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Black Mesa Source trailer released

Black Mesa Source trailer released

Ten years on, the original Half-Life is still held up as one of the best computer games ever made.

It may have been ten years since the original Half-Life was released but we can still remember just how influential and important the game was.

So influential in fact that ever since the release of Half-Life 2 a team of very dedicated modders have been making a remake of the game in Half-Life 2s Source engine. A proper remake too with new models and textures, not like the disappointing Half-Life: Source from Valve.

To help ramp up excitement this holiday season the team has released a new trailer which shows off some of the most exciting and dramatic moments in the original game - everything from the tentacles in the rocket lab to your cliff-side descent in Surface Tension.

What's most exciting of all though is the vague 2009 release date which has now been set for the project, meaning that a chance to relive the original Half-Life experience may finally be upon us.

You can check out the full trailer below, or visit the official Black Mesa Source website for more information - and don't forget to let us know what you think in the forums.

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Delphium 1st December 2008, 11:46 Quote
:fap: :fap: :fap:

That looks most win indeed!! Looking forward to its release, be good to play thought the original Half Life again having completed all of the Half Life 2 series also. :D
Grasshopper 1st December 2008, 11:47 Quote
God bless all moders!
Jordan Wise 1st December 2008, 11:48 Quote
awesome. that is all
Bauul 1st December 2008, 11:49 Quote
Makes me want to go play HL all over again. Awesomeness in a bottle.
Mankz 1st December 2008, 12:16 Quote
I think I've gone a little hard.
[USRF]Obiwan 1st December 2008, 12:41 Quote
iiiiiiiiiiiiuuuuu
ehm ehm... Testing... testing..... Freeman are you there?

I remember it like yesterdag as one of my most awesome moment in gaming :)
Gunsmith 1st December 2008, 12:42 Quote
oh god! i remember shitting myself in blast pit, i cant WAIT for this
proxess 1st December 2008, 12:42 Quote
I've been dieing for this for a long time. Any longer and I will die...
Stickeh 1st December 2008, 12:44 Quote
Jesus H CHRIST, that looks so amazing that i want to play it RIGHT NOW.

Why valve never did a proper re-make themselves i do not know, it would have sold like hot cakes, but i guess if they had cocked it up somehow it would ruin the whole HL series...either that or by trying so hard to not cock it up, we wouldnt have got the rest of the plethora of games they have released recently.
Kenny_McCormick 1st December 2008, 12:51 Quote
OMG OMG OMG I'm screaming like a teenage girl!!
Looks soo great...
xaser04 1st December 2008, 13:00 Quote
Can't wait for this.

Playing through the original HL (albeit source one) again brought back so many fond memories.

Personally I think HL1 is vastly superior to HL2 (probably because the idea and concept of the HL series was fresh) so adding the graphics from HL2 only adds to the gap between them.
Leitchy 1st December 2008, 13:02 Quote
To the people above saying about why Valve has not done this :

I'm glad they did not, as I look forward to Episode 3, I am loving Left 4 Dead hours per week, and who knows what there next projects are! If they spent the time and effort that this mod team have done with the original Half Life then we would have experienced delays in current and future game launches, or the games would be more expensive paying for the extra devs.

The trailers looks really good, can't wait to relive the original Half Life experience and hope Valve plan to support the mod team 100% and host it through Steam!
azrael- 1st December 2008, 13:16 Quote
This looks friggin' awesome! Next after the System Shock games Half-Life has to be my favourite game of all time. Can't wait to give "Black Mesa" a spin... :)
Huxen5 1st December 2008, 14:00 Quote
Looks great! Can't wait to play it, I thought it had vanished into the ether like many of the Source conversions over the past four years.
Huxen5 1st December 2008, 14:02 Quote
Maybe the scientists could have prevented the accident if they'd spent less time crossing their arms and gawping at blinking control panels. Hmm....
Dannythemusicman 1st December 2008, 14:05 Quote
I too thought it had vanished and do remember originally thinking to myself that it would never get released... but I never thought being wrong could feel so good!!! :-D

