
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Xbox 360Deeko
The 360 version of Orange Box is one of the best damn deals in gaming ever. Packing together 5 great games for the low, low price of only $60 bucks! While it's not perfect due to tons of loading screens and the above mentioned buggy Team Fortress 2, Valve has created a package that shines with excellent presentation while providing console gamers what PC gamers have been enjoying for years. Quite simply, if you own a 360 and love shooters; then The Orange Box is a must buy.
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Xbox 360Gamer.nl
Half Life 2: Orange Box is een zeer volledig pakket dat enorm veel waar voor je geld biedt. Elk van de onderdelen weet op zijn eigen manier te schitteren, alleen Episode One doet lichtelijk onder voor de rest van het pakket. Episode Two is een geweldige uitbreiding, Portal een zeer unieke spel-ervaring en Team Fortress 2 biedt een heerlijk verfrissende multiplayer-ervaring. Wát een pretpakket!
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WindowsGamer.nl
Half Life 2: Orange Box is een zeer volledig pakket dat enorm veel waar voor je geld biedt. Elk van de onderdelen weet op zijn eigen manier te schitteren, alleen Episode One doet lichtelijk onder voor de rest van het pakket. Episode Two is een geweldige uitbreiding, Portal een zeer unieke spel-ervaring en Team Fortress 2 biedt een heerlijk verfrissende multiplayer-ervaring. Wát een pretpakket!
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Xbox 360Gamesmania
Die Orange Box ist eine empfehlenswerte Compilation, die mit den Half-Life Titeln sowohl altbewährtes, als auch frisches Material liefert. "Portal" sorgt mit seinen kniffligen Rätseln neben den actionreichen Shootern für angenehme Abwechslung, während "Team Fortress 2" auf brachiale und zugleich sympathisch präsentierte Mehrspielergefechte setzt. Insgesamt sollte somit nahezu jeder Fan des Actiongenres auf seine Kosten kommen und mit der "Orange Box" viele Stunden Spaß haben. Wer bislang noch nicht mit Gordon Freeman auf Alien- und Mutantenjagd gegangen ist, kommt an diesem Paket ohnehin nicht vorbei. Schade ist nur, dass der Spielspaß auf der PS3 von erheblichen Rucklern getrübt wird.
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WindowsGamesmania
Die Orange Box ist eine empfehlenswerte Compilation, die mit den Half-Life Titeln sowohl altbewährtes, als auch frisches Material liefert. "Portal" sorgt mit seinen kniffligen Rätseln neben den actionreichen Shootern für angenehme Abwechslung, während "Team Fortress 2" auf brachiale und zugleich sympathisch präsentierte Mehrspielergefechte setzt. Insgesamt sollte somit nahezu jeder Fan des Actiongenres auf seine Kosten kommen und mit der "Orange Box" viele Stunden Spaß haben. Wer bislang noch nicht mit Gordon Freeman auf Alien- und Mutantenjagd gegangen ist, kommt an diesem Paket ohnehin nicht vorbei. Schade ist nur, dass der Spielspaß auf der PS3 von erheblichen Rucklern getrübt wird.
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PlayStation 3GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Vijf games in één pakket, dat is zeker geen slechte deal, zelfs als je Half-Life 2 al op je curriculum vitae hebt staan. Je vindt er sowieso iets tussen dat je zal bevallen en de kans is groot dat je uren zal doorbrengen met elk onderdeel afzonderlijk. Tot ziens op de Team Fortress 2-slagvelden dan maar?
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Xbox 360GameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Vijf games in één pakket, dat is zeker geen slechte deal, zelfs als je Half-Life 2 al op je curriculum vitae hebt staan. Je vindt er sowieso iets tussen dat je zal bevallen en de kans is groot dat je uren zal doorbrengen met elk onderdeel afzonderlijk. Tot ziens op de Team Fortress 2-slagvelden dan maar?
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WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Vijf games in één pakket, dat is zeker geen slechte deal, zelfs als je Half-Life 2 al op je curriculum vitae hebt staan. Je vindt er sowieso iets tussen dat je zal bevallen en de kans is groot dat je uren zal doorbrengen met elk onderdeel afzonderlijk. Tot ziens op de Team Fortress 2-slagvelden dan maar?
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PlayStation 3Game Captain
Die Orange Box bietet die volle Packung Half-Life und mehr. Wer Gordon Freeman bisher nur vom Namen her kannte und noch nicht in die Haut des Helden geschlüpft ist, für den besteht jetzt die Möglichkeit, die abwechslungsreichen Abenteuer des Wissenschaftlers nachzuholen, die zu Recht auf dem PC als Klassiker gelten. Zudem gibt es mit Portal eines der innovativsten Spiele der letzten Jahre und mit Team Fortress 2 einen sehr unterhaltsamen Mehrspieler-Shooter, dessen Comic-Grafik in diesem Genre einzigartig ist. Für diese Ansammlung an Spielspaß zum Preis von einem Spiel gibt es unseren Award. Allerdings sollte man mit dem Kauf der PS3-Fassung noch warten, bis ein Patch erschienen ist. Die nervigen Ruckler und längeren Ladezeiten zerren an den Nerven und sorgen für eine leichte Abwertung in der Präsentation und Handhabung.
