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Hey guys, recently found my old Half-Life disk and realised I haven't actually finished the game (got up to that rails guiding section I think).

Anyways, would like to actually finish the game because I'd like to play HL2 (and it's episodes as well) and relatively recently Black Mesa showed up, which brought better graphics, sounds gameplay... but heard they've shortened some bits of game and it's up to a section (Lamda Core believe) and second bit won't be any time soon.

So... what would you do? Wait for full Black Mesa release? Or play Half-Life (presumably modded), I'd really appreciate if someone were to point to some mod that overhauls it, graphically ehances it... or a mod installation guide. Such thing made my System Shock 2 experience noticeably more enjoyable.

Thanks in advance.
    
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As far as I know Black Mesa is complete but I could be wrong. I haven't played it all but so far it seems pretty true to the original game

I wouldn't play the original HL with Black Mesa around except for nostalgic reasons as it is pretty old now... think it was the first game I bought for my Riva TNT 2 Ultra!
 
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Black Mesa doesn't unclude Xen yet. The developers never liked that part of the original, so they wanted more time to remake it they way they always envisioned it.

Regardless, BM is an amazing recreation, especially for a mod team. thumb.gif
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Ah, yeah, I remember Xen being a bit odd... wasn't there some giant skull baby to kill at the end or something!?
 
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Ah, yeah, I remember Xen being a bit odd... wasn't there some giant skull baby to kill at the end or something!?

Yes. That was the last good rocket jump in a game.
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Surface Tension and On a Rail were shortened in Black Mesa, and as others have said, the last few levels are not yet finished. This mod for Black Mesa recreates Surface Tension to make it more comparable to HL1:

http://www.moddb.com/mods/black-mesa-surface-tension-uncut

And they're working on improving On a Rail too.

http://www.moddb.com/mods/black-mesa-on-a-rail-uncut

Play HL1 if you want, I actually never bothered. When you get to HL2 however, be sure to get the Cinematic Mod.
 
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Surface Tension and On a Rail were shortened in Black Mesa, and as others have said, the last few levels are not yet finished. This mod for Black Mesa recreates Surface Tension to make it more comparable to HL1:

http://www.moddb.com/mods/black-mesa-surface-tension-uncut

And they're working on improving On a Rail too.

http://www.moddb.com/mods/black-mesa-on-a-rail-uncut

Play HL1 if you want, I actually never bothered. When you get to HL2 however, be sure to get the Cinematic Mod.

good info... Might just have a rerun of HL2 and that cinematic mod it looks sweet! any others you recommend?
 
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good info... Might just have a rerun of HL2 and that cinematic mod it looks sweet! any others you recommend?

Standalone Source mods is a different discussion altogether, but I highly recommend Underhell, No More Room in Hell (which I like more than Killing Floor and L4D 2), Nightmare House 2, The Stanley Parable, and Grey (after playing Mistake and Mistake-1 for HL1). The Cinematic mod however is a massive 30GB mod for HL2 and the episodes, so they all most be installed (as well as at least one of the Source SDKs, I keep them all installed to be safe).
 
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Minerva as well.....
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Damn, now I feel like replaying both...
    
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