•  paul
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In a little less than two weeks from now, Half Life fans will have an opportunity to relive (or play for the first time, as it were) Valve's original 1998 title Half Life, albeit reborn and modified using the company's Source engine. The ambitious third-party project is called Black Mesa (previously known as Black Mesa: Source) and it's been in development for eight years.

"On September 14th you will see the first release of Black Mesa!," Black Mesa project leader, Carlos Montero, stated in a forum post. "This will include our re-envisioning of Half-Life all the way up to Lambda Core. We believe this is a great way to provide a complete-feeling 8-10 hour experience with a solid ending, make our fans happy and help us make the best overall game possible."

Black Mesa Countdown

Black Mesa will deliver Half Life as you've never seen it before. It will have all new graphics, maps, a new soundtrack, updated voice acting, support for multi-core processors, hardware accelerated face animation, and other goodies.

The project came about after Valve released its own Source-inspired port of Half Life in 2004 (Half Life: Source) to disappointing reviews. Gamers were expecting a larger graphical overhaul than what Valve delivered. Black Mesa aims to be the port fans have always wanted, and it's nearly ready to download. Here are a few screenshots to get you fired up.

Black Mesa itself will be free, though you will need a copy of any Source engine game on Steam to play it.

That's really cool, I myself got half life well after it time I felt it was outdated and I didn't want to play it very much. Revamped graphics, audio, and character voices will be really nice. It's aldo awesome that the game will be free and I will for sure want to try it out!


Okay now this is something I really wanted to play! I never played the original Half-life because it just didn't attract me (yes, I know, I like new and shiny things). This however is great!

Do you folks know if any plot is going to be changed?


I'll play it. I played the original games too. (all of them)


I'm pretty damn excited about this. I just hope there is an option for original voice and music. I heard some of the audio in the trailers and gameplay vids and wasn't exactly thrilled.


My boyfriend never stop taking to me bout this game and how i MUST try it but at first it didn't attract me neither cause of the graphics and as you say it's not a new shinny thing haha. But then i'm gonna play it for sure !


The original was awesome IMO because of the gameplay and the story a lil bit. Updated graphics and voices don't really appeal to me since the essential plot is the same. I would rather have a new half life game.


Hopefully this will be one of the games ported to Linux when steam shows up there. I LOVED Half Life 1 and back in the day played through it multiple times. Hopefully the same team will remake some of the more popular HL mods like the Barney mod, the fan one not the Valve one.

  •  JOMA
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Really looking forward to it. HL and HL2 are in my top 25 of all time for gaming.

Azure Sheep was the mod I was thinking about, one of the best HL mods that stayed in the story line. Much much better than Blue Shift.


One of the best fps out there specially the original one. Conterstrike and half life are the best


Sweet! Ive been waiting for this as well. Sure ive always been a PC gamer and i played half life 2 but i honestly like eye candy...and the original was definitely lacking.

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At the time the original HL had good graphics, looking back at it now it looks its age.


So if I own Half-Life source then I should be good to go for Black Mesa?

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That's my understanding, as long as you own a source game that's all that is required.

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