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What is Black Mesa Xen? Why Does it Matter?

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The Judgemental Cat (2 days ago)
What about surface tension? They cut out loads of the surface chapters of the game when I first played it in 2012... have they added those in finally? Seems like everyone goes on about xen but never the other missing chapters
AM (9 days ago)
panda man (12 days ago)
Hold up! Gabe hated the best part of half life but for me...holy shit...
K I L O (13 days ago)
cmon...a game made by fans for the fans is def going to be great!!!
nodvick (1 month ago)
gonna be honest I expected the whole thing to be done including blue shift and opposing force by now...
Knightly (1 month ago)
I hope the Black Mesa developers decide to make a remake version of Blue Shift and Opposing Force
Teramisu (1 month ago)
You can say whatever you want to that studio, but they are doing such a great work and putting so much love into their remake game Thats incretible for todays standards.
Ultra Nebulatrix (1 month ago)
Lol black mesa is a disappointment
A Toaster (30 days ago)
Ultra Nebulatrix lol no
Khorps (1 month ago)
Summer of 2015? Tyler May is in Spring u fucktard
Chris Coma (1 month ago)
Personally Xen sucked balls so much, I wonder why people even think it could be fixed. Ask around - most people, even Half-Life fans absolutely hate Xen. Not to mention most players just didn't stopped playing HL at Xen. It was alien and fascinating, but gameplay-wise it sucked fucking balls. And Interloper is the single worst ever chapter in Xen. It's gotta be a tremendous amount of work to bring Xen up to Black Mesa and Half-Life standard. Let's be honest, Xen was pretty bad for any game. I can wait, that's for sure.
Doginu (1 month ago)
hytlerson (1 month ago)
So, realistically, 2 more years.
CaptainPositron (2 months ago)
It baffles me as to why they did that Xen deadline that they missed. It is quite apparent that they were never close to a release at all during that time.
Love Nordahl (2 months ago)
we will have half life 3 before a complete black mesa
Love Nordahl (2 months ago)
no one of those will be completed xD
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
Doubt it...
flobbingdonkey (2 months ago)
I first saw the trailer for black mesa when i was in my early years at university. The internet was still in its infancy, youtube wasnt really a "thing", and most of my friends had only just discovered online deathmatch as they were all console drones and therefore thought goldeneye had invented the genre. Fast forward to today and im in my mid 30s. My friends have mostly got married, no one plays computer games anymore except for me, and they all have kids whereas i do not. And i still dont have this game to play. Life fucking sux!
julius pagibig (2 months ago)
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
Half-Life 3 isn't dead... So isn't this... You can't say that it is until we have official confirmation.
PROJECT Y (2 months ago)
it sucks. it has bugs. the vortigons stand still. hate it
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
I seriously don't know if this is a joke or not...
Chappy (2 months ago)
Awe love you too
Matthew Parker (2 months ago)
I'm pleased the team is taking their time to make a great game, i'm just fed up of false promises. Had enough of that from Valve.
Divergent Droid (2 months ago)
I wont use the DRM laden Steam but I will Happily download the game Again ON TORRENTS with Xen once they finish it. - It's The Only way to play the Free game without being subject to DRM and draconian tactics of corrupt companies. I bought the Orange version on CD way before forcing kids to use their parents bandwidth (Which IS actually Illegal) was a thing. Companies get away with Crap because people Don't know The Law. Well I'm 50 I don't need my parents permission. F You steam.
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
Umm... I couldn't understand the whole comment and basicly, what I did understand is that you are going to pirate the game instead of buying it. Any reason why? You already bought the Orange Box, from what I understood.
MC Brahs (2 months ago)
Valve Fans and Waluigi Fans, we all suffer together, but we can overcome and maybe one day, 50 years from now, they might do something to appease our woes
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
What the heck does Waluigi have to do with Valve?
Bruce HC (2 months ago)
I wouldn't be half surprised if, when everyone finally decided that half life 3 wont release, Valve releases it.
Yuri on Edge (2 months ago)
I remember when Xen was supposed to be released in December 2017...
SEX-POSITIVE GAMER (2 months ago)
Back in May, I created a kill compilation of every kill in the "Black Mesa" storyline -- minus Xen, obviously, since Xen wasn't released yet. Inexplicably people hated the video, which currently has more dislikes than likes -- but I figured this summer when Crowbar Collective was slated to released Xen, I'd create an updated kill compilation of "Black Mesa" (albeit this time in the style of John Wick, to see if it gets more love). Well, after watching this video, I don't think we can expect Xen anytime soon. Honestly, Xen doesn't even exist in my headcanon, since Xen's gameplay is too crappy for me to want to play anyway!
