Half-Life: is there no sweeter a name synonymous with first person shooter perfection? Born on the PC in 1998, the game continued in a long standing trend of surpassing expectations of the FPS genre, with dynamic in-game storytelling, grueling challenges, and thought-intensive puzzle traversal.
While a short 6 years later brought Half-Life 2 onto the scene, with similarly critical and commercial success, the original title that started it all has mostly remained untouched… mostly.
When Valve created a game that impacts a generation, no less the genre itself, there had to be expectations fans would take matters into their own hands. And while Half-Life’s game engine circa 1998 was no stranger to being modified, it’s unusual to see present day game engines applied backwards. However, a team of immensely dedicated fans have done just that.
Using the Source engine used for Half-Life 2, the project called Black Mesa, has developed the first game from the ground up; adding detailed graphics, improved physics, and an overall synch between games.