Orange Box delivered to factory

PC and 360 editions of compilation of Half-Life 2, its two expansions, Team Fortress 2, and Portal is golden; solo Episode Two also Steam-ing 10/10.

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In July 2006, Electronic Arts blindsided attendees at its summer showcase by announcing that it was publishing The Orange Box for the PC, Xbox 360, and PlayStation 3. After bringing Gabe Newell onstage, the publisher outlined the contents of the compilation, which contains five Valve Software games: Portal, Team Fortress 2, Half-Life 2, and the two Half-Life 2 expansion packs.

At the time of the announcement, The Orange Box was set for release in the fall of 2006. One year later, it is finally arriving in retail. Today, Valve confirmed to GameSpot that Xbox 360 and PC versions of the M-rated compilation have gone gold, and are set to go on sale October 10 for a respective $59.99 and $49.99. Those who preorder the PC edition at GameStop or via Valve's Steam download service will receive a $5 discount and an invitation to the ongoing Team Fortress 2 beta test. (GameStop is also offering $5 off the 360 version.)

Unfortunately, PS3 owners will have to wait a while before they can pick up Half-Life 2 hero Gordon Freeman's iconic crowbar. Valve revealed earlier this month that development for the Sony console game is lagging behind its siblings, with the SKU currently bearing a mid-November release date.

PC gamers who've played through Half-Life 2 and its first expansion, Half-Life 2: Episode One, have another option. Valve is also offering Half-Life 2: Episode Two à la carte on Steam for $29.95 starting October 10.

Discussion

228 comments
dirty55409
dirty55409

Why so late on the PS3???? lame I'm going to go play HL2 on my 360 while my PS3 keeps collecting dust :P

BrandonC3000
BrandonC3000

Halo 3 and Team Fortress 2 are currently marked as my 2 favorite First Person Shooters, and I am seriously looking forward to finally unlocking Portal tomorrow! The words "Pre-loaded" are ripping me from the inside out! :'(

CowbellFanatic
CowbellFanatic

KentTalbert "I can't believe people will be playing Halo instead of this...ignorant bastards." I will be playing both. Halo is popular for a reason, its damn good. But TF2 looks great so I'm picking it up as well. Am I an ignorant bastard?

liam72
liam72

I buy it. I'll have complete Half-life series (except episode 3 of course)!

link631
link631

team fortress owns its hilarious !!!!!!!!

Bgrngod
Bgrngod

Screw you Valve. Where is Black Box huh? The retailers scare you guys again?

KentTalbert
KentTalbert

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LynchMob09R
LynchMob09R

this is a must get for those that have been a part of this on going franchise for the graphics are enhanced for the console version so i can't wait to see this and get some achievements:D and comment for lynch03 this game is a quality game and of course its not halo for it is in its own class which puts it up there in the ranks among pc and console gamers alike!!!!

lynch03
lynch03

Don't need this trash game, I only play quality games like Halo :)

alex20077
alex20077

wow thats a bargain since it include all those expansion stuff in one disk. I've never played HL2 so ill make sure to get this when i get a 360.

twocinc
twocinc

"how the hell could you say you like playing on keyboards more?? a few buttons is alot more flexible and easy, than hitting small letters where there are like 32 different keys that do different things" Don't be a dolt. Console controllers are clearly better suited for sports games, platformers, and fighting games. Keyboard/mouse control is far far better for large scale real time strategy and first-person shooters. Can you seriously claim to be able to aim with a joystick with nearly the precision and speed with which I can use a mouse?

twocinc
twocinc

I know this is a repeat comment, but shame on Valve for penalizing its PC fans. I own HL1 + all expansions, HL2 and HL2:EP1. Why am I being forced to re-buy previous content? (The ala carte option is no cheaper: HL2:EP2 ($29.99) + Portal ($19.99) = $49.98, a savings of $0.01 over the Orange Box price.) This, to me, indicates the complete and utter failure of the episodic content model. I've waited this long for episode 2; I can easily wait another few months until the price drops. The bright side of Valve's development cycle is that when epsisode 3 comes out, technology will have advanced such that you'll be able to play it on your cell phone.

mikeyg756
mikeyg756

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cashmonkey78
cashmonkey78

I really wish the developers would have made the games compatible to play inter-system much like Shadowrun allows 360 & PC gamers to play on the same servers. This would have seriously added a lot of tilt and fun to the game.

MrSickVisionz
MrSickVisionz

This seems cool. Its like you're getting 3 games (arcade-esque, multi-player, and one MASSIVE solo player) for $59.99. Thats a fair price.

CaRD0N
CaRD0N

Excellent. What's funny is I think I am looking forward to Portal the most. I haven't played a good puzzle game in a long, long, time.

torres_unix
torres_unix

I can't wait to play to the next chapter in this story - I've been addicted to Half Life ever since I played HL1. This is a definite purchase for me.

Vetle2k5
Vetle2k5

cyw1988: "this is good news... i'll buy it off steam instead... but what about team fortress 2? can i get it off steam as well? Hope they release more info on that... :P" TF2 is included in The Orange Box (Both retail and Steam) and if you want to buy it seperatly you can do that (Only on Steam).

cyw1988
cyw1988

this is good news... i'll buy it off steam instead... but what about team fortress 2? can i get it off steam as well? Hope they release more info on that... :P

GrimBee
GrimBee

"UltimateRAGEX lol at the POS3 having Half Life 2 delayed!! I hate PS3!"..... Says the guy with the master-chief avatar.. I disslike alot of things about the ps3, such as the media format forcing antics from sony forcing people into their movies and using the playstation crowd as poor suckers to buy into their stuff. I see Sony as the evil witch with the apple in snow white... BUT - For that ideology does come some genuinely good stuff. But thats for another debate. Sure, everyone has a right to like certain consoles and hate certain ones. But theres no need to slag one off on a news topic...

