The Beautiful Crusade To Keep Half-Life 2 Looking Beautiful

The Half-Life 2 Cinematic Mod has been around forever and in that time has proven fairly divisive. Sure, it adds some lovely effects to the game, but it also makes so many changes that some feel it loses a little of Valve's original vision for City 17 and its surrounding countryside. The "improved" character models are a particular bone of contention.

I could never get past the latter, with almost everyone in the mod looking like a Baywatch reject, but if all you care about are environmental effects and the crusade to make a game that's nearly 10 years old look brand new, you might want to watch the new video below and see how far the mod has progressed since its inception back in 2005.

If you can meet its surprisingly hefty specs, you can download the mod below.

CM11.35 Trailer - Mod DB Cinematic Mod [Official Site, via PC Gamer]


    Oh god those characters look awful, what were they thinking with those shoulder pads and eyelashes? Everything else looks pretty good though, and the video says the crappy plastic characters are disabled by default, so I might finally give this a try.

    Did Valve ever update the vanilla HL2 to fully use the HDR maps from the console versions? I remember they did a half hearted job a while ago and some maps had proper HDR, but I don't know if they ever did it properly.

    I'm waiting till HL3 is announced before I replay through the series again.

    It does look spectacular but I can't help feeling that yes, it has lost a bit of the desolation of the original.
    However, while I still enjoy the gameplay, the graphics are aging.

    Character detail level is amazing, but by god the design is weird.

      Totally agreed, especially the women. The male faces actually look like their original counterparts, whereas the females are like palette-swaps of the same model. But yes the detail is great.

    Finished HL2 for the first time a few weeks ago and while the graphics are definitely "2004", like a classic 16-bit RPG they still look great just the way they are.

    Looks pretty good! pretty embarrassing they miss spelt daft punk, draft punk.. Lol


    Jeanshorts? Really? They're going going to revamp HL2 so supurbly, only to cock up the trailer with Alyx in denim hotpants and man abs?? What were they thinking?! I know it's optional, but I take denim crimes very seriously...

    DX9 graphics card with 512 MB of VRAM and 3 GB of system RAM constitutes "surprisingly hefty specs"? in 2013?

    Pros - modern graphics
    Cons - Alyx is now apparently Lara Croft's younger sluttier sister (instead of being Jade's older craftier sister.)

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