For those of you that have not been keeping with the Black Mesa, its a fan made modification that runs on the Valve Source engine.
Its more then just a fan made modification, Black Mesa is supposed to be a remake of the original Half-Life.
Black Mesa is scheduled to be released September 14th. Download servers will be announced shortly before the download goes live.
My only hope is that Black Mesa lives up to the hype.
Half-Life was released in November 2004. Development on Black Mesa started around January 2005. I hope the game shows 7 1/2 years of quality.
When Half-Life was released in November of 1998 it was revolutionary for the time. Half-Life used a heavily modified version of the id Quake engine, improved graphics, and a real story plot. The introduction scene of HL is probably one of the best cut scenes in all of gaming history.
Then came all of the modifications, such as Counter-Strike and Team Fortress classic.
Quake started the online multiplayer revolution, but Half-Life refined it.
When HL was released I was playing Quakeworld Deathmatch. Quake 2 had been released, it did not live up to my expectations, so I went back to the original Quake. The HL was released, and everything changed.
Half-Life was revolutionary in a number of ways. For one, the player did not have to find any keys to advance in the map. There were side quest that had to be completed, such as turning on a generator to open a door. Which was a nice break from Doom and Quake where the player had to find various colored keys to advance.
When Black Mesa source is available for download I will get it installed. From there I will post some screen shots and first impressions.