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Genre: Action & Shooter / Parental Guidance / Release Date: 2007-10-19 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      19.01.2011 02:38
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      There is a reason it won almost 40+ Game of the Year awards

      'The Orange Box' is a collection of five games from the Valve Corporation including Half Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode One, Half Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2.

      =Half Life 2=
      Half Life 2 was the one we were waiting for. After years of waiting for a sequel to the much loved original and the many delays it was finally released.
      The story is set in 'City 17' in a world enslaved by the alien race the 'Combine' who came through to Earth after your actions in the first game. Reprising your role as the silent Gordon Freeman you are reunited with some of your friends from Black Mesa in the underground resistance movement, intent on overthrowing the Combine and their rule.
      The game sports the same game mechanics as the original, the controls are the same, the health and HEV suit readout is the same and the way in which you equip and unequip weapons is the same. The game's puzzle solving abilities have been upgraded from button related riddles to demonstrate your new ability to pick things up and interact with your surroundings. The physics engine that governs the game is truly a wonder adding great realism to the experience. Every object in Half Life 2 has a distinct weight allowing them to be used in different ways and also allowing unique interaction with each, individual piece.
      I absolutely loved this game. It captured the essence of the first so well and the inclusion of the realistic physics engine gave it such depth. The story is brilliant and a joy to play through.

      =Half Life 2: Episode One and Episode Two=
      Episode One is the first of three episodic installments that continue the Half Life series after Half Life Two. The story picks up immediately after the end sequence of Half Life Two following Gordon Freeman and Alyx Vance in their continuing struggle against the Combine. Episode Two, as you can imagine, takes the story on from the end of Episode One presenting a continuous, unbroken plot.
      The gameplay is exactly the same as Half Life Two except with the addition of Alyx Vance as a companion character who assists you throughout the game in both combat and normal play. However, unlike most games that stick an AI character next to you, Alyx is actually useful. If you don't shoot an enemy, she will and she offers actually helpful advice as well as outright solving some puzzles on her own. The result of this is that for once you don't find yourself screaming obscenities at an utterly useless sidekick who would rather watch you get eaten by monsters than actually picking up their gun and helping you out for a change. What a revelation!

      =Portal=
      Portal is a puzzle platform game involving similar game mechanics to the Half Life series. Instead of Gordon Freeman you take on the persona of Chell, though she has as much input as Gordon does, remaining completely silent and only visible if you enter portals in a specific way. You do not have health per se, but if you fall into the acidic puddles, get shot repeatedly by turrets, or have something rather heavy fall on your head then you will die.
      You play through a series of puzzles in test chambers in the Aperture Science Laboratories with the aid of a portal gun. The portal gun shoots two types of portal which you can use to negotiate your way through the puzzles in a variety of ways. Add to this the physics engine of Half Life Two where every object has a unique weight and you end up with a great number of different solutions to the same puzzles. To reach a higher platform you can create a series of portals to gain momentum, you can place a cube to jump on top of or you can even stack chairs from a nearby office and climb on top of them. Little details like that (as well as the highly amusing antagonist, a deranged AI called GLaDOS) make the game an absolute gem.
      The gameplay is short but once you complete it you unlock advanced maps and challenge maps making the levels even harder. The result is you will probably never fully complete the game unless you become exceptionally good at it and capable of finishing rather long levels in ten seconds flat just to get the achievements. That said, the replay value is very high indeed if you just think in portals!

      =Team Fortress 2=
      Team Fortress is a first person shooter, multiplayer game where you can play with friends or online and take on team based games such as capture the flag or team deathmatch etc. There are nine types of character to play, further categorised into offensive, defensive or support each with a unique cartoon like appearance. Each class has positives and negatives forcing you to work with others in your team to get the best out of the game. Unfortunately this part of the game just wasn't for me. Even though the controls are the same as the others on the Orange Box I couldn't seem to get the knack of them. My experience of multiplayer games is limited as I am quite happy to just pick up a gun in Call of Duty, shoot some people and then turn it off. That said, my friends assure me that Team Fortress is a wonderfully fun game and it's just me that thinks it's a bit naff.

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        28.07.2010 17:33
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        One of the greatest videogame releases

        As a developer, Valve has an incredible reputation for quality games. With that in mind, I purchased The Orange Box with high expectations and it is safe to say that it met those standards.

        The Orange Box contains 3 games; the original Half-Life 2 plus it's latest installments Episodes 1 & 2, Portal and Team Fortress.

