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 (93 reviews) - 86% of the 93 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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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.

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    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 (93 reviews)
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harding.joel
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: July 1
A great addition to the Half Life family. It's short but still very enjoyable.
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Jimmidyjimjam
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
Ever wanted to know what it was like to be in the Black Mesa incident in the perspective of a security guard? No? Well f*ck you it's a good game.
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Synwolf
( 4.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 30
I'm not certain as to why, but Blue Shift has often been called the 'lame duck' of the Half life expansions.

It's certainly shorter than the others, nor does it really bring anything new to the original game aside from character expansion.

But for those few of us that played Half Life because they thought it was a good story overall, (Even if Xen still made little sense to you) Blue Shift offers a short sharp return to the world we know. If you want to see how Barney made it out of Black Mesa, you can spend 4 hours on far worse things.
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BlackDan90
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
This is a good expansion pack for Half life

Short but totally worth it, go buy it if you a fan of Half Life
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D'Arby
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Half Life Blue Shift is as good as Half Life, I Love the viewpoint. It's more or less the same as Half Life. So if your just craving more Half Life, this is your game.
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Howl23
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Short game, but better than Half Life but not as great as Opposing Forces. There are less weapons to chose from and none are new. Only great aspect of this expansion is that you get to see more of Black mesa. Mechnics are essentially the same Half Life. Nothing new is offered aside from a different perspective on the Black Mesa incident.
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Yagami Light
( 3.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
sciencist: we have no time to take a break
1 second later
sciencist: wait up! im afraid i need a break

11/10
buy it
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OfficialRayneBloodshed
( 3.9 hrs on record )
Posted: June 29
Gives you a better view of what it's like to work at Black Mesa. I just wish there was some sort of Black Mesa simulator mod so you could simulate being a security guard or scientist at Black Mesa before the incident.
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Axe
( 2.3 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
Half-Life Blue Shift is a fun game. It does have problems though. Compared to Half-Life 1 and Opposing Force, this is the least good out of the three. It didn't introduce any new enemies or guns. It also didn't really have any awesome boss fights like the other two before it. The storyline isn't nearly as in depth or good as HL1 or OF. The game is SIGNIFICANTLY shorter than HL1 and OF. Nothing really new came out of the game. I feel that the makers of the game could've done a way better job. However, since I am a big Half-Life fan, I do think this game is fun to play. There are moments where the combat is intense. I would say it's a nice little game to play and finish in one weekend. It was worth the 99 cents I payed in the summer sale. If you're a Half-Life fan, you at least owe it to yourself and the series to pick up the game and play it.
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Celebandune
( 3.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 28
The second “interquel” to Half-Life is lived through the eyes of Barney Calhoun, a security officer at Black Mesa, that is seen by Gordon Freeman at the very beginning of the game. This game also takes place at the same time as Half-Life, but starts before the incident and is chronologically placed prior to Opposing Force. Barney’s journey through Black Mesa isn’t an easy one, but surely it is a short one, as Blue Shift is even shorter than Opposing Force. Also, the game doesn’t add any major improvements over other games in the series, and is thus to be considered just another expansion of the story. A really nice one at that, at it deserves a playthrough for sure, but the story will be over very soon. Unfortunately.
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17 of 25 people (68%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 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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3 of 3 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
why do i allways get that one job that cost my life?
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4 of 5 people (80%) 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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.3 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
AWESOME GAME!!!!!!!!!!!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
very good plot and back to oldsql. just finished it.Playing Barney Calhoun was a bit of fun :) when i played hl1 i always toguht.. holy crap again Barney.. that ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ security guy.. but in blue shift i changed my mid. Barney is a cool guy :D PS. Game is short :) 6/10
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