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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
A stunning compilation.
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.
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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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!
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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Any one of these games would keep players happy for a long time, but together they are the bargain of the year.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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.
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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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.