Orange Box Review Part 1

I bought the Orange Box for my laptop during the Thanksgiving weekend on steam for the awesome, eye grabbing and low price of $7.50. I had never played any of the Orange Box games but, I had heard they were great so, I didn’t hesitate to buy them. The package came with Portal, Team Fortress 2, Half Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode One and Half Life 2: Episode Two.

Portal is very unique puzzle game and that is pretty fun and creative. I took charge of a nameless scientist equipped with a special gun that could shoot a portal or doorway into another location. The objective of the game is to solve the various levels by reaching the designated exit using the portal gun. The levels get progressively harder and more creative along with that the game has a little comic relief and even a creepy vibe towards the end. The game took around 3-6 hours complete on my first play through.

Team Fortress 2 is a multiplayer only game with a cartoony look but, still has nice visuals and a fun atmosphere. It’s an online game with no shortage of players and a devoted community on the computer version, I don’t know about the PS3 or XBOX versions. There are nine character classes each with specific abilities and weapons. Items can be acquired by playing online and purchased through the online store. The multiplayer was hard for me probably due to the fact that I’m not a pc gamer and I’m not used to keyboard and mouse controls. Also the online players seemed much more experienced but, nonetheless it’s fun and satisfying to get some kills on the leaderboard. One great perk about Team Fortress 2 is after almost every death the game notifies you if you got more kills than your previous life or you survived longer as a medic etc. The game helps you feel like you still accomplished something, whether it be you got more kills than before or you caused more damage or you healed more characters than your previous round. It’s a solid, fun multiplayer.

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