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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Prepare for an experience that you will find Nostalgic, exciting and fresh.

Posted by lodle on Sep 14th, 2012

Prepare for an experience that you will find Nostalgic, exciting and fresh. Black Mesa is a re-envisioning of Valve Software's seminal game Half-Life. You will re-visit the inaugural role of Gordon Freeman and his memorable journey through the Black Mesa Research Facility.

Expect tremendously detailed environments to explore, a huge cast of characters and experimental weaponry. All-new music, voice acting, choreography and added dialogue give way to a more expansive and immersive experience than ever before. In a nutshell, play Half-life the way we think it was meant to be played!

Download Part 1 and Part 2 from ModDB or Torrent it.


Once part 1 and 2 have been downloaded rename the files to include this format for part one and for part 2. Extract and copy files into sourcemods/BMS in your steamapps directory.


  • Play for FREE! You need not purchase anything!
  • 8-10 Hours of single-player gameplay, up to the Lambda Core chapter.
  • Feast your eyes on over 2,000 custom Models and 5,000 custom textures – more than HL2!
  • Experience over 2,000 choreographed scenes and over 6,500 lines of dialogue from all new voice acting!
  • Subtitles in English, Italian, Spanish, Norwegian, German, and Finnish!
  • Immerse yourself in an all new soundtrack and over 2,300 custom sound effects!
  • Feel the impact of custom systems such as the Face Creation System, Custom Gib System, Deathcam and more.
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.Clash Sep 14 2012, 2:13pm says:


You're lying!

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Erik313 Sep 14 2012, 4:10pm replied:

I don't know why you want to kill this Strelok guy...

+61 votes     reply to comment
DrStrangelov3 Sep 14 2012, 9:27pm replied:

stop, you cant go there!

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griefmaster_00x1 Sep 15 2012, 11:31am buried:



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adfjkndjklnhdfs Sep 16 2012, 4:40pm replied:

ruined... get out of here stalker!

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Radu_IceMan Sep 14 2012, 5:08pm replied:

Anybody else playing this while holding the screenshot button?

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MarcyRoars Sep 15 2012, 5:33pm replied:


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cebius Sep 15 2012, 9:24am replied:

Let the Zone take me if i do.

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Fox_Commando Sep 15 2012, 12:04pm replied:

Let's play, catch a grenade!

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FiredFox3 Sep 15 2012, 7:59pm buried:


**** off & go sleep, lama

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Uber_eXe Oct 27 2013, 3:06pm replied:

*delete this*

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SabreXT Sep 14 2012, 2:15pm says:

Can't wait to try it, but might wait for Xen to be completed, maybe not.

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Hell_Diguner Sep 16 2012, 2:22am replied:

Wait? Are you crazy, play what you can now!

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battle19945 Sep 19 2012, 3:16pm buried:


xen wil be a seperate game they also said that the campaign of xen wil be much longer then in the original game

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benvlodgi Sep 14 2012, 2:17pm says:

The Day is here, and before HL3, I am impressed :D

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takos_360 Sep 15 2012, 10:07am replied:

I'm not, since it will prob take another 5 years for HL3 to come out :P

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zck2020 Sep 17 2012, 12:01pm replied:

I say 2013.

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FrEEmAn77 Sep 17 2012, 4:32pm replied:

You're really optimistic...

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Gman12263 Sep 17 2012, 10:41pm replied:

My thoughts exactly. Im really dissapointed in valve for stalling this long. Even this long is not right...

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NOKI Sep 21 2012, 12:07pm replied:

Well, there are some speculations of it being around 2013. Nothing is set in stone of course so don't get your hopes up.

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Spartan191 Jul 18 2013, 10:54am replied:

Yeah but for the past 3 years it's seemed like, everyone's been saying this is the year HL3 comes out. There's always leaks every years and it gets us hyped up and then something happens that counteracts the leaks and we're back to square one, it's a cycle. I don't think we'll see HL3 for a very long time.

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DDguy Sep 14 2012, 2:20pm says:

Now, we will take a moment of silence, for all those who become tired off waiting, for this fine mod to be released


Now, play the **** out of it.

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paccoz Sep 14 2012, 2:31pm says:

played a tiny bit of it (tram part XD) and all i gotta say is.. That was AWESOME

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jackh902 Sep 14 2012, 2:40pm says:

where the fastest place to download it?

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medve Sep 14 2012, 2:45pm replied:

theres a torrent on the official site. you have to wait a bit for the seeders, but its gonna get fast...but moddb should be good too.

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bellers Sep 14 2012, 6:49pm replied:

torrents def getting between 200 and 400kbs just now 2hrs to go, **** yeah!!!!!

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neronix17 Sep 16 2012, 3:01pm replied:

I got 2mb/s on the torrent so def go for the torrent.

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medve Sep 14 2012, 2:43pm buried:


duke nukem forever, then this...

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medve Sep 14 2012, 4:29pm buried:


not really impressed. i havent seen a proper shadow / color correction / bumpmapping yet in the first half an hour...go ahead downvote me, somebody has to say it.

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TheOneMuffin Sep 14 2012, 5:00pm replied:

*cough* V1.0 *cough* they are making patches too *cough*

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medve Sep 14 2012, 5:04pm buried:


you can cough as many as you want, but you know as well as i do that they wont make a colorful hl like ep2 was. sombody talented *cough* fakefactory *cough* will probably will make a proper version.

