TL:DR? See Conclusion
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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.
+ 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).
- 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.
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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