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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
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  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. AceGamez
    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. Pelit (Finland)
    90
    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 46
  2. Negative: 6 out of 46
  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. M.DDeaton
    Dec 8, 2007
    9
    Played the retail version the last...Got them in a little early where I work....Unlike the XBOX 360 and PC version this version does have somePlayed the retail version the last...Got them in a little early where I work....Unlike the XBOX 360 and PC version this version does have some framerate issues. Nothing game crippling, but definately noticable if you've played either of the other versions. This is especially apparent in Episode II, where sometimes it is like watching a Powerpoint slideshow. However, taken as a whole, this is a very competent version all things considered. This is epecially true since Valve and owner Gabe Newell have emphatically stated that they hate the PS3 architecture with a passion and gave it to some D squad EA UK team to port over...On the whole if you own a PC or Xbox 360 get either of those versions...If you only exclusively own a PS3 definately pick this up, though inferior to the other versions, the flaws are not bad enough to deter people from enjoying this extraordinary collection of games! Just remember, Half Life 2 was ported over to the Xbox two years ago and it was stil an amazing experience...Don't miss out!....(Note: Team Fortress II was not up and running when I played this...and yes Portal is still an amazing and unique experience..) Expand
  5. NeilR.
    Feb 2, 2008
    9
    Have to agree with others, EA did an ok job with the conversion, it's nowhere near as bad as was reported and it is quite clear that Have to agree with others, EA did an ok job with the conversion, it's nowhere near as bad as was reported and it is quite clear that it's a coding issue, luckly it's very rare. Loading times is the only negative i have for this game. they are annoying when you have to wait 30 seconds for the game to continue after you die. TF2 is great fun, occasionally laggy but mainly it runs smoothly and seems to be improving. Portal is great. 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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