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.
Superb mod. Tremendous work done regarding details, re-texture and gameplay. Adds a dark/realistic feeling to the game. It is a pleasure to the eye. Although bloom effects might be exaggerated, especially outdoors, there a lot of tweaking options to choose from to get the perfect image. Been playing the whole HL2 saga for 40 hours, feeling that first time playing HL2 sensation, congratulations to the staff for such a fine accomplishment. With the exception of a few bugs which were easy to fix...it has been a very sweet melancholic ride ;) Keep up the good work !
This ought to be renamed "Fakefactory's Pornographic Mod" because that is exactly what this is. The dirty 40something year old man who made this seems to have a peculiar obsession with Alyx and Adriana Lima, as with every iteration of this mod Alyx is turned even sluttier than in the previous version, and is guaranteed to have the face of Lima to complete the sluttiness. And not only was Alyx affected, Mossman and the female citizens/rebels also were "enhanced" by Fakefactory's definition. They have all been turned into some kind of street tramps. Basically, all of the women in this game look like they were designed by a socially awkward 14 year old with a hormone-infested mind. And the male characters don't look much better either. They all had ****** "enhancements" that make them all look extremely out of place with the Half-Life 2 universe, and some of them look completely retarded. Also, this mod adds ironsights, possibly to cater to the COD fanboys who don't turn away from HL2 the second they see it. Why don't more people realize that ironsights are cliche as **** and done to death? Basically the only redeeming value of this mod is that the mapping is very well-done, and it must have taken a while to get the maps back in working condition after decompiling them; but even then, the god awful character models in the "full experience" completely nullify anything good that this mod has to offer.
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.
Best Half Life 2 + Episodes Remake that ever be made. The newer version you get- the more props, textures, locations, eye-candy landscapes you will see. Level of details is colossal, some locations just look like takes from movie! Background level design is pushed to limit, bridges, ships, planes wrecks, large buildings, factories, trees and mountains- and even more! Some new locations, every location is evidently changed! Every weapon/character models are changed! Optional new models, effects, tweaks and music. Mod need very good PC. Its sometimes crashes and lags or shutter. But Source Engine is not ready for epic mod like this. I'll give 10/10 because it deserves more, and i have to up the general rating -people with single core processor and weak graphics cards downs the rate. Don't rate it if you have weak PC- its a mod that pushes to limit not only Source Engine, but also your PC. Beautiful for eye, nice for play.