Black Mesa (video game)

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|name=''Black Mesa''
|developer=http// ''Black Mesa'' team
|date=*September 14, 2012 (free release)http// ''Black Mesa Source'' A Release Date on Rock, Paper, Shotgun
*May 5, 2015 (Steam release)
|genre=WikipediaFirst-person shooter|First-person shooter, WikipediaAction-adventure|action-adventure, WikipediaScience Fiction|science fiction
|mode=WikipediaSingle-player|Single-player, WikipediaMultiplayer game|multiplayer
|platform=WikipediaMicrosoft Windows|Windows, WikipediaLinux|Linux
|input=WikipediaKeyboard (computing)|Keyboard and WikipediaMouse (computing)|mouse
|composer=Joel Nielsen
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'''''Black Mesa''''' (previously known as '''''Black Mesa Source''''') is a third-party total remake of the original ''Half-Life''. Its first part, including the ''Half-Life'' storyline up to the chapter ''Lambda Core'', was released as a Mods|mod on September 14, 2012, while the Steam version of the game was released on May 5, 2015.

== Overview ==
The ultimate goal of the game is to recreate the original ''Half-Life'' from the ground up, using the advanced capabilities of the Source|Source engine to create a new and more engrossing in-game world with more varied, complex environments and more challenging, realistic gameplay. ''Black Mesa'' features original textures, models, sounds, voice acting, and Black Mesa (video game)/Soundtrack|music (composed and produced by the game's sound designer, Joel Nielsen; fully available http// here) designed specifically for the game. However the developers intended to preserve all of the gameplay elements from the original game, without adding entirely new enemies, weapons, or levels. 

== Development ==
File0012-c1a0.jpg|thumb|right|250px|The Anti-Mass Spectrometer.

''Black Mesa'' was born of the discontent fans experienced when playing ''Half-Life Source''; when considering the living environment Valve created with ''Half-Life 2'' using the Source engine, the original game fell far short of what many players thought could be done with the software, basically being a straight port, except for improved water and lighting effects along with the inclusion of ragdoll physics. ''Black Mesa'' was born out of two separate mod teams "LeakFree", formed in September 2004, and "''Half-Life Source'' Overhaul Project", formed in October 2004 and led by Jimmy Headdon. Neither team knew of the other’s existence until Leakfree’s lead Jon Dominski began publicising in the, now forums. After discussions between the two project leads, the two development teams merged, resulting in a team of 13 members by the end of December 2005. According to the developers, "''Black Mesa Source'' was built and founded on the principle that ''Half-Life Source'' did not do the original title enough credit... ''Black Mesa'' set out to reconstruct the original title, giving it new environments, models, and abilities.". Development was officially announced on January 1, 2005.

The release date for the project was originally set for 2009, but was delayed,http// ''Black Mesa'' 2009 Update gaining the mod the status of WikipediaVaporware|vaporware,{{LG|news/other/operation-black-mesa-and-guard-duty-the-two-gearbox-expansion-remakes-join-forces-and-merge-into-one-team/ ''Operation Black Mesa'' And ''Guard Duty'', The Two Gearbox Expansion Remakes Join Forces And Merge Into One Team}} until its final release date was announced on September 2, 2012, when the Black Mesa (video game)/Soundtrack|soundtrack was made available for download.http// cman2k's poston the ''Black Mesa'' forums ''Black Mesa'' was eventually released in September 2012, causing the official website to crash.{{LG|news/other/absolutely-anyone-can-play-black-mesa-source-right-now|Absolutely Anyone Can Play ''Black Mesa Source'', Right Now!}} The mod is available at no charge, and requires the free Source SDK Base 2007 to work as it uses ''Half-Life 2'' models with custom textures, such as the crowbar, the Colt Python, the Headcrab, the Barnacle or the crow.http// Things you should know about the mod - FAQ on the ''Black Mesa'' forums At some point, a Black Mesa Uplink|remake of ''Half-Life Uplink'' was planned, but it was eventually made by http// another person.

