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Black Mesa PC

A fan modification of the classic first-person shooter Half-Life from 1998; the mod's development took roughly 8 years to complete.

Action | FPP | science fiction | FPS | reeditions/remasters/remakes | indie games | shooters

PC / Windows
Black Mesa cover

developer: Crowbar Collective

publisher: Crowbar Collective

Official website

Game mode: single / multiplayer

Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-32

English language game language: English

game release date for PC:

05March2020

Black Mesa is an original, indie modification by Carlos Montero and more than 40 people of Black Mesa Modification Team, which is a refreshed version of Valve Software's Half-Life game.

Plot

Black Mesa recreates the events shown in Half-Life. We're playing the role of Gordon Freeman, PhD in theoretical physics, an employee of the Black Mesa secret research complex. After a tragic experiment, he has to face hordes of aliens who have come to the center from the Xen world, as well as the U.S. military trying to eliminate the threat and cover up all evidence of illegal activities, eliminating surviving witnesses of the disaster.

Mechanics

The gameplay mechanics are based on the 1998 original. Again, the player is dealing with a first person shooter, which puts a lot of emphasis on the plot. During the game, we explore locations and eliminates the opponents. In addition to fighting a wide range of opponents, the game also requires solving simple logic puzzles.

In Black Mesa all enemy models known from the original were implemented, but changes were made to their artificial intelligence. In addition, the available weapons are also similar to the arsenal known from Half-Life. The player can use conventional and experimental weapons (based on alien technology), as well as the cult crowbar.

Game modes

Black Mesa offers both an extensive single-player feature campaign and a multiplayer mode, which allows you to fight against other users on maps known from Half-Life such as Bounce, Stalkyard or Undertow.

Technical aspects

Black Mesa takes full advantage of the Source Engine. The project did not use the original Half-Life code. This resulted in two thousand models, five thousand textures, more than two thousand sound effects, as well as new recordings of six and a half thousand dialog lines. A new soundtrack was also composed by Joel Nielsen.


Game score 9.15 / 10 calculated out of 2060 players' votes.  
Expectations before the premiere: 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 282 players' votes.  

Age Rating

age requirements: 16+

System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

Recommended: Quad Core 3.0 GHz, 6 GB RAM, graphic card 3 GB GeForce GTX 1060 or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows 7/8/10
Minimum: Dual Core 2.4 GHz, 4 GB RAM, graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 460 or better, 15 GB HDD, Windows Vista/7

Black Mesa  Half-Life Remake Available on Steam Early Access
Black Mesa Half-Life Remake Available on Steam Early Access

news 06 May 2015 12:21

Black Mesa, remake of the first Half-Life game released by Valve in 1998, has just launched on Steam Early Access program. At the moment, the price of the modification amounts to EUR 19.99.

Black Mesa - Xen Chapters of Half Life Remake Available From August
Black Mesa - Xen Chapters of Half Life Remake Available From August

news 08 July 2019 21:10

The developers of the updated version of Half-Life have announced that two new chapters will be available in the beta from the beginning of August. In addition, we learned that the launch of the final levels of the adventure is only a matter of a few weeks.

Black Mesa Beta Debuts With Complete Half-Life Campaign
Black Mesa Beta Debuts With Complete Half-Life Campaign

news 08 December 2019 22:10

After many years of waiting, the complete beta version of Black Mesa, fan-made remake of the original Half-Life, was released online. Thanks to it, the players can finally complete the entire campaign of the title. The release of the full version is planned for the beginning of next year.

Black Mesa - Half-Life Remake Completed
Black Mesa - Half-Life Remake Completed

news 25 December 2019 14:29

Xen came to Black Mesa. Crowbar Collective released the complete version of Half-Life's remake yesterday. Nevertheless, it still has Early Access status, as the developers have plans for further development of the game; the devs have used the same opportunity to share the said plans with the community.

Black Mesa 1.0 Beta Goes to Steam
Black Mesa 1.0 Beta Goes to Steam

news 13 February 2020 12:22

Crowbar Collective has released the full version of Black Mesa in an open beta. If the tests are successful, the Half-Life remake will soon leave Steam's Early Access.

Black Mesa - Fan-made Remake of Half-Life Scheduled to Leave Early Access
Black Mesa - Fan-made Remake of Half-Life Scheduled to Leave Early Access

news 25 February 2020 14:17

We know the exact release date of version 1.0 of Black Mesa. The fan-made remake of the iconic Half-Life will leave early access phase on Steam on March 5, this year.

Black Mesa  Half-Life's Remake Launches Today
Black Mesa Half-Life's Remake Launches Today

news 05 March 2020 14:05

Today, the full version of Black Mesa, a remake of the classic FPS Half-Life, will officially launch on Steam. This will mark the end of almost five years of early access.

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