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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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
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[eXPerim] ToastyTREY
( 8.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 30
Barney still owes us that beer
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[BHB] LT Hanley
( 14.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
couldent you make a black mesa source blue shift? that would be awesome
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dellawrence2
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Game won't start.
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Buttskie
( 6.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 29
Half-Life: Blue Shift is the second expansion pack to the original Half-Life. You play from the point of view of a Black Mesa security guard. The events in this game run parallel to Half-Life and Opposing Force. This expansion is the much shorter than Opposing Force, however it's still fun even though there are no new weapons or enemies introduced. The game in parts seem similar to Gordon Freeman's route to work. For Half-Life fans this expansion is great in offering more gameplay and completing the Half-Life 1 storyline.
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Cottondog
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Well I remember playing Half-Life: Blue Shift when I was very young (I started gaming when I was 5 or 6 years old). I use to watch my Dad play Half-Life, Doom, and Quake. Blue Shift is a great expansion to Half-Life and adds some really good, enjoyable content. You need to play this. 10/10.
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BrutolMotent
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 27
Half-Life: Blue Shift is the second expansion pack to the original Half-Life. Much like Opposing Force, you play from the point of view of a Black Mesa security guard named Barney Calhoun. Once again, the events in this game run parallel to the original so it's fun to see Gordon Freeman around. This expansion is the much shorter than Opposing Force, however it's still fun even though there are no new weapons or enemies introduced. For Half-Life fans this expansion is great in offering more gameplay and rounding up the Half-Life 1 storyline.
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Don Platinum
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Like Opposing Force, Blue-shift is another take on the Black Mesa Incident. But you're a secuity guard now, so the Marines are your enemies again. It happens in-sync with the original games time. Opposing Force happens later in the event, making this and the original come first. It's a great game for how it depicts the Black Mesa Incident in another view-point. I find it a good game, even though I never found the guy who said he'd buy me a beer.
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EgHeitarEinGobit
( 1.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 26
Pretty much my favourite of the Half Life series, it's a good story and the graphics are totally okay!
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Schmeed
( 2.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Half Life: Life Blue Shift is one of the two standalone expansion packs for the original Half-Life. Developed by Gearbox and overseen by Valve. Blue Shift is definitely weaker than Opposing Force in terms of pretty much everything. That does not mean it is bad, the game just refuses to take risks or add anything new. You play as Black Mesa security officer Barney Calhoun, who is in the middle of his shift when the Resonance Cascade happens, he then has to find a way to escape Black Mesa. The gameplay is the same as the original Half-Life, but with no fun new enemies or weapons like in Opposing Force. But I still recommend the game because it reveals more of the story of Half-Life, and it is always fun to see a game's story line from a different perspective.
TLDR: The weaker of the two expansions for Half-Life becuase it does not take risks or attempt anything new. Still keeps the fun gameplay, and it is cool to see the Black Mesa Incident from a different perspective.
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[CC]Zoro!
( 3.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This game is shorter than the original Half Life. Much shorter than the original game. But is that a problem? Not really because I still found the game to be enjoyable. Though this is a 2001 game, I felt free to explore and roam which is a refreshing experience. The game doesn't hold you hand at all. It is easier than the original game. Still fun and I reccomend this highly to anyone who can live with older graphics, less hand holding, and minor bugs.
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Duma
( 0.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
You play as Barney Calhoun, a security officer with the Black Mesa Security Team at the Black Mesa Research Facility who happens to be called to assist with a broken elevator. When there, he goes into the elevator and has to go through a legit ride through hell that ends in a crash. When he wakes up, he lands himself in a world where his death could be right around the corner and a desperate fight to stay alive is what keeps many powered.

Hey, ever wanted to be a security officer? No? Well, screw you for thinking that, because you can be one! One of two expansions by Gearbox Software in partnership with Valve, Blue Shift was the latter released in 2001 following Opposing Force which introduces absolutely nothing new, only offering extended HL gameplay except you're a security guard which is cool because HL gameplay is great. So that saves this game from a 28, average.

