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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8 comments by djibe89 on Nov 27th, 2014

Here is the last version of the Cinematic Mod created by Fakefactory. It will be the last one.


CM 2013 Final

- Map fixes
- Fixed bad hands model on most characters
- Added new HD Alyx (close to original VALVE face shape)
- Updated SweetFX preset
- Fixed incomplete crossbow model when using ultra wide aspect ratio (21:9) or eyefinity
- Fixed ep1_c17_02 missing water
- Added (optional) nighttime coast sequence after numerous requests. Use the configurator tool for enabling the new maps
(Warning: You cannot use old coast savegames after switching)
- Added headlights for the buggy (hl2 EP0 only)

CM 2013 beta 5

- Fixed ep2_outland_09 (it was impossible to get past the laser cannons without cheating)
- Small map fixes
- Translation fixes for the configurator tool
- Enabled and tweaked Real-Time Approximation to Subsurface Scattering for all human models

CM 2013 beta 4

- Small map fixes
- Fixed old VALVE bug with wrong r_farz settings on mapload. This should increase performance on most outdoor maps
- Changed the SweetFX injector to boulotaur's for better engine integration. The new injector allows the engine antialiasing remaining active.

CM 2013 beta 3

- Fixed wrong international scenes files in all episodes
- Fixed wrong audio for german users in some scenes
- Updated DOF shader
- Updated some maps
- Fixed possible crash when dying while driving a vehicle
- Added ENB based fantasy bloom effect
- Reworked the Valve-style HD Alyx model (still wip)
- Reworked the "Kendra" model

CM 2013 beta 2

- Fixed d1_canals_01a (map was compiled with active gordon bounds / incomplete)

CM 2013 beta 1

- Mod entering beta state
- HD model "Kendra" finalized
- Fixed missing radio buttons in the skill config dialog
- Reverted to older engine, because of some errors
- Sunrays working again (but still not fully compatible with multicore rendering)
- Some map fixes
- Reworked some scenes for compatibility to ultra wide aspect ratio (21:9) and surround gaming
- Small codefix: Crosshair is hidden til the player is equipped with the HEV suit.
- Re-Enabled Parallax Occlusion materials in some maps
- Added Depth of field with bokeh blur and autofocus. Two variants available: with and without chromatic aberration
- Added Filmgrain
- Fine-Tuned ironsighted weapons offset for compatibility with DOF-shader
- Added Ambient Occlusion (HBAO) -> NVIDIA ONLY! Doesn't work with ATI hardware. *** Warning, this is very expensive ***
- Added Real-Time Approximation to Subsurface Scattering to the KENDRA HD model and most main characters
- Added swaying grass
- Updated SweetFX integration to the latest version 1.5.1
- For GERMAN users only: √úberarbeitete deutsch Audio-Lokalisierung bei den Citizen.

CM 2013 alpha 17

- New HD model
- Map fixes (a lot)
- Fixed Plotstopper in EP1
- Worked around a crash bug with activated SweetFX on map transitions
- Updated SweetFX integration with v 1.5 and new presets.
Please de-select SweetFX and re-select SweetFX in the configurator to avoid crashes
- Added nightvision (default "n" - key -> can be reassigned in the options menu)

CM 2013 alpha 16

- New (reworked) Sampaio model -> almost final
- New Mossman model -> almost final
- New (reworked) Lima model -> very work in process
- Updated Sirena model. If you use this model, please select the new V3000 variants in the character pimper.
- Reworked human rebels. If you use the HD humans, please re-select them in the character pimper
- Fixed a huge amount of map errors (valve bugs and CM bugs)
- Fixed crash bug when shooting at crane in map d2_coast_04
- New configurator setting "Large VRAM mode":
Try this setting if your GPUs has more than 2.5 GB vram.
It will force managed textures into GPU memory and allow DirectX to upload texture infos on level load,
eliminating most stuttering. DO NOT USE WITH LESS THAN 2.5 GB VRAM.

