Half-Life Blue Shift

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|name=Half-Life Blue Shift
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|developer=Gearbox Software
|date=June 12, 2001http//pc.ign.com/objects/016/016257.html "''Half-Life Blue Shift''" on http//ign.com/ IGN
|genre=WikipediaFirst-person shooter|First-person shooter
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|rating=WikipediaEntertainment Software Rating Board|ESRB M (Mature)
|distribution=WikipediaSierra Entertainment|Sierra (previously), WikipediaSteam (software)|Steam
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|engine=GoldSrc
|series=''Half-Life universe|Half-Life''
|designer=Randy Pitchford
|writer=*Rob Heironimus
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|composer=*Chris Jensen
*Stephen Bahl (WON version)
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|previous=''Half-Life Opposing Force''
|next=''Half-Life Decay''
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'''''Half-Life Blue Shift''''', commonly referred to as '''''Blue Shift''''', is the second stand-alone expansion pack for ''Half-Life'', developed by Gearbox Software and was released on June 12, 2001. Like Gearbox's other expansions, ''Half-Life Opposing Force'' and ''Half-Life Decay'', ''Blue Shift'' returns to the setting and timeline of the original story, but with a different player character the ubiquitous Black Mesa Research Facility security guard Barney Calhoun. As Barney, the player attempts to escape the alien invasion caused by the resonance cascade and the ensuing military cover-up.

''Blue Shift'' has now been released via WikipediaSteam (software)|Steam for $4.99. Originally, anyone with access to the back catalog, whether through an old copy of ''Half-Life'' or the Silver or Gold packs of ''Half-Life 2'', could download ''Blue Shift'' for free, but this has since been discontinued.

==Overview==
FileBlue Shift cover2.jpg|thumb|left|An alternate version of the box cover.
The ''Blue Shift'' package offers the ''Half-Life High Definition Pack'' as an option at the time of install. The pack includes updated 3D character, weapon and item models, often increasing the polygon count 10-fold over the 1998 originals. The U.S. ''Blue Shift'' release includes a full, stand-alone version of ''Opposing Force'', but the international edition has the multiplayer-only ''Opposing Force CTF''.

''Blue Shift'' started out first as an exclusive part of the ''Half-Life'' Half-Life version|Sega Dreamcast port. Due to WikipediaSega|Sega pulling the plug on the WikipediaDreamcast|Dreamcast, and the subsequent abandonment of the platform by nearly every major publisher, this version was cancelled only weeks away from release (the Dreamcast ''Half-Life'' port has since been leaked onto the Internet, with both ''Half-Life'' and ''Blue Shift'' fully playable).http//uk.dreamcast.ign.com/articles/095/095905p1.html Not Given Half A Chance The Cancellation of ''Half-Life'' on http//www.ign.com/ IGN Gearbox then turned the project into a stand-alone product; unlike ''Opposing Force'', it does not require the original ''Half-Life''.

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 Research Facility|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 Rosenberg, a Black Mesa Science Team|Black Mesa scientist who has his own unique character model and played a major role in the story, and alternate scientist and Black Mesa Security Force|security guard models wearing civilian attire. ''Blue Shift'' reviews were very poor in comparison to other games in the series.

On August 24, 2005, ''Blue Shift'' became available for download via the WikipediaSteam (software)|Steam content delivery program.http//replay.web.archive.org/20070101084903/http//www.steampowered.com/v/index.php?area=news&id=436 ''Half-Life Blue Shift'' Released on Steam on WikipediaSteam (software)|Steam News Anyone who owned an old copy of ''Half-Life'', or the ''Half-Life 2'' Silver or Gold packages (thus, having access to the back catalog) could download it for free. Since then, access to Valve's back catalog for free after registering a previously owned copy of ''Half-Life'' has been discontinued, and ''Blue Shift'' must now be bought either alone, as part of the ''Half-Life 1 Anthology'',http//store.steampowered.com/sub/40/ ''Half-Life 1 Anthology'' on WikipediaSteam (software)|Steam or as part of the ''Valve Complete Pack''.http//store.steampowered.com/sub/7930/?snr=1_6_4__13 ''Valve Complete Pack'' on WikipediaSteam (software)|Steam The ''High Definition Pack'' is also available via Steam.http//store.steampowered.com/news/438 Steam Client Update Available on WikipediaSteam (software)|Steam News

