New Half-Life 2 fan film brings Adrian Shephard to City 17, is totally authentic until the Kung Fu starts

What is it with Half-Life 2 fans and quality film-making? While fan films based on any other series tend to be variable like Star Trek movies, the H-L universe has some stunning non-professional cinematic entries. Like this. And this. And now there's Beyond Black Mesa, a professional-as-hell-looking fan-made short set five years after the seven hour war (during which the Combine made Earth its new back yard) which tells the story of the human rebellion pre-Freeman's return.

The hero is one Adrian Shephard, the protagonist of H-L1 expansion Opposing Force. In canon, he's still lost to space-time by way of G-Man tinkering, but it's good to see him back. And overall, this trailer gives the impression that the film is a brilliantly authentic effort, despite the brief lapses into Kung Fu leg sweeps and Max Payne window dives. The quick tease of Ravenholme however, more than makes up for those little transgressions.

So, waddayareckon? Excited to see the full short? And how do you think this holds up to previous Half-Life fan-film efforts?

Source: Kotaku


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  • ArcaneGhost - November 5, 2010 10:06 p.m.

    See, now, I thought the window dive and the kung fu kick was pretty cool. I dunno.
  • Agarwaen - November 5, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    Is that Voice Over guy Noah Bennett(HRG from Heroes)? That would be amazing.
  • CountZero - November 5, 2010 9:10 p.m.

    Damn, that was impressive. Some really nice shots in there.
  • DreamWeaverPL - November 5, 2010 9:03 p.m.

    There are many questions to be answered. Could the acting be any worse? Why are they dressed like high school kids? Why are the Overwatch soldiers' eyes glowing like Harry Potter's wand? You decide!
  • shaft121 - November 5, 2010 8 p.m.

    Just looks like a bunch of film students running around a warehouse. In other words, craptacular.
  • ViolentLee - November 5, 2010 7:05 p.m.

    I could personally do without the nerdy fat guy and the terrible voiceover.
  • 8bitBaby - November 5, 2010 6:31 p.m.

    yah, i could do without the window diving and backflips but otherwise YES PLEASE!
  • Ruvalc - November 5, 2010 5:24 p.m.

    never played this games but that might change...
  • Spocksjock - November 5, 2010 5:21 p.m.

    This looks really awesome I like it a lot. Those were some fast headcrab zombies tho
  • ventanger - November 5, 2010 3:55 p.m. Dude looks a little young to be a Colonial... and I predict the asian dude gets eaten.
  • gmknoble - November 5, 2010 2:55 p.m.

    Wow, I dig that!
  • DoctorCrazy - November 5, 2010 1:58 p.m.

    This looks awesome! Really good representation of HL2
  • AnonymouZ - November 5, 2010 1:36 p.m.

    well, hotDAMN, this shit looks WICKED.
  • tareq - November 5, 2010 1:26 p.m.

  • Clovin64 - November 5, 2010 12:40 p.m.

    I'm intrigued. Its been years since I've played through Half Life 2 and this fan film looks like its captured the feel of the game pretty darn well. Seriously, the directors/producers of today's big billion- dollar-budget blockbusters could learn a thing or two from some of these fan films.

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