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PlayStation 33D Juegos
The Orange Box es un gran título de acción para PlayStation 3. La posibilidad de jugar seguidos Half Life 2, Episodio Uno y Episodio Dos debe ser un imprescindible para los fans de la serie, y supone una inmejorable forma de conocer la fenomenal saga de Valve para los neófitos. Por su parte Portal es un excelente, aunque breve, acompañamiento que presenta deliciosos puzzles en una propuesta innovadora y fascinante. Team Fortress 2, por último, es el componente multijugador del pack, y es tan sencillo como adictivo, y tan rápido como brillante.
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Xbox 360Xbox Gazette
Valve, avec cette Orange Box frappe fort. Les cinq jeux proposés sont de très bonne qualité, (même si Half-Life et ses Episodes 1 et 2 tiennent le haut du pavé) et, malgré le poids des ans, le charme opère toujours. Leur durée de vie globale, le mélange des genres, leur mise en scène et leur scénario en font encore une valeur sûre et ce, malgré les petits défauts de gameplay que l’on rencontre parfois. De plus, la politique de Valve de proposer une compilation regroupant 5 jeux pour le prix d'un ne peut être que saluée et nombre d'éditeurs pourraient s'en inspirer. L'Orange Box comblera tous les fans de FPS et de la série de Gordon Freeman.
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PlayStation 3IGN
All five games in The Orange Box are awesome, and even though we had problems here and there with some of the control choices, the experience of playing Half-Life 2 games should not be missed. Valve should be counted among the few that simply know how to tell a good story. However, the PS3 version is without a doubt inferior, so think carefully before investing the money (if you only own a PS3). The choice is yours, Mr. Freeman.
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PlayStation 3Gamesmania
Die Orange Box ist eine empfehlenswerte Compilation, die mit den Half-Life Titeln sowohl altbewährtes, als auch frisches Material liefert. "Portal" sorgt mit seinen kniffligen Rätseln neben den actionreichen Shootern für angenehme Abwechslung, während "Team Fortress 2" auf brachiale und zugleich sympathisch präsentierte Mehrspielergefechte setzt. Insgesamt sollte somit nahezu jeder Fan des Actiongenres auf seine Kosten kommen und mit der "Orange Box" viele Stunden Spaß haben. Wer bislang noch nicht mit Gordon Freeman auf Alien- und Mutantenjagd gegangen ist, kommt an diesem Paket ohnehin nicht vorbei. Schade ist nur, dass der Spielspaß auf der PS3 von erheblichen Rucklern getrübt wird.
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PlayStation 31UP
Despite several technical deficiencies in this port, The Orange Box is still one of the most rewarding gaming experiences of 2007. We do, however, recommend you steer clear of the PS3 version unless you don't own an Xbox 360 or a PC with a moderate graphics card.
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PlayStation 3Gamigo
Ganz ehrlich: Eigentlich sah es anfangs so aus, als wäre dies nur ein weiterer simpler Umsetzungstest. Als ich allerdings bemerkte, wie böse die PS3-Version im Vergleich zur 360-Variante einbrach, musste ich schon ein wenig schlucken. Hand aufs Herz, als Besitzer einer PS3, die nun mal später im Handel erschienen ist und somit die aktuellere Hardware besitzt, erwarte ich eigentlich, dass das Spielerlebnis „wenigstens“ gleich ist. Aber das es sich schlechter spielt, ist schlichtweg nicht zu verzeihen und wird von uns mit Abzügen bestraft. Wer aber damit leben kann, der darf sich auf ein fein geschnürtes Paket freuen und wird sicherlich viele spannende Spielstunden vor sich haben.
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PlayStation 3TheSixthAxis
So, The Orange Box ends up more than the sum of its 5 parts due to the lengthy single player of Half Life 2, the fun multiplayer brawl of Team Fortress 2 and the inspired inclusion of Portal. It's true that the 360 versions run cleaner, with quicker load times and there's no force feedback for Dual Shock 3 owners, but it's still absolutely worth the money for PS3-only gamers. The hype might have already passed, but if you've yet to pick up The Orange Box, we suggest you make it a priority this week. If you're skint, please, please rent it just for Portal.
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PlayStation 3Eurogamer.net (UK)
So, an 'eight' it is for PS3 Orange Box then, but with it, the stark reality that most of that score is attributable to the superb quality of the core Valve games rather than the shoddy conversion work which sees one game out of the five ruined, and another badly compromised. That being the case, if you own a PC, even a relatively lightweight one, that version will almost certainly be the better - and definitely cheaper - purchase.
