A particularly ambitious project to remaster the original Half-Life in its entirety has been in progress for a long, long time. A few years ago the Black Mesa mod hit Steam, which transformed the Valve classic into a more modern looking and feeling shooter. It wasn't finished though, but the small team behind it aren't giving up. In fact, they want it to be a game all on its own really soon.
Virtual Reality is apparently the future of gaming, technology and all the rest. With every tech company announcing their own version of virtual or augmented reality, it's all about strapping more screens to our eyeballs. However, while Valve is excited about their VR announcement, gamers are still hoping for a different one... and they might actually get it.
You know what the world needs? Half-Life 3! Are we getting it? Probably not anytime soon, if ever. Until then, we fans will just have to locate the nearest corner and assume the fetal position while the almighty Valve broods and ponders their potential creation. Good news though if you’re looking for a temporary fix. Lambda Wars has just entered beta, and it’s completely free and on Steam!
I was but a young lad, just 10 years old, when Half-Life was released. I honestly don’t remember how I found out about the game, or how it ended up on my PC. I do remember one thing distinctly at least, it was the most impressive game I had ever played. As a kid, meeting those headcrabs for the first time with nothing more than a crowbar was beyond terrifying. Black Mesa was just begging to be explored though, and I pushed on. What is it about the game that makes it so special? This documentary attempts to explain the Gordon Freeman phenomenon.
Mark my words, the latest fad in this gaming generation won’t just be to re-release older games onto new systems, but to actually spruce them up. We’ve already seen Tomb Raider get a definitive makeover. And honestly, I’d love to see Half-Life get a visual upgrade along these lines.
Do you happen to have a large pile of games waiting to be downloaded on your Steam playlist? Then this bit of news won’t help you get through it any quicker. Half Life is 15 years old this week, and to celebrate, a remake of the game from a dedicated group of gamers in on the way at long last. A remake that’ll be up for sale on Steam.
Why is it that Hollywood completely manages to mangle videogame to film adaptations, while fan films somehow manage to capture the essence of the original medium? Oh right, it because they’re fan films..and not money-hungry-producer films. Here’s one that depicts the adventures of a certain, very famous crowbar.
Valve’s Half-Life series is regularly cited as one of the most influential in all of gaming – and if you haven;t played any of them then you really ought to be hanging your head in shame right now. Shame on you! thankfully, you get to make up for that particular transgression, because you can pick the entire series up for next to nothing.
Video games are totally addictive you know. More addictive than alcohol, more addictive than Oreo biscuits and far more habit-forming than collecting kittens. In fact, they’re kinda like drugs. So which drugs fit which games then? And why won’t anyone think of the children?
What’s that you say? Gaming has some great heroes these days. Korvo from Dishonored, Kratos from God of War and Desmond McMonkeyface from the Assassin’s Creed franchise? I scoff at your selection. Scoff to the max. Back in the day when those guys were nothing more than pen on paper diaper concept drawings, there was one hero who stood tall and kept damn quiet. Gordon Freeman was his name, and he was an ass-kicking scientist in a biohazard suit and spectacles, swinging a crowbar around and kicking head-crab head-ass. And now he’s been immortalized, in statue form.
I’ve been very much unimpressed with the movie industry for the last say, five years. With all this new technology and what not you’d think that movies would be better. There have been a select few that have been absolutely amazing and then there have been the most boring films since, well, the beginning of mankind.
Eight years, numerous delays, multiple re-imaginings and several instances of people raising their hands in the air and shouting “Dude, enough, we’re like totally tired of waiting!”, and Black Mesa is finally sort of finished. And headed our way, very soon.
There are quite a few games making their debut this year at Gamescom, from sequels to all new IPs. But will we see the return of Gordon Freeman and the fantasy RPG from Bioware? The event itself, certainly thinks so.
Ever wondered what it would be like to work at Valve? Sure you have! Imagine rocking up to their offices one morning, a briefcase in your hand full of great ideas, while Gabe Newell fires warning shots at wild journalists who happen to be brandishing questions about Half-Life 3, from his balcony.
But it’s probably just another 9-5 job over at the Steamy headquarters, isn’t it? Perhaps not, as the new employee handbook would indicate.
Half Life 2 was a fantastic game when it arrived several years. Taking the solid architecture of the original game and expanding on that, it was a challenging FPS title that was followed by two more successful episodes. And then it just dropped off the face of the earth.
Fans have been begging developer Valve for years now as to whether or not anything is being done with regards to a sequel of some sort. Valve has been characteristically mum on the subject, which has prompted a group of Half-Life gamers to get together to send a message towards the developer, in a method that will show them that they are still waiting patiently for the sequel to arrive.
And they’re going to use Half-Life 2 to do it.