Most likely due to the amount of publicity given to an unofficial third-party mod, Valve Corporation privately asked the producers of the mod to remove the "Source" part from the title to avoid confusion on whether it is an official Valve product or not.

On November 19, 2013, the fifteenth anniversary of ''Half-Life'''s release, the developers announced that the complete version of the mod would be made available for purchase on Steam. There will also be a free version with minor differences from the paid version. The mod is also going to be on a "new engine" related to Source, but no more information had been released on this subject due to the contract with Valve.

On August 18, 2014, a http// ''Black Mesa'' Content Pack DLC for the http// Source FilmMaker was released 

=== Co-op mode ===
Although the cooperation mode was said to be included in the mod, on March the 17th 2010, it was announced that due to the great amount of problems to port and make co-op code working, the developers decided to stop its development and focus only on single-player and deatchmatch.http// JamesKane's post on the ''Black Mesa'' forums It has been stated that since dropping the co-op mode, ''Black Mesa'''s chapters have been redesigned with only single-player activity in mind, and that the new "level design and gameplay don't lend themselves well to a co-op experience."http// Raminator's post on the ''Black Mesa'' forums

=== Steam version ===
On September 5, 2012, ''Black Mesa'' appeared on Steam Greenlight, and was officially accepted by Valve to be distributed via Steam six days later.http// ''Black Mesa'' on Steam Greenlight On May 5, 2015, again at 847 a.m. MDT, ''Black Mesa'' was released on Steam as an Early Access Game at the cost of 19,99$/15£/19,99€.

The Steam version features a hybrid, alternated Source engine,http// ''Black Mesa'''s official website new visuals, new voice acting, updated gameplay, stability changes, custom modding tools, integrated Steam Workshop, Steam Trading Cards, backgrounds, emoticons, 25 Steam Black Mesa (video game)/Achievements|Achievements, and the multiplayer mode, along with six deathmatch/team deathmatch maps Bounce, Gasworks, Lambda Bunker, Stalkyard, Subtransit, and Undertow.{{Steam|362890|''Black Mesa''}} The Xen portion of the game still hasn't been done as the developers "want to not only recreate it, but improve upon it to make it an enjoyable and memorable experience."


During its development, ''Black Mesa'' has received attention from several video game publications. It has been featured in articles from ''Computer Gaming World'', ''PC PowerPlay'', and ''PC Gamer UK'' magazines. Valve published a news update about the modification on Steam platform in 2007 saying that "We're as eager to play ''Black Mesa'' here as everyone else."http// Steam News from Friday, January 26, 2007

After receiving a development version of ''Black Mesa'' in December 2009, ''PC PowerPlay'' magazine said that the game's setting "looks, sounds, and plays better than ever before". The "subtle" changes from the original ''Half-Life'' were said to have a "substantial" overall impact. They also noted the project's "frustrating" then-five-year development time, and current lack of release date, but added that the developers were making progress.PC PowerPlay magazine, issue 174

After the mod was released, early impressions of the game were very positive,http// Impressions ''Black Mesa'' is awesome on Destructoid receiving a score of 86/100 on Metacritic, based on nine reviews.{{Metacritic|game/pc/black-mesa/critic-reviews|''Black Mesa''}} The game was praised for its high polish, with many critics comparing its quality to that of an official Valve title.http// ''Black Mesa'' review on GamesTMhttp// ''BLACK MESA'' REVIEW ''HALF-LIFE'' STILL PACKS A PUNCH IN 2012 (WITH HELP FROM SOME MODDERS) on Computer and Video Games WikipediaDestructoid|Destructoid praised the game for the improvements it made over the original ''Half-Life'', saying it was "something that felt very familiar, but also very fresh."http// Review ''Black Mesa'' on Destructoid

