One of gaming’s most beloved franchises – Half-life has just had a revamp in the form of Black Mesa. As someone who never actually played the original Half-life, but loved the sequel so much that it’s probably one of my favourite video games of all time. I figured maybe it was about time to try the first one.
A project in the works for a number of years, Black Mesa has finally fully released. The game features fully upgraded visuals and sound design. Furthermore, its had new voice acting done to help to create a better a more immersive overall experience.
What I always loved about Half-life 2 was its blend of action, puzzle and horror elements that were crafted so well. I’m around 2 hours in and have to say that it’s been an excellent experience so far. Whilst there hasn’t been loads of combat with it being the earlier stages. There has been a good amount of variety in the gameplay elements. Additionally, I know there’s going to be a lot more to come.
The Longing is a bit of an unusual premise. Your king has gone to sleep for 400 days. He wants you to wake him up when that time has passed. During that time you’re free to do whatever you want really. But what’s interesting is that the game progresses in real-time, even when you’re not playing it.
During your time in this huge underground kingdom, you – known as the shade, are free to roam around as you see fit. Collect items to make your ‘home’ more comfortable. Read literary classics. Or just wander around exploring. These caves are your oyster.
I always find these experimental indie type games interesting and The Longing is certainly that. Featuring a lot of uniqueness to it you’ll certainly struggle to find a similar experience. The prospect of finding what happens after 400 days, is an intriguing one.