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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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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Jesusfreak May 26 2010, 11:27pm says:

Where are the idiots that gave this amazing mod a low rating?

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likestoplaymods May 26 2010, 11:47pm replied:

I'm guessing that its the download being in 56 parts lol

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Dragunov_SVD May 27 2010, 12:55am replied:

I'm sure the ugly re-skins and "borrowed" music doesn't help either.

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dafatcat May 26 2010, 9:57pm says:

Just make high-res skins for the characters, don't change how they look. Alyx shouldn't look like a ****** with down syndrome for Christ's sake!

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tymaxbeta May 28 2010, 9:05pm replied:

how can he? he didn't make any of the models, nor the textures, simply ported them to source...

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L3CT3R May 26 2010, 7:52pm says:

for me one of the best half-Life 2 mod you can set everything individually graphic music models, only the size of the mod is a problem we already need something like Rapidshare and memory of course a good pc with 64bit operating system and 4gb

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Teh-Critic May 26 2010, 8:44pm replied:

Try a Intel Daul-Core Processor, 4GB of DDR3 Ram, and a 750GB Hard Drive soon to have a Nividia Ge-Force 8500 GT Video Card. Now that should run it just fine. :3
(P,S: Still downloading 7 of the required packs)

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Teh-Critic May 26 2010, 7:22pm says:

This mod had slipped under my radar. This mod is both devious and beautiful beyond words could discribe. Redone from the ground up, beautiful enviorments, more variaty of citizens, new versions, realistic atmosphere, I could go on about the greatness that FakeFactory did to make it. Powerfull and elegant, this is a must have for any Half Life 2 Fan. Until I play the game, I look forward to comment in the forums about it.

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Callinstead09 May 26 2010, 3:36pm says:

"Imagine, a Hollywood producer got his hands on the game" NOOOOOOOOO!!! Still, the episode 2 forest look absolutely gorgeous in the screenshots! Good luck and please don't make Alyx slutty!

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devilkingx2 Jan 18 2011, 5:41pm replied:

slutty isnt bad

more skin = good

hotter = good

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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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