So, I just played all the way through Half-Life 2: Episode Two
in one sitting. It was a very decent game, my only complaint is that I could play it in one sitting. It took about 5 or so hours to beat and I wasn't in any particular hurry. I felt similarly irritated when I played through HL2: Episode One and it simply stopped. At least this time it feels like progress was made.
I'm not sure that the $45 that the Orange Box cost will have been worth it to me since I already had Half-Life 2 and Half-Life 2: Episode One. I'll have to play Portal
to see if that helps compensate. Unfortunately, I cannot count Team Fortress 2 as part of the value when doing a cost analysis for the Orange Box. Since TFC
was free and because Team Fortress is multiplayer-only, it has no inherent value in my estimation. Yes, it is a fun game and I'd say that it is worth installing if you get it free, but it doesn't feel as though it is worth the other $15 of my $45 ($15 for HL2:E2, $15 for Portal, $15 for TFC). I think the Orange Box bundling was a great idea for Value to make buckets of money, but I would have rather saved a few bucks and not gotten "gift" copies of Half-Life 2 and HL2:E1.
Maybe tomorrow I'll beat Metroid Prime 3. I have 97/100 pickups; the end of the game must be near.
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