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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

Black Mesa Release Date PC

early access





developer: Crowbar Collective publisher: Crowbar Collective Official website

English language game language: English

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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.

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.

Last updated on 13 May 2015

Game mode: single / multiplayer   Multiplayer mode: Internet   Player counter: 1-32  

User score: 8.4 / 10 based on 2383 votes.

Pre-release expectations: 8.6 / 10 based on 282 votes.

Age restrictions Black Mesa: 16+

Black Mesa System requirements

PC / Windows

PC / Windows

  • Minimum:
  • Dual Core 2.4 GHz
  • 4 GB RAM
  • graphic card 1 GB GeForce GTX 460 or better
  • 15 GB HDD
  • Windows Vista/7
  • 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
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