As someone who never played Half Life, should I buy Half Life 1 or just get Black Mesa? Also since I already own Half Life 2, could I just get the mod version of Black Mesa instead of buying the standalone?
get half-life 1 if you want the experience of a shooter that's fun for the same reason old school shooters were fun
get black mesa if you want an aesthetic experience in the world of half-life and you can put up with a wobbly difficulty curve
Black Mesa is actually more frustrating than Half-Life 1. Some of the platforming that worked for Half-Life 1 just feels horrible in Black Mesa.
Also the retards decided it was a good idea to set the MP5 back to 30 rounds to make it more realistic and then added more troops in so you're constantly reloading.