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One of the greatest games ever made. Remade.

Remaking a game as iconic as Half-Life, using a small team in their free time, and then releasing it for free, is one of those ideas that on paper sounds frankly, a bit nuts. Thankfully though, the Black Mesa Modification Team have done it anyway. Earlier this month the team released the first chapter in their remake of the seminal 1998 shooter, titled Black Mesa. And we reckon they've done a bloody good job.

Black Mesa is a third party total conversion mod designed to utilise the more advanced capabilities of the Source engine. The game launched earlier this month, is free to download, and features all of Half-Life's chapters up to those set on the alien world of Xen. And if that last point was somehow a spoiler then what the heck have you been playing these last 14 years?

To give Black Mesa a go, you'll need to do two things:

  1. Download the game - Just head to their website and follow the link
  2. Ensure you have both Steam installed, and the Source SDK Base 2007 (located under 'tools' inside the steam application).
  3. So, how does the remake stand up next to the original? Take a look at these gameplay clips and let us know your thoughts on the game in the comments.

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vadagar1
vadagar1

thank you for making this THANK YOU

 

valve are so F**** awesome, I'm so getting DOTA 2 (seen beta plays GREAT)

666NightsInHell
666NightsInHell

Valve should make his half life source like this one,their hf source sux, this one is beauty

jcknapier711
jcknapier711

The greatest game ever made!  ..That I've never heard of ...

 

??????

zulwalks
zulwalks

It is a great game so far. They went through the trouble of tweaking and adding to the original game, some of were great additions, some not so. But keeping in mind that this is not a complete game (even though it is already longer than most modern ones) and it is 100% free, this is a game that everyone should play whether you are a fan of the original game or not. And I can't wait to see the final complete product

hinkwokching
hinkwokching

I enjoyed the game so far very much. While the reminds me of my days with the original HL, it didn't feel like a sloppy copy-paste and the game felt new to me. The game is genuinely thoughtful.

 

Controls is not bad, just needed some getting used to. Otherwise, the controls seemed to me to be original HL mixed-in with HL2 tweaks which is to be expected. I am also glad that the game makers have infused source engine mechanics to let players work through the game using methods that was previously not possible with HL, so that is a plus.

 

Very enjoyable, certainly less exciting than the newest games, but that is because everyone (well, almost everyone I would suspect) have already played HL and knows more-or-less where the game is heading from the start.

 

Excellent remake. Now I can play this until the remake for Carmageddon is released.

xeno1ith
xeno1ith

If you're having a hard time mastering the jump crouch, which is an absolute must in this mod, you can bind the keyboard commands so you'd only have to tap the spacebar.  To do this, you need to edit the autoexec.cfg file located in the following folder: steamapps/sourcemods/BMS/cfg.  Make sure the text in the file is exactly as displayed below: 

 

exec config.cfg

//exec threading.cfg

 

bind "space" "+jumpcrouch"

alias +jumpcrouch "+jump; wait 5; duckON"

alias -jumpcrouch "wait 5; duckOFF; -jump"

alias duckON "+duck"

alias duckOFF "-duck"

 

//fix jump from crouch state

bind "ctrl" "+normalduck"

bind "c" "+normalduck"

alias +normalduck "+duck; alias duckON; alias duckOFF"

alias -normalduck "-duck; alias duckON +duck; alias duckOFF -duck"

s4dn3s5
s4dn3s5

it's great but honestly, this game just reminded me of how much game mechanics have aged and how superior was HL2. It's still an amazing game and the AI is still one of the best

ChaosUndivided
ChaosUndivided

Well looks like I will be playing through Half-Life again. How many times will that be now?

Albaficas
Albaficas

the jump still sucks but y one of the greatest games ever made to date

hl1-hl2 BEST FPS ever made screw hello kitty CoD

 

SingletreeAve
SingletreeAve

This looks awesome.  Did they do anything about the way slippery controls, or is that supposed to be part of the experience? I always thought HL could could use a little more friction.

doktron
doktron

FANTASTIC! Excellent remake of one of the greatest games ever made! I recomend every fan of halflife series(and everyone else) to play this game. Best PC game of the year! Cant wait for Xen.

PcGamingRig
PcGamingRig

any ideas when the final part is being released? :)

Fayt1986
Fayt1986

get a flight and hug these guys right now........ goty?.

scarred_fox
scarred_fox

HCU sent an email to all the users about the release...been playing it since ^^

saoe
saoe

From first video you can clearly tell its a young gamer playing it or someone who has never played HL2 before.

estalling
estalling

 @jcknapier711 That's sad.  Go and get it right now.  If not Half Life 1, AT LEAST play Half Life 2.  It will become the standard for all single player FPS.

estalling
estalling

 @margevich  @artyom570568 Of course it's better.  It was made by a studio with a publisher, and a facility.  This was made by fans at separate homes who all have lives outside of video games.  It's the homage that is awesome.