What We’re Playing: Awaiting The Orange Box



A week later, folks at the office continue to battle through Halo 3 on both campaign and multiplayer modes. Earlier this week, I completed the game on Heroic, and now I look forward to some campaign co-op and some multiplayer with guys here at the office. I also got NBA2K8 and Zelda: Phantom Hourglass to check out before cheering on the Lions against the Redskins.

Outside of Halo 3, the buzz around the office seems to be Team Fortress 2, which is part of Half-Life 2’s uber pack, The Orange Box. A lot of guys are playing the beta and counting down the days until The Orange Box is released next week. I imagine the folks at Valve are pretty pumped about its release so they can go out and start playing Bioshock…poor guys.

Anyhow, here’s what the rest of the folks at the office are playing:

Gavin Carter, Producer: Halo 3, PGR4, On DosBox: Rise of the Dragon, Star Trek 25th Anniversary.

Dan Lee, Environment Artist: Persona 3, Picross DS, and perhaps some Pokémon Diamond to continue the “games that start with the letter ‘P’” trend.

Cory Dornbusch, Intern: Fallout 1 and 2, and Company of Heroes: Opposing Fronts.

Ryan Lea, QA: Super Paper Mario, Dragon Blade, Super Mario Bros. 2 Lost Levels, Sin & Punishment.

Dan Ross, QA: Kingdom Hearts, Guitar Hero 2 and watching Heroes Season 1 on DVD.

Pete Hines: Halo 3, Joan D’Arc, watching Wake beat Duke, moving almost everything in my house from one room to some other room.

Nate Ellis, QA: God of War 2 (finally!), Dragon Blade, Halo? (I’m thinking of going back to the beginning), and WoW.

Phil Nelson, Handsome Philanthropist: Team Fortress 2, BioShock, Castlevania: Symphony Of The Night(200.1% and rising).

Orin Tresnjak, Graphics Programmer: Going for the rest of the gamer points in Oblivion. Maybe also some Phantom Hourglass if I get a chance to pick it up.

Craig Lafferty, Producer: PGR4, Halo3 MP, Zelda Phantom Hourglass DS, Tiger Woods 2008.

Megan Sawyer, Environment Artist: finishing up MySims for DS, playing “catch up on all the stuff I DVR’d this week.”

Will Noble, QA Team Lead: Advance Wars (DS), Dawn of War, World of Warcraft, Team Fortress 2 Beta.

Ricardo Gonzalez, UI Tamer: Fallout 1 (Kung Fu build), Fallout 2 (Badass Sniper build).

Daryl Brigner, Level Designer: Halo 3, Red Orchestra, Team Fortress 2, and finally finishing up Bioshock.

Tim Lamb, Associate Producer: Halo 3 multiplayer. Jeff Browne, Buffalo Bills Fan: Fishing, Renaissance Festival. OK, maybe a little Red Orchestra or Planetside, but come on, there’s perfect weather this weekend, who has time to play games? 🙂 Oh, and my beloved Buffalo Bills are hosting Monday Night Football – I don’t know about you, but I smell upset.

Matt Ouzounian, Quixotic Assessor: Halo 3 Multiplayer (if Halo and my Router play nice), City of Heroes, attending 3 birthday parties…of course, all of this is reliant on not getting called into work.

Michael Lattanzia, QA: Team Fortress 2, Hellgate: London Beta, Monster Hunter Freedom 2, Skate, Marvel Ultimate Alliance.

Ashley Cheng, Producer: Halo 3, Zelda: Phantom Hourglass, NCAA Football 08.

Dane Olds: Team Fortress 2, Metroid Prime 3, Half-Life 2 Episode 1, Metroid Zero Mission, Super Mario Brothers 2 (Wii VC Japanese version).

Jabarie Brown, Quality Assurance: Halo 3 Multiplayer and Campaign (the Master Chief baby!).

Cory Edwards, World Artist: Team Fortress 2.

Joel Burgess, Lead LD: Halo 3, rooting for DC United, probably some TF2 & Peggle in anticipation of orange box next week.

Aaron Mitschelen, QA Tester: LotRO, Soul Nomad and the World Eaters, Persona 3, WoW, Race Against the Clock: Tax Extension Ediiton.

Jesse Tucker, Level Design: Guitar Hero 2 and UT2004, if I have any time.

Steve Fraden: Tabula Rasa & Ultima Online 🙂

Erik Caponi: I’ll be in the woods with my PSP playing Dungeons & Dragons Tactics and I don’t care what you think; I like the game. So there.


Reader Comments

  1. Good to see more folks playing the Fallout series now. Hopefully everyones answers about whether they’ve played the series or not changes over the course of this year. 🙂

  2. I would probably be playing Oblivion if my 360 hadn’t red ringed a few days ago while playing Halo 3. I was planning on getting some more of the DLC and working on getting the rest of the Shivering Isles achievements with a new character. Instead I will probably end up playing either Disgaea, Shadow Of The Colossus, or Final Fantasy 12 or perhaps a bit of all three.

    I have never played any of the Fallout games other than Brotherhood of Steel which was so-so at best IMHO. Not sure if they would be portable to XBLA but if so I would be willing to check them out. I know they are available for Windows but I am not a Windows user and I prefer console gaming.

  3. Wow Mr.Carter, your kicking it old school with those “point and click” games. Star Trek 25th Anniversary was a favorite of mine when it came out a while back. You should try out the Space Quest series while your at it, much fun.

    However, my all time favorite point and click game is, The Secret of Monkey Island.

  4. still playing unreal 04 lol cant wait for orange box, does anyone know if theres gore gibs yet. all together now (doom face on) >=)

  5. Could SOMEONE explain the appeal of Halo to me? From where I’m standing it’s a mediocre shooter that makes Bioshock look like a work of genius, with its sole claim to fame being that there’s nothing better available for the XBox.

    But then I don’t own an XBox, so maybe I’m missing something here – if so, what?

  6. “Wow Mr.Carter, your kicking it old school with those “point and click” games. Star Trek 25th Anniversary was a favorite of mine when it came out a while back. You should try out the Space Quest series while your at it, much fun.”

    I’ve played every Space Quest game, most multiple times 🙂 I’m pretty sure I’ve played through just about every Sierra “Quest” game, except for the last couple of King’s Quests. I was always a huge fan. I found a big cache of old games I had hidden away recently, so that got me started on the DosBox binge.

  7. I’ve found that Halo is very, very good in the “pure fun” department. I don’t play it for the story, or anything else, but I’ve found it’s a really fun and challenging game. I stopped playing Bioshock to play Halo even though I think Bioshock has a better setting, story, etc. I don’t think it’s as good as Halo in the “all hell breaks loose” combat dept. It may be superficial, but it’s a lot of fun.

    BTW, I got about halfway through Halo and played Halo 2 for about 2 hours total, so I’m no Halo fan by any stretch.