        Half-Life 2 is one of the greatest videogames of the past 20 years. Following the story of the unlikely hero - Gordon Freeman, Scientist. Who finds himself in the middle of the alien dictatorship of the planet Earth.
        Admittedly, it's jarring at first if you haven't played the first game (or even if you have played the first game) but Half-Life 2 still somehow works as a standalone story, with the story gently unfolding before you.
        In terms of the actual gameplay, the game is superbly designed, immersing you into a believable world with responsive controls and easy-to-use yet hard-to-master game mechanics such as the gravity gun, a bizzare weapon that allows you to use any object as a weapon against enemies.

        Once you finish Half-Life 2, you are left with the 2 episodic sequels, which maintain the sheer brilliant design of the first game, and whilst they're not as long, subtle upgrades have been given to them to enhance the visuals.

        Moving on to Portal. Portal takes the first-person angle of Half-Life and and used it to create an phenominal puzzle game. In short, Portal is a 3-D puzzle game in which the player navigates their way through challenge rooms using portals to cross large distances in a single step. Although this may sound like a simple concept, what Valve have done is mold it onto a mind-bending experience and still somehow add an enjoyable story into the game, using only two cast members, the player and a deranged robot.
        Portal is the best 5-6 hours you will ever spend with your Xbox 360.

        Finally, Team Fortress 2 is for the most part Valve's take on the traditional multiplayer first-person shooter.
        Players join one of two teams and battle it out in several different modes such as standard deathmatches and capture the flag games. One thing you will likely notice is the games almost pixar-esque visual style, and a hilarious sense of humour - almost slapstick.
        And although there are not as many maps as you would expect from a game like this, what is there has been polished down to a blinding shine, and is one of the best team based multiplayer games of recent years.

        In concluding, The Orange Box is a collection of Vavle's very best efforts, all bundled onto one single disc, and sold for the price of a single retail game. What I'm trying to say is, there is no reason NOT to buy this game.

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        25.03.2010 19:06
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        Don't pass up the oppurtunity to get three 5* games for £12.99!

        This is one of those "no-brainer" purchases. Priced at a modest £12.99 at time of writing - you'd be crazy not to buy this 3-games-in-1 package. I bought this mainly in anticipation of Valve's sequel to the epic Half Life first person shooter.

        Although Half Life 2 was great fun - it didn't last long as its offline single player only. It's a solid first person shooter and I definitely recommend it - hell, I'd be satisfied paying £12.99 for that alone. However, as you know - the orange box contains two more addictive games worth your attention.

        I wasn't expecting much from Team Fortress 2, an online multiplayer only first person shooter with comical characters and Half Life graphics but I have to say I was pleasantly surprised. The characters are charming and the game mechanic is well composed, however there aren't a lot of people playing online, I found.

        I'd say the best part of 'The Orange Box' is Portal. This is a puzzle game where you are basically a lab rat trying to escape a maze. You are equipped with a gun which fires two types of portals - entry and exit. It's amazing how many puzzles and traps you can solve using just that. The graphics are crisp and the atmosphere adds to the experience by making you feel very insignificant (grand rooms, mostly white tiles).

        So there you have it - three great games in one for £12.99. Any one of these games is worth at least a tenner by itself, so the fact that valve are letting you take away 3 for such a low price is remarkable. Grab it and enjoy!

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          18.01.2010 13:34
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          If you only ever own one game on 360, this should be it.

          The Orange Box combines Half Life 2 and subsequent Episodes 1 and 2 with Team Fortress 2, a team based online first person shooter and Portal, a wholly original first person puzzle game. The main attraction though is undoubtedly Half Life 2, particularly its Episodes which appear for the first time on a console.

          Half Life 2 is simply brilliant, game of the decade material. Now roughly five years after its release Gordon Freeman's adventures are held in the highest regard and it still impresses. Its influence is felt in newer first person shooters like Halo and the Modern warfare games.

          Mechanically. Half Life 2 doesn't appear as revolutionary now as it did on first release. Things like the gravity gun and vehicle sections have been imitated but it is the journey. The journey that makes the game exceptional, the sense that you're really travelling somewhere and making a difference. The characters are exceptional, particularly your occasional companion Alyx Vance who over time you grow a genuine attachment to which is as big a triumph as any for anyone who's ever played GoldenEye 007 on the N64. They'll know how annoying these companions can be.