SEX-POSITIVE GAMER (2 months ago)
True, but the fact that the team has needed so much time to polish the original turd might indicate that the turd is... un-polish-able.
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
Umm... You are saying that the original Xen is too crappy. You do realize that the developers of Black Mesa are completely redoing the whole Xen chapters, right?
Tom Draper (2 months ago)
So do you have any estimates like one or two months after the end of summer?
Tom Draper (2 months ago)
cool cool
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
He is not behind the game...
kRzplayer (2 months ago)
Can't wait! :D
loomman529 (2 months ago)
I doubt this will release, guys. I mean, I want to be wrong, but I don't know.
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
You already are wrong, it will be released. People doubted that this would work since the original 2006 leaks... 6 years later, we got a mod version, something people never imagined that would become, years ago. So yes, it WILL release.
Alex Martinelli (2 months ago)
half - life, a game in goldsrc engin now in source engine, WELL GUESS WHAT, THERE'S HALF - LIFE: SOURCE!!! AND IT'S COME AFTER HL2!
Alex Martinelli (2 months ago)
yeah i know
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
The levels have been also changed. Especially Xen will also be changed alot.
Alex Martinelli (2 months ago)
grafimir Gmr i know, black mesa is hl1 in hd
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
It was buggy. Also, did you read my comment. If it wasn't buggy, THEN IT'S JUST A PORT. ITS NOTHING SPECIAL. HL1 SOURCE IS JUST HL1 WITH NOTHING CHANGED. BLACK MESA IS REIMAGINED. So... one is a port, the other is a full remake and stfu.
Alex Martinelli (2 months ago)
grafimir Gmr i played hl1 source and i didnt think thats buggy. So... Hl1 source is cool and stfu
Jeremy TerWisscha (2 months ago)
As much as I want them to make black mesa xen to be great there is NO excuse to exceed multiple promised deadlines for there release
Broken Website (2 months ago)
Lol i like the way the mod looked when i played it for free a while back but i refuse to pay for something like Black Mesa when its unfinished. They are simply trying to milk money by being slightly slower on purpose considering theyve been developing for MORE THAN A DECADE. Anyway once this is legit done ill probably pay for it and playthrough again to see new Xen.
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
I don't think you understand my point. The game is being developed by a team of people who loves the franchise just as much as we do. The game is being developed by THE COMMUNITY. Yes they earn money but that doesn't change much. They would earn more money if they rushed and finished faster but clearly they are taking their time to polish. They want to make a complete game before releasing it, unlike what happened with the original Half-Life. Xen was rushed and it disapointed most.
Broken Website (2 months ago)
grafimir Gmr you clearly dont understand then.
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
Umm, no they are not being slow on purpose. Do you think that they will get more money on being known as "THE DEVS WHO DONT FINISH THEIR GAME"? They will get more money after they finish the game. So no, they are not being slow.
A-V0RTEXAS X (2 months ago)
Blodørn (2 months ago)
The Black Mesa campaign will be complete at the same time that Half-Life 3 is released. Fucking never.
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
You should be thankful since at least, we are getting updates and news on what is to become for this game, unlike with Valve about Half-Life for years.
UltimateEnd0 (2 months ago)
I have waited 6 years for this moment. I have held off playing Black Mesa.
Miiiiix (2 months ago)
Strider Entertainment (2 months ago)
these bois going on about Incredibles 2 taking so long to make that never heard of this game
Alklazaris (2 months ago)
I remembered this mod being made when I graduated high school in 2005. I've almost died twice since then and I stayed alive through raw determination of playing the full Black Mesa mod.
Jeff L Pearson II (2 months ago)
Black Mesa was awesome until the last update broke it for me on Linux
Starfals (2 months ago)
I like Xen, but i prefer it in the Expansions way more. :) Looks and feels better.
5ucAyman (2 months ago)
this got me exited
arcticridge (2 months ago)
I've been waiting all these years to release bloody xen just so I can hear their version of the G-Man at the end of the game, could care less about Xen itself.
julius pagibig (2 months ago)
arcticridge exactly my thoughts
cocopud (2 months ago)
Perhaps Christmas 2018, that would be a great crimbo prezzie 😁
jUppers (2 months ago)
that shit is still not done yet?
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
Just replay the original Xen missions. Now go back to this and look at all the news and stuff. You'll be thankfull that the team IS taking their time.
myfoothurtzzz (2 months ago)
just bought black mesa today
Toaster (2 months ago)
PC gamer is wrong? that isn’t new.
Matthew Steel (2 months ago)
As much I want to play Xen levels I rather not play it half finish or not fully ready where as you get bugs and lags or problems with Xen rather play it when its certain its ready.
