How To – Installing Black Mesa in Crossover Games / CXoffice
Sometimes, workarounds for playing native Windows games on Linux can be dodgy. Some will play well on plain WINE implementation, other times, helper software, such as Crossover, Wine-Tricks, or PlayOnLinux get you to the finish line with a feasible amount of frustration. One such game is Black Mesa, a modification on the original Half Life title, consisting of a set of modifications to the Source SDK 2007 base engine. So how do you install the title? Read on for more!
First, make sure you do the following pre-requisites
- Installation of Steam under Crossover’s suggested installer:
- Source SDK 2007 Base
- Once Steam (WINE) is installed, download the prerequisite “Source SDK 2007 Base” tool from the Library > Tools section of Steam’s main interface.
- Once installation of the “Source SDK 2007 Base” is complete, exit Steam completely, ensuring also it is not still running from the notification tray of your Linux distribution
- Download the Black Mesa file set:
- Visit http://www.blackmesasource.com/ and download the necessary file set. Do not download the automated installer, but the “Black Mesa Archive“
- You will need the 7z compressed archive with the 3 files necessary, blackmesa.7z blackmesa.md5 and blackmesa-setup.exe
- Open your 7z archive with the archive manager and extract the 3 files mentioned above. If you wish do this via the Terminal:
sudo apt-get install p7zip 7za e blackmesa.7z
- Place the 3 extracted files in an easy to reference download location for a later step.
Installing Black Mesa
- Open up the Steam bottle from Crossover’s “Manage Bottles” toolset:
- Navigate to the “Advanced” tab of your Steam bottle and click “Browse C: Drive” :
- This will open your local machines file browser. Navigate to “users/crossover/Desktop” Copy all the 3 black mesa files you extracted from the original blackmesa.7z archive referenced in the first section into the “Desktop” folder.
- Now, navigate to the “Bottle” tab of the Steam Bottle. Select “Run Command”
- In the next screen, click Browse and navigate to “users/crossover/Desktop” and choose the “blackmesa-setup.exe” installer file. Click “Run”
- The Black Mesa installer should kick off, and detect the other 2 necessary files needed to install Black Mesa:
- After installation is complete, do not run Black Mesa. Instead, exit the installer.
- Finally, run Steam and Black Mesa should show up as an installed game