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Half-Life 2 Graphics MODernized With Extra Shine

By - Source: Tom's Hardware US | B 44 comments

Want HDR? Want the updated Orange Box Engine? Want new Models and Textures! Mod to the HL2 rescue!

A first-person-shooter that looks better on a console than on the PC? Blasphemy! But that's the way things were for Half-Life 2 and HL2: Episode One, which when ported to the Xbox 360 as part of the Orange Box, received several graphical upgrades.

PC gamers longing for the upgraded experience needn't wait any longer, as modder Filip Victor took matters into his own hands and created a mod which bumps Half-Life 2 up to slightly more modern times.

Half-Life 2 Update Mod Features:

↗ Updated to Orange Box Engine.

↗ HDR (HighDynamicRange) Lighting.

↗ Updated Models & Textures.

↗ Includes 32 Steam Achievements.

Check out the YouTube comparison here. (Be sure to view it in one of the HD formats for a better look!)

There isn't any official comment or word yet on whether or not Valve approves of this mod, so those of you wishing to revisit one of the best PC games of all time with a fresh spit-shine should check out the download links here.

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    SneakySnake , January 6, 2010 9:50 PM
    Gin FushichoDoesn't look any better to me , just looks less blurry.


    I would consider less blurry to be better looking. ;) 
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    rodney_ws , January 6, 2010 10:12 PM
    alvinelong live steam engine


    Uhh... it uses the Source engine.
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    lifelesspoet , January 6, 2010 10:37 PM
    I think what we really wanted was episode 3.
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    knowom , January 6, 2010 9:47 PM
    Gotta love the mod scene to disapprove would be brash move considering if it weren't for mods like team fortress and counter strike valve certainly wouldn't be the company it is today.
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    SneakySnake , January 6, 2010 9:50 PM
    Gin FushichoDoesn't look any better to me , just looks less blurry.


    I would consider less blurry to be better looking. ;) 
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    alvine , January 6, 2010 9:58 PM
    long live steam engine
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    sicpric , January 6, 2010 10:00 PM
    Meh, it's always looked as good as in the second picture to me.
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    Netherscourge , January 6, 2010 10:04 PM
    It's not only less blurry, the textures are much much sharper and there's light glare from several light sources now.

    It looks spectactular, IMO.
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    rodney_ws , January 6, 2010 10:12 PM
    alvinelong live steam engine


    Uhh... it uses the Source engine.
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    jisamaniac , January 6, 2010 10:15 PM
    A first-person-shooter that looks better on a console than on the PC? Blasphemy!


    Marcus you make me proud.
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    kato128 , January 6, 2010 10:18 PM
    Uh...correct me if I'm wrong but didn't HL2 already have HDR patched into it for PC?
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    steiner666 , January 6, 2010 10:24 PM
    kato128Uh...correct me if I'm wrong but didn't HL2 already have HDR patched into it for PC?


    thats what i thought too. but then i thought that maybe i'm just thinking about one of the episodes...

    anyways it doesnt matter to me anyways really. the only time i feel like playing HL2 or the episodes is when i'm playing them co-op through the synergy mod, and i highly doubt i could run both mods.
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    djcoolmasterx , January 6, 2010 10:30 PM
    kato128Uh...correct me if I'm wrong but didn't HL2 already have HDR patched into it for PC?


    Yes, just checked and it does have a setting for HDR. But it says that its only available on certain maps. I assume the mod just makes it available on all maps.
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    cappster , January 6, 2010 10:31 PM
    Half life 2 + one of the greatest games ever. I am not sure if I will download the mod, but from the pictures, the graphics are quite intriguing.
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    lifelesspoet , January 6, 2010 10:37 PM
    I think what we really wanted was episode 3.
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    smitty6123 , January 6, 2010 10:51 PM
    I bought Orange Box off steam on the holiday sale 2 days ago, this is perfect timing. The download and install was flawless and everything looks great!
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    smitty6123 , January 6, 2010 10:52 PM
    I bought Orange Box off steam on the holiday sale 2 days ago, this is perfect timing. The download and install was flawless and everything looks great!
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    Regulas , January 6, 2010 11:06 PM
    sliemAfter finishing HL1 (original), which I actually enjoyed, I can't find myself making through HL2.

    You will be missing out on one of the best FPS games to ever be released. I played both and allot of other FPS games. HL2 rocked, it is not even close to the same game play as the first one. Do yourself a favor and play it on a PC with a mouse and keyboard, the best way to play FPS games.

    The kiddie consoles will want their kiddie achievements like in the article, "Includes 32 Steam Achievements." I make sure to keep disconnected from Dragon Age servers because of the stupid kiddie achievements.
    To paraphrase Mel Brooks,
    Badges, I don't need no stinking badges. Just give me a good game.
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    footsoldier , January 6, 2010 11:53 PM
    rodney_wsUhh... it uses the Source engine.


    LOL!!!!
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    djcoolmasterx , January 7, 2010 12:31 AM
    In the before and after picture in the artical, the before picture has some rediculously massive blur applied.
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    brendano257 , January 7, 2010 12:40 AM
    Sigh....although the source engine is not bad, it's been used for EVERY possible scenario by now and has made Valve millions. It's time they make a new engine, I'm getting tired of this HL2 mod, and that HL2 mod, source engine this, source that. It's time for a new engine.
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