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The Orange Box

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  • The Orange Box is the ultimate collection of innovative action games for console, and an amazing introduction to the Half Life series
  • Episode Two takes gamers deeper into one of the best-known stories in gaming, following the desperate struggle of Gordon Freeman
  • Arming players with a portal gun allowing them to create portals from one location to another with the press of a button
  • Team Fortress 2 is the sequel to granddaddy of role-based multiplayer action games.

The Orange Box delivers five innovative games from Valve, creators of the Half-Life franchise, in one box. The Orange Box includes Half-Life 2: Episode Two, PortalTM, and Team Fortress 2 in addition to full versions of the award-winning Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One for an engrossing first-person action experience.

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  • Five Games, One Box: The Orange Box is the ultimate collection of innovative action games for the console, and an amazing introduction to the Half-Life series for console gamers.
  • Epic Storyline: Half-Life 2: Episode Two takes you deeper into one of the best-known stories in gaming, following the desperate struggle of Gordon Freeman against the mysterious Combine. In this episode, you must leave the confines of City 17 for the first time and face even greater dangers beyond the city walls.
  • Redefining Action: Portal delivers an innovative new action gaming experience. Arming you with a portal gun that lets you create portals from one location to another with the press of a button, Portal will forever change the way that you interact with your environment.
  • World-Class Multiplayer: Team Fortress 2 is the sequel to granddaddy of role-based multiplayer action games. Featuring nine distinct roles Heavy, Spy, Scout, Demoman, Engineer, Medic, Sniper, Soldier, and Pyro Team Fortress 2 is one of this year’s most anticipated multiplayer games for any platform.

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  1. 57 of 62 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Ignore all the badmouthing, this game on the PS3 is good, December 17, 2007
    By 
    B. Mostafavi “deadonthephone” (Charlotte, NC) –
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    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: The Orange Box (Video Game)

    I have played the whole of the Orange Box on 3 systems: a midrange system from a few years ago (Pentium 4, nVidia 7300GTS video card), a brand new system (Intel Core 2 Quad, nVidia 8800GT video card), and the PS3. I have seen the XBox 360 version, but I have not played it myself, so I won’t pass judgement.

    I will say this: I hate all the complaining about the PS3 version, with everyone comparing it to the other versions. Yes, EA is a horrible game developer, with substandard ports, and Valve should not have handed the Orange Box off to them. Yes, because of this, the PS3 version suffers, both graphically (no 1080p options), and with some drops in framerate (most notably in parts of Episode 2). But the problem with this sort of reviewing is that it is not objective to this game on this system, and deters people from an amazing gaming experience.

    The Orange Box is one of the most amazing gaming experiences and gaming values you can get. I don’t feel any need to elaborate; most people have either already experienced it, or read any of many reviews giving details in depth. The PS3 version is still that amazing experience, no question. It has semi-long load times, but nothing nearly as bad as I have experienced with other games (in other words, about normal). There are a few framerate drops and graphical glitches, but most (I repeat MOST) people wouldn’t notice or care. Again, they are really no better or worse than most other games out there. Normal. My only real complaint is that even with the PS3’s capabilities, the screen resolution maxes out at 720p (but then again, that was my main complaint with Heavenly Sword, Uncharted, Motorstorm, and several other PS3 [and XBox] games). But honestly, it still looks absolutely amazing; 720p is still HD, and most people can’t tell the difference between 720p and 1080p anyways. I can, but it’s really doesn’t matter. The quality of the game as a whole does.

    A quick breakdown of the framerate issues in each part of the game, for those who care:

    HL2: None
    HL2, Ep.1: Some during the last levels
    HL2, Ep.2: Some at the beginning, some during driving sequences, and at a few points during the last level
    Portal: None
    TF2: Here is where there is no excuse. ANY framerate problems during a real-time online fighting game causes huge problems. And there are a few.

    I should note, the lowest I saw the framerate drop was to around 15-18 frames per second, which is noticeable for those who care, but NOWHERE near the slideshow that some reviews have been spouting. Also, there was a slight delay in gameplay during quick-saving and right after loading, but that’s pretty normal for games. Nothing to kvetch about.

    For those who need some comparison, I will now compare it to both of my PC experiences.

    The PS3 version far outshines my gameplay experience on my midrange system. Load times, framerate, and VISUALS are far superior on the PS3. Would I have complained about the PC version? Not really, because even with the minute long load times, low resolution, and really choppy framerate on my PC, I still really loved the game. So the PS3 version was a huge step up.

    With my new system, well, duh, it’s going to look and feel better than the PS3 or XBox versions. And it does, very much so. That was expected.

    So which way do I prefer, PC or PS3? Well, it’s sort of split for me. The PC version is technically superior, and keyboard/mouse controls have always been better than using a console controller. But there was something that tickled me about being able to lie on my couch, watching the game on a huge screen, and hearing footsteps and action all around me with surround sound (I realize you can hook up surround sound on PC’s, but how many people actually do? Most people put the money towards their home entertainment systems. And while I have a VERY large widescreen computer monitor, it’s nothing like my television.). So I’m honestly split.

    Final thoughts (sorry for making this so long):

    If you have multiple consoles, and are choosing between this and the XBox 360 version, skip it. The 360 version was directly overseen by Valve, which is reason enough to spring for that as opposed to an EA port (again, I haven’t actually played the 360 version, and I really don’t like what EA does for games).

    If you have the PC version, it’s up to you whether or not you want to get it for PS3. Paying twice for the same game may seem a waste, but some people (myself included) like to have the option to play in front of a desk, or to relax on the couch and play. If you’re still not sure, I suggest renting the game first to get the experience. That’s what I did, and now I’ve made the decision to get the game for PS3 in addition to the PC version I already own.

    If you don’t have the Orange Box at all, shame on you! But if you’re looking to get it, have a PS3,…

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  2. 17 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Best Game Package I’ve Ever Owned – – Portal Blew My Mind, December 31, 2007
    By 
    Mark Twain “Sr” (Sherwood, WI) –

    = Fun:5.0 out of 5 stars 
    This review is from: The Orange Box (Video Game)

    I bought this game despite some reviewers saying there were frame rate slow downs etc, and I’m so glad I did. This isn’t the best PS3 game out (that goes to Uncharted in my book) but this is my number 2 PS3 game.

    There are five games included in this package, and each one is mind blowingly good. Portal is the most unique game experience I’ve had in a long time, and Portal alone is something every gamer should experience.

    Then there’s the Half-Life 2 series, which includes three variations of that game basically, and countless hours of content. The atmosphere and story is excellent, and again unique. The nice thing about these games is that the story is all told by the things other people say to you, and the things that happen in the environment. This is true of Portal as well. The fact that your character doesn’t talk makes it feel more like it’s you in the game, and it allows you to have your own thoughts/reactions to what’s being said and done, without anyone telling you what your character feels. It’s wonderful.

    There are some frame drops and the occasional hitching, but this honestly didn’t bother me very much at all. It happens rarely, and honestly games in previous generations suffered much worse and didn’t stop anyone from buying them, and nor should it stop anyone here. For the most part the game is smooth, with gorgeous graphics, anti aliasing. Most home computers would probably run this game at less detail offered here, and STILL have far worse technical problems. I had my second best gaming experience of the year with this game (Uncharted being number 1) so clearly I think it’s a superb addition to any PS3 library.

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