I enjoy playing and reviewing Half Life 2 mods. I also enjoy playing guitar, some drawing, and some writing. Very recently, I started posting "overviews of various half lfie 2 modifications. They are meant to be personal accounts of what I felt about the game. I try to be as unbiased as possible, but If you want to read a descriptive essay on popular modifications, you have come to the right place.


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Research and Development is a single player Ep2 modification that purely focuses on puzzle solving and riddles. Not to say that there is absolutely no sense of danger; because there's plenty of it in this mod. Despite being released years ago, Research and Development still remains one of the best Half Life 2 modifications in the pool and I definitely recommend anybody who hasn't tried it out yet; to give this one a go.

That said, the large amount of puzzles are very clever, intuitive, and creative. While some are frustrating, each is extremely satisfying, if not hilarious, to solve. The game is also much more than completing a puzzle, moving on to the next room, and completing the next puzzle. All areas in the game feel intertwined and related to one single breathing world. Many scenarios in the game are also "action packed" to say the least. Despite that there isn't a single obtainable gun, (by gun, I mean a gun that shoots bullets) the game will still throw combine soldiers or helicopters at you; as well as roller mines.

Of course, there's a very logical and fair way for dealing with all the enemy encounters in the game. Furthermore, it will take some brain power, and maybe some fast reflexes, but nonetheless; this mod isn't your typical puzzle game.

...Of course, if you hate puzzles; you should probably look somewhere else. But hey, if you had to start somewhere, start here.

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alexispao May 1 2012 says:

Nice review for RnL! Pretty spot-on! Keep it up :)

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1928tommygun May 25 2010 says:

Hey Rickachu,
Thanks for your brief comment on the mod page. I saw that you also enjoyed zombie panic source. I made a map called zpo_noexit for that mod, and it became quite popular on numerous servers. I was wondering if you had played it

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tymaxbeta Dec 31 2009 says:

Send me a message; you can play test, and review HLP. ;D

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SPY-maps Oct 13 2009 says:

hi, Rikachu.

i did read your comment on our HL2 sp-mod called Strider Mountain(SM), that you did read a review about it. i really would like to read it if you don't mind. and also did i notice that Coastline to Atmosphere(CtoA) is also not on your list of played mods. we made CtoA before SM, and when you liked SM then you will like CtoA also, there quit simular in many cases. here is the link to it if you want to have more info about it;



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crowbar87 Oct 4 2009 says:

nice reviews, enjoyed reading them. =)

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