MegaChickenfish (2 months ago)
It must be really difficult considering a lot of people find Xen to be the worst levels, so they want to somehow fix that without making them "not feel like Xen."
ThePlagueDoctor (2 months ago)
Sir, 2 years ago you talked about the VR test from Valve. What ever happened to that? LFD3 and HL3 and possibly Portal 3???
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
Dude, he isn't someone from Valve, he's just somebody like you discussing Valve stuff.
Wismic (2 months ago)
I quit wasting my breath on it being finished up about two Years ago. When it comes out, cool, I'll play it. But I don't care to keep sitting in anticipation to be honest.
Tamás Márk #GK (2 months ago)
I hope that the new episodes will have so great soundtrack like the Questionable Ethics (Joel Nielsen Black Mesa Soundtrack Questionable Ethics 1)
JiggyJab (2 months ago)
I love your channel so much. Every video you upload makes my day better.
Crippling Depression (2 months ago)
Soo who's going to be first? Episode 3 or the Xen?
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
Episode 3 was cancelled. STOP SAYING IT!
I think xen
Mat (2 months ago)
at least they are trying to do it
Enile (2 months ago)
I love you too, man! Nice information!
Thomas Oakheart (2 months ago)
I loved On the Rails.
Digital Unity (2 months ago)
See they call it half life because they only complete half the remaining work on the next game every few years. Likewise, it's called portal because somewhere along the line it fell out of this dimension and into VR spinoff land.
NE0SPACE (2 months ago)
Well at least this isn't canceled, and isn't some stupid card game. Good job team, keep it up!
Admiral_M _10K (2 months ago)
It's been so long, we can wait a few more decades-erm- I mean years
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
We better do so it doesn't end up like Half-Life 1's Xen levels as they were rushed in order to get the game out in time.
Piero Minaya Rojas (2 months ago)
Maybe Gabe didn't want to make Half-Life 3 because it reminded him of Xen. And if the Black Mesa team releases a better Xen maybe Gabe actually makes a Half-Life 3...or maybe I'm just dreaming.
Frying1Pans (2 months ago)
They should release it on november 20th 2018 which would be half-life's 20th anniversary
Spyrelle (2 months ago)
This is why I've never bought Black Mesa; It's not finished, I won't buy it until it is.
warhammernerd52 (2 months ago)
Is it just me, or are there now Combine elements to Xen? If there is indeed Combine technology there, then that'd link up many more 'what-if' narratives
ManWithSpicyMemes (2 months ago)
I’m glad they’re taking their time. I don’t want a Hunt Down the Freeman 2: electric boogaloo.
Lone surivor 2135 (2 months ago)
Yahoo who the hell still uses Yahoo the only person I can think of is my dad
darkySp (2 months ago)
They better get Michael Shapiro to voice G-Man!
Covex (2 months ago)
Xen 3? oh lord
Zerghunter666 (2 months ago)
Love the keygen music in the background of the video.
Torcheeto (2 months ago)
Seriously people need to get on Black Mesa multiplayer... no one plays it anymore.
Tasos S. (2 months ago)
Well it seems that the G-man has put valve into stasis. Only and when only he gives the wake up call we are going to have half life 3.
HE1NZ (2 months ago)
So basically they need at least two more years.
RocketPhoenix (2 months ago)
Waffles (2 months ago)
"... a team of people attempting to remake the entirety of Half-Life 1 in Half-Life 2's Source engine" Dude, that was made and *finished* in the 2000's. It's called Half-Life: Source The correct description would be "... a team of people attempting to remake the entirety of Half-Life 1"
Waffles (2 months ago)
Is this something to get this angry about? can we please just agree to disagree?
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
My comment IS valid. Remake means that it is literally REMADE. While HL Source is just a port. THEY DIDNT *REMAKE* THE ENTIRETY OF HL1 IN HLS. THEY JUST PORTED.
Waffles (2 months ago)
His wording doesn't specify any of that. He just says that it's *in* the source engine, yeah the word remake may make you think of reimagining the game but he doesn't say reimagined nor ported he says it's *in* the source engine. And it being buggy as hell doesn't matter; I could say that Black Mesa is stupidly difficult and a handful of enemies that I could handle just fine in bunches in HL or HLS can kill me in a matter of seconds and say your argument is completely invalid because of that but I won't, my comment was about his grammar, not the game itself.
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
No it wasn't finished in the 2000's. Half-Life Source is what is known as a *port* while Black Mesa is a *remake*. Not only is Half-Life Source just a port of the original with nothing more, it is also buggy as hell. The Black Mesa team want's a definitive reimagined Half-Life on a newer engine.
Kaos89 (2 months ago)
Maybe they will try to have Xen done by November which is the 20th year anniversary of HL.
