First Question: Anyone try Half-Life 2 or any of the originals?
Second Question: Would anyone like to try out Half-Life 2?

Came across this new mod for HL2 called CinematicMOD here:
Certainly looks great, but read the System Requirements below first.

Here's a video of what it does, with a comparison between the original game (vanila) and the new mod:

Half-Life 2 Vanilla vs Cinematic Mod 10: Point Insertion (720p)

Half-Life 2 Vanilla vs Cinematic Mod 10: Point Insertion (720p)
From: deweyhewson | January 06, 2010 | 3,193 views
Half-Life 2 has been ranked as the best game of the aughts and is one of the best games of all time. Its beautifully artistic combination of graphic design, audio work, and plot development defend its status as one of these games and enable it to transcend typical restraints of video gaming and exist on an entirely different level altogether.

It has been over half a decade since its release now, and one fan - FakeFactory - has taken it upon himself to update the game in almost every way - new textures, new audio, new music, new models - and re-imagine it on a more cinematic level. His creation was thus aptly entitled the Cinematic Mod. It has progressed from version to version to its current incarnation in version 10.0.2.

To see just how much it has overhauled the game I have created this video comparing the opening sequence of the game - Point Insertion - from the two perspectives of the original "Vanilla" Half-Life 2 and the new "Cinematic" Half-Life 2.

Enjoy, and feel free to share your thoughts. If you'd like to give it a try yourself, and you should, the download link is here:

Utmost thanks to FakeFactory. Read more about the Cinematic Mod here:

Requirements for the Cinematic Mod
- Half-Life 2 software:

CM version 1 & 2: Half-Life 2 installed and unlocked
CM version 3 & 4: Half-Life 2 + Episode 1 installed and unlocked
CM version 5 and later: Half-Life 2 + Episode 1 & 2 installed and unlocked
Fully installed and updated Steam client
'Unlocked' means you already started this game, so the game folders etc are already created. This is really necessary!

- Operation System:

CM version 1 to 4: Windows XP / Vista x86 (32bit)
CM version 5 and later: Windows XP / Vista x64 (64bit)
'Version 9 and later features basic versions without additional HD textures, which may run on 32 bit Windows, but this is untested.

- Hardware:

The latest versions requires a fast pc, with:

a DX9 capable graphics hardware with minimum 512 MB VRAM. (1024 MB recommended)
at least 3 GB RAM
a fast dual-core processor (or better)
- Conclusion:

The later Cinematic Mod versions need a 64 Bit Windows OS, because the Source-Engine was never designed for >2GB data in a 32 Bit environment, failing (= crashing) on the 2 GB per application limit on such systems. They also need the full Orange Box pack (HL2 + EP1 + EP2) installed and unlocked, because they use stuff from all episodes.