Modders Recreate the Lost Dreamcast Version of Half-Life

on January 22, 2012 1:15 PM

This week on Moddb, some crafty modders have ported the unreleased Dreamcast version of Half-Life that was supposed to come out in 2000 to the PC.

While the games weren’t super different, the Dreamcast version was notable because it was not the same game as the PC version, and featured a number of tweaks, from simple level geometry to the addition of entirely new rooms and object models.  

The Dreamcast port was originally developed by Gearbox Software, who was then notable for the excellent expansion packs Opposing Force and Blue Shift. Gearbox had tweaked the difficulty and basically rebuilt the game for the console. The Dreamcast version was supposed to be different even from the PlayStation 2 version of the game.

While this port is probably totally unnecessary, it is still pretty cool if you’re a hardcore fan of the original game. Half-Life is truly timeless, and aside from the annoying box puzzles, still holds up very strongly today. So if you’re a huge Half-Life fan, but want the game to be different, but not that different, hop on over to Moddb and give this one a shot. All you need is Half-Life on Steam and you’re set.


Scott just graduated from Law School. But he didn't let that stop him from gaming, a hobby that he has stuck with ever since he received his NES at age 5. His favorites are Metal Gear Solid, OutRun, Half-Life, Deus Ex, Ratchet and Clank and most recently, the Mass Effect series.