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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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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.
Armchair 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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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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.
Video 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.
The 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.
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.
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.
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.
Yet 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!
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.
Game 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.
Game 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.
Planet 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
En conclusión, una compra obligada si tus conocimientos de inglés no te lo impiden; un pack que nadie debería dejar de escapar.
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!
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.
Game 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.
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.
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.
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.
Cheat 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.
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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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.
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!
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.
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.
The 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.
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?
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.
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.
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.
Adrenaline 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.”
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.
The 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.