Ok; here is my take on Cinematic Mod 2013. First let me say that it is a bit of a pain to get. It is broken up into 19 files with each being 500MB. After reconstruction it weighs in at just over 9.2GB. It does have a rather lengthy install since it needs to extract a whole lot of files and Valves new VPK container verses the old [G]ame [C]ache [F]ile or (GCF] format. It then searches for and copies some new VPK files into a seperate folder thereby avoiding further instances of Valves tendancy of breaking MOD's with future upddates (no offense Valve but the modding community has been keeping this game relevant for many years). Unfortuantly this means you will have duplicate files of various sizes in different folders so if you are low on space beware. It does come with the character pimper so you can select the models with which you want to run. The ♥♥♥♥ty Alyx debate is once again mute since it is disabled by default. I prefer the hidef models for Barney, Dr. kliener, the civillians and the Combine. But the default ones for Dr. Breen and Eli vance, and ofcourse Alyx. The configurater is still the same you can select the default or Cinematic mod's difficulty settings and weapons. I prefer the default weapons but the cinematic mods difficulty seetings. Also you can select the Cinematic Mod music or disable it. I personally like the music (Batman Begins, Transformers, to name a few, well a couple actually since a few would be 3. But hey this is steam and no one can count past 2 anyway).
It is less bloomy than version 2.21 (thanks Fakefactory) but the crosshairs are near invisible so it does make it difficult to shoot barrels surrounded by the combine. There is a bit more graffitti, the not so appropiate kind. So if you are a parent heads up!! There is less scaffolding as well but I am only up to water hazard. And if I recall most of the scaffolding was in Highway 17 and episode two.
The cheats are enabled by default so if you are working for achievements or cards you might want to disable them, command is SV_Cheats 0 for those who want to know. So far I have not needed to noclip anywhere. On previous version 2.21 you had to noclip past the gate the vortiguant was suppose to open just before Nova Proespekt, right after the mini boss fight with the antlion queen. As I mentioned before I am only at water Hazard.
Graphics are really nice and add allot of detail and realsim to the game. Lighting is great. You do not have to use the flashlight as much in the lighted areas. Obviously you have to in the tunnels but it is supposed to be dark down there. The airboat is way more drifty then it used to be. So it does not turn so sharply. I like it ! Also there is a Lamba cache added to the area you first get the airboat just before the Water hazard chapter begins. Easy to spot since you have to go there to open the gate.
It stuttered a bit in the Route Cannal part but I have not set the heap size and that should fix that next time I get back into it.
I will see about posting some screenshots when I append this post. Also i will add info about Epsiodes one and two. But so far it runs smoothly and no game breaking problems. just occasional stuttering, which should go away once I set heapsize. The music can be a bit loud at times so should turn that down a bit.
Oh the settings are:
Resolution= 1920x1080 16.9
Aniscotropic Filtering = x8
HDR = on
Everything set to highest as far as textures, models and such.
Video synch = off
Again that is my take so far, but I am not far into Episode 0 yet.
Here are some screen shots of Water hazard and Black Mesa East:http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=159468519http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=159468561http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=159468533http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=159468353http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=159468407http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=159471230http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=159471241http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=159471260http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=159468440http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=159471230
I will post some more when I get further. Currently I am at Black Mesa East and just got the gravity gun. Ravenholm is next!!