Half-Life Blue Shift

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|name=''Half-Life Blue Shift''
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|developer=Gearbox Software
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June 12, 2001http//pc.ign.com/objects/016/016257.html ''Half-Life Blue Shift'' on IGN
*'''macOS and Linux'''
August 1, 2013http//steamcommunity.com/games/130/announcements/detail/1675622813487609243 ''Half-Life Blue Shift'' update released on Official Steam website (August 1, 2003)
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|rating=WikipediaEntertainment Software Rating Board|ESRB M (Mature)
|distribution=Sierra Entertainment(previously)
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Marc Laidlawhttp//ign.com/articles/2000/09/02/ects-2000-hands-on-with-half-life ECTS 2000 Hands-On With ''Half-Life'' on IGN (September 2, 2000) |composer=Chris Jensen |previous=''Half-Life Opposing Force'' |next=''Half-Life Decay'' }} '''''Half-Life Blue Shift''''' is the second expansion pack for ''Half-Life'', developed by Gearbox Software and 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 and 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'', may download ''Blue Shift'' for free. ==Overview== {{Main|Half-Life Blue Shift storyline}} 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, 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).{{IA|20020812170803/http//dreamcast.ign.com/articles/095/095905p1.html|Not Given Half A Chance The Cancellation of ''Half-Life''|IGN (June 18, 2001)}} Gearbox then turned the project into a stand-alone product; unlike ''Opposing Force'', it does not require the original ''Half-Life''. 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. On August 24, 2005, ''Blue Shift'' became available for download via the WikipediaSteam (software)|Steam content delivery program.http//store.steampowered.com/news/436 ''Half-Life Blue Shift'' Released on Steam on Official Steam website (August 24, 2005) 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'' is now sold separately. The ''High Definition Pack'' is also available via Steam.http//store.steampowered.com/news/438 Steam Client Update Available on Official Steam website (August 29, 2005) 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'' on Half-Life Improvement Team website As of 2013, Blue Shift is being fixed with the help of the community. ==Weapons== *Crowbar *9mm Pistol (Half-Life)|9mm Pistol *.357 Magnum *Submachine Gun (Half-Life)|Submachine Gun *Shotgun (Half-Life)|Shotgun *Rocket-Propelled Grenade Launcher (Half-Life)|Rocket propelled grenade (RPG) launcher *Fragmentation Grenade (Half-Life)|Hand grenade *Satchel Charge *Snarks ==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 ==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. 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'' files There is an http//youtube.com/watch?v=SzuXUxYgKnA early trailer featuring this name. * A third-party remake of ''Blue Shift'' for the Source engine, called ''http//moddb.com/mods/guardduty Guard Duty'', is currently under development.http//moddb.com/mods/guardduty ''Guard Duty'' on Mod DB ===Easter eggs=== FileDancing scientist1.jpg|Further views of the Freeman corridor show one scientist briefly dancing to himself, while another is watching, skeptical. FileDancing scientist2.jpg|Ditto. FileBa security20010.jpg|Calhoun's locker. FileEggeyes toilets.jpg|One of the toilets hide a photo of a man with eggs in his eyes. This picture can be found again in a vent later in '' Point|Focal Point''. FileBa_teleport10000.jpg|Same egg picture seen in a vent. ==Gallery== FileBlue Shift cover2.jpg|Inside flap of the box cover. FileHlbs title pc.png|The logo. FileHlbs title dc.png|Dreamcast version. FileHlbs conback.png|Console background. FileHlbs loading.png|Loading screen. FileHLBS WON Menu.png|Original main menu, used before Steam. FileHldc conback.png|The console background from the Dreamcast port. FileHldc loading.png|The unused loading screen from the Dreamcast port. FileBS Cafeteria.jpg FileSecurity1 gordon02.jpg FileInsecurity2.jpg|Gordon Freeman as seen through a security camera. FileGina Cross sample cart BS.jpg|Gina Cross seen delivering the crystal sample as seen through a security camera. FileRosenberg is pleased.jpg ==References== {{Imagecat|Half-Life Blue Shift images}} {{Reflist}} ==External links== *{{Steam|url=130|text=Half-Life Blue Shift}} *http//gamerankings.com/htmlpages2/475304.asp GameRankings.com ''Blue Shift'' *{{YouTube|HGSyM34mx0A|''Half-Life Blue Shift'' Trailer 1}} {{Games}} CategoryGames CategoryHalf-Life CategoryHalf-Life Blue Shift CategoryHalf-Life Expansions