Hrmm, I don't normally really get into FPS games, at least not modern ones such as Halo and Call of Duty. For what its worth I loved both Portal games and I'm a big fan of classic point and click adventure games and most RPGs largely due to the puzzles or the story/atmosphere. I really want to try Half-Life 2 simply due to my love of the Portal franchise spilling over somewhat, but if Black Mesa is too clunky and dated I might give it a miss. Thanks guys!
EDIT: How long is the Xen portion of the game out of interest? Just curious as to what I would miss if I did try to play the game.
Confession time, I have never played any of the Half-Life games. Shameful I know, and its made worse by the fact that I bought the Orange Box for pc years ago and they've just been sitting on steam gathering virtual dust. I now have a long weekend coming up and thought I might finally make a start on the franchise but I see that Black Mesa has been released and wondered if I should start with that? Would I get anything out of playing Black Mesa first, or should I wait till after Half-Life 2 and the episodes so the added cameos and injokes make more sense?
Escape will always be my favourite (mostly due to nostalgia tinted glasses as it was my first) but even I admit that it was a tad clunkier than the first three. Puzzles seemed less polished overall, like stopping the fiery sushi boat at the EXACT moment was an exercise in frustration, as was the seemingly random customer reference machine in the prosthetic shop. I remember the jokes amusing my 10-12 year old self and I still chuckle at a couple but the rapier wit of the first three had undoubtedly been blunted somewhat by this game.
Despite the problems I still love the game most of all and feel its well worth playing through!