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Modders Are Demaking Black Mesa, The Half-Life Remake

Black Mesa was a 15-year long project that remade the original Half-Life to bring it up to scratch with 2. It adds further depth to each level with more voiced NPCs and story beats, bringing in newer characters like Isaac Kleiner and Eli Vance, but now modders are taking all that and putting it back in the original game.

Black Mesa Classic is a demake of Black Mesa, bringing the remake of Half-Life back to GoldSRC. "Our main vision for this is to give a new look to the original Half-Life in the original engine, adding more realism and immersion, making Half-Life more enjoyable and giving long life to GoldSRC", the mod page stated (thanks, PC Gamer).

You can see revamped office spaces bringing in Black Mesa's layout and decor with windows showing off more of the lab. There are reworked models that make the Barney security guards more reminiscent of the remake's and the same treatment has been given to enemies like the headcrab zombies. If you prefer the original's gunplay and AI over Black Mesa but prefer Black Mesa's worldbuilding and aesthetic, this could be the project for you.

It has been in the works since 2019 but the team has just unveiled a new playable demo. Now you can try out the We've Got Hostiles chapter, tweaked and modified to be more in-line with Black Mesa's rendition than the original. And while that's perfect for those who want a balance of the two games, there's another upside that is driving this project.

One of the aims is to make Black Mesa playable to anyone regardless of how good their PCs are. If you have a dodgy laptop from 2009 and want to try out Black Mesa, now you partly can, since you won't need a modern rig to run Black Mesa Classic.

So if you fancy giving the Half-Life demake of a Half-Life remake a look, you can check out the ModDB page and see all the progress the team has made in the past three years.

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