Half-Life: Dreamcast is a PC port of the unreleased Sega Dreamcast console version of Half-Life developed by Gearbox Software originally slated for release in late 2000. The Dreamcast version possesses many unique differences compared to the original PC game and Gearbox's later PlayStation 2 port, including modified levels, exclusive NPC models and props not seen anywhere else, adjusted difficulty, and a host of sly Dreamcast references hidden throughout, making it a worthwhile curiosity that any true Half-Life fan would want check out. This PC port allows the game to run as a Half-Life mod on Steam.

Prepare to run, think, shoot, and live once again in the Dreamcast experience you've never experienced!

Mod Features:
• Different Maps - The map alterations range from minor geometry fixes and lighting adjustments to entirely revamped areas. Several locations have been redesigned with performance and gameplay in mind while entirely new rooms have been added in some places to introduce another obstacle or puzzle to overcome. One entire level was even cut! Can you determine the missing map?
• Different Models - The Dreamcast version is host to a number of exclusive models not seen in any other version of Half-Life, including the High Definition pack and the PlayStation 2 port. Can you find the hidden VMU and Half-Life Dreamcast disc?
• Revamped Menu - Included is a new splash screen, menu background, menu color scheme, and menu sounds to closely emulate the Dreamcast's fancy interface.
• High quality soundtrack - Emulates the CD quality music used in the console version, overriding the default 48kbps mp3s on Steam.
• Tweaked Difficulty - To accommodate the difficulty of playing with a controller, Gearbox suitably rebalanced the monster spawns as well as enemy health and damage values.
• Password Notifications - Although the password system itself cannot be ported, all password messages that appear in normal gameplay have been brought over.
• The Little Differences - Too small to be noted in a bullet point, but true Half-life fans should be able to spot these in a heartbeat when they see (or hear!) them.

Original Developers:
Valve Software - Developing Half-Life
Gearbox Software - Developing the console port
Joachim Barrum - Half-Life GamePro cover illustration

PC Port Mod Team:
Revenant100 aka Marphy Black - Porting, copy+pasting
Barnz - Feedback, technical support, historical research
Besli - Master of the model archive

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In light of the new Linux, Mac, and SteamPipe additions made to Half-Life on Steam, a required update was made necessary for the mod. Hence, version 1.1 of Half-Life: Dreamcast is now available to add full compatibility with the recent Steam changes. Due to the nature of this update, a single patch is not possible. Be sure to delete the previous version of the mod before installing 1.1!

Head to the download section now or simply click the link below:

Half-Life: Dreamcast v1.1

Be sure you have Half-Life on Steam installed!

If you encounter issues such as scripted sequences not working, chances are your saved games from the base Half-Life game are conflicting with the HL: DC mod. This can occur even if you don't load these saved games. To address this problem, go to your Half-Life save game directory ( C:\Program Files (x86)\Steam\steamapps\ [SteamName]\half-life\valve\SAVE ) and either delete all files you find there or temporarily move them to a different folder. You may need to disable Steam Cloud synchronization for Half-Life to prevent Steam from automatically redownloading the saved games.

Half-Life: Dreamcast released!

Half-Life: Dreamcast released!

3 years ago News 26 comments

The PC port of the ill-fated console version is now available to download!

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Half-Life: Dreamcast v1.1

Half-Life: Dreamcast v1.1

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Updated version 1.1 release of Half-Life: Dreamcast, a PC port of the unreleased Sega Dreamcast console version of Half-Life. Requires Half-Life on Steam...

Half-Life: Dreamcast v1.0

Half-Life: Dreamcast v1.0

3 years ago Full Version 17 comments

The first public release of Half-Life: Dreamcast, a PC port of the unreleased Sega Dreamcast console version of Half-Life. Requires Half-Life on Steam.

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RioFyar Dec 20 2014 says:

Never mind. I didn't read the changes, but still it looks cool.

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Space_Cheese Jul 13 2014 says:

This is really weird. When I play it, it has the dreamcast menu it should have and everything. However, the models and the textures are the exact same as the original. Does anyone know why?

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4Simp Jan 29 2015 replied:

What do you mean by original? You mean the original Low-Definition models used in the Half-Life (PC)?

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The5thSurvivor Jul 7 2014 says:

Two more questions. In the audio tab, there is no setting for the HEV suit volume. Is there a way to add it? I've checked but only found the files that contain the text to that but not something that actually adds that setting to the menu. And lastly, in the video tab there is an option that says "Detail Textures". How did you add that into the menu? The current steam version of HL doesn't even have that in the menu but this mod does.

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The5thSurvivor Jul 7 2014 says:

BTW, I wanted to ask, in the options menu, the multiplayer tab is first. How did you make it that way? I checked all the TXT, RES, and CFG files and didn't find a way to edit it.

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The5thSurvivor Jun 30 2014 says:

You can remove the MP3s in this mod. The Steam version of the game now uses even higher quality MP3s than the ones included in this mod.

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totaljebaczjebaczy Jul 5 2014 replied:

It works with the WON version, BUT! To get it to work, you need to make a shortcut to your hl.exe. After you've installed it like for steam, right click on the shortcut to hl, and in properties there should be "direction" *or something like that :P*. Make a space after the direction, and type in "-game name of the mod folder" but without the "'s.

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PoeGhost Jul 13 2013 says:

I seem to be having a problem properly removing the mod. I've uninstalled Half-Life at least three times by now, as well as cleared out the Half-Life folders and what assets I could find. When playing the game, it's still using the Dreamcast version models/sounds, etc. instead of the originals, even after the game had been deleted and reinstalled prior. I also tried verifying the game and all that. Nothing. Is there some hidden folder or file that I'm missing? I really want to revert to the original stuff.

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Revenant100 Jul 14 2013 replied:

Your issue is unrelated to this mod. You simply have the High Definition Pack enabled. Go to the Options/Video menu and disable the "Enable HD models" setting.

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Highest Rated (4 agree) 10/10

i always wondered what the dreamcast version of half life would look like

Nice mod

Jan 15 2012 by ThatMercenarySnake

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