My brother just bought this for me for my birthday. I've never played any Half-Life games before so I'm pretty excited about checking it out. Is anyone else getting this?
You're going to love it, half life is a great game. Does it come with Half life 2 as well?
I have it, I pre-ordered from Steam to get on the TF2 beta. Just got done playing Portal. Damn that game is a fun, mind-bending, time waster.
You haven't played any HL games? I've played them all since HL1 was first release. Many times.
The Orange Box comes with HL2, HL2Episode 1, HL2Episode 2, Portal, and TF2. If, like probably most PC gamers, you have one or both of HL2 or Ep1 already, you can gift them to someone.
[quotebe88654fbd="dmorris68"]I have it, I pre-ordered from Steam to get on the TF2 beta. Just got done playing Portal. Damn that game is a fun, mind-bending, time waster.
[bbe88654fbd]You haven't played any HL games?[/bbe88654fbd] I've played them all since HL1 was first release. Many times.
The Orange Box comes with HL2, HL2Episode 1, HL2Episode 2, Portal, and TF2. If, like probably most PC gamers, you have one or both of HL2 or Ep1 already, you can gift them to someone.[/quotebe88654fbd]
None at all. I never was much of a PC gamer. oops
I just got done playing the Orange Box for about 2 hours and I loved it. First I started the Half Life 2 campaign which was really fun, then I moved on to Portal. I love shooting a portal in the ceiling then shooting one where your standing to make an infinite drop. lol
Anyway, I'd definitely recommend any 360 owner to get Orange Box. It's REALLY fun. Here's a quick preview of what Portal is like for those who haven't seen ---
About how many hours of gameplay are in these episodes?
I believe episode 1 was only like 2 hours, if that. I remember it being really short and me being let down. Episode 2 is around 5 hours and is MUCH more fun than episode 1
happy birthday to you too.
[quoteb4c506cf7c="KeithA"]happy birthday to you too.[/quoteb4c506cf7c]
Oh, happy belated birthday to you too J4320!
I never played through HL2 which many say is one of the best FPS games so I'll be playing through it with the orange box.
Here's a Flash version of Portal
I just finished portals and episode two...
WOW what an ending... to both! Episode two was a bit on the short side but still a GREAT installment. I cant believe they left us at a cliffhanger like that.
Thanks for the happy birthday wishes guys. )
So episode 1 was only 2 hours? Wow. That's [ifb08c6a582]very[/ifb08c6a582] short. shock
episode one and two are both about five to nine hours depending on your play style.
Happy birthday. D
[quote4dcf15b147="TFOAF"]Happy birthday. D[/quote4dcf15b147]
Thanks Dr Craig.
By the way...
THE CAKE IS A LIE!!!!!!!!!!!11111[/size4dcf15b147][/color4dcf15b147]
I got cake... your a lie!
You serious? Some guy said that there were two endings but I'm not sure if I believe him. By the way, that was probably one of the funniest video game endings ever. lol
I got the cake at the end too.
BTW the Advanced levels are fun. I did 5/6 last night, and I understand the last one (18) is a bear. I was concentrating so hard last night completing the first 5, I gave myself a headache.
Custom maps for this game are gonna be fun...
[spoiler7c518833fd]For me, the end of the game showed a room with a bunch of those "robot heads" with a cake and the companion cube in the center.[/spoiler7c518833fd]
Is that what happened for you guys?
Also, I've got to figure out how to activate these advanced levels. I don't think I saw it on the menu. I'll have to check though. Maybe the advanced levels aren't in the 360 version. (
Yeah, that's it.
The Advanced levels were enabled when you completed the game, at least on the PC. Don't know about the 360 version. They under the Bonus Maps menu option.
They aren't there for me. What a bummer. (
[quoted9c7cd3a66="J4320"]They aren't there for me. What a bummer. ([/quoted9c7cd3a66]
They have to be there if you finished the game. You do "New Game" and then browse the chapters and you'll see 6 of them have a "+ bonus" labeled onto them. You can do a d-pad up-down on these to play different modes. I haven't played any of them yet though.