TL;DR: Short game where you get to be a security officer during the Black Mesa Incident and you get to fight Xenians and escape.

CLOSING STATEMENT: Given the unfortunate 38 because of unoriginality and just HL gameplay which is fun, mind you.

FINAL VERDICT: 38/49.
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Fireant9
( 5.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Before I go on I want to say a few things about this game. 1. I know this "game" is old but if it's a game that is bad than it's bad regardless of age. 2.I'm going to compare this alot to the original half life becuase it is more of a expansion pack to half life which tells the story from a different POV. 3.This is my opinion so if you don't like it than don't say Im high or Im gay or you ironically feel bad for me since you as a human being(the most intelegent speicies on the planet) can just ignore critizm.

The actual review:
So after I beat half life 1's campain a bunch of times I decided to see what this piece had to offer and I was slightly disapointed. The graphics were ok, I mean They didn't add anything new in terms of graphics but they could do worse. The gameplay didn't seem so bad in fact just like the graphics it seems to be exactly the same as half life 1 (yes I know this is a expansion pack) so whats exactly bad about this game you may ask in your head? well for one the pacing and dificulty curve. The game is way too short and the campain lasted me 2-3 hours(the 5.1 was becuase I played it multiple times) and most of what made it dificult was spawn a bunch of enemies and see if you can kill them all to advance to the next area (refering to when you find the scientist in a train's box car.). At the end you (as Barney not Gordon this time) escape Black mesa with a bunch of scientists in a car around the time black mesa is getting bombed. In short this game wasn't exactly bad so to say but it felt very bland and lacking. I say don't get this one unless your planning on getting 1/3 bundles this game is attached to like a parasite living off of the other games for reconition.
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Axelrad
( 4.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 20
Fantastic expansion pack, showing the point of view of an ordinary security guard trying to survive the horrific alien invasion of the main game.
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MiD_1nv1nc1bl3_XIII
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
You can't understand what is this game talking about unless you played Half-Life before.
I played Blue-Shift first and I got stunned by the plot Orz
But I did enjoy killing those stupid zombies LOL
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Mightyena
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
This game is pretty cool.
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noRktreSS
( 10.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
The game will do you a couple of hours and damn are those good hours.
The game will have you in intense firefights with aliens or military soldiers and if you aren't doing that, you are doing puzzles that make you think outside of the box.

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Holly Golightly
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 13
Half Life for people who don't have time to play Half Life. Takes about 2 hours to finish on normal at a comfortable pace. Expands on the lore of the main game if you're into that nerdy jazz.
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[C.I.A] RolePlayer
( 0.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 10
Product received for free
also this game has a good story too and this time you play as Barney

+great story
+good weapons
+fun

I do not dislike anything about this game

keep up the great work
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Doctor Quackery
( 3.3 hrs on record )
Posted: May 9
The guards deserve more love for all they've done.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
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Recommended
3.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
The guards deserve more love for all they've done.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
This game is shorter than the original Half Life. Much shorter than the original game. But is that a problem? Not really because I still found the game to be enjoyable. Though this is a 2001 game, I felt free to explore and roam which is a refreshing experience. The game doesn't hold you hand at all. It is easier than the original game. Still fun and I reccomend this highly to anyone who can live with older graphics, less hand holding, and minor bugs.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 10
Product received for free
also this game has a good story too and this time you play as Barney

