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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Jan 17, 2013 Full Version 8 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.

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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Khalus May 29 2010, 6:48am says:

I like the comparison screenshots, but the characters I've seen so far feel wrong to me personally.

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rx61 May 29 2010, 2:05am says:

holy crap this almsot made me cry
so great shows the fear

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rorios May 28 2010, 7:22pm says:

ok, so people who complain about the mod get rated up and people whos say they enjoy the mod get rated down??? This mod isn't a mod created from scratch by someone who knows exactly what they're doing, it's a mod created by someone who is learning as they make it. He used ported models and music from other things rather than making his own, so what???

This mod unlike many others has had years of work by one person put into it. Sure it's not as if he's created an entirely new story, and by no means is the best mod ever, but fixing, retexturing and fine tuning every texture in all 3 of the half life 2 games, to me, that shows devotion, and has obviously been done as a labour of love to the original game.

If you don't enjoy the character models, just replace them with the old ones, no one is stopping you, I just hope you realise the amount of work that has gone into everything, before you start judging this mod saying idiotic things like "boooo you made Alyx look slutty"

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rorios May 28 2010, 7:04pm says:

they it's too bad this mod just devours your ram lol

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Westenra May 28 2010, 5:11pm says:

Cool mod! Shame that it ends after the train station (crashes) but you've got a good foundation to make something cool here if you really try.

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L3CT3R May 28 2010, 6:07pm replied:


FakeFactory Cinematic Mod 10 v10.42 Hotfix

do not forget you need a 64bit operation system and 4gb ram

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rorios May 31 2010, 7:35am replied:

Yeah it runs fine on mine, cus I actually have 64bit win7 with 8 gig of ram. I'm just sayin it still devours ram lol

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robofork May 28 2010, 4:34pm says:

If a hollywood producer got his hands on this game, he would ruin it.
but its cool anyway.

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Wolf0x May 28 2010, 12:26pm says:

Great Mod! brings half-life 2 to present day graphics. Just wanted to say any one who does not like the new character models (me being among you) you can download a lite version of this mod containg only the new environments and even in the full pack you can pick and choose which character models you want to use (Standard valve models or the mods).

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mikesnel May 28 2010, 11:08am says:

this mod is amazing my hands are trembling as i type the videos made me stand in awe i have not seen anything like this ever in my life you guys are the best modding group ever amazing work.

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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.

Dec 29 2010, 4:04pm by CakeMaster7

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