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Orange Box - Xbox 360

by Valve
4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews) 96 / 100

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Platform: Xbox 360

Product Details

Platform: Xbox 360
  • Shipping: This item is also available for shipping to select countries outside the U.S.
  • ASIN: B000R0PLK2
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches ; 6.1 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (319 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #2,167 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

Product Description

Platform: Xbox 360

Electronic Arts Inc. The Orange Box 9849 Xbox 360 Games

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169 of 180 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best deal in video game history! 5 games in one box! October 11, 2007
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I have been a fan of Half Life, so I knew I would get this for Xbox 360. (I prefer playing games on consoles.) I was also curious about the other games in this package. There is one disc...when you put it in the 360 a main menu comes up with five choices across the bottom of the screen...1. Half Life 2, 2. Half Life 2 Episode One, 3. Half Life 2 Episode Two, 4. Portal and 5. Team Fortress 2. That's right 5 games! One disc. One box. $59.99! Great deal.

Half Life 2 appears to be much better looking graphically than the original Xbox version...there are not as many glitches either. The backwards compatible version had quite a few bugs that made playing the game on the 360 quite annoying. Not to worry here. The game play is smooth and quite comparable to the PC version. The bonus here of course is that you have both Episodes One and Two to move on with after completing Half Life 2...or you can play just Episode One or Two. You don't have to solve one to play the others. That may be beneficial if you have played Half Life 2 and just want to jump right into the Episodes. The graphics on the Episodes really looks amazing...they did a great job with this version.

Portal is an interesting game and quite challenging. It seems very similar to Half Life 2 in that it is in first person, but this is more of a puzzle game. You have a portal shooting gun, and you have to figure out how to use the device to get through a maze or puzzle. There are a few twists on this too...moving platforms, switches, blocks, weight activated floor buttons, electrical sensor receptacles, energy emitting zappers that can activate the receptacles and later in the game this is even more complicated by motion sensing robotic machine gun turrets. It really stimulates the brain.
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46 of 51 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orange Box, Black Box, whatever! It's all good! November 3, 2007
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I should mention up front that I'm a PC gamer, and that while there are some here that might hold that against me (you console folks can be brutal) I'm going to give as honest a review of the Orange Box games as I can. Given that Valve's release coincided with some catastrophic malfunction of my wife's car, the funds I had set aside for this game for my PC ended up getting sucked up into car repairs, thus I was forced to play this on my brother's Xbox 360. And that said I thoroughly enjoyed the Xbox version, much to my surprise, even without a mouse and keyboard to aim and shoot with.

Orange Box includes the original Half Life 2, and it's subsequent followups Episodes 1 and 2. In addition it contains the quirky spatial-puzzle game Portal, and as icing on the cake Team Fortress 2. To get these separately (at least on PC) would run in the realm of $250, more or less, and to get all 5 games in one bundle for all of $60 is too good to be true. On to the actual reviews.

Half Life 2 begins with MIT PhD Doctor Gordon Freeman, released some 20 years after the Black Mesa incident by the G-man and into a dystopic City 17. It appears that Earth has been conquered by a galactic conquering empire of sorts who used Freeman's previous handiwork at Black Mesa to burrow through the walls of time and space to invade Earth. The game follows his insertion into this volatile situation culminating in his leadership of Earth's rebellion against the Combine Overwatch. The game's "silent protaginist" approach, where the player's character never speaks, is played out perfectly and adds greatly to the storytelling angle. The game tells it's own story and you're basically along for the ride.
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24 of 27 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best Game Compilation Ever! November 17, 2007
Platform for Display:Xbox 360
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Not only is this game the best value in console history, with 5 quality titles, its also includes some of the most innovative first-person game play design as well. I'll review each title:

Half-Life 2 (4.5/5) - Probably the single best 1-player first person shooter ever made, definitely for the PC. I played this game on the PC and it gets a perfect 5/5 there. The console version gets a 0.5 star deduction if only because the 360 controller proves to be slightly less adept than the mouse/keyboard combo. Combat is fine because they've added some auto aim to compensate, but often times you'll find yourself strafing back and forth at doorways, in order to line up correctly and get through. But the absolute worst is the vehicle control. Halo is the only FPS I've played that got vehicle control right, but HL2 is bound by the rule of never leaving Gordon Freeman's eyes, and so driving must be done first-person. But the driving segments are relatively short, given the total length of the game, and there are plenty of breaks. Certainly not a deal breaker, but still noticeably inferior to the PC version in this regard.

Half-Life 2: Episode 1 (4/5) - The first in the "episodic content" experiment, HL2:EP1 returns you to the Citadel, where you ended HL2. The first portion of the game has you repeating the same style of combat, using your enhanced gravity gun. Some new puzzle elements have been added here, which basically involves shooting energy balls around. Its interesting, but not nearly as diverse as the first game. Same with the rest of the game. Although there are some interesting new ideas, and a few new enemies, there is also a little too much repetition for such a short title, and although the story is captivating as always, it doesn't advance very far.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
fantastic and my daughter loves it
Published 1 month ago by Gayle pendygraft
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Published 1 month ago by IN_JAIL_YOU_MY_HO
5.0 out of 5 stars A science fiction masterpiece in spite of its shortcomings
I recently picked this up for a couple of quid after initially owning it years ago, and just like then, its brilliance manages to outshine some very obvious flaws. Read more
Published 2 months ago by R.D. Hale
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Great transaction, highly recommend.
Published 2 months ago by I. Troy
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Published 2 months ago by ismail deliahmetler
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
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Published 2 months ago by tina di pietro
5.0 out of 5 stars DONT BUY
Get it on xbox for 20 $ !
Published 2 months ago by Daniel Ramirez
4.0 out of 5 stars Great game, good seller, bad mail service.
Great game. Love half life 2! Disc was playable and the case was in good condition. The package was delayed by one day, though. USPS is unprofessional.
Published 3 months ago by Ian Hines
4.0 out of 5 stars The game was good. I already had it for mysel for the ...
The game was good. I already had it for mysel for the PC, but my brother wanted one for himself so I bought him this. Read more
Published 4 months ago by Daniel
5.0 out of 5 stars Great classic!
Great classic that I got to experience for the first time! Having played Half-Life years ago, these sequels brought back the early memories and fondness of the game. Read more
Published 5 months ago by C.Michael Rhoades
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