1up.com gave 10/10 to the orange box.http://www.1up.com/do/reviewPage?cId=3163694
The requisite playtime for our reviews of Half-Life 2: Episode Two and Portal took place at Valve Software's Seattle, WA-based headquarters over a period of three consecutive days. Valve representatives sequestered our reviewer in an office, obligingly honoring requests for no disturbances, as he played both games -- in their entirety -- on a typical PC, custom-built to our very specific requests."
Play testing is done on hardware provided by the publisher, in the publisher's office, with a publisher who probably stops at nothing to please the reviewer (and it's only normal - I'd do the same, trying to be the best host possible, etc.).
The issue here is not the publishers, who just take advantage of the greedy slimeballs that pass as journalists nowadays, but the hacks themselves, who'd sell their own mothers for a free pizza or some lame freebie. (freebies are getting less lame though, it used to be free usb keys now it's free ipods).
I work in this field, trust me, the number of times I've been approached by 'journalists' with emails along the lines of 'hey, i'm about to give you a shit review, but in exchange of this and that, I might change my mind' - it's incredible. Rotten, rotten, rotten.