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 (855 reviews)
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

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Mac OS X
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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
19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
You get to play as a mute security guard who wrecks havoc upon firearms specialists and aliens from an alternative dimension with a crowbar, and owes a mute theoretical physicist a pint.
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Short and straight to the point, yet not too short. Story well done and not too difficult. (7/10)
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
How to make Black Mesa a better workplace : Give the fat policeman his donut or he will shoot you!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18
So thats who the heck Barney is.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
This puts you in the vest of one of the guards in half-life that you called a "♥♥♥♥♥♥♥"

You play as Barney Calhoun.

This adds some insight to the experience of those "dip♥♥♥♥♥" that you assaulted with a crowbar to get a "badass pistol so I can go pew pew"

Theres alot this adds to a sort of "behind the scenes" to xen AKA the "border world"

This holds a similar aspect like Portal 2 where you plunge into the depths of Aperture in the 80's, because you visit the abandoned Black Mesa labs that is no longer used. ( as far as HECU knows )

The ending to this is suspensful and action packed.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
2.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Some people considered this expansion pack a total disapointment.While thats true, it doesn´t mean its bad.Infact, it´s quite the opposite.

Story:
This time, you play as Barney Calhoun, a security guard working at Black Mesa(who later in the sequel plays a more prominent role).While assisting some scientists, the Black Mesa Incident begins and now Barney, with the assistance of a scientist named Rosenberg and his colleagues, must find a way to escape the facility.Once again, the story is told in a way where you are in complete control, however, unlike the other protagonists, it is hinted that Barney does talk but we just don´t hear him.

Graphics:
Graphics are still the same as before.The only thing new is the implementation of the HD pack, and as I previously mentioned, you should turn it off, since it makes the game look weird.

Sound:
Sound effects and the voices are still the same.Even the soundtrack isn`t new.Its just Opposing Force´s OST.

Gameplay:
Nothing new here.The only thing worth mentioning is the armour system.Instead of using batteries and charging stations, you need to collect body armour and helmets from dead security guards.Don`t worry, you´ll find them when you them the most.Another thing is that the enemies are more balanced this time.The marines are no longer bulletsponges.They´re still hitscanners, sure, but still.The alien grunts only show up three times, and there´s only one each time.Some people might complain that it`s too easy, and yeah thats true, but at least ther aren´t any cheap enemies.In fact, I can say that I managed to beat this without using cheats.

Not much to it really, but its still an enjoyable expansion.If you´ve been scared off by the people who said that this isn´t any good, then you shouldn´t listen to them, an you should buy this.It´s only €4 and you´ll most likely beat this in 2 hours.If you think that €4 is too much for 2 hours of content, then keep in mind that the Burial at Sea Part 1 DLC for Bioshock Infinite is €15!!!!
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
2.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
Mall cop simulator.
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
4.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
liked the campain i finish it
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 24
If you liked Half Life, you'll like this. It is short, but your time playing this will be well spent.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
Another Classic for you to waste your money on. buy it!

9/10.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
3.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
A small side DLC to half life i believe, follows the events of a security gaurd of black mesa during the resonence cascade. it is very much so in close resemblance to he origional half life game and the art styles can get old after awhile because its practically the same game reskinned to a different character. anyway it was still worth my time and the gordon freemen cameos in the begining and the end made the game awesome. pick this game up if you can because Calhoon the main character in this game is also a main character in the second game.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
Great game! Short and to the point, a must have for any Half life fan. If you liked Half life your going to love this.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
It's Half-Life given in a different perspective, where the player controls a security guard instead of Gordon Freeman.
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
7.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
good
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0 of 10 people (0%) found this review helpful
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 11
they made a mistak making this
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10.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Barney OP
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3.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
I like playing through the eyes of Barney. Short and sweet DLC but feels limited compared to its previous DLC
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7.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 10
Considering this was originally going to be an extra feature on the unreleased Dreamcast port, I'll cut it some slack for being short and not adding much. If you like Half-Life's gameplay style and want to see the story from yet another perspective, I'd definately recommend giving this a look.
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6.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
this game had less guns than normal half live and its faster to finsh, but its still great
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