+great story
+good weapons
+fun

I do not dislike anything about this game

keep up the great work
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
Half Life for people who don't have time to play Half Life. Takes about 2 hours to finish on normal at a comfortable pace. Expands on the lore of the main game if you're into that nerdy jazz.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Half-Life: Blue Shift is the second expansion pack to the original Half-Life. Much like Opposing Force, you play from the point of view of a Black Mesa security guard named Barney Calhoun. Once again, the events in this game run parallel to the original so it's fun to see Gordon Freeman around. This expansion is the much shorter than Opposing Force, however it's still fun even though there are no new weapons or enemies introduced. For Half-Life fans this expansion is great in offering more gameplay and rounding up the Half-Life 1 storyline.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
Like Opposing Force, Blue-shift is another take on the Black Mesa Incident. But you're a secuity guard now, so the Marines are your enemies again. It happens in-sync with the original games time. Opposing Force happens later in the event, making this and the original come first. It's a great game for how it depicts the Black Mesa Incident in another view-point. I find it a good game, even though I never found the guy who said he'd buy me a beer.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 9
Only recommended if
- You have played halflife one(opposing forces is good to have played too)
- If you don't mind an old game with lots of small bugs. you have to be a somewhat retrogamer.
- If you really love the halflife franchies.(Maybe nostalgic about the game too)
- if you want the complete original halflife game history in your library
- If you love Calhoun from the later installments

If you cannot say yes to any of these, don't bother, Blue shift isn't that good.
But for me is was an enjoyment because halflife is my childhood :)
As a halflife fan you can skip it, it doesn't matter tribute that much to the story. :)

The killers of this game
- The game is old, buggy, just like all of the others. No upgrading what so ever in graphic or anything else, shame on you valve!
- Lack new content, after having been playing opposing forces with a great range of new weapons, then this seems like a set back, also they seem to have forgot the X-race O.o which they introduced in opposing forces.
- This can be somewhat good or bad, but the game has the same way of narrative(or lack of it) in the game like the others. Some people might be turned off
- WAAAYYYYY TOO SHORT... Feels lacking, not like a whole "complete" game.

The sunshines of the game
- I am pretty sure if you love Calhoun in the later installment, you would like this one :)
- Maybe a piece of lovely nostalgia
- Somewhat very much like the original halflife, so if you still need more this can maybe satisfy your cravings.

I can only highlight that is NOT something for players who have not played halflife original or hate elder games. But in the end it is a allround game, for me it was lacking and I liked opposing forces so much better, but I still had a craving for halflife, so this was good for me. :)
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
The game will do you a couple of hours and damn are those good hours.
The game will have you in intense firefights with aliens or military soldiers and if you aren't doing that, you are doing puzzles that make you think outside of the box.

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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 24
Half Life: Life Blue Shift is one of the two standalone expansion packs for the original Half-Life. Developed by Gearbox and overseen by Valve. Blue Shift is definitely weaker than Opposing Force in terms of pretty much everything. That does not mean it is bad, the game just refuses to take risks or add anything new. You play as Black Mesa security officer Barney Calhoun, who is in the middle of his shift when the Resonance Cascade happens, he then has to find a way to escape Black Mesa. The gameplay is the same as the original Half-Life, but with no fun new enemies or weapons like in Opposing Force. But I still recommend the game because it reveals more of the story of Half-Life, and it is always fun to see a game's story line from a different perspective.
TLDR: The weaker of the two expansions for Half-Life becuase it does not take risks or attempt anything new. Still keeps the fun gameplay, and it is cool to see the Black Mesa Incident from a different perspective.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 27
Well I remember playing Half-Life: Blue Shift when I was very young (I started gaming when I was 5 or 6 years old). I use to watch my Dad play Half-Life, Doom, and Quake. Blue Shift is a great expansion to Half-Life and adds some really good, enjoyable content. You need to play this. 10/10.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
7.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 22
One words review: Amazing!
Half-Life: Blue Shift is an awesome Add-on to the original Half-Life franchise! developed by Gearbox Software and published by Valve on Jun, 2001.
In this expansion you play as "Barney Calhoun"; a mid-level security officer at the Black Mesa Research Facility who will became an actual standalone character with a great impact in the later Half-Life games, it's the day of the Black Mesa incident and your mission is to escape the alien invasion with the help of "Dr. Rosenberg" using some kind of old technology portal while fighting both aliens and army.
The story is really good and enjoyable with an awesome ending ( it's still cool even despite the fact that there is no final boss fight ), but sadly .. it's the shortest of the 4 expansions! the good thing is that it presents some new levels and areas of Black Mesa, yet no new weapons or enemies at all
i don't need to talk about the graphics & voice acting, the expansion was released 15 years ago and yet they still good for nowadays and they don't have any bad impact on the game-play.
Tbh, it was really nice to play as "Calhoun"and i loved how the story was mixed-in with the original story .. you can clearly see how many connections between them exists here.
Overall, if you loved the original half-life you should definitely try this one too! it's a great addition to the HL series and i recommend it to everyone, it doesn't matter if you are a huge fan or a newbie! just buy it now! Final Score: 9/10
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
The shortest and least substantial expansion pack to the original Half-Life, Blue Shift puts you in the role of Barney Calhoun, a security officer at Black Mesa on the day of the Black Mesa incident. As with Opposing Force and Decay, this game was developed by Gearbox using assets from the original Half-Life. Blue Shift is by far the shortest of the four campaigns, beatable between 2.5-5 hours depending on the difficulty and your experience with first-person shooters.

