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Half-Life remake Black Mesa out on September 14th

Half-Life is to get its true Source engine overhaul when Black Mesa is released this month.

Black Mesa, the long-awaited remake of the classic first-person shooter Half-Life using developer Valve's source engine, is due to be released on September 14th.

Unfortunately the version to be released is not the entire video game, as it is missing the section set on the alien planet Xen, but players will be able to take protagonist Gordan Freeman on a battle against the alien invasion and the mysterious G-Man up to the Lambda Core.

The game should be around eight to ten hours long, according to project leader Carlos Montrero, and will provide a solid ending that makes fans of the 1998 video game happy.

He believes that after eight years in development among a 40 strong team, it would be best to give fans something to play rather than keep them waiting.

Black Mesa will be available as a free download and updates are planned in the future, including a remake of the original's deathmatch multiplayer and the addition of the final section on the planet Xen.

The graphical overhaul of the game will be the most attractive feature for the fans of Half-Life, with new and improved textures and high resolution characters, as well as better physics provided by the Source engine, enhancing the experience.

However, the story will also be tweaked slightly to enhance the parts that are more engaging while cutting back on the slower aspects of the title.

The plot of Half-Life follows scientist Gordon Freeman through the Black Mesa research complex after it has been taken over by invading aliens during an experiment that went wrong awry.

Original developers Valve remade the title with the Source engine back when Half-Life 2 was released in 2004, but it was regarded as not up to scratch and remained largely unchanged from the original.

This spurred the team behind Black Mesa to embark on their project to create a true remake of the title.ADNFCR-1220-ID-801441964-ADNFCR