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Left 4 Dead
Left4Dead Windows cover.jpg
North American box art.
Developer(s) Valve (Windows version)
Certain Affinity (Xbox 360 version)
Publisher(s) Valve
Distributor(s) Electronic Arts (retail)
Steam (online)
Designer(s) Mike Booth
Writer(s) Chet Faliszek
Composer(s) Mike Morasky
Engine Source
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows, Xbox 360, Mac OS X
Release date(s)
Mac OS X:
TBA
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Survival horror
Mode(s) 4-player Cooperative multiplayer, 4-vs-4 multiplayer, Single-player
Rating(s) BBFC: 18[2]
ESRB: M
OFLC: MA15+
PEGI: 18+
Media DVD, digital download
System requirements 3.0 GHz Pentium 4, 2.0 GHz Dual Core, or AMD64X2 processor,
GB RAM,
128 MB DirectX 9.0 graphics card,
Pixel Shader 2.0 support,
DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card,
Internet Connection for product activation and downloading updates
.Left 4 Dead LEFT4DEAD ROCKLSSSSSSSSSSis a cooperative first-person shooter video game.^ PC XBox 360 Left 4 Dead 2 Electronic Arts But Left 4 Dead 2 developer Valve, of Half-Life fame, certainly has the courage of its convictions, and has once again crafted a first-person zombie-shooter which may appear slight on the surface, but is very weighty beneath.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC | Game review | Technology | The Guardian 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ "Let's get this out of the way right off the bat; Left 4 Dead is an absolutely incredible game and needs to be in any gamer's collection (provided that you are of age).
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "Valve Software's latest attempt at improving your PC gaming experience, dubbed "Steam Cloud," will go live alongside the first public demo of zombie shooter Left 4 Dead on November 6.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.It was developed by Turtle Rock Studios, which was purchased by Valve Corporation during development.^ From the creators of the bots in Counter Strike, Turtle Rock Studios has teamed up with Valve (Half Life, Team Fortress) comes a Co-Op team based game where you can play the as the survivors or the infected.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ This interview might perk some peoples interest (ie: mines ;)) with the pending release of Turtle Rock Studio's highly anticipated game Left 4 Dead.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Turtle Rock Studios and Valve's next hit zombie game, Left 4 Dead had a release date of Nov 4th.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.The game uses Valve's proprietary Source engine, and is available for Windows and the Xbox 360.^ Xbox 360 Games On Demand (22) .
  • DailyGamesNews.com: New Left 4 Dead 2 TV Advert Features Track By Clutch 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC dailygamesnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Xbox 360 Games .
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Eventually Valve also plans to use the service to give players a convenient repository for player-created game footage and screenshots, and to automatically download dr..."
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.Development on the game was completed on November 13, 2008 and was released digitally on November 17, 2008 and at retail on November 18, 2008 in the United States and on November 21, 2008 in Europe.^ Spain Sat, 08 Nov 2008 02:59:59 PM Rating: No, release date is 17 november ficker22 Spain Sat, 08 Nov 2008 10:45:30 AM Rating: is being released today 8 november?
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

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  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Set during the aftermath of an apocalyptic pandemic, the game pits its four protagonists—dubbed the "Survivors"—against hordes of the infected.^ L4D’s survival co-op game mode is played out across four sprawling “Movies” set in a variety of urban and rural environments.
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This applies to all types of infected as well, making bile canisters useful for redirecting the horde against more dangerous types of infected while drawing attention away from the survivors.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This makes them effective against the horde, but not so much against the faster and farther-reaching boss-type infected.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.There are four game modes: a single-player mode in which allied characters are controlled by AI; a four-player, co-op campaign mode; an eight-player online versus mode; and a four-player survival mode.^ Start a single player game.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In the single-Player campaign mode, this will result in a dead game.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ L4D’s survival co-op game mode is played out across four sprawling “Movies” set in a variety of urban and rural environments.
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In all modes, an artificial intelligence (AI), dubbed the "Director", controls level pacing and item spawns, in an attempt to create a dynamic experience and increase replay value.^ The Director also controls dynamic lighting and musical cues.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ By turning the spawns into a dynamic event not tied to the level architecture, Valve have made an endlessly replayable game.

^ Due to the dynamic nature of The Director AI system, exact locations of enemies and weapon pickups cannot be shown.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.Left 4 Dead was well received by the industry media upon its release, with praise given for its replay value, focus on cooperative play, and movie-like experience.^ Each episode takes between an hour and two hours to play through, so you'll probably see 90% of what Left 4 Dead has to offer within about six hours.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You'll go back and play the same map again and again anyway, because no two run-throughs of Left 4 Dead are the same.

^ Chris Plante I mentioned it in my review of Left 4 Dead, but value is a bit of an...
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Several criticisms were aimed at limited level selection and the lack of a narrative. The game has won several publication awards, as well as distinctions from the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences and British Academy of Film and Television Arts. .As was done with Team Fortress 2, Valve plans on supplementing the game with free downloadable content.^ Eventually Valve also plans to use the service to give players a convenient repository for player-created game footage and screenshots, and to automatically download dr..."
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ From the creators of the bots in Counter Strike, Turtle Rock Studios has teamed up with Valve (Half Life, Team Fortress) comes a Co-Op team based game where you can play the as the survivors or the infected.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ I live in Europe, and I have the asian edition of the Orange Box, a game from Valve, like L4D, and distributed by EA, like L4D, and I can asure you it is region free.
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The first of these, called the "Survival Pack", was released on April 21, 2009, with the second, in the form of a new DLC Campaign entitled "Crash Course," released for both the PC and Xbox 360 on September 29, 2009. The popularity of the game led to the development of a sequel, Left 4 Dead 2, which was released November 17, 2009. Left 4 Dead will be brought to Mac OS X along with other Valve games in mid-2010, allowing for cross-platform support between PC and Mac versions.^ Left 4 Dead survival mode detailed .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead 360 Hacked .
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead was released on November 18th, 2008 in North America and worldwide through Steam on both the PC and Xbox 360.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

Contents

Gameplay

In Left 4 Dead, the four survivors must fight off infected humans while trying to escape or make their way to a safe house.
.Left 4 Dead is a first-person shooter.^ "Valve Software's latest attempt at improving your PC gaming experience, dubbed "Steam Cloud," will go live alongside the first public demo of zombie shooter Left 4 Dead on November 6.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "Valve announced plans to update its co-op zombie shooter Left 4 Dead (PC, X360) today, revealing that a "Survival Pack" will be released this spring.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "The survival-horror themed shooter Left 4 Dead is coming along nicely and is set to hit Xbox 360 and PC platforms on November 4, 2008.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.In campaign mode, the player takes control of one of the survivors; if four human players are not available, then the remaining survivors are AI-controlled bots.^ In addition to single-player campaign and multiplayer co-op, Left 4 Dead also features a competitive versus mode in which four players take the role of Survivors and four others control Infected.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Survive a campaign with no Survivors taking damage from Special Infected.

^ A player cannot pick which class he will play in Versus mode and it will be chosen at random by the AI Director based on what classes are available in the current game.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

.They play through the levels fighting off the infected—living humans who have been infected with a rabies-like virus that causes psychosis, to which the survivors are immune.^ Life: 1000 percent Reload Speed: N/A Theme: a continuous, choirish ambience Description: The long-haired, siren-like infected who make girlish weeping noises, and who add a creepy choirish ambience when they are neared.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Glitch Note: If certain boss-type infected incapacitate a survivor who is in the middle of refueling, that survivor may not be able to grab another fuel canister afterward.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If they release a few more weapons for survivors a month or so after its out, and then a new horde boss a month or so after that, and then a whol enew level after that, I'll be more than happy.

[3][4]
.The game is focused on cooperation and team play; colored outlines of teammates are visible through walls to help players stick together and coordinate their movement.^ What makes this game really work is when you are in a team that plays together.

^ Each “Movie” has an over-riding team objective, is comprised of five large maps, and may be played by 1 to 14 human players.
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ With a good team of people, you can easily fly through this game on Expert.

.If a survivor falls off a ledge, then they may automatically hang onto it or can only be helped up by another survivor.^ Computer-controlled hunters may also try to claw up close instead of pouncing, if the survivors manage to bump right into them around corners.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Glitch Note: If certain boss-type infected incapacitate a survivor who is in the middle of refueling, that survivor may not be able to grab another fuel canister afterward.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Given the sheer speed of witches and their high likelihood of reaching their intended victims, the survivors may also want to bunch up relatively close together and concentrate their fire, because witches can focus on only one survivor at a time.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If a survivor's health is depleted, then they become incapacitated and can only be revived by another survivor, at which point they continue playing with a low amount of health that decreases over time.^ Revive 50 incapacitated Survivors.

^ Glitch Note: If certain boss-type infected incapacitate a survivor who is in the middle of refueling, that survivor may not be able to grab another fuel canister afterward.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Note: Normally the maximum time one can be revived from incapacitation is three times.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.If a survivor has been incapacitated and revived twice without tending to their wounds, then they will experience distorted black-and-white vision, and the next incapacitation will kill the character.^ (Alternatively, the survivors can deliberately kill allies who are at very low life and then revive them.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In the campaign mode, survivors who get wasted can be revived with defibrillator units, or they can reappear in the respawn closets (as indicated by their see-through auras).
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The first survivor they catch in this ramming attack will then be subjected to a pounding attack, becoming incapacitated until being freed by other survivors.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If a survivor takes enough damage while incapacitated, or is not eventually helped up by teammates, then the incapacitated character will die.^ Survive a campaign with no Survivors taking damage from Special Infected.

^ You or another Survivor take no damage after being vomited on by a Boomer.

^ Kill a Witch without any Survivor taking damage from her.

.During "Campaign" mode, if a survivor is killed, then they will respawn in a closet or other enclosed space after a period of time (except during key points in the scenario), but must be freed by another survivor to rejoin the team.^ The Infected's on-screen furniture now displays team-mates health and recharge time for special attacks, along with their current type – allowing the recently eliminated to occasional guess the type they themselves will next respawn as and plan a strategy based upon the Survivors movements and actions."
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ In the campaign mode, survivors who get wasted can be revived with defibrillator units, or they can reappear in the respawn closets (as indicated by their see-through auras).
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Depending on how many zombie kills you are averaging per campaign, you may need to play campaigns an upward of 50-60 times.

Otherwise, the player must wait until the next level.[5] .However, if all human player survivors are killed or incapacitated, players will have to restart from the last checkpoint.^ You only have to incapacitate all 4 survivors, you don't have to completely kill each survivor.

^ Try and stay back while the other survivors kill all the Infected.

^ After you have grabbed a survivor, the survivor has to make it all the way back to you for you to completely constrict them, thus killing them.

.Survivors can share first-aid kits and pain pills and help each other heal.^ Press to equip the first aid kit, and hold to heal them.

^ Give pain pills to 10 Survivors.

^ Heal 25 Survivors with a first aid kit.

.Left 4 Dead has friendly fire that cannot be disabled, increasing the need for caution around other survivors.^ "Let's get this out of the way right off the bat; Left 4 Dead is an absolutely incredible game and needs to be in any gamer's collection (provided that you are of age).
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ In friendly match you can have the other survivors keep reviving the downed ones to maximize the amount toward this achievement.

^ YouTube: Left 4 dead walkthrough - Farmhouse finale (Time: 7:39) Take everything you can and head out the other end of the train car.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.On the easy difficulty level, friendly fire does not harm teammates but still registers as having occurred with a notice on the screen saying, "Don't shoot teammates!"^ Except on the expert difficulty setting, the survivors deal minimal friendly fire damage if they attack each other.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It counts as a revive and you will unlock the achieve a lot faster than friendly firing your teammates.

.The survivors communicate by voice commands that are accessed by quick menus, and some sound off automatically when performing actions such as reloading or spotting infected.^ Spitters can also deliberately get wasted in such areas in order to leave more venom in the survivors' path, delaying them so other infected can catch up and attack.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ However, it still affects only the infected, and it can still be performed while reloading.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[6] Over 1,000 unique lines have been recorded for each survivor.[7] .Additional communication of player actions is conveyed through character lights.^ Players determine their characters' actions.

.Also, weapon-mounted flashlights and muzzle flashes help the players in determining whether their companions are shooting, performing melee attacks, reloading or moving.^ In this sequel, the shoving melee attack is limited by endurance, drastically slowing down as it is repeatedly performed.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If the Boomer is too close, use your melee attack to push it away and back up before shooting it.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ New for this sequel, melee weapons are obviously limited in reach, but they can be repeatedly swung without slowing down, unlike with the shoving attacks (for some reason).
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Due to control issues and the likelihood of players using a LIVE headset, the Xbox 360 version of Left 4 Dead omits the quick phrases feature.^ There used to be xbox 360 controls there, but I changed them based on how PPJoy is recognized by Left 4 Dead.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I’m also curious as to why there are XBox 360 controls in there, have you modified the script from the Valve Forums?
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Using the achievement guide below, try get all of the achievements that are considered to be 'easy' or, as that would mean in Left 4 Dead, a high offline plausibility.

[8]
.The game is experienced through five campaigns that take place in various urban and rural locales.^ Step #1: Play each campaign Obviously, if you are a newcomer to the game, play through each campaign on the easy or normal difficulties.

^ Good thing the game has tons of re-playability because it should take you quite a few play-throughs to achieve this goal.

.Multiple visual in-game hints—including license plates, park signs, markings on airport equipment, and lines of dialogue spoken by the survivors—suggest that these locations are in Pennsylvania,[9] and similarly a memorial wall giving names of those who have died in the infection (actually names of the game's development team) along with their dates of birth and death suggests that the game takes place in October 2009.[10] Each campaign is divided into five chapters (except Crash Course, which has two chapters) marked by safe rooms, which are checkpoints where players can heal, re-arm and revive characters who were killed.^ Pounce a Survivor for 25 points of damage in the Crash Course campaign.

^ Kill 5,359 Infected in the Crash Course campaign.

^ As an Infected, incap a Survivor who has entered and left a safe room.

[11] .Specifically, the four campaigns are: "No Mercy", an urban setting culminating in a hospital skyscraper; "Death Toll", a small-town and countryside setting; "Dead Air", an airport setting; and "Blood Harvest", a woodland and farm setting.^ Survive the Death Toll campaign.

^ Survive the No Mercy campaign.

^ Survive the Blood Harvest campaign.

.A two-level campaign, "Crash Course", was released on September 29, and is set in the outskirts of a small industrial town.^ Win a Versus campaign of Crash Course.

^ Restart the generator within 30 seconds of it shutting off in the Crash Course campaign.

^ As a Tank hit 20 Survivors with a car in the Crash Course campaign.

.The levels have distinct beginnings and ends, but there are a number of alternate routes to follow with more supplies, helping to create a sense of non-linearity.^ On the other hand, video games need intense settings and outrageous set pieces, and there's nothing more intense or outrageous than the end of the world.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ At the beginning/end of each chapter, there are safe houses.

[12] .In the final chapter of each campaign, the players must defend a position from an onslaught of infected until rescue arrives.^ When the game starts, kill the AI players and just go through the chapter until you run into a Tank.

^ Everyone must survive the last horde of Infected and make it into the rescue vehicle to get this achievement.

^ Play the campaign on-line, off-line, or versus on the Crash Course until you kill enough Infected to unlock it.

[7] .Each campaign typically lasts between 35 and 75 minutes depending on the difficulty level.^ The four missions take from between one and two hours each to complete, depending on the difficulty mode.

.Both platform versions of the game utilize an achievement system.^ The demo will be made available for both the Xbox 360 and PC platforms on October 27th, while the final game is still on track for its Nov 17th release date.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - PC Perspective Forums 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC forums.pcper.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[13]

Survivor characters

.
The final design of the survivors, shown on the poster for the "No Mercy" campaign.
^ Survive the No Mercy campaign.

^ Start the No Mercy campaign on Easy.

^ Begin the No Mercy campaign on Easy.

