Half Life 2 is one of the best game ever on any platform. It doesnt look fugly but its graphics definitely need a makeover to bring it in line with newer hits like Fallout 3, Farcry 2 and Mass Effect.
Which is where the latest build of the FakeFactory mod for the game comes in. For a few years now, FakeFactory have been updating the game bit by bit, an updated model here, a new sound effect there, etc etc. But this latest version – taking it to v9.5 – really gives the game’s visuals a kick in the pants.
For starters, it brings true, full HDR lighting to every map in the game. Then it gets rid of the sight limits on some maps, meaning if your system’s powerful enough you can see from one end to the other. Then it adds full 3D foliage to the game, and to finish things off, a new, hi-res version of Dog.