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The fan-made re-imagining of Valve’s Half-life, Black Mesa has finally been released with its 1.0 update.

Crazy to think it’s been 16 years since Valve’s own Half-life remake, Half-life: Source was released. I like many had felt pretty disappointed by the ported title, mostly because it never truly took advantage of all the features that the Source engined offered at the time. When it was revealed by a small group of teams that they would work on a mod to bring these changes, much excitement grew in the community. The years quickly flew by, with a free mod eventually being released, though the team at Crowbar Collective still had much left to finish. Valve eventually did approach them to give them the go-ahead to commercialize the project, as it would grant them license to an updated Source Engine.

And here we are today, with the official release now being available on Steam for a small price of $19.99. I’ve yet to jump in the title myself, though I am eager to once again relive the original Half-life, along with the teams added Xen segments.

About Black Mesa:

You are Gordon Freeman, a theoretical physicist at the Black Mesa Research Facility. When a routine experiment goes horribly wrong, you must fight your way through an interdimensional alien invasion, and a bloodthirsty military clean-up crew in order to save the science team… and the world!

  • Nineteen chapters of fighting through top-secret labs, running atop harsh desert landscapes, sneaking into abandoned railways, and leaping across dimensions
  • Mind-Blowing graphics and effects, never before seen on the Source Engine
  • Face off against an army of classic enemies, updated with new features and engaging AI
  • Wield an arsenal of military hardware, scientific prototypes, and the iconic crowbar through incredibly detailed environments
  • The all-new soundtrack and voice acting create a more immersive experience than ever before

Black Mesa MINIMUM Specs:

    • OS: Windows® 7 (32/64-bit)/Vista or Greater
    • Processor: 2.6 Dual Core Processor or Greater
    • Memory: 6 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 2 GB Dedicated Video Card or Greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space

Black Mesa RECOMMENDED Specs:

    • OS: Windows® 7 (32/64-bit) or Greater
    • Processor: 3.2 Quad Core Processor or Greater
    • Memory: 8 GB RAM
    • Graphics: 4 GB Dedicated Video Card or Greater
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Network: Broadband Internet connection
    • Storage: 20 GB available space