The beta for Insurgency, the Half-Life 2 mod which seeks to realistically replicate the current battling in the Iraq (but with respawns, anyway), was released today after four years in development. Downloads are available hyah.
I've only spent a couple of hours with the game, but it's not exactly, well, good. It's got potential, of course, and it is just a beta, but let's just say that I'm already eager for some major patching.
The mod is free, and requires nothing more than Half-Life 2 and Steam -- and if you don't have those, then you really, really need to consider your current lifestyle choices. When I become president, not owning Half-Life 2 will be a criminal offense punishable by physical violence.
Hit the jump for my initial impressions of the game, or -- better yet -- download it and draw your own conclusions.
UPDATE: SeraphX is better at the internets than I am
Still, for all its massive flaws, it does have a lot going for it: the weapons handle with a satisfying realism (there are no crosshairs -- any precision aiming must be done using ironsights), the maps are pleasantly huge and nonlinear, and the graphics are superb, in an "everything is brown, deal with it" sort of way. Given that this is only a beta, it'll be very, very interesting to see where the mod goes from here: if some of the larger problems were fixed, this could be one of the best multiplayer mods for HL2 out there today. No matter what, though, Insurgency is definitely worth a download: for all its current flaws, it's easy to tell that a lot of work and care went into it. Plus, it's free (so long as you own Half-Life 2, anyway); it certainly wouldn't kill you to give it a shot.