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Mandalore The Shadow 01-22-2010 06:22 PM

Inwas thinking about getting The Orange Box and playing those games especialy Portal I just wondered if anyone had any opinions to offer for me to help make my decision.

jrrtoken 01-22-2010 07:04 PM

Portal is one of the few more original non-indie games as of late, and at that, it's a core strength. Like Mirror's Edge, it has great concept, but it is more of an experiment, which ultimately succeeded as a viable game formula. That is, it did so with consideration of the core formula, and the core formula only, if you understand me.

It's... short. A bit too short, might I add. The game had the aura of an adventure module or a DLC map pack; instanced, inventive gameplay, but lack of depth coupled with a very linear flow. Portal succeeds in being a proof of concept, but there is much to be desired, particularly the shedding of the tutorial-aura that was throughout the entire game. I suppose one only must wait for Valve's c. 2015 sequel to Portal 2, but this only a digression...

Ultimately, I suggest that you do play it, but if you're looking for a more long-lasting game out of the entire Orange Box, I'd suggest Team Fortress 2. HL2 w/ Episodes has the total playtime value of a blipvert, counting replay value, so overall I'd consider TF2 to be the best overall value.

Mandalore The Shadow 01-22-2010 07:12 PM

Alright thanks for your help if anyone else has any additional thoughts to add please do so oh and another question that was kind of included it what I said before: do you think Orange Box is worth it?

Lynk Former 01-22-2010 07:35 PM

You're actually asking if Orange Box is worth it? O.O

If you can find it. Buy it.

Darth Avlectus 01-22-2010 07:40 PM

Best Buy or Target, 5 games for $30 in one package.

Besides, you can buy Garry's Mod online for it once you have installed the games and start using at least one of them. If you don't know what Garry's mod is, get with it and look it up. I *know* you're a modder. You can play all sorts of funny little games with stuff, check out people's downloads (Virus check/defenses *up*!)

Create pictures, make comics. Go crazy. Knock yourself out.

Seriously, you won't regret it. DO EET! DO EET NAO!

Darth InSidious 01-22-2010 07:56 PM

Portal is witty, short, fun, original and in places really quite challenging. On the one hand, the game is very short; on the other, it has no time to get stale.

Buy, play, and love it, but only on condition that once you've done so you never mention either c-object or a certain song ever again.

Ever. Again. Those lines became stale four years ago. Repeating them now would be a travesty of bad taste. You have been warned.

Mandalore The Shadow 01-23-2010 06:35 AM

Funnily enough the song you speak of is why I started thinking about playing the game and my minD is made up I'm getting it thanks for the help guys

DarthParametric 01-23-2010 07:45 AM

If you haven't got any of the other games, TOB is definitely worth getting. If you are prepared to wait a bit, it's usually on sale on Steam every couple of months. I grabbed it one month when it was $10. Portal is great, but the standalone price is a bit steep.

Mandalore The Shadow 01-23-2010 06:53 PM


Originally Posted by DarthParametric (Post 2703031)
the standalone price is a bit steep.

duely noted thanks

jawathehutt 01-24-2010 02:37 AM

Its short, but if you get a group of friends who all like it, speed run contests can be pretty fun, I spent quite a few summer nights racing through that game. Bonus points if you can do it while not sober.

Mandalore The Shadow 01-26-2010 10:38 PM

Sounds like inshould give it a try then huh?

DarthParametric 05-18-2010 12:44 AM

Please excuse my shouting, but:


From what I understand, as long as you grab it before the cut-off date then it is yours forever, not just a time-limited demo like they often do. If you don't already have Portal you should absolutely take advantage of this deal. You can get it on either PC or the new Mac Steam.

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