Left to right: Francis, Bill, Zoey, Louis
.There are four playable human characters in the game:[14] Francis (voiced by Vince Valenzuela), a tattoo-covered biker.^ "The Xbox 360 turns four years young this month, and there have been hundreds and hundreds of games released for Microsoft's gaming platform to date.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

Bill (voiced by Jim French), a former Green Beret and a Vietnam veteran; Zoey (voiced by Jen Taylor), a college student and horror movie enthusiast; and Louis (voiced by Earl Alexander), a junior systems analyst in his company's IT department.[15] Early plans were for players to be randomly assigned to characters but in the final release, players can choose any character—provided that the character has not already been selected—or be randomly assigned an unselected character.[7] Aside from appearances, all of the characters have identical abilities in-game.
Survivors are armed with various firearms. .Each player starts the game with an M1911 pistol.^ When the game starts, kill the AI players and just go through the chapter until you run into a Tank.

[16] .It may be reloaded an unlimited number of times and is the only weapon that the survivor can use when they are incapacitated.^ Glitch Note: If certain boss-type infected incapacitate a survivor who is in the middle of refueling, that survivor may not be able to grab another fuel canister afterward.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Given the sheer speed of witches and their high likelihood of reaching their intended victims, the survivors may also want to bunch up relatively close together and concentrate their fire, because witches can focus on only one survivor at a time.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The infected are infinite in number, so they should keep hounding the survivors, wearing them down as much as possible.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.When a second pistol is found, the player can dual wield them.^ You can dual-wield pistols if you find another.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Although the standard pistol is the lightest of all the firearms, it can be dual-wielded if the survivors find spare copies of this weapon, adding significantly to their firepower.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.At the beginning of each campaign, the player can choose between an Uzi submachine gun and a pump-action shotgun.^ Pump Action Shotgun - Like one would expect, the pump shotgun is very effective at close range.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Called the auto shotgun in the first game, the tactical shotgun can fire far more rapidly than its basic, pump-action counterparts.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Grab either the pump-action shotgun or the submachine gun and a health pack in front of you.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.As the survivors progress through a campaign, more powerful weapons can be found: the fully automatic M16A3 assault rifle (an upgrade to the Uzi), Benelli M4 Super 90 semi-automatic shotgun (an upgrade to the pump-action shotgun), and a scoped Ruger Mini-14 hunting rifle.^ Players use a wide array of firearms and explosives, including handguns, shotguns, assault rifles, hunting rifles, grenade launchers, molotov cocktails and pipe bombs to kill zombies.

^ Pump Action Shotgun - Like one would expect, the pump shotgun is very effective at close range.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ As you progress through each campaign, this will unlock a lot faster than you think.

A flashlight that can be toggled on and off is mounted on each firearm, with the exception of additional pistols. .In addition to firearms, a player can also carry three other items in their inventory: improvised grenades (either a Molotov cocktail to create a wall of fire, or a pipe bomb modified with an attached smoke alarm designed to attract the infected to it before it explodes);[16] a first aid kit, which can be used to heal any survivor; and pain pills, which provide temporary health that depletes gradually and quicker with damage from infected, and can be handed to teammates for later use.^ Press to equip the first aid kit, and hold to heal them.

^ Molotov Cocktail - Toss it like a grenade.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ The survivors can each carry only a single hand grenade-type item at a time.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Regardless of what weapon or item a player is using, a melee attack can be used to shove away any infected within reach.^ So you could potentially rock No Mercy or Dead Air with the new guns, items and melee weapon pick-ups?
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Since there's no aim function, players simply point and shoot (or melee attack).

^ In this sequel, the shoving melee attack is limited by endurance, drastically slowing down as it is repeatedly performed.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Also available are environmental weapons, such as gasoline cans, oxygen cylinders, and propane tanks, all of which explode when shot.^ Along the way you'll find a few pick-ups, such as Molotov cocktails or pipe-bombs, as well as such environmental weapons as gas canisters and petrol tanks.

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  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Preview | SPIKE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

.These can be picked up, moved, and used as a melee weapon by the survivors, but while carrying an object they cannot use their weapons or health items.^ So you could potentially rock No Mercy or Dead Air with the new guns, items and melee weapon pick-ups?
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They can be attached to the long arms, but they cannot be transferred to any new weapons that are obtained later.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ (In the X360 version, these items are assigned to the D-Pad Up Button.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Strategically-placed minigun turrets are encountered at various locations throughout the different maps.

Infected characters

.The infected (voiced by experimental musician Mike Patton and voice actor Fred Tatasciore)[17] are the survivors' foes in Left 4 Dead, and they appear to be partly inspired by the infected from several modern films, including Dawn of the Dead or 28 Days Later.^ "In every way, Left 4 Dead is an homage to cult zombie movies like Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ The concept behind Left 4 Dead should be enough to prove that they are onto a winning f..."
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^ As an Infected, incap a Survivor who has entered and left a safe room.

[18][19] .An important distinction from the former is that while the infected do resemble traditional undead zombies, they are, as cited in the game's manual, living humans infected with a rabies-like pathogen, very much like the infected in the latter film.^ Pain killers restore life temporarily, as indicated by the grainy portion of the life meter (much like the segmented portion in the first game).
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I live in Europe, and I have the asian edition of the Orange Box, a game from Valve, like L4D, and distributed by EA, like L4D, and I can asure you it is region free.
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I suppose one would normally start with the story, but much like Left 4 Dead, my game idea doesnt have a story.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.While they are never seen eating human flesh or brains, the manner in which they are portrayed is meant to create and sustain a more brutal, believable reality for the player to become immersed in.^ They never said anything about giving more, quit acting like they did.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

In an interview with 1Up.com, Mike Booth commented on the concept of using a pathogen as an inspiration for the setting:
.Even though we obviously pushed well beyond the realm of believability with many of our "boss" infected, the core idea of a mind-destroying, civilization-collapsing pathogen is more horrifying to me than magically animated corpses, precisely because it is plausible.^ Sure, the core gameplay remains the same: work as a team to survive against a horde of undead (well, technically, "infected") and live to talk about it.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Note: More likely than not, there will be an infected attack of some sort in this area.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ If they release a few more weapons for survivors a month or so after its out, and then a new horde boss a month or so after that, and then a whol enew level after that, I'll be more than happy.

Rabies is a good example of a pathogen that can turn a loyal, friendly, protective family pet into a slavering attack machine. It's a virus that reprograms the behaviors of a complex animal – a mammal, in fact. What if something similar happened to humans? .Left 4 Dead is one possible answer.^ I suppose one would normally start with the story, but much like Left 4 Dead, my game idea doesnt have a story.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Unlike Left 4 Dead however, each story would not take place over 5 mini levels, but one spanning level."
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^ "Left 4 Dead IS one of the greatest multiplayer games ever made" - SlapStic.com .
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[3]
.The common infected encountered during the game are fast and agile, weak individually, but may be overwhelming in numbers.^ May - NEW FEATURE ADDED We have added game comment feature at game individual page.
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.They display a special attraction to high-pitched alarm-type sounds, such as the beeping device attached to pipe bombs and car alarms.^ Pipe bombs create a large concussive blast a few moments after being thrown, and they come with blinking lights that can lure the horde (but not the boss-type infected) to them.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Pipe Bomb - Amazing crowd control device.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Note: Special infected will not be attracted to pipe bombs.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.Common infected will often chase down the source of these noises while ignoring lower-pitched, but much louder sounds such as gunfire.^ The infected are infinite in number, so they should keep hounding the survivors, wearing them down as much as possible.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

They occasionally attack in masses referred to in-game as a "horde".[20]
.In addition to the common infected, there are five "special" or "boss" infected whose mutations grant them special attacks that make them far more dangerous.^ There’s plenty of Special Infected during the campaigns, so if you don’t do it the first time, just keep trying.

^ Note: More likely than not, there will be an infected attack of some sort in this area.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ This applies to all types of infected as well, making bile canisters useful for redirecting the horde against more dangerous types of infected while drawing attention away from the survivors.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Each of the special infected, as well as approaching hordes, have a distinctive sound or a timely musical cue, making their presence easily recognizable by players.^ This applies to all types of infected as well, making bile canisters useful for redirecting the horde against more dangerous types of infected while drawing attention away from the survivors.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This makes them effective against the horde, but not so much against the faster and farther-reaching boss-type infected.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Lagging at one location for too long will give the horde time to catch up or the boss-type infected to get easier shots.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

They are:[21]
.
  • The Boomer, a bloated infected whose vomit and bile (which may be released at will and upon death) blinds the player briefly and attracts a horde of common infected.
  • The Hunter, an agile infected that can pounce on survivors from great distances.
  • The Smoker, an infected that can ensnare survivors from a distance with its long tongue and, upon death, releases a cloud of smoke that obscures vision.
  • The Tank, a gigantic, muscular infected that is powerful and difficult to kill.^ Boomers can vomit streams of bile in an arc.
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    ^ The Tank is a very strong and powerful Infected.

    ^ If this bile hits survivors, the affected survivors will attract a wave of horde.
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    .It can knock players backwards, dealing massive damage, or attack from afar by throwing a lump of debris.^ Except on the expert difficulty setting, the survivors deal minimal friendly fire damage if they attack each other.
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    ^ Tanks will also pick up and throw concrete slabs at you, causing massive damage.
    • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

    .It also has the ability to bash certain objects, such as cars and dumpsters, towards survivors, causing incapacitation on contact.
  • The Witch, a passive female infected, who, when provoked by loud sounds, lights, or proximity of survivors, will attack her provoker.^ Certain boss-type infected, particularly smokers, can also try standing behind witches while sniping at the survivors, so the survivors will risk disturbing the witches if they choose to return fire.
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    ^ Glitch Note: If certain boss-type infected incapacitate a survivor who is in the middle of refueling, that survivor may not be able to grab another fuel canister afterward.
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    ^ So if another survivor is getting attacked and you shoot the Infected, this is counted as protecting.

    .She is able to incapacitate or kill the provoker (depending on the difficulty setting) in one hit.^ He doesn't have to be killed from the headshot, just as long as one bullet hits him in mid-pounce, it will count.

    ^ The four missions take from between one and two hours each to complete, depending on the difficulty mode.

    ^ Knocking a car into the Survivors will incapacitate them usually in one hit.

    If her victim survives, she will attempt to kill them if not killed herself.
.One special infected did not make it into the game.^ But it is not until one gets some hands-on with the game -- like what we did today -- to notice the little changes that cause the phrase "expansion pack" to fall to the wayside.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Everyone must survive the last horde of Infected and make it into the rescue vehicle to get this achievement.

^ It is easy to miss what makes Left 4 Dead 2 special, and say that little-to-nothing has changed about the game in the past eight months.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The "Screamer" was an infected strapped in a straitjacket and let out a loud, high-pitched scream when it sighted the survivors, thus forcing the survivors to find and kill it before it screamed, resulting in a horde of common infected.^ Though it has a very high rate of fire, the machinegun takes a couple of seconds to warm up before it starts spitting out bullets.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ This applies to all types of infected as well, making bile canisters useful for redirecting the horde against more dangerous types of infected while drawing attention away from the survivors.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Tips for Infected: The horde are best at distracting the survivors.
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.However, the Screamer ended up being too difficult for players to figure out where the Screamer came from or was going or even understand that they were meant to chase it.^ Go to the other end of this impound lot, and climb up the ladder to the freeway.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The safe room is at the end of this alley, however, watch out for any enemies next to it or inside the safe room.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Get a good team of survivors up with 3 other players and try to go through each campaign.

Because of the confusion, it was replaced by The Witch and Boomer.
.In versus mode, four additional players can take control of the special infected—apart from the witch, who remains computer-controlled.^ Davis later said that new special infected, like L4D2 's new knockdown-happy Charger, would tear teams apart in the old stages as well.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In addition to single-player campaign and multiplayer co-op, Left 4 Dead also features a competitive versus mode in which four players take the role of Survivors and four others control Infected.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ The four missions take from between one and two hours each to complete, depending on the difficulty mode.

Each infected player is randomly assigned a class of special infected when they enter a spawn mode. While in spawn mode, the infected can quickly roam around the map in search of an appropriate place in which to spawn. .This location must be sufficiently distant from any survivor, out of the line of sight of any survivor, and outside restricted areas such as safe rooms.^ Spitters can also deliberately get wasted in such areas in order to leave more venom in the survivors' path, delaying them so other infected can catch up and attack.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The safe room is at the end of this alley, however, watch out for any enemies next to it or inside the safe room.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Certain elements of the areas may now be randomly shifted, such as the exact location of the next doorway that leads onward.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Upon death, the infected player must wait up to 10–25 seconds before reentering spawn mode, depending on how many players are on the infected team.^ Though it has a very high rate of fire, the machinegun takes a couple of seconds to warm up before it starts spitting out bullets.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Players team up against masses of mindless monsters - actually ordinary people, transformed into zombies by a deadly virus.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Versus is the recently-announced competitive mode where one team plays the Survivors and one team plays the Infected.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.When a tank is spawned in the game, infected players receive a message indicating which player will control it.^ The Tank rarely spawns, but when he does a smart player can use him to all but wipe out a team of survivors.

.The human-controlled infected can see their teammates' outlines through walls similar to the survivors, but can also see each survivor's outline, which is colored according to the survivor's health and fades out if the survivor refrains from attacking, running and vocalizing.^ Additionally, the Infected can see through walls.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ You will know you are on pain pills when you see vertical bars on your health meter instead of a solid color.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Tips for Survivors: Like against the hunters, run perpendicularly to the chargers' directions of approach to dodge their ramming attacks.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Vertical pathways exclusive to the infected, such as pipes and vines, are marked with animated symbols for the infected players. These can be climbed and used for ambushes.

AI and the Director

In Left 4 Dead, the AI Director computes each player's "stress level" based on a variety of factors to better pace the game and provide a fair challenge.
.The artificial intelligence of Left 4 Dead features a dynamic system for game dramatics, pacing and difficulty called the "Director". Instead of fixed spawn points for enemies, the Director places enemies and items in varying positions and quantities based upon each player's current situation, status, skill and location, creating a new experience for each playthrough.^ Left 4 Dead is a short, awesome game.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The writer of "Still Alive" slipped his new song into Left 4 Dead 2.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Preview | SPIKE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ Similar to the miniguns in the first game, the single-barreled fixed-point guns have a limited turning arc, but they can fire powerful shots at a blinding rate.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[7] .The Director also creates mood and tension with emotional cues, such as visual effects, dynamic music, and character communication.^ The Director also controls dynamic lighting and musical cues.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

[8]
.Valve has termed this dynamic set-up "procedural narrative".[22] In addition to the AI Director, there is a second Director that controls music.^ The Director also controls dynamic lighting and musical cues.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ This wasn't a cutscene, it wasn't a set-up by Valve.

^ All use of such applications or features is governed by Additional Terms as set forth in the Virtual Reality Applications - Terms .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Preview | SPIKE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

It was created as a way to keep the music interesting throughout the game. The music Director monitors what a player has experienced to create an appropriate mix. The process is client-side and done by a multi-track system. .Each player hears their own mix, which is being generated as they play through the game, and dead players watching a teammate hear their teammates' mix.^ Left 4 Dead features a special AI system called The Director, which dynamically generates unique game experiences every time you play through a scenario.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ In the single-Player campaign mode, this will result in a dead game.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I (unfortunately) had a few games with folks who though they could split up, set off alarms and generally take on the world.

[23]
.A far simpler version of the A.I. Director was already used for some key battles in Half-Life 2: Episode Two.^ Usually The Director will put some explosive pickups for you to use here.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Be sure to leave some of the supplies at the diner and the first safe house for use during the return trip in the second half.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[24]
.Valve is looking for ways to apply the Director in their future games to make pacing and difficulty more dynamic.^ This applies to all types of infected as well, making bile canisters useful for redirecting the horde against more dangerous types of infected while drawing attention away from the survivors.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Been running around the city all day - Flower is looking mighty slick, by the way - and I just don't have the energy right now to pontificate on all things gaming.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Valve makes games that manage computer resources well, and unlike other games that focus too much on the graphics, they give equal consideration, if not more, to gameplay .
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[25]

Game modes

.Left 4 Dead contains four game modes: campaign, versus, survival, and single-player.^ Start a single player game.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In the single-Player campaign mode, this will result in a dead game.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Versus mode is the way to play this game.

