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  • Summary: Games included in The Orange Box compilation: The original Half-Life 2 - The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust intoGames included in The Orange Box compilation: The original Half-Life 2 - The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its populace dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people - people he cares about - are counting on him. Half-Life 2: Episode One - The player reprises his role of Dr. Freeman, who must immediately face the repercussions of his actions in City 17 and the Citadel. Freeman reconnects with Alyx Vance and her robot, Dog, as they continue their support of the resistance's battle against the Combine forces. Half-Life 2: Episode Two -- the second installment in Valve's episodic trilogy advances the award-winning story, leading the player to new locations outside of City 17. Portal - a pioneering type of single player action game that rewrites the rules for how players approach and manipulate their environment – much like how Half-Life 2's Gravity Gun reinvented the way gamers interact with objects in the game. Team Fortress 2 - an all-new version of the legendary title that spawned team based multiplayer action games. The game's daring new art style features the most advanced graphics of any Source-based game released to date. [Valve Software] Expand
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 20 out of 21
  2. Negative: 0 out of 21
  1. 100
    There has been some criticism levied against the PS3 version of Orange Box for daunting load times and framerate issues and while they are present, it's easy to forgive these technical issues given the quality of the game itself. If you have a PS3, you can't afford not to own it.
  2. 100
    It is better than you could possibly imagine and it deserves all the praise that it has gained in its short life so far.
  3. If you don't already own this, you just…NEED to get it.
  4. The Orange Box is great and atmospheric fun on PS3, too. Only major gripes are the occasional slowdowns, which luckily don't make the game unplayable. [Feb 2008]
  5. Overall Five ace games in one box. The slowdown shouldn't stop you having an Orange Christmas.
  6. 84
    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.
  7. 70
    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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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 36 out of 45
  2. Negative: 6 out of 45
  1. Nov 12, 2014
    10
    The Orange Box is a great way to get a hold of 5 Valve games for the price of 1. The updated graphics for PS3 show and EA has handled it well.The Orange Box is a great way to get a hold of 5 Valve games for the price of 1. The updated graphics for PS3 show and EA has handled it well. Quick Save is definitely a useful feature to have when encountering those roadblock moments or failing a jumping puzzle section.

    The games themselves are iconised as classics with the package even stating that Half Life 2 is the Highest Rated PC Game of All Time by (guess who?) Metacritic.

    The only downside is that trophies don't come with the PS3 version, despite being available on Xbox 360.

    That said, revisiting City 17 or venturing as Gordon Freeman for the first time to understand why HL2 was so highly raved about does pay off and offers comparison to how far FPS games have come.

    Portal is a fun, but short puzzle based FPS that focuses more on using the Portal Gun effectively and mastering the mind bending effects of those portals. The story and dialogue are also another fantastic element: GLaDOS will go down in history as one of gamings most villainously sadistic AI's besides SHODAN.

    The only disappointing thing about playing The Orange Box is finishing HL2 Episode 2 and wondering what exactly happened to Episode 3 or Half Life 3 for that matter.

    What happened Valve?
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  2. BryanS.
    Mar 8, 2008
    10
    An absolute steal... This is some of the best bang-for-the buck... I would not rate any individual game as a 10 (well, ok, Portal would be An absolute steal... This is some of the best bang-for-the buck... I would not rate any individual game as a 10 (well, ok, Portal would be really close), but together, it's just WORTH it! Expand
  3. johnmuggli
    Oct 24, 2008
    10
    If it did not have all 5 games I may have given it a 9. But with all 5, it is the best deal in gaming then and now. You can not go wrong andIf it did not have all 5 games I may have given it a 9. But with all 5, it is the best deal in gaming then and now. You can not go wrong and now it is only $29. Do not pass up this great set of games. Expand
  4. BestR.
    Dec 14, 2007
    9
    The game is incredible. Not that its anything compared to the reality that COD4has but the fun that come with playing it. You get five games, The game is incredible. Not that its anything compared to the reality that COD4has but the fun that come with playing it. You get five games, all I know is that even if it wasnt that great of a game, I know that I would still rather pay $60 bucks for this game than a lot of other junk thats the same price, wont mention any games. I do have to complain about one thing, people rating compared to other platforms are just foolish, I never played the 360 or wii pc version but I can tell you this, I am more than satisfied with EA and I wouldnt trade my ps3 for any other system unless its a ps4. Expand
  5. DonM
    Feb 10, 2008
    9
    WOW! I was a little hesitant to buy this game but I must say...I am very impressed. Half Life 2 is a great campaign, especially since WOW! I was a little hesitant to buy this game but I must say...I am very impressed. Half Life 2 is a great campaign, especially since it's over 3 years old. I love it's perfect blend of shooting, puzzles, strategy, and story. The graphics still rival other FPS's. I had a fun time playing this game and was hooked from the start. If you like FPS's then you will want to play all three of the half life games included on this disk. I would say it's a combined 40-50 hour game. And when one game ends the next episode picks up exactly where the last game ended. CONS: Framerate slowed down occasionally, mostly after quick saving game data, no biggie. Load times are horrendous but you will get over it. PROS: So much content, fun game play, great intriguing storyline which really sucks you in. Great voice acting, puzzles, and guns. Portal is fun and addicting and will kill about 3-4 hours of time. Highly Recommended! Expand
  6. DC
    Jan 3, 2008
    8
    This game really is very good. I don't really understand why people have been complaining about frame rate issues. With PES 2008 yes, This game really is very good. I don't really understand why people have been complaining about frame rate issues. With PES 2008 yes, but with Orange Box no. Excellent story, great graphics and superb game play. Buy it, you won't be disappointed. Expand
  7. DavidL.
    Mar 10, 2008
    0
    This is the inferior version of the Orange Box. The frame rate issues completely kill any fun that was there to have. It's a shame but This is the inferior version of the Orange Box. The frame rate issues completely kill any fun that was there to have. It's a shame but like every PS3 multiplatform game, it's far inferior to the other versions. Expand

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