This game's initial presentation is very good, but its short traversal and occasionally awkward puzzles put a "damper" on things. There are lots of homages to things that happen in Half-Life, Decay, and Opposing Force. The first chapter is really immersive and is a pretty good setup for the rest of the campaign. Unfortunately, Calhoun is relegated to doing the most mundane stuff in the facility, and it really feels like his story is the least important of the four.

****SPOILERS AHEAD****

Because of the game's brevity, it has to compress things greatly, which sometimes works to the detriment of the game. The difficulty escalates much more quickly than in any of the other campaigns. The second chapter is probably the best, but figuring out what Gearbox was thinking with two of the puzzles (i.e., the weird machines you manipulate vertically and going down an obscured ladder to a completely different area) are hard for me to understand why they were chosen. The third chapter introduces marines and this is where things really get hairy. Unlike every other HL game in my experience, the marines in Blue Shift seem to spam the MP5's grenades the most. It feels artificially difficult because the grenades are very damaging and hard to see coming to dodge.

Also in the third chapter, there is a bit of an escort mission, which is exceedingly annoying because the guy decides to stop following you because he says he's tired. Sometimes this happens after he says he'll follow you and not take a single step. Other times he'll just rush ahead of you, which is also annoying when he gets in harm's way. One of the funniest experiences I think most people have had with him is him saying he won't go another step when he's right in front of the security door that he's been ♥♥♥♥♥ing about getting to.

Anyway, after that chapter, you get sent to the alien homeworld and there's a mess of convoluted mazes. This was also the chapter that I discovered Gearbox's proclivity for constantly placing headcrabs right around 90-degree corners in order for them to almost always get a hit on you just because you couldn't see it coming. I thought this was also pretty cheap. There might be multiple ways to get to the destination but I can foresee people getting confused and frustrated with the random organization of everything. Do you take the left path or the right path? It's a lot of trial and error, I think, and I guess I just got lucky. There's also a really annoying platforming section where you have to basically save on every platform. But once you get past that, there's a kind of extended waterfall section that actually feels like it could belong in the original Half-Life. It's certainly better than the factory in Interloper. This is also where you'll encounter almost all of the enemies that Gordon dealt with on Xen, except far, far fewer. After aligning the machinery on Xen, there's again a bit of a head-scratching moment to figure out where to go. You just jump on some crumbled rocks to reach an upper area, d!ck around for a bit (which feels unnecessary), and then find an arbitrary portal back home.

