Black Mesa, As Told By Steam Reviews

Black Mesa, As Told By Steam Reviews

If you trace Black Mesa, the Half-Life fan remake to end all fan remakes, back to its origin as a mega-mod that rose from the ashes of two similar mods in 2005, it’s been in development for somewhere in the neighbourhood of 16 years. Now, the labour of undying love for headcrabs is finally done. Do Steam users think it was worth the wait?

By and large, yes. Exuberantly so, in fact. For the most part, they’ve found the game to be exactly as advertised: a more modern (though still deeply old-school) re-imagining of Gordon Freeman’s completely regular day on the job at the Black Mesa Research Facility. Fans enjoy the improved graphics, tweaked levels, and against all odds, Xen, the long-maligned alien world you visit toward the end of the game. Well, most of them enjoy those things. Half-Life is a holy grail, after all, and a small handful of Steam users would rather that developer Crowbar Collective hadn’t tampered with it at all.

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  • I played through Xen yesterday and some of the criticisms are correct, while Xen is beautiful it’s too long especially in the Interloper chapter which after a while becomes a serious trudge all the while thinking “screw it i know how it ends” and just quitting.

  • The thing all the negative reviews have in common is that they seem to be reviewing this failing to do something it wasn’t interesting in doing in the first place. The originals are legendary for a reason, and it is not because they were perfect but because Of their time and place in history. Of course this game was never going to be legendary, it is a labour of love, from the point of view of a group of fans, making it from their point of view. So of course subjectively speaking they were going to miss the mark from some. That is hardly a failing. Just an obvious and predictable outcome that was always going to happen.

  • I played the pre-Xen part of the game years ago, it was buggy and crashed multiple times but was a blast! Definitely planning on coming back to finish it up, I had never actually played the first half-life before.

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