Valve's Orange Box pretty much defines value for money. Even at full price you got an inordinate amount of content here, with the full version of the sublime Half-Life 2, two subsequent standalone expansions, the cartoon multiplayer frag-fest of Team Fortress 2, and Portal - the little game that could.
You can snaffle the superior Xbox 360 version (the PS3 game suffered from being very poorly ported) for £11.95 from MyMemory at the moment, saving you a quid or so on the next price over at 101cd and Amazon.
Half-Life 2 is, quite simply, one of the finest game's ever made. The action is brilliant and merges seamlessly with the story, the presentation sublime for the time, and it has one of the finest videogame weapons in the Gravity Gun. Whether playing catch with the giant robot Dog, tiptoeing around zombie-infested Ravenholm, or squaring up to Breen in City 17, Half-Life 2 remains as one of the pinnacle's of game design from the last decade and should be played by anyone with any sense whatsoever.
Team Fortress 2 is no slouch either, offering multiplayers fans an excellent slice of class-oriented action with an emphasis on teamwork, but it's Portal that really seals the deal. The unique puzzler comes stuffed with a fantastic concept, lots of tongue-in-cheek humour and one of the best videogame songs ever. The only shame is that there isn't more of it.
Anyone who can claim to be fan of first person shooters fundamentally needs to have this omnibus package of excellence in their possession. You won't be disappointed.
Thanks to PaulTheYid at HUKD