.The cooperative campaign consists of up to four human-controlled survivors who attempt to make their way between safe rooms and eventually to rescue.^ Clear out any zombies in the next room and make your way to the right side.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Scattered zombies should be in the kitchen area, kill them and make your way through the living room.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Computer-controlled hunters may also try to claw up close instead of pouncing, if the survivors manage to bump right into them around corners.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In this mode, the special infected are controlled by the AI. In a versus campaign, each team of one to four players plays each chapter of the campaign as both survivor and infected, swapping sides once per chapter.^ Each team takes turns playing each side, but it's only scored on the survivors' side.

^ In addition to single-player campaign and multiplayer co-op, Left 4 Dead also features a competitive versus mode in which four players take the role of Survivors and four others control Infected.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Once every Survivor is on, you will finish the Dead Air campaign!
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[26] .Unlike campaign mode, dead survivors do not respawn.^ Once every Survivor is on, you will finish the Dead Air campaign!
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ In the single-Player campaign mode, this will result in a dead game.
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^ In the versus mode, the respawn closets for the survivors are removed, so every survivor defeated will make the infected's job much easier.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If at least one player-controlled survivor finishes the level, the survivor team earns 100 points as well as bonus points based on their health and the health items in their inventory.^ Versus is the recently-announced competitive mode where one team plays the Survivors and one team plays the Infected.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Survivor Inventory Items ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ The survivors can carry only one of each type of inventory item.
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.These points are then multiplied by the chapter's difficulty level, and the number of survivors who finished.^ Survivor Equipment and Tips ============================================================================== ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [2.1] Survivor Basic Tips ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - Again, the survivors' main objective is to reach the safe house or the escape point at the end of every chapter.
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.If all player-controlled survivors are killed, the survivor team only earns points according to their average progress through the chapter and the difficulty multiplier.^ It is similar to fire in many ways, except it affects only the survivors, allowing the infected to freely pass through it.
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^ Survivor Equipment and Tips ============================================================================== ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [2.1] Survivor Basic Tips ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - Again, the survivors' main objective is to reach the safe house or the escape point at the end of every chapter.
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^ Infected Types and Tips ============================================================================== ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ [3.1] Infected Basic Tips ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ - Again, the infected's main objective is to stop the survivors from reaching the safe house or the escape point (by killing them, or by knocking down all of them at once).
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[27] .Survival mode consists of a timed challenge where players try to survive as long as possible against a never-ending flood of the infected, added in April 2009 in the Survival Pack downloadable content.^ As paid content, Survival Mode is reasonable.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Sure, the core gameplay remains the same: work as a team to survive against a horde of undead (well, technically, "infected") and live to talk about it.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While his posts tend to be long, I never want them to end, and while his cartoons tend to be simple, they're perfect, modest accompaniments to his rich posts.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[28] .Single-player mode is basically the same as campaign mode, but played offline with three AI-controlled bots as the other survivors.^ In the single-Player campaign mode, this will result in a dead game.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In addition to single-player campaign and multiplayer co-op, Left 4 Dead also features a competitive versus mode in which four players take the role of Survivors and four others control Infected.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ This is a detailed walkthrough for the single-player campaign of Valve's Xbox 360 and PC first-person shooter Left 4 Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.On Xbox 360, other players can join in on the same console to turn single player into an offline co-op game.^ Xbox 360 Games .
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Similar to the miniguns in the first game, the single-barreled fixed-point guns have a limited turning arc, but they can fire powerful shots at a blinding rate.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In the single-Player campaign mode, this will result in a dead game.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The game can also be played through a system link, or local area network.^ Left 4 Dead features a special AI system called The Director, which dynamically generates unique game experiences every time you play through a scenario.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ I had every intention of playing through a few games, but it never occurred.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

Production

The original design of the survivors. Left to right: Louis, Francis, Zoey, Bill
.Development on Left 4 Dead started in mid-2005.[29] Valve aimed to create a horror film-inspired game that merges single player games' character-driven narrative structure with multiplayer games' social interaction and high replayability.^ Start a single player game.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ In the single-Player campaign mode, this will result in a dead game.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead is a short, awesome game.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[8] .The game was first revealed in the Christmas 2006 publication of PC Gamer UK with a six-page article describing a playthrough at Valve's headquarters.^ "Valve Software's latest attempt at improving your PC gaming experience, dubbed "Steam Cloud," will go live alongside the first public demo of zombie shooter Left 4 Dead on November 6.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Well speaking as a console Gamer first and a PC Gamer never, I was looking at it from a 360 perspective.

^ If you pick up the game quickly, you may well get 300-400 worth of achievements on your first four playthroughs.

A teaser was released with The Orange Box. The game was first playable at the Showdown 2007 LAN in San Jose and at QuakeCon 2007. .Turtle Rock Studios announced Left 4 Dead on November 20, 2006,[30] and was acquired by Valve Corporation on January 10, 2008, because of the game and long-standing relationship between the companies.^ Turtle Rock Studios and Valve's next hit zombie game, Left 4 Dead had a release date of Nov 4th.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve laughs at PS3 Left 4 Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ November 30, 2008 .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[31] The game opened up to pre-purchasing on Valve's Steam system on October 15, 2008.[32]
.To give Left 4 Dead significant exposure, Valve financed a $10-million marketing campaign for the game in the United States and Europe, with advertisements appearing on television, print, websites and outdoor placements in many cities.^ Valve laughs at PS3 Left 4 Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "Straight from the horse's mouth comes word that the upcoming DLC pack for Valve's Left 4 Dead is to be free of charge.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Turtle Rock Studios and Valve's next hit zombie game, Left 4 Dead had a release date of Nov 4th.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

Valve also hosted photo contests called, "Dude, where's my thumb?" offering copies of .Left 4 Dead to people who submitted the best picture involving zombies or the outdoor advertising.^ Login or register to post comments Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband Submitted by Magic - October 15, 2009 at 4:23 am -0500 What agendas?
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

^ "Valve announced plans to update its co-op zombie shooter Left 4 Dead (PC, X360) today, revealing that a "Survival Pack" will be released this spring.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband Submitted by Magic - October 14, 2009 at 9:30 am -0500 Truly, much ado over nothing.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

[33]

Development

.Left 4 Dead uses the latest version of Valve's Source engine, with improvements such as multi-core processor support and physics-based animation to more realistically portray hair and clothing, and to improve physics interaction with enemies when shot or shoved in different body parts.^ Are you using the latest version of PPJoy?
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Try using the latest version.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ They’re using wiimotes to play Left 4 Dead on a PC (using a television for the monitor, obviously), far more impressive.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[34] Animation was also improved to allow characters to lean realistically when moving in curved paths. .Rendering and artificial intelligence were scaled up to allow for a greater number of enemies who can navigate the world in better ways, such as climbing, jumping, or breaking obstacles.^ The second way up is on the outside, by jumping up the spools and climbing a short ladder.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ I (unfortunately) had a few games with folks who though they could split up, set off alarms and generally take on the world.

^ Last year, QuakeCon featured a number of upcoming games, such as World in Conflict from Sierra and Left 4 Dead from Valve.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[35][36] Lighting was enhanced with new self-shadowing normal mapping and advanced shadow rendering that is important to convey information about the environment and player actions.[8][37] Wet surfaces and fog are used to create mood.[38][39] Many kinds of post processing cinematic visual effects inspired by horror movies have been added to the game. There is dynamic color correction that accentuates details based on importance, contrast and sharpening to focus attention on critical areas, film grain to expose details or imply details in dark areas and vignetting to evoke tension and a horror-film look.[8]
Before and after the application of cinematic effects
.Left 4 Dead underwent many phases of development; influenced by playtesting, Valve removed many of the features that were originally in the game.^ Valve laughs at PS3 Left 4 Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve sells some DLC for the original game just before the sequel comes out and they think they've won?
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve has released a short and sweet spot advertising the game featuring the track 'Electric Worry' by Clutch.
  • DailyGamesNews.com: New Left 4 Dead 2 TV Advert Features Track By Clutch 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC dailygamesnews.com [Source type: General]

.In the initial phases, there was another special infected, called the "screamer", which had no attacks but upon spotting a survivor would run to a safe place and then emit a loud scream that attracted a horde of infected.^ Note: More likely than not, there will be an infected attack of some sort in this area.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ I also would like to add that there’s a program called Pinnacle Game Profiler that has support for the Wii (no sensor bar support) but all the buttons and motion sensing stuff.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Note: Special infected will not be attracted to pipe bombs.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

This infected class was removed, but its ability to attract the horde was incorporated into the boomer's vomit.[40] .A persistent merit/demerit system was envisioned to provide positive feedback for good behavior, such as aiding a fallen teammate; and negative feedback for poor behavior, such as shooting a teammate.^ The NovInt Falcon provided a ton of 3-dimensional force feedback queues such as recoil when shooting and a sludgy feeling after being slimed by..."
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.This would provide a score to rank a player's effectiveness as a teammate,[41] but this system was removed late in the development of the game in favor of immediate, non-persistent feedback displayed in-game.^ "During Christmas I visited 3 different EB Games stores around town to find that they have all removed PC Games from their wall displays.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ L4D2 is announced and they immediately assumed that Valve would completely turn their backs on the original game.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

^ NovInt's Falcon with Pistol Grip Provides Game Feedback Queues in Left4Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.Another significant element removed was a long introduction between campaigns; because the game is designed for replayability, it was difficult to hold the player's attention for repeated viewings of cut scenes, so they were dropped in favor of a sparse narrative.^ Video-games are designed so the player has fun.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Dubbed Crash Course, the DLC adds new single-player, multiplayer and co-op content to the game and will bridge the gap between the "No Mercy" and "Death Toll" campaigns."
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[42] .Also, the game started out with one big city design with many routes for the survivors, but playtesters were confused when they began to play, and later they always chose the same route; ultimately Valve cut the city maps into the first "No Mercy" and "Dead Air" campaigns.^ For some reason they’re not recognized when the game first starts.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Then when it's over they have the same positions they started in.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Ditches Dismemberment, Secures OFLC Rating | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Valve sells some DLC for the original game just before the sequel comes out and they think they've won?
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

[43]
.Certain Affinity assisted Valve with the Xbox 360 version of the game.^ Xbox 360 Games .
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve offering free L4D DLC, Microsoft charging for 360 version .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "Valve has revealed that a new patch is now available for the Xbox 360 version of Left 4 Dead.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[44] .The Xbox 360 version of Left 4 Dead has the same game modes as the PC version but has additional features such as support for Split screen, allowing for two players to play offline and online from the same console,[45] and System Link play.^ Xbox 360 Games On Demand (22) .
  • DailyGamesNews.com: New Left 4 Dead 2 TV Advert Features Track By Clutch 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC dailygamesnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Xbox 360 Games .
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Additional information on warnings and removal of warnings may be available through your browser's support feature.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Preview | SPIKE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

[46] .Split-screen mode can also be achieved on the PC version, but it requires console commands and may require the modification of controller configuration files; and it is not officially supported by Valve.^ No this is possible why you can use the wiimote on the pc and the splitscreen on the pc you can do with a file and with a command in the console !!!!
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ GODDAMMIT, THEY CONNECTED WIIMOTES TO THE PC VIA BLUETOOTH THAN SET UP THE CONTROLS FOR THEM THEN TYPED IN THE COMMAND FOR SPLITSCREEN IN THE CONSOLE. there are console commands for everything, including spawning witches and bosses and such.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[47] .Both versions of the game have a new matchmaking system to simplify the process of finding other players.^ I am not willing to pay for a new game that's going to take players away from the original.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

^ I mean really what's the point of even making a zombie (or any other) game if you're going to easily bend to the will of an archaic classification system?
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Ditches Dismemberment, Secures OFLC Rating | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[8][48] .This new server management system was met with a negative reaction from PC server operators, who, with this system, had very little control over their servers.^ I’ve managed to resolve this for Left 4 Dead 2 (and presumably also L4D?) by changing the value after joy_advaxisr to 0, and the value after joy_advaxisv to 2 (I found that, on my system, pitch is actually controlled by the v-axis, not the r-axis).
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This led to Valve releasing a series of patches that allowed server operators to remove their server from the matchmaking "pool" of servers or make private servers.^ "Apparently, Valve has patched Left 4 Dead game servers to disallow the recent cheating to continue.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[49] .Valve runs dedicated servers for both versions of the game.^ "Apparently, Valve has patched Left 4 Dead game servers to disallow the recent cheating to continue.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[45][50]

Promotion

To promote the game and provide basic training to players before starting the game, Valve chose to develop a pre-rendered intro movie. .This movie was released on Halloween[51] and shows events prior to the beginning of the "No Mercy" campaign.^ Congratulations, you have finished the "No Mercy" campaign!
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ YouTube: Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 2 - No Mercy - The Apartments (time: 4:51) You start off on the rooftop of an apartment building.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

[52] .Valve chose an intro movie over in-game training mechanics because they wanted the players to be immediately dropped into a zombie apocalypse.^ L4D2 is announced and they immediately assumed that Valve would completely turn their backs on the original game.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve has a great reputation with most of their fans, because of how interacts with them, this includes how they release their DLC. .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

^ Then, refused to believe Valve when they said they were still releasing DLC for L4D, because it would invalidate the main crux of their complaint.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

.Valve later detailed in their official Left 4 Dead blog how they designed the movie, from an intentionally very basic animation in the beginning of July 2008 to the final result for the launch of the game.^ Left 4 Dead survival mode detailed .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve laughs at PS3 Left 4 Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "In every way, Left 4 Dead is an homage to cult zombie movies like Dawn of the Dead and Night of the Living Dead.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[52]
.Early access to the Left 4 Dead demo for people who pre-ordered the game began on November 6, 2008, for both Windows and Xbox 360. It gave users access to both online and single-player play in two "scenes" in one "movie" within the game.^ Start a single player game.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You can use it for one or two players.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Xbox 360 Games .
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.This promotion was being offered in addition to the ten percent savings for those who pre-order and applies to all Steam Windows pre-orders and all Windows and Xbox 360 pre-orders from GameStop and EB Games in North America.^ Xbox 360 Games .
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ "This being a Sunday, today’s weekly feature will be a light-hearted addition, in the form of the widely popular Top Ten list.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ All week long, we'll be counting down the Top 25 Xbox 360 Games money can buy.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[53] .On November 11, the Left 4 Dead demo was made available to all Windows and Xbox 360 gamers worldwide.^ Close Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC | Game review | Technology | The Guardian 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC | Game review | Technology | The Guardian 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The Left 4 Dead 2 demo is go.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Is Unlocked | Rock, Paper, Shotgun 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rockpapershotgun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[54] The Left 4 Dead demo was removed for both the Xbox 360 and Windows after the game's release on November 18, 2008.
The demo had many server problems when it launched, primarily Valve's strategy for server management which made it impossible to set up a dedicated private server with administrator controls.[55] .However, a stream of patches led to the availability of a server browser and basic private server functionality as well as Valve's acknowledgment of player concerns.^ "Valve has revealed that a new patch is now available for the Xbox 360 version of Left 4 Dead.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ There may be portions of our Site, content, functionality or features ( e.g, digital streaming media player(s)) (" Viral Features ") that we make available to users for your personal use.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Preview | SPIKE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ "Apparently, Valve has patched Left 4 Dead game servers to disallow the recent cheating to continue.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[55] .It appears that a patch released just before the game itself has resolved many of the connection issues that demo players were having.^ Valve sells some DLC for the original game just before the sequel comes out and they think they've won?
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

