I recently purchased The Orange Box on a whim. I had no real plans to buy it at all as I had played Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One on the PC. I was almost prepared to get Episode Two from Steam (Valve’s digital distrubution system) when I realized that I would rather get achievement points for it and also try out Team Fortress 2 and Portal while I was at it.
I found that I had forgotton what a great game Half-Life 2 and all of its extensions where. The gameplay for a single player shooter is second to none, even better then Halo single player (don’t flame me Halo fans, you really come to the table for multiplayer and you know it). The real draw for gameplay is the short but sweet Portal. I found myself transfixed with the notion of chasing myself and seeing how high I could warp myself or how far I could slingshot myself as I made gravity itself a game tool. I believe that Portal’s greatest acomplishment is that it is a game that got me to think in different ways.
I really enjoy a game with a great story and The Orange Box really provides that across five games. There is, of course, the great story that began with Half-Life and continues on though the sequals but also Portal. I don’t want to spoil anything but I will say that the story for Portal was great and it even ties into the Half-Life series if you play though Episode Two.
I have yet to play any Team Fortress 2. It looks like some good fun and Nevis rented herself a copy so we can try it out this weekend. I will keep you posted.