Hi there, and welcome to my project to "uncut" Black Mesa! Black Mesa was a crowning achievement for modding for sure, but it felt like it was lacking a little in some areas, particularly Surface Tension. For those of you that were not aware, Black Mesa's version of Surface Tension cut out a map from the original which was integral to the story's progression. Its replacement felt rushed and poorly implemented. My mod attempts to add that little something back into the game. I took the liberty of re-adding the cut chapters from Surface Tension as I feel their omission strongly harmed the story and really damaged the tone of Forget About Freeman. I've given them the same treatment Black Mesa gave everything else. This mod currently adds 40 - 50 minutes of gameplay and story to Surface Tension, improving the Black Mesa experience and it's overall narrative. It integrates seamlessly with the Black Mesa campaign too, just like it should. Why not give it a whirl?
Apologies for the delay, everyone. I've had a very hectic weekend. But, now I've got around to it, I've just posted the Final (Full) Release Candidate for Surface Tension Uncut! Simply download it, read the readme, install it, and enjoy having Surface Tension extended with no catch. Enjoy! Bear in mind this is the final release candidate, meaning the next version will be the very final one. If you have feedback for me, please let me know, I after the final release I will move on.
Posted by TextFAMGUY1 on Dec 23rd, 2012
Visit my mod page here on ModDB to find the download link for Surface Tension Uncut.
I've finally got around to releasing the second Release Candidate for Surface Tension Uncut. This is currently the 7th version I have released to the general public, and the first one I am comfortable with promoting to a wider audience outside of the Black Mesa forums. I've poured a lot into this work, and I've worked extensively with the community to produce the best product one man can for this phenomenal game. What you're seeing now is the product of a tonne of feedback from the community and a lot of change over time. Thank you so much to everyone who's given me feedback, particularly those testers I worked very closely with, this product wouldn't be half as good without you!
This current version is the second (and final!) Release Candidate for ST Uncut. This means that the next version, is final. Full stop. The final release will mark the end of my involvement in this project. Any feedback you may garner from your playthrough would be much appreciated, but bear in mind that anything major that you suggest probably won't be implemented in the final version (due to time constraints), which should ship in a week or two.
For those of you who aren't aware, Surface Tension Uncut has been my modding project to re-add the cut maps to Surface Tension, as I felt their omission greatly harmed the overall narrative, and also missed out some of the iconic gameplay/scripted sequences from the original Half-Life. True to the spirit of Black Mesa's method of remaking sections, I significantly overhauled these cut areas (as in terms of their encounter/map design I felt they were actually fairly weak in the original). My maps have a particular focus on the escalating conflict between the HECU and the Aliens, something which Black Mesa especially lacked.
When you download this mod, literally all you have to do is extract it to your BMS folder (after reading the readme, OF COURSE!) and run the game. My extension to Surface Tension will link seamlessly into the existing Black Mesa campaign as if it had never been cut in the first place. There is nothing jarring about this mod and it's designed to be a seamless addon to Black Mesa.
Please, if you have a free hour - download the mod, enjoy it, provide feedback. My eventual goal is hoping to get enough "noise" from the community, to show the devs that this stuff is popular enough that it would be a wise decision on their part to include it with the next update! I don't know how feasible this aim is, and I certainly won't be upset if it doesn't (and probably won't) happen, but it would be great if it does! I don't even really care about the personal "gain" I have from it, I just think anything that would make Black Mesa a better game overall should be considered. So, please, if you like it, let me/the community know! Publicity is needed here and I'd be very grateful if you could spread the word.