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The Orange Box topples BioShock and Halo 3 on Metacritic

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It was looking like it was going to happen, and now it finally has: Valve's The Orange Box has taken the top PC and Xbox 360 spots on game review site Metacritic.

It was a pretty easy call: jamming a lot of good games (Half-Life 2 and Episodes One and Two, Team Fortress 2, and Portal) in one nifty package is sure to make a lot of gamers (and game reviewers) happy. Destructoid's own reviews of the collection have been favorable as well, and compare to Metacritic's overall 97 out of 100 rating (both in PC and Xbox 360 categories).

"By all accounts The Orange Box is exceeding everyone's expectations," said Doug Lombardi, director of marketing at Valve. "The North American launch continues this week as retailers who experienced temporary outages over the weekend are being replenished each day. Meanwhile, the first retail units are appearing in stores this week across Europe." 

BioShock was edged out by just one point (96) in the Xbox 360 category, and the 2nd place runner up in the PC category was actually Half-Life 2, also with a score of 96.  

I bet the trend will continue when The Orange Box is released on the PS3 later on.  

Hit the jump to read the full release. 

THE ORANGE BOX TOPS PC AND 360 METACRITIC RANKINGS

Valve's Unique Multiplatform Game Box Captures Metacritic Best

October 17, 2007 - The launch of The Orange Box - the unique new multiplatform, multi-game offering from Valve, creators of Half-Life® 2 and Counter-Strike® - has been met with incredible critical and commercial success, capturing the top rated position for all PC and 360 games during an explosive North American retail debut.

"By all accounts The Orange Box is exceeding everyone's expectations," said Doug Lombardi, director of marketing at Valve. "The North American launch continues this week as retailers who experienced temporary outages over the weekend are being replenished each day. Meanwhile, the first retail units are appearing in stores this week across Europe."

With reviews coming in from around the world, Orange has earned the top spot as the highest scoring PC (topping Half-Life and Half-Life 2) and 360 title of all time according to Metacritic.com .

Available now for the PC and Xbox 360 and coming soon for the Playstation® 3, The Orange Box includes Half-Life® 2: Episode Two, the second installment in the Half-Life 2 episodic trilogy; Team Fortress® 2, the sequel to the game that put class-based, multiplayer team warfare on the map; and PortalTM, the game that blends puzzles, first person action, and adventure gaming to produce an experience like no other.

To bring gamers up to date with the Half-Life 2 universe, The Orange Box also includes Half-Life 2 and Half-Life® 2: Episode One.

The Orange Box has a suggested retail price of $49.95 on the PC and $59.95 on the Xbox® 360. In the coming weeks, The Orange Box will also be available for the Playstation® 3 console systems.

For more information about The Orange Box, please visit www.steamgames.com.

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