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Published on March 13th, 2011 | by Charlie

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Have You Played… – The Orange Box

“Have You Played…” is a new weekly segment from the creator of “Do You Remember?”, on asking gamers if they have played the game in question. It’s similar to “Do You Remember?”, but it looks at current generation games, no matter what platform they are on! The segment will ask you at the end if you have played it, plus what your score for the game would be, so this segment gets you involved. If you have not played the game, at the same time, Charlie will give his score on how badly this needs to be played and if it’s for you. The segment is also for games good, or bad, so this segment will either tell you to play a game, or tell you to keep away.

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Now I did a “Do You Remember? – Half-Life” before, so I felt it was only fair to do the Orange Box seeing’s as they both fit. The Orange Box is one phenomenal package, and one that you really need to play, whether it’s for one week or one hour.

The Orange Box comes with five games in one, and I can tell you, you will enjoy at least one of them, if not all of them.

The first game is Half-Life 2, which takes place not long after the events of the first Half-Life. The game starts with Gordon Freeman, who has been brought out of stasis by the mysterious G-Man (the creepy guy dressed in a suit and carries a suitcase). Set a few years later in the location called “City 17″, the Combine has taken over the earth after the “Seven Hour War”. The Combine defeated all of Earth’s defences and took over after the portal storms brought the Xen to Earth. Humans on Earth have been kept in sealed off cities for their own protection. Some of the humans resist, and some of them co-operate. Gordon Freeman soon meets his best friend, Barney (who you can play as in Half-Life: Blue Shift), who is working for the Combine, but undercover. Barney helps Gordon to meet up with a woman named Alyx (very pretty, if I must say so. Too bad she isn’t real), who takes Gordon to see Dr. Kliener, one of the remaining survivors of the Black Mesa incident. He helps Alyx to escape the city, and tries to help Gordon to escape too, but accidentally, is teleported right outside, where the Combine are free to attack Gordon for “escaping”.

It's like a giant insect, but worse!

Along with the two other games, Half-Life 2: Episode One and Episode Two, the whole basis of the games is to hopefully seal the superportal that can be seen many times throughout the game, which is allowing the Xen back and forth into our world and theirs, and to hopefully help the humans to break free from the Combine once and for all.

The next game is Portal, which is set in the exact same universe as Half-Life. You play as Chell, who wakes up in a bed chamber. It’s not long before she hears the voice of what sounds like a super computer, named GLaDOS (You don’t really find out GLaDOS’ name until near the end, and Chell only got her name from fans. Ahh the power of the internet). Throughout the game, Chell is guided by GLaDOS as she makes her way through various test chambers, using a small device known as an “Aperture Science Handheld Portal Device”, which allows the user to create two portals that link with each other and act like gateways. However, as you progress, you soon learn that there is a little bit more to GLaDOS, and as the test chambers get harder, GLaDOS’ words get harsher.

Easier than it looks.

The final game is Team Fortress 2, a multiplayer only game. Team Fortress 2 is unlike any multiplayer game you’ve ever played before. It’s based around two factions, known as the Reliable Excavation Demolition and the Builders League United (RED and BLU). You are able to play as one of nine classes, all with their own abilities, tactics, and weaknesses. Depending on which version of the Orange Box you bought depends on how many maps you got. On the console version, you only get 6 maps, whereas on the PC version, there are around 50 maps. And sadly, whereas the PC version of Team Fortress 2 is updated regularly, the console version is not updated as much.

 

The Orange Box is one of Valves many triumphs, and no doubt everybody will be swarming over “Episode Three” once it’s been released, let alone when it’s announced. If it’s announced at E3 and is playable at Eurogamer 2011, the line will no doubt be longer than the Harry Potter movie line. Out of a possible 10 on how much you should play this, I would give “The Orange Box”:

10 Out Of 10

But what would you rate it? Let us know in the comments below and in the N4G comments.

The Orange Box was released in 2007 for the PC, Xbox 360 and PS3.

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