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Half-Life: Blue Shift

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3.6

User Reviews

Good game, but could have been better Windows *Katakis* (37493)
The Making of Barney Calhoun Windows vicrabb (6991)
More Half-Life to feed your craving. Windows Steelysama (106)
Short, but sweet Windows Trixter (8743)
Perfect asset to fit the trilogy. Windows MAT (66286)
Surprisingly Not Boo Shift. Windows MasterMegid (900)
The worst parts of Half-Life with a new main character Windows devils102 (17)
Should have been cheaper but worth the money if you don't have Opposing Force yet Windows Rebel_lord (34)
quality rather then quantity Windows connor steven (5)
Short, but overall good Windows Stargazer (99)

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Windows 82 3.6
Combined MobyScore 82 3.6


The Press Says

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90
WindowsGameZone
This is a must for all Half-life fans. If you are the one person who has not played HL yet, Blue Shift is a great opportunity to introduce yourself to an incredible game that has revolutionized the FPS genre.
87
WindowsArmchair Empire, The
Do I recommend buying Blue Shift? Yes. It’s got what the fanatics want: more action at Black Mesa, more multiplayer, updated graphics, another perspective, and a few good puzzles. And if you’re one of those players that hasn’t visited Black Mesa since the original game, now is the time – the triumvirate is complete and has never looked better.
80
WindowsComputer Gaming World (CGW)
If HALF-LIFE was the amazing debut album, then BLUE SHIFT is the follow-up hit single. It’s short, it’s focused, and it keeps you enthralled during its brief lifespan. Its main imperfection is length. I managed to finish the whole episode in one night. If you’re going to put out a single-player experience, its price should match its duration. The inclusion of OP FOR and its CTF maps is nice, but if you already have OP FOR installed, the value for money diminishes quite a hit. Still, BLUE SHIFT is a great ride, and the updating of the graphics makes HALF-LIFE a lot more appealing. If you enjoyed HALF-LIFE at all, you’ll probably want to pick this one up.
80
Windows2404.org PC Gaming
Blue-Shift is AWESOME....Thats how this review will begin and end....Through this game I found myself stunned. Its like re-living Half-Life all over again. Except that you are.
80
WindowsPelit
Half-Life se ei suostu kuolemaan. Uusin lisäosa Blue Shift palauttaa pelaajan vielä kerran Black Mesan painajaismaisiin kohtalon hetkiin.
78
WindowsGamesmania
Mit gemischten Gefühlen ordnete ich die Verpackung im Regal ein. Auf der einen Seite ein wirklich spannendes, unterhaltendes Stück Action-Software mit vielen kleinen Gags, auf der anderen Seite bleibt macht sich doch etwas Enttäuschung angesichts des viel zu kurzen Spiels und der nicht mehr zeitgemäßen Technik breit. Half-Life-Fans werden auf jeden Fall wieder viel Spaß haben und können bedenkenlos zugreifen.
78
WindowsGameStar (Germany)
Vor zwei Monaten meckerte ich angesichts der Kürze von Serious Sam herum, jetzt beweist Blue Shift, dass es noch kürzer geht. Nicht mal fünf Stunden ist schon arg wenig, selbst für ein Spiel der Low-Price-Klasse. Aber (großes Aber!): Die Spannung erreicht fast Half-Life-Niveau, die Puzzles sind schön ausgewogen und die Action bekannt gut. Trotz all der grafischen Verbesserungen vergeben wir nur ein »Befriedigend« für die Optik, da die veraltete Engine mit heutigen Standards einfach nicht mehr mithalten kann. Und das Ende kommt viel zu früh und macht Blue Shift damit unverdientermaßen zu einem Zwischendurch-Happen für den verregneten Nachmittag.
76
WindowsGame.EXE
Вообще, похоже, что дойную корову решили дергать за вымя до тех пор, пока не оторвут. Проверенные временем рецепты применяются настолько буквально, насколько можно. Игра начинается с желдорпоездки внутрь Black Mesa, затем следует проход пешком до рабочего места, взятие из шкафа обмундирования (в данном случае бронежилета, каски и пистолета), и тут… Правильно, когда наш герой помогает паре ученых совладать с лифтом, происходит то самое, что мы уже видели в оригинальной игре, все идет вразнос, и начинаются битвы: сначала с инопланетной фауной, затем с прибывшими десантниками, а еще чуть позже (спасибо вам, доктор Розенберг, за ваш недоделанный телепортер!) состоится непременный визит наXen с неумолимо надвигающимся хеппиэндом.
76
WindowsGame Chronicles
The story is clever and intertwined with events that Half Life veterans are all familiar with and the scripted sequences are back and better than ever. Even the obligatory trip to Xen isn't as bad this time around.