I simply cannot wait to play this!
mmorgue 1st December 2008, 14:26 Quote
Yep... just gone done a sex wee from that... :D
C-Sniper 1st December 2008, 15:06 Quote
Now i need to do laundry again =(
Nictron 1st December 2008, 15:37 Quote
With fear of being put on a burning stick , can I mention that I have not finished Half-Life yet, tried the other day and the graphics was just too ugly and I quit, this is great news and I might try and finish it.
Brett89 1st December 2008, 15:38 Quote
Yes please, that is all.
glaeken 1st December 2008, 15:52 Quote
Awesome. I've been following this mod almost since the beginning. They've done a superb job.
M4RTIN 1st December 2008, 15:55 Quote
omg i thought this'd been cancelled.. i hope it's on steam, i'd pay good money for this, more than a lot of "proper" games tbh
tranc3 1st December 2008, 16:49 Quote
OMG OMG OMG OMG I've been waiting for this mod for so long, there gods in my book.

I'm installing steam and hl1 on my flash drive right now.
antiHero 1st December 2008, 17:14 Quote
THIS WILL BE AWESOME!!!!

Now I have to play HL again to get into the mood
Fod 1st December 2008, 17:15 Quote
yaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaay.


i like half life.
Cobalt 1st December 2008, 17:19 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Huxen5
Maybe the scientists could have prevented the accident if they'd spent less time crossing their arms and gawping at blinking control panels. Hmm....

You'd be surprised at how much staring at readouts real physics actually involves.
pistol_pete 1st December 2008, 18:19 Quote
"Want."
Jacked again 1st December 2008, 18:42 Quote
I was lucky enough two years ago to meet the head project lead at a lan party, who a friend introduced me to. I was surprised at how nice it looked back then and am blown away at the leaps and bounds they have made since then. I look forward to this coming out and have no doubt it will be as good, if not better, then the original.
wuyanxu 1st December 2008, 18:47 Quote
*want**want*

the trailer looks epic, with a master piece of original game, i bet this will be a top HL2 mod download for at least 6 months.
Aterius Gmork 1st December 2008, 18:57 Quote
So this will be free? All you need is HL2?
azrael- 1st December 2008, 19:34 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Aterius Gmork
So this will be free? All you need is HL2?
HL2 ...and love! Lotsa, lotsa loooove! :)
pendragon 1st December 2008, 19:52 Quote
I'll get it! :) This will rock as I've never played the whole original :(
Phil Rhodes 1st December 2008, 20:00 Quote
Unfortunately, I'm required to keep up my image as dour and inconsolably sarcastic, so my reaction to this is limited to this small trickle of saliva that's running down my chin.

Equally unfortunately, this is another work of art that is chained unavoidably to the unsinkable ship that is the Titanic. Sorry, Steam.
WildThing 1st December 2008, 20:46 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by mmorgue
Yep... just gone done a sex wee from that... :D

+1 :o
Darkefire 1st December 2008, 20:51 Quote
Unfriggin' believable. I've been checking up on their work from time to time and I was all but certain that Black Mesa was going to end up like poor Duke Nukem. That trailer is nothing but amazing, I can't believe how good it looks. I'm looking forward to this particularly; I've never played the original Half Life. I bought into the series when HL2 came out, but I couldn't get over how crappy HL1 looked so I didn't bother.

The only thing that could possibly shoot this down in flames would be Valve themselves, but I think it's been around long enough that they're either going to throw their support behind the team 100%, or (more likely) hire the lot of them on the spot. I really, really hope they don't decide to assert their ownership; they've already made more money than God on the game, and HL1 is included with just about every purchase you can make on Steam. Actually, considering you have to own HL2 in the first place, you'll probably own the game anyways :)
Fod 1st December 2008, 22:08 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Phil Rhodes
Unfortunately, I'm required to keep up my image as dour and inconsolably sarcastic, so my reaction to this is limited to this small trickle of saliva that's running down my chin.