          Mercifully the game never short changes you by forcing you to protect her against waves of enemies before allowing you to move on or anything like that. The game always leaves you in control and that's a maxim that the game sticks to. There are no cut scenes that take you out of the game to explain the story. You play the story and its details are laid out to you by the characters who help you along at various outposts and the radio communications that play out as you make your way through the abandoned settlements.

          This is a game that feels like a single person's vision. A game for once that feels like it has been directed, that every section is relevant and in there for a reason. An absolute masterclass in gaming and for a review to say next to nothing about the brilliant Portal and very good Team Fortress 2 says an awful lot about how good this package is.

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            24.12.2009 13:02
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            A classic game, and worth the price.

            Following on from the classic Half life, Half life 2 continues the story of mute, geeky scientist Gordon Freeman.
            In Half life 2 and it's additional episodes, Gordon Freeman fights his way thorough City 17, a fictional East European city annexed by the Combine, a pan dimensional alien force that assimilates other species into it's civilisation. Key to the combines grip on humanity, is the collaborator Dr Breen, who knew Freeman from the previous games Black Mesa laboratory.
            Many characters return, like Barney the security guard, now an undercover spy for the Resistance.
            The voice acting in Half life 2 is exemplary and does a lot to enhance the experience. Of late videogames have improved immensely in this area, and Half life 2 is one of the finest examples in this regard.

            The plot is somewhat unoriginal, however. If this was a movie it would be quite hackneyed. Thankfully the gameplay more than makes up for this.

            The big attraction with the Orange Box is the amount of content. There is enough high quality entertainment in this package to last a good few months. As such it represents excellent value for money, and can also be had for a budget price nowadays.

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            23.08.2009 13:41
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            5 brilliant that will not dissapoint

            1st thing i have to say about this compellation is WOW! and secondly You HAVE to get it for your collection.

            Ok now i have that off my chest on with the review. The Orange Box is a compellation package for the Xbox 360, PS3 and the PC and offers extreme value and high quality on all of the above formats.

            The games are made by the same geniuses that made Left 4 Dead, Valve corporation.

            With this package you get 5 games :
            Half life 2
            Half life 2 Episode 1
            Half life 2 Episode 2
            Portal
            Team Fortress 2

            Half life episode 1 and 2 have been sold separately in the past, but are now together in this package. Portal is smash it puzzle game and Team fortress 2 is a online multiplayer title and is a sequel to Quake modification.

            So hear is a small breakdown on all of the above titles in this package

            Half life 2 :

            is a fast paced sci fi 1st person shooter and obviously the sequel to the multi award winning Half life. This version has been updated with the use of vehicle sections and many puzzles to keep your brain ticking.
            You play the role of top scientist Gordon Freeman based in a fictional city called City 17.
            He has to fight through the city to survive after the aftermath of part one.
            He is joined by other team mates throughout the story that offer help with restoring health etc (much like Left 4 Dead)


            Half life 2 Episode 1 :

            Episode one carries on with the story straight from the end of Half life 2, i wont give the ending away but it is a fantastic new story and also has co op play added to it.


            Half life 2 Episode 2 :

            This edition was 1st released with the Orange Box and completes the whole Half Life story. Lots more new characters and a more linear gameplay than the previous two titles, graphics are more updated also.


            Portal :

            Portal is like nothing i have ever played before and totally different from the above games. Where as the half life series were all first person shooters, Portal is a very inventive fist person puzzle title.
            You get to use a "portal gun" in this game to solve puzzles and report you to different areas to complete missions. This title is very addictive and has won many game of the year awards.


            Team Fortress 2

            Another mad action game that finishes off this package fantastically. This is a team based multiplayer online first person shooter. In this game you are on one of two teams, fighting the other to achieve certain targets
            There are nine odd ball characters to choose from, all with their own special abilities and are great fun to play with.

            There are the normal multiplayer modes like capture the flag and collecting command points


            Summery :

            As i said at the start of this review is that its a must, and especially at the price it is now. You can get this for as cheap as £9.99 on all formats in the highest. Game, Gamestation etc.

            The graphics for each game are fantastic and with the half life series they just get better as it goes along. The visuals for the first part are amazing and very smooth also for its age.

            The sound and voice acting in the games are top notch and there is no slow down also in the titles.

            So there is something for everyone here, Sci fi shooting, puzzle solving and a huge cartoon style first person multiplayer.

            If you have a spare tenner, go and pick this up today!

