(3.5/5) – shooter – platformer
[Note: This mini-review predates the founding of the Daleisphere. It was culled from an email I wrote to friends about the game in early December 2007.]
Orange Box consists of several games in one package:
- Half Life 2 and the mini-sequels Episodes 1 and 2,
- Portal (there will be cake )
- Team Fortress
Certainly worth a rental if you’ve never played Half-Life 2 – or even for Portal. Unfortunately, as was the case on the PC, Half-Life is a game that gives me headaches and makes me nauseous after 30 minutes of play. I cannot sit with it long enough to play it through. If whatever does this doesn’t affect you, its quite a nice shooter. Though I wouldn’t give it the kudos its getting in the press.
The game “Portal” also makes the Orange Box worth a rental. It’s playable all the way through in just a few hours. I enjoyed it quite a bit.
I didn’t try Team Fortress (which is getting terrific reviews) – it is an online only game and nobody I know has the game.