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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tymaxbeta May 27 2010, 10:41pm says:

no, you messed up story essential characters, VALVe made those characters look the way they are for design reasons, if they wanted it all to look as though it's ripped from mass effect 2 they would have made it that way. The least you could do is make the original characters with boosted graphics in a set of their own for those of us who enjoy the original, but just want a graphical improvement...

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HL-Rul3z May 27 2010, 5:24pm says:

where can i download this baby?

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L3CT3R May 27 2010, 5:32pm replied:


Profile - Official Page - Cinematic Mod 10 - downloads

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Daishi2442 May 27 2010, 10:10pm replied:

Problem is there is no downloads page yet.

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sixcentgeorge May 28 2010, 12:46am replied:

links are there

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sixcentgeorge May 27 2010, 3:09pm says:

it seems that nearly all posters are talking about older releases , that is only 1 day the webage exists here and 4 that files can be downloaded ;']
as a free user at rapidshare it takes days or even weeks to grab all files , then weeks to play it all and see all detailed changes .
i played some of his releases , but never found it so "flashy" , according to the screens it looks this time he made it great . i believe it took all that years to understand how is made the game and the file-system : it turned into a big mess of "pictures" aka the textures that are all put in folders under materials . it is not easy to know where the textures are used : maps or models or nowhere . hl was a lot more cool with wad files and models embedding the bmps ;']
have fun with the mod , it should still be in progress

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Clear_strelok May 27 2010, 12:26pm says:

This mod is simply the best available for Half Life 2, I read shocked to see how the troll has seemed to put the notes in the comments.

Firstly the game is not transformed into "**** movie" as some seem to think it was a total change of the graphics engine with an incredible talent, a wonderful soundtrack and incredibly well-adapted has the atmosphere of half life 2 and a sense of staging that enriched the game yet

In short, yes this mod requires a good PC, yes it has problems in the OS-32 (I made the painful experience despite my very good configuration)
But all this is justified by the quality of the conversion, just now at the point in "sensitive" about this mod:

The models, they are very detailed, maybe too much.
And above all very bad at facial animation, in fact they are completely expressionless, but the work speaks of a modder who one is and with more quality models has still vastly improved.

But hell, stop complaining!
How many authors mods despise you and you spit at the mouth if you criticize the smallest portion of their "work" while Fakefactory offers all new models in OPTIONS?!

So you can enjoy this mod without the HD models if they do not like then why do the troll?
With the options set the correct way (the menu option is also very well designed) I had the right to my favorite part of Half Life 2 (CM10) with many huge flaws of the base game and corrected graphic level narcotic. If you are frustrated not being able to play this mod because of your narrow-minded or that cutter configuration does not follow it's your fault, not that of Fakefactory, then please stop your comments totally contradictory and devoid of analytical skills, is an insult to modding.

Thank you to the author of the mod for one of the best work done on half life 2 and for the good idea to have proposed a large part of the mod option.
Too bad that some do not understood that they had no reason to complain.
I give a score of 10 has earned this mod.

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Shodar87 May 28 2010, 5:36am replied:

Yeah agree

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L3CT3R May 27 2010, 5:24pm replied:


the mod need a good Rating !!!!!

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Callinstead09 May 27 2010, 11:08am says:

It's just too much of a clash of things that look absolutely gorgeous and things that look absolutely atrocious! <8s

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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…

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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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