Half-Life: Blue Shift News

Free Half-Life 1 expansion

Free Half-Life 1 expansion

Blue Shift now on Steam.

Half-Life: Blue Shift is now available on Steam for people who own the original Half-Life, or one of the two Half-Life 2 Steam "let me download all the games cos, like, I gave y'all lotsa money" packs. [The Silver and Gold packages. - Ed]

It's not a remake - it's just a handy way to get hold of one of the original game's official expansion packs. Opposing Force is already available, as you may know, along with favoured mods like Day of Defeat (which has just been patched slightly, by the way), Deathmatch Classic, Ricochet, Team Fortress Classic and Counter-Strike.

For those with short memories (or perhaps with memories now neatly reorganised to provide prime wistful-recollection space to the greater moments in Half-Life 2), Blue Shift saw players take control of security guard Barney Calhoun as the nastiness at Black Mesa started to unfold. It was an entertaining effort, although it didn't last very long - in fact, you could probably play through it in an evening.

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Half-Life 1 expansion on Steam

Half-Life 1 expansion on Steam

Blue Shift's wait.

Half-Life fans looking for something to do before The Lost Coast shows up ("soon") and Aftermath takes them back to City 17 ("September") might want to keep an eye on Steam this week as Valve plans to re-release Half-Life 1 expansion Blue Shift.

Blue Shift was Gearbox Software's second Half-Life expansion after the (fairly excellent) Opposing Force, but was pooh-poohed in some quarters for being too short - mainly because it was originally designed as an extra bit for the then-canned Dreamcast version.

It saw players take control of security guard Barney Calhoun as things went wrong in Black Mesa and Gordon Freeman was busy rising to the challenge. Barney has to rescue some scientists, solve some puzzles and avoid crouching in lifts. (Unless they fixed that; all we remember is that it got us lodged in the scenery.)

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