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.
User reviews: Very Positive (805 reviews)
Release Date: Jun 1, 2001

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Includes 4 items: Half-Life: Blue Shift, Team Fortress Classic, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Half-Life

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Includes 10 items: Team Fortress Classic, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Half-Life, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life 2, Half-Life: Source, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life 2: Episode Two

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Includes 24 items: Counter-Strike, Team Fortress Classic, Day of Defeat, Deathmatch Classic, Half-Life: Opposing Force, Ricochet, Half-Life, Counter-Strike: Condition Zero, Half-Life: Blue Shift, Half-Life 2, Counter-Strike: Source, Half-Life: Source, Day of Defeat: Source, Half-Life 2: Deathmatch, Half-Life 2: Lost Coast, Half-Life 2: Episode One, Half-Life Deathmatch: Source, Left 4 Dead, Half-Life 2: Episode Two, Team Fortress 2, Portal, Left 4 Dead 2, Portal 2, Counter-Strike: Global Offensive

 

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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
Helpful customer reviews
32 of 47 people (68%) found this review helpful
4.5 hrs on record
Go to work,they said,it will be fun,they said. 10/10
Posted: September 24
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Blue shift is, practically, any decrease in wavelength. Oh, wait, it is also the expansion pack (the 2nd one) for the critically acclaimed game Half Life! And this one was also developed by Gearbox. Interestingly, it came more than a year after Opposing Force, the 1st expansion pack, and while that one packed a punch, Blue Shift did not really offer anything new.

So, there is no real new content here: no new weapons, enemies or new music. But! It is Half Life! And also, you control Barney! The security officer who was bashing the door when you were riding the train with Gordon in the base game.

And this is why I liked in Opposing Force, as well. How the new protagonist's story was connected to that of Gordon. You could see a familiar locale in the distance (when in the helicopter in the beginning) or the aforementioned example of the security guard.

In any case, while Blue Shift did not really offer anything new (graphics-wise it came with a neat high-res texture pack, though), it offered the same cool atmosphere we loved Half Life for.

Blue Shift is a short but all the more entertaining ride! Highly recommended to all Half Life fans!
Posted: September 30
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
If you would like to see the world of Half Life as one of those pathetic security guards that help you open a door and then you just murder them with a crowbar, play this!

It's just like playing Half Life, but with less story. I played it just because I want to know every little detail in Half Life, and I must say it is probably the worst Half Life game (But all Half Life games are amazing, so this one is amazing too).

Yeah, buy it.. or just get it in the Half Life Complete Pack.
Posted: October 10
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
Half-Life: Blue Shift gives the player a different view in someone else's eyes in the Black Mesa Research Facility incident. It was interesting to see what this character saw what happened during the craziness of the incident. Anywho it was quick, short and sweet but a really cool side-story game! Play this game if you're interested in a Half Life game with a different character view!
Posted: October 5
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.5 hrs on record
the best blue shift game ever
Posted: October 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.3 hrs on record
This game is short and sweet. It retells the early parts of Half-Life's story from a different perspective. This game is more Half-Life with extra story elements; do not expect anything more.

If one plans on playing both expansions, play this one first. Otherwise, one may feel underwhelmed by this game after playing Opposing Force.
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.0 hrs on record
Were it not for a few tedious obstacles towards the end of the game (a puzzle with an obtuse solution to the exclusion of a dozen valid alternatives immediately on hand, and the game's first and only instant-death pool outside of Opposing Force), I would call Blue Shift a head-and-shoulders improvement over the core game.

If I had to name three downsides to HL1, an otherwise excellent game and undeniable classic, it's that it drags on for far too long; late-game weapons tend to get very gimmicky; and your personal motivation is never really more concrete than "move forward and don't get killed" until you reach Xen, where it becomes "find the final boss and kill it so you can stop playing already."

Blue Shift solves all these problems. It's a good deal shorter than the core game, especially highlighted by a scene at the very end that shows that the story wraps up long before Freeman finishes his side of things. Its weapon selection is much tighter, with nothing really left as a useless gimmick - like the core game's Alien Bee Launcher, which pretty much served solely as a last-ditch weapon when you were out of ammo in everything else - or basically anything that runs on what I've come to call "Science Ammo." And finally, without getting in your way the plot is much more directed, providing you with actual motive to move from Point A to Point B besides "because there's no other direction to move in."
Posted: September 25
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.1 hrs on record
10/10 Would Blue-Shift again.
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.8 hrs on record
It maybe not as good as the the orignal or OpFor but it's another perspective of the game.
I don't even care that it doesn't introduce new weapons and ♥♥♥♥ it still gives me the vibes and awesome feelings as the previous games!!!
Posted: October 9
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.6 hrs on record
like half life 1 but shorter and you play as some ♥♥♥ who still owes gordon a beer

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Posted: October 7
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
if you go into third person, you are actually Gordon Freeman
Posted: September 30
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
6.0 hrs on record
I know the Half-Life for many years and was a huge pleasure to be playing anyway.
Since younger I followed the "gambles" my older sister and always scared me (Children with aliens gives it> <).
Even though Half-Life: Blue Shift, the gameplay is amazing not limited only in Aliens, action is its focus.
I loved it, recommend it!
Posted: October 11
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Half-Life Opposing Force is better.
Posted: October 10
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
188.3 hrs on record
ZOMG SEW GUD
Posted: September 28
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.4 hrs on record
The first expansion to Half-Life, where you take the role of a Security Office at Black Mesa.
Very interesting, and well worth checking out if you enjoyed Half-Life!
9/10
Posted: September 27
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0 of 2 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.0 hrs on record
Did not sold anal for this.Sold ♥♥♥♥♥♥l virginity for dis 10/10
Posted: September 26
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10.1 hrs on record
My favorite game in the Half-Life series.
Posted: September 25
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4.0 hrs on record
Cool old-school action !
Posted: September 26
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2.1 hrs on record
A stellar game that touches on the first with grand success in my books. Fast paced game play and alien invasions will keep your toes on edge.
Posted: October 18
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11.2 hrs on record
like it
Posted: October 18
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