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.