What's better than getting one really good game for a great price? Getting five games for the price of one of course. The Orange Box was already a deal when it came out, offering Valve's hit Half Life 2 as well as its two stand alone expansions, but also included Team Fortress 2 and the surprise hit Portal. But now that it's been out since 2007, the deal has only gotten better.
Half Life 2, a science fiction first-person shooter, is the sequel to highly acclaimed Half Life. The game sticks players into the role of Gordon Freeman, a scientist who returns after the events of the first game to discover that humanity has been taken over by an alien civilization called the Combine. It is up to Gordon to join a budding resistance and take the fight to the Combine. The story is enveloping and filled with mysteries yet to be solved including the origins of the ever present G-man. There's only one way to find out what's going on and that's to play the game.
Half Life 2: Episode 1 & 2 expand the story of Gordon Freeman as he continues his fight to save humanity. The story doesn't end with these two however as there is still a third and final expansion being planned.
Team Fortress 2 is a multiplayer team-based first-person shooter. Valve decided to use a heavily stylized character design giving each unit a distinct personality and appearance. Cooperation with teammates is key to victory in Team Fortress 2. This is an incredibly fun multiplayer game but one downside is that it has been out for so long that new players may find it hard to get in on the action. There are plenty of matches to join but the majority of them are run by clans and some of these clans can be a bit abrasive. But as long as you can avoid the few bad players, you'll most likely have some fun. (Note: Team Fortress 2 is an online game only and playing it will require a subscription to Xbox live but the other games can be played for no additional charge.)
Portal is a single player first-person action/puzzle game set within the Half Life universe. That may sound unusual, and it is, but Portal turned out to be the biggest surprise out of the whole bundle. It quickly became a fan favorite and won several game of the year awards. The game consists of a series of puzzle rooms and the player must find the exit. The only item the player has at their disposal is a portal gun. The player must use the portals to navigate the puzzles and create ways of manipulating physics to reach the exit. While the game is primarily about the puzzles, there is a story that can be put together by discovering messages left throughout the game and listening to the comments made by your computerized watcher GLaDOS.
Overall, this bundle offers up five great games, each one offering up hours of gameplay. For $19.99 or $17.99 if you get it used, the Orange Box is worth any gamer's attention. For your convenience, here are a few locations that the Orange Box can be found.
GameStop - Mall of Louisiana
6401 Blue Bonnet Blvd.
GameWare - Mall of Louisiana
6401 Bluebonnet Blvd.
Play N Trade
4410 Highland Road