Remember Half-Life? You know, the very first game? I don’t, I was four years old at the time. However, many seasoned gamers out there DO remember it, and some took it upon themselves to bring that very first game back to the limelight. Black Mesa, as the group and game is now called, consists of around 40 volunteer level designers, programmers, modelers, texture artists, animators, sound engineers, voice actors, and support staff putting an immense amount of work into not only remaking the game using the Source game engine, but also make modifications to take full advantage of Source. Read on past the break for screenshots and more.
Here’s an example of just how awesome Black Mesa’s work is:
The differences are immense, to say the least. Sure, Black Mesa’s graphics have nothing on Battlefield 3 or that age old benchmark, Crysis. They’re still impressive. Click through the gallery at the end of this post to get a better idea of how far the remake’s come. Black Mesa said, some time ago, that the game should be playable “soon-ish”. I, for one, can’t wait.
Oh, and full disclosure, I had no idea this project existed till I read about it on Kotaku. So kudos, Luke Plunkett.