Posté le : 20 mai
Half Life Blue Shift is an expansion pack that takes place during the events of the first Half Life. This time around we play as a security guard called Barney Calhoun. He is mute and plays exactly the same as our last protagonist Gordon. If it wasn't for people calling you by your name you would have no clue you are supposed to be a completely different character. The same goes for the levels, enemies and weapons. There is zero new enemies or weapons, in fact there are less weapons in this game. Levels themselves are very much like base Half Life, nothing special but definitely of the quality same quality and takes a bigger focus on action. A slight nick-pick I have is that the melee weapon is still a crowbar like the engineer Gordon instead of a baton that would be far more suited toward a security officer.
The first thing you will notice starting up the game is that the user interface is now blue instead of orange like the main game. It is probably done to remind you that you are a security officer but has no other effects. The main change is that you no longer refill your “armor” via the wall mounted H.E.V system since you do not have that suit. Instead you scavenge around for usable security armor sets to refill your armor count. One big difference is that unlike the main game this now has a few unique npcs with their own personalities and motives instead of the original's endless army of generic clone npcs. You will also catch a few glimpses of Gordon Freeman from time to time but will never interact with him.
Blue Shift is an expansion pack that plays it very close to home. It has very few changes from the base game and adds nothing new other than a few characters. This is a pretty safe dlc to skip as nothing very important happens story wise. It is more of a four hour adventure for those seeking more of that Half Life experience. In that regard it is a pretty solid dlc if you do not mind the lack of anything new to see. So if you fit that description you will find your fix here but for everyone else this is a by the books dlc that can easily be passed on if you had your fill of Half Life with the base game.