Black Mesa

Rating Summary

Based on 14 critic reviews
Mighty Man

OpenCritic Rating

86

Top Critic Average

100%

Critics Recommend

Based on 14 critic reviews
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IGN

Top Critic

8 / 10.0
Mar 13, 2020

Black Mesa is the best way to play the classic original 1998 Half-Life today, but it's a remake that already feels old enough that it would benefit from a remake itself.

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Essential
Mar 5, 2020

Finally complete after fourteen years, Crowbar Collective's remake is more than faithful to Valve's masterpiece.

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84 / 100
Mar 5, 2020

A quality remake that broadens the scope of the original and massively improves its final chapters.

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8 / 10
Mar 10, 2020

One of the best remakes ever, not because of its loving recreation of the original Half-Life but because it dares to change and improve it.

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Mar 9, 2020

Black Mesa may show its age in some areas, but that doesn't detract from what is an otherwise stunning achievement. It's not only Half Life at its best - it's one of the finest shooters available today.

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Unscored
Mar 11, 2020

As it is, it’s the best way to play Valve’s original design if you haven’t done so before, and it’s a brilliant way to retread those old ventilation shafts, if you have.

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9 / 10.0
Mar 21, 2020

This Half Life remake not only gives a more modern and pleasant look to a timeless masterpiece, but makes it even more magnificent without ruining its magic. If you don't know who Gordon Freeman is or if you want to relive once again one of the most incredible single player experiences in the history of video games, you simply cannot miss it.

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PC Invasion

Top Critic

8 / 10
Mar 5, 2020

Black Mesa is dated in several ways and the new Xen levels have some issues, but this is an excellent experience that old fans of Half-Life and people who may have never played it before should absolutely check out.

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8 / 10.0
Mar 18, 2020

From our point of view, we do not believe that Black Mesa can be an integral substitute of the original Half-Life (still very enjoyable), as much as an adventure that is flanked with respect and dignity. And walking tall with a legend can be considered a success in itself.

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8 / 10
Mar 17, 2020

It started as an homage, and it became the best version of the game. Black Mesa is fantastic remake of Half-Life, that never betrays the source material and gives it what is needed to be appreciated by a modern player on a modern PC - even if Source Engine is definitely very old. Just keep in mind it's a well refined but not triple A game, and you'll be just fine with it.

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