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Ilsamir_Lord Sep 14 2012, 5:14pm replied:

Why should it be as colourful as Episode 2? A more colourful palette might not suit the story, setting and atmosphere.

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100Ultimate Sep 14 2012, 5:55pm replied:



>proper version

What? have you even played Half-Life? ffs.

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cW#Ravenblood Sep 15 2012, 6:28am buried:


Well FF is talented, you've seen his models?...

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tommy255 Sep 17 2012, 11:42am replied:

yeah we have, that's the problem

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sloshedtrain Sep 14 2012, 8:42pm replied:

Fakefactory talented? You smoked some bad granola!

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.JAS Sep 14 2012, 9:13pm replied:

You're asking for colorful when the majority of the game takes place in an underground research facility.. lol

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calicoyoda Sep 15 2012, 9:48am buried:


Have you seen FF's Alyx model?

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flippedoutkyrii Oct 5 2012, 9:07pm replied:

Calicoyoda, I did, it was terrible.

It didn't match her character at all, it was like seeing Gordon Freeman being replaced by a big breasted school-girl.

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Zornikage Sep 15 2012, 12:14pm replied:

Sounds like somebody never played HL1. More colorful? Seriously?
It should be law to play the first game before you bother with the HL2 BS. Then you can pass your judgments.

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Carbon_Based_Impala Sep 15 2012, 6:50pm buried:


I`ll gonna f*ck your mother for this words. .__________.

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Combine123 Sep 14 2012, 5:05pm replied:

You should really see a doctor about that cough, you might have a throat disease.

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-HollywooD- Sep 14 2012, 7:33pm replied:

From the looks of things that might be the least of his problems :|

+9 votes     reply to comment
JonathanPL Sep 15 2012, 11:37am replied:

What you're saying is dumb on so many levels you disgust me.

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arieas Sep 15 2012, 1:50pm replied:

Difference of opinion is not welcome here, have some negative karma and go away.

There is huge support here for the mod, and a bit of criticism gets buried. Don't have to agree with it, should be discussed though, not tucked away, unless its obvious trolling, which this not...

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Lusicore Sep 16 2012, 2:55pm replied:

totally agree arieas

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FiredFox3 Sep 15 2012, 8:00pm buried:


Ты - тупой тролль-неудачник.

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Lusicore Sep 16 2012, 5:42am replied:

you know how noobs like to downnvote when the oppinion is not the same... oh well

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Sgt.Maggot Sep 16 2012, 3:45pm replied:

How about you remake it instead of bitching about it? I'm sure you have way more talent than everyone that worked on this mod, please tell me every major project you worked on that got nearly as much notoriety as this did.

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joppe38 Sep 15 2012, 12:08am replied:

If you don't like it, don't play it. Why torture yourself since you don't have to play it?

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medve Sep 15 2012, 3:33am buried:


theres difference between the "not impressed" and the "horsecrap". ofc i will play it, but after 8 year i was waiting for a lot more.

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[FH]Gorgutz Sep 15 2012, 4:13am replied:

"medve", you are extremely ungrateful.

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FiredFox3 Sep 15 2012, 8:02pm replied:

Ты наглая морда хоть-бы спасибо сказал. Ожидал большего. В Крузис 3 иди, сын Ваномаса. И разлогинься с Моддб, ибо это основной мод сего сайта. Школьник.

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TheOneMuffin Sep 15 2012, 9:08pm replied:

What do you expect from a remake of a 8 hour game? a ******* 20 hour game? What the **** woudl you go for all those 12 hours?

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claytonian Sep 15 2012, 9:51pm replied:

You're dumb as hell and completely missed his point. He was talking about it looking better. Honestly, with my AA cranked all the way up and the texture quality on Very High, game looks bad ***. To be fair, after 8 years, I figured it'd be more visually appealing, but I'm not going to cry about it. The game is great. The mapping is extremely well done, the models look good, the voice acting is top notch, etc. Someone posts a comment contrary to your beliefs and you guys all go apeshit. Settle the **** down. People are entitled to other opinions.

And to all the FAKEFACTORY haters: Go **** yourselves. He may not be able to model very well, but he did a hell of a lot more than you've ever done with your lives. CM11 is ******* beautiful. Sorry your dial-up can't handle the download.

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Urby Sep 16 2012, 4:47am replied:

I have to disagree. I CAN handle the download, my PC CAN handle the mod.


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neronix17 Sep 16 2012, 3:14pm replied:

Have to agree claytonian, CM11 is really nice, but I would say Black Mesa is a lot better looking than most commercial games nowadays, all the complaining about colour is silly, in an underground research lab mostly made of concrete you can't expect it to have lush greens and vibrant blues everywhere.

Also the aggressive comments are totally over the top, I would have thought people playing this would be mostly those who played the original and with that in mind would have thought this page more civilized. I guess I was wrong there going by the amount of swearing and caps lock going on.

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Azatoth027 Sep 28 2012, 1:19pm replied:

"And to all the FAKEFACTORY haters: Go **** yourselves."
Well done, Mister I-tolerate-everyone-s-opinion. Please show us more of your wisdom.

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Sgt.Maggot Sep 16 2012, 3:59pm replied:

Hey guy don't complain about something that's free, if all you care about is visuals just play Crysis.

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Zornikage Sep 15 2012, 12:18pm replied:

The fact that you actually thought a modern Duke Nukem game was ever a good idea amazes me.
I always thought they'd abandoned it. Then, when it was confirmed, I lost hope that they'd finally let a good series of games expire on a good note.

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