Reviewing A Game - The Orange Box


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Reviewing A Game - The Orange Box

  1. 2. Valve <ul><li>American video game development and digital distribution company based in Bellevue, Washington, U.S founded in 1996 . </li></ul><ul><li>Acquired turtle rock studios on January 10 th 2018. </li></ul><ul><li>Highly respected entertainment software and technology companies since 1996, with a decades-long track record in the industry for award-winning games, innovative digital distribution platforms, cutting-edge technologies and top-tier talent. </li></ul><ul><li>Developer of leading-edge technologies including the Source® game engine. </li></ul>
  2. 3. Steam <ul><li>World’s largest online gaming platform. </li></ul><ul><li>Provides instant access to a huge library of titles, and by automatically keeping user’s games completely up to date. </li></ul><ul><li>Active user-base of over 25 million connecting gamers with each other. </li></ul>
  3. 4. The Orange Box <ul><li>Features 5 complete games compiled into one retail unit: </li></ul><ul><li>Half-Life 2, Episode One and Episode Two; Portal; and Team Fortress 2. </li></ul><ul><li>All of these games use Valve's Source engine through steam platform for windows version. </li></ul><ul><li>Has a large proportion of achievements (99 achievements over 5 games) </li></ul><ul><li>Achievements include killing a certain number of monsters, finding hidden weapon caches, or other tasks specific to each game. </li></ul>
  4. 5. Half-Life 2 <ul><li>A science fiction first-person shooter game and sequel to Half-Life. </li></ul><ul><li>Introduced new concepts such as physics-based puzzles and vehicle sections. </li></ul><ul><li>The game takes place in the fictional City 17 and surrounding areas as the player takes on the role of scientist Gordon Freeman. </li></ul><ul><li>He is forced to fight against increasingly unfavourable odds in order to survive, he is joined by various allies, including former Black Mesa colleagues, oppressed citizens of City 17, and the Vortigaunts. </li></ul>
  5. 6. Half-Life 2: Episode One <ul><li>Episode One continues from the events of Half-Life 2. </li></ul><ul><li>Builds on the original, adding cooperative play with friendly non-player characters such as Alyx Vance, whose new abilities complement Freeman's abilities and allow her to comprehend and respond to the player's actions by lending help. </li></ul><ul><li>It is set immediately after the end of Half-Life 2 in the war-torn City 17 and nearby areas. </li></ul><ul><li>Episode One follows scientist Gordon Freeman and his companion Alyx Vance as they continue to cope with the events chronicled in Half-Life 2. </li></ul><ul><li>The game was originally released in 2006 for Windows as a standalone game. </li></ul>
  6. 7. Half-Life 2: Episode Two <ul><li>Episode Two was first available as part of The Orange Box and focuses on expansive environments, travel, and less linear play. </li></ul><ul><li>In the game, Gordon Freeman and the series' other major characters move away from City 17 to the surrounding wilderness following the closing events of Episode One. </li></ul><ul><li>The game was praised for its new environments and features. </li></ul>
  7. 8. Portal <ul><li>A single-player first-person action/puzzle game that was first available as part of The Orange Box. </li></ul><ul><li>The game consists primarily of a series of puzzles that are solved by creating portals through which the player and simple objects can use the portals in order to reach an exit point, all the while being ordered by an AI. </li></ul><ul><li>The portal system and the unusual physics it creates are the emphasis of this game. </li></ul><ul><li>Portal was a surprise favorite of The Orange Box, receiving widespread praise and several Game of the Year awards. </li></ul>
