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Half-Life 2: The Orange Box (PC DVD)

by Valve
Windows XP / 7
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)

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  • Platform:   Windows XP / 7
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 15 years and over Suitable for 15 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 15. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 15 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • ASIN: B000RO0OKU
  • Item Weight: 23 g
  • Release Date: 19 Oct. 2007
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (195 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 8,728 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

The Orange Box delivers five innovative action games from Valve - creators of the blockbuster Half Life franchise, in one box.

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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Sheer gaming Brilliance 25 Jan. 2008
By Shodan
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
collections like this dont come around every day, and i struggle to find anyhting that comes close to the deal and fantastic gaming experience this offers. It could only be made better by the addition of the original halflife and its expansions. But then again i suppose that is asking for too much remmebr valve is a buisness aswell as a Game loving development house.

Now onto the games. While much of my praise stems from the halflife series more than portal or team fortress. what i have seen and played of these two gems has been supremely innovative and challenging.

The halflife episodes are at once spellbinding, compelling, with unrivaled pacing and story immersion. After clawing my way past the final battle of Episode 2 im left salavating in expectation of the next and maybe final episode. I wont go into the details but remove yourself from all expectations. The second episode is much more of a solid thing i felt than episode one, less rushed and certainly more inventive and it tantalisingly reveals more of the plot. Things are coming to a head in the series and the outlook is more promising that anything i have awaited before.

Portal is something i have dabbled with but not fully completed as of yet. Again its mindbending puzzles, which are not too difficult when you get your brain used to the games mechanics. Thinking outside the box will quickly see you fly though the less advanced levels. Unlocking the advanced version of the level is a whole new ball park of challenge, but one i havent jumped into fully.

Team fortress now on the other hand i have not had a single go of yet, but am anxious to joing the buzz surrounding it. Animation though looks top notch from what i have seen from trailers etc.

To finish. You would be mad not to get this, for value alone if not for the amazing repitoire of gaming that it offers. Landmarks ahoy!!
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32 of 34 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
As per previous reviews you need internet connectivity to activate your steam account - this was done with the minimal of fuss after installing the actual software - be prepared to leave steam running for a while after installing as it automatically updates all the components with the latest patches/fixes.

What you get isn't actually 5 games but 7 . . . .
1) HL 2
2) HL 2 Episode 1
3) HL 3 Episode 2
4) Portal
5) Team Fortress 2 (Multiplayer only)
6) HL 2 Lost Coast (auto:downloaded from Steam)
7) Peggle Extreme (auto:downloaded from Steam)

I somehow got this for £17.99 new just before xmas - possibly a mistake on Amazons part but would happily pay £26.

Recommend getting yourself a decent system before playing - this Enchances game unbeliavably as the story and interactions hold your undivided attention.

The orange box is without a doubt the best gaming investment I have ever made/enjoyed (as was the original Half-Life series - which even though now dated, is still an enjoyable retro game). This game package is without a doubt second to none. I can't recommend it enough without sounding like someone from Valve is crossing my palm with silver.
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29 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Orange Box (sp. HL2) 10 Jun. 2008
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   

A lot of people say that some games get better with time. Most of those people are lying. Technology just progresses too quickly, trends are as fickle as the capricious northern winds, and games consoles live and die to be immediately replaced with the next model. Games just don't get better.

"Half-Life 2" is a game that gets better with time. Not just because people like it, but because it's still going. It's making babies. And, even when you play it for the second or third time, it seems like it's a living, breathing entity.

Since it was first released in 2004, its developer Valve has written two additional "episodes" to the storyline, carrying on from where the first game left off. They knew that they couldn't reserve the material for a sequel - this wasn't some half-assed attempt like "Halo 2" and "Halo 3" which are two halves of the same game. They knew that this was still "Half-Life 2" and they were going to release it as such, in the forms of "Half-Life 2: Episode One" and "Half-Life 2: Episode Two". The game still lives, and it's getting bigger and better as it goes.

"Episode Two" was released as part of Valve's game compilation "The Orange Box", and again individually in stores in 2007. After three years, it was still growing and developing, the story expanding as the characters deepened and more of its world revealed. "Episode Three", the last segment of "Half-Life 2", is being developed as you read this, but may yet be some time.

The game - and let's talk about it as one game; one story - is a first-person shooter of the highest calibre, reawakening the dormant scientist Gordon Freeman after his first adventure at Black Mesa in "Half Life".
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Half life two episode phew! 24 Oct. 2007
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
O.k. so I bought Half Life two, episode two, on line so I am reviewing that as opposed to the orange box set. So.............

I think that this episode, in the half life saga has been long in the waiting but is in no way disappointing. The scenary (particulaily the forest area) is stunning, the lighting quality very realistic and if it wasn't for the antlions and combine forces would be a nice spot for a holiday.
It has been said that most video games are B-movie scripts, which is why most don't translate to movies so well, with this story I beg to differ. The story is first class and would rank along side most Hollywood scripts.

The action is intense particulaly the last battle with stiders and hunters. Hunters are one of the new enemies that arrive on the half life scene. They are really difficult to kill with any of the weapons to hand, though my favourite way was to run them over in the car from about 50 metres as it gaurantees a kill. Half Life two episode phew! I was beating up my key board trying to stay alive!

The puzzles in this game hark back to the original Half life game in that they are actually thought provoking. I felt that the ones in Half life two were pretty easy after a second or two consideration. episode one improved on them and episode two's were much smarter and more interesting.
Portal looks like it is along these lines, interesting Half Life puzzles without the gun fights.
All in all A brilliant game.
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