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The Orange Box - PC

by Valve
Platform : Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2000
Rated: Mature
3.9 out of 5 stars 396 customer reviews
Metascore: 96 / 100

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  • Characters - Advanced facial animation system delivers the most sophisticated in-game characters ever seen. With 40 distinct facial muscles, human characters convey the full array of human emotion, and respond to the player with fluidity and intelligence
  • Physics - From pebbles to water to 2-ton trucks respond as expected, as they obey the laws of mass, friction, gravity, and buoyancy
  • Graphics - Source's shader-based renderer, like the one used at Pixar to create movies such as Toy Story and Monster's, Inc., creates the most beautiful and realistic environments ever seen in a video game.
  • AI - Neither friends nor enemies charge blindly into the fray. They can assess threats, navigate tricky terrain, and fashion weapons from whatever is at hand
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Product Description

Platform: PC

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.


  • 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.

Product Details

Platform: PC
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B000PS2XES
  • Product Dimensions: 7.5 x 5 x 0.8 inches ; 3.2 ounces
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: October 9, 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 3.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (396 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #11,759 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Product Warranty: For warranty information about this product, please click here
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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They say nothing rhymes with Orange... but what about PWNage!? I guess that doesn't either. But it should! This game rocks!

Team Fortress 2 is worth the price of admission for this instant classic collection. The team play is deep and instant. You really find people pairing up as medic and heavy to mow down a field of scouts and engineer turrets. Or people switching classes to fill in a defensive gap. THe healer class is greta fun as is the support engineer. They game is very well balanced with each class able to counter another.

The voice acting is hilarious and the charater models are gorgeous. This game will be played years to come, as the graphics are so highly stylized they will age with grace. The depth of each player class and the differing play modes make for a truly engrossing experience. Mix in some achievements, point capturing, Steam's new robust online community, in-game VOIP and you have a stellar game experience worth $50 alone. But wait theres more!

The price is simply amazing. Easily the best deal in gaming available out there! Half Life 2 was great and episode 1 continued that excitement. Portal proves to be great and a fresh take on puzzles, this time in 3D. Episode 2 will be great as well.

I am happy i purchased this game and have been able to play Team Fortress 2 for the Steam beta period. I will not stop playing for a long long time! Great work Valve!
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Okay, so I'll admit to being one of the five people that hasn't even touched Half Life 2 until now. I did play through the original Half Life, and its difficulty (especially in the later stages) was a bit of a turn-off. Personally, I think that when the game practically necessitates cheating to complete it, it's a bit too much. That said, seeing this bundle on the store shelf was a bit too good of a deal to pass up, so I picked it up.

First impressions on the game design- the physics is more heavily involved in gameplay than in any other shooter before or since. In fact, in many cases the gameplay seems to FOCUS on the physics, not on killing enemies. To underscore this, you can actually finish most of the game with only the gravity gun, which (except in rare cases) can't kill anything directly but can pick up objects to throw at enemies. This is an interesting departure from the norm, but there are times when I think they took it a bit too far. Typically, you'll start off killing enemies and will have the normal frantic bursts of action, but you'll eventually run into a puzzle. These are usually something as simple as a locked door or elevator, and you simply (or not) have to open it or turn it on. Most of the puzzles can be figured out given a reasonable amount of effort on the player's part, but there are a few that will undoubtedly frustrate to the point where you simply look it up. I guess this is fine, so long as you aren't highly averse to cheating in such a fashion. I will say, when you do get where you're going, you do feel a sense of accomplishment at having figured it out.

The game's graphics are pretty good even for now, and voice acting is well done. The environments are well made and look realistic in a sort of grim alien/post-apocalyptic style.
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The Orange Box and its games have gotten over a hundred rewards, and for good reason. Considering that the collection is now on Amazon for $30, I highly recommend that you get this collection if

A) You're a fan of FPS gameplay
B) You don't already have the games

Half Life 2, by and large, is a great game. The story is great, the action intense, and it definitely has plenty of great moments. If you're skeptical, I suggest downloading the Half Life 2 demo and trying the game out.

Graphically, there's not much to complain about. It is not Crysis, but considering the age of the game, I wouldn't be surprised. It runs smoothly on my system (Athlon 64 3700, 2 gigs DDR 400 ram, Geforce 6800 GT 256 mb videocard).

Gameplay wise, as mentioned before, the game has plenty of good moments, though I don't see it as much of a breakthrough to me. The game gets better and more immersible in the included expansion packs however.

Portal is a very unique puzzle solving game. It is also very challenging (at least to me) and can thus be very frustrating. However, it is a rewarding game and I love the humor in it.

Team Fortress 2, unlike other online FPS games, is truly team based. It is the kind of game in which sides win or lose not because of a single maverick, but because of how well coordinated a team is. The classes are remarkably balanced and set in such a way that weaknesses and strengths are always complemented with other classes (hence making the game more team oriented).

Overall, the collection is definitely good and definitely worth the money. Half Life 2 is a great game, as is Portal and TF 2.
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This review is written only for those who are new to computer gaming or "First-Person Shooter" gaming, or perhaps family members seeking games for those who enjoy that genre. There are hundreds of reviews on Amazon and elsewhere written by and for people who know what they're talking about. This is a review by the clueless for the clueless.

I had literally no experience with computer games more sophisticated than Solitaire and Minesweeper. It really is not my thing. But, intrigued by some friends' discussion and the low price of the "Orange Box" special, I decided to take the plunge just to see what they were talking about. Here are some of my impressions; I have tried to note things that would have helped ease some confusion for me if I had known them before buying.


The "Orange Box" is a combo deal on several popular computer games from the same company ("Valve"). The central product is an older game, "Half-Life 2", and two recent follow-up add-ons to it. Also included are Valve's successful games "Portal" and "Team Fortress 2". Thus, the set contains five separate games of three distinct types (the "Half-Life 2" sequence is three games with connected themes and content; the other two are different). All are very popular: "Half Life 2" has often been named the one of the best video games ever made, and swept the industry awards when it was first released; "Portal" is often regarded as one of the most unique and creative games on the market and also won many awards; "Team Fortress 2" has been very popular, and has been described as a unique game of its type.
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