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 (1,832 reviews) - 90% of the 1,832 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Jun 1, 2001

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About This Game

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
Helpful customer reviews
23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 28, 2015
Pros:

+ locations
+ atmosphere
+ variety of enemies
+ good set of weapons
+ sound effects
+ good story
+ nice ending
+ fantastic gameplay

Cons:

- too short
- lack of end boss

One word review: Enjoyable

7/10
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25 of 36 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
7.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
This game is really good, much better than Opposing Force. Gone are the stupid weapons and enemies and back are the really good ones from the original. The first half of the game the quality of the mapping is about the same as Opposing Force’s, but in the second half it does get a lot better. There is also a considerably better flow and story compared to Opposing Force, here there actually is one compared to the no existent one in Opposing Force.

There are no reused sections, although some did seem to take a lot of inspiration from Half-Life’s. However there is a heavy use of sections where you need to go a long way around just to open a door, this is done multiple times. Also not all the weapons are used, this is a good thing is some ways since everything in this game was not out of place, but there are still some non-energy\Xen weapons that are not used.

The main problem with the game is that is it too short, it really does feel like they made half the game, then ran out of time. This would explain the lake of weapons and also the lack of difficulty increase, there is no end boss and the end point does feel like a mid-point.

But this game is really good, if you had to choose between this and Opposing Force, choose this. Opposing Force was not that great, this however is really good, in some ways better than Half-Life.
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11 of 13 people (85%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 24, 2015
Half Dead Blu Shift (key) lets you play Barney Calzone, a security guard at Military Research Falcility called White Mesa. You go by your day to day life of killing military personnel with weapons that range from a Spaz 12 shotgun to a Bertette Pistol to a Crowbar, helping scientists escape when they really just want to walk a couple steps and give up because they don't like the sun, Go to a parralel dimension and see floating ♥♥♥♥ to activate a teleporter with no purpose, follow Gorgeous Freeman as he tries to escape White Mesa and shooting aliens with guns no security guard would have. It provides us with story leading up to Half Loaf 2, as Barney escapes with some nerds to a City of 17 or something. If I could say anything, it would be that Barney Calzone is a delicious security guard.
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14 of 21 people (67%) found this review helpful
26 people found this review funny
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 20, 2015
Being Barney The Dinosaur is a great experience really.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 29, 2015
Not a great expansion, but its ok, and its for Half-life so I can't complain much about that

Pros+
-You can play as Barney!
-Good Level/Map Design.

Cons-
-This is shorter compared to Half-Life and its other Expansion Opposing Force.
-No New Weapons or Enemies.

Notes:
You should play this before Opposing Force.

7/10
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