^ I shouldn’t have to be an amazing player just to stick around in a game for longer than four-to-seven minutes.
  • Destructoid - Destructoid impressions: Left 4 Dead Survival Pack 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Only the game itself can confirm these campaigns are in or not when it is released.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - PC Perspective Forums 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC forums.pcper.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[56]
.On May 1, 2009, the game was released freely via Steam as a one-day trial called "Freaky Free Friday". The trial was then extended to end on Saturday.^ After all, you have a complete video on how to acquire steam games for free… as apposed to just buying them.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A user may cancel one or more services via his or her wireless device at any time by using the unsubscribe mechanism provided by Spike at the time the message is sent, or by sending a text message that says "STOP", "END", "CANCEL", "REMOVE", "UNSUBSCRIBE" or "QUIT".
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Preview | SPIKE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ Sget this game free on day of releasecheck out my profile to see how .
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[57]

Release

.Left 4 Dead went gold on November 13, 2008, and was released on November 18, 2008, in North America; and on November 21, 2008, in Europe to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the release of Half-Life.^ The Bender Podcast Ep 21 - Left 4 Dead, VGXPO, eBay, Consoles going away!?
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "Valve announced plans to update its co-op zombie shooter Left 4 Dead (PC, X360) today, revealing that a "Survival Pack" will be released this spring.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "The survival-horror themed shooter Left 4 Dead is coming along nicely and is set to hit Xbox 360 and PC platforms on November 4, 2008.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[58][59]
.Valve released a server patch in December 2008 to stop players on Xbox Live from using PC-style cheats.^ This is a detailed walkthrough for the single-player campaign of Valve's Xbox 360 and PC first-person shooter Left 4 Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

[60] .A spokesperson from Valve said, "The fix is designed to halt the cheating behavior on the dedicated servers, which accounts for the majority of the co-op and versus modes of play."^ In addition to single-player campaign and multiplayer co-op, Left 4 Dead also features a competitive versus mode in which four players take the role of Survivors and four others control Infected.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes .
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[61]

After release

.Similar to Team Fortress 2, Valve intends to support the PC and Xbox 360 version of the game through free content updates.^ Xbox 360 Games On Demand (22) .
  • DailyGamesNews.com: New Left 4 Dead 2 TV Advert Features Track By Clutch 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC dailygamesnews.com [Source type: General]

^ Xbox 360 Games .
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ GameCube st iPhone st Nintendo DS st Nintendo Wii st PC st PlayStation 2 st PlayStation 3 st Sony PSP st Xbox st Xbox 360 st GameCube st iPhone st Nintendo DS st Nintendo Wii st PC st PlayStation 2 st PlayStation 3 st Sony PSP st Xbox st Xbox 360 st GameCube st iPhone st Nintendo DS st Nintendo Wii st PC st PlayStation 2 st PlayStation 3 st Sony PSP st Xbox st Xbox 360 st GameCube st iPhone st Nintendo DS st Nintendo Wii st PC st PlayStation 2 st PlayStation 3 st Sony PSP st Xbox st Xbox 360 st GameCube st iPhone st Nintendo DS st Nintendo Wii st PC st PlayStation 2 st PlayStation 3 st Sony PSP st Xbox st Xbox 360 st GameCube st iPhone st Nintendo DS st Nintendo Wii st PC st PlayStation 2 st PlayStation 3 st Sony PSP st Xbox st Xbox 360 st GameCube st iPhone st Nintendo DS st Nintendo Wii st PC st PlayStation 2 st PlayStation 3 st Sony PSP st Xbox st Xbox 360 st GameCube st iPhone st Nintendo DS st Nintendo Wii st PC st PlayStation 2 st PlayStation 3 st Sony PSP st Xbox st Xbox 360 st GameCube st iPhone st Nintendo DS st Nintendo Wii st PC st PlayStation 2 st PlayStation 3 st Sony PSP st Xbox st Xbox 360 st GameCube st iPhone st Nintendo DS st Nintendo Wii st PC st PlayStation 2 st PlayStation 3 st Sony PSP st Xbox st Xbox 360 .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Preview | SPIKE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

[62] .On a podcast by Kotaku, writer Chet Faliszek divulged that an announcement regarding DLC for the PC and Xbox 360 would be released "very soon", and that the announcement was delayed by the holiday season.^ Xbox 360 2009 Releases (1) .
  • DailyGamesNews.com: New Left 4 Dead 2 TV Advert Features Track By Clutch 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC dailygamesnews.com [Source type: General]

^ PC XBOX 360 Misc .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ PC XBOX 360 .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.On February 5, 2009, Valve released details about the upcoming downloadable content pack.^ "Valve announced plans to update its co-op zombie shooter Left 4 Dead (PC, X360) today, revealing that a "Survival Pack" will be released this spring.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "A few details on the Survival Pack DLC for Valve's multiplayer zombie shooter Left 4 Dead have squeaked out following its cryptic announcement last week.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "A note from Valve Software this morning reveals that it will unleash the second round of downloadable content for Left 4 Dead on September 29th.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.The two full campaigns of "Death Toll" and "Dead Air" for versus mode—which were previously unavailable—are included, as well as the survival game mode, where the survivors try to survive endless waves of the infected for as long as possible.^ Once every Survivor is on, you will finish the Dead Air campaign!
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Cranapple - Left 4 Dead 2 - Left 4 Dead 2, valve, video game exit theater mode Welcome, Guest .
  • Revision3 > Best Of... > Cranapple - Left 4 Dead 2 - Left 4 Dead 2, valve, video game 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC revision3.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ YouTube: Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 8 - Death Toll - The Drains (Time: 6:28) Pick up supplies and go up the stairs to the safe room door.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.On February 11, 2009, Valve announced that the downloadable content for the game would be free for both the Xbox 360 and PC;[63] and on April 21, it was released.^ PC XBOX 360 Misc .
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^ PC XBOX 360 E3 2009 Company .
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^ The game is currently scheduled for release on PC and 360 only."
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[64] .Survival mode shipped with 16 maps, 15 of them being modified portions of existing maps and one being a new lighthouse-themed level titled "The Last Stand".[28] A Game Of the Year Edition of Left 4 Dead was released on the PC and Xbox 360 on May 12, 2009 with updates and new content included on the disc.^ Xbox 360 Games .
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^ The writer of "Still Alive" slipped his new song into Left 4 Dead 2.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Preview | SPIKE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

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[1]
.On May 15, 2009 an open beta test for the Source Development Kit updated to support Left 4 Dead was started under the name of the "Left 4 Dead Authoring tools". This included a new set of plugins that allowed for users to import data from SketchUp, a free 3D modeling program, directly into the Hammer level editor for use in maps.^ Your user name and password are personal to you and you may not allow any others to use your user name or password under any circumstances.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Preview | SPIKE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ "Namely: What exactly are we getting with Left 4 Dead?
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^ The writer of "Still Alive" slipped his new song into Left 4 Dead 2.
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[65] .The beta was concluded on June 25, 2009 with the full release of the Left 4 Dead authoring tools and corresponding server and matchmaking update to support custom maps.^ "Apparently, Valve has patched Left 4 Dead game servers to disallow the recent cheating to continue.
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^ UGO: Dawn of the Left 4 Dead - Zack's Dawn of the Dead Mall soon to be playable Map!
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.The update included a command line tool for packaging custom Left 4 Dead campaigns to ease distribution.^ "Valve announced plans to update its co-op zombie shooter Left 4 Dead (PC, X360) today, revealing that a "Survival Pack" will be released this spring.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ This is a detailed walkthrough for the single-player campaign of Valve's Xbox 360 and PC first-person shooter Left 4 Dead .
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^ "Many peoples selection for “Game of the Year”, Valve’s Left 4 Dead, received a free Title Update on the Xbox360 last night.
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[66]
.A sequel, Left 4 Dead 2, was announced at the 2009 E3 conference and was released November 17, 2009.[67] Addressing concerns voiced by fans, Gabe Newell responded to an email from Kotaku explaining that despite the upcoming sequel, Left 4 Dead would continue to be supported and more content is planned in the coming months.^ Left 4 Dead 2 - E3 09: Gameplay 2 .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Preview | SPIKE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead is rumoured to be coming to the PS3.
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^ A live demonstration of Left 4 Dead 2 on the E3 2009 show floor.
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[68]
.On August 4, 2009, Valve announced the second DLC pack.^ "Valve announced plans to update its co-op zombie shooter Left 4 Dead (PC, X360) today, revealing that a "Survival Pack" will be released this spring.
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^ "A few details on the Survival Pack DLC for Valve's multiplayer zombie shooter Left 4 Dead have squeaked out following its cryptic announcement last week.
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^ "Straight from the horse's mouth comes word that the upcoming DLC pack for Valve's Left 4 Dead is to be free of charge.
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.It contains a new campaign called Crash Course, set shortly after the events of the No Mercy campaign, available for co-op, versus and survival modes, with various tweaks to game mechanics, and containing new locations and character dialog.^ Dubbed Crash Course, the DLC adds new single-player, multiplayer and co-op content to the game and will bridge the gap between the "No Mercy" and "Death Toll" campaigns."
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^ The DLC will include a new multiplayer mode titled Survival, as well as two complete campaigns for the game's existing Versus Mode.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "Valve announced plans to update its co-op zombie shooter Left 4 Dead (PC, X360) today, revealing that a "Survival Pack" will be released this spring.
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[69][70][71] The DLC was announced to be released on September 29, 2009,[72] on which date it was released for free for PC, but was accidentally released on Xbox Live for 800 Microsoft Points instead of the previously announced price of 560 Microsoft Points. The price was amended soon after, and all players who bought the DLC for 800 points were refunded 240 points.[73]
.On November 9, 2009, a matchmaking update to allow for matchmaking between teams of four players in versus mode was released.^ In addition to single-player campaign and multiplayer co-op, Left 4 Dead also features a competitive versus mode in which four players take the role of Survivors and four others control Infected.
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[74][75]
.An add-on campaign for Left 4 Dead 2, "The Passing", will feature the Left 4 Dead survivors meeting the new cast as part of a full campaign.^ The writer of "Still Alive" slipped his new song into Left 4 Dead 2.
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^ Once every Survivor is on, you will finish the Dead Air campaign!
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^ Multiplayer co-operative first-person shooter Four Survivors fight their way through hordes of zombies Campaign has four scenarios: No Mercy, Blood Harvest, Dead Air and Death Toll Each scenario has five parts Available on Xbox 360 and PC Steam: Left 4 Dead .
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The Left 4 Dead 2 content is set to release in March 2010, but about a month after that, Valve plans on releasing a new add-on campaign for Left 4 Dead that provides a prequel of the events in "The Passing".[76]
.In March 2010, Valve announced that it would be bringing the Steam content platform to Mac OS X computers; along with it, they will be providing native versions of existing Valve games including Left 4 Dead and its sequel.^ Valve laughs at PS3 Left 4 Dead .
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^ Distributor Electronic Arts told the website that it still holds out hope that the resubmitted full version of the game would receive classification and that is the version it would still prefer to release.
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^ Valve sells some DLC for the original game just before the sequel comes out and they think they've won?
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.The games will support cross-platform play, allowing Mac players to play alongside PC players on the same servers, and will also be part of it's "Steam Play" cross-compatible and Steam Cloud titles, allowing a player that has purchased the game on one platform to download and play it on the other platform for free.^ Eventually Valve also plans to use the service to give players a convenient repository for player-created game footage and screenshots, and to automatically download dr..."
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^ Most gamers readily admit that Resident Evil 4 is a great game, but no one is trying to defend it as a survival horror title.
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^ Steam users will be pleased (or wary) to hear that the service will allow gamers to upload game saves and settings to Valve's online service.
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Reception

 Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 89 (Xbox 360 and PC)[78][79]
Metacritic 89 (PC and Xbox 360)[80]
[81]
Review scores
Publication Score
Edge 9/10
Electronic Gaming Monthly A- A A+ [82]
Eurogamer 9/10[83]
Famitsu 35/40[84]
Game Informer 9.25/10
GameSpot 8.5/10[26]
GameSpy 4.5/5[85]
IGN 9.0/10[86]
Official Xbox Magazine 9.5/10
PC Gamer UK 93%[87]
TeamXbox 9.1/10[88]
X-Play 5/5[89]
Giant Bomb 4/5[90]

Critical reception

.Left 4 Dead received mostly positive praise from critics and universal praise from public community mostly from Metacritic,[91] with an aggregated score of 89 percent on Game Rankings and 89 percent on Metacritic.^ The Left 4 Dead - Four Pack was marked down to $89.00.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "Let's get this out of the way right off the bat; Left 4 Dead is an absolutely incredible game and needs to be in any gamer's collection (provided that you are of age).
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^ "Valve Software's latest attempt at improving your PC gaming experience, dubbed "Steam Cloud," will go live alongside the first public demo of zombie shooter Left 4 Dead on November 6.
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IGN stated, "It's almost pitch perfect in how it captures the tension and the action of a Hollywood zombie movie", and went on to describe it as, "quite possibly the perfect co-op shooter."[86] Giant Bomb commented that the Source engine was beginning to show its age, but praised the game's use of lighting and filmic effects that gives the game world, "a desolate, washed-out feeling", as well as the realistic and emotive faces and the engrossing art direction.[90] Eurogamer concluded that Left 4 Dead "is another deeply professional, personality-filled and progressive take on the shooter from Valve."[83] Both IGN and Gamespot praised the game's replayability, but Gamespot criticized the "limited map selection" that could "sometimes feel a bit repetitious".[26][86] Gamespy noted the lack of an overall narrative between the campaigns was disappointing.[85] .However, some reviewers praised its faithfulness to the zombie film genre,[92][93][94] including the "deliberately ambiguous" back-story,[95] and the amount of characterization and emotion brought by each of the four survivors.^ So, with the popularity of the zombie film genre these days it only made sense that developers were going to try their hand at bringing them across to the gaming platfor..."
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^ However, be prepared to fight off some zombies.
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[96] TeamXbox commented that clipping issues hurt the otherwise "incredibly good" visual experience.[88] Hideo Kojima, creator of the Metal Gear series declared in an interview to 1UP.com that he was "addicted to the game", which was, in his view, one of the "core titles made with movie-industry people that explore the depths of hi-def".[97]

Sales

.On October 28, 2008, Valve reported that preorders for Left 4 Dead had beaten those of The Orange Box by 95 percent after the Steam pre-order was launched.^ Valve laughs at PS3 Left 4 Dead .
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^ Login or register to post comments Re: Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband Submitted by FlakAttack - October 16, 2009 at 2:32 am -0500 Check the comments on the steam group.
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[98] .On November 21, 2008, the day of the game's release in Europe, Valve issued a press release stating that Left 4 Dead had exceeded the pre-order numbers of The Orange Box by over 160 percent.^ This is a detailed walkthrough for the single-player campaign of Valve's Xbox 360 and PC first-person shooter Left 4 Dead .
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^ Valve never said they weren't going to continue supporting the original Left 4 Dead.
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^ The group was angered over what they termed Valve’s abandonment of the original Left 4 Dead game, which they expected more updates and content for, versus Valve’s decision to launch a new version of the game.
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[99] .The Xbox 360 version of Left 4 Dead was the seventh best-selling game of December 2008 in the United States, selling in excess of 629,000 copies.^ Xbox 360 Games On Demand (22) .
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^ Xbox 360 Games .
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^ "Let's get this out of the way right off the bat; Left 4 Dead is an absolutely incredible game and needs to be in any gamer's collection (provided that you are of age).
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[100] On February 3, Electronic Arts revealed that Left 4 Dead had sold 1.8 million copies, excluding Steam and worldwide sales figures.[101] .On March 26, Mike Booth revealed that the game had exceeded 2.5 million sales at retail during a presentation at the Game Developers Conference 2009.[102] On September 24, Valve announced that almost 3 million copies of the game had been sold.^ L4D2 is announced and they immediately assumed that Valve would completely turn their backs on the original game.
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^ October 14, 2009 A group of gamers angry at Valve Software over the development of Left 4 Dead 2 are poised to disband their boycott group.
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[103]

