Mark wrote earlier this week about the sorry state of Black Mesa, the ambitious Half-Life remake mod for Half-Life 2. If you simply cannot wait, there's another way to get a fresh lick of paint on everyone's favourite particle science facility. And by "lick of paint" I mean "high-resolution texture pack".
According to DSO Gaming, this texture pack was completed only recently and is designed for the original Half-Life, not the Source-powered Half-Life 2. It can be downloaded here (direct link, 700MB) along with this patch file.
Getting it to work is straightforward. From DSO:
All you have to do is copy everything that is located in the 'hl1' folder into your existing directory. You will also need to copy the enb series into your Half-Life source engine folder (if you're using the Steam version). Once this has been done you simply run the Half-Life source exe file to load up the game.
Everyone should have a copy of Half-Life by now, given that it's been included in so many Valve compilations and Steam sales, but even if you don't own it, it's a reasonable $US10 on Steam.
Sure, it's not Black Mesa, but anyone who's ever played the likes of Morrowind or Oblivion with a user-created texture pack knows the startling difference clearer pixels can make.
Images: DSO Gaming / Guru3D