The Opposing Force bundle and the High Definition Graphics Pack certainly add some value to the package, but this is still one title you will want to shop around to get the best and lowest price. Like all great rides Blue Shift is over way too fast, but it's a blast while it lasts.
75
WindowsFiringSquad
Yes, we scored Blue Shift lower than OpFor, despite it being a better game. Unfortunately for Blue Shift, it didn't improve as much as the competition has. Even with Opposing Force, it is too short to justify its current MSRP, when you could probably buy Deus Ex, NOLF or System Shock 2 (or perhaps even two of those should you hit a gold mine of a bargain bin.) However, for the Half-Life fan, Blue Shift is going to be a great gift when it drops in price, or if said fan doesn't yet own OpFor. The High Definition pack is of course an extra bonus which takes the Half-Life models to a new level, making them look as good as or even better than those offered in Counter-Strike.
75
WindowsPC Action
Für wenig Geld kriegt man eben nur einen Quickie. Im Prinzip okay. Schade ist nur, wenn’s keinen Höhepunkt gibt. Für den Schluss hätte ich wenigstens noch einen Ober-Außerirdischen als Endgegner erwartet. Er hätte nur riesig sein und ein paar Faxen machen müssen. Was wär’ ich glücklich gewesen! Es bleibt die Erinnerung an einen spaßigen Schnellschuss, über den Fans von Half-Life & Co. bei diesem fairen Preis keinesfalls klagen müssen.
74
WindowsGame Over Online
There’s really nothing intrinsically wrong with Blue Shift; it’s more Half-Life killin’ fun, and there’s nothing wrong with that formula. The thing that ultimately forces me to give it a low rating is how damnably short it is – the game ending just as you are starting to get involved in the plot. It should in fact have been downloadable from Gearbox for nothing as a gift to people who purchased Half-Life, and it galls me a little that they are trying to sell such a mini-adventure as a full game. Certainly there are fan levels that can be downloaded for free out there that have as much if not more of a plot and overall playtime than Blue Shift possesses. And what there is of it is very easy.
74
WindowsPC Games (Germany)
Für Wachoffizier Barney Calhoun hätte es ein ganz normaler Tag werden können. Dummerweise vergaßen ein paar Forscher in der physikalischen Gleichung für ihr Experiment, dass die Division durch Null halt nicht geht. Der Rest ist bekannt: Durch ein Dimensionstor besuchen sabbernde Aliens die Erde und machen alles platt, von draußen rückt die Armee an und macht alles platt, mittendrin sind Sie und plätten beide Fraktionen.
73
WindowsShooterplanet
Kein Meilenstein, aber für Fans der Serie eine weitere Bereicherung mit tollen Gimmicks und weiteren Hinweisen zum Verständnis der Story. Gameplay und Grafik sind solide und können überzeugen. Einzig die Spieldauer trübt den Sielspaß etwas.
73
Windows4Players.de
Blue Shift bringt das zurück, was vor drei Jahren bei Half-Life so faszinierend war. Aber leider ist die Grafik trotz aller Versuche von Valve einfach nicht mehr zeitgemäß. Größtes Manko ist und bleibt aber, dass das Spiel mit etwa vier Stunden einfach viel zu kurz ist. Wenn die Geschichte und damit das Spiel doppelt so lang wäre, könnte man über eine höhere Wertung reden. Und es gibt genug Stellen, an denen man die Story weiter ausführen und das Spiel, ohne groß Wendungen und Irrungen einzubauen, schön hätte verlängern können. Wer ein Liebhaber von Half-Life ist sollte über den Kauf von Blue Shift nachdenken, denn es ist ein netter -wenn auch kurzer- Abschluss von Half-Life.
72
WindowsGamezilla
All in all, if you don’t already own a copy of Opposing Force, I’d recommend purchasing Blue Shift. The lower cost and added value make the game a steal, and give you much more than the few hours of gameplay you’ll get from Half-Life. If you’ve already got Opposing Force, I’d be hesitant to get Blue Shift unless you really, really enjoy the Half-Life single player storyline. If Blue Shift were more than an additional story, it might deserve better, but as is, I’m ranking it at 72.
72
WindowsSvenska PC Gamer
Att återvända till skådeplatsen för ett av världens bästa spel känns nästan lite nostalgiskt. Black Mesa Research Facility har en given plats i varje sann gamers hjärta. Ljuden, miljöerna... mmm, det var länge sedan man fick sig en dos Half-Life, om man bortser från de dagliga CS-sejourerna. Och Blue Shift ger dig faktiskt den där gamla hederliga Half-Life-känslan tillbaka. Åtminstone för en liten stund.
