Improved Xen is a modification for Black Mesa game. It gives you an opportunity to immerse yourself into original and improved locations of Xen world from Half-Life. At the moment Improved Xen is supported by Lisovichenko Vladislav (zloikot)

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Updated Improved Xen has been ported to Free Black Mesa 2012!

Hello again, guys! Black Mesa itself is a modification in an earlier version and a commercial game in the present tense, so I divided Improved Xen and developed it for both versions of Black Mesa. Black Mesa 2012 works on Source 2007 base version. It was first time used in Ep. 2, Portal and TF2, but now it’s quite an old engine. Comparing to Source version 2013, the old one has lots of defects and bags in the optimization. But the fact is, those games got an update to the new version of the engine later, and Black Mesa 2012 didn’t.


Earlier, I did Improved Xen as an addition to Black Mesa 2012 mod, but after releasing Black Mesa 2015, I started to improve my mod to this version only. According to the fact, that the last BM version will get an update including the absolute remake of Xen, I decided to port Improved Xen 0.5 on the earlier version of Black Mesa.


The first version of Improved Xen (v 0.1) looked quite bad, had some bags and flaws, and was unfinished in general. Now I rebuilt this mod, improving the graphics and entity logic. The version of my mod, built on Steam Black Mesa, uses some features of the modified version of the engine, added by Crowbar Collective. However Source 2007 doesn’t have such functions like cascading shadow maps, real-time dynamic lighting and reflections, or godrays, because in 2007 it wasn’t implemented yet. Also it caused the necessity of optimization. For example I had to impair textures quality and to minimize the quantity of switching lamps plants to provide the best optimization of the game. Now, when I achieved the good quality of my mod, I’d like not to make it worse.


So I decided to add some changes into dynamic lighting with shadows to use it in some locations and to improve the graphics a little bit. My earlier experience helped me and I used it here. Eventually, I want to show Improved Xen as a nice modification despite the version of the engine. Changes, which I did with game files give the opportunity to start Improved Xen as a separate modification with using Black Mesa resources. It’s done in two latest versions of my mod. That’s why transfer from Lambda Core to Xen is impossible.


But to play the mod you don’t need even to download Black Mesa. Its lighter version is included into the archive with the mod. It’s enough just to download a tool Source SDK 2007 from Steam and also to download this mod. According to the fact, that this version of the mod is publishing sooner, I fixed most of bags which could occur in Xen 0.5. A small feature will be my choosing HDR lighting without engaging the LDR on the locations, because the LDR isn’t actual. This decision gives me a chance to reduce the weight of the map files.


I hope my three-years old work will give you a lot of positive emotions and you will write a positive comment about it, because your support gives me the inspiration and aspiration to become better.

Black Mesa 2012 Improved Xen v.0.5.1 will be published on April 7.

Imroved Xen has received a new update!

Imroved Xen has received a new update!

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Latest news about updating Improved Xen to version 0.5.

Improved Xen was updated to version 0.4.1

Improved Xen was updated to version 0.4.1

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As you can see, I updated the mod to v0.4.1, it was necessary because of the detected bugs in the previous version.

The Reborn Improved Xen. The new mod update v0.4!

The Reborn Improved Xen. The new mod update v0.4!

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This is a significant update of this project for a long time. Gonarch returns to the lair and other changes!

Small update

Small update

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So this is a small update to BM: Xen v0.1, it only adds detail and improved geometry for some maps, etc.

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Black Mesa 2012: Improved Xen v0.51

Black Mesa 2012: Improved Xen v0.51

Full Version 19 comments

Improved Xen is now compatible with Black Mesa (2012) Free version. Here you can download the mod version 0.51.

Black Mesa: Improved Xen v0.5

Black Mesa: Improved Xen v0.5

Full Version 4 comments

Improved Xen is now compatible with Black Mesa (2015) Steam version. Here you can download the mod version 0.5

Black Mesa: Xen v0.4.1

Black Mesa: Xen v0.4.1

Full Version 17 comments

Here you can download the mod version 0.4.1 This is the full version, does not need to install Xen v0.1 v0.11 and v0.4 Attention! This mod is compatible...

Black Mesa: Xen v0.4

Black Mesa: Xen v0.4

Full Version 7 comments

Here you can download the mod version 0.4 This is the full version, does not need to install Xen v0.1 and v0.11 Attention! This mod is compatible with...

Hi-Def Gman HL1 "Wisely done Mister Freeman"

Hi-Def Gman HL1 "Wisely done Mister Freeman"

Audio 13 comments

A bit of clever editing with some Michael Shapiro lines to re-create the final words spoken in the canon ending of Half-Life, spoken by the gman: "Wisely...

Black Mesa: Xen v0.11

Black Mesa: Xen v0.11

Patch 27 comments

This is a small update to BM: Xen v0.1, it adds detail and improved geometry for some maps, etc.

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andrew280390
andrew280390

привет,обновление будет? с новым контентом официального ксена

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Trav2276
Trav2276

Я сомневаюсь в этом, но удачи

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ProfessorPootisman
ProfessorPootisman

I love this mod. Are going to do 1 final update when xen is completely out of beta, like using the new xen props or using the new npc's like the plantlight or the Gonarch?

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NasrNK
NasrNK

good game but i got some issues...for a graphics card like mx150 i think i should be able to run it at high settings but icouldnt manage to after all
second everytime i try to load the game at the begining of the map after killing that giant headcrapmom it lags and crash.unavoidable crash,tried to save it somewhere else after managing to get to the map without a crash so ican load the game from that point on,but it did crash again
i hopeu pay attention for this issue
thanks for this good mod
i liked it

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SkepticalRowan
SkepticalRowan

This mod will go down as Legendary.

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ablueberrypie303
ablueberrypie303

How do you even install it without steam? you did not put any instructions, can you please help me?

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UkraLife
UkraLife

it was good, but its useless now

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hi zloikot can i use your models into my hammer editor <3

thanks for imporved Xen it was so FANTASTIC !!

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zloikot Creator
zloikot

Yes, you can freely use models

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