The Orange Box

  • The Orange Box
97
Based on 26 scores, 29 reviews available
  • Excellent:
    25
  • Good:
    1
  • Average:
    0
  • Bad:
    0

Pros:

  • Amazing value; Portal is topnotch; TF2 is riotous multiplayer fun.
  • Five games in one package Portal is fantastic Doesn’t require the latest graphics cards to run
  • Portal is pure genius, Episode Two continues the Half Life 2 saga, Team Fortress 2 offers up excellent gaming for all, Technically adept

Cons:

  • Episode 2 lacks innovation; TF2 needs more The Hunted.
  • Some of the Half-Life 2 textures look a bit dated

Expert reviews and ratings

By Maximum PC on 90

Finishing The Orange Box left us in a state of shock. It wasn’t Half-Life 2: Episode 2’s requisite cliffhanger ending that floored us; rather, it was the realization that Episode 2 is the low point of the entire Orange Box package. Portal...

By Expert Reviews on 100

Not content with creating gaming masterpieces at every turn, Valves newest release, The Orange Box, is enough to set most gamers dribbling with anticipation. Rather than a new game, The Orange Box is a collection of Valves latest releases - a...

By PC Authority on 100

The Orange Box includes Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Portal and Team Fortress 2 in the one package, but it’s easier to simply say that this is one of the best value gaming packs ever released. That’s a...

By Neoseeker on -

The Orange Box is huge, it delivers on so many fronts that it really has no direct competition, the retail box includes Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2. Given the pricing structure of the game it...

By V3.co.uk on 100

The Orange Box is a phenomenal package, full of genuine invention and diversity. An absolute must-buy for anyone who enjoys PC...

By CNET Australia on 96

The Orange Box is the one of the greatest gaming packages we have ever come across, and there is incredible value inside for an exceptional price....

By Yet Another Review Site on 100

Half Life 2 needs no introduction. If it does then I think you may be on the wrong site! But, just in case...Half Life 2 continues the story of Gordon Freeman, a scientist who in the original Half Life became an unwitting hero after an alien invasion....

By Sydney Morning Herald on 100

Step right up, shoppers, do we have a deal for you. How much would you pay for the latest instalment in the Half-Life saga, the most critically acclaimed shoot-em-up of all time? Dont answer yet. You should know that Episode Two is longer, less...

By GameZone on 94

Hi, how are you? What! You have never played Half Life or Team Fortress? Oh, I see, you have been living under a rock on the third moon of Jupiter for the past 10 years, Well, let me start off by saying welcome to arguably the perfect example of what...

By Expert Reviews on 100

Half-Life at half price - or rather less. Five truly great games for the price of one. Back at the tail end of 1998, a game called Half-Life was released for the PC. Games that had hitherto stunned and amazed suddenly, overnight, seemed depressingly...

By V3.co.uk on 100

The gaming download shop Steam, where you can purchase and download the five-game compilation known as The Orange Box, has been growing at a vast rate recently with a library now spanning 200 games. When Steam launched in 2003 it was widely criticised...

By Trusted Reviews on 90

Last year at X06 I saw Half-Life 2 running on the Xbox 360 for the first time and, to be honest, I felt worried. When the game launched on the PC at the tail end of 2004, its killer combination of the Source graphics engine and powerful...

By Play TM on -

Its hard to imagine what was going through the minds of Valves accountants when the idea for The Orange Box was first put...

By HEXUS.net on -

Right then, time to sum up The Orange Box. So let’s get it out of the way for those of you that don’t have Half Life 2 in any shape or form. This is easy, just go and buy it. It represents some of the finest gaming you’ll see on the PC...

By OCModShop on 100

At first you may not know exactly whats going on or why you are playing this game. This is as much a puzzle game as anything else, and Portal makes you use your brain in a different way by thinking in three dimensions. The use of Sources physics...

By 1UP on 100

The PC versions of Valve Software's Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, and Portal are available individually over Steam -- or as part of the retail Orange Box package, which also packs in copies of Half-Life 2 and Episode One. For the...

By IGN Gear on 95

So Orange Box is here, and with it, the next chapter in the Half-Life saga, Episode Two. That alone is a very valid reason to be jovial, but Valve has gone several better on all of us and made this an irresistible package. The company has generously...

By Gamervision on 100

Name: The Orange BoxGenre: First-PersonPlatform: PC, Xbox360 (Reviewed on PC)The Orange Box is easily the greatest deal of the holiday season, bar none. In the box for the Xbox360, PC, and soon PS3, Valve packed in five games. This isn't some deal...

By GameSpy on 100

Editors Note: This is one of three separate GameSpy.com reviews for titles included in The Orange Box package, as PC versions are being sold separately via Valves Steam digital download service. For more details, see our reviews of Half-Life 2:...

By IGN Gear on 95

Valves reputation as a top tier developer began when Half-Life released in 1998 and was cemented in 2004 when they released the spectacular sequel. Now, theyre bringing that magic back with The Orange Box. As weve said in countless previews, this...