I actually enjoyed E2 more. Which is weird. I thought the HL2 combat felt dated, and I thought much of E1 was annoying. But I thought E2 was great and mostly flawless. Weird.
Portal was brilliant but a bit overrated. I too thought that Ep2 was better - they condensed the gameplay of HL2 and made it more story based and more cinematic, along with actual emotions (something missing in all other FPS games).
Dunno, haven't played ET:QW beyond the beta.
I played the demo, which is meant to represent the game.
Erm, you don't like forced teamwork but you like TF2? The rigid class system of TF2 forces teamwork because the roles of each class are so limited.
You're not forced to work together to achieve objectives and you can play an individual game. However, the classes also work together to provide great teamwork and group rushes make the game more enjoyable.
Except it's Game of the Year, not Product of the Year. And technically, Orange Box is a bundle of five games.
Portal and Ep2 are the singleplayer component and are related; Team Fortress 2 is the multiplayer component. It was the same with Half-Life 2 and Counter-Strike Source and yet that was considered fine.
Best story? Huh? Where? You can't be speaking of HL2 which barely even has a story. Best story = The Witcher.
The story to Ep2 was great and above anything else I have seen in any FPS. The Witcher is great too and I'm having a blast playing through it but in a different way... I personally preferred the progression in Oblivion and the way individual quests contributed to the world as a whole and overlapped in interesting ways. It's hard to compare them but I would say Ep2 is the better experience - it really brings that cinematic / TV experience to the table and got rid of the linear gameplay that ruined Ep1.
TF2 is good (if simple) fun though it's long-term appeal has yet to be seen.
It's polished, very well balanced and incredibly enjoyable. The biggest flaw is that there are only 6 maps and they are dominated by CP gameplay, which is not as strong as CTF imo. The community is already behind the game and more maps have been released now than Counter-Strike Source or the originals... the best is yet to come.
Still, it's all opinions - ours and those of the websites. Regardless of whether we consider The Orange Box one product or a compliation I would love to see more of that type of product, particularly when offered at such great value. I just wish Valve would stop releasing multiplayer games with only a handful of maps - I know they're not easy to make but 10-12 should be a minimum.
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