developer: Crowbar Collective
publisher: Crowbar Collective
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: Internet, players: 1-32
game language: English
game release date for PC:
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 1986 players' votes.
Expectations before the premiere: 8.6 / 10 calculated out of 282 players' votes.
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