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.
First things first, neither of the expansion packs were created by valve. That might be why they were released before half life 2 :) While opposing force is one of the best expansions to date, this one....meh... It starts interestingly. You're on the train again, but this time, you1re a security guard. This means, you will get a gun from the beginning, which is nice, and have a chance to see the whole station and the incident from another perspective. In Half Life, the build up for the catastrophy was subtle. Here, it's obvious something is wrong. Of course, everyone is a professional, who deal with these things daily, so you'll be the only one, who knows what's coming. The gameplay is the same as Half life, but you have way fewer weapons. There are only like 6 in total, and none of them are new. Sure, the smg model was replaced by an M4A1, but it acts almost the same. It even has the granade laucher. The story is frequently halted by "puzzles", but this time around they arn1t intuitive. I had to use walkthrough, just because i couldn1t find a swich, or it didn1t work for the firs press. All on all, rather frustrating. The story is okay...but it's mainly fan service. The only good thing is barney Calhoun, but even he will only become a great character later in the series, here he's just a silent protagonist. The game is over in 2 hours. there is no final boss, no nothing. At least, this time, the heroes are able to get away.
The story however was nice, you can see some pretty nice animations at times, it's obvious Gearbox Software weren't screwing around with this one. Unlike Opposing Force, I don't see anything new in this add-on, but it was enjoyable, recommended for GoldSrc fans!
Half Life: Blue Shift is expansion pack of the hit game Half-Life, instead of Gordon Freeman you are playing as security guard named Barney Calhoun. This story also has different mechanics, for example you can't use H.E.V. chargers but you can pick up armor vests and helmets. The expansion is not that big but I can notice some "upgrades" from the original Half-Life, the game somehow feels more real, especially when you see a door trying to close, but instead breaking and smashing a crate that was in the way. I haven't played Opposing Force yet so I can't compare them together, but I'd say this is a very good add-on for Half-Life.
Here is the back story of the security officer Barney Calhoun, one badass survivor which passed the way through the incoming army forces. He will take care of the future. Believe me. He is one true fellow friend of Freeman, you know! Totally recommended as an additional content.
I love Half Life, and Oppising Force was also a great expansion, but this... While it's not a bad game per say, it adds nothing new, and in fact, you have fewer weapons to fight with then the first game. Hell, maybe even Counter Strike had more weapon variety then this one, and not much fewer enemies. The only saving grace in my opinion is the introduction of Barney, who become a great character in HL2, and is the only protagonist, that managed to escape from black mesa on his feet. HL is still a great game, and you can have fun with this expansion too....and i guess, it has more content, then most DLC nowadays.
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