Awards

.Left 4 Dead received recognition as one of the best multiplayer and PC games of 2008 from various organizations and gaming publications.^ PC Games to Look Out for in 2008 .
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^ "Left 4 Dead IS one of the greatest multiplayer games ever made" - SlapStic.com .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "Let's get this out of the way right off the bat; Left 4 Dead is an absolutely incredible game and needs to be in any gamer's collection (provided that you are of age).
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.The game was named the Best Multiplayer Game of 2008 by IGN,[104][105] GameSpy,[106] Spike TV,[107] NoFrag[108] and BAFTA;[109] and as the Computer Game of the Year by the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences (AIAS),[110] Spike TV, and Bit-tech.^ Games of the Year 2008 .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ "After 12 months of playing and enjoying as many games as possible, it’s time to take a break, look back and choose the best of the best - the best 10 games of the year 2008.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Recently Stephen Totillo, of MTV Multiplayer, posted up a portion of his participation in Shawn Elliot’s Game Reviews Symposium where he compares game reviews to book, TV, and movie reviews.
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[111] .Other awards include Outstanding Achievement in Online Gameplay from the AIAS, Best Use of Sound for the PC[112] and Best Shooting[113] game overall from IGN, Father of All FPS from Nofrag, and the best Cooperative Multiplayer[114] and Shooter[115] of 2008 from GameSpot who also nominated it for game of the year.^ Games of the Year 2008 .
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^ The game includes the Survival Pack, as well as Authoring Tools in the Game of the Year Edition.
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^ A demo of the zombie multiplayer shooter will be available for both the 360 and PC versions."
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See also

References

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  2. ^ BBFC rating of Left 4 Dead
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  23. ^ Valve Corporation. Left 4 Dead. PC. Level/area: No Mercy (developer commentary). (2008) "Tim Larkin: We took several steps to keep the music interesting enough that the players would be inclined to keep it on as they play. We keep it changing so it won't become tedious; to this end, we created a music director that runs alongside the AI director, tracking the player's experience rather than their emotional state. We keep the music appropriate to each player's situation and highly personalized. The music engine in Left 4 Dead has a complete client-side, multi-track system per player that is completely unique to that player and can even be monitored by the spectators. Since some of the fun of Left 4 Dead is watching your friends when you're dead, we thought it was important to hear their personal soundtrack as well. This feature is unique to Left 4 Dead."
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  34. ^ Valve Corporation. Left 4 Dead. PC. Level/area: No Mercy: The Hospital (developer commentary). (2008) "Miles Estes: Since killing zombies is such a big part of this game, we invested a lot of time into making their death animations more dramatic than simple ragdolls. We had a professional stuntman on the motion capture stage perform about a hundred different dying animations from different kinds of weapons and hit from different directions, like from the front or behind. We then combined these mo-cap animations with the physics-driven ragdolls."
  35. ^ Valve Corporation. Left 4 Dead. PC. Level/area: No Mercy: The Apartments (developer commentary). (2008) "Phil Robb: We treat the infected horde as a major character in Left 4 Dead, and spend a lot of effort in making their movements believable. This includes hundreds of motion-captured animations that are algorithmically blended with the physics system to create characters that realistically interact with their environment and each other. ... When they see a survivor, they become enraged, taking off at a full sprint, leaning into their turns, jumping and climbing over everything in their way, trying to get to their victim. We wanted to express this rage in their faces as well, so we found efficient ways for each member of the horde to make intense facial expressions."
  36. ^ Valve Corporation. Left 4 Dead. PC. Level/area: No Mercy: The Subway (developer commentary). (2008) "Matt Campbell: Although it sounds ridiculous to talk about advanced zombie AI, we spent a great deal of time on the AI systems for the common horde. First and foremost is their ability to navigate. The environments in Left 4 Dead are geometrically complex, and littered with breakable and movable objects. One of the design goals for the zombie horde was that there can never be a place where a survivor can stand that a zombie cannot navigate to. To make this happen required not only robust path-finding code, but also path-following algorithms as well. These path followers have to continuously evaluate the local geometry around them, and decide whether to crouch, stand, jump, climb over, and otherwise navigate nearly-arbitrary environmental obstacles."
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Left 4 Dead
Box artwork for Left 4 Dead.
Developer(s) Valve Corporation
Publisher(s) Valve Corporation
Engine Source
Release date(s)
Genre(s) First person shooter
System(s) Windows, Steam, Xbox 360
Rating(s)
BBFC: 18
ESRB: Mature
OFLC: Mature Accompanied & Restricted
PEGI: Ages 18+
USK: Ages 18+
Followed by Left 4 Dead 2
Series Left 4 Dead
.This is the first game in the Left 4 Dead series.^ Tags: game valve left 4 dead .
  • Left 4 Dead Game port setup 17 September 2009 0:00 UTC forums.comodo.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead First Impressions [ 56 ] .
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^ Left 4 Dead + Great concept and great game!
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For other games in the series see the Left 4 Dead category.
.Left 4 Dead is a co-operative, survival horror, first-person shooter game by Turtle Rock Studios, who were purchased by the Valve Corporation part way into development.^ Left 4 Dead survival mode detailed .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Survival mode is the same as Left 4 Dead left it.
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^ Installing the plugin into Left 4 Dead .

.The game uses the Source game engine, and is available for Windows-based personal computers and the Xbox 360.^ All Xbox 360 Video Games .
  • Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead Xbox 360, | GamesRadar 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamesradar.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ More Xbox 360 Games .
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^ Xbox 360 Games of Fall 2009 .
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.Left 4 Dead puts four human playable or AI-controlled Survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive "Infected" (zombies).^ The zombies in Left 4 Dead are amazingly fast.
  • Left 4 Dead Hands-on Preview - Left 4 Dead 411 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC left4dead411.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead consists of four human playable or AI controlled survivors fight against the aggressive zombies just like a fictional movie which the players (survivor) as a star.
  • Left 4 Dead Preview - Survival Tips and Tricks - Technology Tips and Tricks 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.technologytricks.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead pits 4 human Survivors against 4 human or AI controlled boss infected, which with the help of dozens upon dozens of the AI-controlled infected horde, try their hardest to make the Survivors fail.
  • Left 4 Dead Hands-on Preview - Left 4 Dead 411 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC left4dead411.com [Source type: General]

.These Infected are controlled by an AI that dynamically balances difficulty and mood depending on the players' progress and situation.^ These Infected are controlled by an AI that dynamically balances difficulty and mood depending on the players' progress and situation.
  • Left 4 Dead - GCF Files - Gamespace 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC forums.gamespace.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ On the other hand, the zombies are controlled by an AI can automatically change the difficulty level and mood depending on the situation and players progress.
  • Left 4 Dead Preview - Survival Tips and Tricks - Technology Tips and Tricks 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.technologytricks.com [Source type: General]

^ The Infected are controlled by an AI that dynamically balances difficulty and mood depending on the players’ progress and situation.
  • Review: Left 4 Dead Delivers Definitive Team Zombie War | GameLife | Wired.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

.In an alternate game mode, human players can control up to four different Infected with special abilities and cooperate to stop the Survivor players.^ Versus mode is back and allows four players to play as the survivors while four others play as the Special Infected.
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^ Players play as either the survivors or infected.
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^ Mode players may play as a Survivor or as one of four types of Boss Infected.
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.From Wikia Gaming, your source for walkthroughs, games, guides, and more!^ With more features than a normal guide, such as videos and images, MyCheats' SuperGuides are an easy way to share your strategies with the community.
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^ The point is, there's a bit more replayability to this game as your experience with each chapter/level will not be exactly the same on subsequent plays, especially with different humans playing with you.
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^ The game is supposed to be very dark, when the only lightsource is your flashlight and other small light sources.
  • Left 4 Dead Strategy Guide and Tweaks : Clutch Kills – FPS Gaming tips, strategies, guides for Team Fortress 2, Counter-Strike, Quake and COD4 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.clutchkills.com [Source type: General]

Left 4 Dead

Developer(s) Turtle Rock Studios
Publisher(s) Valve
Engine Source Engine
Release date Steam:
November 18, 2008
Retail & Xbox 360:
November 18, 2008 (NA)
November 21, 2008 (EU)
Genre Survival horror
Mode(s) 1-8 players (4 survivors + 4 infected)
Age rating(s) ESRB: RP
Platform(s) Windows, Xbox 360
Credits | Soundtrack | Codes | Walkthrough
.Left 4 Dead is a co-operative, survival horror, first-person shooter game by Valve Corporation.^ Left 4 Dead survival mode detailed .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Survival mode is the same as Left 4 Dead left it.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Review | Game Rant 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC gamerant.com [Source type: General]

^ Tags: game valve left 4 dead .
  • Left 4 Dead Game port setup 17 September 2009 0:00 UTC forums.comodo.com [Source type: General]

.The game uses the Source game engine, and is available for Windows-based personal computers and the Xbox 360.^ More Xbox 360 Games .
  • Left 4 Dead: Left 4 Dead - GC 2008: Tank Trailer - Now Streaming 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.360-hq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ XBOX 360 Used LEFT 4 DEAD video game .
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^ This mod is supported by every game available by Xbox 360.

.Left 4 Dead puts four human playable or AI controlled survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive "Infected" zombies in a cinematic backdrop in which the players "star" as each character in a fictional movie.^ Left 4 Dead fan movie trailer .
  • Left 4 Dead Video Game | Reviews, Trailers & Interviews | GameTrailers.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gametrailers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Will the characters controlled by AI do the same?
  • FAZED - Left 4 Dead 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.fazed.org [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead puts four human playable or AI controlled survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive “Infected” zombies in a cinematic backdrop in which the players “star” as each character in a fictional movie.
  • Review: Left 4 Dead Delivers Definitive Team Zombie War | GameLife | Wired.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

.The Survivors' goal is to help each other make it through various scenarios to safety.^ The Survivors’ goal is to help each other make it through various scenarios to safety.
  • Review: Left 4 Dead Delivers Definitive Team Zombie War | GameLife | Wired.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

^ May 14, 2008 Escape the zombies and take on other survivors in deathmatch, and discover how the AI will make sure to keep the experience dynamic and fresh.
  • Left 4 Dead Video Game | Reviews, Trailers & Interviews | GameTrailers.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gametrailers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Dead Air - The survivors make their way across rooftops before going through an airport with the hope of being rescued by a plane.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

.The Infected are controlled by an AI that dynamically balances difficulty and mood depending on the players' progress and situation.^ These Infected are controlled by an AI that dynamically balances difficulty and mood depending on the players' progress and situation.
  • Left 4 Dead - GCF Files - Gamespace 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC forums.gamespace.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It does have "procedural AI" that adapts the experience to the situation and tries to keep the players in an "OMFG state" ;) But...
  • Left 4 Dead Interview | Eurogamer 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.eurogamer.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead Series Left 4 Dead puts four human playable or AI-controlled Survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive "Infected" (zombies).
  • Left 4 Dead - GCF Files - Gamespace 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC forums.gamespace.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In an alternate game mode, human players can control up to four different monsters with special abilities and cooperate to stop the Survivor players.^ It's a different game when you're up against human controlled boss monsters.

^ Two teams of up to four players each compete for points in this mode.
  • Left 4 Dead Review for Xbox 360 - GameSpot 17 September 2009 0:00 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: General]

^ Four different Survivors.
  • http://www.play.com/Games/Xbox360/4-/10287959/Left-4-Dead-2/Product.html 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.play.com [Source type: General]

.It was released on November 18, 2008 in the United States and November 21, 2008 in Europe to coincide with the tenth anniversary of the release of Half-Life.^ By Nate Ralph November 21, 2008 .
  • Review: Left 4 Dead Delivers Definitive Team Zombie War | GameLife | Wired.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

^ Release Date: November 17, 2008 .
  • Left 4 Dead (pc) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

^ November 18, 2008 .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[1][2] A five-minute trailer was released on Halloween.[3] .A playable demo was made available on November 6 for pre-purchasers and on November 11 for the general public.^ Left 4 Dead Demo November 6th for Pre-orders .
  • Left 4 Dead | STARFEEDER | StarCraft & Starcraft 2 news 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC starfeeder.gameriot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ For those who did not preorder the game the demo was made available on November 11th, 2008 for both the PC and Xbox 360.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ With a demo just a couple of weeks away and Steam pre-orders available now we are in crunch time when it comes to slaughtering zombies as the game is only a month away.
  • Left 4 Dead | STARFEEDER | StarCraft & Starcraft 2 news 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC starfeeder.gameriot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The playable demo was closed on November 18, 2008. The demo contained the first one and a half out of five maps of the "No Mercy" campaign and was playable in both single player and multi-player.^ I played the single player part of the demo.

^ Survive the No Mercy campaign .
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats Hints Codes Tips FAQ Files Achievements X360 Xbox 360 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatmasters.com [Source type: General]

^ Survive the No Mercy campaign.

Left 4 Dead went gold on November 13, 2008.

Contents

Gameplay

.Played in first person, players take control of the four main characters of the game, known as the Survivors.^ It takes partial control, and the player can resist it.
  • A wrapup of all available info on Left 4 Dead 2 | The Inevitable Zombie Apocalypse 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.inevitablezombieapocalypse.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Still playing the first game.
  • Early Thoughts on Left 4 Dead 2 « Whatever 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC whatever.scalzi.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ As in the first game, the survivors have weapon preferences when they are computer-controlled.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If four human players are not available to play, the remaining Survivors can be AI-controlled bots.^ In addition to the four-person survival-horror game, available modes of play allow multiplayer competition for up to eight, with one team of four playing as the human survivors and the other four players taking the roles of infected boss zombies.
  • Left 4 Dead Reviews, Experiences, Stories, News, Images | gamerDNA 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamerdna.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead puts four human playable or AI controlled survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive “Infected” zombies in a cinematic backdrop in which the players “star” as each character in a fictional movie.
  • Review: Left 4 Dead Delivers Definitive Team Zombie War | GameLife | Wired.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

^ Each “Movie” has an over-riding team objective, is comprised of five large maps, and may be played by 1 to 14 human players.
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.They play through the levels fighting off the Infected, which are living humans (not traditional undead zombies, although they are referred to as such by the characters), who have been infected with a mutated rabies virus.^ They need to work together to survive against waves of zombie attacks by making organized runs for ammo and fighting off the horde as well as Special Infected for as long as possible; it is said that rounds will rarely last up to 9 minutes because of continual increase in difficulty as the round goes on.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ In addition to the four-person survival-horror game, available modes of play allow multiplayer competition for up to eight, with one team of four playing as the human survivors and the other four players taking the roles of infected boss zombies.
  • Left 4 Dead Reviews, Experiences, Stories, News, Images | gamerDNA 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamerdna.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Sometimes, in close quarters, a quick melee attack may be a safer way to temporarily stave off encroaching undead or knock a hungry zombie off a companion.
  • Left 4 Dead Reviews, Experiences, Stories, News, Images | gamerDNA 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamerdna.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[4]
.The game is focused on cooperation and team play; coloured outlines of teammates are visible through walls to help players stick together and coordinate their movement, and Survivors can be knocked down by the Infected and only helped up by another player.^ Each team takes turns playing each side, but it's only scored on the survivors' side.

^ Get a good team of survivors up with 3 other players and try to go through each campaign.

^ Sticking together is crucial, which is why you can see outlines of your team-mates through walls to help locate them.
  • Left 4 Dead Interview | Eurogamer 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.eurogamer.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.If a teammate is knocked down after being helped up twice, without tending to his wounds in between, the player will experience distorted black-and-white vision, and the next takeout will kill the player, forcing them to wait until the survivors find a safe room before respawning.^ Find a safe place from zombies with the survivors.

^ If killed, the special infected have to wait for the respawn timer to run down.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ Head up stairs to find a midpoint somewhat-safe room.

