If for one reason or another you decide to revisit Half-Life 2 in the near future, you may want to install a new community-made mod which features a brand-new Community Commentary Mode, an extensive list of bug fixes and some notable improvements to the aging Source engine. Half-Life developer Valve has given the mod its blessing by allowing it to be released via Steam.
Sporting the uninspired title of Half-Life 2: Update, the mod features its own Steam page where you can get more technical information and feast your eyes on screenshots of the improved visuals. It’ll be available as a standalone 7GB download later today. As of this writing, it’s still unknown if its creators plan to give Episode 1 and Episode 2 a makeover.
Check out the trailer below to see a side-by-side comparison of the various changes and enhancements:
If this isn’t enough for you and you’d prefer to push the Source engine to its absolute limits, you can go another route and install FakeFactory’s Cinematic Mod.
Much in the same vein as Half-Life 2: Update, Cinematic Mod is a fan-made enhancement, though it’s considerably more extensive and will require a rather beefy rig to run smoothly. It also features new music, new character models and even overhauls to the weapons. The changes it brings (such as music from the Batman films and the rather odd, overtly sexual model of Alyx) have gotten mixed reactions from fans and purists, but the good news is that there’s a lot of choice with regards to what can be applied and enabled.
Check out the mod here, but we at NAG have to issue our usual disclaimer that we take no responsibility in the event that a mod breaks your game. Take a gander at one of the mod’s trailers: