Black Mesa finally released

It's not a dream, or a hoax or an imaginary story. After years of waiting and lots of promises, the first version of Black Mesa, the almost legendary fan created graphical remake of Valve's original Half-Life game, has now been released to the world.

The game, which only requires that the free Source SDK Base 2007 files be installed on a PC to play, generated so much interest that when the files were released earlier today, the game's official website went down as a result. The website is back online now with a list of official download links for Black Mesa.

It might be easier to just wait for the game to be released via Valve's Steam service. Black Mesa will be one of the first Steam Greenlight games that will be launched on Steam. We will update this post when it appears on Steam.

As we have mentioned before, this is just the first planned release for Black Mesa. It replicates Valve's original Half-Life game in the updated Source Engine all the way to Lambda Core. The final Xen portion of Half-Life will be released later as an expanded chapter, along with Black Mesa's version of Half-Life deathmatch.

Source: Black Mesa | Image via Black Mesa/Valve

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I played it for a little while today, I think it's really well made, but it's still quite clearly just a mod, there are some balancing and gameplay issues you probably wouldn't find if it were done by Valve themselves. :0

All in all, probably the best and most complete single player mod i've played in ages.

It's available on Desura, for those who don't want to bother with a torrent and don't want to wait the release on Steam

I just tried it (at least through the point where the fecal matter hit the agitator blades) and it's a decided night-and-day difference both clarity-wise and performance-wise compared to the original Half-Life. Where I'm curious is how does it compare to Half-Life: Source (Valve's own port of the original to the Source engine).

PGHammer said,
I just tried it (at least through the point where the fecal matter hit the agitator blades) and it's a decided night-and-day difference both clarity-wise and performance-wise compared to the original Half-Life. Where I'm curious is how does it compare to Half-Life: Source (Valve's own port of the original to the Source engine).

I would like to know this as well......

I would love for NeoGamr to write a review regarding this game
I have not yet had a chance to play but I would like to see what a nice review would look like

i remember someone with a leak of this many many.. years ago
and i never heard of it again.. thought this was abandoned or something
makes me wonder how good it will look when they started making this in 2003/2004 ish

bjoswald said,
Who cares? Half-Life came out in 1998 and nobody plays it anymore.

This is a complete remake on the Source engine, its getting outstanding reviews and tons of downloads so plenty of people care. Have you even tried it or did you just want attention and come here to show everyone how cool you think you are for not liking something?

bjoswald said,
Who cares? Half-Life came out in 1998 and nobody plays it anymore.

I still play Half-Life. It's nice to get away from all the games released today that don't pose any challenge and just look good.

bjoswald said,
Who cares? Half-Life came out in 1998 and nobody plays it anymore.

Dude your missing out HL was an absolute classic. I can't wait to get home tonight and play totally forgot it was out on Friday I would of played on the weekend!

I love it, I think I'm having a lot more fun than I did with Half Life 2 and I already know what is going to happen in the story. They did a really wonderful job with this, Valve should hire them.

This mod is probably the best mod I have ever played bar none - it feels like a full-fledged, highly polished game. The voice actor for Dr. Kleiner is so close to the voice in HL2, it's very hard to tell them apart. The music fits right in to the HL saga music. It's crashed a time or two, and there are the very occasional glitches, but this thing is so impressive for being free, I can't complain at all. It's like night and day compared to the original HL - Valve should seriously sell this instead of HL and give the money to the modders, because they deserve it. There is absolutely no reason to play HL at all any more. My jaw dropped several times, especially in the intro scene, where the modders paid an amazing amount of attention to detail - adding complexity and depth where they could have easily got away with something simpler. I can't recommend this mod enough.

It's going to take another 8years to download the game with the abysmal 2 official hosts which have broken under the strain, andthe torrent link doing the same

BeLGaRaTh said,
It's going to take another 8years to download the game with the abysmal 2 official hosts which have broken under the strain, andthe torrent link doing the same

yeah I came back here to say wtf is up with the hosts

BeLGaRaTh said,
It's going to take another 8years to download the game with the abysmal 2 official hosts which have broken under the strain, andthe torrent link doing the same

I thought it was going to be on Steam.

Catweazʖe said,

I thought it was going to be on Steam.

Yeah me too. Guess it will be added later.
Oh well, glad it's finally out!

BeLGaRaTh said,
It's going to take another 8years to download the game with the abysmal 2 official hosts which have broken under the strain, andthe torrent link doing the same

Just use the torrent. I downloaded at a steady 1 MBs and peeked at 2 MBs at times.