70
WindowsGameSpy
Blue Shift adds an interesting chapter to the Half-Life saga, and gives players a chance to romp through different parts of the Black Mesa complex (as well as some familiar parts). Ultimately, though, it's more of the same. One could actually claim it's less of the same, given the lack of new weapons, enemies, or multiplayer. The game's rating is also crippled by its short length. A number of people in the GameSpy offices, including myself, reported that it only took them 5-6 hours to complete. But if you're a Half-Life nut who has to have everything, or if you're new to the game and don't have Opposing Force yet, you'll probably be satisfied.
70
WindowsGamereactor (Sweden)
Hvorfor Gearbox og Valve har valgt at lave en fortsættelse kan man kun gisne på, men i mit spæde barnesind nærer jeg håb om, at det er fordi vi stifter bekendtskab med Freeman, og de 2 andre i Half-Life 2, og får kædet de løse ender sammen når og hvis det engang kommer.
70
WindowsPC Zone Benelux
Op internet zijn diverse uitbreidingen te downloaden die minstens net zo goed zijn. Kosten voor de gelukkige breedband bezitter: nul gulden. Maar toegegeven: ondanks de weinige vernieuwingen staat de gameplay nog steeds als een huis. Ook voor Half-Life fans is het zeker een must, als is het alleen maar om je verzameling up-tot-date te houden. Echter, heb je Half-Life om wat voor reden dan ook nog nooit gespeeld, dan raad ik je aan dit origineel aan te schaffen, daar ze staat voor een veel langere speeltijd, en waarschijnlijk ook nog eens vindbaar is in een budgetsectie bij de spellenboer.
70
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
Half-Life is a great series, and Blue Shift doesn’t do anything to move it forward or hurt it. It just is. Fans will enjoy it, but be prepared for images dancing in your head of Sierra milking this cash cow for all it’s worth.
70
WindowsIGN
All in all, Blue Shift was a lot of fun, but it was just over too quick. It's certainly worth taking a look at if you're a fan of Half-Life, but you better keep your eyes open, because if you blink you may miss it.
70
WindowsGameSpot
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 inclusion of Opposing Force make the retail package a lot more worthwhile.
68
WindowsActionTrip
What more is there to talk about? Oh yeah, the game will take you about four hours to finish, but at least it's a stand-alone product ($30). And you get some higher-res model packs that you can install (High Definition Pack). The models do look better, but we're still talking about the modified Quake 1 engine. I mean, no point in expecting too much from it in 2001. The sound effects in the game work great. Blue Shift is abundant with rather authentic sfx, which are I guess, of a higher quality than what we heard in the Opposing Force or the original. Being that Blue Shift was intended as a DC project the code is pretty damn polished, and it's boosting some major frames at max settings. Of course, one would expect that from a game that has been around since 1998. Hell, Clinton was in power back then.
68
WindowsGame Informer Magazine
I really enjoyed playing Half-Life when it first came out. Most people did, but with the release of Blue Shift, the specter of generic expansions is now beginning to haunt this vaunted series. As you roam through the tunnels and shafts of the "top secret" Black Mesa Research Facility and shoot aliens, you get the sense that this game just isn’t trying anymore. Originally slated for debut on the Dreamcast, Blue Shift was shunted over to the PC in the face of Dreamcast’s demise, and it doesn’t look like much was added. Sure, there are the obligatory jump puzzles, the entertaining weapons, and a jaunt over to Xen (the alien homeworld), but the fact remains that Blue Shift is stale, and there’s no end to expansions in sight.
67
WindowsGame Revolution
Like good defense attorneys, developers Valve and Gearbox (the teams behind Sierra Studio's infamous Half-Life series) have looked at the little "incident" at Black Mesa Labs from every conceivable angle. The first incarnation, Half-Life, took players through the experience as a scientist caught in the middle of an experiment gone wrong. Next came Opposing Force, which put players in the boots of a soldier going in to obliterate all evidence of said incident. Now comes Blue Shift, the latest angle on the same story.
