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.

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Instructions:
Once part 1 and 2 have been downloaded rename the files to include this format blackmesa.zip.001 for part one and blackmesa.zip.002 for part 2. Extract and copy files into sourcemods/BMS in your steamapps directory.

Features:

  • 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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Kbeck15
Kbeck15 Sep 15 2012, 11:50pm says:

Of course the month my pc battle rig Dies, and I get a mac.
No BMS for mac :(

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Kbeck15
Kbeck15 Sep 15 2012, 11:50pm says:

Of course the month my pc battle rig Dies, and I get a mac.
No BMS for mac :(

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Darkreaven
Darkreaven Sep 16 2012, 1:01am says:

http://adf.ly/ClOk7 Download link for 1.1 patch sorry for being late guys.

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omgpwn
omgpwn Sep 16 2012, 1:16am says:

Needs to be a way to donate, this game should've cost money. I feel like a bitch for playing this for free.

Side note, this game is so AMAZING! You guys worked soooooooOOOO hard!!!

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Shadowbyte
Shadowbyte Sep 16 2012, 4:06am says:

When will you update it to the point where we can play it through xen and to the end

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Disturbulator
Disturbulator Sep 16 2012, 5:10am says:

Alright, Who else cried when they first saw the Lambda core A, knowing that was the End?

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Lusicore
Lusicore Sep 16 2012, 6:01am says:

HOW DO I DOWNLOAD THIS?
it says the zip files have no files inside them, although the part 1 is 100mb and the part 2 is 500 :\

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Razzeld
Razzeld Sep 16 2012, 6:28am says:

need to get HALF-LIFE 2 NOW

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skipper_is
skipper_is Sep 16 2012, 6:49am says:

Get out of here stalker!

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Lusicore
Lusicore Sep 16 2012, 6:50am says:

well, **** this... if we cant even dl to play its a straight 1/10

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ZeroOneInteractive
ZeroOneInteractive Sep 17 2012, 6:35am replied:

try using google to find it numbnuts or check out my links at bottom of posts.

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Lusicore
Lusicore Sep 21 2012, 1:11pm replied:

ive checked links in the comments dumbnuts and its only torrent ****

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jackjack1010
jackjack1010 Sep 16 2012, 8:17am says:

hey, blackmesa dev team, its says that Blackmesa is a "singleplayer, multiplayer" how do i then play multiplayer? :)

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ZeroOneInteractive
ZeroOneInteractive Sep 17 2012, 6:36am replied:

They have already said that the multiplayer will be released seperatley but as an update to this. It will more than likely come with Xen, tbh I cant wait for Snarkpit...

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Malarpuppet
Malarpuppet Sep 16 2012, 2:10pm says:

Just wanted to say thanks black mesa team this was excellent and that you've left me in anticipation for more amazing work.

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Gman12263
Gman12263 Sep 16 2012, 2:11pm says:

I was really happy with the gameplay and everything. The only 2 dissapointments I had...

1) Extremely difficult even on normal, and im no noob. I play the original half life at least 5 times.

2) Was kinda dissapointed that the final chapters weren't released...

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InSAN3FranK
InSAN3FranK Sep 16 2012, 2:19pm says:

Really great job, Wow im impress, just finished it, I put the graphics all the way at Max, and it make a difference on the immersion. difficulty level was ok. well I didn't read at first place than Xen wasnt there so I will wait for it :).

Thx team Black Mesa you Rock!

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ctg867
ctg867 Sep 16 2012, 2:34pm says:

I'm a few hours in and I'm already loving it. Great job. All your hard work has definitely paid off. Thank you guys so much for giving me a great way to relive my childhood.

I only ask that with 1.1 you guys fix the jumping and the crowbar animation. Normal jumping doesn't clear anything anymore. You *always* have to crouch jump. I'm okay with changes if they add something to the experience (you guys did that a lot and I'm grateful for it), but this didn't add anything, it just made traversal annoying. And there's just something not right about changing the crowbar animation. It's more like the HL2 era games and less like HL1. Not nearly as big of a deal, but I'd really appreciate that being fixed. I can't unsee the change.

But again, nitpicking aside this is awesome. Thank you guys. Hopefully Valve offers you guys some jobs. This is a hell of a lot better than Left 4 Dead 1&2, and they had no problem hiring Turtle Rock, lol.

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dreg99
dreg99 Sep 16 2012, 3:15pm says:

totaly whort playing this

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23-down
23-down Sep 16 2012, 3:35pm says:

For all of you still having problems with this part1 & part2 files..

