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7:15 PM on 02.04.2013

Half-Life 2 modded to include motion tracking

I really want to get my hands on an Oculus Rift headset as soon as possible; all this talk about accurate and non-vomit-inducing head tracking is leaving me really intrigued. Modder Nathan Andrews has jumped the gun and...

Alasdair Duncan

2:30 PM on 01.28.2013

The Stanley Parable HD is more than a straight port

Last Sunday's Sup, Holmes? (now available on iTunes) with The Stanley Parable creator Davey Wreden was an orgy of ideas. I know UmJammer Lammy, angry internet people, how narrative works in games as opposed to other mediums,...

Jonathan Holmes

5:45 PM on 01.25.2013

Half-Life now available for Mac users on Steam

The original Half-Life is a landmark title for first-person shooters, so it's always been a bit of a shame that it hasn't been available for Apple users up to now. The wait appears to be over, as Cult of Mac reports that Mac ...

Conrad Zimmerman

11:30 PM on 01.21.2013

This is one incredible Gordon Freeman statue

Gaming Heads latest in their Valve toy line-up is the one and only Gordon Freeman from the Half-Life series. The 1/4 scale figure comes in at 20 inches tall, and features the voiceless hero with his iconic crowbar and the ali...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

4:00 AM on 01.09.2013

Here's what Half-Life looked like a year before release

Half-Life, one of the most loved series in existence. It's a wonderful game, but do you want to know how it looked like in its Alpha state? Well here you go! The first video here shows off some tech stuff, while the second v...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

9:00 AM on 01.03.2013

Revisit Jurassic Park in this Half-Life 2 mod

My wife and I are huge fans of Jurassic Park, and watch it as much as humanly possible. Sadly, games related to the IP haven't really been all that strong since the 16-bit era, but it doesn't take much to get me to at least ...

Chris Carter

4:00 PM on 12.27.2012

Untold riches: The brilliance of Half-Life's barnacles

Hamish Todd is a game designer and journalist. His article on Castlevania's medusa heads just made the longlist for the games journalism prize. You can find out about his game, Music of the Spheres, here. Some of the most fun...

Hamish Todd

8:00 PM on 12.18.2012

NECA is making Half-Life 2 Gravity Gun replicas

Loved NECA's Portal gun replicas? Well you'll have another gun to add to your arsenal come Spring 2013 as the toy company is working on creating Gravity Gun replicas from Half-Life 2. NECA will only be making a limited amount...

Hamza CTZ Aziz

8:15 PM on 11.12.2012

The DTOID Show: Mass Effect 4, Source 2, & Adam Sessler

Hey gang! We're back with another steaming pile of gaming news for your brain-holes! A new Mass Effect game is in the works, and the exciting part is that it's gonna be running Frostbite 2. Black Ops II comes out tomorro...

Max Scoville







Review: Black Mesa photo
Review: Black Mesa
by Joshua Derocher

Half-Life is a great game, but it's been over ten years since its release. What if Half-Life were made in 2007 instead of 1999? Black Mesa is a re-imaging of Half-Life using Source, the engine powering Half-Life 2. Valve has already created an HD remake of Half-Life called Half-Life Source, but that was a simple port over to the new engine. The textures, level design, and models remained the same. Black Mesa is more than a simple remake of the original game. It's a complete re-imaging of the core game with new level design, character models, textures, voice acting, and gameplay. 

It's an ambitious game that was created by a group of modders and fans over the course of seven years. While the core ideas of the levels are still here, each one has been completely recreated, resulting in an overall larger game. Half-Life was about twelve hours long while Black Mesa is easily over fifteen, and Black Mesa doesn't even yet include the original's final four levels.

High-definition remakes have been done before, but this is a creative recreation of a game. It's more than just sexy textures and layers of post-processing tricking us into thinking an old game is new again.

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8:45 PM on 09.21.2012

The DTOID Show: Halo, Revengeance, Half Life 3, & DmC

Hey everybody! I'm back from my travels in the far east to host another fine episode of The Destructoid Show. Today we talk about a random rumor about Half Life 3 being open world, Tara runs down what's new in Halo 4, Metal G...

Max Scoville

1:00 PM on 09.20.2012

Rumor: Half-Life 3 is open world, coming after 2013

An ANONYMOUS SOURCE has told Journaldugamer that Valve's highly anticipated Half-Life 3 will take a dramatic break from the traditional linear progress featured in past games. According to the latest gossip, Gordon Freem...

Jim Sterling



Impressions: Black Mesa is awesome photo
Impressions: Black Mesa is awesome
by Joshua Derocher

Black Mesa is now available, I am playing it, and I can tell you that it's awesome. It is an amazing recreation of the original Half-Life with updated graphics and sounds. We'll have a review up soon. In the meantime, here's 30 minutes of gameplay and my early impressions.

I went back and played some of Half-Life yesterday so I would have the original fresh in my mind when I started playing Black Mesa. The old game definitely looks dated, and this new visual update greatly enhances the experience. The textures are all very crisp and HD, the lighting is dynamic and modern, and physics have been fully added using the Havok engine.

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11:00 AM on 09.14.2012

Time to bash some headcrabs: Black Mesa is now available

Black Mesa, the long awaited and long delayed Half-Life fan remake done in the Source engine is now freely available on the developer's website. Don't worry, I checked and it's not a link to a Rick Astley video. I can't belie...

Allistair Pinsof



Black Mesa will come out September 14, world is ending photo
Black Mesa will come out September 14, world is ending
by Allistair Pinsof

The President of the United States of America:

"Good evening, men and women of America. At 5:42 PST, today, our elite crew of internet lurkers spotted a post from Black Mesa Source Project Leader Carlos Montero on the mod's official message board. Montero states that the long delayed Half-Life remake, made in Source, will arrive September 14. The soundtrack is available now.

"Many Americans have died since Black Mesa was announced in 2005. It has become the Duke Nukem Forever of its time. After years of terrorizing American citizens through the odd Reddit comment from a developer and mysterious screenshot, we can finally say that we got the bastard!

"God bless Black Mesa and God bless America! Also, this initial release will not contain the final chapters in Xen or multiplayer. WTF? Well, whatever. At least we are getting something. I'm going to go get a Big Mac. President out!"

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5:45 PM on 07.18.2012

DTOID Extra: LEAP's motion-control makes Kinect look dumb

The LEAP is essentially a precision Kinect that senses various types of gestures in a 3D space, and can be used for a whole ton of stuff besides Fruit Ninja and dance games. The video on the LEAP's website makes it look...

Max Scoville