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Black Mesa (Windows)

Black Mesa Windows Title screen and main menu


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Black Mesa is a fan-made remake of Half-Life utilizing the Source engine as a standalone game. All key areas and events of the original game have been recreated faithfully, however there are a number of changes and tweaks that allow this game to be called re-imagining rather than a remake. These differences include: multiple changes to the maps - some have been altered and expanded, while others (including on-rail levels) were considerably shortened; new voice overs recorded for all the characters with many new dialogue lines added; the number of unique NPCs has been increased considerably; HEV suit's flashlight battery is now infinite; enemy's AI and weapon damage have been tweaked; a new weapon (flare) has been added; achievements have been introduced etc.

The version released in September 2012 contains 14 chapters of the original Half-Life, excluding the last several chapters that take place in the alien dimension Xen.


Black Mesa Windows One of the Tentacles in the Blast Pit
Black Mesa Windows One experiment gone terrible wrong
Black Mesa Windows Finally, a crowbar
Black Mesa Windows The desert looks really astonishing in contrast with all the indoor labs

Alternate Titles

  • "Black Mesa: Source" -- Working title

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Like revisiting an old friend. Paul Graves (38) 3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars3.43 Stars

Critic Reviews

Gamereactor (Norway) Sep 24, 2012 10 out of 10 100
OMGN: Online Multiplayer Games Network Sep 28, 2012 9.4 out of 10 94
newbreview.com Oct 10, 2012 4.5 out of 5 90
Games TM Oct 12, 2012 9 out of 10 90
Softonic Sep 17, 2012 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Gamer.nl Sep 20, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
Spazio Games Sep 19, 2012 8.5 out of 10 85
Destructoid Sep 23, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Metro.co.uk Sep 17, 2012 8 out of 10 80
Factornews Sep 25, 2012 7 out of 10 70


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The game was in development for eight years and the team had to move from the original Source engine available in 2004 to the later version released in 2007. The game was originally developed as a modification, but the eventually released version does not require any other game to run - the player just needs to download and install the Source SDK Base 2007 package which is distributed by Valve Corporation for free.


  • GameStar (Germany) / GamePro (Germany)
    • 2012 - #2 Best Indie Game / Mod of the Year (Readers' Vote)

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GTramp (44342) added Black Mesa (Windows) on Sep 16, 2012