Run. Think. Shoot.
Source. Black Mesa is a re-envisioning of Valve Software's seminal classic Half-Life. Gordon Freeman and his unforgettable journey through the Black Mesa PC Research Facility have been lovingly re-created to capture the full spirit of the original game, without 1998’s graphical limitations.
This is Half-Life the way it was meant to be played! Expect tremendously detailed environments, old-school tough-as-nails combat, and a gripping story with memorable characters. The all-new soundtrack, voice acting, choreography and dialogue create a more expansive and immersive experience than ever before. Nostalgia has never felt so fresh! The Steam release of Black Mesa includes various fixes, upgrades, and new features since Black Mesa’s mod release.
A superlative remake of one of the most important games ever made. [Dec 2012, p.89]
We should applaud an excellent work made for free by fans of the original game.
Black Mesa will probably go down in history as one of the most ambitious, successful, eye-catching and exciting fan-made projects. Its value as a remake is very high: it elevates in every respect the original Half-Life by Valve and even adds a lot of content. It is definitely the best way to enjoy this story.
Black Mesa is a lot of things. It's one of the best mods ever made and a package that offers every Half-Life fan what they want. It's also a chance for newcomers to get to know a game that has been put on a pedestal over the years, in a relatively modern way. But more importantly, it's a very special and entertaining look into the history of shooters.
Those with a taste for retro-gaming or lighthearted sci-fi shooters, take note: few games with a foot in the nineties hold up this well.
Black Mesa is the best way to play the classic original 1998 Half-Life today, but it's a remake that already feels old enough that it would benefit from a remake itself.
February 25, 2020
Black Mesa 1.0, the Half-Life remake, will be released on Steam next week.
November 27, 2017
Half Life’s remake, Black Mesa, delays one more time its last chapter. Read more