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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medve Sep 14 2012 buried:


duke nukem forever, then this...

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medve Sep 14 2012 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 replied:

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

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medve Sep 14 2012 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 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 replied:



>proper version

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

+47 votes     reply to comment
cW#Ravenblood Sep 15 2012 buried:


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

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tommy255 Sep 17 2012 replied:

yeah we have, that's the problem

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sloshedtrain Sep 14 2012 replied:

Fakefactory talented? You smoked some bad granola!

+27 votes     reply to comment
.JAS Sep 14 2012 replied:

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

+33 votes     reply to comment
calicoyoda Sep 15 2012 buried:


Have you seen FF's Alyx model?

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flippedoutkyrii Oct 5 2012 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 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 buried:


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

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Combine123 Sep 14 2012 replied:

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

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-HollywooD- Sep 14 2012 replied:

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

+9 votes     reply to comment
JonathanPL Sep 15 2012 replied:

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

+6 votes     reply to comment
arieas Sep 15 2012 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 replied:

totally agree arieas

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FiredFox3 Sep 15 2012 buried:


Ты - тупой тролль-неудачник.

-10 votes     reply to comment
Lusicore Sep 16 2012 replied:

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

-3 votes     reply to comment
Sgt.Maggot Sep 16 2012 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.

+3 votes     reply to comment
joppe38 Sep 15 2012 replied:

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

+10 votes     reply to comment
medve Sep 15 2012 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 replied:

"medve", you are extremely ungrateful.

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FiredFox3 Sep 15 2012 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 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 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 replied:

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


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neronix17 Sep 16 2012 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 Online
Azatoth027 Sep 28 2012 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 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 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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DoctorCheese Sep 14 2012 says:

I just knew it was gonna be released! After all these years of waiting!

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sting2death Sep 14 2012 says:

I delayed myself from replaying Half-Life 1 since I've seen this mod being in development! And now finally... I shall break the wait.

I am prepared for the unnnforseeeeen consequences.

+7 votes     reply to comment
Soif Sep 14 2012 says:

Please, Gabe Newell, hire them. They deserve working at Valve.

+24 votes     reply to comment
Fallen Angel
Fallen Angel Sep 14 2012 says:

After five years of waiting, I'm glad to see this shining in the light of day.

+13 votes     reply to comment
Xierra Sep 14 2012 replied:

True. Our patience has finally paid off. Couldn't think of anything better than seeing this light of day :D

+6 votes     reply to comment
Caiman Sep 14 2012 says:


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saivert Sep 14 2012 says:


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Sklarlight Sep 14 2012 says:

I don't actually know, what, wha- what to do anymore.



+12 votes     reply to comment
timstro59 Sep 14 2012 replied:

Play the game.

(i lost the game)

+8 votes     reply to comment
booman Sep 14 2012 says:

My excitement is renewed back to the first day I found out you guys were modding the entire Half-Life game in Source!
So Excited!!

+5 votes     reply to comment
tiagometallica Sep 14 2012 says:

please help whenever a loading screen comes i just get under the train

+1 vote     reply to comment
nooobie117 Sep 14 2012 says:

Part 2 not downloadable-.-

+2 votes     reply to comment
harris9944 Sep 14 2012 buried:


u made this but stil no hl3?! wtf valve

-48 votes     reply to comment
ConscriptDavid Sep 14 2012 replied:

It's not by valve,it's a freaking mod.

+26 votes     reply to comment
CRAZY! Sep 14 2012 replied:

Not sure if troll or just living under a rock. . .

+28 votes     reply to comment
JonathanPL Sep 15 2012 buried:


Gaben pls

-5 votes     reply to comment
rockydog Sep 14 2012 says:

do I need to own half life 1 to play this or just half life 2 (i have never installed a mod before cause im a newby)

+5 votes     reply to comment
-=[Colorado]=- Sep 14 2012 replied:

It is a source mod. Best you own HL2 but I guess any other source game is okay...

+1 vote     reply to comment
TrashCan-Man23 Sep 14 2012 replied:

Fun fact - since Source SDK is free, you don't need to own a source game to run this.

+19 votes     reply to comment
usbpetrock Sep 15 2012 replied:

Download TF2 and you're able to play this. I think.

0 votes     reply to comment
MattyBoi Sep 14 2012 says:

I Came.

-2 votes     reply to comment
Relto Sep 14 2012 says:

Never thought it would happen.

+4 votes     reply to comment
0rpheus Sep 14 2012 says:

The impossible has become true

Holy crap guys, seriously, massive congrats!!!

+7 votes     reply to comment
SinKing Sep 14 2012 says:

Downloaded and got network error. Screw Google Chrome! I'm gonna have to try again. Hope this will be on Desura.

One thing is forsure: best looking game on Source, yet! Well done team!

+4 votes     reply to comment
TheUnbeholden Sep 14 2012 says:

if its slow try downloading from fileshack or

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TheUnbeholden Sep 14 2012 replied: +8 votes     reply to comment
jkruse05 Sep 14 2012 says:

I just finished working my way back to the reception desk after the resonance cascade, and I must say, so far this game is Valve quality. A lot of work was put into making the facility more logical, while retaining the scenes we already know and love. The atmosphere is spot on, and new gameplay sections/styles have been integrated to mix up the familiar hallways. A big plus for me is the new voice acting, choreographed scenes, and small details that build a stronger connection between the story of Black Mesa and the stories present in Half Life 2 and the Half Life expansions. My one and only, nitpicky complaint is that it feels like I have to crouch jump to achieve what used to be a normal jump. Perhaps I'll write my first full review when I finish it.

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JonathanPL Sep 15 2012 replied:

Black Mesa puts HL2 to shame. HL2 looks silly compared to it :|

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MrPerson Sep 14 2012 says:

so wait, I saw this on greenlight, I dont remember, is this finished? will it be on steam for me to get there? when?

+3 votes     reply to comment
Fidchell Sep 14 2012 says:

Jesus this is incredible. Good work, all of you.

+7 votes     reply to comment
medve Sep 14 2012 replied:

didnt see jesus in the credits

+3 votes     reply to comment
Joey468864 Sep 14 2012 says:

Crap... The world is ending in December.

Worth it

+3 votes     reply to comment
camycamera Sep 15 2012 replied:

the world isn't ending.....

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cW#Ravenblood Sep 14 2012 says:


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Beibars Sep 14 2012 says:

HAHAHAHAHAHA...... wait it's real!

+7 votes     reply to comment
tutituti87 Sep 14 2012 says:



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Whizzard Sep 14 2012 says:

And six years after saying "I want this, oh yes!" I got it. And was not disappointed, oh no.

And not even once in those six years I forgot to check for any kinds of updates for the project because, well, I really really wanted to play the game that defined the first great storyline for me, a game that brought brain into my brawn in a brand new coat of current gen. And now I can.

Thank you, BM Dev Team and Co.

PS: Can't wait for the final part!

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Deltaslayer Sep 14 2012 says:

Worth the weight!

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SupaNinjaMan Sep 14 2012 replied:

I thought it seemed pretty light.

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