Relive Half-Life in this highly acclaimed, fan-made recreation
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Release Date: May 5, 2015

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What the developers have to say:

Why Early Access?

“Making a game with the scope and scale of Black Mesa is a massive undertaking. Back in 2012 we made the decision to release what we had completed up to that point, and were blown away by the community’s response, feedback, and improvements to our work. We want to keep that relationship alive and well by using Early Access as a tool for allowing our community to participate in the final phase of Black Mesa’s development.

In addition, our ambitions go beyond the original Xen chapters found in Half-Life. We have a standard of quality that we have to achieve. Early Access allows us to commit resources to bring you the remaining chapters with the quality that you expect.”

Approximately how long will this game be in Early Access?

“We currently have the first ~85% of our single player campaign completed. For the last 15% we want to not only recreate it, but improve upon it to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience. We feel it will take us considerable time to get the last 15% up to our standards, and putting a time estimate on it would be a total guess.”

How is the full version planned to differ from the Early Access version?

“The conclusion of the single player campaign, with the addition of the Xen chapters
Final polish on the Earth-based chapters of the single player campaign
More multiplayer maps
More multiplayer gameplay modes”

What is the current state of the Early Access version?

“Over 10 hours of single player campaign. Multiplayer deathmatch and team deathmatch with 6 completely re-imagined Half-Life 1 maps on the Source Engine.”

Will the game be priced differently during and after Early Access?

“Black Mesa will be $19.99 USD during the Early Access phase. This price will not change after we move out of Early Access.”

How are you planning on involving the Community in your development process?

“We intend to work closely with our community as we complete the final portions of Black Mesa. We started out as a modding team aiming to do true justice to a Half-Life: Source port, and we won’t forget our roots.

The Black Mesa game hub and forums will be the primary points of interaction with our users. Many team members regularly browse these areas to discuss ideas with the community, and to show progress on game development. Community feedback will be sorted into groups and taken into account as we develop.

We also support Steam Workshop, and will be watching and encouraging developments there.”
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July 12

Surface Tension Update - Patch 2

Note: This update does not contain Xen! We are hard at work on Xen. This is a small stability update aimed at lower-end users.

Programming
  • Fixed a number of potential crashing issues on low-end graphics cards.
  • Fixed an issue with the depth buffer that was causing the game to crash for some users.
  • Fixed some instances of the "Disable CSM" option not working properly.
  • CSM/depth buffer will now be disabled completely by default on low-end graphics cards that are not officially supported.
  • Fixed mat_hdr_level & mat_tonemapping_occlusion_use_stencil convars not working properly. This will hopefully help to resolve a sporadic issue for some users where the game would turn dark after a few seconds. If your game turns dark after a few seconds, try setting mat_tonemapping_occlusion_use_stencil to 1 in the console.

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June 23

60% Off Till July 4th! Only $7.99



Hope you all enjoy the Summer Sale! If you have not yet checked out Black Mesa, now is a great time.

Quick Recap of Our Features

  • 12 Hours of Intense FPS Gameplay!
  • A Complete Reimagining of the Half-Life Experience
  • 3 All New Surface Tension Levels Added last Update
  • New Dynamic CSM Shadows
  • Deathmatch and Team Deathmatch Multiplayer with 10 Maps

Thanks to everyone who has supported us so far!

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Reviews

“This is Half-Life updated just enough to make it palatable for contemporary tastes, but not so much as to deviate from the original vision.”
YES – Kotaku

“Black Mesa Source winds up being exactly what it always promised to be – a modernised, faithful recreation of a deservedly landmark first-person shooter.”
Rock Paper Shotgun

“It's a brilliant tribute to one of the greatest videogames ever made, and it's also a good game in its own right.”
8/10 – Destructoid

About This Game

Relive Half-Life in this highly acclaimed, fan-made recreation.

Main Info
Black Mesa is the award winning fan-made re-imagining of Gordon Freeman's landmark journey through the Black Mesa Research Facility. Relive Half-Life, Valve Software's revolutionary debut, and experience the game that raised the bar for the entire game industry all over again!

Key Features
Nostalgia has never felt so fresh - 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!

Heavily updated single player experience - The over 10 hour single player experience has greatly improved from the mod release; new visuals, new voice over, updated gameplay encounters, stability changes and more. Xen is not part of the Early Access release, but will included as a free update when it is ready.

Black Mesa Multiplayer - Fight with or against your friends, in two game modes across 10 iconic maps from the Half-Life universe including Bounce, Gasworks, Stalkyard, Undertow and Crossfire!

Custom Modding Tools & Workshop - Use the same tools as the developers! Create your own mods, modes and maps for Black Mesa and Black Mesa Multiplayer and then share your work, and subscribe to others, on the Steam Workshop!

Complete Steam Integration - Collect the full set of trading cards, backgrounds, emoticons, and achievements! Steam Cloud, Steam Workshop and partial controller support!

Run. Think. Shoot. Source..