Brad Loverboy83 (2 months ago)
Maybe when there done with black mesa they will remake half life 2
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
No they won't.
Foxtrop13 (2 months ago)
first XEN then HL3
Nemesis (2 months ago)
Come on dude let me hear adiós more my guy.
DJReady (2 months ago)
14 years .. been working on esforces longer than that. Good things take time :) Perhaps we'll get to play all the chapters in 2020 or something like that.
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
Well, I'd say they should take their time if we don't want another Hunt Down The Bad Game. Also, whether it's a joke or not, don't over exagerate. From what we've seen, the most long time will be next year's summer.
Trzyzet (2 months ago)
And after Black Mesa will be City 17 Source^2 based on leaked scenario.
Courthorse (2 months ago)
Not buying the game. Haven't seen shittier optimisation and shittier gameplay before.
Sprizzy (2 months ago)
I wonder if anyone will voice G-man. Or they might just get the audio clips from HL 1
Gnome Warlock (2 months ago)
Valve is just waiting for it to be 100% complete before issuing a C&D.
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
They already let it be on the Steam store page, you need more evidence? It's probably likely that Valve could hire them to take place as the "Half-Life Team" so that Lord GabeN only has to look at how much the company is being loved. (Yes I said loved. They already have enough money, so that's not a problem for them. That joke is getting old)
Frankie Wren (2 months ago)
"Black Mesa will be free" - devs I don't react well to being lied to
MightyKin (2 months ago)
why everybody saying that xen is the worst part? Back in 2000th i like it most because it was really interesting and uniique
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
It was rushed to be completed in time. It was too short and had very little level design and interesting things apart from Nihilanth and Gargantua boss fights.
Clorox Bleach (2 months ago)
Yea but it's worth the wait, at least *THEY* deliver Edit: Just imagine Half-Life 3 launching when Xen launches as a slap to the face
teooman _23 (2 months ago)
Regarding your statement at the end, "a delayed game is eventually good, but a rushed game is forever bad." - Shigeru Miyamoto.
The Atomic Cherry (2 months ago)
Well, at least they're _actually_ working on it. Unlike... you know... _valve..._
Maybe if fans stopped making half life games volvo would actually believe we need half life 3
Beard Dirt (2 months ago)
Fuck off it's a group of unpaid modders who should not be rushed. Isn't that what valve games preaches? Quality over quantity
Moonscript (2 months ago)
What song was used? Description doesn’t help.
Smokeanaut (2 months ago)
I honestly think it was retarded that Black Mesa didn't have Xen. It actually really pissed me off so badly that I bought Half Life 1 just to fucking play it
þøħ€ (2 months ago)
... ... ... ... lmao yahoo
Mikael Mart (2 months ago)
That's the correct pronunciation of Xen.
idea,s are Fun (2 months ago)
I don't mean to be a downer but the haif life comunity is dieing and I think valve is waiting for to hit its lowest and then they will drop a bomb
Gmod2012lo1 (2 months ago)
Im hyped
Kaneda (2 months ago)
I always loved being in Black Mesa rather then Xen
Sudden (2 months ago)
Not quite on the level of hunt down the freeman yet
TheFourohsix (2 months ago)
*Watches ending cutscene, its all the same as before* "I thought this was supposed to be different?" *Gman* "This is where I get off, your patience has been appreciated." *Lambda appears, with a three in the corner* "bhfhbsnhfjaefnjkbjkvndfabjkfdsnfjibfkjsnkasmijustcameinmypantswhatthefuck"
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
That wouldn't make sense, it's not Valve behind the game.
Marisa Nya (2 months ago)
I always liked Xen's chapter before Nihilanth with the corridors and open rooms with rotating elevator things and stuff. It's hard to explain, but Xen was NOT a disappointment
grafimir Gmr (2 months ago)
It was for most since it's completely different from the rest of the game since it was rushed. There was little level design compared to "Surface Tension" or "We've Got Hostiles". While I agree that it was interesting, I can see why it was a disapointment for others.
WSomms29 (2 months ago)
Its good to see much more new info on Xen after so long
Baba Ghanoush (2 months ago)
I'm a simple man, I see half-life, I click
Legoguy9875 (2 months ago)
It really baffles me that Valve has done nothing to get Crowbar Collective involved with them. They did allow Black Mesa to be released and sold commercially, yes, but they could do a whole lot more. Hell, I'd be down with it if Valve hired them to just make a brand new game in the Half Life universe. Wouldn't matter to me if it was a continuation of the HL2 story, or even a game not in Gordon Freeman's perspective. Crowbar has proven through this 14 year project that they can make an amazing Half Life game, and I want to see them put those skills into either a brand new IP of their own, or a complete from-the-ground-up official Half Life game.

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