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            24.07.2009 11:45
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            Great game and recommended!

            5 quality games from valve packed into one little orange box! All the games are top notch and some of the best produced by the company.

            What drew me to this was the half life games included, as i am a big fan of the series. Yet again valve failed to disappoint with the three installments included with the orange box. Play once againa s Gordon Freeman and pit yourself against the combine oppression with your old friends, including the lovely Alex.

            Also included are the games Portal and Team Fortress 2. Portal is a very fun and unique puzzle game, whereby you are imprisoned in a testing facility and must escape from the various levels for observation. Team fortress is a multiplayer game included, with several different types of game mode, including the classic team deathmatch. However there never seems to be anyone online!

            I would recommend this game to anyone with an Xbox 360, in my opinion it is a must have.

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              25.06.2009 18:33
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              No excuse for not picking up this incredible deal.

              As the game's box states, this collection of titles from Valve is arguably "the best deal in videogame history". Even one Half-Life game would be a good deal at this price, but to include three games from the series, as well as the innovative and hilarious Portal, and revamped online multiplayer game Team Fortress 2, the developer is really giving gamers a bargain.

              Although Half-Life 2 was first released on the PC back in 2004, graphically it still holds up well today, and in my opinion is still streets ahead of most other shooters gameplay-wise. Its subsequent Epipsodes included in this package continue with this same standard, with updated graphics and tweaked gameplay mechanics.

              Perhaps the most enjoyable compenent of the whole package is the critically acclaimed Portal, a completely original game which I can guarantee is unlike anything you will have played before.

              Finally Team Fortress 2 continues the hugely popular series from the PC with fantastic looking cell-shaded graphics and fun, wacky gameplay.

              All in all, an absolute bargain collection of 5 top games.

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              Landmark titles that simply must be experienced

              Half Life 2: The Orange Box is a compendium of 5 games. This package was incredible value at £30-40, providing hours and hours of gameplay. For anyone with even a passing interest in first person shooters and/or puzzle games, this is an essential purchase. Acclaimed developer valve brings us an experience that is not to be missed.

              You get Half Life 2, widely regarded as one of the best first person shooters ever made, resplendent with gorgeous HD visuals and Dolby Digital 5.1 surround sound. Also included are the episodic expansions, episodes 1 and 2, which both weigh in at about 5-6 hours of further gameplay. These continue the story and are worthy of your time, despite being about a 1/3 the length of the original game. Episode 3 is still in development as I write this (June/2009) and as such would never have made the release date of the Orange Box. Team Fortress 2 provides multiplayer action and Portal is a
              sleeper hit that just must be experienced.

              Episodes One and Two give you an additional 12 levels (5 in Episode One and 7 in Episode Two) and are worth playing, though not quite as impressive as the original game.

              Portal was totally unexpected and provides a totally unique experience. Set in the Half Life world and created by the upcoming young talented designers at Valve, it features a 'Portal gun' that allows you to open an entry and exit portal simultaneously. These portals allow you to traverse an increasingly complex set of environments on route to the games highly amusing conclusion. I was not expecting to like this at all but I enjoyed it so much I would have no qualms with paying for its inevitable sequel as a stand alone title- praise indeed.

              Team Fortress 2 is a multiplayer only game (System Link or Xbox Live). I have not played this myself because I didn't have a live subscription at the time but it is highly regarded. I would advise purchasing the Orange Box specifically for just this one add on title however.

              This is a collection of truly excellent games. Portal is deserving of your attention and the Half Life games are landmark titles that simply must be experienced by anyone with even a passing interests in the genre. The value that this package represents cannot be ignored and I would reccomend it to any gamer.

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              03.06.2009 16:39
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              Brilliant games

              Hi today I will be reviewing Half life 2 The orange box for the Xbox 360.

              Price
              I paid £19.99 for this brand new at Gamestation.

              Graphics
              As this is a collection of 5 different games each with different graphics it's hard to say if they are good or bad.

              Games
              In the orange box there are 5 different games these are:
              Half 2
              Half life 2 episode 1
              Half life 2 episode 2
              Portal
              Team fortress 2
              These are all First person shooters

              Half life 2
              This is the biggest game in the orange box lasting around 14-15 hours. You play as Gordon Freeman and your enemy is the combine. The controls are standard first person shooter and take about 5 minutes to get used to. You use an array of different and special weapons including a gravity gun which you can use to pick up various items and throw them at your enemy

              Half life 2 episode 1
              This adds around 5-6 hours of extra gameplay. The controls are basically the same and you end up using the gravity gun throughout most of it.