UltimateRAGEX
UltimateRAGEX

lol at the POS3 having Half Life 2 delayed!! I hate PS3!

uklegendkiller
uklegendkiller

Sounds great, i really can't wait to play this classic again for 360

HardCore_PC_Gmr
HardCore_PC_Gmr

Let me add to what "Funereal" said; Also, you can plugin your controller to your PC and play your PC games on the 42" LCD too (if you prefer). ;)

vaultinasafe
vaultinasafe

Can't wait to play Team Fortress 2 on XBox360 or PS3!

Funereal
Funereal

With simple contraption known as a VGA cable you can play PC games on the 42" LCD too, not that complicated and doesnt involve the purchase of a gaming console.

LordGamer0001
LordGamer0001

im excited as ever... this is a must buy even though i already own half life 2. the orange box is just so perfect.

NightRain
NightRain

Yes! Can't wait! TEAM FORTRESS 2!!!

AzureLivesOn
AzureLivesOn

Right, because PC's HD is clearly 'real' whereas console is 'fake'. I love when ignorant kids with zero clue try and sound better than a fanboy... by being a fanboy. They sound almost as bad as the PS3 ones ("Blizzard is not saving our ass from extinction!! UR STUPID NUB! I'm gonna go blast you in a blog online lolwtfomgbbqkthnxbai") For me, Team Fortress 2 is worth the $60 pricetag alone because I'm like that and a break from Halo 3 will be nice (not saying it's bad, not at all, just too much of a great thing can be overwhelming). Adding four other games is just cake, even if it's technically two games and expansions.

amj1984
amj1984

Hell......Whatta hell is that. Look at that idiot box's art ,that look really s*ck! Who design this ugly box's art!!!

rafracada
rafracada

Who says that, a console fanboy? I´ll be playing on my PC in REAL HD. Enjoy your 42” toy. Also I need no “Rumble” as console fanboys to play a game.

---n00b_kid---
---n00b_kid---

Also 360 controller has RUMBLE. Keyboard/mouse has no rumble.

ParisSun
ParisSun

Enyoy your 15-17 inch monitors PC fanboys. I'll be playing in the comfort of my living room on my 42" LCD. Console wins again.

cheezlarson
cheezlarson

How can episode 2 be $30 if HL2 + episode 1 + episode 2 + TF2 + portal = $45? Since portal and TF2 look like they're worth more than the extra $15 I guess I'm going to have to go for the orange box even though I already have HL2 + episode 1.

gorilaboy
gorilaboy

GrimBee, the orange Box contains Half Life 2, the two episodes, Portal, and Team Fortress 2. Your wish is coming true, and then some.

owman
owman

pc version totally rocks!

rogue48
rogue48

TEAM FORTRESS 2!! TEAM FORTRESS 2!! TEAM FORTRESS 2!! TEAM FORTRESS 2!! TEAM FORTRESS 2!! TEAM FORTRESS 2!! TEAM FORTRESS 2!! TEAM FORTRESS 2!! TEAM FORTRESS 2!! TEAM FORTRESS 2!! TEAM FORTRESS 2!! I cannot wait! :)

GrimBee
GrimBee

I thought it would be more appropriate for the console version to have Half Life 2, Hl2 ep1 and Hl2 episode 2 in the box instead of TF2 and portal. My only reasoning for this is that on Steam I purchased Episode 1 for £5, and HL2 is only £10 on the PC - for me to get access to the original game and episode 1 it would cost me as much as a regular title (when buying episode 2 at the same time). And because only the first xbox had HL2 on it, chances are that ps3 owners and even 360 owners have never even played Hl2, let alone episode 2 and episode 1. So - It would of been better for consoles to have HL2, Ep1 and Ep2 in one box, and portal and TF2 be bundled with a next-gen counterstrike or something like that. That way console owners can get the half life 2 universe in one set, and then side great side-orders in another. Its a perfect combo for PC users as you get more than what you bargained for. But for console owners, I thought it would be more beneficial to them to have hl2 and ep1 and ep2 in one set as they probably never have got a good PC or have been able to play through the story of the previous titles.

remy272003
remy272003

I want the orange box for the 360 because it has been so long since i played it BUT one thing I will sorely miss if I do is the mods on the pc version, especially Goldeneye Source.

smith447
smith447

i wanted only TF2, portal and ep2..but i just bought the entire orange box.

Proman84
Proman84

Cool, can't wait to play it.

dynomitemasta
dynomitemasta

Half life2 had problems running on the original xbox, i believe they said they addressed these issues and it runs as good if not better than the ORIGINAL pc version. I had to stop playing it for the xbox because it made me physically ill, something about the way they ported it. I hope they have it up and running in top form. For those that think it wont be up to par with the original pc version, uhh, who cares, playing games on your pc is about as fun as eating soup with your fingers.

torrne667
torrne667

No it doesnt...simple as! Any game that was on 360 first, i.e ghost recon;advanced warfighter 2, when they try to do it on ps3, it just cannot handle it. Enjoy your blueray player ha ha ha.