===Awards and recognition===

==== Awards ====
* Mod DB Best Website Design of 2004 (3rd place)http// Mod DB Best Website Design of 2004
* Mod DB - Top Unreleased Mod for 2005http// Mod DB - Top Unreleased Mod for 2005
* Mod DB - Top Unreleased Mod for 2006http// Mod DB Top - Unreleased Mod for 2006
* Vaporware 2009 Inhale the Fail (4th place)http// Vaporware 2009 Inhale the Fail (4th place)
* Vaporware 2010 The Great White Duke (4th place)http// Vaporware 2010 The Great White Duke (4th place)
* Mod DB - Mod of the Year 2012http// Mod DB - Mod of the Year 2012

==== Honorable mention ====
* Mod DB - Honorable mention for Top Unreleased Mod for 2007http// Mod DB - Honorable mention for Top Unreleased Mod for 2007
* Mod DB - Honorable mention for Top Unreleased Mod for 2008http// Mod DB - Honorable mention for Top Unreleased Mod for 2008
* Mod DB - Honorable mention for Players Choice - Best Upcoming Mod 2009http// Mod DB Players Choice - Best Upcoming Mod 2009
* Mod DB - Honorable mention for Players Choice - Best Upcoming Mod 2010http// Mod DB Players Choice - Best Upcoming Mod 2010
* Mod DB - Honorable mention for Mod of The Year 2013http// Mod DB - Mod of The Year 2013

==Achievements and trophies==
{{Main|Black Mesa (video game)/Achievements}}

Both versions of ''Black Mesa'' feature 25 Achievements.

{{Main|Black Mesa (video game)/Soundtrack}}

The ''Black Mesa'' soundtrack was composed by Joel Nielsen. It features 30 tracks with a total length of 50 minutes

The team contacted Mike Shapiro, the original voice actor behind Barney Calhoun and the G-Man. While he showed interest and support in the mod, he politely declined indicating he was not available to devote time to contributing to the mod.



While the http// official website is the main source for most official images, all personal websites of the respective http// team members also provide further, exclusive images. Not all pre-release screenshots are present here, the rest can be found on the http// ''Black Mesa'' wiki.


File0006-c0a0 release12004.jpg|The introductory tram ride.
File0003-c0a0 release12001.jpg|Ditto.
File0007-c1a0 release11001.jpg|Sector C's lobby.
FileBMS uc wallpaper 1920x1200.jpg|The Resonance Cascade.
File0014-c1a1 release12002.jpg|Frozen area in the chapter ''Half-Life_storyline Consequences''.
FileMr3 officecomplex 2.jpg|Flooded room in the chapter ''Half-Life_storyline Complex''.
File0019-c1a2 release12001.jpg|Blood in the chapter ''Office Complex''.
FileC1a2 release12 006.jpg|Zombie in the chapter ''Office Complex''.
FileC2a1 release12001.jpg|Vortigaunts in the chapter ''Half-Life_storyline Up''.
File0042-c2a2 release12001.jpg|Houndeyes in the chapter ''Half-Life_storyline A Rail''.
File0051-c2a4 release11002.jpg|Classic Headcrab|Headcrab in the chapter ''Half-Life_storyline Processing''.
FileC2a4 mediarelease 06.jpg|Conveyor belt in the chapter ''Residue Processing''.
File0056 st dam.jpg|The dam in the chapter ''Half-Life_storyline Tension''.
FileBM Wallpaper 1280x800.jpg|Remake of an FileSurface tension scripted.jpg|early ''Half-Life'' screenshot.
File0065-c3a1 release11004.jpg|Running HECU soldiers during the chapter ''Half-Life_storyline.21.22|"Forget About Freeman!"''.
File0069-c3a2 release11004.jpg|Coolant system in the chapter ''Half-Life_storyline Core''.



FileBMS Crowbar beauty.jpg|The Crowbar.
FileBMS glockskinned.jpg|The Glock 17.
FileBMS Magnum beauty.jpg|The Colt Python.
FileBMS Shotgun beauty.jpg|The Shotgun (Half-Life)|shotgun.
FileBMS Rpg beauty.jpg|The HECU RPG|RPG.
FileBMS Tau beauty.jpg|The Tau Cannon.
FileBS Tripmine ingame.jpg|In-game screenshot of the Laser Trip Mine (Half-Life)|Laser Trip Mine.
FileBS Satchel ingame.jpg|In-game screenshot of the Satchel Charge.