              Half life 2 episode 2
              This adds more vehicles and follows on from the other two episodes.

              Portal
              This is my personal favourite. You are a subject in an experiment called Chell where you have to participate in various puzzles set by Glados a master computer by using a portal creator which makes either a blue or orange oval portal which when you step into transports you to the other portal. This game is probably the best game in the orange box and is worth buying the orange box just for this. This game is now available for download on to the Xbox360 arcade for 1200MSP.

              Team fortress 2
              This is a multiplayer only first person shooter which you compete against players around the world in different game modes on different maps. This game is not the best only multiplayer game but even though it is quite old there are still a lot of people playing online so you can always find a match.

              Achievements
              Although there are 5 games in the orange box there is still only 1000GS which means that most achievements are only worth 5GS meaning there is 99 achievements to unlock. There is a mixture of hard and easy achievements but it will take a long time to unlock the full 1000GS.

              The fact that for £19.99 you get 5 full games this is an absolute bargain. If it was £19.99 I would have still bought it just for Portal which is possibly the best puzzle game ever made in my opinion.

              I would recommend this to anyone who is bored of their current games and are looking for something to do. This will last a very long time.

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                26.01.2009 15:05
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                Economic, unique, exciting and complete. Get it.

                The Orange Box is a video game compilation of first person shooters (FPS) for the Xbox 360, PC and PlayStation 3, produced by the wonderfully talented folks at Valve. How's that for a professional introduction? Look at all the information I squeezed in there. I could end the review right here. But I won't.

                The games included are all based on the same game engine, the Source engine, and although they're all FPS games, they provide a wide range of variety and gameplay style. The games included all have names, and these are them: -

                Half-Life 2
                Half-Life 2: Episode One
                Half-Life 2: Episode Two
                Portal
                Team Fortress 2

                The games are all selectable from a menu that pops up once you boot the Orange Box disc. No fuss there.

                Half-Life 2 is the biggest game in the pack and will probably give you the most play time (about 15 hours at a comfortable place). Placing you in the head of Gordon Freeman, the silent hero of the Half-Life series, your job is to survive in a post-apocalyptic dystopian nightmare. Your enemy are the Combine, an alien force that have taken over the world while you've been preserved in stasis following the events of Half-Life.

                Hailed as the symbol of hope by the underground human rebellion, you are instantly a marked man in the Combine's eyes. With just your wits, your degree in Physics, an array of peculiar weapons and the occasional assistance of rebel factions to help you, you have to escape from the clutches of City 17, traverse the poisoned swamps and reach your friends in Black Mesa East, all the while avoiding enemy helicopter attacks, assassination attempts and head-sucking alien critters! A crawl through a zombie-infested city and a break-in at the Nova Prospekt prison later and you might have earned your freedom. But then again...

                Splitting the gameplay up between action-packed shoot 'em up moments and intriguing puzzles, the endless memorable set-pieces mean Half-Life 2 never fails to entertain. Whether you're setting up environment-based traps for the enemy forces, outsmarting the physic-based problems that hamper your progress, or commanding a pack of antlion beasts into battle, there is never a boring moment.

                The learning curve is fair, and the controls are standard FPS style, so there is no enforced gimmick interrupting your immersion in the game world. Just straightforward controls (jump, sprint, crouch etc) and logical solutions to problems. This is assisted by the absence of cut-scenes - with all story events occuring as part of the gameplay, you will soon start to feel like you are Gordon Freeman, with his eyes and ears, and not some detached voyeur who gets to see what's going on at all times. Still, the voice-acting and soundtrack are suitably splendid and atmospheric. Difficulty-wise, there is enough challenge to keep you guessing, but I never got stuck for very long, and when I did, I ended up smacking my head at the common sense behind the solution. This isn't a game you're going to get frustrated with. You'll be too busy enjoying it. * 5 out of 5 *

                Episode One follows directly on from Half-Life 2, and it's basically more of the same game. There are no differences in the gameplay or controls, meaning that what you have here is simply an extra 4 or 5 hours of material. However, you do spend a lot more time with Alyx Vance in this adventure. Alyx (the daughter of your scientist friend Eli Vance, and master hacker and technological expert) spent some time with you in Half-Life 2, dragging you around the place and breaking into security systems to assist you, but now she becomes a more-or-less fulltime companion. Together, you must risk your lives (again) to deliver some important information to her father. I won't spoil you anymore than that.

