Half-Life 2 Mod Adds HDR Rendering and a Skankier Alyx


Every so often, a new mod for some popular game or another crops up that offers improved visuals, and I usually glance at the new look and then forget about it. But then I came across some screenshots from the Fakefactory Cinematic Mod 7 for Half-Life 2 and that all changed. Mostly because the first image I saw was the screenshot comparison at the right, and the first thing I thought was, “What in the God-damned Hell did they do to Alyx?” As you can see, yes this new mod offers some more high-quality visuals, but it also offers a revised (i.e. skankier) companion for Gordon Freeman’s travels. Why is Alyx suddenly slutting it up in this post-apocalyptic world? And why has all trace of her multi-ethnic heritage been erased in favor of a stereotypical supermodel look? And why does every single person in this new version just seem to have an angry expression on their faces at all times? I don’t know, but man does this just make me appreciate the original game a whole lot more. You can check out more odd screenshots here

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9 Comments on Half-Life 2 Mod Adds HDR Rendering and a Skankier Alyx


On March 26, 2008 at 2:18 pm

it’s post apocalyptic, reproduction is a necessity now. She’s just throwing out the goods to show she’s ready to uhh.. you know. Do it. hehehehehee

Shawn Sines

On March 26, 2008 at 2:21 pm

You know I can enjoy the enhancements to environmental lighting and the like but the retexturing of people in that mod is a travesty. Barney looks angry, Breen looks angry.. event he headcrab looks angry! and the “improved” Alyx is like soviet supermodel angry… and not charming or pleasant at all.. I don’t think the realistic lighting is worth the trade for a game where you care about the people.. heck even the guy on the train looks like someone out of Condemned!


On March 26, 2008 at 2:28 pm

This news post seems quite negative towards someones personal mod since fakefactory made the mod by himself and decided to share it. By the way he didn’t just add a skankier Alyx to the game, if you actually play it there is a lot more content.


On March 26, 2008 at 3:35 pm

I thought that you could choose what your alyx looks like?

da soc

On March 26, 2008 at 4:18 pm

The old FF is WAY better. Get like FF3 for the winrar.

And FF said he’d never release a pack again after FF6 or whatever so he’s a douche.

Iku Tri

On March 26, 2008 at 5:46 pm

Trust me. I have heard of a lot worse.. [In comparison to this mod and the others]

And yes you can pick.


On March 27, 2008 at 12:17 am

old mod is old,
also, hard on the average pc.


On March 27, 2008 at 1:42 pm

God this mod is terrible, the facial models have gone to hell and the improved lighting makes the background look so boring, uggggh this sucks, except Alyx loks alot hotter! :razz:


On September 27, 2011 at 2:08 am

I like it!