FileBMS Zombie beauty.jpg|Classic Zombie|Zombie scientist.
FileBMS Zombiegrd beauty.jpg|Zombie security guard.
FileBMS Beauty scientist bob.jpg|Scientist render.
FileBMS Gargantua beauty.jpg|Gargantua.
FileBMS Marine beauty.jpg|HECU soldier render.
FileBMS Femassassin beauty.jpg|Black Ops|Female Assassin.
FileScientistbm-artwork-3.jpg|Scientist render.
FileBMGuardrdr.jpg|Security guard render.
FileZSci Face.jpg|Zombie scientist render, sans Headcrab.
FileXenController.jpg|Alien Controller render.
FileAGrunt Frnt2.jpg|Alien Grunt render.
FileAGrunt Nkd.jpg|Naked Alien Grunt render.


FileBMS Harrier beauty.jpg|HECU Harrier (originally a generic jet).
FileBMS Jeep beauty.jpg|The Black Mesa SUV.
FileBMS Chargers.jpg|Early rendering of the Charger|Health and HEV Chargers. 
FileCrystalcart beauty.jpg|The Materials Handler.

====Concept art====

FileBMS mr4 apacheconcept.jpg|Concept art for the Apache.
FileBMS mr1 tank.jpg|Concept art for a tank.
FileBMZGuard.jpg|Concept art for the Zombie security guard.
FileAGruntCst.jpg|Concept art for the Alien Grunt.


FileBlack Mesa Source logo.svg|''Black Mesa'' logo.
FileBlack Mesa logo alt.svg|Alternate logo used in trailers.



FileBm main menu 2.jpg|The main menu during the chapter ''Half-Life_storyline Materials'', free version.
FileBm main menu.jpg|The main menu during the chapter ''Half-Life_storyline Up'', Steam version.
FileBm team selection.jpg|Team selection screen in the team deathmatch multiplayer mode, here on the map ''Undertow''.
FileBm gasworks 2.jpg|''Gasworks''.
FileBm subtransit.jpg|''Subtransit''.
FileBm lambda bunker.jpg|''Lambda Bunker''.
FileBm stalkyard.jpg|''Stalkyard''.
FileBm bounce.jpg|''Bounce''.

=====Profile backgrounds=====

FileBm the aftermath.jpg|''The Aftermath''
FileBm gasworks.jpg|''Gasworks''
FileBm into the breach.jpg|''Into The Breach''


FileBm badge1.png|Level 1 - ''Visitor Pass''
FileBm badge2.png|Level 2 - ''Guard Level''
FileBm badge3.png|Level 3 - ''Kleiner Level''
FileBm badge4.png|Level 4 - ''Vance Level''
FileBm badge5.png|Level 5 - ''Freeman Level''
FileBm badge6.png|Foil - ''G-Man Level''


FileBm emoticon3.png|bms_crowbar
FileBm emoticon2.png|bms_headcrab
FileBm emoticon1.png|vort
FileBm emoticon4.png|bms
FileBm emoticon5.png|houndeye
FileBm emoticon6.png|egon
FileBm emoticon7.png|stream


==External links==
*{{Steam|362890|''Black Mesa''}}
*http// Official website
*http// Forums
*http// Official wiki
*http// Download locations of the free version (Direct and Torrent)
*{{YouTubeChannel|BlackMesaSourceMedia|''Black Mesa''}}
*{{Fb|BlackMesaDevs|''Black Mesa''}}
*{{Twitter|BlackMesaDevs|''Black Mesa''}}
*{{ModDB|url=black-mesa|text=''Black Mesa''}}
*{{ModDB|url=black-mesa/features/developer-banter-black-mesa-source|text=Developer Banter ''Black Mesa Source''}}

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