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Black Mesa is a re-envisioning of Valve Software's classic science fiction first person shooter, Half-Life. Powered by Source Engine, You will re-visit the inaugural role of Gordon Freeman and his memorable journey through the Black Mesa Research Facility. Expect detailed environments to explore, a huge cast of characters and experimental weaponry. All-new music, voice acting, choreography and added dialogue give way to a more expansive and immersive experience than ever before.

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Do you want to return in "good old days" and experience that true classic - Half-life 1, (xen levels) but with improved graphics, geometry, and gameplay ? You can download it now, on the link below, or in Steam Workshop.

Black Mesa: Improved Xen v1.0

Black Mesa: Improved Xen v1.0


The only difference between these two resources is the way of installing the mod. During 7 years I made 7 versions of Improved Xen, which is a big number for this kind of work. You can see the evolution of the mod since its early version till now, and how Black Mesa influenced it. It was an amazing and exciting experience for me, and I share the result of my work with you, as usual. I tried to take the best materials from Black Mesa 1.0 to bring new spirit into my own mod. However, some things will not be changed because I have my own vision of Xen, and try to fallow the canonical Half-Life style.

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In my opinion, even the latest version of Black Mesa still has some flaws and it is quite unstable. I faced them while adapting and updating my mod to its new version (1.0). I was surprised, because I expected to see more polished version of BM, than it is now. But the quality of Black mesa is the highest now, compared to all period of its development. I am sure, that all future BM updates will not destruct my mod anymore, and I put a lot of afford to avoid this possible problem. I hope you will enjoy my new Improved Xen. Meanwhile, you can monitor the news about Azure Sheep Remake, I am involved in its development too.

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Also I am waiting for your feedback about my mod in the comments below. If you have some problems with it, I'll try to help you If I can. Thank you for your attention!

New Major update for Improved Xen specially for Black Mesa release!

New Major update for Improved Xen specially for Black Mesa release!

Black Mesa: Improved Xen 4 comments

Latest news about updating Improved Xen to new version.

March 2020 Media Release

March 2020 Media Release

Black Mesa: Azure Sheep 7 comments

Hello everyone! HECU Collective here, hoping you haven’t forgot about us after Black Mesa came out of early access! This 1.0 release got for us some...

PTSD Nightmare

PTSD Nightmare

PTSD Nightmare 1 comment

Be Adrian Shepard as he is trapped reliving the Black Mesa incident in this action horror survival mod.

Black Mesa: Military Version 0.3 RELEASED !

Black Mesa: Military Version 0.3 RELEASED !

Black Mesa: Military 5 comments

Today new Black Mesa: Military version was released. It contains multiple improvements over last version, fixes to fully work with updated Black Mesa...

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Black Mesa Military v.0.4 (Chapters 1-7) ALPHA

Black Mesa Military v.0.4 (Chapters 1-7) ALPHA

Black Mesa: Military Demo 12 comments

The fourth version of the mod is released. It covers the seven chapters of the upcoming full release. The following playable chapters are: Arrival, Dangerous...

Black Mesa: Improved Xen v1.0

Black Mesa: Improved Xen v1.0

Black Mesa: Improved Xen Full Version 3 comments

Black Mesa: Improved Xen version 1.0 is now available!

Black Mesa Military v.0.3 (Chapters 1-6)ALPHA

Black Mesa Military v.0.3 (Chapters 1-6)ALPHA

Black Mesa: Military Demo 6 comments

The third version of my mod is released. It covers the six chapters of the upcoming full release. The following playable chapters are: Arrival, Dangerous...

[Jan 18, 2020] Patch 2

[Jan 18, 2020] Patch 2

Black Mesa: Azure Sheep Patch 8 comments

A small fix for the mod after latest BM update. (this patch will be included into the full version of the mod on the ModDB soon)

Sound Update 0.1

Sound Update 0.1

Black Mesa: Improved Xen Demo

Nilianth remaked sounds are now realesed for improved xen have fun

[Nov 21, 2019] Patch 1

[Nov 21, 2019] Patch 1

Black Mesa: Azure Sheep Patch 4 comments

Hello everyone! Today we’re releasing a new patch for our mod. Whole week we were watching your streams and video walkthroughs, reading your comments...

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dead202
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plis update dis website

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black mesa is out of Early Access

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Redler_M_Schnyder
Redler_M_Schnyder

I posted my comment on the 2012 version of this mod. But since this section seems more relevant, I'll post this here:

Man! Xen was worth the wait! Also, thanks for the christmas present for releasing it as well!

Now that the Black Mesa saga is done, I can't wait for the other teams to finish the expansion remakes, although that'll be a decade off...

So what plans are you guys going to do afterwards?

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UkraLife
UkraLife

it was a mod... good job!

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farizpro1
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I saw corporal shepard while on lambda core!

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Krychur
Krychur

which means you either used an existing mod on the Steam Workshop or you made the whole thing up in an attempt to get some attention.

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Hazzmat305
Hazzmat305

no you didn't

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PurpleGaga27
PurpleGaga27

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When I compare this game to Renegade-X, Starcraft Mass Recall and the upcoming Warcraft: Armies of Azeroth, they have more quality advantages over this one overall and even those are free to play and download. I am not paying a single cent for this indie game even when Xen is released despite under the Source Engine 2013 and limited multiplayer. Probably by then when this game is finished the graphics will be outdated compared to the more developed Unreal Engine 3 and 4 games, free or not.

I am already utterly disappointed with the developers using Valve's permission to sell the remake even when it's not worth anything at all.

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EtherBot
EtherBot

Comparing FPS to RTS is nonsense but I kinda gleaned a different meaning of "as a remake i don't see the point because by the time its done it'll still look dated" which is totally fair.

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then dont get it. If you dont like fps dont get this.

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cyborgcraft3241
cyborgcraft3241

Um. Excuse me, but it seems more like FPSs aren't your cup of tea than the game being low quality as all the games you compared this to are RTS not FPSs. It is more proper to compare this to games like DOOM and COD. Also, graphics aren't everything. Who gives a **** whether a game is made in Source, Unreal, Unity, or any other engine (unless it is some crap engine made by 3 russians in a basement)

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Hahaha. He compared RTS games to a shooter game. Lol GTFO.

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I cant believe my eyes,that this mod announced back from 2004 to be changed into a game.A masterpiece that was worked on for 12 years,becoming a game.
It is worth those 20 dollars for this.
Time spent in mod and game,i cant express myself how i have enjoyed them

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