The fifth chapter is the longest and in my opinion the most annoying. You have to find a power cell (battery) in a lower section of Black Mesa. Unfortunately things aren't as intuitive as they should be. For instance, you have to use a barrel as a conduit for a broken wire connected to some dynamite and an explosive lever. You also have to lower the coolant levels just to move some barrels, then raise the coolant levels to jump on the barrels to cross to the other side. But the worst offense (and this is the worst part of the entire game) is figuring out the one extremely random hidden button that raises a bridge to cross to a section you probably didn't even see. This is where the game's lack of explanation drove me batsh!t insane. Anyway, once you figure that all out, you charge the battery and send it back.

The last chapter is pretty easy, you just have to open the damping fields to let the scientists through, then open them for yourself and go through. This is supposed to be tough because of the military guys, but if you know where they're coming from, you can plant a mine and take them out easily.

This game isn't really all that long but it's decent for what it is. There are definitely some moments that are good but probably an equal number of moments that hit with a considerable clunk. It definitely doesn't have the gravitas of the other HL games and some of its puzzles are more annoying than anything. By far the aliens and military spawn point placement in Blue Shift feels the most d!ckish of all the games. But if you can handle those minor annoyances, it's fun to play. But if you're debating between this and Half-Life or Opposing Force, this should be the lowest on your list because it has the least content and feels less substantial (although Calhoun gets the best ending, in my opinion).

P.S. I know it says I have only six minutes in the game. I beat it having "changed game" after having started Opposing Force.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Half Life: Blue Shift

What is it?

Blue shift is a standalone mod for Half life 1, or the gold source engine so to speak, that is based around the original half life series. During the game, you play as a security guard, working yet another day at black mesa. But this day is'nt the same as any other. Scientists find a way to another dimension, and where are you when it all happens? In the elevator, like a chum.

All of the aspects of Half life, thrown into a smaller and shorter story.

I loved it

It may be short, but there are a few puzzles that make you run around a bit, even though the answer was right in front of your face the entire time. Alteast that was the case for me. As I played, I made my own way of what weapons to use against what enemies. How to take them down and so forth. If you know how to B-Hop, then the movement will go a lot quicker. If you dont? Get a script, it will really help with the movement in this game. It honestly would have taken me an extra half hour not b-hopping to finish it.

But in all reality, a very good classic. Glad I bought it again on steam. Played the mod when it came out, and now I have the memory attatched forever.

Thanks a lot Valve

Ps: I could tottally get a refund for this game, and then get opposing force instead. 2 for 1 really. But I support you, so I will buy Opposing force and play that too!
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 16
This game is just amazing i recomended it for every half life fan
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
3.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Half Life: Blue Shift is a great, albeit short (2.5-3.5 hours in length), addition to Half-Life as far as DLC goes. It's events occur alongside the main game, beginning shortly before the Black Mesa catastrophe, and ending about half way through the story of the main campaign. Because of this, I'd personally recommend playing it before Opposing Force, as the events take place before that DLC's occurrences chronologically speaking.

In Blue Shift you play as one of the security guards at the Black Mesa facility, whose name is Barney Calhoun. You will make your daring trek through the complex in hopes of escaping the ongoing calamity, and there will be lots of shooting, puzzling, and storytelling experiences along the way. Other than the plot shift *wink*, nearly everything in my review of the main game applies to Blue Shift aswell. It's of the same quality, and I'd recommend it just as heartily as I do the original Half-Life.

Personal Rating: 9.5/10
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 26
A nice little add-on. You've played as a scientist, you've played as a Marine, now you get to play as a Guard with collage education and little combat training but still managed to get out of Black Mesa ALIVE.
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Recommended
3.7 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
The best feature about this DLC is you get to play as Barney Calhoun. You know, the guy from Half Life 2. And you play from his perspective to escape Black Mesa. Other than that, there isn't much to say. Except that this DLC is the shortest in the original Half Life I've played; It took me a little under 4 hours to play through from start to finish, as oppose to Opposing Force that took me 5 hours to complete.

Half Life: Blue Shift gets a 7/10. I would get it when it goes on sale.

See you on the next review. ~Stealth 1548
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