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PlayStation 3videogamer.com
I'm a massive fan of FPS games on a pad with shoulder buttons. I prefer it to keyboard and mouse. It was because of this that HL2 passed me by at a time when it should have put both hands on my shoulders and shook me silly. I'm glad The Orange Box has provided me, and other gamers like me, with an opportunity to experience everything PC gamers have been banging on about for years. Will it force Halo 3 addicts to put Master Chief's heroics on hold? Probably not enough to seriously dent its popularity. But we heartily recommend that you at least try to find some time in your busy gaming schedule for Gordon Freeman's more thoughtful exploits. If you love FPS gaming you owe it to yourself to get The Orange Box. Hell, if you love gaming, you owe it to yourself to get it. Anyone for cake?
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PlayStation 3GameDaily
Obviously, the less experience you have with Half-Life 2, the more you'll enjoy The Orange Box. For veterans, the original and Episode One hold little value. But if you never played or finished those games, this is a must buy. Obviously, if you own an Xbox 360, you deserve to play that version over this one. Then again, if you don't and have never seen the game running on anything but a PS3, then you won't know what you're missing.
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PlayStation 3Meristation
Teniendo que la versión más perfecta de The Orange Box sigue estando en PC, con un rendimiento óptimo en una gran gama de equipos, y que esa versión puede ser comprada por Steam, en castellano -buena parte al menos- y por 50 dólares -unos 34 euros al cambio actual- suena un tanto absurdo pedir 70 euros por una versión del mismo juego íntegramente en inglés y cuyo rendimiento es algo inferior al que puede poner en escena un ordenador de gama media-alta. Aquellos usuarios únicos de PS3 no tienen más opciones que la que nos ocupa para disfrutar un título de una calidad tan superlativa, y a buen seguro de que lo disfrutarán, pero en el gran escenario es una versión que podría haberse hecho mejor dadas las capacidades del sistema y lo que demuestran los últimos juegos aparecidos para él. Con todo, muy recomendable para cualquier usuario de PS3 sin posibilidad de adquirir la versión de PC.
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PlayStation 3Jeuxvideo.com
Trois ans déjà que Half-Life 2 a vu le jour sur PC. Techniquement un peu à la ramasse et ludiquement rattrapé par ses pairs, il a un peu perdu de sa superbe aujourd'hui mais reste malgré tout une valeur très sûre, au moins pour son ambiance, dont on n'aurait bien tort de se priver, surtout en considérant l'offre Orange Box qui vaut toutes les éditions budgets du monde.
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Xbox 360Jeuxvideo.com
Trois ans déjà que Half-Life 2 a vu le jour sur PC. Techniquement un peu à la ramasse et ludiquement rattrapé par ses pairs, il a un peu perdu de sa superbe aujourd'hui mais reste malgré tout une valeur très sûre, au moins pour son ambiance, dont on n'aurait bien tort de se priver, surtout en considérant l'offre Orange Box qui vaut toutes les éditions budgets du monde.
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WindowsComputer Bild Spiele
Ein umfangreicheres Paket voller Witz, Spannung, Intelligenz und Spielspaß werden Sie kaum finden - da kommt auch Crysis nicht mit, das zudem viel höhere Hardware-Anforderungen stellt. Die Neuheiten der Orange Box - Episode 2, Portal und Team Fortress 2 - sind drei höchst unterschiedliche Spiele und faszinieren alle auf eigene Art. Doch die nötige Interbetverbindung und umständliche Installation über Steam drücken das Gesamtergebnis. Zudem müssen Sie nach der Installation noch sechs Gigabyte aus dem Internet herunterladen, wenn Sie alles spielen sollen. Trotzdem ist die Box eine "gute" Wundertüte.
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PlayStation 3DarkZero
It’s all very simple really. If you are interested in the contents of the Orange Box, and you just own a PS3 then you buy the game for that platform, it’s just that good. Sure, it is a slightly inferior version than the rest - with some crazy inexplicable framerate problems in random areas throughout the game - but the core product is still excellent enough to warrant you playing the compilation. However, if you own either a capable PC or 360 along side your PS3 then you either log onto Steam or rush out to the local shop o’ games and buy it for one of those platforms instead.
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PlayStation 3GameSpy
There's no argument that The Orange Box is one of 2007's best values, and that the quality of the experiences trumps the quantity of games. It's important to point out that the PS3 version is the worst of the three versions available on the market. But in spite of the myriad technical flaws that drag down this port, Valve's source material is too rich to pass up if the PS3 is the only way that you'll be able to experience it. In spite of framerate drops, inconsistent online multiplayer, and other serious issues that weigh it down, there's little doubt that the five games in this package exude Valve's attention to detail and show off the developer's talent for making great titles.
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Xbox 360The Video Game Critic
As much as I appreciate the quality of these games, I could never play Orange Box for extended periods without feeling nauseous. I can't say why exactly, but I suspect it has to do with the fact that the games are so spatially-oriented, with a lot of vertical movements. Fortunately frequent save-points allowed me to play the game in short bursts. Hey, I can only grade Orange Box on my personal experiences, but FPS lovers should probably bump the grade up by one letter.