63
WindowsNeoseeker
Half-Life: Blue Shift comes bundled with Opposing Force and the High Definition Pack and its suggested retail price for it is US$30. Is it worth it? It’s a tough call. But I wouldn’t buy it just for Blue Shift because it’s too short and has almost zero replay value; obviously I wouldn’t buy it for Opposing Force since it’s being sold at a lower price; and the High Definition Pack alone just isn’t worth the money.
63
WindowsGameSpot (Belgium/Netherlands)
Verwacht je een game dat zich met Half-Life of Opposing Force kan meten, bereid je dan maar voor op een teleurstelling.
60
WindowsPeliplaneetta.net
Blue Shiftiä ei oikein pysty suosittelemaan kenellekään. Asiaa pehmittää himpun verran pelin normaalia alhaisempi hinta - n. 150 mk. Jos HL ei ole entuudestaan tuttu, ja haluaa ehdottomasti tutustua lähemmin tähän menneiden aikojen räiskintäkuninkaaseen, kannattaa mieluummin hankkia jostain alekorista alkuperäinen Half-Life. Veteraaneille voin vain sanoa, että älkää vaivautuko. Ei ole sen väärti, vaikkakin pelin seurassa yhden sateisen kesäillan saattaisi viettääkin.
60
WindowsSuper Play
Som Half-Life-älskare måste jag rekommendera alla andra som räknar sig till den skaran att skaffa Half-Life: Blue Shift. Men betyget dras ned rejält på grund av att spelet är så fördömt kort.
60
WindowsEurogamer.net (UK)
Now, if you've done your homework, you will at this point be whinging, "for goodness sake man! All this and it only costs a tenner!" Well damn me and my high standards. Valve set them with the original Half-Life, and since then Gooseman and co. have set them higher with Counter-Strike. A tenner it may cost, but it's still only three hours of entertainment, and utterly linear with zero replay value for the average gamer. The inclusion of high-definition models and other bits and bobs on the CD are useful but nothing particularly special. If you have a yearning for more Half-Life, Blue Shift will definitely satisfy you for a little while, but this is probably the original Half-Life's swansong, and it would have been nice to see them take things a step beyond the cut and paste action format.
56
WindowsPC Gameplay (Benelux)
Met Blueshift wordt de Half-Life franchise tot in het extreme uitgemolken en dit ten koste van de gamer.
55
WindowsPower Unlimited
De standalone add-on Blue Shift is veel te kort en biedt amper wat nieuws. Valve en Gearbox, ga in godsnaam nu eens aan Half-Life 2 beginnen... stelletje luie varkens!
55
WindowsJeuxvideo.com
Au final, Half-Life : Blue Shift déçoit par sa trop faible longévité. Si le jeu reste très correct et au demeurant fort sympathique, on ne peut que s'agacer quand une poignée d'heures suffisent à le boucler. Dommage que l'on reste autant sur sa faim avec ce titre qui aurait pu apporter bien plus à l'univers d'Half-Life.
50
WindowsAdrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
If you can’t get enough single-player Half-Life action from the mod community on the Internet, want to freshen up Half-Life‘s appearance, or if you’re just a bitter Dreamcast owner who still feels cheated over this game’s cancellation, then Blue Shift is worth checking out. For everyone else, Gearbox’s latest release is 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. Not necessarily a bad deal, and the few gamers who have yet to experience Half-Life may welcome this introduction to the genre. However, fans these days are more demanding for their gaming dollar, and Blue Shift leaves its players wishing for more.
50
WindowsGamersMark
Waste of money, unless you can get it free don’t bother, even then. There is no reason to play it over, the graphics are some of the worst I’ve seen in a newly released game. Overall, a no-go.
50
WindowsHonestGamers
Too little, too late. And too short. Feels like a rehash, but even then, a rehash should at least maintain the quality of the game that inspired it. BS, indeed.
40
WindowsPC Jeux
Une belle aventure dans Black Mesa, mais qui demande trop cher pour ce qu'elle offre.
40
WindowsGamekult
Plutôt décevant, Blue Shift est un produit qui aurait réussi une éblouissante carrière en tant que mod gratuit, ou en plus du Half-Life de la Dreamcast, comme c'était prévu à l'origine. Payant, il a du mal à s'en sortir : un gameplay efficace mais sans aucune originalité, des graphismes bons mais dépassés et surtout, une aventure bien foutue mais beaucoup, beaucoup trop courte. Trois heures... soyons sérieux.