The creator of Beyond Black Mesa is back with an amazing live-action look at Gordon Freeman’s ride to his worst day at work ever.

I’m not sure what amazes me more: that technology today allows a few guys with some spare time and creative energy to come up with something as incredible as this, or that the Half-Life franchise continues to inspire such devotion despite Valve’s apparent indifference to the whole thing. Either way, it’s a win for gamers, because this live-action adaptation of the Freeman’s last trip to the office really is one seriously impressive accomplishment.

The director, Brian Curtin, also offered some advice to fanboys who might feel compelled by the video to go back and re-experience the real thing: be prepared for disappointment. “After ten-plus years since it’s release, if you ever go back and replay the original Half-Life, it doesn’t look anything like you remember,” he wrote. “The graphics are horrible compared to present day games, but years ago it blew my mind. This video plays with that contrast. I incorporated a fusion of live action and CG environments that give it a semi-realistic look, but also not realistic at the same time. Hope you enjoy it!”

Enjoy it I did! Now if we could just convince Valve to give the series as much love as the fans do, my world would be complete.

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