.There are respawn areas scattered around the map that can be opened to find respawned survivors.^ Go around the yard until you reach an open area with cars.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Death Toll - An urban woodland map where the survivors must find a boathouse and wait for evacuation by boat.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ There were some around a hundred metres back, so we decided that two people would stay to guard the area while the other two returned.
  • HonestGamers - Left 4 Dead review (PC) 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.honestgamers.com [Source type: General]

[5]
."Boss Infected" also command special attacks, such as a Hunter's pounce, Boomer's vomit, the Smoker's tongue-choke, and the Tank's throw (usually throws cars or chunks of pavement), which require assistance from a teammate to get out of or to get back up after being knocked down.^ And so we come to the boss zombies: the Boomer, the Smoker, the Hunter, the Tank and the Witch.

^ Boomers throw up on survivors, and their puke is something the infected love.
  • Left 4 Dead PC Review, Left 4 Dead Player Reviews 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.strategyinformer.com [Source type: General]

^ Tips for Infected: Smokers have an incredible range for their tongue attacks.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Survivors can also share first-aid kits and help each other heal.^ Field Medic (20 points): Heal 25 Survivors with a first aid kit.
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats, Codes, Cheat Codes, Unlockables, Achievements for Xbox 360 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatcc.com [Source type: General]

^ Press to equip the first aid kit, and hold to heal them.

^ Heal 25 Survivors with a 1st aid kit .
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats Hints Codes Tips FAQ Files Achievements X360 Xbox 360 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatmasters.com [Source type: General]

.Left 4 Dead has full friendly fire during the Advanced and Expert modes, increasing the need for caution around other Survivors.^ This mode is the reason I played Left 4 Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Review | Game Rant 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC gamerant.com [Source type: General]

^ Survival mode is the same as Left 4 Dead left it.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Review | Game Rant 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC gamerant.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead If you'd like to "refill" your health as a zombie, run away from the survivors until you see a message claiming you are too far away.
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats Hints Codes Tips FAQ Files Achievements X360 Xbox 360 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatmasters.com [Source type: General]

It is disabled in Easy mode.
.The Survivors communicate by voice commands that are accessed by quick menus, and some will also sound off automatically when doing such things as reloading or spotting Infected.^ Get ready to fend off some infected as you reach the surface.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ I’d say the most useful thing is a command that automatically sets the controls from 360 to an xbox controller.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Dec 21, 2009 A cool L4D2 silly infected sound mod some guy made.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Video Game | Reviews, Trailers & Interviews | GameTrailers.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gametrailers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Over 1000 unique lines have been recorded for each Survivor.[6] .Additional communication of player actions is conveyed through character lights.^ Players determine their characters' actions.

.Also, weapon-mounted flashlights and muzzle flashes help the players in determining whether their companions are shooting, performing melee attacks, reloading or moving.^ Sometimes, in close quarters, a quick melee attack may be a safer way to temporarily stave off encroaching undead or knock a hungry zombie off a companion.
  • Left 4 Dead Reviews, Experiences, Stories, News, Images | gamerDNA 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamerdna.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Since there's no aim function, players simply point and shoot (or melee attack).

^ Be sure to pick your melee bursts well and, most importantly, time it with a reload of your weapon.
  • (d)N0t » The (d)N0t Guide to Left 4 Dead 2 – (d)N0t 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.dreamnotoftoday.com [Source type: General]

.Due to control issues and to the fact that players will probably be using a LIVE headset, the Xbox 360 version of Left 4 Dead will omit the quick phrases feature.^ Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360) Free shipping!
  • left 4 dead, great deals on Video Games, Clothing, Shoes Accessories on eBay! 17 September 2009 0:00 UTC shop.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360) Brand New!!
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Xbox 360, 2009: items on eBay.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC catalog.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
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^ Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360) Excellent Condition!
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[7]
.The game is experienced through four scenarios that take place in various urban and rural locales, such as a hospital, an airport and a murky countryside.^ L4D’s survival co-op game mode is played out across four sprawling “Movies” set in a variety of urban and rural environments.
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ This applied to the version of Left 4 Dead being release through Steam for PC players or retail outlets such as GameStop and EB Games for Xbox 360 players.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ You fight through a hospital, a forest, an airport and farmland.

.Each scenario is divided into several shorter sections marked by safehouse checkpoints, where players can heal, re-arm, calm their nerves, and revive players who were killed.^ Incendiary ammo turns every shot into a one-hit kill, but it only lasts for a single clip, meaning players have to be more careful with their shots (don't waste them on the zombies in Hazmat suits, they're fireproof).
  • Left 4 Dead 2 hands-on 4 you 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.joystiq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ When the game starts, kill the AI players and just go through the chapter until you run into a Tank.

^ (Alternatively, the survivors can deliberately kill allies who are at very low life and then revive them.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[8] .Specifically, the four phases of the campaign mode are: No Mercy (urban setting), Death Toll (small town/countryside setting), Dead Air (airport setting), and Blood Harvest (woodland/nature setting).^ The DLC pack will also include Death Toll and Dead Air for Versus mode play.
  • Left-4-dead | Ripten Videogame Blog 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.ripten.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Survive the Death Toll campaign .
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats Hints Codes Tips FAQ Files Achievements X360 Xbox 360 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatmasters.com [Source type: General]

^ Survive the Death Toll campaign.

[9] .The levels are essentially linear, with distinct beginnings and ends, but there are a number of alternate routes to follow with more supplies and alternate objectives, as well as create a sense of non-linearity.^ While the AI Director creates a dynamic experience, avoiding scripted enemy attacks that can make a map feel stale and boring after a number of playthroughs, as well as adding bonus items such as weapons randomly in a level, there are still some slightly scripted events.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ This is a game that has far too much repetition, almost no storyline to make the game more interesting, and linear, predefined levels that force you to follow preset paths.
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

^ I for one didnt think the game was all that great to begin with and bought it only to play with friends at LAN's, but if more content was promised, more content there should be.
  • Left 4 Dead Fans Boycott Sequel - Tom's Guide 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.tomsguide.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[10] .At the end of each scenario, the players must defend a position from an onslaught of Infected until rescue arrives.^ Fend off the infected until the APC arrives and rescues you.

^ Each campaign ends with what's called a "finale", where the players must hold out against hundreds of charging Infected while awaiting rescue.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ They must wait until the military comes back to rescue them.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

[6] Each scenario lasts between 45 and 75 minutes.[11]

AI and the Director

.The artificial intelligence of Left 4 Dead features a dynamic system for game dramatics, pacing, and difficulty called the Director.^ Tags: game valve left 4 dead .
  • Left 4 Dead Game port setup 17 September 2009 0:00 UTC forums.comodo.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead was a great game.
  • Left 4 Dead - news tag - Softpedia 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC news.softpedia.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead through its paces..
  • Left 4 Dead Game port setup 17 September 2009 0:00 UTC forums.comodo.com [Source type: General]

.Instead of set spawn points for enemies, the Director places enemies and pick-ups (e.g.^ It's not actually needed to appreciate any game at this point, and it has an expensive and often clunky set-up for users to navigate through.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 posts - Crave - CNET 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Icons lead you to extra ammo and pick-ups, and warn against doing certain things such as setting off alarms (which will bring a horde of enemies), or angering a boss.

^ If you see any gas canisters or fuel tanks, pick them up and place them near any entrances to the house.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

weapons, bombs, etc.) in varying positions and numbers based upon each player's current situation, status, skill and location, creating a new experience for each playthrough.[6] .The Director also creates mood and tension with emotional cues such as visual effects, dynamic music, and character communication.^ The Director also controls dynamic lighting and musical cues.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ AI Director 2.0 : Advanced technology dubbed “The AI Director” drove L4D’s unique gameplay – customizing enemy population, effects, and music, based upon the players’ performance.
  • Left 4 Dead 2-Razor1911 | SceneSource 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.scnsrc.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The software allows users to create their own campaign maps, skins, 3D models, sound effects, and music.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

[7]

Versus mode

.Left 4 Dead will introduce a new 8-player versus experience.^ NEW Left 4 Dead 9855 .
  • left 4 dead, great deals on Video Games, Clothing, Shoes Accessories on eBay! 17 September 2009 0:00 UTC shop.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While the original Left 4 Dead had only four campaigns and was a chiefly online experience, it sustained some criticism for being too short and for not having more multiplayer modes.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 posts - Crave - CNET 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead is built atop the most advanced version of the Source Engine and introduces version 2 of Turtle Rock's artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology.
  • Left 4 Dead for PC from 1UP 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.1up.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.In the deathmatch Versus mode, four additional players can take control of powerful Infected with unique abilities, amongst the other AI-controlled Infected.^ The new Infected can also be controlled in Versus mode, adding new playable characters.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 posts - Crave - CNET 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ May 14, 2008 Escape the zombies and take on other survivors in deathmatch, and discover how the AI will make sure to keep the experience dynamic and fresh.
  • Left 4 Dead Video Game | Reviews, Trailers & Interviews | GameTrailers.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gametrailers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ And thanks to the addition o f even more modes, maps and items, players can expect to have their hands full when the zombie apocalypse rears its undead head once again.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 - News, Reviews, Previews, Trailers, Screenshots & Cheats - G4tv.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC g4tv.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Infected players are randomly assigned which boss Infected to play as, which changes with each spawn.^ In addition to the four-person survival-horror game, available modes of play allow multiplayer competition for up to eight, with one team of four playing as the human survivors and the other four players taking the roles of infected boss zombies.
  • Left 4 Dead Reviews, Experiences, Stories, News, Images | gamerDNA 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamerdna.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ A recharge timer for infected teammates has also been added, and item spawn behavior has changed for more balanced gameplay.
  • Destructoid - Left 4 Dead 'Crash Course' announced as new campaign 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead Guide to Winning as Infected Simply knowing how to play each type of Infected is not enough to win against experienced players.
  • Left 4 Dead Review - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

.The Tank only spawns once per level, excluding the finales.^ Also found on each of the twenty levels in the four separate yet equal campaigns (five levels per campaign) are propane Tanks, gas cans, pain pills and chain guns.
  • Left 4 Dead PC Review, Left 4 Dead Player Reviews 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.strategyinformer.com [Source type: General]

^ Zombies aren't anywhere near as resilient as the survivors, but while the survivors have only one life per round, zombies can spawn repeatedly.
  • Left 4 Dead Review - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ Once you spawn as the Special Infected, try and get to the very end of the level.

.Infected players will receive a message which informs the players who will become the Tank.^ All infected bodybuilders become Tanks.
  • Robot Panic » left 4 dead 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.robotpanic.com [Source type: General]

^ All infected WOW players become Angry German Kids.
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^ The "Boomer" type of Infected will vomit on players, which causes the player's vision to become a green haze while attracting other zombies.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

.The Witch is the only Boss-Infected that cannot be controlled by players.^ These Infected are controlled by an AI that dynamically balances difficulty and mood depending on the players' progress and situation.
  • Left 4 Dead - GCF Files - Gamespace 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC forums.gamespace.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Certain boss-type infected, particularly smokers, can also try standing behind witches while sniping at the survivors, so the survivors will risk disturbing the witches if they choose to return fire.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The Witch Valve has stated that there will be future updates, including new maps and new Boss Infected.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

.While playing as a Boss-Infected, the player will also have a limited "squad" leadership among the normal Infected.^ In addition to the four-person survival-horror game, available modes of play allow multiplayer competition for up to eight, with one team of four playing as the human survivors and the other four players taking the roles of infected boss zombies.
  • Left 4 Dead Reviews, Experiences, Stories, News, Images | gamerDNA 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamerdna.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead Guide to Winning as Infected Simply knowing how to play each type of Infected is not enough to win against experienced players.
  • Left 4 Dead Review - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ The infected bunch play as randomly selected boss-infected (except for the Witch) and have to find the best place to attack the survivors, while the survivors just play through as they normally would.
  • Left 4 Dead PC Review, Left 4 Dead Player Reviews 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.strategyinformer.com [Source type: General]

.The Infected have the ability to see Survivors through the walls at a certain range if the Survivors are running, have the flashlight on, or are talking.^ Additionally, the Infected can see through walls.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ The four survivors have to fight their way through the hordes of infected, using safehouses along the way to rest and recover, in order to reach extraction points.
  • Releaselog | RLSLOG.net » Left 4 Dead 2-THEPiRATEGAY 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rlslog.net [Source type: General]
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^ Certain boss-type infected, particularly smokers, can also try standing behind witches while sniping at the survivors, so the survivors will risk disturbing the witches if they choose to return fire.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The Infected can also see in the dark, unlike the Survivors.^ Unlike the survivors, the infected will keep burning until they die if they touch fire, so be sure to avoid the hot stuff.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Infected spawn ahead of the Survivors and can, if they stay still, see a marker for their likely path of advance so they can set up ambushes.^ I’d like to see L4D2 up the game on this.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Is Unlocked | Rock, Paper, Shotgun 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rockpapershotgun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Try and stay back while the other survivors kill all the Infected.

^ Choosing a good place and moment to perform such attacks is vital, because hunters growl whenever they crouch and charge up, likely alerting wary survivors.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Throughout levels, Infected-only ways up buildings are marked with symbols.^ There's a lighter perks version that gives survivors more minor abilities and only buffs the infected a little, but even that rubs me the wrong way.
  • "Left 4 Dead" Catch All | Gamers With Jobs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamerswithjobs.com [Source type: General]

^ Go up a one-way ramp that leads into a ruined building that has very large machinery cluttering the middle of the place.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Witches are the most unusual of the infected in that they behave like proximity mines, only dressed up to lure unsuspecting survivors to their doom.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.These can be climbed and used for ambushes, especially with the Infected immunity to falling damage.^ The survivors can then use it to load their current long arms with one full clip of explosive ammo, which deal more damage and can stun the infected.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The downside (at least for us) so far seems to be that most of these melee weapons didn't seem to really do any significant damage to the infected.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Preview - 2 Legit to Quit: Games: UGO 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Versus mode is playable on all campaigns.^ The DLC will include a new multiplayer mode titled Survival, as well as two complete campaigns for the game's existing Versus Mode.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ The campaigns are fantastic, but it’s the versus mode that I think will make this game fun to play for years to come.
  • Review: Left 4 Dead Delivers Definitive Team Zombie War | GameLife | Wired.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

^ This add-on, available now for 560 MS Points, adds 10 new achievements, totaling 250 points, and is playable in Co-Op, Survival, and Versus modes.
  • The Xbox LIVE Community Team talks Games...and stuff : Left 4 Dead Crash Course Add-On Lands on Xbox LIVE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

Award system

.Left 4 Dead will include Steam's achievement system, recording players' accomplishments and mishaps.^ Left 4 Dead 2 50 x Achievements / 0 x Secrets .
  • Left 4 Dead: Left 4 Dead - GC 2008: Tank Trailer - Now Streaming 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.360-hq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead Achievements (50) .
  • Left 4 Dead: Left 4 Dead - GC 2008: Tank Trailer - Now Streaming 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.360-hq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Today Valve announced that the Authoring tools for Left 4 Dead are in beta and ready to download from the “Tools” tab on Steam.
  • Left-4-dead | Ripten Videogame Blog 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.ripten.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Part of the intent of this system is to help players to avoid griefers and to find teammates with more experience. .To help ensure good teamwork among the players, the game provides positive feedback for good behavior (such as aiding fallen comrades) and negative feedback for poor behavior (such as the shooting of one's own team members), but these rewards and punishments do not carry over from round to round.^ In addition to the four-person survival-horror game, available modes of play allow multiplayer competition for up to eight, with one team of four playing as the human survivors and the other four players taking the roles of infected boss zombies.
  • Left 4 Dead Reviews, Experiences, Stories, News, Images | gamerDNA 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamerdna.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ There's always the problem of finding non-jerks with multiplayer games though -- like someone logging and intentionally shooting an infected to kill the whole team.....
  • Left 4 Dead Interview | Eurogamer 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.eurogamer.net [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The free demo will feature several levels from the shuffling-zombie survival-horror game, which can be played either as single-player or, for XBL Gold members, cooperatively.
  • RE5 demo infects Xbox Live - GameSpot News Blog - Gaming News and Videos 20 November 2009 8:23 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.A global, persistent "merit/demerit" system, which would have tracked these good and bad behaviors for each player, was originally planned for inclusion in the game to give all players an incentive to engage in good in-game behavior,[12] but this system was removed late in the development of the game in favor of immediate, non-persistent feedback displayed in-game.^ Also if it was any good then people would be giving good feed back instead of bad.
  • The Xbox LIVE Community Team talks Games...and stuff : Left 4 Dead Crash Course Add-On Lands on Xbox LIVE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

