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

Article Posted by Henley on Aug 11th, 2009

Why Should I Play

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

Wakkaboom Aug 11 2009, 11:34pm said:

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 Aug 12 2009, 1:02am replied:

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

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deadrawkstar Aug 19 2009, 11:29am replied:

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

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Cirdain Aug 12 2009, 4:31am replied:

'Bout time there was and article on this awesomeness

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Spudofwar Aug 12 2009, 6:50am replied:

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 Sep 2 2009, 7:45pm replied:

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 Aug 11 2009, 11:42pm said:

I enjoyed this. Wish he was making more!

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NullSoldier Aug 11 2009, 11:55pm said:

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 Aug 12 2009, 1:06am replied:

Should of tried it out when it was released!

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krg Aug 12 2009, 12:15am said:

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

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Vizitas Aug 12 2009, 1:28am said:

awesome mod played it loved it :)

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Xylemon Aug 12 2009, 4:16am said:

It was a Great mod.

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PWnR_87 Aug 12 2009, 4:55am said:

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 Aug 12 2009, 5:25am said:

One of the best mods, ever.

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Pallorwag Aug 12 2009, 6:53am said:

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 Aug 12 2009, 9:01am said:

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 Aug 12 2009, 9:26am said:

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

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spellman23 Aug 12 2009, 10:46am said:

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

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freredarme Aug 12 2009, 11:06am said:

It's a nice mod, enjoy !

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Lee1337 Aug 12 2009, 1:02pm said:

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

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Visorak06 Aug 12 2009, 4:00pm said:

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 Aug 12 2009, 5:48pm said:

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 Aug 12 2009, 9:51pm said:

Haha looks a hella lot of fun tbh

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dave_5430 Aug 13 2009, 6:33pm said:

******' episode 2

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1337FeRReT Aug 14 2009, 6:55pm said:

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 Aug 15 2009, 11:15am said:

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

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PhyOS Aug 18 2009, 8:09am said:

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

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MadGodXD Aug 20 2009, 11:50am said:

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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Cirdain Dec 21 2009, 5:43am said:


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brk753951 Jan 28 2011, 9:33am said:

can you make Research and Development 2 =)

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