Made by Gearbox Software and originally released in 2001 as an add-on to Half-Life, Blue Shift is a return to the Black Mesa Research Facility in which you play as Barney Calhoun, the security guard sidekick who helped Gordon out of so many sticky situations.
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Very Positive (86 reviews) - 89% of the 86 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Very Positive (2,068 reviews) - 90% of the 2,068 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 1, 2001

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Made by Gearbox Software and originally released in 2001 as an add-on to Half-Life, Blue Shift is a return to the Black Mesa Research Facility in which you play as Barney Calhoun, the security guard sidekick who helped Gordon out of so many sticky situations.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux

    Minimum: 500 mhz processor, 96mb ram, 16mb video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Recommended: 800 mhz processor, 128mb ram, 32mb+ video card, Windows XP, Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection

    Minimum: OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.3, 1GB RAM, 4GB Hard Drive Space,NVIDIA GeForce 8 or higher, ATI X1600 or higher, or Intel HD 3000 or higher Mouse, Keyboard, Internet Connection
    Minimum: Linux Ubuntu 12.04, Dual-core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz, 1GB Memory, nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeaon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1, 4GB Hard Drive Space, OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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Very Positive (86 reviews)
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Very Positive (2,068 reviews)
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.:RoS:. FIFAsnipe2224
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 24
If you like the Half-Life games then you will also like this one.
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Liviu222
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 24
is really cool not adding much but a story so 9/10
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Ticklish Potato
( 2.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
A little short, but a nice addition to Half Life.
Not required to follow the story, but is appreciated.
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commandopaul2013
( 5.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
What I liked about the game
• Half-life blue shift is short, but sweet. With good level design, there are many secret ammunition stashes to be found and there are many puzzles to solve.
• Not too challenging like opposing force, which makes a more enjoyable experience.
• It’s great to be playing as another character from Black Mesa, seeing his perspective, seeing what events uncover for him and how he escapes from Black Mesa.
• Another brilliant ending.
What I disliked or was disappointed with
• No new content( no new enemies, no new weapons and no bosses)
• The game is short, took me less than 3hours to complete.
• The puzzles aren’t as good in blue shift, compared to half-life and opposing force.

Conclusion
A very good expansion pack for half-life. I preferred it over opposing force, because the gameplay was much more enjoyable and not too difficult. If you enjoyed half-life and opposing force, I highly recommend you play this. 80/100

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Un3xist
( 7.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
very good plot and back to oldsql. just finished it. 6/10
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bram.klinkhamer
( 7.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
AWESOME GAME!!!!!!!!!!!
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scorpion
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 22
Hmm...
Yeah i don't like this game.
Genius idea, Alright execution but the game is just not fun.
I bought this game because i wanted to play more HL1, but it's not HL1.
It's all the puzzle bits from HL1 without the pew-pew doom style bits.
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Globster.CZ
( 6.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
A very short but scintillating expansion. I honestly don't know or don't care why the reviewers scolded this little, innocent expansion so much. It shows us that cute Barney is also a murdering machine which is great I say. The game introduced the Half-Life HD pack. It also has some pretty original puzzles, making the copy-paste Half-Life gameplay a little more sufferable, for the third time in a row. It can't compare with Opposing Force with originality though. It doesn't add new weapons, but it is as full of details as the previous two games. It also has a happy ending, without you being obligatorily captured by G-Man. It features a great character named Dr. Rosenberg that you will interact with and help him escape Black Mesa. Oh and you can see Gordon Freeman himself at least 3 times during the play. It's a must for any Half-Life fan, even though it's that short and not extremely inventive, gameplay and story-wise.
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Nope™
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 21
It's a fun expansion pack to the original Half-Life game, sharing the gameplay style and features of the original.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 15 people (80%) found this review helpful
9 people found this review funny
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Half-Life: Blue Shift is the second expansion pack to the original Half-Life. Much like Opposing Force, you play from the point of view of a Black Mesa security guard named Barney Calhoun. Once again, the events in this game run parallel to the original so it's fun to see Gordon Freeman around. This expansion is the much shorter than Opposing Force, however it's still fun even though there are no new weapons or enemies introduced. For Half-Life fans this expansion is great in offering more gameplay and rounding up the Half-Life 1 storyline.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
My personal favorite of the Half-Life Expansions.

You play Barney the security guard, just going through your normal routines. Helping scientists with degrees in theoretical physics and years of experience push an Elevator button. Unfortunately for you, that button somehow ♥♥♥♥s everything up, and aliens invade Black Mesa, killing all.

It's much shorter than the first, or even Opposing force, but in a way, it feels much more unique. Give it a try, I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
A very short but scintillating expansion. I honestly don't know or don't care why the reviewers scolded this little, innocent expansion so much. It shows us that cute Barney is also a murdering machine which is great I say. The game introduced the Half-Life HD pack. It also has some pretty original puzzles, making the copy-paste Half-Life gameplay a little more sufferable, for the third time in a row. It can't compare with Opposing Force with originality though. It doesn't add new weapons, but it is as full of details as the previous two games. It also has a happy ending, without you being obligatorily captured by G-Man. It features a great character named Dr. Rosenberg that you will interact with and help him escape Black Mesa. Oh and you can see Gordon Freeman himself at least 3 times during the play. It's a must for any Half-Life fan, even though it's that short and not extremely inventive, gameplay and story-wise.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Like Opposing Force, Blue-shift is another take on the Black Mesa Incident. But you're a secuity guard now, so the Marines are your enemies again. It happens in-sync with the original games time. Opposing Force happens later in the event, making this and the original come first. It's a great game for how it depicts the Black Mesa Incident in another view-point. I find it a good game, even though I never found the guy who said he'd buy me a beer.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
A great although be it short side story that runs about to the 1/2 way point of Half-Life with a few cameos. Get on sale since its pretty short.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Well I remember playing Half-Life: Blue Shift when I was very young (I started gaming when I was 5 or 6 years old). I use to watch my Dad play Half-Life, Doom, and Quake. Blue Shift is a great expansion to Half-Life and adds some really good, enjoyable content. You need to play this. 10/10.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
It's a fun expansion pack to the original Half-Life game, sharing the gameplay style and features of the original.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Barney still owes us that beer
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
this game is a MASTERPIECE and i emphasize masterpiece using caps because I accidently clicked the caps lock key. This is by far the greatest half life game i've played because of the emphasis on story over combat and a refreshing change of point of view. if youre a half life fan then chances are you already have this game, but if youre not a half life fan i suggest this game.
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