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Critic Reviews

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Gamereactor (Norway) (Sep 24, 2012)
Det er i det hele tatt veldig lite å utsette på Black Mesa. Utviklerne fikk mye gratis da de tok utgangspunkt i Half-Life, men samtidig er det snakk om en brukerskapt mod som ikke koster deg en krone. Det avsluttende Zen-kapitelet er ikke på plass enda, og jeg kom over en og annen bug underveis, men det spiller ingen rolle. Det gjør ikke de gammeldagse stigene og de småklønete hoppene heller. Dette er en forbedret utgave av et mesterverk, som alle bør få med seg. Absolutt alle.
Gamereactor (Sweden) (Sep 19, 2012)
Som en hyllning till världens bästa spel och utvecklarna som realiserade Gordons mardrömslika måndag står sig Black Mesa likt ett vackert kärleksbrev proppat med lovord, beröm och smicker. Visst, det hängde sig två gånger under mina 16 timmar och jag hittade fyra stycken buggar. Men... Som remake är det den enskilt bästa nyversionen av ett gammalt spel som jag någonsin haft nöjet att testa.
As a whole, Black Mesa is an amazing achievement from a legion of dedicated and passionate developers and designers. Everything from the original is present, and with the addition of some modern tweaks, it looks and plays better than ever before. Part of this is due to the ingenious level and game design of the original, but much can be attributed to adding and subtracting just the right amount. Knowing what doesn’t work and what is great often is a slippery slope coming down to opinion and personal preferences. Despite some slightly questionable choices, Black Mesa is an amazing achievement. It’s a great way to experience a classic in a whole new light and a perfect entry point for those who never played the original. It’s, quite simply, one of the best mods ever made.
Softonic (2012)
Tanto si jugaste el original como si no, Black Mesa es una aventura indispensable que te ayudará a completar esta apasionante historia de Valve y hacer tiempo mientras llega el esperadísimo Half-Life 3.
Softonic (Sep 17, 2012)
Black Mesa is an incredible re-make of a classic game. While it doesn't deviate too far from the original, where it does deviate makes it successful in refreshing a old game and making it relevant again for 2012. If you haven't played any Half-Life games, this is a must play. Still, the game is not perfect, marred only by its extremely lengthy installation and long loading screens. Overall, Black Mesa is a must download. Its excellent story, soundtrack, and attention to detail make it one of the best gaming experiences out there.
90 (Oct 10, 2012)
A simply mind-boggling amount of effort has been put in for no monetary reward in producing the definitive version of Half-Life; Black Mesa is everything the original was and more. Surprising, brutal, intelligent and arguably still Valve’s finest moment given the treatment it deserves.
90 (Nov 04, 2012)
A pesar de que estas novedades son más bien escasas, y sin dejarse llevar por la nostalgia, hay que felicitar a todos los integrantes del proyecto por este excelente trabajo. El hecho de que sea gratuito es una razón muy de peso para animaros a descargarlo y a revivir esas sensaciones que tuvimos hace 14 años, cuando descubrimos que se podía jugar a "Doom con el mouse" mientras empezábamos a engancharnos una historia que aún hoy da de qué hablar.
Games TM (Oct 12, 2012)
We’ve seen that we shouldn’t doubt the sincerity of a team of people working together just because something is taking them a long time. We’ve seen that Valve is not perfect. We’ve seen it is possible to take something brilliant and make it better if the right amount of care is given. And we’ve seen that Half-Life, a 14-year-old FPS, is still better than a hell of a lot of its current generation stablemates.
Spazio Games (Sep 19, 2012)
Avremmo premiato un progetto come Black Mesa anche se fosse stato a pagamento, ma giocarselo gratuitamente non può che innalzare ulteriormente la valutazione finale. Questo remake di Half-Life riconferma infatti sia l'assoluta validità del gioco a quasi quindici anni di distanza dalla sua uscita, sia l'ottimo restyling grafico portato avanti da un team di oltre quaranta sviluppatori su base assolutamente volontaria. Il risultato, seppur ancora un po' acerbo per qualche sbavatura tecnica e non privo di bug, convince pienamente e le novità introdotte non fanno altro che aggiungere prestigio e longevità a un progetto da lodare sotto tutti i punti di vista.
85 (Sep 20, 2012)
Black Mesa is een hoop dingen. Het is een van de beste mods uit de geschiedenis, het is een pakket dat Half-Life-fans alles biedt wat ze maar willen. En het is een kans voor nieuwkomers om op een relatief moderne manier kennis te maken met die ene game waar altijd zoveel over te doen is geweest. Maar belangrijker dan dat is het – ondanks de wat achterhaalde gameplay – een belangrijke en bijzonder vermakelijke kijk in de geschiedenis van shooters.
Entertainium (Oct 07, 2012)
Black Mesa reminds us of everything which made Half-Life great, and yet it is also an education in what aspects of it weren't so great. Games have moved on a lot since 1998, but the core appeal of a shooter has not changed. Half-Life raised the bar for storytelling, atmosphere and action; Black Mesa can be proud to say that it can jump just as high. Now you can experience an updated version of one of video gaming’s most historic titles, and it won’t cost you a nickel.
Gamereactor (Germany) (Sep 19, 2012)
Seit dem Erscheinen von Half-Life sind mittlerweile 15 Jahre vergangen. Genug Zeit also, um die Erinnerung zu trüben, aber nicht auszulöschen. Oft ertappe ich mich dabei, wie ich mich innerlich für eine Auseinandersetzung wappne, die dann gar nicht stattfindet und andersrum. Black Mesa ist ein Remake, klar - aber trotzdem ein komplett neues Erlebnis. Vor allem, weil Black Mesa selbst im Vordergrund steht. Die geheime Forschungsanlage erstrahlt in ihrer ganzen Schönheit und in ihrer ganzen Schrecklichkeit. Es ist die Geschichte von der menschlichen Hybris und dem langen Fall, die hier so eindrücklich erzählt wird, ganz ohne einen sprechenden Protagonisten oder lange Zwischensequenzen. Es ist eine der besten Videospiel-Storys überhaupt, finde ich.
80 (Sep 17, 2012)
A fantastic labour of love that genuinely manages to improve on the ground-breaking original – if only by missing out some of the worst parts.
Destructoid (Sep 23, 2012)
No matter what level of experience you have with Half-Life, this is worth playing. It's a brilliant tribute to one of the greatest videogames ever made, and it's also a good game in its own right.
Factornews (Sep 25, 2012)
Pas exempt de défaut, mais le travail se sent et la nostalgie fait son petit effet.
GameStar (Germany) (Oct, 2012)
Black Mesa belebt die »guten, alten Zeiten« von Half-Life wieder. Tatsächlich ist das Spiel sogar an vielen Stellen besser als das große Vorbild – der vielen kleinen, aber kreativen Änderungen sei Dank. Trotzdem bleiben alle Elemente erhalten, die Half-Life so einzigartig machten, inklusive des mittlerweile ungewohnt hohen Schwierigkeitsgrads. Wer sich also nur einen Hauch für Shooter interessiert, kommt um dieses kostenlose Remake-Kleinod nicht herum.