While the release of the long-awaited third installment of the Half-Life saga has been making fans anxious, an independent from the first game is now available on Steam.
After fifteen years of work, the Crowbar Collective brought the Half-Life universe back to games, with the game Black Mesa. Originally this project was made by developers who were fans of the saga, after they made one in the mechanics of the original game.
Launched in 2012, the Black Mesa: Source modernized the appearance of the original game, but was only based on the first part of the saga. Now, this new independent game is a complete Half-Life game, which includes all chapters. Version 1.0 of Black Mesa is available on Steam, Valve’s online store.
In Black Mesa, and therefore, as in the first Half-Life game, the player embodies Gordon Freeman, a physics research assistant at the Black Mesa research center in the New Mexico desert. At any given moment, a crystal is in contact with the laser beam of an anti-mass spectrometer and causes a series of disastrous chain reactions. One of the consequences of this incident was the opening of an interdimensional crack that allowed extraterrestrial fauna to invade Black Mesa.
Special forces are sent on the spot to clean up the damage caused by the aliens. Meanwhile, Gordon Freeman, guided by the mysterious G-Man, manages to penetrate the Xen dimension, called the “border world”. He knows an extraterrestrial empire that will, in Half-Life 2 and Half-Life: Alyx, identified as the Cartel.
It is worth remembering that Half-Life: Alyx, the third part of the game – and in virtual reality – of the FPS saga, will be available on Steam from March 23. This new title is located between the first and second parts of Half-Life, and is enough to offer great continuity to players who would like to explore the saga by testing Black Mesa and Half-Life: Alyx.