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

"It's as must-play as an HL2 mod gets" - Research and Development has received a glowing review from Rock, Paper, Shotgun!

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PC gaming super-blog Rock, Paper, Shotgun loves R&D! In a new review Alec Meer praises the mod as "a seismic shift" away from the norm, telling readers that it is "as must-play as an HL2 mod gets":

R&D’s hook is that it’s essentially non-combative. Yep – you go without guns throughout (bar the ol’ Gravity jobbie, but hey, that’s more about construction than destruction here). Sure, you can tell an Antlion to claw someone to death or arrange to squash men with falling girders, but you’re definitely not Edward Pistolhands. It’s an environmental adventure game, taking the irregular physics and logic puzzles seen in HL2 itself and turning them into the game itself. Mazes, gravity, exploding microwaves and fire-retardant antlion carapaces all make an appearance – it’s very much a point’n’click adventure in an FPS engine.

If you still haven't played Research and Development, which requires Episode Two, download it now!

Update: Destructoid also has a very positive review.

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Ennui
Ennui

Congratulations, getting an RPS post is an honor not bestowed upon many Source mods. R&D most definitely deserves it.

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Armageddon104
Armageddon104

Great mod!

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If I could play it without Episode 2, I could enjoy it.

Thanks for restricting it from me.

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treat
treat

If you don't own episode 2 by now, there's absolutely no sympathy.

Here's hoping you get a call from VALVe sooner than later, Matt.

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FedoraMcQuaid
FedoraMcQuaid

I don't have episode 2 installed due to lack of space so, it sort of restricts me too.

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Dr_Nick
Dr_Nick

Well then install it. It's not a restriction if you own it.

@117: What treat said is true, if you don't own Episode 2 already, you're missing out on more than just a few mods. It's been two years, spend $20 and get the entire OB.

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Eglaerinion
Eglaerinion

I'm sure there is some porn you could live without. Especially for a good cause like this.

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Varsity Author
Varsity

Really? I guess we know now who has a monthly subscription to cunningstunts.com!

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KorJax
KorJax

Excellent mod, I agree. Simply put it's the best SP mod I've played since MINERVA, and there's not even any real combat!

The creative puzzle design is just great, the attention to detail is fantastic too.

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Cirdain
Cirdain

The destructoid.com/indie-nation-research-and-development-140336.phtml#ext article is much better than the RPS article.

You better be hired by Valve. The minerva guy had and made some unique designs and models, but your mod is ****** fantastic.

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KonichiSakai
KonichiSakai

Congrats on the great review. And obviously, a great mod!

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borna911
borna911

Can i play this without Ep II but With orangebox source SDK. I had Ep II on another steam acc but it got hacked D: D: ,But I still have the orangebox SDK

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Jokerme
Jokerme

I don't think so.

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Corrode
Corrode

If it got hacked you can easily get it back by contacting Steam, so yeah, as Jokerme said, I don't think so.

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

Grats on getting such a sweet review :D

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UnknownTarget
UnknownTarget

Frigging awesome, studio quality mod. Get it now.

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FJS
FJS

I'm downloading your mod right now =)

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spellman23
spellman23

Congrats.

I played it before the review and knew you guys were in for greatness.

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awesomepossum
awesomepossum

Awesome job, Congrats!

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DuckSauce
DuckSauce

From what I gathered so far from both here and the interview.. this is done by just Matt Bortolino, so why to people keep saying: guys! it's only one :D give him the credit he earned by making this awesome mod by himself!

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criverbulldog
criverbulldog

Would have happily paid 10 dollars for this one. Great work. Besides the fact that I beat it by accident, amazing and new. Loved the "gel" scenes especially.

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Kyogreex
Kyogreex

Your mod has the same kind of innovation that made Portal the hit that it was.

If Valve doesn't hire you, I'm sure somebody would.

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johnnoz
johnnoz

Amazing mod, no real surprises that it got a great write up :D

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weasle
weasle

MORE LEVELSSSSS :(

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Hazelnut
Hazelnut

Excellent mod, gave me several hours of fun. I think levels 1-3 were more enjoyable than the later levels TBH. Not many games have me laughing most times I die, but this one did several times. I wonder how long this mod took to make?

Plaudits to the author, and I look forward to playing more great stuff from you soon!

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Chaosed0
Chaosed0

My God. What a ride. Such an incredible mod you (whoever you are) have got here. Extremely well done. I love it.
Now then, next challenge is a sequel? I'm not so sure, but if you think you can make it bigger and better, then do it. Some things, such as portal, I don't believe need sequels, but if you can do it...

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Cirdain
Cirdain

MOTY

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the_new_easy
the_new_easy

This mod makes me think someone got the Incredible Machine and Banjo-Kazooie Nuts and Bolts to make a baby with the Source engine, but it's incredibly inventive in its own ways. The trials get more and more crazy and insane and humorous as the game goes on. And at the same time it has an interesting visual design and level layouts.
Most importantly it manages to stand out from Half-Life 2, which isn't easy to do.

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