I loved playing through portal. That atmosphere was fun to play in. I think the song at the end is the only original song that I could listen to from a video game.
I finished Advanced 18 last night, after pulling my hair out for awhile, so I got the 6/6 Advanced Achievment (Crazy Vanilla Cake or whatever it is). 18 was definitely hard compared to the first 5 advanced maps. I had to quit and come back after getting stuck once.
I'm anxious for custom maps to appear. They should be pretty easy to design compared to regular FPS maps, so I'm expecting a lot of variety.
For all you gamers out there that have been playing Portal.
The Half-Life 2 Portal update on Primotech offers instructions on how to modify Half-Life 2 to allow the use of the portal gun from Portal in Half-Life 2, Episodes One and Two, and other Source-engine games. There are some limitations to this, as they haven't figured out a simple way to use this technique in multiplayer play, and NPCs and enemies cannot pass through portals, but the player, weapons, ammo, and gunfire all can make use of the portals, which opens a number of new gameplay possibilities.
The 4th (the one with the turrets) and 6th (last) advanced levels were brutal.
I was going to post about using the portal guns in HL2 too. I guess maybe I'll just play through HL2 on PC after all.
[quote9ca2fccb5f="hehehhehe"]The 4th (the one with the turrets) and 6th (last) advanced levels were brutal.
I was going to post about using the portal guns in HL2 too. I guess maybe I'll just play through HL2 on PC after all.[/quote9ca2fccb5f]
Yeah I'm really tempted to do that too. I've heard using a mouse makes you a lot more accurate when you get used to it. Since joysticks aren't as sensitive there is an autoaim for consoles. I always liked using controllers though. It seems like you can maneuver a lot easier with a controller compared to a keyboard.
BTW, here's a video of the Portal mod in action --
Dudes, keyboard+mouse is no contest with a gamepad. I listillli can't play shooters on a console worth a crap. Probably because I've been playing shooters for 10+ years with a kb+mouse. There's just no comparison, and try as I might, I cannot get used to a gamepad for that. It's just so liunnaturalli.
Only with sports or platform/jumping games can I use a gamepad, which is why my 360 gets so little of my attention. I pre-ordered GoW and only played maybe 1 hour of it. Can't stand a gamepad for that. That's why I'm glad to hear GoW will be released for PC -- I'll finally be able to play it!
I have to ask David -- I have not computer gamed in years, but when I did play FPS games I always liked to ask people how they configure their keyboard. For most games, right click is my run forward, shift is backwards, control is crouch, / is jump, left button is firing. I tried asdw but failed horribly at it....
[quote76c800c45d="TryinToGetPaid"]I have to ask David -- I have not computer gamed in years, but when I did play FPS games I always liked to ask people how they configure their keyboard. For most games, right click is my run forward, shift is backwards, control is crouch, / is jump, left button is firing. I tried asdw but failed horribly at it....[/quote76c800c45d]
Thats sound horribly tricky. I would recommend WASD again, its (in my opinion) the best FPS layout. you have so many buttons at your disposal to assign. when i first started FPS's (many many years ago) i do remember there being a learning curve for WASD. but now, its the staple and i would never go back.
P.S. THe orange box is great! Half life 2 with episodes 1-2 (5-8 hours of gameplay each episode), also team fortress two and my favorite so far is by far PORTAL!,....that's a sweet game.
Movement via mouse? Yuck. WASD is definitely the way to go in my opinion. I used to play with an opposite T configuration (QWES) but eventually warmed up to the defacto WASD and haven't looked back.
I use the standard mouse controls for freelook, aiming, orientation, and firing/activation.
