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Half-Life 2: The Orange Box

Rating: 15+ (BBFC)

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  If You Don't Own This, Why The Hell Not?

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Half Life Two received over 40 GOTY rewards, and its not hard to see why. It has the best story mode of any game on any platform that I have ever seen. The characters have an amazingly human feel to them, and you immediately find yourself immersed as Gordon Freeman, beating zombies with his crowbar.

But thats not all the gameplay. Oh no. You find yourself driving a converted Mustang through mountain regions to help with a rocket launch, commanding squads through the streets of City 17, stopping law enforcement with heated crossbow bolts and taking down helicopter gunships with a hovercraft.

And the story, although based around the FPS gameplay, has mini-puzzles within it, using Steam's amazing physics engine. The gravity gun can be used to hurl razor sharp disks at foes, but it can also be used to clear the road of cars and occasionally, disintegrate your enemies.

This box set contains Half Life 2, Half Life 2 Episode 1, Half Life 2 Episode 2 [Episode 3 is due out but there has been no release date yet]. But the box also contains Portal, with a fun- puzzle based story [the cake is a lie], and Team Fortress 2, one of the most surreal, yet one of the most fun online FPS around. Hearing Heavy Weapons Guy ranting on about his beloved chaingun makes me chortle every time.

So in short- no part of they story feels repetitive, or tedious, or boring. You will become addicted immediately, wanting more, wanting to discover how the game ends. At 15 pounds, for what is undoubtedly the best game of the century, AND two other games, its a steal. A must have for anyone who owns a console.

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  "The best video game deal in history." - IGN

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Most of the reviews have pretty much got it spot on, The Orange Box really is a beautiful game. I would of quite easily payed 40 quid for this, the price play is asking of you really is an amazing deal.

Half-Life 2: This game has won 40 awards, and i'm not surprised. The game is really varied and will keep you hooked. You play as Gordan Freeman, the saviour of City 17. Throughtout the course of your gameplay you will be destroying zombies, soldiers, vehicles and striders. You will also have quite a bit of puzzle solving to complete with your gravity gun, the true gem of this game. If you played Half-Life 2 on your PC or original xbox, play it again on the xbox 360. With better graphics and achievements, you may aswell. Definately my favourite FPS of all time.

Half-Life 2: Episode 1: The letdown of the pack to be honest. Well, slightly harsh to say. Episode one is still a good expansion, but it's abit too short. In this episode you will be with Alyx pretty much through the whole game. Right off the bat, you notice the improved graphics in Episode one, which is pretty cool. What really impressed me about episode one was how realistic Alyx was, her facial expressions, the lip syncing, the voice acting ... it really felt like Alyx was a real person. Aside from that, after you complete the 3-4 hour long expansion, you won't have much left to do on Episode one.

Half-Life 2: Episode two: After finishing a rather short episode one, you're now onto episode 2. Where as episode one was good, episode 2 is very good. You're no longer in city 17, you're in a new environment with new enemies. Acid antlion to name one. The graphics in this game are absolutely stunning, they really left me mesmorised by the beauty of it. This is slightly longer than episode one, but not as long as H-L2. This game will probably take about 6 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed this expansion, and so should you.

Portal: Portal is a simple and short action/stratedgy game, yet so addictive and amusing. This will probably take you 2 hours to complete on your first play through. Portal gives you a gun where you are able to shoot two portals, one leading out of the other. To most people, the first 14 or so puzzles won't be any problem, where as the last 5 will make you think abit. Although short on first playthrough, it will take you a while to complete the add-on challenges such as advanced maps and time challenges.

Team Fortress 2: For those of you who don't have access to xbox live, this is going to be a pass for you. TF2 is an online game only with a cartoonish environment and graphics. But what really makes this an awesome online multiplayer FPS is the option to choose your own character out of nine available options. You can choose to play as Scout, Soldier, Demoman, Pyro, Heavy, Engineer, Medic, Sniper or Spy. They're all unique and different. Although an Engineer isn't as good for open play compared to a soldier, they have the ability to build sentry guns, which I REALLY like. The only fault is that there is no deathmatch option, all of the games are team based. That's understandable though as a medic vs a heavy wouldn't seem really fair. Still one of my fav online FPS multiplayers though.