Equally unfortunately, this is another work of art that is chained unavoidably to the unsinkable ship that is the Titanic. Sorry, Steam.

have you tried steam recently? it's pretty decent.
Gunblade 1st December 2008, 23:03 Quote
Glad to see that they are still working on the mod, and want to finish it. Plus that they are bit-tech news worthy is great : )
Denis_iii 1st December 2008, 23:29 Quote
....epic........
Omnituens 1st December 2008, 23:31 Quote
...in the TEST CHAMBER.
g3n3tiX 2nd December 2008, 00:05 Quote
O
M
G (as everyone said...)
2009 is long...when ?
Glad they updated, I though the mod was dead.
cebla 2nd December 2008, 00:12 Quote
@ Darkefire: They already had to change the name because Valve asked them to. The official name is actually just Black Mesa. Originally they were calling it Black Mesa: Source, but Valve asked them to change the name, but apart from that they were OK with the mod so it is pretty clear that they will at least not hinder it and I wouldn't be surprised if it is available through steam as it looks to be of very high quality.

I have also been watching this mod since the very early days and can't wait for it to be finished.
knuck 2nd December 2008, 00:48 Quote
in parallel to the "games you wish you had finished" thread, I declare that I will buy this game because I have never finished the original HL (shame on me)
HourBeforeDawn 2nd December 2008, 01:02 Quote
WOOT, I would play half life one again especially if it has vamped up graphics, cant wait for this.
yodasarmpit 2nd December 2008, 01:19 Quote
Fracking awesome
sotu1 2nd December 2008, 02:18 Quote
did anyone else get shivers down the back of their spine when they heard those alarm klaxons when Gman was onscreen?

I'm definately going back to black mesa
roshan 2nd December 2008, 07:35 Quote
Great news
CardJoe 2nd December 2008, 09:48 Quote
Quote:
Originally Posted by Ghys
in parallel to the "games you wish you had finished" thread, I declare that I will buy this game because I have never finished the original HL (shame on me)

You realise that it's a free mod, right?
Phil Rhodes 2nd December 2008, 11:25 Quote
Quote:
have you tried steam recently? it's pretty decent.

I'm sure it's decent right now, will be decent next week, and might still be decent in eighteen months' time. It's the long term that worries me.
johnnyboy700 2nd December 2008, 12:09 Quote
I've been tracking this one since I first heard about it in PC Gamer many years ago, at times I had my doubts that it would ever get anywhere but this looks "frickin' awesome man!".

I'd seen the designs and the screen shots before but actually seeing it in motion looks simply wonderful, god bless modders and you'll be getting my money on release date thats for sure. Gotta love the Silo tentacle beast!

I read about the HL source that Valve did themselves, didn't sound all that great besides once you put the HiDef pack from Blue Shift in the original HL looked pretty good considering its age. I still can't make up my mind about swapping the MP5/ GL combo for the M203 as your primary tool of death dealing.
johnnyboy700 2nd December 2008, 12:43 Quote
Oh by the way, here is a message for all those who think this looks awesome (don't we all?) but haven't played the original all the way to the end.
Be aware that the original HL payed a visit to the alien homeworld of Zen and as much as I utterly love HL, this is more that just a bit rubbish. I mean, a walking testicle beast that you can't kill? Who knows maybe BMS will improve things a bit, but then they would be altering the game so they might not want to do that.

I'd hate to think someone might get put off the game when you reach Zen, just hang in there it does take you back eventually.
The Growler 17th February 2009, 16:45 Quote
Wow! That looks fantastic. Can't wait.
I thought I read somewhere that someone is doing something similar to Return to Castle Wolfenstein but can't find any updates. Anybody know anything about that?
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