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15-09-2012, 02:15 PM
Black Mesa
In case you didn't know, there's been a graphics improvement mode for the classic game Half Life from 1999. The mod, Black Mesa, has been in the works since 2004 and was widely thought to be vaporware after progress apparently stopped a couple years ago. However, they kicked into high gear again late last year and finally launched it yesterday.


It. Is. GLORIOUS.

It's the same classic Half Life gameplay and story, but with modern graphics (well, ca. 2008-2010 quality at least). It breathes new life into the game, and it isn't just a reskin: the entire game has been rebuilt from the ground up with tweaked progression, improved level geometry, and modified puzzles. It's fresh, but familiar. In addition to completely new models, textures, lighting engine, etc. they've also completely redone the audio with remastered music and re-recorded dialog. The voice actors aren't professionals, but they are talented amateurs, and the mixing was done well.


The best part is that it's totally free. You don't even need to own the original Half Life: Source to play it. Just download Valve's SDK 2007 from Steam if you don't already have it, and download the game. I recommend a torrent, most of the direct downloads are overloaded this weekend.

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It's a great game, enough to make me eagerly replay a game that came out over a decade ago. Well done to the creators, and to everyone who isn't playing it: what the hell are you waiting for?

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15-09-2012, 02:33 PM
RE: Black Mesa
meh, nothing compares to portal

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15-09-2012, 04:00 PM
RE: Black Mesa
(15-09-2012 02:33 PM)nach_in Wrote:  meh, nothing compares to portal

Philistine. Wink

E 2 = (mc 2)2 + (pc )2
614C → 714N + e + ̅νe
2 K(s) + 2 H2O(l) → 2 KOH(aq) + H2 (g) + 196 kJ/mol
It works, bitches.
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20-09-2012, 04:57 AM
RE: Black Mesa
No shit! Old Half Life in new skin? But, wait, what part is this, the first, original? Ah, the good old days...

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