Overall, this game is well worth the money. While Portal and TF2 aren't strong enough to stand alone, the H-L2 titles definately make the pass. Definately worth adding to your collection of games.

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  "The best video game deal in history." - IGN

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Most of the reviews have pretty much got it spot on, The Orange Box really is a beautiful game. I would of quite easily payed 40 quid for this, the price play is asking of you really is an amazing deal.

Half-Life 2: This game has won 40 awards, and i'm not surprised. The game is really varied and will keep you hooked. You play as Gordan Freeman, the saviour of City 17. Throughtout the course of your gameplay you will be destroying zombies, soldiers, vehicles and striders. You will also have quite a bit of puzzle solving to complete with your gravity gun, the true gem of this game. If you played Half-Life 2 on your PC or original xbox, play it again on the xbox 360. With better graphics and achievements, you may aswell. Definately my favourite FPS of all time.

Half-Life 2: Episode 1: The letdown of the pack to be honest. Well, slightly harsh to say. Episode one is still a good expansion, but it's abit too short. In this episode you will be with Alyx pretty much through the whole game. Right off the bat, you notice the improved graphics in Episode one, which is pretty cool. What really impressed me about episode one was how realistic Alyx was, her facial expressions, the lip syncing, the voice acting ... it really felt like Alyx was a real person. Aside from that, after you complete the 3-4 hour long expansion, you won't have much left to do on Episode one.

Half-Life 2: Episode two: After finishing a rather short episode one, you're now onto episode 2. Where as episode one was good, episode 2 is very good. You're no longer in city 17, you're in a new environment with new enemies. Acid antlion to name one. The graphics in this game are absolutely stunning, they really left me mesmorised by the beauty of it. This is slightly longer than episode one, but not as long as H-L2. This game will probably take about 6 hours. I thoroughly enjoyed this expansion, and so should you.

Portal: Portal is a simple and short action/stratedgy game, yet so addictive and amusing. This will probably take you 2 hours to complete on your first play through. Portal gives you a gun where you are able to shoot two portals, one leading out of the other. To most people, the first 14 or so puzzles won't be any problem, where as the last 5 will make you think abit. Although short on first playthrough, it will take you a while to complete the add-on challenges such as advanced maps and time challenges.

Team Fortress 2: For those of you who don't have access to xbox live, this is going to be a pass for you. TF2 is an online game only with a cartoonish environment and graphics. But what really makes this an awesome online multiplayer FPS is the option to choose your own character out of nine available options. You can choose to play as Scout, Soldier, Demoman, Pyro, Heavy, Engineer, Medic, Sniper or Spy. They're all unique and different. Although an Engineer isn't as good for open play compared to a soldier, they have the ability to build sentry guns, which I REALLY like. The only fault is that there is no deathmatch option, all of the games are team based. That's understandable though as a medic vs a heavy wouldn't seem really fair. Still one of my fav online FPS multiplayers though.

Overall, this game is well worth the money. While Portal and TF2 aren't strong enough to stand alone, the H-L2 titles definately make the pass. Definately worth adding to your collection of games.

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  Buy it.

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Buy it.. no seriously buy it..
Why are you still reading? you want reasons? Oh ok..

