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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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...

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Half-Life: Dreamcast v1.0

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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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Banana_Gun999
Banana_Gun999

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This looks like a lower quality version of half-life what is the difference?

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JohnnyTheWolf
JohnnyTheWolf

So far, so good! It's a blast revisiting the original Half-Life after all these years. I have forgotten just how fun and exciting this game was, especially in comparison to its rather tame sequel. :P

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ThatMercenarySnake
ThatMercenarySnake

I know half life was on the mac and Ps2 but this port is one of a kind..for 2000, a year after the release on pc, this port lives up to what people expect from a FPS.

The HD models are great and the weapons are very detailed

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SnakeTheFox
SnakeTheFox

I don't get it, a PC port of a Dreamcast port of a PC game? Por que?

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XX3
XX3

Yeah, I can see the HD models in DC is even better than PC version of HD Package.

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Thryker
Thryker

I've done something really stupid, I set the resolution to 1600x1200, and parts of the screen get cut off (meaning I cant acess the options menu anymore) How do I go about changing the resolution via config files/whatever. I've tried using -h,-w in the startup parameters, but nothing seemed to change it, also reinstalled, but it still started at the same resolution.

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Revenant100 Creator
Revenant100

Assuming you're using Steam, use this as your launch options to start the game in a 640x480 window: "-windowed -w 640 -h 480". You should be able to set your video options without issue then. Be sure to remove the launch option commands when you're finished.

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young_warrior
young_warrior

hey folks may i ask you something?
can you convert the blue shift port from dreamcast?
i miss so much this part of the game and i can't find it for download.
:'(

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Wanabesafa
Wanabesafa

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It's just Half Life 1 with the high definition pack.

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The_Nephillium
The_Nephillium

did you even download it? try that THEN comment on it

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

Nice mod

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