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The Orange Box Midnight Madness

This week's Steam marketing message reassures those purchasing The Orange Box over Steam will have access to the shooter bundle at the stroke of Midnight Pacific time on Wednesday:

We'll be unlocking The Orange Box products just after midnight Pacific time next week on the 10th of October. Lots of people have been having a lot of fun with the Team Fortress 2 beta, so we're looking forward to seeing what people think of Portal and Episode Two. The Orange Box will also be available at North American game retailers later on the 10th, for both PC and XBOX 360.

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15. Re: Er... Oct 6, 2007, 05:01 Term
I just finished playing through HL2 and Ep1 to get ready for Ep2 and, though the gameplay is polished, I am less than thrilled with the story aspect.
I hear you. While I loved the general feeling and most gameplay aspects of HL2, it lacked any real story driven motivation for the player to advance, making him feel like he's not having an impact on anything in the game universe. EP1 even aggravated that by still refusing to give any answers to the general plot and by simply making "advancement" the main goal again.

Heh, unlike you Ray, I couldn't be bothered to play through EP1 again, so I just gave me a quick rundown on the story events on that "Half-Life Saga" page ( to get me back on track. Not surprising how the entire EP1 storyline fits into 2-3 paragraphs

However, I'm still looking forward to EP2 because even with underwhelming storytelling, Valve's SP games are still better than most others out there.

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