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!

TROUBLESHOOTING:
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!

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

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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...

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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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DaVince21
DaVince21

Is there any chance at all this could be made Linux compatible? Pretty please? It just crashes now because it tries reading a DLL (which doesn't work for obvious reasons on Linux)...

Ah well, will try it in Wine for now.

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Luis357
Luis357

there is no music

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Onyxo59
Onyxo59

I just take enemy models from this mod and put them in normal Half Life or OP. Because they look better, like that zombie, vorti or hound. Thanks for your awesome work, internet man!

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Dallas162
Dallas162

It CRASHES when i star the new game

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!Half-EXtreame!
!Half-EXtreame!

First mod i ever got for my half-life1.Also what Brought me here to ModDB

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RioFyar
RioFyar

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

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Space_Cheese
Space_Cheese

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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Qweekskowped
Qweekskowped

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

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The5thSurvivor
The5thSurvivor

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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lolznoboz
lolznoboz

the detail textuers are in half life it's just that it's in a different name

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

Nice mod

Jan 15 2012 by ThatMercenarySnake

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