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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WalterREBoRN
14.0 hrs
Posted: September 26
It seems that no matter how good a game series is, it's always destined to have a black sheep, so to speak. Sometimes the game isn't even bad, just not as solid as the rest and people act like by proxy it's the worst thing ever. It happened with Fallout 4 compared to Fallout 3 and New Vegas, and I feel like it happened with Half-Life: Blue Shift.

Half-Life is the second and final expansion pack that Gearbox developed for the original Half-Life, and much like Opposing Force, Blue Shift puts you behind the perspective of another Character during the Black Mesa incident. In Blue Shift, you play as Barney Calhoun, a security guard and familiar face to those who've played Half-Life 2. Much like in Half-Life, Barney is starting his day of work at Black Mesa by commuting via tram, and after arriving at his scattered workplace, he gets his gun and presses a button for some rude as hell scientists in an elevator before everything goes FUBAR. As aliens begin teleporting in from Xen, Barney's elevator crashes into the ground, killing every occupant other than himself. Upon regaining conciousness, Barney sets off on a mission to escape Black Mesa, eventually meeting up with a Dr. Rosenberg, and the two partner up to escape the facility.

One of the greatest criticisms leveled against Blue Shift is that unlike it's sister expansion, Blue Shift does not add in any new weapons or enemies, without even recycling the ones in Opposing Force. Barney also does not gain access to any of the neater weapons that Gordon Freeman was able to get his hands on like the Tau Cannon or the Hive-Hand, the biggest gun Barney is able to weild outside of console commands being the RPG. While these criticisms are certainly valid, it's not fair to say it doesn't bring anything new to the table. Blue Shift is decidedly much more story driven than Opposing Force, as Dr. Rosenberg is a very important character to Blue Shift's story and is one of the few persistant NPC's in the original trilogy. Dr. Rosenberg explains alot of exposition about his old lab in the facility wile also serving as one of the few charaters with the knowledge and equipment to actually escape the facility.

As such, the latter half of the game consists of Barney doing various errands for Rosenberg to help calibrate his antiquated teleportation machines, such as going to set up a machine in the border world and restoring the backup power deep below the lab. Even though this may not seem all that important, it really does help Blue Shift feel like it's own experience, which is also accompanied by the game's unique handling of Armor. Barney is the only protagonist of the GoldSrc games who lacks a form of powered armor, so he must use the armor of his fallen comrades to protect himself. This can make the game feel really tense as armor becomes less of a second health bar and more of a finite resource which is found few and far between the last.

That aside, I feel like the strongest point of Blue Shift is it's level design. The enemy placement and the size of the levels is pretty great, and the Xen levels are honestly really well made compared to the ones in Half-Life. While I'd say Opposing Force has the better gameplay of the two, I feel like Blue Shift's level design is much more consistant than OpFor's. Despite this, the other grave flaw with Blue Shift is it's shortness. Blue Shift seems to end just when it's beginning to get really good, and there's some puzzles in the game that don't make alot of sense initially, like the barrel and TNT puzzle.

At the end of the day, Blue Shift may not be the best Half-Life game and may arguably be the weakest of the expansions, but it's still a Half-Life game, and it's still just a solid shooter in general. The persistant NPC's in the game as well as the level design and the armor tweaks make Blue Shift still a very positive experience overall, and if you liked Opposing Force or just Half-Life in general, you really should play Blue Shift. While less isn't necessarily more here, you can't really go wrong with a bite sized Half-Life.
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G-Boy // G-Man
3.1 hrs
Posted: September 26
"created just for the Dreamcast!"
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CanonicalBacon
24.2 hrs
Posted: September 26
Worth a play-through; it's a nice parallel chapter to the original Half-Life storyline.
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Cadence
5.9 hrs
Posted: September 25
Awosome game.

I had a lot of fun with this game, and I looove Herald!!! (if you don't know who he is too bad.)