Crouch and jump I typically accept the game's default, which is usually either CTRL or C for crouch, space for jump, SHIFT for run/walk, E or F for use, R for reload, etc. Most FPS's for the PC have standardized on most, if not all, of these conventions so it's pretty nice to be able to get accustomed to any game out of the box without a lot of reconfiguration or relearning stuff.
[quote79d6b1ff45="dmorris68"]Movement via mouse? Yuck. WASD is definitely the way to go in my opinion. I used to play with an opposite T configuration (QWES) but eventually warmed up to the defacto WASD and haven't looked back.
I use the standard mouse controls for freelook, aiming, orientation, and firing/activation.
Crouch and jump I typically accept the game's default, which is usually either CTRL or C for crouch, space for jump, SHIFT for run/walk, E or F for use, R for reload, etc. Most FPS's for the PC have standardized on most, if not all, of these conventions so it's pretty nice to be able to get accustomed to any game out of the box without a lot of reconfiguration or relearning stuff.[/quote79d6b1ff45]
Agreed. having the standardization on these keys has cut alot of learning curves needed to play
Meh -- I can not get used to the WASD at all....every game I play I have to move forward via right click. Of course now computer games are a lot more complicated than they used to be
I used to use my mouse wheel to throw grenades, or well use any item. Works like a charm if they game as an abundance of grenades with no limit.
With games getting alot more complicated and becoming more standardized, i would definatally at least recommend trying to get bettwer with WASD. I will admit, the learning curve may be higher for you, however, once you get it, i would bet you will be doing a LOT better in games and finding it easier over time.
Well I dont computer game anymore -- since maintaining a computer that can play all the new games is out of my budget. Lately I have been playing Halo, and trying to find a sensitivity level that is low enough for me. I have always played with very low sensitivity, and have no idea how people play games with a jacked up level.
wow that HL2 + portal mod looks REALLY cool. i beat portal (on PC). i haven't tried the advanced levels yet though.
Too bad the advanced levels are the same levels that we already played through. |
Game is really good i think its beating halo in sales
Half-Life 2 was awesome (and 1 too). I haven't played Portal but i'd like too. Just don't wanna pay for the Orange Box just for it. Maybe it's available standalone but I'd rather not play on my PC now that I have a PS3.
Right now I'm on Episode 1. I like it but it seems like I'm playing it solely to get to Episode 2 because it looks so awesome. The outdoor environments in the forest and all looks absolutely spectacular. I can't wait to get started on it.
[quote1d4cacf09c="gnznroses"]Half-Life 2 was awesome (and 1 too). I haven't played Portal but i'd like too. Just don't wanna pay for the Orange Box just for it. Maybe it's available standalone but I'd rather not play on my PC now that I have a PS3.[/quote1d4cacf09c]
Yes, Portal is available separately, as are all the Orange Box titles. But if you're going to buy more than one, just get the OB and get everything for less $$$. Portal and TF2 are each $30 standalone, IIRC. Ep2 is $20. So for $50 you can have everything, including extra copies of HL2 and Ep1 that you can gift if you already have them.
That applies to the PC of course, I don't know about them being available separately for any console.
Yeah, I don't think they're available separate on console (HL2 is for XB1 i think).
I never bothered to get Episode 1. Cause after installing Lost Coast and it being like, 2 hours long, I decided not to waste my time with small add-ons. They're annoying. I understand Ep1 is longer, but meh...
Lost Coast was a free technology demo for HDR lighting. It was never meant as an "expansion" per se, hence its short length, I don't even think it was 2 hours. Ep1 is longer but nowhere near the original game. Maybe 4 hours. Ep2 looks to be about the same.
I made the mistake of playing Portal first. Playing Ep2 now is kinda anti-climactic -- just more of the same HL2 stuff, which was fun two years ago but has grown tired. Portal was so unique and fun that playing Ep2 afterwards is somewhat of a let down. TF2 is also great, and even if those are the only two games you play, the OB is cheaper than buying both separately.
Awesome. Thanks for the link. I have Portal for the PC now so I just need to get a video card. )