The Steam port suffers from numerous issues, most probably because the GoldSrc engine used in the game has been changed, preventing ''Blue Shift'' maps from being correctly played. Additionally, the Steam port omits the fixes from the ''Blue Shift'' patch that prevent known map and model glitches. The Steam port also introduced several other bugs that did not exist in the original release, such as the WikipediaGraphical user interface|graphical user interface color now being displayed in the standard ''Half-Life'' orange, not ''Blue Shift'' blue. A third-party mod, ''Blue Shift Unlocked'', addresses these issues and can successfully patch files from either a CD or Steam version of ''Blue Shift''.http//old.hl-improvement.com/downloads.php ''Blue Shift Unlocked'' downloads from the Half-Life Improvement Team

==Plot==
{{Main|Half-Life Blue Shift storyline}}

{{See also|Gearbox Software of the Half-Life expansions}}

==Characters==
*Barney Calhoun
*Rosenberg
*Walter Bennet
*Simmons
*Harold
*Gordon Freeman {{C|Cameos}}
*Wallace Breen {{Mo}}
*The G-Man {{C|Cameo}}
*Gina Cross {{C|Cameo}}
*Adrian Shephard {{Mo}}
*Black Mesa Science Team
*Black Mesa Security Force

==Enemies==
*'''Hazardous Environment Combat Unit'''
**Troopers
**HECU Sentry Gun
**M1A1 Abrams

*'''Xen'''
**Headcrab
**Zombie
**Houndeye
**Bullsquid
**Barnacle
**Vortigaunt
**Alien Grunt
**Alien Controller

==Weapons==
* '''Crowbar''' A simple melee weapon that is iconic of the ''Half-Life'' series.
* '''Glock 17|9mm Pistol''' (WikipediaM9 pistol|Beretta M9 pistol with the ''High Definition Pack'' and Glock 17 without) The first and simplest ranged weapon. It has good accuracy and does more damage per shot than the MP5, but these advantages are offset by a low rate of fire that makes it more useful on weak targets, like headcrabs or HECU Laser Tripmine|laser tripmines. Unlike most other ranged weapons, this pistol is effective underwater. Primary fire is accurate with every shot; secondary fire uses the rapid-fire function, and is faster but less accurate. The rate of fire is then comparable with the MP5, but does slightly more damage per shot. The 9mm Pistol is the standard equipment of the Black Mesa Security Guards; Calhoun would obtain it before the crisis unfolds.
* '''Colt Python''' An extremely powerful and accurate gun. It has a long reload time and a 6-round cylinder. Good for dispatching enemies in one hit, especially from a distance.
* '''MP5|Submachine gun / Assault Rifle (''High Definition Pack'')''' (WikipediaHeckler & Koch MP5|Heckler & Koch MP5/M203 grenade launcher, Colt WikipediaM4 carbine Carbine/M203 grenade launcher with the ''High Definition Pack'') Excellent for close-range combat. Has a fast rate of fire that compensates for its poor damage and accuracy. Secondary fire launches an extremely powerful under-slung grenade that detonates on impact. It uses the same ammo pool as the pistol.
* '''HECU SPAS-12|Shotgun''' Does high damage at close range, but its broad fire cone makes it weak at a distance. It can be reloaded one shell at a time, but is slow to fully reload. Its secondary fire shoots two shells at once. The shotgun is the additional equipment of the Black Mesa Security Force, stored in the security armory, however Calhoun would not be able to get one before the crisis.
* '''HECU RPG|Rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher''' Does a large amount of explosive splash damage. Secondary fire toggles a laser designator that guides the RPG to its target. Can only hold one rocket at a time with 5 more in reserve.
* '''Mk 2 Grenade|Hand grenade''' (Mk. II Fragmentation Grenade) A frag grenade that explodes a few seconds after being thrown. Can be bounced off of walls. Useful for killing enemies behind cover or softening up bigger targets.
* '''Satchel Charge''' A high-explosive that can be thrown a short distance and detonated when the player presses fire. Secondary fire allows the player to place several satchels and detonate them simultaneously.
* '''Snarks''' (alien weapon) Small, aggressive alien creatures that quickly pursue their target, pestering and biting, until finally exploding after several seconds (or if shot). If they cannot locate a hostile target, they will turn on the player that set them loose. When used in numbers, they are very effective at drawing enemies out from their cover, or distracting them from attacking the player.
* '''Flashlight (Blue Shift)''' Cut Item. Seen in an Early Trailer http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzuXUxYgKnA
Console commands also make it possible to use ''Half-Life'''s original weapons, including the Long Jump Module.