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista or Greater
    • Processor: 2.0 Dual Core Processor or Greater
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 512 MB Dedicated Video Card or Greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 7 (32/64-bit) or Greater
    • Processor: 2.6 Quad Core Processor
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2048 MB Dedicated Video Card or Greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 15 GB available space
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Very Positive (199 reviews)
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garythewhale
4.2 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 31
a nice recreation of a classic very nice graphics and sounds
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Boss
22.9 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 31
Best remake ever, a masterpiece! I enjoyed it and i loved to play it!
Can't wait for the Xen part to be released, i hope it will be, soon!
This game is totaly worth of money.
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thunderben
37.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 30
This game is the next step for Gordon Freeman addicts
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Emanuel
13.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
Great to re-live the Half-life experience with much better graphics. Devs also managed to add their own quirky ideas into nice details that make all the difference. Highly recomend to anyone who loved Half-life. I never expected this mod to actually reach this stage, it was nice to play it.
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mohomonkeyman
16.8 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
I am a big fan of the original Half-Life and HL2 and have played through the original numerous times. Black Mesa didn't disappoint. It is a faithful recreation of the original game but with enough variation to keep it interesting while also showing off a bit of what the improved graphics and physics engine can do.

My only reservation is that since this game is still a work in progress the final section of the game on Xen is not yet available. None the less we are expecting to be completed at some point in the (near?) future and when it arrives it will probably be good!
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V.C. Sniper
72.0 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 29
B L λ C K M E S λ
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tonypa1
54.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
a new and improved version of half life. not overly complex, and a great stress reliever when you want to shoot something. can't wait til the xen levels come out
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wafflesrawsome
128.1 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
#XenWhen
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onearmed7
8.7 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
i love it
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Ground Control
2.4 hrs
Early Access Review
Posted: August 28
Your ultimate dream.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
61 of 64 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 7
I was never into video games when I was a young kid. I had other hobbies. When I was living in England when I was in middle school, a buddy gave me a "Demo Disk" from the British PC Gamer, and told me to load the game Half-Life on it. The demo was a stand alone level (if anyone here is in their thirties and can remember), and this was at a time where you could fit a few demos on a CD included with a magazine.
Half-Life changed my life. I became a life long PC Gamer. All these years later it's always there. We played it on my five PC LAN growing up; moving onto HL:OP, CS, DOD, and NS. And I played through HL2 a thousand times in High School, College, and the Army. Now my son watches me play them.
Point in fact, the original HL is a master-piece, but dated graphically (textures, models, and effects). Normally, I never buy early access on Steam, but I was willing to take a chance for this. This game is missing Xen, but to be honest, I always thought the Xen levels were a pain. Black Mesa is gorgeous and true to it's source material. I felt the people who made this product were life long fans like myself, and put their talents to good use. The attention to detail makes it a labour of love. In an age of COD madness, this game has a soul, and is worth your time and your money.
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17 of 19 people (89%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
97.3 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 18
Masterpiece.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
Recommended
25.0 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 18
Product received for free
Great game for anyone who never played Half-Life but wants to experience it. Solid remake of a great game.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
62.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 5
THIS GAME SCORES [1 2 3 *4*]

Black Mesa is a proper up-to-date (for like 2013) remake of Half-Life 1 with some artistic license here and there (which I believe was an improvement every time), but mostly sticks 1:1 to the original game. 20€ is not too high a price for this well done creation.

I had played through the much earlier Black Mesa version that was (Or still is.) available for free, and while I enjoyed most of it, I found the sound of trooper radio messages extremely off-putting. This is fixed in Black Mesa! It has convincing soldiers-in-the-field speech that feels like humans, not any longer like someone with sound effects at their disposal tried to make something sound bigger-than-thou.

Gameplay is super hard at times, but you'll manage if you wisely use the toys you have at your disposal (one of which certainly is quickload :P). If all fails (like in the lobby roughly half way through the game), there's still the console that allows you to use god mode. I don't remember if there was a proper FOV slider, but the console certainly has that covered.

If you think "I'll recommend this to people to show them what was so great about Half Life back then.", think again: Scripted events, industrial hazards, and the campaign story to ride on almost every place you get, that was something that broke new ground back then, it showed us the potential of what could be by giving us the first instance of it (as far as I know). But while it's sure a good game, and the right thing to recommend in case you want to talk about Half Life 1, you can hardly convey the discovery of the new world to people who weren't there when it happened.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.9 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 19
So, Black Mesa is basically a remake of Half-Life in the Source Engine. This means that it's a perfect entry point into the series for someone like me, who did not play the original. Half-Life is an absolute classic and one of the best games ever created. It has difficult gunplay, challenging enemies, and unforgiving non-linear gameplay that throws a ton of common-sense puzzles at you. The best thing about it is that it doesn't hold your hand like most modern FPS games out there today, rather it's beauty is in the difficulty. If you can find BM in the sales, then it's a no-brainer. I would still consider it worth $20 even if you can't get it discounted.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
2.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 20
I've just only begun playing through, but I've played both the original Half-Life and Half-Life: Sorurce.

I must say...THIS IS AWESOME!

Just as a remembered. A few extra twists. I wish I was aging this well...
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.1 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 4
This game is really fun. I never played the original before, just jumped straight to 2. The game looks really good. Can't wait for the finished product.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
20.7 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 1
I REally Like Thhhis Game only i want the developers to finish it!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
82.8 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 2
Pros: Best remake of an old classic just one comment, BUY IT is worth every peny.

Cons: No Xen yet (T_T).
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
32.6 hrs on record
Early Access Review
Posted: August 3
perfect game !!!
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