This is really just another episode of Half Life. You're Gordan Freeman in a spaceship instead of Gordan Freeman at Black Mesa. Its a really BIG spaceship though. The gameplay is just as smooth as Half Life's which of course is top notch. You get the usual weapons you get in Half Life.
05/20/99 "PC GAMER presents: USS DARKSTAR" [A New HalfLife Pak w/16 Single Player Levels] HalfLife Registered Ver. 220.127.116.11 is Required! ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Designer/Mapper: Neil Manke web site: http://www.planethalflife.com/manke/ Producer: Bill Harms If you want to see more 'PC Gamer presents' Halflife levels, write and let us know! Send e-mail to the PC Gamer Online Editor.... Bill Harms <firstname.lastname@example.org> ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Design/Technical Advisor: Einar Saukas Lead Tester: Paul Taylor Sound Producer: Magnus Jansén Custom Textures, Sky/Enviro: Neil Manke Voice acting: Karin Brander Per Jacobsson Magnus Jansén Petter Mörk Bathroom Fixtures: JediCow5 [used in zoology9/14 bathrooms] ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ * Thanks to * Paul, Magnus & Einar * Eric Sutton for the Darkstar logos * Otis [aka Frans Bouma] for 'MdlViewer' * David Flor for Half-Life Sprite Viewer * Phil Daniels & the guys in the ERC editing group * Ben Morris for originating 'Worldcraft' and Yahn Bernier for continuing it's developement * Valve and Id Software! * Bill Harms and associates at PC Gamer * Thanks to the testers... * Dennis Plester * Gene Spinks * Morgan Parry * Magnus Jansén * Paul Taylor * Einar Saukas +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Prologue ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ To: Mr. Walter Bennett <www.planethalflife.com/community/walter> From: Dr. Einar Saukas <www.ime.usp.br/~einar> Subject: Offer of Employment Dear Mr. Walter Bennett, Black Widow Inc. would like to invite you to join our organization. You would be assigned as a member of the multi-disciplinary scientific team on board of the USS DARKSTAR, in a zoological research expedition to seek out, collect and investigate new alien life-forms in unexplored sectors of the universe. This mission occurs in the year 2066, but since you have already travelled to the future before, this should not be a problem for you. The space-time window to come to our present time will be available in just a few days, please decide ASAP about your interest in this job opportunity. You have been selected for this position by Cmdr. Neil Manke due to your broad knowledge on advanced biochemistry and extensive experience interacting with hostile aliens. Your proven capacity to survive under critical conditions was also considered. But actually you don't have anything to worry about, our project is adopting the most rigorous safety measures to prevent incidents. I can personally guarantee everything is under control and none of the crew will be ever submitted to any risk situations whatsoever. This is certainly going to be a calm, quiet and relaxing journey, as you can already predict from the pictures of our impressive spaceship installations at <www.planethalflife.com/manke>. We are looking forward to having you on our team! Dr. Einar Saukas Administration Office Black Widow Inc. Project USS DARKSTAR Mr. Walter Bennett was one of the several famous scientists invited to participate on this mission. You are Dr. Gordon Freeman, a brilliant researcher that always had problems to wake up on time... +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Remember, you must own a copy of the full retail version of HALFLIFE(r) in order to play this extra single-player level pak. For additional information on how to purchase your very own copy of HALFLIFE(r) please contact http://www.sierrastudios.com/games/half-life/bot.html or visit you local computer software retail store. Please read this text file for complete installation and play details for this extra level[s] "pak" file. HALFLIFE(r) is a registered trademark ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ BEFORE PLAYING: USS DARKSTAR -some verbal messages are very important so listen carefully -you will need to know how to 'crouch-jump' to make it through this pak. This is covered in the Halflife training course, and it 'may' be in the little HL game manual? -if you use cheat codes you will disrupt the normal course of events and may even get stuck some places. if you 'must' use god mode make sure you still 'visit' all recharge stations, or you will get halted in your progress through the maps. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ "HOW TO RUN" ---------------- 1) Create a subdirectory "darkstar" under the HALFLIFE directory (parallel to the "valve" directory). Create a subdirectory "media" under the DARKSTAR directory. 2) Unzip all the files [except logo.avi] in darkstar.zip into the darkstar directory you created. Unzip logo.avi into the "media" folder you created. The layout should look as follows: *:\HALFLIFE | +--- DARKSTAR | | | +-- darkstar.txt | +-- liblist.gam | +-- neilm.wad | +-- pak0.pak | +-- titles.txt | +-- MEDIA | | | +-- logo.avi +--- TFC | +--- VALVE 3) Now start HL normally. 4) From the main menu, click on "Custom game". You will see now a list of all the mods available on your computer. Select Darkstar and click on "Activate". 5) Select "Done" and then return to main HL menu. The Darkstar logo should appear on the screen. 6) Now start a new game, select the skill level.... That's all! NOTE: Please consult Sierra technical help and your Halflife documentation for help on how to run custom games in version 18.104.22.168 --------------------------------------------------------------------- * Level information * Single Player Maps : YES Deathmatch/Co-op : No New Graphics : Mostly Valve's textures but a few new ones by me and some altered Valve textures. New sky/enviro by me. New Models/Code : NO New Sounds : Yes... many new sounds by Magnus Jansén Base : new levels from scratch Tools used : Worldcraft 2.0, qART, Paint Shop Pro, PakExplorer, QPed, Wally, SkyPaint, Spriteviewer, MdlViewer, etc. Known Bugs/nonbugs : the HL monsters that speak custom dialoge cannot be fully stopped from also occassionally saying regular dialoge from HL, thus they can sometimes speak in 2 voices:] Distribution : PC Gamer requests that USS Darkstar is only distributed by them and will be done so at NO CHARGE to the recipient, USS Darkstar may not be used or modified in any way without written permission from the author and PC Gamer. I would like to request anyone who reviews "PC GAMER presents: USS DARKSTAR" at their site to kindly inform me that they have done so. Thank you! This level may not be distributed on any medium, such as, but not limited to, CDs, floppy disks, etc, without the express written permission of PC Gamer. Property : The custom textures/skins/graphics/code/sounds are the property of their respective authors and ARE NOT to be used in any other add-ons levels/paks/etc. without the written permission of the appropriate author. ++++++++++++++++++++++++++ HELP/HINTS +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++ Please check the USS Darkstar page @ http://www.planethalflife.com/manke/ for a walk-through of USS Darkstar
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