Dec 17, 2007
[Editor's Note: Some of you may notice that our PS3 and 360 reviews of The Orange Box have identical text, but the PS3 version has scored lower. This is not a typo. The two versions have identical content and both are fantastic. However, the PS3 version sometimes moves at a chuggy, stuttery pace (especially during Episode Two), and has notably longer loading times. These faults havecost it a point.]
You can't get much for sixty bucks these days. Dinnerand a moviefor two?Perhaps.A pair of jeans?Maybe one leg.Sothere's no way five incredible games, all worthy of individual purchase, would be available for that low, low price, right?
You poor naive fool, says Valve, how wrong you are. Their Orange Box is finally here, and its five bigsections - Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, Portal, Half-Life 2, and Half-Life 2: Episode One - are all juicy, delicious, and priced to sell.We've bitten into all of them,so have a taste:
Half-Life 2: Episode Two review (opens in new tab)
The latest chapter in Dr. Freeman's unusual career is as thrilling as ever.
Team Fortress 2 review (opens in new tab)
The onlinemultiplayer shooter with the face of Pixar and the heart of Schwarzenegger blows shit up and looks really cute doing it.
Portal review (opens in new tab)
This first-person, physics-bending puzzleristerrific, hilarious, and over too fast.
Half-Life 2: Episode One review (opens in new tab)
Way better than The Phantom Menace.Just way better.
Half-Life 2 review (opens in new tab)
We won't judge you if you haven't played it.But there's always been an empty place in your soul, hasn't there?