Here is a great download link that contains only one single file:

Shacknews.com

I downloaded it in 10 minutes with 5 mbit.

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ZeroOneInteractive
ZeroOneInteractive Sep 17 2012, 6:38am replied:

And if 23-Downs links end up being slow try this:
Torrentz.eu
23,000 seeders and only 500 leechers I got 8mb/s out of it and im sure the Black Mesa Team don't mind considering its free... Make sure you click each link to load all the seeds and if you need a torrent client i use this:
Bittorrent.com

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Sgt.Maggot
Sgt.Maggot Sep 16 2012, 4:06pm says:

People need to understand that the dev team is not a professional company, they have other jobs, lives, and family's, for the most part it was probably done on spare time. It's free so don't complain about it. The graphics are fine, the sound track is amazing, game play is just as amazing as it was in 96, and they added and removed things to enhance the experience. All in all I'd rate it 8.5 as a retail game if it came out today.

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SourceSkyBoxer
SourceSkyBoxer Sep 16 2012, 5:03pm says:

Oh good playing :) Nice mod for Source-Engine :) But i don't like fake and mistaked way of train rail. Wtf? But i find cool and excellent :) Amazing mod :) Why do you not build xeno worldf :) We miss xeno world :3

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infektchus
infektchus Sep 16 2012, 5:30pm says:

This is so annoying. Upload it right already!! I've downloaded this 3 different ways and none of them worked.

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Gzegzolka
Gzegzolka Sep 16 2012, 6:07pm says:

So many bugs :( Missing npc models (or staying like a place-holder), textures, shades for textures, ugh, I can not find strength to force myself to play it till all those stuff will be fixed.

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Fagu_Aegeis
Fagu_Aegeis Sep 16 2012, 7:28pm says:

Gotta point out some stuff.

The blood splatters on Gordons hand and weapons gets distorded often.

The shading could have been better, at least for me it broke completely the game atmosphere, sometimes having the same bugs as the HL2 engine (The trailer is quite decieving in that aspect).

Excellent mapping, though it could have used some more testing. Ive seen a few areas where the map is broken and places where you can easily get stuck forcing you to reload the game.

The weapons are good, found weird that the only one with ironsights is the revolver (virtually no difference in accuracy, btw) and kinda disgusting but funny sequence with the hornet gun.

Models are great, though some of the scientists have a bit cartoonish face with exagerated proportions.

The AI is good, sec guards can actually stay alive by themselves and the HERC can get you by surprise and kill you quite often though sometimes, they'll just stay in front of the enemy.(Large groups of followers tend to be buggy, btw. friendly fire and getting stuck with eachother.)

Overall I expected after all this time that it would be a bit more polished, the release seems a bit rushed.

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Mizuchiro
Mizuchiro Sep 16 2012, 8:47pm says:

"Was it worth the wait?" Totally!

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Jeffman12
Jeffman12 Sep 17 2012, 2:20am says:

So, got to blast pit. A couple things bother me, loading screen are long, I suppose I should be thankful they're not as frequent as they were in Half-Life. And then there's sounds, many frequently used sounds don't seem to be precached, so on the first instance of them, the game has a second of lag as each new sound is cached. This includes guns firing, bullet pings, and previously unplayed enemy sounds. It would be one thing if the system requirements were significantly higher, but I beat out recommended system requirements on every source game to date.

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Text_Fish
Text_Fish Sep 17 2012, 3:55am says:

Worst ladders ever. Otherwise, cool! :)

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TAU!
TAU! Sep 17 2012, 5:47am says:

Played it, loved it, but now I must deal with the wait for Xen to be released. After 8 years, I'm not sure how much longer I can be patient.

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ZeroOneInteractive
ZeroOneInteractive Sep 17 2012, 6:22am says:

Black Mesa, it was definately worth the wait, amazing level design and modelling, some texture bugs and model errors like the intro tram ride going through the corner of the wall when turning a corner (very big to see as well), Please, please, please undo your custom ladders tho' and put the original half life 2 ones in, yours got me killed a few times having to 'jump' away from them to get off. Bugs are to be expected not even half life 2 itself was perfect and that had money pumped into so great job guys, but apart from that it made me feel 12 years old again haha.

