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Thursday August 23, 2007 7:57 pm

Half Life 2: Episode Two Stage Demo Video

At the Games Conference in Leipzig, developer Valve walked the audience through the latest chapter of Half Life 2, due to arrive on Steam and as part of The Orange Box this fall.  This video shows off Episode Two’s soft lighting effect, “cinematic physics,” and new enemies.  Interestingly, the updated physics and lighting systems will make an appearance in the console versions of Episode One as well, so if you are first experiencing Episode One on your PS3 or Xbox 360 through The Orange Box, you get to bask in the more up-to-date technology. 

And since I don’t see people dancing in the streets on a daily basis, I figure there must be some confusion out there about what this mysterious Orange Box really is.  It’s quite simple, really.  The Orange Box is the gaming deal of the millennium.  On October 10th of this year, gamers will be able to buy one box which contains Half Life 2, Half Life 2: Episode One, Half Life 2: Episode Two, the multiplayer-based Team Fortress 2, and the puzzle game Portal…all for the price of one game.  It’s scheduled to hit the PS3. Xbox 360, and PC, not to mention the global economy, all on the same day,

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Forum Discussion

I'm really tempted to watch, but I'm avoiding watching HL2 trailers. I'm avoiding as many spoilers as possible whether it be weapons, enemies, vehicles or story. I find games have a much bigger "Oooh, cool!" if I didn't know something was comming. I fear I already know too much ... Though I agree, I can't wait for the Orage Box either. Comes out about a week and a half before my birthday. :)

I'm the same way. Half-Life 2 was absolutely amazing to me, because I knew nothing about it before I played. Subsequently, I don't look into news on the Episodes, unless it's about when they're coming out. October needs to slow down a bit, though. I need time to build a new computer!

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