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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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.sverek Sep 15 2012 says:

hooray! Good to see blackmesa came to life!

Shame all links are broken for me. Anyone set a torrent yet? Or is there official to download?

edit: there it is

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1Ziyo1 Sep 15 2012 buried:


I am impressed on the cutseens not on game play it looks like css. hl1 had a much better feel, and GoldenEye Source v4.2.1 best hl2 mod out thare.

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thonglover Sep 15 2012 says:

HELP I HAVE BOTH PARTS OF THE GAME, WHAT DO I DO WITH THEM? merge the folders? or put just put them both in the source mod folder?

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grzyb Sep 15 2012 says:

Longest instalation in my life (I mean, it's not really that long, but I can't wait to play it. So much).

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logan35 Sep 15 2012 says:

Thanks black mesa dev team!!! This game is awesome triple A quality, and I like the dialogue jokes:)

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Creeper[FIN] Sep 15 2012 says:


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Exin Sep 15 2012 says:

When I first heard about this mod I was in middle school. Now I graduated high school and have a job.......

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Tatsur0 Sep 15 2012 says:

Congratulations guys! It's great to see this released and only a few days before my birthday too :)

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Raygoza Sep 15 2012 says:

This is very impressive though it's a bit funny that you have subs in both Norwegian and finish and not Swedish, I still prefer Subs on Inglish in games, movies are an other matter.

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UnrEaLHaZarD Sep 15 2012 says:

One word: GLORIOUS!

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MilchoGeorgiev Sep 15 2012 says:

hey the games is great but can u make scientist and barneys have good weapons and folow you i woud make the game more interisting and better

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MilchoGeorgiev Sep 15 2012 says:

are there codes for spawning npcs ?

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XtNz Sep 15 2012 says:

amazing work guys, thx to the team

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Chezzlor Sep 15 2012 says:

Crap, now I owe someone $50. It actually got released.

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RobertGH Sep 15 2012 says:

I planned to wait for the Steam download, but I just realized this probably won't be available 'til Xen is complete, and who knows when that'll be? So I'm downloading now.

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notaclevername Sep 15 2012 says:

I used the torrent, had it downloaded in a couple of hours. Now Ive been up all night playing. Half way through, but still ready to jump back in. Im so glad I bought this new computer last month. I maxed out the video settings and.. just... wow. Id say this was more than worth the wait, so much detail, so true to the refrence material. The voice acting is awsome, with all the original dialogue... Im gonna go eat something, cause Ive starved myself, and then jump back into the game. Amazing work BM team! Im really looking foward to the Xen and Death Match!

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ChristopherDeer Sep 15 2012 says:


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nikotakanawi Sep 15 2012 says:

NO XEN TwT BWAAHHAAAAAAAAAA me sad now anyways :p cant get it to install on desura to many ppl downloading, thanks alot chaps :3

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SPY-maps Sep 15 2012 says:

download is fast, 4.87 MB/per s

finally we can play this, took a long time but lets hope it was worth the wait. screens and movies are VERY promising!!!


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SPY-maps Sep 15 2012 says:


i did download Part 1 and 2 from Moddb 3 times, and all 3 times they were corrupted. don't know what is going on, download went well only when i try to extract the zips (with winrar) they i get that both are corrupted!!

does anyone else have this too???


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DolphinC Sep 15 2012 says:


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SPY-maps Sep 15 2012 says:

download is fast, but;

both zips are corrupted, when i try to extract them (with winrar what should work) then i get a message that both are corrupted, can't extract them.

down anyone else has this problem to??


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dave_5430 Sep 15 2012 says:

Files corrupted on this end too.

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dave_5430 Sep 15 2012 says:

MODDB won't let me edit this post and add the file logistics required to fix the archives, so **** it.

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Razzeld Sep 15 2012 says:

Why the **** is alweys say did you download BlackMesa.7z yes i have it i dont understand what dose the setup wants

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xilefian Sep 15 2012 says:

Completed it. It's so amazing. Loved every moment.

There are two or three moments of not knowing where to go (Minefield one of them, highlight the overhanging rocks to the hatch a bit better?)

There are about 5 big graphical errors, the dam has a massive missing triangle on the back side of it, nearest the end where the player first walks onto the dam, I fell off the edge and saw a massive hole in the world, the other big one for me is the opening tram, the tram model clips very badly with the side of the wall on the first turning.
Turn your flashlight on at the cliff-edge in surface tension and the sky box itself lights up (Looks like the textures drop a resolution?).
I noticed some incorrect bump-mappings on signage, like a flat-sign has bump maps where someone has just grey-scaled out a height-map?
There's also a few texture Z fighting and models overlapping.
The FPS drops massively in some areas and in those areas you can murder your machine by turning on the flashlight.

Overall, it's the world's greatest mod. It still feels like old half-life, so I don't think people who haven't played the original will enjoy this, also the music didn't work in some areas, it felt like the action music came on but you're in an empty room with no action going on.

