Mod for Half-Life 2
While The Title (Die In Pain, Rest In Peace) makes you feel like you're summoning the Candyman, D.I.P.R.I.P. is an astonishing mod - original, well-designed, well-tuned and beautifully made. In its current state, you can choose from three different cars, varying in speed and armour, rolling into a vehicular deathmatch to rival Carmageddon and the Twisted Metal console series.
You start with a basic minigun, but can pick up power-ups that give you missile launchers, better machine guns and the grenade launcher that lobs explosives in a beautiful curve -perfect for surprise attacks over the top of buildings. The maps on offer range from the wide-open spaces of the Village (perfect for dogfights and dodging missiles) to weaving through the tight buildings of Supermarket, barrelling through well-stocked aisles like an angry rhino in a Tesco Metro. The combat as it stands is reasonably balanced, with the homing missiles letting you trade off immediate power for accuracy, shooting less missiles but hitting more regularly. Luckily, cunning tactics also allow you to speed towards missile throwers, outdoing them with a flurry of bullets or ramming them hard enough to make them explode.
Deathmatches get more chaotic as you add more vehicles, but small-scale and one-on-one battles are enthralling as paranoia takes over, your eyes flittering between your car and the radar, until you hear the horrible wailing of the incoming missile siren. For once, this is a mod that doesn't require a huge cavalcade of people to be online. In fact, we had a lot of fun mucking around with a few randoms - no more than three - before we gained the support of a motley crew of onlookers who wanted to blow us up.
D.I.P.R.I.P.'s makers are promising to develop it further over the months, with more vehicles and maps a definite, along with some improvements to the handling, which at times felt a little looser than we wanted. Regardless, we can't recommend this game enough, and as a result have put it on the disc for you to enjoy.
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP