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Black Mesa is far from dead, new screenshots released

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Anyone remember the Black Mesa mod that was announced all the way back when Half-life 2 came out? I do! Gosh, now I feel really old. Anyways, after a troublesome development cycle, the team has finally pulled it together and are back on track. They’ve recently hit 20,000 Facebook likes, and as a result have given us some gorgeous screenshots to feast our eyes on.

For those who don’t know, Black Mesa is a total conversion mod. It’s essentially a remake of the very first Half-life, being built upon on the well-known Source Engine from Half-life 2. The team, like many fans of Valve, thought that the enduring classic that is Half-life was long overdue for an HD overhaul and set out to do it themselves. The mod will be free to play when it comes out, and will include single-player, multi-player, and the Decay co-op campaign from the PS2 version of the game.

Check out the screenshots below. Even though it’s based on a game from 1998, I have a feeling the mod may even hold up to current-gen juggernauts, this is a Valve game we’re talking about, after all.

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Now an occasional contributer, Michael Urban is the former Editor-in-Chief at OnlySP and has the nickname "Breadcrab" for reasons his therapist still doesn't understand. From the moment he first got hacked in Runescape, he's been uninterested in multiplayer games and has pursued the beauty of the single-player experience, especially in terms of story and creative design. His hobbies include reading, writing, singing in the shower, pretending to be productive, and providing info and feedback regarding the games industry. It is an industry, right? You can ask him a question or send him spam at michaelurban@www.onlysp.com. Also, follow him on Twitter or the terrorists win. (@MichaelUrban1)

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Troy Baker Discusses His Return as Joel in The Last of Us Part II

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The Last of Us Part II Joel Ellie screenshot

Troy Baker has spoken about his return to the role of Joel in Naughty Dog’s upcoming title The Last of Us Part II.

During an exclusive interview with OnlySP at Supanova Comic Con & Gaming, Baker was asked how he felt to return to the role alongside Ashley Johnson, who plays Ellie in the sequel to the acclaimed 2013 title.

“The first day we were on set was when we shot [the PSX reveal] trailer,” Baker revealed. “We go through rehearsals and stuff, and we walk through it, and things get real serious all of a sudden, when we heard both of our voices. When you put everything together, that’s when Ashley goes away and Troy goes away, and you’re left with Ellie and Joel.”

Baker noted that the first time creative director Neil Druckmann spoke to him about the potential of a sequel was during the British Academy Video Game Awards in March 2014.

Check out a clip from our exclusive interview with Troy Baker and Nolan North—including the revelation of North’s return as David and the significant musical numbers featured in the game—above, and stay tuned for the full interview.

Druckmann recently revealed that Baker and Johnson had completed their main work on the game, describing it as “the most ambitious cinematic shoot we’ve ever done.” Before that, he stated that the final scene of The Last of Us Part II has been shot, with Laura Bailey recently completing her performance capture for the title. Druckmann also revealed that the rapper Logic and actor Travis Willingham will also be appearing in the game.

Earlier this month, a screen of the game’s weapon upgrade system was leaked in a promotional video, with some noting that weapon variation may be present in the game’s revision of combat.

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