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Gordon Freeman returns... - 6/9/2012 8:39:49 PM   
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So, whilst we’re all still twiddling our thumbs and scratching our arses waiting for Valve to pull out their finger and deliver unto us the next instalment of the further adventures of Dr Gordon Freeman, it was announced earlier this week that Black Mesa would finally be released on 14 September. Well part of it anyway. It’s been eight years in the making and it’s still not actually finished. Even loyal followers of Valve seem unable to absolve themselves totally from the quantum peculiarity of Valve time (which the original resonance cascade may or may not be directly responsible for).

Essentially a remake of Half-Life developed by around 40 modders using Valve’s Source engine, Black Mesa is the Half-Life community’s response to the barely noticeable and somewhat disappointing graphical changes to the original game when it was made available on Steam in 2004. But this is not just further graphical tweaks; Black Mesa is a fully realised remake. Supposedly it will divert little, if at all, from the main storyboard, but the more tedious parts of the original game have been streamlined and level maps increased in size to accommodate greater challenge. It has even been suggested that Valve’s marvellous AI routines have been tweaked and improved upon. If so, wowsers! As a bonus, Black Mesa makes Half-Life look just as crisp as Half-Life 2, if not better:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lul60ixy_40

Black Mesa has the potential to be most excellent; although re-working a masterpiece means there is added pressure to deliver. Look at the remakes of most movie masterpieces, such as Psycho or the recent The Thing travesty. Oh dear. Then there’s the eight year wait which touches more upon Daikatana time, let alone Valve time. Let’s hope it’s just a perfection thing, rather than a ‘we’ve kind of ballsed it up’ thing. More worryingly, from the video sequence above, there seems to be a lot of swooping camera views. That means cut-scenes. One of the key reasons as to why Half-Life worked so well was that everything in game was witnessed from Gordon’s eye-view, absolving the need for an out of body experience and making the game more interactive as a result. Please, don’t let it be bloody cut-scenes.

Anyway, enough of the pessimism! I’m sure it will all work out great in the end. Although Valve are not involved, there is enough Valve in the starting point for Black Mesa to rise above many a modern FPS. Despite only half a game (it ends in the Lambda complex around the point Gordon dimension jumps to the alien world Xen) there’s expected to be around 10 hours of gaming available, which means plenty of alien-arse kicking with the now iconic crow-bar. But the really awesome news is Black Mesa is being offered as a free download from the mod team’s main site. Bless them and their Tim Berners-Lee approach to sticking two fingers up at capitalism. Excited? I’ve just let out a little bit of wee…

http://www.blackmesasource.com/

Also on me blog. And how many of you saw the thread title and thought 'Half Life 3 - yay'?


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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 6/9/2012 8:47:28 PM   
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Did they ever give a reason to not make Half Life 3? Surely the success of the last instalment shows the demand for another one.

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 6/9/2012 8:49:03 PM   
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Did they ever give a reason to not make Half Life 3? Surely the success of the last instalment shows the demand for another one.




They are making HL3.

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 6/9/2012 10:53:43 PM   
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Yeah right after they make Half-Life 2: Episode 3 right guys

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 6/9/2012 11:19:59 PM   
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I hate these moments. Moments where you see something and think "Oh my God, could it be? No, it won't be, it'll be something else, the other thing."

And then it turns out to be... the other thing.


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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 7/9/2012 1:26:39 PM   
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I hate these moments. Moments where you see something and think "Oh my God, could it be? No, it won't be, it'll be something else, the other thing."

And then it turns out to be... the other thing.




The other thing is quite good though, no?

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 7/9/2012 1:30:52 PM   
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I too was hoping for some Half Life 3 news.

Damn you clowny and your enticingly titled posts .

Not much interest in this personally. I've completed the first Half Life on the PC, Dreamcast and PS2 so I've no desire to play through it again, spruced up graphics or not. The fact it's available for free is kick arse though fair play.

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 7/9/2012 3:01:20 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

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I hate these moments. Moments where you see something and think "Oh my God, could it be? No, it won't be, it'll be something else, the other thing."

And then it turns out to be... the other thing.




The other thing is quite good though, no?

So is ice cream if the choice was ice cream or £1 million, but I wouldn't choose it

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 1/10/2013 7:46:31 PM   
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Half Life 3 might be on the way...

http://m.uk.ign.com/articles/2013/10/01/half-life-3-trademark-filed-by-valve

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 1/10/2013 8:18:54 PM   
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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 1/10/2013 8:37:18 PM   
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Steam box exclusive?

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 1/10/2013 9:22:30 PM   
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They didn't have the HL3 trademark all sorted ages ago?

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Steam box exclusive?


I bloody hope not.

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 1/10/2013 9:27:54 PM   
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They didn't have the HL3 trademark all sorted ages ago?

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Steam box exclusive?


I bloody hope not.


Would make sense if they're going to move into the console market. If not exclusive, then at least a timed release.

I'd certainly buy one if it was exclusive.

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 1/10/2013 9:29:37 PM   
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I'd buy one even if it wasn't.


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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 2/10/2013 12:42:25 PM   
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quote:

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quote:

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They didn't have the HL3 trademark all sorted ages ago?

quote:

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Steam box exclusive?


I bloody hope not.


Would make sense if they're going to move into the console market. If not exclusive, then at least a timed release.



It won't be exclusive as Valve have already stated that 'Everything that we’ve been doing on Steam for the last 10 years will continue to move forward.' Would be a bit close-minded of Valve to do so following announcements of the freely available Steam OS and the openess with which Steam Machines will be developed. A timed release is much more likely. although we are talking about Half-Life 3 here...


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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 2/10/2013 6:57:05 PM   
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Hmm

http://www.destructoid.com/valve-database-lists-left-4-dead-3-half-life-3-teams-262855.phtml

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 2/10/2013 7:44:16 PM   
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OMG OMG OMG

It's actually happening

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 3/10/2013 9:28:20 AM   
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HL3 and L4D3=happy

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RE: Gordon Freeman returns... - 7/10/2013 11:53:16 AM   
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http://www.eurogamer.net/articles/2013-10-01-valve-registers-trademark-for-half-life-3

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UPDATE: The Half-Life 3 trademark registration that set the internet alight last week has been removed.

Half-Life watchers ValveTime.net noticed the trademark had been removed from OHIM's database. It believes the trademark was published as a hoax.

While the Half-Life 3 trademark has been removed, there remains evidence suggesting development is underway.

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