When people debate whether games will ever equal film as an art form, they usually resort to a dumb premise: When will a video game make you cry? But gamers don’t want Schindler’s List — they want a better Rush Hour 3. Half-Life isn’t merely a great game; it’s a far better action franchise than Mission Impossible. The new Orange Box collects all five installments, right up to the most recent expansions, Portal and Team Fortress 2. Anything Brett Ratner can do, these games can do better.
Half-Life: The Orange Box
On sale Dec. 12 for PS3
PC and other platforms on sale now