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Published on October 30th, 2007 | by Deejay Knight, Editor/Founder

The Orange Box: Xbox 360 Review

Developer: Valve and EA
Release Date: October 9, 2007
Platform: Xbox 360 [Reviewed]

Half-Life 2, HL2: Episodes One & Two, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. Five total games, one decent price; but is it really a good value? You’lll find out shortly.

Half-Life 2

Arguably the best PC game of all time hitting consoles is a big deal in and of itself. Some people might not think so, considering the original Xbox release of Half-Life 2 wasn’t the best graphically. Regardless of how things were then, they’re completely different now.

First off, the next-gen consoles can handle the game, so there’s practically no slowdown. Graphically it looks as good – if not better – than it originally did on the PC, so it’s not immediately noticeable that it’s not playing on a high-priced gaming rig.

The Orange Box Review: Half-Life 2

Second, the control scheme fits the controller like a glove. The interface you might have been used to on the PC wouldn’t hold up, so there’s been a bit of work at making the controls work on consoles and it shows off. After the first level, you’ll be as comfortable as you need to be.

Overall, Half-Life 2 was the highest rated PC game for good reason. The story now translates over to consoles, so the game is still as good as ever. Episodes One and Two being a part of the package could’ve sold Orange Box on their own.

Head to the next page for Team Fortress 2!

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Deejay has been a gamer since the Atari 2600, has wrestled–and defeated–alligators with only his toes, and once aligned all the planets in the Solar System by uttering the words "Coo Coo Ka-Choo". In his sleep. He currently bides his time behind the scenes here at, streaming at and teaching.

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