                Alyx takes care of a lot of the shooting action, which makes you the puzzle-solver in most scenarios. Episode One is very much the gravity gun's showcase, and it is in fact possible to complete the game using just one bullet, although I wouldn't recommend it. I find that Alyx gets in the way a lot, but having a voice keeping you company keeps the story going nicely.

                Episode Two is - you guessed it - the direct sequel to Episode One, and it carries the trails and tribulations of Alyx and Gordon out of the urban landscape and into the rurals. That's 'forests' for the layman. Now that the scenary looks so much more varied and there are more vehicles to use, the style of gameplay expands slightly. It's definitely the better (and longer) of the two episodes, although both are a great deal of fun for fans. A lot of it is "more of the same, but with twists", but there is enough new stuff to keep you hooked. Both episodes are very worthwhile and earn themselves a decent * 4 out of 5 *.

                In Portal, you are Chell, the unwilling volunteer in a series of tests run by the slightly insane mastercomputer GLaDOS. Equipped with a 'portal gun', you are tasked with surviving the increasingly threatening challenges and ultimately escaping from her imprisonment.

                What we have here is a puzzle game in the medium of a FPS, so out goes the guns 'n' ammo and in comes a pair of dimensional portals, one orange and one blue. These are fired onto an flat surface by your portal gun, and each one is a doorway through space to the other one. To borrow the explanation I used in my earlier Portal-only review (also on dooyoo, under the name 'Think With Portals'): If you fire a blue portal underneath your computer desk, and the orange one on the ceiling above the fridge, jumping through the blue portal will drop you down in front of your fridge. You probably wouldn't be able to reach the orange portal from there though, so you would fire one at your feet, falling through it and coming out through the blue portal underneath your desk. The portals are used for a number of reasons, including getting to hard-to-reach spots, moving untouchable objects around, destroying enemy machine gun turrets, and making long jumps. Basically, solving the environment-based puzzles you are set.

                This has been said countless times about Portal, but I'm going to say it again: Portal is worth The Orange Box's asking price on its own. It's one of the smartest, most satisfying puzzlers ever concocted, and it's delivered so brilliantly. I would love to ramble on about every single one of Portal's positive points for as long as it took until the nurses took me away, but I just don't have the space! GLaDOS is hilarious and terrifying in equal measures, and damn near deserves an Oscar. The cake... the momentum trickery... the Companion Cube... It's impossible to list everything that's good about Portal, you really have to try it yourself to find out. The only negative point is that it is a bit short for a modern game, lasting only for a few hours even with the bonus unlockable challenges. But seeing as you're getting four other games with this purchase, I'm sure you'll cope. * 5 out of 5 *

                Fifth and last on the list is the multiplayer-only Team Fortress 2. The most striking thing to a first-time player is the aesthetic difference between this and the previous games - while Half-Life 2 and Portal had attractive and realistic graphics, TF2 opts for a more cartoony, exaggerated look. The game itself is a much more light-hearted affair than its predecessors. Out goes the dystopia and imprisonment and in comes crazy 'Capture the Flag' nonsense.

                Teaming up with your buddies or random strangers online, you choose a role to fill on your team and go up against another team in an absolute bloodbath. The point? To capture important documents from the enemy base and bring them back to your base, of course! The character class you pick determines what you're going to be doing during the game. The classes are demoman, engineer, heavy, medic, pyro, scout, sniper, soldier and spy. Nice, traditional jobs there then. The medic's life is dedicated to healing his fallen buddies, the pyro likes to set things on fire, the heavy is slow but can take lots of damage, the demoman is in charge of a grenade launcher, and so on.

                Valve have put a great deal of effort into keeping the players' roles in the team balanced. The medic, for example, sounds like an exceptionally boring class, but he has been provided with unique weapons to make it a more exciting role. Hats off to them for making an engaging multiplayer experience, full of variety and fun.