To all you haters, go spend 8 years on a game without any money or funding and having to start from scratch I bet you wouldnt get anywhere near as good a playthrough as this they even redid the voices and a custom soundtrack (apart from one track which i remember hearing in Mad Onions original 3d tester from 2001) ffs so what else do you want, and about the colour, half life gold was dark and gloomy anyway it wasnt until you got topside that it became 'colourful' AND we still have Xen to come yet and there meant to be taking that to a completely different art design from the original (lots of gooey and physX things im geussing) so stop moaning and start playing, dont hate the game, hate the player cos I WOULD pay for this if I had to and im sure im not the only one.

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ZeroOneInteractive
ZeroOneInteractive Sep 17 2012, 6:33am says:

Torrentz.eu
this is the torrent for black mesa source with 23,000 seeders and only 500 leechers I got 8mb/s out of it and im sure the Black Mesa Team don't mind considering its free... Make sure you click each link to load all the seeds and if you need a torrent client i use this:
Bittorrent.com
Nice and fast unlike Utorrent which restricts total seeds even if you raise its cap???

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patriotm1a
patriotm1a Sep 17 2012, 11:18am says:

Agh I cant download this or the torrent DDD:

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Jeffman12
Jeffman12 Sep 17 2012, 12:09pm says:

I had to download using desura because the files kept getting corrupted.

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Waffen-EE
Waffen-EE Sep 17 2012, 12:42pm says:

Worth the weith

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Rebel12Lz
Rebel12Lz Sep 17 2012, 12:58pm says:

Buzz off stalker- we dont let every looser get in!

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sn!p3rch33fz
sn!p3rch33fz Sep 17 2012, 3:07pm says:

totally worth the w8!!!!!!!! im super :DDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDDD

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DarthRevan2552
DarthRevan2552 Sep 17 2012, 3:32pm says:

Do this require just Half Life 2, or do you need the episodes?

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Mygel50
Mygel50 Sep 17 2012, 4:50pm says:

Can someone help me when I try extracting the file it says its corrupted or damaged? And I reallly REALLY want to play this

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Sep 17 2012, 6:06pm says:

Spent the last half hour just in the labs watching the scientists go about their lives, so well done, 10/10

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Katana_
Katana_ Sep 17 2012, 11:24pm says:

Lot of QC problems with DX8, quite disappointed considering from the very beginning there's missing textures all over the place. And it's not little stuff either - it's people's eyes, it's gun textures, it's very noticeable.

Hype train led me astray here.

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TKAzA Staff
TKAzA Sep 18 2012, 11:06am replied:

dx8? why are you using dx 8

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ktranquang
ktranquang Sep 17 2012, 11:31pm says:

Some things that can be fixed. When you take damage,and power level reduces itself to let us say 23, if you power up and it goes to 33, it will say, power level: 30 percent.

If you sprint up the stairs, you literally "jump" off at the top.

Just some minor issues so far.

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^0BOOST77^4/CZE/
^0BOOST77^4/CZE/ Sep 18 2012, 1:30pm says:

i have already seed 14 gb of it on torrent :)
PS.1: I love it, amazing details its more than amazing ! :)
PS.2: i have already spended about 6 hours of playing it :) good job
i will give 11/10

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Scout_064
Scout_064 Sep 18 2012, 2:05pm says:

What the Hell ??? in "On your own" where you are in the Floor with those explosive Mines, i cant crouch under them whereever jump over them *Rage*

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Norwaydude-
Norwaydude- Sep 18 2012, 5:33pm says:

This did only crash 2 times trough the entire game, but that was only because my PC can't handle awesomeness. Really good job, I have no idea how you guys did this, but VALVe should hire you :P

Everything from sound, light, models and animations were perfect... But the skybox. I can see the pixels sometimes, the ragdolls might be a little wrong, that's it... rest is perfect!

I like the toilet achievement :3

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ceriux
ceriux Sep 18 2012, 6:53pm says:

just got this crash =(

Imageshack.us

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Scout_064
Scout_064 Sep 19 2012, 6:50am replied:

That means, your Graphiccard Vertexshader cannot handle it O.o

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Velmarshal
Velmarshal Oct 6 2012, 4:50am replied:

In other words, you need a better graphics card.

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Commander_RealWar
Commander_RealWar Sep 19 2012, 12:37pm says:

You know, I was so impressed by Black Mesa, I almost don't want Half-Life 3 to come out. My expectations for Black Mesa were high, and the game met my desires exceedingly. My expectations for HL3 are also high, but I fear that HL3 will fall very short.

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