Great games. Fantastic value for money. Poor sound.
A. Webb, amazon.co.uk
5 November 2012
Summary: I have long been a fan of the Halflife series on PC and purchased the Orange box for PS3. The Orange Box is outstanding value for money and I cant fault the gameplay; it's Halflife! The really big disappointment is the sound. Despite the fact it says Dolby Digital on the box it's not. I dont know how EA or Valve get away with having the DD stamp on the cover, or in fact how Dolby themselves allow it, when DD just doesnt work.
Summary: Just got this on monday, I've given a playthrough to all games on the disc. specs: favourite single player game on the disc: Half Life 2 I've never played it before and had some interesting chapters Least Single player game on the disc: HL2episode 2 what I didn't like: -lack of a map (as far as I know) I'm not sure why a man that walks around with a high-tec suit wouldn't have a map or GPS system, I found myself going around in circles (especially on the ravenholme...
Summary: Overall, if you're a fan of first person shooters yet you never played half-life 2 or portal - you owe it to yourself to play those games. This particular release on PS3 is a mixed bag. You get the games, and they're pretty cheap, but oh god did EA made a poor job of porting these. You can skip TF2 all together, there's barely any people online (and for a multiplayer focused FPS that's terrible), better play that game on PC since it's gone free to play.
Summary: Let me preface this by saying I bought this on the back of reviews & word of mouth. Now I may be in the minority here but I didn't like the Half Life parts of the game. They came across as dated and I wasn't really sold on the story. So forgive me but it just wasn't my thing. As for Team Fortress....well I never ever got to play it. It always crashed or there were problems with the servers.
Summary: Ah, The Orange Box. Since its release in 2007 The Orange Box has rightly been sweeping up praise for being one of the best value games available. This is because The Orange Box is actually five standalone titles from top PC developer valve. Included is their flagship PC title from 2004; Half Life 2, two episodic follow ups Half Life 2: Episodes 1 and 2, the multiplayer shooter Team Fortress 2 and finally the sci-fi puzzle game Portal.
Pros: Excellent value, five games included, all games great fun
Cons: Poor porting job results in occasional minor technical issues and rare major issues
Summary: While all the games included in the Orange Box are brilliant by themselves on the PC, the port to the PS3 is not so good. Loading times are long, the controls aren't so fluid as on the PC, and there are few servers for multiplayer. This affects multiplayer-only games like Team Fortress 2 much more than Half-Life 2 itself, which is almost as good on the PS3 as it is on the PC.
Summary: I thought this game would be good and it is but... not really my thing, sure its great value for money with 5 separate features at a great price but the puzzle solving and the long complex ghoulish levels are a pain and very annoying at times. The game play i will say however is very entertaining and is darn good fun but can be repetitive.