Even at full price The Orange Box represented amazing gaming value. At this price it is literally a steal. Featuring Half Life 2 and its two episodic sequels as well as Team Fortress 2 and Portal this is a FPS tour deforce. Half Life has long been considered the thinking mans FPS, Portal goes and reinforces this conception by being a FPS Puzzler. Based around a simple concept as all brilliant things are. Two portals. one entry, one exit, which you place by shooting them at walls. What follows is 20 levels or so of mind bending genius and physics abuse. Cant reach a switch? Shoot a portal above it and then one underneath a crate. The crate will fall through the holes and activate the switch. This is just one of hundreds of ideas in this simple but brilliant game. Its not all that long, you should be able to finish it in 6 hours but youll have some real headscratching moments till that final glorious realisation of the solution. It also has one of the greatest antagonists in gaming ever but to reveal more would be spoiling too much..
Team Fortress 2 is purely a multiplayer game so I guess you could knock off half a star if you dont have Xbox Live. It might look cartoony and simple but there is a mean tactical game hidden underneath. The brilliance of TF2 is the classes. You have scout, medic, soldier, heavy, demo-man, sniper, engineer, spy and pyro. All are well balanced and most of the roles are obvious from their titles. The unusual ones are the engineer who builds turrets which can defend objectives and spawn points, the demo-man (a self described black scottish cyclops) who can mine areas of the map, and the spy, who can disguise himself as members of the opposing team and wreak havoc behind the lines!! Its great fun but one grumble is that Valve have yet to update the game with all the new goodies that the PC version has.
Which brings us to the remainder of this astounding collection. The Half Life Series has won so many awards and accoloades its embarrassing. Its a great FPS though to label it as such is probably selling it short. Half Life 2 also messes about with physics for the gamers enjoyment with the gravity gun. Pulling and pushing objects around marks Half Life 2 out from the run of the mill run and gun shooters. Play it then jump into the two expansions which ramp things up a gear in action and narrative. Episode 2 is also home to one of the quirkiest achievments imaginable. At the start of the game there is a nondescript gnome. You have to pick this gnome up and carry it to the end of the game and put it in a space capsule at the end of the game. Problem is you cant hold the gnome and shoot so it turns into a frantic game of dodge the bullets. Also if you drop the gnome and tread on it youll be catapulted hundreds of feet into the air to crash to a messy bone-crunchy death. Whether this is a glitch or by design i dont know. If it is intentional someone at valve has a sick sense of humour. Seriously that gnome killed me more than all the other creatures in the game combined. But I still did it and loved it. Why? Because Half Life is a great game series and this is the best way to get it all, play it all and join the crowd clamouring for HL2 Ep 3

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  mother of all FPShooters

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at this price its the best value game = quality, you can get. this is a n FPS with brains.

  This box is the best box ever

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Bargain absolute bargain anyone should buy this game its such a gripping game and is amazing i loved half-life 1 and the 2nd instalment is even better and portal is a very clever game as well. Don't think twice about buying this just buy it.

  BARGAIN!

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This game is a steal at this price, 5 games in one and not one bad game to been seen, i spent most of my time playing portal even though it was one of the simplest games with least amount of graphics it was one of the most addictive puzzle games i've come across! half life 2 was awesome too with graphics as good if not better than half the 360 games around now, some great shoot em ups in here but if you havent played portal yet - give it a few minutes! probably worth the cash for just that game alone. Buy it!

  So what's so great ?

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Well for starters i would pay £15 for half life 2 alone. Half life 2 in my opinion is one of the most well crafted shooters and games of all time. It is more than 5 years old now and yes the graphics aren't up to today's standards but are not shoddy by any means. It has a deep and involving storyline, the best shooting mechanics outside of call of duty it's a lengthy and challenging campaign. The series if further updated with HL 2 episodes one and two, which take a good 5 hours each to complete. These are a brilliant addition to the first game and carry on the legacy in fine style. Portal uses the same game mechanics as HL but is a hilarious puzzle game, fantastically clever and witty i hope to see a sequel sometime in the future. Finally team fortress 2 is an online only shooter that is highly addictive and very fast paced. All this for 15 notes ? You would be mad not to !

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  So much Gordon for your money

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Easily the best value title out for the Xbox.
Ok, Half Life 2 is a little old and while its noticeable in places, it still looks good for its age. But what you lack in visual wonder, you more than make up for in an engaging and very involving plot line, mixed in with expertly designed game mechanics and gameplay. More than a few times, you'll stop and think "oh, thats clever" as you come up against new inspirational ways to progress through the game. And its a long one too. The original campaign is a good 20 hours long, and the two add on packs easily add another 10 hours or so. They do lose it a bit through Episode 1, but they pull out all the stops for Episode 2 to create a gripping and playable game that is a stark reminder of what made the first person shooter genre so much fun in the first place. Not to be missed.

  Great Bundle. TF2 Is Awesome!

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Half life 2 - is awesome
Half life 2 episode 1 - (i haven't played it yet)
Half life 2 episode 2 - (haven't played it yet)
Portal - could be boring but really funny in most parts of the game
Team fortress 2 - before playing team fortress i was into halo alot! And when i bought my copy of the orange box team fortress 2 is my faveorite online game on the xbox 360. (I have played gears of war, halo 3 and call of duty) but i prefer team fortress 2 as a online shooter it's just more fun and addictive to play.

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