^ Eventually Valve also plans to use the service to give players a convenient repository for player-created game footage and screenshots, and to automatically download dr..."
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ It would more or less be a series of small multiplayer games, exactly like Left 4 Dead, where the story could be filled in by the players.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[13]

Xbox 360 version

.The Xbox 360 version of Left 4 Dead has the same game modes as the PC version.^ PC XBOX 360 Misc .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead survival mode detailed .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead 2 refused classification in Australia PC Games .
  • FFS... Left 4 Dead 2 refused classification in Australia - PC Games - Game - News - Atomic MPC 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.atomicmpc.com.au [Source type: General]

.The game supports split screen and system link play.^ Stats, rankings, and awards system drives collaborative play Support for split screen play (Xbox 360 version only) Warnings Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Xbox 360, 2009: items on eBay.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC catalog.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Xbox 360, 2009: items on eBay.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC catalog.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ While playing offline or split-screen isn't as fun as playing with a two or three friends online -- Left 4 Dead thrives on camaraderie -- so that's probably your only consideration when purchasing the game, because everything else is too awesome to miss.
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

^ I can't explain the feeling, you need to play the game ;-) __________________ Some people say we aren't support to eat animals, but then why are they made of meat?
  • Left 4 Dead - GCF Files - Gamespace 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC forums.gamespace.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[14] .Players can mix split screen and online play in the same game.^ Interactive online game play .
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats Hints Codes Tips FAQ Files Achievements X360 Xbox 360 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatmasters.com [Source type: General]

^ The game also has a 2 player split-screen co-op mode which can be used online or offline play.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ The free demo will feature several levels from the shuffling-zombie survival-horror game, which can be played either as single-player or, for XBL Gold members, cooperatively.
  • RE5 demo infects Xbox Live - GameSpot News Blog - Gaming News and Videos 20 November 2009 8:23 UTC www.gamespot.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[15] .A new matchmaking system is also included for online play.^ On defense, the Infected team plays as the boss Infected (including the new Spitter, Jockey, and Charger).
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - PC Perspective Forums 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC forums.pcper.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[7]
.Valve will run dedicated servers on Xbox Live for Left 4 Dead.^ Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360, 2009) .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Xbox 360, 2009: items on eBay.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC catalog.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Xbox 360, 2009: items on eBay.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC catalog.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If you’ve got Xbox Live then Left 4 Dead is a definite 9.
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC | Game review | Technology | The Guardian 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

[15]

Survivor characters

.There are four playable human characters in the game (hence the "4" in the title).^ Left 4 Dead puts four human playable or AI controlled survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive “Infected” zombies in a cinematic backdrop in which the players “star” as each character in a fictional movie.
  • Review: Left 4 Dead Delivers Definitive Team Zombie War | GameLife | Wired.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

^ This IS a movie site (hence The Joblo Movie Network title across the top) so having video game stories on here doesn't make a whole lotta sense.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 trailer - JoBlo.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.joblo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ The four playable character's personalities are established and four of the five special infected are shown, excluding the Boomer.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

[16] .Early plans were for players to be randomly assigned to characters, though in the final release players can choose any character they would like so long as another player has not selected it first.^ If it helps you, though, I heard a Valve rep on the show floor saying that Left 4 Dead would still get support, despite the sequel's release.
  • Destructoid - Wah wah wah Left 4 Dead 2! 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: General]

^ If Valve released 5 campaigns as free DLC, they would be giving a game away.
  • Destructoid - Wah wah wah Left 4 Dead 2! 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: General]

^ They are headed for the old airport where they will need to make their final stand in hopes of surviving long enough to be picked up.

[6]
  • Francis is a tattoo-covered biker.
  • Zoey is a college student and horror movie enthusiast.
  • Louis is a Junior Systems Analyst in his company's IT department.
  • Bill is a former Green Beret and a Vietnam veteran.

First tier weapons

.Survivors are armed with various firearms divided into two tiers.^ Survivor Weapons ------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Every survivor can carry two weapons: either a handgun or a melee weapon, and one long arm.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The first tier is available for everyone to select from when the scenario starts in addition to the one Springfield Armory M1911 pistol[17] all Survivors always carry.^ On top of that the game features additional infected zombie types, weapons, and items to acquire, all of which make the game more unpredictable and diverse--our one complaint with the original was that it started to get a little repetitive over time.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 posts - Crave - CNET 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Let one of the other Survivors be attacked and dragged by the Smoker’s tongue, once this happens, instantly start shooting the Smoker until he drops the Survivor.

^ All 4 Dead Kill all four Survivors in one life while playing as a Tank.
  • Left 4 Dead: Left 4 Dead - GC 2008: Tank Trailer - Now Streaming 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.360-hq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The pistols have unlimited ammo and are the only weapon that Survivors can use when they are knocked down by the Infected.^ The four survivors have to fight their way through the hordes of infected, using safehouses along the way to rest and recover, in order to reach extraction points.
  • Releaselog | RLSLOG.net » Left 4 Dead 2-THEPiRATEGAY 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rlslog.net [Source type: General]
  • Releaselog | RLSLOG.net » Left 4 Dead 2-Razor1911 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rlslog.net [Source type: General]

^ Certain boss-type infected, particularly smokers, can also try standing behind witches while sniping at the survivors, so the survivors will risk disturbing the witches if they choose to return fire.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Unlike the survivors, the infected will keep burning until they die if they touch fire, so be sure to avoid the hot stuff.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Survivors all have a melee attack, which is very useful as they can use it to push away infected by hitting them.^ The four survivors have to fight their way through the hordes of infected, using safehouses along the way to rest and recover, in order to reach extraction points.
  • Releaselog | RLSLOG.net » Left 4 Dead 2-Razor1911 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rlslog.net [Source type: General]

^ If there are pits nearby, use ramming attacks to force the survivors off the edges.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Try and stay back while the other survivors kill all the Infected.

.Survivors use this to push infected away and then attack them, or to get time to reload.^ Protect any Survivor from an attacking Infected 50 times.

^ My Bodyguard: Protect any Survivor from an attacking Infected 50 times.
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats, Codes, Cheat Codes, Unlockables for PC 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatcc.com [Source type: General]

^ The four survivors have to fight their way through the hordes of infected, using safehouses along the way to rest and recover, in order to reach extraction points.
  • Releaselog | RLSLOG.net » Left 4 Dead 2-THEPiRATEGAY 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rlslog.net [Source type: General]

.Also, the player can reload, melee, and continue the reload process throughout the melee attack.^ Since there's no aim function, players simply point and shoot (or melee attack).

^ Invincibility while reloading Press [Reload], then hold [Melee] to knock back attacking zombies while reloading your gun.
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats, Codes, Cheat Codes, Unlockables for PC 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatcc.com [Source type: General]

.The first tier contains the standard Uzi, pump-action shotgun, and a pistol.^ Pump Action Shotgun - Like one would expect, the pump shotgun is very effective at close range.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Called the auto shotgun in the first game, the tactical shotgun can fire far more rapidly than its basic, pump-action counterparts.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Grab either the pump-action shotgun or the submachine gun and a health pack in front of you.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

Second tier weapons

.Weapons in the second tier can be found throughout the maps and at the end of the scenario, just before the final fight.^ So it boils down to maps/campaigns and characters and weapons, then the AI. All these can and have been updated before through DLC. It just makes me laugh that you cite Orange Box which contains TF2, which started it all.
  • Valve Defends Left 4 Dead 2 Release Among 20,000 Member Boycott 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.gossipgamers.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ I was, but I found an early version that let me enter the mappings just like you stated in step 2.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ We would end up just dicking around at the end trying to trigger another wave of zombies before closing the safe-room door.
  • FAZED - Left 4 Dead 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.fazed.org [Source type: General]

.The second tier, in addition to having a wider variety of weapons, also provides weapons that fulfill the same role as first tier weapons but are inherently better, such as replacing the Uzi submachine gun with the M16A1 assault rifle - and the standard pump-action shotgun with the Benelli M4 Super 90]shotgun.^ Assault Rifle - Use it like you would the Submachine gun.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ You may as well just replace the guns with super soakers filled with rainbows and the zombies with cute teddy bears.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Ditches Dismemberment, Secures OFLC Rating | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If you are out of ammo and looking for a pile of shells but all you can find are weapons, pick up a copy of the same gun you are carrying it replenishes your ammo supply.
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats Hints Codes Tips FAQ Files Achievements X360 Xbox 360 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatmasters.com [Source type: General]

Along with those, players also receive a scoped Ruger Mini-14 rifle. A second pistol is also available, often in a different location.

Additional weapons

.In addition to firearms, Survivors can also carry either a Molotov cocktail to create a pool of fire on the ground which lights infected on fire (which damages bosses over time and causes normal Infected to panic and die) or a pipe bomb bedecked with bright strobe lights and a high pitched siren squeal designed to attract the Infected.^ Molotov - A Molotov cocktail that sets an area on fire.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ Note: Special infected will not be attracted to pipe bombs.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ To set Infected on fire, you must throw a Molotov cocktail or Pipe-bomb at them.

[18] .In addition to these weapons, miniguns can be found mounted in defensible positions in some areas of the game, while gas cans, propane tanks, and oxygen tanks could be placed and set off for a wide-area fire or explosion, similar to the Molotov cocktail/pipe bomb.^ These rooms are often home to pipe bombs, molotov cocktails and pain pills.

^ If you threw a pipe-bomb, the explosion should set 10+ Infected on fire.

^ Molotov - A Molotov cocktail that sets an area on fire.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

.A player can also lose health by walking into the fire.^ A player losing all health is not instantaneously fatal, as they will fall to the ground and be able to fire a sidearm while they wait for a teammate to assist them.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ It doesn’t matter if you have almost no health left, just as long as everyone walks into the rescue vehicle alive.

.The player burns for a few seconds, losing health until the fire is extinguished.^ A player losing all health is not instantaneously fatal, as they will fall to the ground and be able to fire a sidearm while they wait for a teammate to assist them.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ Unlike the survivors, the infected will keep burning until they die if they touch fire, so be sure to avoid the hot stuff.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.When an infected is set on fire it does not go out, and the infected continues to lose health until it dies.^ Cremations: Set 101 Infected on fire.
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats, Codes, Cheat Codes, Unlockables for PC 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatcc.com [Source type: General]

^ Set 101 Infected on fire.

^ Unlike the survivors, the infected will keep burning until they die if they touch fire, so be sure to avoid the hot stuff.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

Additional items

.Each survivor is able to carry a single first-aid kit which will heal 80% of total health, meaning a player who is close to death would benefit more from a first-aid kit than one who has taken little damage.^ Press to equip the first aid kit, and hold to heal them.

^ Heal 25 Survivors with a 1st aid kit .
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats Hints Codes Tips FAQ Files Achievements X360 Xbox 360 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatmasters.com [Source type: General]

^ Field Medic: Heal 25 Survivors with a first aid kit.
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats, Codes, Cheat Codes, Unlockables for PC 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatcc.com [Source type: General]

.First-aid kits are primarily found in the safe rooms at the end of each level.^ First aid kits can be picked up either at the beginning of levels, or in safe rooms.

^ Enter the safe room to end the chapter.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ The safe room will be at the end of the path, straight ahead.
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

.Also scattered about the levels are pain killers which temporarily heal 50% of damage taken.^ Pain killers restore life temporarily, as indicated by the grainy portion of the life meter (much like the segmented portion in the first game).
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.Any survivor can heal or give pain killers to a teammate.^ Give pain pills to 10 Survivors.

^ When a fellow survivor is hurt, press to equip the pain pills, then, press to give it to them.

^ Pharm-assist: Give pain pills to 10 Survivors.
  • Left 4 Dead Cheats, Codes, Cheat Codes, Unlockables for PC 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatcc.com [Source type: General]

Infected characters

.Template:SectOR The Infected are the Survivors' foes in Left 4 Dead, and they appear to be partly inspired by the infected from several modern films, including Dawn of the Dead, I Am Legend, and 28 Days Later.^ Left 4 Dead 2 4 days ago .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 hands-on 4 you 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.joystiq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead 6 days ago .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 hands-on 4 you 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.joystiq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead puts four human playable or AI controlled survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic against hordes of aggressive “Infected” zombies in a cinematic backdrop in which the players “star” as each character in a fictional movie.
  • Review: Left 4 Dead Delivers Definitive Team Zombie War | GameLife | Wired.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

[19] .The 'Common Infected', as opposed to the slow, shuffling zombies associated with George A. Romero's Dead series and the Resident Evil series, are fast and agile, creating quite a formidable foe.^ Abandoned metropolises, a ragtag band of hapless strangers, and an endless horde of infected humans—all the staples of a nail-biting George A. Romero zombie epic—are present and accounted for in this ambitious cooperative adventure.
  • Left 4 Dead | Maximum PC 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.maximumpc.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ These common zombies were easy to put down with our assault rifles and shotguns, but their overwhelming numbers and surprising speed made them formidable foes.
  • Left 4 Dead | Maximum PC 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.maximumpc.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Life: 250 percent Reload Speed: fast Theme: a series of three high, slow notes Description: The hooded, darkly clad infected who are silent until they crouch.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

They can be dealt with easily on their own, but in great numbers are difficult to defeat. .In addition, there are five mutated Infected who have their own special mutant abilities and are more powerful than the regular Infected.^ Won't take much more than a few tweaks here and there to keep this really fresh.

^ There’s plenty of Special Infected during the campaigns, so if you don’t do it the first time, just keep trying.

^ The higher difficulties make Infected do more damage, give Special Infected more health, and make the AI Director spawn more Infected and fewer power-ups.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

.These special Infected make distinctive sounds to announce their presence, sometimes followed with a survivor shouting out, e.g.^ Dole out 5000 total Survivor damage as a Special Infected.

^ The boss-type infected make a lot of distinctive noises that can alert survivors to their presence.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ You'll be putting these weapons to the test against (or playing as in Versus) three horrific and formidable new Special Infected.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Xbox 360, 2009: items on eBay.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC catalog.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Xbox 360, 2009: items on eBay.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC catalog.ebay.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

"Hunter!" .Four of the six Infected characters are playable in Versus mode.^ The new Infected can also be controlled in Versus mode, adding new playable characters.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 posts - Crave - CNET 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ Only the four scenarios I've mentioned will be available at launch, and of those only the hospital and farmland will be playable in Versus mode, although needless to say, Valve will be filling in the gaps with subsequent Steam updates.

^ There will be five campaigns, all of which will be playable in every mode -- campaign, versus, survival and a fourth secret mode -- from day one.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 hands-on 4 you 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.joystiq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.
  • The Horde is a large swarm of rushing Infected who are brawlers more than biters, at once similar to 28 Days Later, using their sheer number to attempt to overcome the Survivors.^ Glitch Note: If certain boss-type infected incapacitate a survivor who is in the middle of refueling, that survivor may not be able to grab another fuel canister afterward.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The survivors can then use it to load their current long arms with one full clip of explosive ammo, which deal more damage and can stun the infected.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ As an Infected, incap a Survivor who has entered and left a safe room.

    .Hordes can be triggered due to a Survivor being splattered by a Boomer, setting off a car alarm, at seemingly random moments, and staying at an area for too long.^ Don't shoot this car as it will set off an alarm, drawing the horde to you.
    • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ If you set off its alarm, the Horde will come after you.
    • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ It has an alarm and will attract zombies if it is set off.

