Gearbox’s infamous cancelled Dreamcast console port of Half-Life 1 (although it was also developed by Captivation Digital Labs) has been shrouded in mystery for many. Troubled by delays, it was originally slated for release in summer of 2000, then fall of 2000, then late 2000, then pushed back to early 2001 and eventually, mid-2001, then finally put out of its misery in a controversial cancellation. The ill-fated port was hilariously close to release – Prima strategy guides and other promotional materials were made available (and can still be found on online auction sites for various prices), and a near-complete beta build was leaked to the Internet. Concurrently, it seems that the only way to experience the port is to download this leaked build.
But, no longer! Dedicated modders have just released a mod port of the Dreamcast version for Half-Life 1, which means that right now, you can experience the unreleased Dreamcast port for yourself! Read on for more info on the release.
Here is the PC port’s ModDB page. Developed by Marphy Black, with assistance from Barnz, using Besli’s model archive, the mod is essentially a complete port of the original single-player component from the unreleased Dreamcast version. Everything is included: the never-before-seen exclusive models (dubbed “Medium Definition” by the HL1 modding community), the level changes (ranging from tiny alterations to extensive redesigns), the CD-quality soundtrack, and even the original password notifications (although the actual password saving system could not be ported over). Unfortunately, the funky weapon-sway is absent… but who cares about weapon-sway anyway?
Here is the PC port’s trailer:
Any Half-Life enthusiast will find this mod worth the download, if only to experience the original Half-Life from a different perspective. It doesn’t overwrite your original Half-Life installation, it completely works on Steam, and it’s easy to use and install, so go for it!