The Orange Box on PS3 an Unplayable Port?
A recent 1UP preview of the PlayStation 3 version of Valve’s The Orange Box wasn’t the overwhelmingly positive piece you would expect it to be. In the preview, David Ellis refers to the game – which is being ported by an EA team, as opposed to Valve itself – as suffering from “a number of technical flaws, which at best merely hinder gameplay and at worst make the experience downright unplayable. Framerate is a consistent issue throughout the Half-Life series of games included in The Orange Box.”
While Valve founder Gabe Newell has referred to the PS3 as a “waste of everybody’s time,” I can’t fathom his apparent disdain for the system having anything to do with this situation.
Portal is a fine port according to the preview, while Team Fortress 2 wasn’t playable due to server connection errors – not an uncommon occurrence in the Xbox 360 version of the game.
This is truly unfortunate, as The Orange Box is one of the greatest buys of the year, and it looks like PS3 owners will be getting the shaft with another poorly done port.
Read the 1UP preview here.