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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Hello again everyone!

After 20 years of enjoying everything that the Half-Life community has had to offer, I am incredibly happy to finally release my own contribution to you all.
This Half-Life mod will let you experience the Black Mesa incident from a different perspective, with some insights into mysterious events which Gordon Freeman was not present for.

This is my first real modding effort, which I began around 5 years ago.
I initially had just hoped to make a short and simple campaign that I myself would enjoy, working on it sporadically over the years in my spare time.
I never expected it to be as large an undertaking as it turned out to be, and I also could have never anticipated that I would get married and become a father in the time I worked on this project! It has been a long journey, but very much worth it.

This mod has been created and tested for the Windows version of Half-Life on Steam, and it is not compatible with Half-Life Source or the old WON version of Half-Life.
Music is integral to this mod, and the soundtrack may not work if this is played any other way.
Lastly, due to the detail in some areas, I would recommend running this on a more modern computer than what Half-Life was designed for originally.

There are two ways to get the mod below, either a Windows installer which will find your Steam Half-Life directory automatically, or a zip file.
Please run this using the shortcut created for Half-Life: Echoes in your Steam game library, this avoids the "ED_Alloc: no free edicts" crash by increasing the entity limit. If you change games from within Half-Life this command will not be run.
Select your format below - setup instructions are included with each download.

ExeEchoes zip Download

I have put a lot of time, energy and care into this, and I hope that you enjoy playing this as much as I did making it!
Thank you to all who supported me while I created this.

James Cockburn

This mod is designed for the current Steam version of Half-Life on Windows.
I cannot guarantee it will fully function any other way.

Ensure that you run the game using the "Half-Life: Echoes" game library shortcut in Steam.
This increases the entity limit and avoids the crash "ED_ALLOC: NO FREE EDICTS"
Do not load Half-Life and change to Echoes from within the game.
This will skip the command to allocate extra memory.

You can set this manually if you wish, by adding
-num_edicts 2048
To the Steam launch options for Half-Life: Echoes.
To do this, right click on the game title, and select properties.
Then go to the "General" tab, then "Set launch options".
Or alternatively, add this to the Half-Life launch options:
-game echoes -num_edicts 2048
Remember to remove this if you wish to play Half-Life normally.

If this fails, try to load a saved game from a previous map and try to continue from there.
Report any issues that cannot be fixed by the above to the moddb page.

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PS2 Blue Shift - Final release

PS2 Blue Shift - Final release

News 4 comments

I can't believe that it is a final release and that this project came this far from ugly buggy proof of concept.

Half-Life : Echoes Release Date and Trailer

Half-Life : Echoes Release Date and Trailer

News 49 comments

Playtesting is complete. A release is imminent. Come check out the trailer!

Half-Life : Echoes final polish

Half-Life : Echoes final polish

News 31 comments

A complete version of Echoes is being play-tested for final bug testing and polish. I will be releasing soon.

Help needed

Help needed

News 6 comments

Map developers needed.

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Full Version 22 comments

Half-Life: Echoes .zip file - Version 1.1 - Requires Windows and the Steam version of Half-Life. This will not be compatible with old saves.



Full Version 9 comments

Half-Life: Echoes .exe file - Version 1.1 - Requires Windows and the Steam version of Half-Life. This will not be compatible with old saves.

Full Version 26 comments

Half-Life: Echoes .zip file - Version 1.0 - Requires Windows and the Steam version of Half-Life



Full Version 20 comments

Half-Life: Echoes .exe file - Version 1.0 - Requires Windows and the Steam version of Half-Life

Dreamcast + Alpha Soundtrack

Dreamcast + Alpha Soundtrack

Music 1 comment

The Dreamcast OST for Blue Shift and the Alpha OST for Half-Life.

Half-Life:Blue-Shift Trailer #2

Half-Life:Blue-Shift Trailer #2

Trailers 1 comment

This is the 2nd of two trailers to be released for Half-Life:Blue Shift this trailer originally was from Gamespot, Recovered from to archive...

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how to download blue shift without mod ?

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

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

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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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PLAY HL2 (if you havent already)

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HL2 sucks

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

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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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If you say this game sucks you can go die in h3ll.

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