Black Mesa is incredibly well done. Xen is just beautiful. Highly recommend to Half Life fans.
I agree, it’s a really great time (other than Interloper)! I think many of the criticisms here are valid and important, but it’s still a damn good game.
Yeah, the game is definitely imperfect, but I never expected or desired a 1:1 recreation of the original half life. It’s a perfect piece of art - an interpretation of a previous work made with lots of love. There were definitely areas where it could use polish - like getting stuck in certain areas and having to noclip to get out or restart a save. But they also added a lot of new content and expanded on the original maps so I actually enjoyed struggling with some of the new puzzles and admittedly, I sometimes gave up and watched play-through vids.
This is how I know I loved Black Mesa: If I had to introduce someone new to the Half Life universe by giving them a first game to play, I wouldn’t let them play Half Life or even Half Life: Source. I’d have them play Black Mesa.
For the purposes of this community, “retro” means platforms launched in 2001 and earlier, and games for those platforms released through roughly 2007. This means that the Xbox, GameCube, Game Boy Advance, and PlayStation 2 are the cutoff consoles.