1. Thirith says:

    Wow… Definitely looking forward to this twice as much now!

  2. The Hammer says:

    Oh my word, what a cool trailer. It’s really, really strange to see bits you know from Half Life 1 in Half Life 2 quality graphics, with HDR and everything, and the pacing in that was brilliant. The bit with the cascade itself… woah.

    Really looking forward to this again – the trailer team have done a SUPREMO job.

  3. rei says:

    Worth the wait! Particularly impressed by the deformable railing… didn’t think Source could even do that sort of thing.

    There was that bridge in the beginning of episode 2, but as I understood it that was practically pre-rendered.

  4. Ian says:

    I’ve been following the progress of this for ages now. I’m not even a huge Half-Life enthusiast, but… oh my!

  5. Magic says:

    If it is as good as it looks it will be awsome!
    Whats with XEN? They got screenshots of almost all chapters but XEN. I didn’t like it that much but I’d rather play XEN then some wierd alt-ending.
    Nah, it doesn’t matter that much… its Black Mesa in Source (yay!)

    If they do an alt-ending at least it can’t be worse then XEN :-)

  6. Davee says:

    Whoa! Iv’e been interested in this mod for some time now, but really, this looks much better than I thought it would in real-time.

    @rei: Unless they’ve done hell-of-a-lot of new coding for the Source engine, my best bet is that the railing part was just an animated model – but it still looks very well-made.

  7. Seniath says:

    I will admit, I yelped during the tentacle scene.

    Man, that sentence could be taken horribly out of context.

  8. Poita says:

    Looks better than HL2. Mainly because HL1 was a better game than HL2. HL2 was too calculated and structured with set pieces. HL1 felt more like a world that you had found yourself in.
    Look forward to playing it again.

  9. Heliocentric says:

    Fighting off l4d infected through here anyone? Barneys vs boomers.

  10. Stijn says:

    Magic: They have stated that they will not show any Xen material prior to release – but it will be there in the mod.

  11. Gap Gen says:

    That looks fantastic.

  12. Tei says:

    Two Rare Random links:
    Old HL1 intro
    link to uk.youtube.com

    HL1 map loaded in Quake1
    link to video.google.com

  13. Jochen Scheisse says:

    As everyone else already said it looks fantastic, I just want to add: It also sounds fantastic. Brilliant soundtrack, I cannot recall having heard of that before…does someone by chance know what it is?

  14. Thirith says:

    I’m pretty sure they’re doing their own music, inspired by the tunes from the original game.

    The voice acting also sounds pretty damn good. (Voice acting is still a wasteland in so many professional releases…)

  15. NukeLord says:

    Wow, that looks awesome. The blast pit especially so.

    *drools in anticipation*

  16. nabeel says:

    Nothing will replace my beloved HL, but this does look damn nice.


  17. cHeal says:

    That’s looks bloody fantastic! Easily the game I am most looking forward to for 2009. I think that Valve should buy it up and sell it retail if it does turn out to be good, as much as I’d prefer to get it for free these guys deserve proper credit, not just the reverence of the internet community.

  18. D says:

    Never mind proper credit, give these people money and jobs!

  19. muscrat says:

    most anticipated shooter of 09 ;)

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  21. MeestaNob! says:

    I agree, it would be nice if this was approved and polished by Valve, then released as the official updated version.

  22. Naurgul says:

    It’s really really good. I just hope they can keep their promise for 2009. Speaking of delays, where’s my Episode Three, Valve?

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  24. Paul Moloney says:

    Stuff like this is the reason I consider myself a PC gamer.


  25. Irish Al says:


    They don’t have Xen because Xen is the red-headed stepchild of HL1 – hidden in the cellar and everyone likes to pretend it didn’t happen.

  26. rabbitsoup says:

    well that looks better in motion than i ever expected. brilliant job. jets hope it gets released before someone hires the whole team

  27. Crane says:

    This… this looks better than HL2, actually.

    I’ve been waiting for this for a while, but I didn’t expect something THIS impressive.

  28. Andy says:

    Er, oh my days. I’m slightly speechless. For some reason I feel like this will be a lot more fun than HL2!

  29. Nimic says:

    Anyone want to put some odds on these guys being hired by Valve in the (near) future?