The voice acting was amazing, my only sadness with voices is Eli's having a completely different accent, I can understand his voice sounding cleaner (Less gruff than HL2), but he actually gained a different accent with his pronunciation? Eli as a whole felt like a completely different character than in HL2, he seemed very cold towards the player and his facial expression was just blank.

This gets a solid 150% score, absolutely fantastic.

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Darkreaven Sep 15 2012 says: For those who seek cheat codes

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MrTambourineMan Sep 15 2012 says:

Ok, this just seems unreal :) in a good way.

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WaffleAndy Sep 15 2012 says:

I played this for about 2 hours and it was amazing. The lighting, the high-res textures, all about this mod is amazing :D

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FiredFox3 Sep 15 2012 replied:

I play 1 day :D

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ZaniK Sep 15 2012 says:

Totally worth the weight.

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ZeroOneInteractive Sep 15 2012 says:

no fecking way, how many years have us guys been tracking, and how many of us 'aquired' the leaked alpha. Now we finally get to play it properly no bugs (fingers crossed), and i always wanted to meet the new Barney Calhoun, woohoo he might finally buy me that beer after all...

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Rikersbeard Sep 15 2012 says:

Waited so long for this to come out I nearly fell off my chair when I saw the countdown on the official site!
Then the fight to find a way to actually get it on my PC took a few hours of frantic searching, waiting and searching again! Got a 78kbits/s download from the BM site’s latest mirror. 15 hours later and I am playing the first levels on my comp!
So is it worth the hassle? Oh yes. It’s the masterpiece we were expecting!

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SpeedyClaude Sep 15 2012 says:

My grand-grandfather told me about Black Mesa Source, but I've trough it's just a myth(kidding) but I've slapped myself twice and It's still there!!!
Good luck to the Black Mesa Team ! ! !

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Delta1000 Sep 15 2012 says:

Cnt play it, keeps erring out on me on Desura and all other downloads either dont work, or the folder is currupt. Can someone message me if they know a way to fix this?

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Vertex7 Sep 15 2012 says:

I must say . . . amazing trailer!

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PinheiroIllness99 Sep 15 2012 says:

Awesomeness in a basket!

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Thales_The_Unstable Sep 15 2012 says:

The Gonarch boss fight on source... Eff that the final boss fight on source... Can't wait

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KRAAG Sep 15 2012 says:

Hey Dev Team - I have an old DVD version of Half-Life 2 - it does not use Steam.
Would you please give me a quick run-down on how to set up the Black Mesa mod for use with a non-steam version of Half-Life 2 ? (i think my main problem is the command-line options)


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CRAZY! Sep 15 2012 replied:

I don't think that's possible as BM runs on a newer version o the source engine. I think you'd be better off downloading the free SDK Base 2007(TF2) on steam.

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grumpy_robbot Sep 15 2012 says:

Man i cant wait to play i saw the trailer and man it has changed!

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Darkreaven Sep 15 2012 says: here is the patch 1.1 for black mesa

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JohnnyTheWolf Sep 15 2012 says:

This mod is so much better than HL2 so far: no stamina-powered flashlight, no long dialogue scenes between NPCs, no Alyx, no nerfed arsenal to accomodate gravity gun, no half-assed vehicle sequences... Valve could learn a lesson or two from the Black Mesa team.

I just wish the Vortigaunts could speak in their original high-pitched language instead of HL2's retarded black man voice. Oh well...

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timstro59 Sep 15 2012 says:

what a fu**in tease man.

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DolphinC Sep 15 2012 says:

I finished this in less than a day CAN'T WAIT FOR XEN!

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levelKro Sep 15 2012 says:

Best Mod Ever!

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AYBABTU Sep 15 2012 says:

So Good!!!

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FiredFox3 Sep 15 2012 says:

Вот что я скажу.
Всем кому не понравилось - сосите хуи. Свои-же. Можете засунуть так-же свой член себе в зад. Ибо игра делалась 8 лет на чуть устаревшей технологии. И это простит некоторые "не идеальности" в некоторых местах. Это делалось с душой и очень долго. Опять-же - Сосите Свой Хуй, кому не нравится. Съёбывайте с МОДДБ, ибо это основной мод сайта, но раз Вам не по нраву - больше ловить тут нечего. Это Самый Лучший Мод Года.. даже нескольких лет.

Кто против - создавайте мод лучше. А я, и ещё тысячи парней посылаем вас куда подальше. Тролли, лжецы, неудачники.

Black Mesa - win.

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VGames Sep 15 2012 says:

Use the torrent people. Use the torrent!!!!!!

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Tilranus Sep 15 2012 says:

I've got it and I must say it's harder than the original even on easy, and I can play original easy mode and get to the end with no problems.
But this.... this even on easy is hard as hell, I'm already past the rocket engine part[forgot chapter] and already encountering the solders.

I love how the new zombies look with the head humpers on them.
And also who knows what happen to the cat?

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