==''Blue Shift Unlocked''==
''Blue Shift'' wasn't initially available on Steam like ''Half-Life'' and ''Opposing Force''. In August 2005, the http//old.hl-improvement.com/ Half-Life Improvement Team released a Mods|mod that ported the legacy version of ''Blue Shift'' to Steam, allowing the player to play it as a fully working mod for HL1 rather than its own stand-alone game. This had the added benefit of letting ''Blue Shift'' take advantage of features that had been added to the GoldSrc engine since then, such as detail textures. Almost immediately after, Valve made ''Blue Shift'' officially available—but it used its original engine, and suffered from many of the same bugs as the legacy version. A few months later, the porting project was updated, and renamed to ''Blue Shift Unlocked''.http//www.hl-improvement.com Half-Life Improvement Team

==Soundtrack==
{{Main|Half-Life Blue Shift soundtrack}}

==Trivia==
* Black Mesa Security Force guards list|Otis, the overweight security guard introduced in ''Opposing Force'', makes a few appearances in ''Blue Shift'' first at the Black Mesa canteen wandering around, as a guard greeting Calhoun in the introduction chapter, at the shooting range enjoying a donut, and later as a dead body being disposed of by two Hazardous Environment Combat Unit|soldiers.
* ''Blue Shift'' has its own version of the Hazard Course training tutorial, suitably adjusted for security personnel. Instead of Gina Cross, a male security guard identified in the instruction manual as Miller serves as the holographic guide.
* If the player types in "chase_active 1" or "thirdperson" in the console, the player model is still Gordon Freeman.
FileGuard duty logo.svg|thumb|right|250px|The ''Guard Duty'' logo.
* Examination of logo sprite files included with the game (Logo320.spr and Logo640.spr) reveals that ''Half-Life Blue Shift'' was originally titled ''Half-Life Guard Duty''.''Half-Life Blue Shift'' game files There is an http//www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzuXUxYgKnA early video featuring the early name.
* A third-party remake of ''Blue Shift'' for the Source engine, called ''http//www.moddb.com/mods/guardduty Guard Duty'', is currently under development.http//www.blueshiftsource.com/ ''Guard Duty'' official site

* In Blue-Shift, there are no security guards to aid you for battle unlike Half-Life. However, if the player spawns one via console commands, some unique quotes like "How's it going, Calhoun?" can be heard.

*Blue Shift is unable to launch correctly on Windows 7 if downloaded separately. Usually, a screen will appear saying "''Your system reported only having -3892.00 K'' (This can vary depend how much memory the user's PC has) ''of physical memory, Blue Shift requires at least 16 mb''". To fix this, go to the properties of Blue Shift, and then go to the compatibility tab and use Windows XP in order for it to work correctly. However, this is fixed in the Steam version.

===Easter eggs===
These Easter Eggs can be found in the chapter Half-Life Blue Shift storyline 2 Insecurity|Insecurity.

FileGina Cross sample cart BS.jpg|Gina Cross seen delivering the crystal sample as seen through a security camera.
FileInsecurity2.jpg|Gordon Freeman passing by, through a security camera.
FileDancing scientist1.jpg|Further views of the Freeman corridor show one scientist briefly dancing to himself, while another is watching, skeptical.
FileDancing scientist2.jpg|Dancing scientist, continued.
FileBa security20010.jpg|The contents of Calhoun's locker show family/friends pictures, two books titled ''The Truth About Aliens'' and ''Government Conspiracies'' and a small cardboard box, mirroring FileFreeman locker contents.jpg|Gordon Freeman's locker contents in ''Half-Life''.
FileBa security20011.jpg|When destroyed, the box reveals a Chumtoad.It will take all the ammo from the armory, including what comes with your hand gun when you first get it to destroy the box.
FileEggeyes toilets.jpg|One of the toilets reveal a photo of a man with eggs (or Easter eggs) in his eye sockets. This picture can be found again in a vent later in '' Point|Focal Point''. The person is one of the developers for Gearbox.



There is an Easter Egg in the Chapter Half-Life Blue Shift storyline 4 Captive Freight|Captive Freight


2013-08-14_00001.jpg|Near to where Harold is found, there is an unusual box of gears with a supply of ammunition. This is probably a reference to Gearbox. 



This Easter Egg can be found in the Chapter Half-Life Blue Shift storyline 5 Focal Point|Focal Point.

FileBa_teleport10000.jpg|Easter egg picture seen in a vent (as in Half-Life Blue Shift storyline 2 Insecurity|Insecurity).


==References==
{{Imagecat|Half-Life Blue Shift images}}
{{Reflist}}

==External links==
*{{Steam|url=130|text=Half-Life Blue Shift}}
* http//steampowered.com/index.php?area=news&id=438 Installing the Half-Life High Definition Pack for Steam (official)
* http//www.gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/475304.asp GameRankings.com ''Blue Shift''
* http//www.planethalflife.com/blueshift/ ''Blue Shift'' at Planet Half-Life
* http//www.hl-improvement.com Half-Life Improvement team, home of ''Blue Shift Unlocked'' modification
* {{YouTube|HGSyM34mx0A|''Half Life Blue Shift'' Trailer 1}}

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