This project has gone non-public. I'm really tired of the braindead comments about optional HD
Shall all the whiners create something better. CM has become a just-for-fun project again.

Imagine, a Hollywood producer got his hands on the game. The result would be similar to what the Cinematic Mod is: a graphics blockbuster, redesigned to the typical game to movie adaption with an orchestral soundtrack and beautiful people everywhere.

A graphical / music total conversion of the Half-Life 2 storyline. You need Half-Life 2 + EP1 + EP2 and a 64Bit windows system to play this modification. (Mac OSX supported soon)

PURPOSE (Version 10.42)

- Unified Engine; play the game (HL2 / EP1 / EP2) with the latest Orangebox engine / Advanced HDR / new shadow effects
- Enhance the old HL2 maps with HDR, blooming, color-correction, new props, dynamic shadows
- Eliminate the visible world-skybox transitions in the maps. Cinematic Mod maps are looking much bigger than they are.
- Eliminate all blurry / Lowres textures with new Highres textures and/or Hires-Detail-Overlays
- Give the HL2 trilogy a more stressed, darker and uncomfortable look
- Enhance the soundtrack with a semi-dynamic new hollywood-style music
- Add optional HD characters (mostly based on the ultra-detailed Poser Pro mechs)
- Add ironsight
- Add dynamic shadow simulation with the help of env_projected_textures
- Add more replay-value and a fresh new style
- ALL features are optional and selectable with an comfortable configuration-tool.

Gun and some spite effects from TheVMan's Ultra Effects Pack

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10 comments by medve on Feb 13th, 2013

Fakefactory’s legendary Half-Life 2 graphical upgrade mod has been updated to the 12nd version this winter. If you guys haven’t heard of it, it’s called Cinematic mod, and started as a really simple texture pack for characters, just to train himself for modding…now, it has became a lot more.

The mod has totally changed the feel of the game to a more realistic / darker / „cinematic” level. Unfortunatly this was the whole reason, why some narrowminded half life fanboys have started to hate the mod. After a while the mod has become an „outlander” on moddb, and the development has gone private. Good news is, I have updated the moddb profile with the last two verrsions: 11.35 is the last stable version, however it is damn dark, i can’t see a thing sometimes. 12.21 is a lot more polished on the ligtning front, however it has some invisible walls sometimes, and you have to noclip through.

The mod doesn’t show up int he steam library anymore, it has its own launcher now. The launcher also inclueds a character pimper: you can choose among the custom skins for all the main characters, and it’s possible to play with the original Alyx. Some of the mod fans had a problem (such as myself) with the „pimped out” Alyx, since poor thing is a "bit" bulimic, and has so much makeup, that an avarage girl's head would not be able to handle the weight of it. This also goes for the female rebel characters unfortunatly.

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But as I said, all characters are optional before anyone starts to hang himself. However theres another slighter disadvantage: the minimum config. If you want to enable all the incredibly sexy features, you also have to have at least 4gb of ram, and at least a powerful dual core processor. I played it with my little i3 processor, and had no lag while recording it in fraps 720p, so it’s not that terrible. This is my simple eat @ medve walkthrough of EP1 and EP2 (i will do a lets play with the pimped out HL2 with my extremely boring voice if i have the time).

The download link can be found here, these are all torrents. If you have trouble downloading torrents, theres a long mirror list ont he official cinematic mod site (I recommend the maverick server links, which are also posted in the download comments).

Cinematic Mod 12.21 TORRENT

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Fakefactory's final update to FakeFactory Cinematic Mod.

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[MC]Pimpão Jun 2 2014, 10:21pm says:

The Moddb community can be such an awful bunch of idiots when they really want to. Try the mod, it is really worth playing even if you don't manage to change the game's language

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vakio Sep 26 2014, 12:30pm replied:

can you inport this mod in steam? (if you don have it already).

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Guest Jan 12 2014, 3:44pm says:

It looks awesome ! But do we need to be able to launch games like Skryrim or Crysis 3 to play this mod ? I don't know if my laptop can run it...

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Litosns May 25 2014, 7:24am replied:

You don't need skyrim or Crysis to play this mod.
It's for Half-Life 2 after all.
And it depends if your laptop has
- Atleast 3GB of memory
- 64bit operating system
- a DX9 capable graphics card with minimum 512 MB VRAM. (1 GB recommended)
- a fast dual-core processor or better

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drskillz11 Oct 17 2014, 3:01pm replied:

He was basically asking how much it takes to run. I'd say you would probably at least have to be able to run Skyrim fairly well, as it really doesn't take much. Crysis 3 is a different story.

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Flub_Muff Jan 2 2014, 2:58am says:

Looks and is great, now sure about how much lead paint these lot below me have ate, but what-ever.

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MushroomCloudGaming Dec 31 2013, 4:36am says:

Fantastic visuals and a great atmosphere boost akin to that of STALKER.

On the other hand I think they messed with the run/sprint speed as it doesn't feel as fast paced/precise as before. Also I cannot see any blood effects and while head bobbing during walking can be disabled, it still occurs during sprint. Hopefully I will find a fix for these but other then that, amazing work

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Z00L Oct 28 2013, 2:23pm says:

Where are the sunrays, posteffects, reflections on hud ??? these are disabled on the steampipe one, why ? does it was buggy ?

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mikett66 Jan 4 2014, 6:23am replied:

New version is out with those effects. Download in the site.

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PsychoEliteNZ Dec 28 2013, 6:18am replied:


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Highest Rated (21 agree) 10/10

Mod stands for Modification, either it is a Single Player Story modification a Multiplayer Modification or an improvement what so ever to the original game that fills more than one category (level design, texture, sound and models). Other wise it would be call a texture pack, map pack, model pack ect... But to actually re-imagine, re-make and re-mix elements to give a new fresh look and feel to an already existing game is no easy task. The models in CINEMATIC MOD are simply the best models in terms…

Feb 22 2011, 8:07pm by Mxthe

Lowest Rated (17 agree) 1/10

This mod is HORRIBLE.It's basicly Half Life 2 with "better" graphics. The new NPC models are horrible and the weapons don't fit into Half Life 2 AT ALL. The mapping is okay, but still bad. This is a total failure. DO NOT GET IT.

Dec 29 2010, 4:04pm by CakeMaster7

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