  30. diebroken says:

    Woohoo, yes! HL1 over Hl2 any day – I didn’t really like the whole Rebels vs. Empire angle that HL2 leant towards. Whereas in HL1 it’s just you (mostly) against either alien monsters and black ops./marines.

    I’ll never foget that scene where you first get the crossbow, it still gives me the shakes! But of course not as much as the dreaded Tentacles! :)

    Hell yeah! (awww, 2009…)

  31. GLOWi says:

    @Magic. There won’t be any XEN footage until release, stated developers. They don’t want to spoil it probably.

  32. Saflo says:

    I am more excited about this than any official release I can think of.

  33. Frans Coehoorn says:

    Nimic, I think they will. It won’t suprise me if these guys will join Valve so they can develop Episode 3/4 or something. This is awesome!!!

    Is it for free or…?

  34. Feet says:

    Awesome. I have very high hopes.

  35. Colthor says:

    Wow, that looks great.

    I’ve been replaying Half-Life. Graphics have came a long way in ten years. And protagonists now move much slower.

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  37. Chaz says:

    Oh wow, knocked for six! Seems like I’ve been waiting forever for that mod, but it looks like the wait will be well worth it.

    All it will take now is an apperance from Duke Nukem Forever and my socks will be well and truely blown off.

  38. Leelad says:


    I’ve been slating this as another dead mod for about a year, I’m eat my words and keyboard. That looked amazing.
    The bit with the bangy noisy tenticle thing was insane!!

    Looking forward to this AGAIN now!!

  39. SwiftRanger says:

    Looks and sounds ace until that machine gun, that’s just nothing like the HL1 version.

  40. bob says:

    Great trailer and great soundtrack indeed. The music is done by Joel Nielsen afaik.

    link to joelnielsen.com

    Hope they manage to release in 2009. Would be great if Valve adopted this into their line-up of “officially supported” (i.e. steam-distributed) mods (like they did with Insurgency, Age of Chivalry, etc.). It seems like it (or they) might have earned it.

  41. Doc says:

    You’re right, SwiftRanger. It looks even better! :P

    Besides, it fits if you also look at the High-Definition pack that came with Blue Shift.

  42. Rei Onryou says:

    @50s: Perfect intro for GMan (even though he’s just the HL2 model).

    The tentacle seemed perfect and they’re including positively everything so far. PVC Sex Assassins anyone?

    This is definitely a mod to look forward to. I wonder what Valve will do with it/the team after release…

  43. Kadayi says:

    Looking very good, but for pure legal reasons I doubt very much whether Valve will officially adopt it, let alone ‘sell’ it in any form. That they’ve allowed the team to produce it is a minor miracle in a lot of ways. Also as I understand it a heap load of people have been involved in this mod at one time or another with a high rate of churn in terms of personnel, so it’s hard to envisage even if adopted how recompense for peoples contribution could be accurately measured.

  44. Cooper says:

    I love that Valve have allowed this to hapen. Too many other studios have shutdown remakes.

    I hope 2009 is the release for Episode 3. Then I’ll have an excuse to play Black mesa Source, HL2, Ep1, Ep2 followed by Ep3. That will be one glorious week with no work getting done…

  45. Man Raised By Puffins says:

    I’m generally of the opinion that this mod is as unecessary as that Zack Snyder Dawn of the Dead remake, but blimey do they make a good trailer. Good luck to them on getting this out the door for 2009 too, I have a feeling they’ll need it.

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    ChaosSmurf says:

    The first thing I thought when I was watching this was “Wow, a mod that actually looks like the people behind it have been working for the 3728 years it’s been in development”. It looks seriously brilliant and I can’t wait.

  47. Frag.Stag says:

    Watching the tentacle feel its way towards the scientist was so cool.
    Objective: beat HL1 before BMS comes out.

  48. Pags says:

    By God am I excited for this.

  49. Nero says:

    Looked real good.

  50. Don says:

    Most impressive. What’s the betting that some of these guys will end up being employed by Valve? Since Valve could shut them down in an instant, as HL is their IP, and are not known being so cruel as to let them finish the mod then slap them with an injunction, it’s quite possible Valve want them to succeed.