CM 2013 alpha 15

- Fixed small errors in d1_canals_08 - d1_canals_12
- Fixed plotstopper in ep2_outland_10 (never ending combine attack waves)
- Fixed tonemap settings in ep2_outland_07
- Reduced memory usage for rendertargets

CM 2013 alpha 14

- Fixed vortigaunt intro effect in episode 1
- Fixed faulty sequence in ep1_c17_01
- Fixed wrong particle impact effects
- Fixed heavy map errors in d1_town_02
- Fixed navigation problems in ep1_c17_01
- Fixed jittering boxes in d1_trainstation_05
- Fixed narrow area in d1_canals_02
- Fixed bugs in d1_canals_07
- Small fixes in d1_canals_01, d1_canals_06
- Small fixes in ep2_outland_09
- Added postprocess effect gausian blur
This is mainly for screenshots, but some testers liked it as a permament effect during normal gameplay.
I recommend to use the "horizontal only" option

CM 2013 alpha 13

- Fixed wrong skill settings when activating original VALVE difficulty level (Please reselect CM skill settings in the configurator. After that you can select VALVE settings, if you want them)
- Fixed plotstopper in d2_prison_01 (blocked gunship)
- Removed the HQ version of HEV suit reflections effect (shader is not compatible with actual game engine)
- Updated environment lighting in ep2_outland_06 and ep2_outland_06b
- Fixed navigation bug in d2_town_02 (Monk not proceeding)
- Fixed navigation bug in d2_coast_09 (dropship pingpong or never arriving)
- Fixed terrain problem in ep2_outland_10a (jeep stuck under water)
- Fixed world hole in d1_canals_05
- Fixed wrong collision hull under a train car in d2_coast_01 (it was impossible to avoid a sniper)
- Fixed invisible wall (elevator entry) in ep2_outland_11
- Fixed performace problem in d2_coast_07 (near and inside farm house)
- Fixed blocked strider navigation in ep2_outland_12
- Fixed floating house parts (after exploding) in ep2_outland_12
- Fixed combine soldiers spawning subground in d2_coast_12

CM 2013 alpha 12

- Updated Sourcecode for better VR support
- Rework of all maps after numerous internal playtest releases
- Re-Inplementation of postprocessing effects
- Updated textures and sounds
- bugfixes (tons of it)

CM 2013 alpha 02 - 11

- Internal playtest releases

CM 2013 alpha 01

- Migrating to Source engine 2009
- Rework of every single map in the game
- Improved lighting in all maps
- Improved landscapes and foliage. Most outdoor maps are completely re-sculped with new displacements
- Changed the old smoke explosions (moving alpha-texture planes, simple and ugly) to particle effects
- Dropped Parallax mapping because of crashes (duh!), but improved normal mapping in the game
- Tweaked self-shadowing effects
- Added Bumpmapping to most old (flat) textures
- Many new HD textures
- Reworked the dynamic soundtrack system
- Reworked Client-Code, fixing all known crash errors
- Fixed all known plot-stoppers (like faulting npc scripts and event-triggers)
- Changed directory structure to keep the mod independent from future gamefile updates (Steam *loves* to break things)

Known bugs:

- After changing the ingame-language: Steam is asking you to restart hl2. Doing so will restart to the original unmodded hl2.
Therefore you should exit and start CM2013 manually.

- Poor performance on outdoor maps with HBAO enabled: HBAO is a fps killer and needs a really fast gpu.

- Sunrays are flickering: The sunrays shader is not fully compatible with multicore rendering. Either disable multicore
rendering in the advanced video options or disable the sunrays with the configurator.

- High VRAM mode gives me trouble (crashes or fps drops): The high vram mode is experimental. Disable it.

- My FOV is weird: CM2013 has enhanced FOV range (50-90 - Original hl2 has 75-90). Please check the fov setting in the video config panel.

- "Procedure entry point Direct3DCreate9Ex could not be located in DLL - nvspcap.dll" error with SweetFX enabled. Some nvidia drivers broke SweetFX.
Only workaround is to deinstall Geforce Experience or disable SweetFX. This bug may be corrected with an updated nvidia driver.

Hardware requirements

  • DX9 capable graphics hardware with minimum 512 MB VRAM. (1 GB recommended)
  • 3 GB RAM (4 GB recommended)

Software requirements

  • Fully installed Steam client. You can't start the mod without Steam running.
  • Fully installed and unlocked HL2 / EP1 / EP2. Make sure, you have started those games in the past.
  • Source SDK (SDK, Base, Base 2007) installed (you can get them in Steam | Tools).
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tymaxbeta May 29 2010, 8:57pm says:

Please, there is a clear reason people find this mod so controversial, this guy is ruining a time & tested style that VALVe worked 6 years and arrested a man for, this game is the reason I even started gaming, this game is the reason I am in game development, and you trying to defend this, I love the graphical updates, I love the cinematics, but he crosses the line when he messes with the characters that are the show point of the game. The source engine has most of its features solely in the animation and development of characters, you have to understand looking at this from the artists view. this guy is splashing paint on characters VALVe spent a very long time designing to fit the character traits they have, if he respected VALVe as a developer, or even the creative process of making a game, he would not have done that...(sorry to double post)

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rorios May 30 2010, 9:00am replied:

I don't think VALVe really care, toehrwise why would they have given us the means to make modifications like this??????