                The only problem here is that it is strictly multiplayer. This means it must be played online with other people, which may seem fairly daunting for first time players. It put me off for quite some time. I mean, I've played games online before and the world wide web is full of arrogant, aggressive gamers who can often ruin the experience. Having this happen while you're trying to learn the game (which you can only do in an online game) can prove to be a miserable experience. However, with a little bit of preparation, there is no need to be afraid. Read a guide online, watch a couple of gameplay videos, and you should be fine. It's standard online FPS fare, once you get used to the individual requirements of each class. I didn't love Team Fortress 2, but then it isn't my type of game. Therefore, I feel it's the weak link out of the set, but that still earns it a * 3.5 out of 5 *

                Those are your games then. Phew, that was exhausting. Did you notice all of those high marks? For a compilation, that's a damn good average score. When you take into consideration that the Orange Box is a couple of years old now and its price is constantly going down, you're in for a fantastic deal. Your local Computer Exchange or Gamestation will probably be able to provide a reasonably-priced copy. Just look out for a box with lots of orange on it. Online, at the time of writing (26/01/09), Amazon.co.uk offered it for £14.99 on Xbox 360, £17.99 on PC and £13.95 on PS3, while Play.com are happy to take £24.99 of your good money for any version. Obviously Amazon have the best deal there, and seeing as Amazon prices are constantly shooting up and down, I would recommend you hunt down a copy right now. Go on. Go on. Go ON.

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                  31.12.2008 04:33
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                  4 Great games in a single box!

                  What a breathtaking game!

                  This isn't just a game, this is 4 games in one!

                  You get Half-Life 2, Halflife 2: Episode One, Halflife 2: Episode 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal... All in 1 game!

                  The Halflife "Trilogy" that you get in this box is simply one of the most memorably games you are ever likely to own.

                  The graphics are phenominal, the storyline is amazing, and the game has no cut scenes that give away the plot... you live the game, and the plot.

                  Team Fortress 2 is very much like the multi-player aspect of Time Splitters 2 for the original Xbox console, and has a similar comedy element.

                  Portal is another of the great games, which is available by itself on the Live Arcade now, but is just as great in this box.

                  This game will keep you occupied for YEARS to come, and is a must have for all gamers!

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                  29.11.2008 21:02
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                  good value for money

                  as a valve/ halflife fan i purchased this game from my local gamestation. the fact that there was 5 games on the disc was the biggest selling point for me.
                  firstly was halflife 2. the story follows on from the original and you play gordon freeman and you are a scientist who has got to stop the attack from another dimension.
                  ok episode 1 and 2 are follow ons
                  team fortress was popular with pc owners and is now available to xbox360.this is the multiplayer part of the game.i found this to be very boring not the usual standards that valve create.

                  and portal omg this is the weirdest game i have ever played and im still on it now. it seems like an endless amount of puzzles. you have to go from one side of a rom to another using your portal gun to get passed different obstacles that get in your way

                  overall its well worth the money a must buy for any fps fans

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                    24.11.2008 22:01
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                    Amazing games, and excellent value for money

                    Half Life 2 : the orange box, is the moment i, and many other half-life fans have been waiting for; half life has come to Xbox! And it has not dissapointed. Where to begin, how about the stories. Half Life 2, Episode One, and episode 2, three amazing games which you will end up playing for hours and hours. With and amazing physics engine and intuitive gameplay, the highest rated action games series ever will be sure not to dissapoint. Next is portal a very clever (if somewhat short) 3D puzzle game, the player must navigate through a number of mazes and traps to finally reach their goal. Again with mind boggling physics, this game is the most fun i have had in a long time. And finally we come to Team Fortress 2, bringing back many of the funny and well designed characters from the first in the series. This is a very fun cartoony online multi player. One gripe i did have with this game was that the servers can usually be very laggy, and can be quite annoying. One of the best Values for money i have seen in a long time.... it even rivals dooyoo.... but not quite =]

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                    21.07.2008 15:18
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                    Buy this package!

                    This is probably the best deal you will get on the Xbox 360. Valve went from not being sure about releasing anything on the 360, to giving us the best package I've seen.

                    In the Orange Box you get five games on one disk for a price of only £25 at Zavvi. The games are; Half Life 2, Half Life 2 Ep 1, Half Life 2 Ep 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2.

                    I'll start with my favourite, Portal. This is a series of challenges in which you have to try and escape from a room. These get harder as you progress and you can also try getting medals and doing advanced levels.

                    Team Fortress 2 is a really fun cartoon-themed online game. There are many different classes to choose from, Sniper being my best, and you have to either Capture the Flag or Attack and Defend your fort.

                    The Half Life games are all amazing, with stunning graphics throughout. The only thing I would say is you can tell the age of tithe games, when you have no arms in vehicles and the aliens look quite dated.

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