Hra Blue Shift byla původně vydána v roce 2001 společností Gearbox Software jako rozšíření hry Half-Life. Tentokrát se vracíte do výzkumného komplexu Black Mesa v roli Barney Calhouna, pracovníka ostrahy, který pomohl Gordonovi z mnoha svízelných situací.
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Datum vydání: 1. čvn. 2001

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"Play as Barney Calhoun on the second expansion to Half-Life. If you enjoyed the storytelling and environment of the original, this one is for you."

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Hra Blue Shift byla původně vydána v roce 2001 společností Gearbox Software jako rozšíření hry Half-Life. Tentokrát se vracíte do výzkumného komplexu Black Mesa v roli Barney Calhouna, pracovníka ostrahy, který pomohl Gordonovi z mnoha svízelných situací.

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    Minimální: procesor 500 MHz, 96 MB paměť RAM, grafická karta s 16 MB paměti, systém Windows XP, myš, klávesnice, připojení k Internetu

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Přidáno: 19. ledna
TL:DR? See Conclusion

NOTE:
Also see my:
Half-Life (1) Review
Half-Life: Opposing Force Review

INTRODUCTION:
Half-Life: Blue Shift is a first-person action game by Gearbox Software and Valve and serves as the third official expansion to the Half-Life franchise. Unlike Half-Life or Half-Life: Opposing Force, Blue Shift does not introduce new game mechanics; rather, it offers a new type of narrative storytelling through constant interactions with an NPC character (i.e., Dr. Rosenberg).

In this game, you step into the shoes of Black Mesa Security Guard and Clone Template Barney Calhoun, a man whose normal routine of offering beers and guarding doors is shattered with a catastrophic accident that opens the facility to an alien invasion and U.S. Military intervention (a direct result of Dr. Freeman's experiment from the first game). As Barney Calhoun, you try to survive the alien invasion, protect the survivors, and escape the now doomed Black Mesa Research Facility.

PROS:
+ Good story (NO SPOILERS) that serves as the 'final link' that connects every story (Half-Life, Half-Life: Opposing Force and Half-Life: Decay) of the Black Mesa Incident together.
+ Constant interaction with an NPC that is essential to the plot rather than for opening doors
+ The first game in the franchise to introduce 'HD' content during its time
+ Intense action as can be expected from a Half-Life game
+ Satisfying puzzles
+ Adaptive enemy AI, especially with the soldiers
+ Great level design
+ Barney can kill dangerous aliens and highly trained military soldiers wearing only a flak vest and an almost transparent plastic helmet as protection (He would be perfect in the Warhammer 40,000 universe as an Imperial Guardsman).

CONS:
- VERY SHORT and possibly the shortest game I ever played with only 3 hours of playtime on Hard Mode and Training Tutorial
- Existence of bugs despite being 14 years old (Particularly a bug where you're unable to move)
- No new weapons, enemy, or gameplay mechanics.
- Most weapons from the first game were removed
- Relatively easy (even on hard mode) as compared to the other games. In my opinion, it is because acquiring 'armor' and health kits are a lot easier.

CONCLUSION:
Story and lore wise, Blue Shift is GOOD but other than that, it does not offer any new content aside from the new player perspective of the overall Half-Life Lore. In my opinion, Blue Shift is not an expansion but more of a DLC (downloadable content) than anything else, which is not a bad thing by the way, especially one with a good story and fun action sequences.

So do you buy Blue Shift? YES but DO NOT BUY Blue Shift alone! Instead, purchase Half-Life Anthology if you already have Half-Life 2 or get Half-Life Complete.

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Přidáno: 21. února
Half Life 1 was a fantastic first person shooting game released somewhere around 1999. This Blue Shift is the second rather dull expansion pack for Half Life 1. To be blunt, the first expansion Opposing Force is better, because it offers more guns, new gameplay mechanics and a lot of new monsters. Blue Shift however offers nothing new except new levels that will take you under 4 hours to complete the first time around.

Blue Shift takes you through Black Mesa and Xen once again when everything goes wrong and aliens invade. You start the expansion riding the tram to work (just like Half Life 1) after taking an optional training course that is literally the same training course from Half Life 1.

The gameplay is more challenging than the original game in both good and bad ways. The good way is the game shows off its artificial intelligence by pitting you... Barney Calhoun, a blue shift security guard at Black Mesa, against hundreds of marines sent into the Black Mesa facility. Usually you fight 10 marines at a time in wide open areas. The enemies will scatter when you throw grenades, run away from you, try to flank you and fan out so you're not shooting enemies like dominoes.

The negative ways that the expansion is challenging comes from several dark areas with dozens of head crabs jumping at you around every turn. It feels cheap compared to Half Life 1 and Opposing Force.

There are a few shining lights for this expansion and that is rescuing scientists, although it's not much of a rescue, because any of them can die and it doesn't matter. The expansion also dabbles in having an important character Dr. Rosenburg that you will rescue and he will guide you to the end of the expansion. Guide you as in briefly tell you what to do through believable voice acting.

In all this is a lackluster expansion compared to the previous one and feels more like a level pack... without levels, just one continuous game. Chances are you can get this expansion with one of the deluxe Half Life 1 games, so save some money and get Blue Shift there instead.
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0.7 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 17. ledna
Exactly the same as Half-Life but through the eyes of a security officer, and you can see Gordon Freeman in third person.
The story of this game is a little different because you play as a different person. Really neet and cool.
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4.3 hodin celkem
Přidáno: 7. února
Best part of the game: Watching Gordon get dragged by the two grunts whose heads I'd love to smash with a brick.

Not because the game is bad and that's the best it offered. Just because I love when games/sagas or, in this case, the expansions of a game connect with each other in such direct ways.

Blue Shift was pretty good. Incredibly short, it takes the average gamer four hours on Hard (I presume) to beat, but it was good nonetheless. You simply would expect more from a franchise with an assload of long, and sometimes, very challenging chapters. They didn't add anything new in this expansion (as in guns or creatures), but it's not a bad thing from a storyline standpoint, since the game takes place on Black Mesa, near the same sectors you're in when you play as Gordon in Half-Life. The only "complaint", I'd say, is that the game was very short. But I enjoyed it, seeing things through Calhoun's eyes (I love Barney, got a damn crush on him) was interesting, and some parts were very well made and well thought-out. Not going to spoil for those who want to play, but to those who have played it: Chapter 6, "Power Struggle". Dynamite detonator box. Barrel on a corner to your right. You played the game; you might understand.

I recommend it, but only if you have played Half-Life. I doubt you'll enjoy it if you haven't played it. Quite the contrary, I think you'd find it dull. So buy it and play it if you want some more of Half-Life in the Black Mesa Facility.
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Přidáno: 11. června
Nostalgia!

Just like Half Life, and Half Life: Opposing Force. This game "Half Life: Blue Shift" is pure nostalgia! You are security officer Barney Calhoun at the Black Mesa Research Facility and just like the plot for Half Life. You are to fight your way out of the godforsaken research facility as it comes under attack by the military and Xen Forces. This game isn't as long as the original game, just bear that in mind.

Everything about the original game will be in this one, or at least some elements anyways. Only this time around you explore different parts of the facility through the POV of Calhoun and not Freeman, Same goes for Opposing Force.

If you love the Half Life series, get the Half Life 1 anathology pack that contains (Half Life, Blue Shift, Opposing Force, and Team Fortress Classic) as it's on sale right now for Steam Summer sale for only $3.74!
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