Made by Gearbox Software and originally released in 2001 as an add-on to Half-Life, Blue Shift is a return to the Black Mesa Research Facility in which you play as Barney Calhoun, the security guard sidekick who helped Gordon out of so many sticky situations.

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10 years ago the first version of Sandpit was released - it wasn't much - just the spawn menu and a few monsters from Half-Life, all based off some VGUI tutorials by Richard Zad at The Wavelength. For the next few years Sandpit got lots of updates with lots of features but by 2010 other projects (like Sandbot) had started to take up more time.

Sandpit's improved posing capabilities

In 2013 full-time work rolled around and not a lot of programming got done for fun anymore, but the updates to Half-Life and the release of the updated SDK re-ignited some interest and Sandpit started getting some more attention again. In the background, work on Basis got moved to new Half-Life SDK.

Sandpit's spawn menu

In 2015 a new job meant more desire to finally get Sandpit v4 to happen. Until then nothing had really been done beyond patching a code-base that was very obviously messy and in need of some love. Basis was tidied up and released publicly in 2015 and in 2016 and a new Sandpit was forked off Basis to take advantage of the fixes and structure that it brought. Work continued slowly for the next little while, but by the second half of 2018 it was still far from completion. The looming 10 year anniversary of Sandpit meant a lot of work got done in September, October and November of 2018 to get the most important features done in time.

Sandpit's spawn menu

In spite of best efforts, there was still an annoying bug in v4.0 that couldn't be reliably reproduced during testing and so a day later v4.0.1 was released to fix it.

There's still lots more planned for Sandpit (follow Sandpit to stay informed) - here's to another 10 years!

P.S. there are still two days left to vote for Mod DB's Mod of the Year - vote for Sandpit at Moddb.com

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headcrabax
headcrabax

Easy!!

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hafidin
hafidin

how to download blue shift without mod ?

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FLOPMAN
FLOPMAN

i bought the game in the store but won multyplayer wont work help plzz!

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PMDLEADERSHINX
PMDLEADERSHINX

Multiplayer is only possible with Blue-Shift Unlocked and Blue-Shift CoOp installed. Made as a stand alone game, it does not working like the other games.

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wawa26
wawa26

Now i remember play this game on my Pentium III PC.

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emrebil
emrebil

I need blue shift v1.0.0.1 patch for open my custom maps with blue shift but i can't open this patch. Can anyone send me files in this patch?

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Garyn Dakari

Just finished HL1, HL:OF, and HL:BS.

HL was near perfect in my mind, 10/10 all the way.

OF added some fun new weapons and gameplay mechanics, but almost nothing to the story. And the main character and villain just seemed to be copies of the ones from HL. I liked that one boss fight though, where you had to turn on the Gearbox, activate the Steam vents, and turn the Valve to kill the beast :P 8/10

BS didn't add any new gameplay or weapons, which was slightly annoying, but it made sense. It cleared up a few things about the story which was good, and the Gordan cameos were pretty funny. It was also really short and REALLY easy. I didn't ever die against an enemy in the whole game, and it only took 2 hours to play. And, without spoiling anything, I thought the ending was kinda lame. I'd give it a 7/10

All in all, I loved HL, and liked the expansions. I'll call HL a "Must play" and recommend the expansions if you like HL.

Haven't played HL2 yet, so no rating on that ;)

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djwizzle9001
djwizzle9001

PLAY HL2 (if you havent already)

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lolznoboz
lolznoboz

HL2 sucks

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deadlife101
deadlife101

Now all you need to do is play the last gearbox expansion, which is the hardest one, HL: Decay.

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Highmist
Highmist

yea, the Blue shift ending was kind of dull. I have yet to beat OF, because i got stuck in an area with absolutely no HP D:

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