HL2: Lost Coast

Discussion in 'Mac and PC Games' started by jedivulcan, May 26, 2010.

  1. jedivulcan macrumors 6502

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    Anyone that previously bought Lost Coast not seeing it as available with the rest of the Half Life 2 games??

    I only bought Episode 1 previously... went and purchased the original and Episode 2... Lost Coast was ticked off as available after downloading along with my other two games.

    Anyone else got Lost Coast or experienced this?
     
  2. Zortrium macrumors 6502

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    I imagine it'll come at some point, but being so small I can't imagine it's very high on Valve's list of priorities.
     
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  4. Deano.uk macrumors regular

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    Lost coast was just a tech demo, not sure how commited steam would be in bringing it to steam... would be good though, but i want HL2 Deathmatch more!
     
  5. jedivulcan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I thought it was released. It actually downloaded 3gb of Lost Coast material to my MacBook Pro but it won't launch the game. It's in my "Installed" section. It installs but is "Not Available for my Platform" or something like that. It's strange.
     
  6. archurban macrumors 6502a

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    it's not tech demo. what do you talk about? if it is demo, why is it sold for $9.99? it's not. it's a short DLC (little expansion). it's kind of boring but. I got it for free. it works fine.
     
  7. jedivulcan thread starter macrumors 6502

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    It works on Mac??
     
  8. archurban macrumors 6502a

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    I am not sure. but today Valve just updated for mac, additional improvement (the whole half life games). why don't you try it?
     
  9. Perceptes macrumors member

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    I don't think it's available for the Mac yet. It wasn't mentioned in their announcement. Buying the Orange Box gave me a license for it, so it shows up in my games list, but there was nothing to download for it and it says "Half-Life 2: Lost Coast is not available on your current platform" on its info page.
     
  10. reberto macrumors 65816

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    It's a tech demo. It was a level made for the coast section of the HL2 storyline (where you had the Jeep), but it was taken out. If you play it with the dev' commentary on you will find that it is nothing but a tech demo to show off their first attempt at using HDR. It's not a short little DLC, it's not an expansion, it's just a tech demo. No more, no less.
     
  11. mixel macrumors 65816

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    Although you're right, I don't think he's entirely wrong.. (?!) The two aren't necessarily mutually exclusive.. Most people probably weren't downloading it just to check out the HDR, just for a short HL2 fix. Most publications reviewed it as DLC.. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Half-Life_2:_Lost_Coast - albeit a tiny, pretty piece of free DLC. :)

    The Lost coast improvements were really nice though.
     
  12. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Yup, it only ever was a HDR demo using a map they removed from HL2. It doesn't continue the story so it isn't an expansion. The only new thing they added was HDR/Bloom.

    It has never been DLC or an expansion pack.
     
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    I not only got Lost Coast bundled with HL2, Ep1 and Ep 2, but also got HL: Source, HL2: Deathmatch and HL Deathmatch: Source. And I can't play any of them as they are "not available on my platform."
     
  15. Huntn macrumors G5

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    It's been a while since I played it but I don't remember the Lost Coast being all that big of a map? Unless it was the one where you drive down the coastal highway and play with a big crain? If not, then you are really not missing anything special. :)

    It's available on Steam. I guess the question is regarding Mac Steam?
     
  16. benpatient macrumors 68000

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    first off, it was neer 9.99. at one point, it was limited only to people with a certain graphics chipset, but that restriction went away after an exclusivity window closed.

    it's a tech demo.

    there's some driving, along the coast, and then you are in a church/chapel sort of building and you fight some combine and some monsters. there are cool stained glass effects, and hdr/lightblooms and stuff that was impressive back in 2005 or whenever it came out. They used higher-resolution textures and basically didn't do any special optimizing at all, just as a tech demo so you could benchmark your machine.

    it was supposed to show off the new engine effects, and the new ATI graphics card that was out at the time, whatever that was. Probably took around 10-15 minutes to play through the whole thing if you took your time and looked at every little detail.

    I think they ended up adding a lot of the HDR stuff to HL2 retroactively, anyway, so the difference is even less pronounced now.

    it will probably not be ported to the mac, if I had to guess. I would much rather see CSS and DODS and HL2DM.
     
  17. archurban macrumors 6502a

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    I didn't know that. first time I play it through along with other half life 2 episode. but why demo cost $9.99? it just doesn't make any sense. well, anyway I got that free. I didn't buy it at online store (steam). retail box (only $9.99 including all episode). so lost coast is kind of bonus. great.
     
  18. Dagless macrumors Core

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    Nonono. It was free to everyone who owned Half Life 2. I had it with my GeForce graphics card and a friend had it with an ATi card. Now it's free for everyone when bought as part of the Source Pack or activated through a graphics card promo (for both manufacturers). Though it was free it wasn't given away as a demo, it was originally released between HL2 and Episode 1 with a benchmark utility to gauge HDR performance in the wild.

    They never added HDR to Half Life 2. The recent update added the option, but it does nothing (there's call for it on the Steam forums).
     
  19. grue macrumors 65816

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    Just bought Orange Box last night, and by the time they all finished downloading (including Lost Coast), it said Lost Coast is not available on my platform, despite the fact that the files are all installed, including the shortcut.
     
  20. knello macrumors member

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    I'm getting the same behavior. It's frustrating because it's downloaded, its status says "Ready To Play," then when you launch it, it says it's not available for this platform. This is my first issue with Steam; I'm having a great time otherwise.

    It does run in Wine, though. :rolleyes:
     

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