News: The Tweeze plays Blue Shift...
August 20, 2001 -- I recently finished the new Half-Life single
player game Blue Shift
where you take the role of one of the Barneys (security guards).
Like its predecessor Opposing Force (OpFor), Blue
Shift is from Gearbox Software (not Valve).
Most players agree that the original single player Half-Life game
seems to go on forever. Much as I enjoyed single player HL, the
action became tedious at times. Fortunately this is not a problem
in either of the Gearbox sequels. Blue
Shift, like OpFor, is well balanced
with little duplication between levels. Each level is novel in significant
ways and the game moves fairly quickly. I never found myself saying,
"oh no, not *this* again."
The Blue Shift textures
will, of course, be very familiar to HL players: it is, after all,
the same world. But Blue Shift
includes new "high definition" models for weapons, monsters
and people that give HL a refreshing new look.
Blue Shift is now bundled
with OpFor for $30 retail, and if you already have
OpFor, you can get a $10 rebate (but you'll have to
send in your CD). HL addicts have no excuse, and some of you who
gave up on the original HL single player game may want to give this
While this "yet another sequel" is arguably milking the
HL success to an extreme, I found it a highly playable and enjoyable