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Research and Development is a puzzle-centric mod for Half-Life 2: Episode Two featuring an unarmed player but plenty of violent mayhem.

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Research and Development


Half-Life 2 set the bar for physics based puzzles and few have come close to taking the crown, until now that is. Research and Development is all about unarmed violent mayhem with all combat and puzzles being solved using the environment, your trusty zero-point energy field manipulator and a little bit of common sense, the fantastic use of props and the havok system lead to some very interesting sequences that very few mods of the genre seem to include. Gravity is indeed a very powerful tool and RnD makes great use of it with weight, motion and buoyancy being at the core of most solutions for the problems at hand, with a few interesting extras thrown in for good measure.


It turns out that your standard first person problem solving really does go out the window in this mod, anyone who is familiar with the Half-Life type puzzles would know of the old electrified cable on a puddle of water or using empty barrels under metal platforms to make them float will have quite a shock stepping into RnD. One part that had myself stumped for a few minutes had one of the most obvious answers. When faced with a padlocked door within vanilla HL2 the player will naturally shoot the padlock, it's always the first thing that will come to mind but RnD does not have any weapons to speak of so what would you do exactly? Pick up a gas tank and swing it at the padlock! Such a logical solution to such a simple puzzle was quite a different thought process for me and it only got better from that point onwards.

I'm not the type of person who enjoys sitting down and spending time for what is simply a Half-Life 2 map pack, most will need more than just a few kill rooms to tickle my fancy, but RnD does a fantastic job of putting the focus off combat and taking what Half-Life 2 promised from the beginning and delivering just that. Research and Development is definitely worthy of any Half-Life fans itching to get a bit more action, just without the crowbar.

Type: Single Player
Run Time: 2 Hours
File Size: 54.57 MB
Difficulty: Medium

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Wakkaboom
Wakkaboom

By the looks of that picture, I think building a car using the Gravity Gun will be a pain in the ***.

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BobtheGreatII
BobtheGreatII

It wasn't at all. Great mod. Lots of fun!

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deadrawkstar
deadrawkstar

this is totally off topic but, i used to use the name bobthegreat for online games :P

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Cirdain
Cirdain

'Bout time there was and article on this awesomeness

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Spudofwar
Spudofwar

I unnoficially stopped playing before this so-called car. You have peaked my interest enough to make me continue, you sadist.

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k0olguy169
k0olguy169

u should make this multiplayer and put a game mode where u build ur vehicle and have races or deathmatches and stuff

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BlueWolf72
BlueWolf72

I enjoyed this. Wish he was making more!

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NullSoldier
NullSoldier

Definately going to try this out. A very creative and positive use of the HL2 stock engine without just creating new maps and throwing tons of enemies into it.

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MrtwovideoCards
MrtwovideoCards

Should of tried it out when it was released!

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MrMattWebb
MrMattWebb

Matt_b is a truly talented mapper and designer. This is a great mod.

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Vizitas
Vizitas

awesome mod played it loved it :)

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Xylemon
Xylemon

It was a Great mod.

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PWnR_87
PWnR_87

Nice write-up and a cool mod to kick-start the feature with. R&D is a joy to play, it's one mod that you'll come back to just because of the memorable moments and humor.

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Gosthy
Gosthy

One of the best mods, ever.

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Pallorwag
Pallorwag

This was such a great mod. I thought the mod was going to be awful. Turned out, way better to me then most of the other hyped mods recently. A must try~!

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HolyEvilz
HolyEvilz

this mod was full of epic win.
tho, there are some parts which made me want to tear the hair out of my head.
That is solid proof what a genius matt_b is.

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wazanator
wazanator

Loved this mod have played I think 3 times through now :D

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spellman23
spellman23

There were a few puzzles that were REALLY painful, but otherwise I really enjoyed it.

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freredarme
freredarme

It's a nice mod, enjoy !

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Lee1337
Lee1337

i rly liked the A-team pictures in that room^^

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Visorak06
Visorak06

This mod was awesome when I played it, and I totally recommend it to everyone! You will not be disappointed!

~Vis From The 1187 Team~

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tidel
tidel

great game, funny puzzles. just played it through with a friend of mine.
the room with the rays and beams is best.

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Danielcook1
Danielcook1

Haha looks a hella lot of fun tbh

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dave_5430
dave_5430

******' episode 2

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1337FeRReT
1337FeRReT

the very best sample of diversity and how using your head a little more can lead to something extravagent.

I fully recommend this to anyone wanting to spend their next few hours of mod playing time with this, it has seriously been the best mod in a very long time.

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SpiritThief
SpiritThief

I really want more. I can't get enough of this.

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PhyOS
PhyOS

Great article. I love this mod, I enjoyed it so much.

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MadGodXD
MadGodXD

i've played a lotta singleplayer mods but this is the best one ever. it's so puzzling at points PLEASE make a sequel or something i love this mod!!

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Binky
Binky

Wait, so does this use CONTENT from Episode 2, or just the engine?

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Cirdain
Cirdain

MOTY

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brk753951
brk753951

can you make Research and Development 2 =)

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