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.
The game excels at immersion feeling, musics, voice acting and atmosphere. But the staple condition of a game is to have a decent gameplay. And, from my point of view, the gameplay of Black Mesa is terrible.
Perhaps it's me, but I have to say I didn't finish the game. After playing it a while and reaching a freaking annoying place, I decided to stop. There are a lot of minor problems in Black Mesa, but most of them are overwhelmed by Black Mesa's qualities. Except one, the gameplay problems. There are a lot of annoying problems. The worst is perhaps the smoke. Soldiers' guns make a lot of smoke when they're firing, and sometimes, I can't see them. However they can still see me and keep shooting at me. Furthermore, the player's vision shakes when hit, making aiming at an enemy while attacked by others impossible. This is the main reason why I didn't continue the game, I was too annoyed by that. But there are a lot of other problems unfortunately. However, I can understand Black Mesa was a huge work that would have been released in 20 years if they would have made it perfect.
Stairs are super buggy, even worse then in hl2. Gun sounds are way to trebly and hurt your ears really quickly when using good headphones. Some voices are good, some are very bad. At some points music starts blasting making it very desorienting.
Maps and everything are good, but the finishing touches make or break it and I'm not convinced myself. Can't see how in hell this got a 9,7
Good looking game with lackluster combat. Throw out the weapons and redo them from scratch.
A good if questionable experience. The mod has way too many difficulty spikes even on Easy. While more realistic, this still primarily plays like the original Half-Life, so there's parts where you'll be in the mindset of "I'm playing a game from 1997 remade to be all pretty and with a weapon that now has iron-sights!" or "I'm fighting for my life and the game thinks this is Demon Souls!"
Also, this is one of the few mods that has really shown me the Source engine's age. The animations can range between highly life-like to feeling so false they are immersion breaking.
So all in all, it wasn't an unpleasant experience, but eventually Half-Life's level design got annoying enough that I had to resort to No_Clip once again, just like in the original, when my patience was put to the limit. I navigated FEAR's maps and they all looked the same, and yet I had trouble here.
And a last minute suggestion to the devs: Let us skip the intro sequence if we want to get to the action. I actually set the game to windowed mode and got online with my D&D group while I waited for the gameplay to start. Yes it is significant and yes it is world building but if I want to skip it I should be damn well able to. There are times when we can't sit around for the intro drive or for Isaac to take nearly 2 minutes to swap between suits.
Not Enough Anime. Thus anime was added.
Alright i will admit it, i found the mod a tad bit dull, after playing half life one through several times, it never brought anything to the table. So Replacing some models and some sounds from Anime may be more interesting.
I would rather this be a community development so this is why this thread exists. I want you guys to decide what anime npc model replaces what npc model ingame. Although you need to reference it with either a npc or playermodel that is already rigged in garrysmod.org or in another mod out there already! All i need to do is decompile it and apply the npc's orginal animations, it's no big deal.
I don't care much for ripping out sounds from anime games so i wouldn't mind people contributing sounds for a model replacement as barney npc sounds wouldn't work very well with the girl from lucky star... But hey this project is just to make things a tad bit whacky. It adds replay value to the mod.
Rokiahi wearing a gas mask. I have no idea what anime she is from however she seems to fit a replacement for a marine.
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