The third game I bought for my Xbox 360 is actually a collection of 5 games made by a company called Valve. The Orange Box is what it’s called and it retails for about $20. The collection of games are: Half-Life 2, Half-Life-2: Episode 1, Half-Life 2: Episode 2, Portal and Team Fortress 2. However, today I am going to be focusing on just one, Half-Life 2. This game is rated by many reviewers as one of the best games ever created, and it definitely lives up to the title.

First, the gameplay and the storyline are¬†absolutely¬†fantastic. You don’t really have any type of map or guide to go through the game. You’re on your own. The only icons on the screen are to show your health and what weapons you can select from. You start out with just your fists as a weapon, but you eventually get a crowbar and guns as you move further in the game. The storyline is very simple, but complex. You have arrived at City 17 to see a scientist about some new machine he built. The Combine guards are terrorizing all the people of City 17 and your objective is to escape once you see the scientist. It is a pretty long game, averaged out around 15 hours.

The character you play as is the world famous, Gordon Freeman. You play as him throughout the entire game and you get to do all kinds of things such as drive vehicles, use weapons to destroy alien-like things and Combine guards, and also interact with lots of physics-type puzzles. Since you don’t really have a guide, you have to use your wits to get yourself through the game. Sometimes you can run into puzzles where you have to do a few tasks before moving on.

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There are many obstacles in this game and definitely enough gameplay to make it an awesome game. This game can get very hard, but that’s one of the main reasons why this game is considered one of the best video games in history.


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