Run. Think. Shoot. Live. Source. Black Mesa is the Half-Life 2 total conversion of the original Half-Life game. Utilizing the Source engine and its endless array of possibilities and powers, Black Mesa will throw you into the world that started the Half-Life continuum and introduced Gordon Freeman to the world as a gun-toting, bullet-dodging Ph.D. in Theoretical Physics.

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Snarboo Nov 19 2008 says:

This was one of my favorite set pieces in Half-Life, so it's cool to see it remade in Source. :D

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The_Builder Apr 12 2009 replied:

And the Black Mesa team did a great job remaking it at that!

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decommanda Dec 29 2009 replied:

black mesa team...
sounds awefully similar to the guys that ****** up in new mexico doesnt it?
but yeah they did do a really good job at it

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thecooldude498 May 20 2011 replied:

did you know the black mesa building is based off of a place in New Mexico?

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ZaliaS Feb 3 2012 buried:


No, sorry, it's not. It's based in an underground government facility in Mesa, Nevada.

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briggswag Feb 7 2012 replied:

no Black Mesa new mexico is a place

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Rexcarsalot Jan 19 2014 replied:

Black Mesa is in New Mexico.

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Nathanius Nov 19 2008 says:

it's nice to see that there's a good mesa in the background!

Based off anywhere real? cleaned up from the original? made up?

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Freehandstraw Dec 12 2008 replied:

its based off photos of New Mexico

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DjFile May 10 2010 replied:

It's terragen, lol.

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KillerMapper Nov 19 2008 says:

Excellent, the skybox is just perfect!

And I love the idea to remake the screen like the HL1 one, with the apache firing rockets and the grunt on the bridge :)

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Lt.SnoWolf Nov 19 2008 says:

Theres tension on the surface... XD Great job!

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FJS Nov 19 2008 says:

just OMFG

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krebonio Nov 19 2008 says:

i came

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asdfzxc Dec 30 2008 replied:


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Stormseeker Nov 19 2008 says:

I'll write a dev blog and explain how this was made, but its not based on anywhere real, or cleaned up from the original.

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Icemaz Nov 19 2008 says:

Did you make the skybox, take photos of it, then convert it into a skybox texture?

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cman2k Nov 19 2008 says:

no. that is real 3d geometry, not a fake flat texture. It's made of displacements using some unique workflow & tools. You'll be able to tell even more in motion, since you see it from different vertical altitudes.

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D3ads Nov 19 2008 says:

Wow, this brings back memories, superb work!

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Terminal58 Nov 19 2008 buried:


This one is called le photoshopped.

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Minuit Nov 19 2008 replied:

I believe it's meant to be a remake of an old HL promo picture, so.... Yeah.

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me+moddb=awsome Nov 20 2008 says:


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|KILroy| Nov 20 2008 says:

I was really focused on how you guys approached the background so it's not the same as HL-1 graphically.

I just got hard. Nuff said.

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Mukridzsin Nov 20 2008 says:

Amazing !
Nagyon penge /-D

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HL-Rul3z Mar 13 2009 replied:

nem tudtam h magyarok is vannek erre xD

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SpeedyClaude Jan 15 2012 replied:

uita unguru'.

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*Don* Nov 21 2008 says:

In Source, you can create 3d skyboxes by making items/geography/models in 1/16th scale so it uses less resources.

In other words, the mesa's them self where made in hammer in the same map as the playable area is.

Looks great, awesome use of the skybox camera.

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kdubb2690 Nov 21 2008 says:

The guy hanging from the Ospray, where's he trying hop off? or is he only gonna dangle from the ropes?

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Aro Nov 21 2008 says:

The level of talent is overwhelming, you should seriously consider profesional 3D Modeling as a career.

I'd like to talk with the leader of this mod.

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freredarme Nov 21 2008 says:

Nice remake, VERY GOOD JOOB !

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Decer Nov 22 2008 says:

You give new life to the screenshot)))

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USrules Nov 23 2008 says:

I hereby declare this mod: 'Very om nom'

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fireplace13 Nov 25 2008 says:

i think my favorite part of this scene is the BRIDGE, simply amazing brushwork they got going there, with a mixture of those hl2 wooden plank props. musta been a pain in the butt to make.

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Stormseeker Nov 26 2008 says:

Well, I made the bridge originally out of brushes to get the shape and positions etc, then DXF converted it and passed it onto a modeller to convert it. Currently it's a placeholder until we get a higher resolution texture on it. This was a shot I put together over a weekend for PCGamer, but they didn't get it in time, so the bridge was fairly quickly put in.

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aidas2 Jan 5 2009 says:

U jsut gotta love that scenery

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J123 Jan 12 2009 says:


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Freke Jan 17 2009 says:

i r did came just now..

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Blood_Wraith Jan 21 2009 says:

That's just epic man. But oh no! I can't enjoy the scenery because I'M BEING SHOT AT!

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ReneCraftMod Jan 25 2009 says:


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BlunderThunder Jan 30 2009 says:


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BladeRunner162 Feb 11 2009 says:

Ah they made the Ossprey more relistic, the troops drop out the back not the sides. great work

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MrMattWebb Mar 10 2009 replied:

Who cares. Its how it was in the original

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opscomm Apr 9 2009 replied:

The osprey was in concept/prototype phase of production when HL was made, sot that is why it had door in the sides, not the back.

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noob-killer Mar 22 2009 says:

Good loking but this helicopters rocket can kill friendly soldiers too :)

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Dive_Rus Mar 23 2009 says:

Wow nice skybox !!!

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manop6 Apr 5 2009 says:

honestly dude... if you get hard just by looking at a picture of a video game.. something really needs to change.

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Rockcoons Apr 10 2009 says:

This game to download is gonna be freaking massive!

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dafatcat Jun 1 2009 replied:

And worth it...

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LoserMan255 Jun 29 2009 says:

I creamed my pants

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The_suspect Jul 6 2009 says:

I! LOVE! THIS! <3 I could cry when looking at this, its so great.

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