It's Amazing What Modders Can Do with the 15-Year-Old Half-Life

Watching The Core's trailer makes you forget you're looking at a mod for a game that came out in 1998. It's just gorgeous.


The Core is an in-development total conversion for the first Half-Life. It takes place during the resonance cascade, which is when Gordon Freeman and his scientist buddies accidentally unleashed the aliens of Xen on the Black Mesa Research Facility. Like in Opposing Force and Blue Shift, the two official expansion packs, you get to experience the cataclysm from a different perspective to Gordon's—this time, that of engineer Maurice Andrews.

The mod's been in development since 2008, so hopefully it should pop up soon. Here's hoping; I'd love to get my hands on this one. Check out the trailer below:

The Core - Official Trailer Release [ModDB]

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I am sorry but thats got NOTHING, and i mean NOTHING on Earth Special Forces. 10+ years of development, and pushing the old goldsrc engine to extremes the original developers never thought possible, i believe they deserve more credit.

Case in point, this video released last year:

And thats not all, after that trailer, they have now implemented crysis like ocean shaders, day night cycle, dynamic destructable envrionments etc. etc.

Just watch the videos here: and remember, this is the good old HL1 engine.