The end is my favorite. Half-life: blue shift is great!
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VenomBite
6.1 hrs
Posted: September 25
great game for an expansion ;)

8.5/10
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aaronfranke
1.2 hrs
Posted: September 24
A great expansion to the classic Half-Life.
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Shelby the Worm
7.7 hrs
Posted: September 24
Plot is decent but gameplay is a little boring,opposing force was way more enjoyable.
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Lucas The Absolute Savage
3.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
Half-Life: Blue Shift is an okay expansion for the original game, but it's extremely short and adds no new content. However, it is very interesting to see the story from Barney Calhoun's perspective, so I recommend giving it a try after finishing the main game and Opposing Force.
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SAITAMA
1.6 hrs
Posted: September 24
Made with quality (though modifications were created by enthusiasts who like to compete or exceeded Blue Shift), study of the levels is good, even better than the original, but it was too small plot duration. I liked that everywhere met and charging the battery for the costume, but the armor is replenished only picking up body armor and helmets. Unfortunately, Barney's not long been in the center of his life was filled with such adventures, which fell on the head of Adrian and Gordon, but, however, only in Blue Shift normally ends happy ending and without autonomous non profit organizations, and Rescue on jeep with 3 nerds.
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deburger
6.9 hrs
Posted: September 24
70/100
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
5.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
Pretty simple review:

Did you enjoy Half life 1 or wish to experience a little more of the Black Mesa universe?
Give both expansions a go!

Did you find Half Life 1 was a little too dated or lacking in action to finish?
Probably give the expansions a miss. A couple puzzles may make you stop and give a quick think/back track for a while but other than it it will be 2-4 hours of the same sort of gameplay from a difference perspective.

Personally Blue Shift play like a nice segment taken out of the middle of Half Life 1, more story than continual killing seen towards the Zen chapters.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 10
Half-Life: Blue Shift is an expansion pack for Half-Life and was made by Gearbox. You are playing as security officer Barney Calhoun in Black Mesa when ♥♥♥♥ hits the fan. While Opposing Force brought new content to the game, Blue Shift didn't, really.

+ More informations on Barney Calhoun
+ Half-Life fans might want to play it at least once.
+ Health packs
+ More Half-Life to see

- Rather short
- Doesn't add much to the Half-Life universe
- It stops abruptly
- Less interesting puzzles than Opposing Force's
- No subtitles

I'd recommend buying Half-Life: Blue Shift if you are a die-hard Half-Life fan and can't get enough. Keep in mind though that Opposing Force is superior to Blue Shift in every way. Since Blue Shift is such a short experience, I would recommend getting it on a sale.

If you are not a Half-Life fan, but like FPS don't get this game. It's an average game and there are better and longer alternatives to this.

Replay value: Average
Rating: 6.5/10
Recommendation: Yes if you are a Half-Life fan. Otherwise stay away
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
1.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 9
recommended to any fan of HL, makes the story a lot more clearer.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 28
A short, fun expainsion to the Half-Life series where you play as Barney Calhoun, a security guard working at Area 51 Black Mesa.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
Loved this spin-off, of the original half life title!
im looking forward on completing opposing force

Recomendation: 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
6.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 15
Half-Life:Blue Shift, the more...disliked expansion to Half-Life.

With all other games I review I will give a pro/con section then finish it off with a summary of what I think of it.

PROS:
+Great addition to the Half Life Series
+More Headcrabs
+No Ichthyosaurs
+Another great plot

CONS:
-Rather short
-No additional weapons or enemys (I don't really care)

SUMMARY:

Pretty much, same with my Opposing Force review, buy this game if you want more out of the Half Life Universe, just don't expect alot of new things from it.

OVERALL RATING: 8.5/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
16.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 18
Product received for free
We made it Mister Calhoun, we made it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
1.2 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: September 8
Blue Lives matter
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
6.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
This game is pretty good . 9/10
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