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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4 comments by Revenant100 on Feb 14th, 2013

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.


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Half-Life: Dreamcast v1.1

Half-Life: Dreamcast v1.1

Feb 14, 2013 Full Version 11 comments

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

Jan 15, 2012 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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Athrun!
Athrun! Jan 17 2012, 5:45am says:

But seems changes are taken mainly on models instead of maps...A little disappointing

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Dragonnest
Dragonnest Jan 17 2012, 12:57pm replied:

1 Install the pack 2 Next Comment Understand?

DreamCast version is the same half life with minor changes or waht u want half lie 2 maps? i hate that type of comments

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Gandbon
Gandbon Jan 17 2012, 10:15am replied:

well it says the first verison so he may work on the maps one day. But I don't think the maps changed in the dream cast well to say it could be only the map textures that changed

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deadplug
deadplug Jan 17 2012, 4:30am says:

Thank you.

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Lux│Smash
Lux│Smash Jan 16 2012, 9:35pm says:

the maps are better than the PC version xD

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Pelk
Pelk Jan 18 2012, 1:52am replied:

Who downed this person? The maps are better. For some reason I find the game much more enjoyable just for the little surprises!

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feoljo
feoljo Jan 16 2012, 1:52pm says:

Dreamcast Gordon Freeman looks like Adam Savage from MythBusters :D

Great mod!

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lambdist
lambdist Jan 16 2012, 8:36am says:

Wow, guys, you did my work. Thanx for you all.)))
Here is it.)
http://vk.com/album16263009_132580985
Will you do the PS2 version? It's also cool too!)

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SabreXT
SabreXT Jan 16 2012, 3:24am says:

Wow. This came out of nowhere. I wish more mods would release this fast so we don't have to wait for the awesome.

I always assumed the Dreamcast version was turned into the PS2 version. (as that only had cosmetic changes as far as I know) I look forward to playing this.

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TheUnabridgedGamer
TheUnabridgedGamer Jan 16 2012, 11:18am replied:

PS2 also has co-op as a separate game Half-Life: Decay. Blue Shift originally was supposed to be like Decay in that it would be an exclusive extra section of the game for the console port (thus validating actually getting it). Ironically whole Half-Life mods have been ported to Dreamcast, so I'm a bit perplexed as to why Valve pulled out in the first place (of course, why they haven't just made Decay be available on PC as extra is also beyond me).

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SabreXT
SabreXT Jan 17 2012, 3:34pm replied:

I have the PS2 version. The way it handled aiming on a controler was pretty bad. It was basicly lock on system.

Decay wasn't that great either. It's biggest problem was that every time you died you had to watch a long winded cutscene, which was annoiying. The second player didn't do much except for boosts.

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

Nice mod

Jan 15 2012, 6:53pm by ThatMercenarySnake

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