  8. 9. Team Fortress 2 <ul><li>Multiplayer team-based first-person shooter that was first available as part of The Orange Box. </li></ul><ul><li>The game is a sequel to the original Quake modification, Team Fortress, and Valve's Half-Life modification, Team Fortress Classic. </li></ul><ul><li>Its focus is on 2 competing teams that attack each other in order to achieve varying objectives, including capturing command points or defending them from attack, or capturing a flag. </li></ul><ul><li>Players can choose to play as one of nine classes in these teams, each with different strengths and weaknesses. </li></ul><ul><li>Unlike most other Source-powered games, Team Fortress 2 features a cartoon art style and non-realistic graphics. </li></ul>
  9. 10. System Requirements <ul><li>1.7 GHz Processor </li></ul><ul><li>512 MB RAM. </li></ul><ul><li>128 MB Video Card. </li></ul><ul><li>20 GB hard Disk Space. </li></ul><ul><li>DirectX 8 Level Graphics card. </li></ul><ul><li>Runs on Windows/Xp/Vista. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet Connection required. </li></ul>
  10. 11. Awards <ul><li>The compilation won &quot;Computer Game of the Year&quot; at the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences' </li></ul><ul><li>11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards and was nominated in the &quot;Overall Game of the Year&quot;, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Action Game of the Year&quot;, and &quot;Outstanding Innovation in Gaming&quot; categories. </li></ul><ul><li>The Orange Box won the &quot;Breakthrough Technology Award&quot; and the &quot;Best PC Game Award“ at the 2007 Spike Video Game Awards, and was additionally nominated in the &quot;Game of the Year“ </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Best Shooter&quot;, &quot;Best Xbox 360 Game&quot;, and &quot;Best Multiplayer Game&quot; categories. </li></ul>
  11. 12. <ul><li>The Orange Box received 17 Game of the Year awards and over 100 awards in total. </li></ul><ul><li>The Orange Box was placed as the 22nd most influential video game in history by the Guinness World Records Gamer's Edition, 2009. </li></ul><ul><li>Portal won &quot;Outstanding Achievement in Game Design&quot;, </li></ul><ul><li>&quot;Outstanding Achievement in Game Play Engineering&quot;, and &quot;Outstanding Character Performance“ at the 11th Annual Interactive Achievement Awards. </li></ul><ul><li>The game won 76 awards, including 37 Game of the Year awards, and was recognized for innovative design and game mechanics. </li></ul><ul><li>Team Fortress 2 was nominated in the categories of &quot;Outstanding Achievement in Art Direction&quot; and &quot;Outstanding Achievement in Animation&quot; at the 11th Interactive Achievement Awards. </li></ul><ul><li>Half-Life 2: Episode Two won four awards, including one Game of the Year award and was recognized for excellent NPC AI, level design, and story. </li></ul>
  12. 13. Strengths <ul><li>Well designed maps with more that 25 hours of game play every game. </li></ul><ul><li>Great Value, comes with 5 games in one box. </li></ul><ul><li>Half-Life 2 is one of the best shooting games of all time. </li></ul><ul><li>Good value - especially at sale prices; great graphics; low system requirements compared to some other recent games several games included in box, great graphics, good storyline. </li></ul><ul><li>Puzzle-solving in Portal and the class-based multiplayer </li></ul><ul><li>Strong modding community </li></ul>
  13. 14. Weaknesses <ul><li>Must create a steam account to play the game online. </li></ul><ul><li>Takes up 20 GB of space. </li></ul><ul><li>Preferred more customization options. </li></ul><ul><li>AI characters very few and repeat often. </li></ul>
  14. 15. Reception Pan European Game Information Rating: 16+ Aggregators   Scores     Windows X-Box PS3         GameRankings 96.30% 96.30% 87.30% Metacritic 96% 96% 89% A+ A+ B+ Edge 10 Of 10 10 Of 10   Eurogamer 10 Of 10 10 Of 10 8 Of 10 Game informer 9.75 9.75 9.25 Game Pro   5 Of 5   Gamespot 9.5 of 10 9.5 of 10 9 of 10 IGN 9.5 of 10 9.5 of 10 8.4 of 10
  15. 16. Teamplay <ul><li>Portal and half-life 2 episode 2 was played on day 1 and 2 on console, remaining was completed on home PC. </li></ul><ul><li>Half-life 2 and half Life 2 episode 1 was played by Deepak. </li></ul><ul><li>Internet and shopping malls were used as resource for PPT data, pictures and videos. </li></ul><ul><li>Gamer comments and reviews were taken both from internet and people at cyber centers (Zapak) </li></ul>By Amarnath & Deepak