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Half-Life: Blue Shift (2001)

You experience the Black Mesa Disaster from the point of view of a security guard.


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Cast overview:
Mike Shapiro ... Barney Calhoun / Otis / Miller / Security Guards (voice)
Kathy Levin Kathy Levin ... Black Mesa Transit System Announcer (voice)
Jon St. John ... Dr. Rosenberg / Harold / HECU Soldiers (voice)


In this expansion pack for Half Life, you play a low level security guard. Life seems pretty boring and routine, until a scientist causes an accident in the Anomalous Materials lab. With your place of employment crawling with alien creatures, you must find a way to escape. Nobody said fighting them was *your* job, after all. Written by Anonymous

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The game was originally intended to be an extra feature exclusive to the Sega Dreamcast version of Half Life. But when the Dreamcast version was cancelled due to the poor sales and impending death of the Dreamcast console, the game's makers, Valve, Gearbox Software and Sierra decided to release the Half Life: Blue Shift as an add-on for PC version of Half Life instead. See more »


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Splendid, But Short Expansion Pack to the Gorgeous Start for the Greatest PC Game Series
31 October 2007 | by armoreskaSee all my reviews

PC Game: Half-Life Blue Shift.

Genre: Sci-Fi First-Person Shooter.

Developer: Gearbox Software.

Publisher: Sierra Studios.

Release Date: 12.06.01.

Engine: GoldSrc (modified Quake engine).

Protagonist: Security Guard Barney Calhoun.

Settings: Black Mesa Research Facility, New Mexico, USA; Xen.

Blue Shift, the third installment of what appears to be the greatest PC game series ever, starts with Barney Calhoun riding the tram from the surface into work at the Black Mesa Research Facility. Along the way many new details about Black Mesa are revealed; Calhoun passes a laundromat and several fast food outlets, suggesting that the facility is entirely self-sufficient and enclosed. He is also passed by Gordon Freeman riding in another tram in a parallel of the original game. Calhoun visits security headquarters, including a shooting range and a surveillance room where it is possible to see Gordon Freeman again. He is then sent to help some scientists with an elevator; along the way, he witnesses many incidents foreshadowing the resonance cascade, such as a scientist unable to access his files stored on the server and a pair of scientists trying in vain to repair a supercomputer. He also sees the G-Man passing by in a tram. Barney boards and repairs the elevator just before the resonance cascade occurs; the elevator cable snaps and sends Calhoun, and two scientists, plummeting down the shaft as chaos breaks out around them… Although fans of Half-Life were eager to play more of their beloved game, many complained that Blue Shift did not measure up to the high standards set by the Opposing Force expansion. The game offers some new levels and areas of Black Mesa previously unseen in a (relatively short) new campaign, but no new weapons or enemies, as Opposing Force offered. Aside from the High Definition pack, the only new content was a character named Dr. Rosenberg, a Black Mesa scientist who has his own unique character model and played a major role in the story, and alternate scientist and security guard models wearing civilian attire. Blue Shift reviews were poor in comparison to other games in the series.

The Half-Life Opposing Force soundtrack credited to Chris Jensen is reused for this game and contains 19 .mp3 tracks.

My rates (compared to 2001’s level, of course): Gameplay: 9.5/10.

Graphics: 10/10.

Sound: 10/10.

Score (OST): 7/10 (Opposing Force rate).

Story: 8.5/10.

Controls & Interface: 9.5/10.

Multiplayer: 8/10.

OVERALL: 9.5/10.

If you like this game I also recommend: Half-Life, Half-Life Uplink, Half-Life Opposing Force, Half-Life 2, Half-Life 2 Lost Coast, Half-Life 2 Episode One, Half-Life 2 Episode Two, Portal, Half-Life 2 Episode Three, F.E.A.R., F.E.A.R. Extraction Point, Far Cry, Doom 3, Quake 2, SiN, SiN Episodes, Aliens vs Predator, Aliens vs Predator 2.

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