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Half-Life 2: The Orange Box (Classics) for PC Games
Half-Life 2: The Orange Box...

Half-Life 2: The Orange Box (Classics)

PC Games Developer : Valve Software

(254 ratings)
Restricted 16. Contains Horror Scenes. Contains Violence
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4 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
Review by Greg on 26th October, 2007
5 stars "matches the hype"

First up, Gameplanet gives quick and reliable service.
As of today for me GP have replaced the bricks n mortar stores, which usually overprice by $10–20.

Secondly, the Orange box is probably the only essential purchase of this year. There is a huge amount of content in this volume. I hope other publishers notice that gamers enjoy variety, imagination, and like anyone more product per $/kg.
While TF2 has received the hype, it was Portal that first grabbed me becasue of its puzzle-box aspect. Both TF2 and Portal will have long lives as users develop maps and mods. I can also report that online play of TF2 is lagless, which is a relief after playing BF2 on Vista64.

4 out of 4 people found this review helpful:
Review by Paul on 1st November, 2007
5 stars "Thrilling"

Omigod, what a game to own, proud owner of the new orange box. I have only played episode 1 and tf2, just wanting to play it in sequence. So far i am very impressed with what i got. My graphics card didn't quite take it so i got another one quite promptly. It was worth it now i see all of half life world in all it's HD glory ;) Fantastic game, worth while purchase.

8 out of 8 people found this review helpful:
Review by Phil on 2nd November, 2007
5 stars "All PC games should be this good"

I bought this primarily for Episode 1 and 2, but I played HL 2 again and it's even better the second time around. These are some seriously well made games. The graphics are outstanding, and they run well on my machine, which is something of a novelty for me. I'm used to having to turn down the details in order to get decent performance even though my machine exceeds the recommended specs of most games. I've played newer games who's graphics compare to HL 2 and they don't run nearly as well. Can someone explain that to me?

What's more it's perfectly stable. It never hangs. It never crashes. There don't seem to be any bugs anywhere. This proves that games can be made to a high standard, which is another novelty for me in this day of unfinished, buggy PC games, and why I'm switching to Xbox.

The games themselves are awesome. I especially liked Episode 2. Alyx tags along through most of Episode 1 and 2 but I find I quite liked that after I got used to it. There's nice little touches here and there, like the amusing quips Alyx makes, and the banter between some of the rebels and scientists. Terrific voice acting and writing throughout. And I love the art design and the cool post apocalypse look.

My only major gripe is the whole Steam business, and for some reason the games insist on refreshing at 60hz, which is intolerable. I tried adding -refresh 85 on the command line and in the launch options. I even set the refresh rate to override in my graphic card's properties, but no joy. This spoiled the games a bit for me, which is a shame because they were otherwise just a joy to play.

Roll on Episode 3.

9 out of 9 people found this review helpful:
Review by Peter on 22nd November, 2007
5 stars "Portal FTW"

Half-Life 2 and its sequels – I can take or leave HL2, to be honest. HL2 is an action game where HL1 was a thriller as much as it was a shoot-em-up. I find HL2 to be more a succession of superbly crafted setpieces than a coherent thing. The story is well-told but not actually a very good story. I have mixed feelings about it, obviously. Still, it's a much-loved game.

Team Fortress 2 – I'm not really into online multiplayer (mainly because of the Greater Internet F***wad Theory; see…c/2004/03/19). But if I were, this looks like the game I would want to play. Looks like it combines humour, action, and well-balanced gameplay very well.

But Portal … Portal is an instant classic. People will still be talking about Portal in hushed tones a decade from now. It is without any doubt the finest game I have played, nay, heard of, in the last few years. Portal is short, but oh my, what a gem it is. It has something for everyone. It will be appreciated by FPS-lovers, by people who regard Bejewelled as the height of computer gaming, by people with a sense of humour, and by people who want to see a game where the physics engine is actually important. It's tremendously well-designed to train the player how to play it; in its gradual revelation of the game's setting; in the subtext and “behind-the-scenes” glimpses that you get along the way; and above all in the characterisation. This is a game where you might well develop an emotional attachment to an inanimate cube. I kid you not. Pure genius from start to end.

3 out of 3 people found this review helpful:
Review by Richard on 25th November, 2007
5 stars "Best box set out!"

What can i say… Valve are the leaders. This pack has hours of rich entertainment. Team fortress 2 is brilliant, made in the comic styling of ‘the Incredibles’ it's team play at it's best. What's more it's not so damn serious like the other team FPS.
Portal is pure genius… you'll find yourself trying to complete it in one sitting, very addictive.
Thumbs up! O for Awesome (thanks David) and money well spent.



Release date NZ
October 26th, 2007
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The Orange Box includes the following great content:

  • Half-Life 2: By taking the suspense, challenge and visceral charge of the original, and adding startling new realism and responsiveness, Half-Life 2 opens the door to a world where the player's presence affects everything around him, from the physical environment to the behaviors even the emotions of both friends and enemies.
  • Half-Life 2: Episode One is the first in a series of new adventures created by Valve that extend the Half-Life 2 single player experience. It details the aftermath of Half Life 2 and launches a journey beyond City 17.
  • Half-Life 2: Episode Two – the second installment in Valve’s episodic trilogy advances the award-winning story, leading the player to new locations outside of City 17.
  • Portal – a pioneering type of single player action game that rewrites the rules for how players approach and manipulate their environment – much like how Half-Life 2’s Gravity Gun reinvented the way gamers interact with objects in the game.
  • Team Fortress 2 – an all-new version of the legendary title that spawned team based multiplayer action games. The game’s daring new art style features the most advanced graphics of any Source-based game released to date.

System Requirements:

Minimum Requirements

Windows 2000 / XP / Vista
1.7 GHz Processor
Graphics Card (DirectX 8 compatible)
Mouse and keyboard
Internet Connection
Recommended system requirements:
Windows 2000 / XP / Vista
3.0GHz Pentium IV or equivalent
Graphics Card (DirectX 9 compatible)
Mouse and keyboard
Internet Connection

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