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.
Visually stunning with fantastic anamorphic lense flare effects found in games such as Battlefield 4 as well as a dark ambience evoking a STALKER like feel. Most of the male and combine models are great as are the weapon models. It also runs at 100fps + on my I5 3470 650GTX TI 8gb pc and also loads much faster then most mods of this size found in other games. The mod is also very easy to install and has several customizable features, such as Enabling the orchestral score that this mod has to offer or disabling Sweet.
The only reason I do not rate this a full 10/10 are a few bugbears I have, which include:
1) Altering the core gameplay (I.e: Movement speed, Slower Crowbar and a realistic sprint animation). I feel these detract from the fast paced nature of Half life 2 and serve only as a hindrance other then anything else.
2) (THESE ARE OPTIONAL) The female HD models, especially Alex Vance look like a bunch of barbie doll latino prostitutes out of an Anime.While the actual work on the models is fantastic, they are a jarring contrast to the dystopian world the author has conceived. Also The Pulse rifle is just an MP5 with a holo sight on it.
3) There are a few minor bugs such as blood not appearing, obstructions caused from alterations in the level and the occasional texture glitch.
I would wholeheartedly recommend this to any HL2 fan regardless of these grievances as they are probably fixable with some sort of cfg file, and the HD Models are optional anyway.
(Notes: This mod is enormousness, 9.6gb compressed 36.8gb uncompressed, but given the ridiculous texture quality, I would say its well worth it)
how come this mod get low rating like 1 or 3/10
i know there's some fans only like the original look of the game
but comon..if u dont like another great look then just dont
judge and give low ****** rate ..
with this mod ..game becomes the best experience ever in HL2 series
its like HL3 ..i totally love it guys
try it..worth the shot
The high definition props and NPC models detail amount is amazing.
Effects like lens flare and bloom make things look cool.
Head shots actually instant kill, which adds realism.
NPC models and some other settings can be changed or set to Valve's default, and you have different model choices.
This is just a well worked on modification overall, and the people who don't see the point in having an HD mod can just stay away.
Wow... the mediocre score of 7.9/10 is unbelievable. I first played CM11, and now CM12.21. You know what they have in common? They're all virtually perfect.
I didn't even know this was on moddb. Go to their site if you want updates and discussion, since like this page said, there are too many people whining/criticizing about the OPTIONAL HD character models (for which, the females certainly are disturbing). That's one of the best things about this mod: almost everything is OPTIONAL.
HD character replacers, cinematic soundtrack, gun replacers, SMAA injector (only use if your PC is weak and can't handle MSAA or SSAA), many new visual effects, and more are all OPTIONAL. So you can play this mod with only better graphics if you want, or enable all of the optional features for a much more immersive and atmospheric experience.
I can't imagine ever playing HL2 without this mod. Yes it's 30GB, but so what? The torrent is fast enough unless you're a 56k user or something. This mod adds so much to HL2, it's an absolute necessity. It makes the game so much more atmospheric.
Fake Factory mod is one of few that adds more to HL2 than most mods. Everything is almost replaced, materials, weapons, sound files. Tripod sounds for the Strider, believe it or not, fit them alright. Some of the scenery look almost real and is one of those moments that you want to just stare at it. The different sound files for enemies changes gameplay alittle, hearing a sound of the tripod in the middle of the open where you have no RPG can scare the crap out of you and start to panic for a better hidding spot. Its almost to that point that if it was a movie using the Source Engine, it would be just as good, but interacting makes some things better. Able to player with enhanced models of citizens & Combine, change the weapons to new models or leave em the same. Great scenery, interesting change of sounds for a change of gameplay, and great modeling and skinning. 10/10 score for all the thought that went into this.