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Brand new Half-Life footage appears at last (by way of the amazing-looking Black Mesa Half-Life 1 remake)

Okay, Half-Life 3 is still MIA. As is Half-Life 2: Episode Three, or whatever the next one from Valve turns out to be. But let's face it, we've been so long without a new Half-Life, and the first one is so old now, that a full remake with modern Source Engine graphics is almost like a brand new prequel, right? You know, if you try really hard not to remember 1998, and lie to yourself that Half-Life 2 was the first game in the series.

Look, we're dealing with Half-Life fandom here. Sometimes borderline psychotic mental divergence is the only way to get through the day with hope intact. 

Anyway, some gameplay footage has finally arrived (via a big fat leak) from the amazing-looking Black Mesa total conversion mod. It's been in development for roughly 8 billion years, but it's looking damn good. It's maybe not sounding so good at the moment, if that soldier voice-acting is anything to go by, but let's not worry about that now. This thing exists, and if we're lucky we might get to play it before the Source Engine 2 appears, makes it obsolete, and forces the devs to start all over again. 

There's another bit of footage knocking around too, but it's fugly beyond compare, from a really old build, and runs at 6 frames per minute. Thus, I decided not to offend your eyes by embedding it. Check it out here though, if you can be bothered.

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13 comments

  • Bloodstorm - August 7, 2012 7:50 a.m.

    I can look past the voice acting, I mean, it isn't as bad as Just Cause 2, and not any worse then Deus Ex Human Revolution. I just want to play it already. Something new for Half-Life beats nothing at all.
  • IceBlueKirby - August 7, 2012 8:08 a.m.

    Maybe it's just me, but it seems like it's a lot harder to die in this version. I've been playing HL: Source and I die about as often as I reload. Looks good though, probably by the time it's out I'll be ready to play through Half-Life again.
  • MasterBhater - August 7, 2012 8:28 a.m.

    It could be possible that he's playing on easy difficulty, maybe even with some sort of "invincibility mode" turned on for demo purposes.
  • yuri-myszkowski - August 7, 2012 8:33 a.m.

    Ok, im tired of this "new versions" of old games. BTw, its a "new old version" coz this engine is dated already.
  • ObliqueZombie - August 7, 2012 9:11 a.m.

    But it's a fan-made mod, so it's being built from scratch. That has to account for something, right?
  • Bloodstorm - August 7, 2012 10:02 a.m.

    I personally like the "new versions" of old games, when it comes to games that were good enough that they should live on. It also makes it easier to go back to those games, when hardware makes them obsolete.
  • CrashmanX - August 7, 2012 1:19 p.m.

    Well it's a fan remake of a game from 1998. So 14 years later, I'd say that's pretty OK in my opinion. Plus fan made, so free.
  • GarcianSmith - August 7, 2012 8:57 a.m.

    The soldier voices aren't the best, granted, but the scientist voices are excellent (speaking as someone who was fortunate to play - legitimately, mind - an early build). http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q9Dooj_pvq4 These outtakes give a good idea. Oh. This looks stunning.
  • poothurdur32 - August 7, 2012 11:56 a.m.

    It was all great, beautiful, really... that is, until they showed off iron sights. Are you kidding me? Have people seriously thought that Valve is so old-fashioned that they FORCE ADS into the game? It'd be like telling the developers of CoD to be different for once (Blops II, by the way, actually KINDA looks different, but not by much).
  • RedHarlow - August 7, 2012 12:39 p.m.

    That's the exact functionality the magnum had in Half Life Deathmatch. You can zoom in while sacrificing fire rate. You can only iron sight on magnum and crossbow
  • hbman122 - August 7, 2012 3:39 p.m.

    Video has been blocked because of copyright :(
  • darkshad0 - August 7, 2012 8:25 p.m.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JSpIfY4r5-s you are welcome.
  • mathewsantiago - August 13, 2012 2:13 p.m.

    This needs to be made for the ps3. The orange box wasn't enough for us half-life/valve fans. It is a great game and it needs to be brought back to the surface of this decades technology, back to life!! A remake of the original Half-Life would be great and if there was a so called " Half-Life 3" then that would be awesome as well, you can't just leave it where the orange box episode left off with such a cliffhanger. Gordan needs redemption!!

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