war77machine's Orange Box, The (Xbox 360) review

The Orange Box is no doubt, a fantastic bundle of games!

The games that have been compiled into this bundle are the legendary Half Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode 1, Half Life 2: Episode 2. The crazily insane multiplayer Team Fortress 2 and the very weird and immersive puzzle based Portal.

These five games create a wide variety of different gameplay that will excite you, impress you and make you laugh.

Lets start off with the 3 Half Life 2 games of the bundle, The player again picks up the crowbar of research scientist Gordon Freeman, who finds himself on an alien-infested Earth being picked to the bone, its resources depleted, its population dwindling. Freeman is thrust into the unenviable role of rescuing the world from the wrong he unleashed back at Black Mesa. And a lot of people he cares about are counting on him. Stepping into the hazard suit of Dr. Gordon Freeman in Half Life 2 Episode 1, you face the immediate repercussions of your actions in City 17 and the Citadel. Rejoin Alyx Vance and her robot, Dog, to once again aid the human resistance in their desperate battle against the totalitarian alien menace of the Combine. As Dr. Gordon Freeman in Half Life 2 Episode 2, you were last seen exiting City 17 with Alyx Vance as the Citadel erupted amidst a storm of unknown proportions. In Episode Two, you must battle and race against Combine forces as you traverse the White Forest to deliver a crucial information packet stolen from the Citadel to an enclave of fellow resistance scientists.

The only down side to these 3 amazing gaming experiences that the graphics are not any as good as you would see from other games like Gears Of War or Mass Effect. But overall HL2 , E1, E2 are top notch games.

Unlike other "class-based" games that offer a variety of combat classes only, Team Fortress 2 packs a wild variety of classes which provide a broad range of tactical abilities and personalities, and lend themselves to a variety of player skills. Play as the flame-throwing Pyro, the room clearing Heavy, or the Spy, a master of disguises. Other classes include: Scout, Sniper, Medic, Engineer, Demoman, or Soldier. The graphics are simple and of a cartoon quality which adds humour and great gameplay value.

Portal is a new single player game from Valve. Set in the mysterious Aperture Science Laboratories, Portal has been called one of the most innovative new games on the horizon and will offer gamers hours of unique gameplay. The game is designed to change the way players approach, manipulate, and surmise the possibilities in a given environment; similar to how Half Life 2's Gravity Gun innovated new ways to leverage an object in any given situation. Players must solve physical puzzles and challenges by opening portals to maneuvering objects, and themselves, through space.

In conclusion, The Orange Box is a weird and wonderful addition to the large catalogue of great Xbox 360 games and it will be a classic without a doubt!

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