365 Games To Play Before You Die
Today is October 10th 2009 and that it means it's been two years since the release of one of the best deals in gaming history: The Orange Box.
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#83: The Orange BoxPlatform(s): PC, Xbox 360 and PS3
Developer(s): Valve and EA (PS3 version only)
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Valve really outdid themselves with this one. I mean what other company has released 5 amazing games for the same price as a single retail game? With The Orange Box you get 3 brand new games and 2 old gems: Half-Life 2, HL2: Ep1, HL2: Ep2, Portal and Team Fortress 2. Now that is value for money.
While Orange Box itself isn't actually a game and really just a compilation (although on 360 and PS3 it's the only way you can play some of the games) I had to include it on this list for what it represents. It shows that you can give fans (and gamers in general) a good deal and if you do it they'll buy your game. In a time where the likes of Activision feel the need to extort consumers with every passing release it's nice to know that some companies know who's loyal to them and want to keep them happy.
Ironically Orange Box ended up being a double-edged sword for Valve because when Left 4 Dead came out people now had unreasonable expectations of it coming with other games or being at a low price. I personally felt that TF2 or even Episode 2 could have been full price games if you compared them to other titles which cost that amount, but Valve chose to keep them at low costs and that's why I love them.
Also all the games in The Orange Box are going to appear on my list so tomorrow I'll do TF2, then the next I'll do Portal and then after that I'll do Episode 2. Half-Life 2 will have to wait until the anniversary of it's release (which I think is in November) before it gets a blog of it's own.
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