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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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

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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
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Ghostface
( 1.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
why do i allways get that one job that cost my life?
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Dat pootis Catul Braonee Gaemur
( 4.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 27
Before I played:
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   レ ノ   ヽ_つ
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`ノ )  Lノ
After I played:

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/ |  ( ͡° ͜ʖ ͡°)ノ⌒(ゝ._,ノ
/ ノ⌒7⌒ヽーく  \ /
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9/10
I wonder what would happen if Barney met Barney...
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GermanMachine7
( 3.4 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
This is a very Half-@55ed expansion to Half-Life 1. The 99 cents i payed for it on the summer sale is still questionable when it comes to the price worth on this. No new weapons or new enemies and it's very short. This expansion was obviously made to be a quick easy buck for Valve. It very much reminds me of the Doom 3 Lost Mission expansion when it comes to quality, because of how much effort was put into this. This expansion was riding on the success of Half-Life 1 and the Opposing Force expansion. Too many people were drinking the Valve koolaid on this one and were giving undeserved praise to it. The regular 5 dollar price for this expansion is insane. If you absouletly need to have this because you feel like you need the entire Half-Life collection or you feel the need to step into the shoes of Barney Calhoun before Half-Life 2, wait until it goes on sale.

2/10
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God is Alive
( 4.1 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
nice game. great other story :D
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Michael Zacker
( 3.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 26
If you liked the original Half-Life (and how could you not?) then you will most likely also enjoy this expansion pack. It is the second Half-Life expansion, following Opposing Force, and while not bringing any new innovations it is very well executed. It is significantly shorter (~4h of playtime) than the original but well paced.
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FlyingBuffalo2
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
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Green Shrike
( 5.6 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
It's an expansion for Half-Life where you play a different character, with a slight emphasis on platform puzzles and dark areas.

Although it came out afterwards, since it's short and actually ends in the middle of the main game's story, I recommend playing Blue Shift first before Opposing Force. Not a lot of unique mechanics, but still offers the same old good stuff.

Is it worth your time? If you like Half-Life, yeah, it definitely is.
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The Fool
( 11.7 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Half-Life: Blue Shift is similar to the episodic expansions for Half-Life 2, but in this case it Blue Shift expands of the world of the first Half-Life. Blue Shift has you play as Barney Calhoun, a security gaurd at Black Mesa who gets caught up in the events of the resonance cascade. The objective is the same as in the Half-Life main game, and that is to escape the horrible mess that you are entangled in. The graphics of the game are dated, but are not hard to look at, in fact I would say they give the game a charm to it. The game plays identically to the original Half-Life with no real new gameplay changes; same weapons, and same enemies. There are however a few new textures and characters that are part of the overarching Half-Life story. Blue Shift is an overall great experience that is a must have if you are trying to learn everything about the Half-Life universe.
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nJur
( 3.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
Play this if you liked Half-Life 1 and Opposing Force!
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Kuehnau
( 1.5 hrs on record )
Posted: June 25
It isn't the old graphics or the bad writing that really bothers me, it's the sloppy controls, bad puzzle elements and dumb platforming that really does it in for me. Blue Shift isn't something I want to play.
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Recommended
24.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
My personal favorite of the Half-Life Expansions.

You play Barney the security guard, just going through your normal routines. Helping scientists with degrees in theoretical physics and years of experience push an Elevator button. Unfortunately for you, that button somehow ♥♥♥♥s everything up, and aliens invade Black Mesa, killing all.

It's much shorter than the first, or even Opposing force, but in a way, it feels much more unique. Give it a try, I'm sure you'll be pleasantly surprised.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
A very short but scintillating expansion. I honestly don't know or don't care why the reviewers scolded this little, innocent expansion so much. It shows us that cute Barney is also a murdering machine which is great I say. The game introduced the Half-Life HD pack. It also has some pretty original puzzles, making the copy-paste Half-Life gameplay a little more sufferable, for the third time in a row. It can't compare with Opposing Force with originality though. It doesn't add new weapons, but it is as full of details as the previous two games. It also has a happy ending, without you being obligatorily captured by G-Man. It features a great character named Dr. Rosenberg that you will interact with and help him escape Black Mesa. Oh and you can see Gordon Freeman himself at least 3 times during the play. It's a must for any Half-Life fan, even though it's that short and not extremely inventive, gameplay and story-wise.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: June 21
It's a fun expansion pack to the original Half-Life game, sharing the gameplay style and features of the original.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 30
Barney still owes us that beer
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 10
A great although be it short side story that runs about to the 1/2 way point of Half-Life with a few cameos. Get on sale since its pretty short.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 14
this game is a MASTERPIECE and i emphasize masterpiece using caps because I accidently clicked the caps lock key. This is by far the greatest half life game i've played because of the emphasis on story over combat and a refreshing change of point of view. if youre a half life fan then chances are you already have this game, but if youre not a half life fan i suggest this game.
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Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
What I liked about the game
• Half-life blue shift is short, but sweet. With good level design, there are many secret ammunition stashes to be found and there are many puzzles to solve.
• Not too challenging like opposing force, which makes a more enjoyable experience.
• It’s great to be playing as another character from Black Mesa, seeing his perspective, seeing what events uncover for him and how he escapes from Black Mesa.
• Another brilliant ending.
What I disliked or was disappointed with
• No new content( no new enemies, no new weapons and no bosses)
• The game is short, took me less than 3hours to complete.
• The puzzles aren’t as good in blue shift, compared to half-life and opposing force.

Conclusion
A very good expansion pack for half-life. I preferred it over opposing force, because the gameplay was much more enjoyable and not too difficult. If you enjoyed half-life and opposing force, I highly recommend you play this. 80/100

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Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 27
why do i allways get that one job that cost my life?
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 22
A little short, but a nice addition to Half Life.
Not required to follow the story, but is appreciated.
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