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OhNoesBunnies! May 29 2010, 9:04pm replied:

Seriously, Just shut up.

It's a modification, read what the guy above posted.

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tymaxbeta May 29 2010, 9:07pm replied:

I would expect a more mature response to giving the source of our controversy here, and I would respect the hell out of this if they made a new story instead of messing with the original HL2 story so much

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rorios May 30 2010, 9:02am replied:

There is one way to can get over these model, just delete the ones that are built into the mod, then it will default back to the normal character.

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OhNoesBunnies! May 29 2010, 9:09pm replied:

There's nothing controversial about this mod. It's simply a man's personal project to enhance and add a more cinematic appeal to an already wonderful game.

If you don't like it, then don't download it. It's that simple- if anything, you're the one being immature with your ridiculous responses, trying to turn this into an issue when it clearly isn't.

I doubt Valve would shun him for making high-definition enhancements and taking his modding skills to new levels on their game. You're overreacting over nothing.

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tymaxbeta May 29 2010, 9:14pm replied:

you have over-reacted about nothing as well, you voted down my comments, you defended the mod the same way me and others are defending the original HL2, we are doing the same thing, but your handling it in a different way...

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OhNoesBunnies! May 29 2010, 9:16pm replied:

How are you defending Half-Life 2? The creator hasn't attacked the game in any way; he's simply provided an optional add-on that people have a CHOICE over using. Simple. As. That. You also keep using this 'we' when I only see 'you'.

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tymaxbeta May 29 2010, 9:25pm replied:

me, Speedfire493, Xarxemas, Urbanebula, edTiki, Callinstead09, SaxonSwine, DrThompson, dafatcat, Dragunov_SVD have all commented against the horrendous remodels of the characters and the stolen content, so yes, "we"

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devilkingx2 Jan 18 2011, 5:50pm replied:

@tymaxbeta if your such a HL 2 fanboy get the light edition it has everything except the music and the models now quit complaining

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rorios May 30 2010, 9:11am replied:

Not to mention that you can download the mod without having to download the character model replacements... This is why you should actually try going onto the website and reading before you post.

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rorios May 30 2010, 9:08am replied:

I just read through this whole chat, and you seem obsessive on trying to get people to agree with you. IT'S. A. MOD!!!! If you don't like it, then you don't download it, no one is forcing you to have it, so why are you complaining about it???

Why did you even both typing the original comment in the first place when you don't even like the mod. it shows a huge amount of immaturity on your part that you had to type that comment in the first place. And no, his friends aren't voting you down, everyone is voting you don't because you're a complete idiot...

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tymaxbeta May 29 2010, 9:34pm replied:

and then instead of responding you get a friend to vote me down as well...

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tymaxbeta May 29 2010, 8:49pm says:

you guys must understand, I respect what he did, everything, but when you mess with the characters and style that got me on mod DB, and gaming at all, I'm not going to be all that silent...

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HL-Rul3z May 29 2010, 5:55pm says:

Here's 10.40


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tymaxbeta May 29 2010, 11:10pm replied:

your genius making cash off those links, that's an honestly smart thing to do...

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HL-Rul3z May 29 2010, 5:40pm says:

I can provide you guys a torrent with the Cinematic Mod 10 FINAL

Here it is! : Hope the devs will actually post this into the downloads... i am seeding it,,,

Ill add a torrent download with the 10.40 update soon! Hold on!

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Nelson340 May 29 2010, 5:42pm replied:

Invalid torrent file.

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HL-Rul3z May 29 2010, 5:43pm replied:

wtf do you mean?

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Nelson340 May 29 2010, 5:45pm replied:

BitTorrent says it's an invalid torrent file.

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HL-Rul3z May 29 2010, 5:50pm replied:

try uTorrent! works for meh!

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Highest Rated (24 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…

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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.

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