The Core is a total conversion single-player mod for Half-Life. Survive the disaster as Maurice Andrews, a low level engineer stationed in Black Mesa during the events of the resonance cascade. Seemingly trapped, Andrews must fight his way to the surface to survive.

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Oomphstein Jul 17 2013, 8:14pm says:

amazing! :D

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Crypt Jul 17 2013, 8:28pm says:

Whoa, I love it. 2012 was kind of eh, but it really turned around!

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pixl_man Jul 17 2013, 9:18pm says:

Nicely detailed textures!

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iAmaNewb Jul 18 2013, 3:09am says:

Now this is what I want to SEE!

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Archie_SnC Jul 18 2013, 8:03am says:

It's work like this that makes me damn proud to be a part of this mod. Great stuff, urby.

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l0p Jul 18 2013, 8:24am says:

I prefer the original but the newest one looks great :)

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ReflexF.N. Jul 18 2013, 8:57am says:

In my opinion, 2013's design is awesome.

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UnrEaLHaZarD Jul 18 2013, 9:24am says:

Glorious! Easily my most awaited mod! GoldSrc <3

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Joebama Jul 18 2013, 10:49am says:


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Archie_SnC Creator
Archie_SnC Jul 18 2013, 11:24am replied:

Yeah I keep telling him to proof-read before posting. :P

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Urby Author
Urby Jul 18 2013, 1:39pm replied:

I'm far too awesome to be proof reading ****. I let my bitch minions do that for me. Good work Joebama, my little bitch minion. That's worth one fish head.

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BioDestroyer Jul 18 2013, 11:32am says:

The 2008 one is awesome, but you still managed to improve it in the 2013.

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BurnerMan Jul 18 2013, 2:20pm says:

Looks great ;)

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Urby Jul 18 2013, 6:59pm says:

The fact of the matter is, that while the 2008 version is nice looking, it used the submerged.wad by Blazeer which has massively overused in maps and mods alike.

Not only that, but the textures were too small in comparison to the higher quality textures we are now using.

Finally, it didn't suit the black mesa theme and looked more like a space station rather than an aging underground complex.

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ReflexF.N. Jul 18 2013, 9:17pm replied:

2008's version might fit the Black Mesa theme. However, it is not very original; this design has been used in a huge amount of other Half-Life 1 modifications. Furthermore, it is not very detailed; it is not as empty as 2012's version but it is still not as detailed as 2013's version. One of the things I like about this mod is how much it's maps are detailed, 2013's version proves that; the detail is beautiful and the textures are extraordinary. Like everything else in this mod, 2013's version is awesome.

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Urby Jul 19 2013, 1:56am replied:

Much appreciated. :)

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crimson86knight Jul 19 2013, 8:02pm says:

To be honest, I like the color theme of 2008. But the latest one looks the most professional and most detailed.

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poshgaloo Jul 20 2013, 3:16pm says:

This mod's gonna be the most popular black mesa hl1 mod of all time. I just know it.

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Armageddon104 Aug 4 2013, 1:29am says:

Very good work, I kind of like the 2008 version most because the lighting is much more atmospheric even though the latest one is the most geometrically detailed.

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GamerDude27 Aug 26 2013, 11:02am says:

This would be so amazing in Source engine.

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Urby Sep 3 2013, 8:52am replied:

Actually, this would be horrible by the Source engine's standards. There is nowhere near enough detail. :P

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GamerDude27 Sep 3 2013, 9:54am replied:

I thought that the source engine was more detailed
Well I am not always right about stuff.

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Urby Sep 6 2013, 6:56pm replied:

Yeah. Source can handle much more detail, hence if the above screenshot was from the Source engine, it wouldn't be very good. :P

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Since the start of the mods development, this room in the first level is where the player meets Dr. Morris. After briefly explaining the situation to the Maurice (player), he then provides the gear to get started and sends him into the lower areas of the complex to meet up with other surviving team members.

The room has been redesigned 4 times overall.

2007 - First version of room was originally added to the mod. It's only purpose was a briefing room for the player to get their objectives and gear and head off into the labs. In contained a storage area for the HEV suit and crowbar and was listed as a "control room" by the exterior signs. This room can be seen among some of the first media released on MODDB

2008 - Using the submerged.wad, the room was radically redesigned for a more futuristic look. Despite being much happier with the result, it didn't really suit the Black Mesa theme of the mod. The storage area and "Control Room" sign remained untouched.

2012 - Owing to the submerged.wad being phased out, the room was gutted and re-purposed as a security booth which remained faithful to the rundown appearance seen throughout the opening chapter. The area remained fairly bland for over a year and the intro sequence and dialogue were removed to be rewritten.

2013 - July, the security office was totally removed, leaving none of the original 2008 brushwork in place. The area was redesigned to be Dr.Morris' laboratory, where the security officer helmet (essentially equivalent to the HEV) was designed and developed. This extends the first map somewhat and the player will need to do a little more work in order to acquire their gear before the mod can begin proper.

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