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This review is from: Orange Box - Xbox 360 (Video Game)
Half-Life 2 : You are Gordon Freeman, a researcher from Black Mesa research facility when one of the experiments opened a portal to an alien world, aliens came pouring through, and you barely got out alive. Now it's years later, the aliens have taken over the Earth and placed collaborators in charge. You start the game out getting off the train at City 17, and quickly hook up with the human resistance.
This is part puzzle game, part shooter, the pace changes every few minutes. Sometimes you're driving a car or boat, sometimes fighting futuristic troops, killing monsters, or trying to figure out how to solve a puzzle and get a door open. It's very scripted and linear, success or failure will depend on knowing when to fight, when to run, and when not to waste bullets on something you don't have to kill.
Took about 12 hours.
HL2 Episode 1 : Escaping City 17. Won't say much because that's a spoiler, but the gameplay is similar to HL2. Was surpsied how short it was, took me about 2 hours. Short and sweet.
HL2 Episode 2 : Reach the White Forest research facility with data critical to the resistance. Pretty similar to HL2 but added a little romance that made things more emotional and interesting. You get a fun car to drive, and you better love it because you need it for the final fight which is HARD. I'm a 20+ year gamer and that was one of the most gruelling fights ever, and very satisfying once you finish.
Portal : Strictly a puzzle game featuring a gun that shoots portals. Lots of fun.
Team Fortress 2 : Interesting multiplayer game, but I feel there are better MP games out there, so I didn't spend alot of time on this. For multiplayer I recommend MAG or BFBC2.