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  • Summary: We're back in the Black Mesa compound yet again for the second "official" expansion for 1998's groundbreaking first-person shooter "Half-Life." Take the role of security guard Barney Calhoun who, like Gordon Freeman, is given the task of wiping out every nasty extraterrestrial or misledWe're back in the Black Mesa compound yet again for the second "official" expansion for 1998's groundbreaking first-person shooter "Half-Life." Take the role of security guard Barney Calhoun who, like Gordon Freeman, is given the task of wiping out every nasty extraterrestrial or misled soldier who crosses his path. (Also includes the first HL expansion pack "Opposing Force.") Expand
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  1. Positive: 6 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. Bottom Line is, although it is flawed this game still kicks major ass with steel tipped boot.
  2. The Music that runs off the Blue-Shift CD. It kicks in at the worst times, and resembles circus music.
  3. Just know that you're in for a short ride that will leave you yearning for a full-fledged sequel.
  4. The bad news is that Blue Shift, the actual game, doesn't amount to much on its own terms. The good news is that the revamped graphics and the inclusion of Opposing Force make the retail package a lot more worthwhile.
  5. The puzzles are your standard - "push-lever-break-thing-press-button" type of brain crackers, which will be about as challenging to a HL veteran as… well okay, some of them are somewhat inventive, but on aggregate they'd only be interesting to the DC crowd I guess.
  6. Essentially a graphics enhancement pack bundled with a short single-player campaign and a title many have already played, all for around 20 dollars after rebate.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 72 out of 95
  2. Negative: 13 out of 95
  1. Longtimegamer
    Nov 9, 2009
    10
    This game has to be the best of all the half-life series... I've always wanted a game where I could do exactly what I would in real This game has to be the best of all the half-life series... I've always wanted a game where I could do exactly what I would in real life... If I were casted into this apocalyptic senario you can bet your butt that I would be doing nothing other than trying to escape... I would not go to some alien homeworld to kill their boss... I would just make a break for it. Expand
  2. DonnickD.
    Jun 4, 2006
    10
    This is wonderfull game! It expierence both best games- Half-life and Opposing Force!
  3. May 3, 2013
    9
    Like the first expansion, Blue Shift told the same story from the perspective of a security guard called Barney Calhoun, who's also pinnedLike the first expansion, Blue Shift told the same story from the perspective of a security guard called Barney Calhoun, who's also pinned down in the facility during the incident.

    Unfortunately, unlike Opposing Force, Blue Shift only re-tells the original story through a different perspective, featuring significantly fewer new characters, but has more location, and the Xen is relatively more explored than in Opposing Force, when Shephard enters the borderworld only several times, and very short, while Barney explores more places, and eventually uses some technology put by the science team from Black Mesa there, to solve puzzles.

    Also, the game unfortunately doesn't feature more guns like Opposing Force did, and it also lacks of a multiplayer, which makes Blue Shift a bit lower in quality like the first expansion.

    But like before, neither this things make the game bad, and is still enjoyable and memorable.
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  4. Jan 5, 2012
    8
    The game follows the events of Half-Life, but you're playing as Barney instead of Gordon. Game has the same good atmosphere as the originalThe game follows the events of Half-Life, but you're playing as Barney instead of Gordon. Game has the same good atmosphere as the original Half-Life and you can even see the same events that happened in the original game from different perspective. The story mainly follows the original storyline but it ends before the original game. The game is not as long as the original game, making it a bit less fun to play but the game is still worth your money. I'd also recommend installing the HD pack from Steam to improve the graphics of the game. Expand
  5. Dec 10, 2014
    7
    To sum it up...

    PROS: +Nice new graphics and new models +New perspective of the Black Mesa incident +Half Life games are always
    To sum it up...

    PROS:

    +Nice new graphics and new models
    +New perspective of the Black Mesa incident
    +Half Life games are always appealing to me, even when they're not that good

    CONS:

    -A little too short for my taste
    -The recycled gameplay from the last games. At least it didn't have the stupid aliens invented by Gearbox for Opposing Force

    Should you try it? Yes, but only if you really liked the original Half Life. If you liked Opposing Force, you will also like Blue Shift, but will find it rather short too.
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  6. PIRANHAg.
    Dec 23, 2003
    7
    Good pack for price... NO NEW WEAPONS AND MONSTERS?????!!!!!!
  7. JacobN.
    May 7, 2006
    0
    a completely dissapotinting game.

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