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.
After playing Hl2 around 15 times (including CM8 & 10) it was definitely worth playing it again with CM12. The effort put into making every scene look as beautiful as it does right now must have been extraordinary. Most HD-Mods simply concentrate on making some HD-Textures, but in CM12 you get new shaders, models, environment props and completely redesigned 3d-skyboxes, too. Just judging by the amount of content created this could have been a completely new game. Performance has been improved significantly in comparison to CM10 on my PC (hardware specs haven't changed) and I also love the Dynamic Music System, which sometimes makes me feel like I'm Batman :D However, thanks Fakefactory for providing this old experience in a new fancy coat for us.
FF mod forgot completely their mission: Remake HL2 with new graphics.
It was doing it well on the first versions, until it started to do weird things to the maps and characters.
Now, is like if it not longer tried to be a decent mod: The ambient is now completely different from the HL2 feeling, is full of props which their placement has no sense, their characters not longer respects the original aspect (for not say the quality of some models, both ugly and terrible), music that it doesn't fit, and much more...
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.