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.

                cinematic mod panels      cinematic mod panels

 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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What is Cinematic Mod? Cinematic Mod (CM) is a Half-Life 2 modification, that adds more details and a darker look to the original Half-Life 2 series.

Cinematic Mod 11.52 TORRENT

Cinematic Mod 11.52 TORRENT

Jan 17, 2013 Full Version 2 comments

What is Cinematic Mod? Cinematic Mod (CM) is a Half-Life 2 modification, that adds more details and a darker look to the original Half-Life 2 series.

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XxJnPunkxX Jul 12 2013, 11:47am says:

Hey this is for everyone trying to get this mod to work and getting the .gcf error!!

Well I was just going to link it but can't because my profile is too new so just go to the forums on Fake Factory's site and there is a new version out that supposedly fixes it. I have not tested yet.

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XxJnPunkxX Jul 11 2013, 3:44pm says:

As I understand it this mod is currently broken. Steam did something that made it so we don't have all the .gcf files required to run it. This happened recently in the last few months or so apparently. I have tried all I can to fix this mod but as it stands I don't believe it is possible. If anyone knows any way to fix this short of the devs restructuring their mod please let me know. There have been others trying to play this mod as well recently that would be very happy for information, or better yet, a dev response.

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TuskenRaider Aug 4 2013, 9:08pm replied:

There's an alpha version out now that uses steampipe instead. I'm downloading at the moment to try for myself.

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Gordon101Gordon Jun 16 2013, 5:56pm says:

With the upcoming Steam Pipe HL2 and its episodes will be converted to a new filecontainer format, that Cinematic Mod (and most 2007-engine based mods) cannot read, and the old GCF files will be deleted during the conversion process.

You should backup the following files now:

half-life 2 content.gcf
half-life 2 episode one.gcf
half-life 2 episode two english.gcf
half-life 2 episode two low violende.gcf
episode two content.gcf
episode two maps.gcf
episode two materials.gcf
source 2007 binaries.gcf
source 2007 shared materials.gcf
sourcec 2007 shared models.gcf
sourcec 2007 shared sounds.gcf
episodic 2007 shared.gcf
source sounds.gcf
source materials.gcf
source models.gcf
episode 1 shared.gcf
half-life 2 2007 base content.gcf

and all language files (i.e. "half-life 2 german.gcf")

Direct quote from Fakefactory. Just a heads up if some people don't know.

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XxJnPunkxX Jul 11 2013, 3:34pm replied:

I don't have any of these .gcf files and I can't get the mod to work. Is there any way I can find these?

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TheVeryRareGmanID Jun 8 2013, 3:08pm says:

32bit? so I cant run it??? and I have 3gb too! how do I run it? and which version should I play if I cant???

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verktyg55 Jul 8 2013, 3:38pm replied:

As far as I know, it is impossible for CM to work properly on 32bit. Now, I can't confirm this, since my 32bit experience with CM was in CM10, in which the game worked fine until you escape from the Combine office thanks to Barney in the very beginning, where the game starts to load, and quietly crashes (as far as I know, as I waited half an hour for the game to load, or maybe my pc was just too bad at the time). It might work with some of the oldest versions, but CM10+ most probably doesn't work at all. And if you only have 3gb's of RAM, I recommend to upgrade to 6-8gb, as RAM cards are extremely cheap.

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Highest Rated (20 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 (14 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.

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