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Black Mesa Released

They're waiting for you Gordon, at the Black Mesa Website, where they now offer the long-awaited first release of the Black Mesa modification to bring the gameplay from Half-Life to the Source engine (thanks ochentay4). Here's word from the wiki:

Black Mesa (formerly Black Mesa: Source) is a Half-Life 2 total conversion remaking of Valve Software's award-winning PC game, Half-Life.

Utilizing the Source engine, Black Mesa will reintroduce the player as Doctor Gordon Freeman, along with the original cast of memorable characters and environments seen in Half-Life. Black Mesa was built and founded on the basis that Half-Life: Source didn't fully live up to the potential of a Source engine port of Half-Life. As such, Black Mesa was founded to fully reconstruct the Half-Life universe utilizing Source to its fullest potential in terms of art detail, level sizes and code features. It should be noted that the project is being built from the ground up and is not a simple port of Half Life maps and models into the Source Engine. The idea is to remake the storyline used in Half Life into a new polished Source Engine version with new models, maps, soundtrack, voice acting and textures.

This total conversion will not require Half-Life: Source to play - only a copy of any Source Engine game installed on Steam. For more details, check the System Requirements.

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73. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 15, 2012, 00:03 wtf_man
 
Lorcin wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 20:24:
Wow. Trying to be nice atm so all I can say is wow.

What?

Can't a person not like what the project evolved into?
Or am I supposed to kiss their ass for actually getting something out? (Although still incomplete)
 
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72. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 23:18 Scud
 
Verno wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 14:05:
Creston wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 14:02:
Woot! I'm gonna sneak this in this weekend.

Creston

Yeah same, time for a break from Guild Wars 2. Oh and Borderlands 2 preloads just started (only 4.5GB right now), restart Steam! GMG keys have been going out since this morning.

They have been? They said in the email that I got after purchasing Borderlands 2 that the keys weren't going out until release day, where's my key dammit!
 
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71. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 23:01 zombiefan
 
Very well done, considering this is from the community. I was a bit afraid when the announced it was a "re-imagining" rather than a direct port, but so far my fears have been unwarranted. Someone had complained earlier about the voice acting and you know what? They could have done a LOT worse.

If I've got any complaints, it's that the crowbar animation leaves a bit to be desired. Instead of swinging it, I feel like I'm tapping with it. Perfect if I'm going to be rapping on a door to be let in, but not for combat. Also, (and how could they forget this??) where are the infamous klaxons? Unforseen Consequences started and all we get is a standard fire bell? BOO!!!!
 
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70. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 22:51 Sepharo
 
Man I love spamming the scientists and barneys. There are some really great lines and routines in there.  
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69. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 22:08 pacbowl
 
Downloading at the moment, but am still confused on the qualitative/quantitative differences between Black Mesa and Half-Life Source...? Like, for instance, what makes this better than HL Source?

Half-Life Source is just the same HL game but ported to a newer engine. (same textures, maps, environments, etc..) Except for the underlying engine there is no difference between HL and HL:S.

Black Mesa however is a complete remake (re-imagining?) of Half Life. The modders basically re-made HL from scratch. They made new models, new maps, new textures and added certain creative liberties (like there is a new window and office in the short hallway where Barney lets you in right after you get off the opening tram ride) so while it's not exactly the same, it's close enough.
 
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68. I am going to wait. Sep 14, 2012, 21:48 Ant
 
I want to have the bugs fixed and Xen levels added to complete the game so I don't have to replay it in the future.  
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67. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 21:15 wrigleyvillain
 
8 years is a long wait but I'm really digging it so far.

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66. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 20:47 mch
 
Impressed. Very well done and so far I think I can say worth the wait.  
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65. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 20:42 WaltC
 
Downloading at the moment, but am still confused on the qualitative/quantitative differences between Black Mesa and Half-Life Source...? Like, for instance, what makes this better than HL Source?

(Edited for clarity)



This comment was edited on Sep 14, 2012, 20:51.
 
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64. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 20:35 theyarecomingforyou
 
I had high expectations for this and somehow it managed to live up to them. The graphics are excellent, the gameplay changes mean it plays like a modern game, the level design is subtly different yet still familiar and the AI is decent. As a fan of the original I'm very impressed with how they've handled the update.

Here are a few screenshots I took earlier:

The Tentacle
The Test Chamber
Mr Scientist
 
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63. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 20:24 Lorcin
 
wtf_man wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 19:58:
As I've said before... I've had very little interest in this since they changed it from a re-make to a re-imagination. If I ever do bother to download it... it will probably when they actually finish it... with Xen and all.

/shrug

Wow. Trying to be nice atm so all I can say is wow.
 
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62. No subject Sep 14, 2012, 20:22 NoyzRulz
 
And no one cared before either. It's free, it's fun and you're downloading it.  
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61. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 19:58 wtf_man
 
As I've said before... I've had very little interest in this since they changed it from a re-make to a re-imagination. If I ever do bother to download it... it will probably when they actually finish it... with Xen and all.

/shrug
 
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60. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 19:41 Fantaz
 
Exciting release for a new HL2 mod...  
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59. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 19:28 Mad Max RW
 
The first problem with Revolution is it blatantly rips off S.M. Stirling's novel Dies the Fire. The second is NBC.  
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58. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 18:16 Prez
 
pacbowl wrote on Sep 14, 2012, 18:01:
Speaking of Revolution, nbc.com is streaming the whole pilot.

http://www.nbc.com/revolution/video/pilot/1415378

I watched it on Hulu last week. It just makes me shake my head that so many shows with good premises can't seem to hire writers who can write intelligent mature drama. I am not going to even bother watching another episode of a show that will be cancelled after 1 season. For the show to have had a chance at all the pilot needed to be a homerun, and it was nowhere near one. There are too many good shows on for people to have any patience to wait and see if a show will get better over the course of the season.
 
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57. Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 18:04 Yosemite_SLAM
 
Sa-weet! Downloading now.

Thanks to the developers for giving so much of themselves for our enjoyment!
 
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56. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 18:01 pacbowl
 
Speaking of Revolution, nbc.com is streaming the whole pilot.

http://www.nbc.com/revolution/video/pilot/1415378
 
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55. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 17:43 BobBob
 
Playing this a bit. It's not telling me, 'Wow, this is so much better than regular HL'.  
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54. Re: Black Mesa Released Sep 14, 2012, 17:33 xXBatmanXx
 
DL'd off of Torrent in less than an hour. Installing.  
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