    .Horde events are also more probable if the Survivor team plays efficiently.^ This applies to all types of infected as well, making bile canisters useful for redirecting the horde against more dangerous types of infected while drawing attention away from the survivors.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Playing against other people in Versus makes the game so much more difficult but its a challenge you and your team can overcome.
    • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

    .The Horde is prefaced by a musical horn cue in the soundtrack.
  • The Boomer is a distended and bloated Infected that can spew projectile vomit at the Survivors, blinding them temporarily and triggering a swarm of Infected.^ Tips for Infected: Boomers have a much shorter attacking range than smokers, and their vomit attack takes much longer to reload.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ You or another Survivor take no damage after being vomited on by a Boomer.

    ^ Essentially you need to pull a survivor to you that has been vomited on or a boomer exploded on.

    .Boomers blow up when they die, spraying nearby Survivors with bile that also attracts the Infected.^ Certain boss-type infected, particularly smokers, can also try standing behind witches while sniping at the survivors, so the survivors will risk disturbing the witches if they choose to return fire.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Unlike the survivors, the infected will keep burning until they die if they touch fire, so be sure to avoid the hot stuff.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Barf Bagged Cover four Survivors with Boomer bile at once.
    • Left 4 Dead: Left 4 Dead - GC 2008: Tank Trailer - Now Streaming 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.360-hq.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Boomers also have the ability to hurl themselves off buildings and detonate on impact with the ground but it is not clear if this is intentional.
  • The Hunter is an agile Infected who can climb walls and jump over rooftops, similar to I Am Legend Infected and Half-Life 2's Fast Zombie.^ Climb up it and be ready to fend off any infected that may be up here.
    • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ Life: 325 percent Reload Speed: very fast Theme: a series of five monotonous low notes Description: The hunchbacked infected who make perverted laughing noises.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Easy "Untouchables" achievement In No Mercy, Level 5, when you climb to the rooftop, there is a small building with a satellite dish by where the helicopter lands.
    • Left 4 Dead Cheats, Codes, Cheat Codes, Unlockables for PC 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatcc.com [Source type: General]

    .Crouching for some time gives the Hunter access to a powerful pounce attack that pins a Survivor down and it then starts to slash at the Survivor.^ The Hunter pounces, pinning you to the ground.

    ^ "You wait for your opportunity and then pounce, pinning your victim to the ground and begin to shred them, causing immediate panic among the Survivor team."

    ^ Tips for Survivors: Hunters pounce quickly, but their attacks aren't instantaneous like those of smokers.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .It continues to slash at the pinned Survivor until the Hunter is knocked off or the Survivor is killed.^ Shove a Hunter off of a pinned and helpless Survivor.

    ^ Boomer vomit blocks your view, the Hunter can only be knocked away by another player, and if you miss your chance to kill the Smoker he holds you until you're rescued or killed.

    ^ Just run up to the attacking Hunter and press to melee him off the survivor.

    .The Hunter can be identified by its distinctive scream and growls.
  • The Smoker has a long, grasping tongue which can stretch up to 15 meters (50 feet).^ The Smoker, meanwhile, has a long tongue capable of plucking a member of your squad right off their feet and out of the sanctuary of the group.

    ^ Smoker - Smokers will try to grab you with their extremely long tongue and constrict you.
    • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

    ^ And the Smoker snaps out its hideous tongue, tying you up, draining health or enabling other zombies to mob you.

    .It can capture Survivors as it drags them away from their team mates, or dangle them a foot off the ground if pulled from a rooftop, similar to Half-Life's Barnacle and Resident Evil series's Licker.^ Smokers - "We're better than the barnacle creatures from Half-Life!"
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They aren't very powerful individually, but in mass they can quickly chip away at the survivors' life and pose a real threat.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ Their attacks can also drag back the survivors, preventing their victims from running away.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .When the Smoker is destroyed, it leaves a haze of green smoke that distorts the players' vision in the game and causes the character to start coughing, preventing them from using voice commands.^ Eventually Valve also plans to use the service to give players a convenient repository for player-created game footage and screenshots, and to automatically download dr..."
    • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

    ^ When the game starts, kill the AI players and just go through the chapter until you run into a Tank.

    ^ Too many games ruined half way through when players rage or leave when it’s not their turn for infected.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Is Unlocked | Rock, Paper, Shotgun 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rockpapershotgun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    The Smoker can be identified by its coughing and strained breathing, along with the cloud of smoke that comes off of it.
  • The Tank, a huge, muscular, and noisy Infected, bears some resemblance to The Hulk or The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen's Mr. Hyde and is capable of throwing large items such as cars or blocks of concrete. .Players cannot choose to be the Tank; Infected players are randomly chosen to spawn as one.^ The Tank rarely spawns, but when he does a smart player can use him to all but wipe out a team of survivors.

    .The Tank can take the most amount of damage before dying and can deal a lot of damage.^ This can deal a lot of damage so I recommend it.

    ^ While there are traditional difficulty settings, these only affect how much damage a Survivor can take before collapsing.
    • Review: Left 4 Dead Delivers Definitive Team Zombie War | GameLife | Wired.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

    ^ The tank can also hit objects towards the survivors to inflict massive amounts of damage.
    • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

    .The tank has a "Frustration Meter" which means that control will be taken away from a human player if the Tank does not engage the survivors for a certain time when playing as the Tank.^ If it does, you will lose control of the Tank.

    ^ Each “Movie” has an over-riding team objective, is comprised of five large maps, and may be played by 1 to 14 human players.
    • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ "With this year's gaming harvest already played and beaten and filed away into memory like so many saves, it is time now to look on.
    • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

    .The Tank's presence is foreshadowed by a musical cue and the area quaking.
  • The Witch is the only mutant Infected that cannot be played by human players.^ Each “Movie” has an over-riding team objective, is comprised of five large maps, and may be played by 1 to 14 human players.
    • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ It makes players have to play the mode for the Tank -- not for the other creepy crawlies assaulting you.
    • Destructoid - Destructoid impressions: Left 4 Dead Survival Pack 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The only real danger comes if witches are sitting at a narrow passageway and cannot be avoided.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    [20] Witches can easily be detected by their loud, distinctive crying and by the eerie choir music that swells up as the player draws near. .Witches are not aggressive and can be avoided by careful players, but flashlight beams, physical contact, prolonged staring, and loud sounds such as gunfire or car alarms in their vicinity rouse them, causing them to attack whichever player startled them.^ Your guns will cause the alarms to sound and it will attract a horde of zombies that is otherwise avoidable.

    .When a Witch takes sufficient damage or kills the player who startled her, she retreats, covering her face and screaming horrifically.^ Kill a Witch without any Survivor taking damage from her.

    .The lethality of a Witch is dependent on the difficulty of the game, and on all difficulty levels, the witch can knock down a player in one attack and swiftly kill them.^ Missions aren't straight forward anymore and obstacles break up levels so that it's not all about killing zombies and fighting off an incoming Tank or roaming Witch (that's right...
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Review - Those Dark and Hellish Southern Nights: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ These Infected are controlled by an AI that dynamically balances difficulty and mood depending on the players' progress and situation.
    • Left 4 Dead - GCF Files - Gamespace 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC forums.gamespace.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The original has to be one of the greatest co-op games of all time - frenetic pace, variety, decent challenge and the AI director is fantastic.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC | Game review | Technology | The Guardian 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

    .On the "expert" difficulty, her attack is fatal at first strike.^ Except on the expert difficulty setting, the survivors deal minimal friendly fire damage if they attack each other.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ This helps to complete the game on the Expert difficulty from hordes of attacking zombies.
    • Left 4 Dead Cheats, Codes, Cheat Codes, Unlockables for PC 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.cheatcc.com [Source type: General]

    .Offensively, Witches are far more dangerous than Tanks, but they are generally easier for players to kill.^ When the game starts, kill the AI players and just go through the chapter until you run into a Tank.

    ^ They’re using wiimotes to play Left 4 Dead on a PC (using a television for the monitor, obviously), far more impressive.
    • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ They can work together as a team, complementing abilities and laying traps far more effectively than the AI. Smart monster players wait for the chaos of a swarm attack before moving in, picking your character off at the moment of absolute terror.

    .Compared to most Infected, they can withstand a large amount of damage before dying, but much less damage than a Tank.^ Tips for Infected: Boomers have a much shorter attacking range than smokers, and their vomit attack takes much longer to reload.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ New for this sequel, the combat shotgun offers less spread than the tactical shotgun (very much like the chrome shotgun to the old pump shotgun).
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ The infected are infinite in number, so they should keep hounding the survivors, wearing them down as much as possible.
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    .Due to the extreme danger Witches pose to players at all difficulty levels, there is very little benefit inherent in fighting them, except to obtain the handful of Witch-related Achievements (e.g., killing a Witch with a single headshot).^ Kill a Witch with a single headshot.

    ^ Missions aren't straight forward anymore and obstacles break up levels so that it's not all about killing zombies and fighting off an incoming Tank or roaming Witch (that's right...
    • Left 4 Dead 2 Review - Those Dark and Hellish Southern Nights: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

    ^ If you die and start the chapter over, all the kills you got prior to dying will still count towards the achievement.

    When a Witch does not directly block the players' path, it is generally better to sneak past her rather than to risk a Survivor's life by engaging her in needless combat.

Development

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Before and after the application of cinematic effects
.Development on Left 4 Dead started in mid-2005.[21] Valve aimed to create a horror film-inspired game that merges single player games' character-driven narrative structure with multiplayer games' social interaction and high replayability.^ In the single-Player campaign mode, this will result in a dead game.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Walkthrough - IGN FAQs 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC faqs.ign.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead is a fantastic game.
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve laughs at PS3 Left 4 Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[7] .The game was first revealed in the Christmas 2006 publication of PC Gamer UK with a six-page article describing a playthrough at Valve's headquarters.^ "Valve Software's latest attempt at improving your PC gaming experience, dubbed "Steam Cloud," will go live alongside the first public demo of zombie shooter Left 4 Dead on November 6.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Well speaking as a console Gamer first and a PC Gamer never, I was looking at it from a 360 perspective.

^ If you pick up the game quickly, you may well get 300-400 worth of achievements on your first four playthroughs.

A teaser was released with The Orange Box. .The game was first playable at the Showdown 2007 LAN in San Jose and at QuakeCon 2007.[22] Turtle Rock Studios announced Left 4 Dead on November 20, 2006,[23] and was acquired by Valve Corporation on January 10, 2008 because of the game and long-standing relationship between the companies.^ Left 4 Dead is a short, awesome game.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead is a fun game while it lasts, but that’s not long.
  • Left 4 Dead (pc) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead is a fantastic game.
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

[24][25] .Certain Affinity announced in February 2008 that they are assisting with the Xbox 360 version of the game.^ The Xbox 360 version also has 90%+ of all multiplayer uses having voice chat, compared to the 20 or so percent on PC, so I’m hugely looking forward to the console version.
  • Review: Left 4 Dead Delivers Definitive Team Zombie War | GameLife | Wired.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

^ November 1, 2009 at 2:21 pm I hope they announce L4D3 the day after the game releases.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Is Unlocked | Rock, Paper, Shotgun 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rockpapershotgun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ To the idiot that posted "xbox 360 will always dominate pc gaming", .
  • The Xbox LIVE Community Team talks Games...and stuff : Left 4 Dead Crash Course Add-On Lands on Xbox LIVE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC blogs.msdn.com [Source type: General]

The game opened up to pre-purchasing on Valve's Steam system on October 15, 2008.[26]
.Left 4 Dead uses the latest version of Valve's Source engine, with improvements such as multi-core processor support and physics-based animation to more realistically portray hair and clothing, and to improve physics interaction with enemies when shot or shoved in different body parts.^ Valve laughs at PS3 Left 4 Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Hacking Left 4 Dead no more .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ Of course the technology can also support gesture-based commands, and more impressively, can detect location in space along six axes.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 posts - Crave - CNET 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

Animation was also improved to allow characters to lean realistically when moving in curved paths. .Rendering and artificial intelligence were scaled up to allow for greater number of enemies who can navigate the world in better ways, such as climbing, jumping or breaking obstacles.^ "However, it also includes things that people take for granted such as knowing how to walk, run, crawl, jump or climb from point A to point B, which can be very complicated.

^ I (unfortunately) had a few games with folks who though they could split up, set off alarms and generally take on the world.

^ Last year, QuakeCon featured a number of upcoming games, such as World in Conflict from Sierra and Left 4 Dead from Valve.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.Lighting has been enhanced with new self-shadowing normal mapping and advanced shadow rendering that is important to convey information about the environment and player actions.^ During each 'movie', I got about 1k kills with 3 other players on Normal.

[27][7] Wet surfaces and fog are used to create mood.[28][29]
.Many kinds of post processing cinematic visual effects inspired by horror movies have been added to the game.^ If you are even remotely a zombie movie fan, this title deserves a chance as many zombies will be killed in the playing of his game; and that is always a good thing.
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

^ Recently Stephen Totillo, of MTV Multiplayer, posted up a portion of his participation in Shawn Elliot’s Game Reviews Symposium where he compares game reviews to book, TV, and movie reviews.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ The game is exactly what so many fans of the zombie horror films have longed for, for so so long.
  • Left 4 Dead (pc) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

There is dynamic colour correction that accentuates details based on importance, contrast and sharpening to focus attention on critical areas, film grain to expose details or imply details in dark areas, and vignetting to evoke tension and a horror-film look.[7]

Demo

.Early access to the Left 4 Dead demo for people who pre-ordered the game began Thursday, November 6, 2008 on both Windows and Xbox 360. It gave users access to both online and single player play in 2 levels of one story within the game.^ On Thursday November 6th, 2008 early access was granted to the Left 4 Dead demo for people who preordered the game for the Xbox 360 console and Windows PC. The console version of the demo was released a few hours earlier than the PC version.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ Continue: More Xbox 360 stories .
  • Destructoid - Destructoid impressions: Left 4 Dead Survival Pack 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead 360 Hacked .
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.This promotion is being offered in addition to the 10% savings for those who pre-order and applies to all Steam Windows pre-orders and all Windows and Xbox 360 pre-orders from GameStop and EB Games in North America.^ Xbox 360 Games .
  • Left 4 Dead Walkthrough 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.mahalo.com [Source type: General]

^ Steam doesn't mention a price but GoGamer has a "special" (possibly pre-order) price of $39.90 reduced from the regular price of $49.90.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - PC Perspective Forums 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC forums.pcper.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ After all, you have a complete video on how to acquire steam games for free… as apposed to just buying them.
  • Two Die Four: Playing Left 4 Dead PC Splitscreen Co-op with Two Wiimotes 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC ryantani.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.However, many of the people who pre-ordered the game through GameStop did not receive their demo codes on time to play the demo on release.^ Did you play through it twice?
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Is Unlocked | Rock, Paper, Shotgun 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rockpapershotgun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ It’s completely gorgeous, yet the visuals serve the gameplay at all times, whether that’s through subtle changes to the presentation to alter the mood, or the fact that you’re playing so much of the game at the end of a flashlight.
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

^ The kind of gamer who enjoys playing a game and then challenging themself by re playing it over and over to acheve mastery.
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

.This may have been due to a glitch in GameStop's website, which allowed anyone who signed up to receive the demo key, whether they had pre-ordered or not.^ There has however been some controversy regarding the preorders for the game from GameStop where pre-order codes were not issued in time for the early release of the demo, as well as the fact people could sign up to the GameStop website and receive a preorder code for the demo even if they did not actually preorder the game itself.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ May - PRE-ORDER NOW X360 SBK 09: Superbike World Championship 2009 X360...
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ May - PRE-ORDER NOW There are a few titles out for pre-ordering now.
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.On November 11, the Left 4 Dead demo was made available to all Windows and Xbox 360 gamers worldwide.^ Close Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC | Game review | Technology | The Guardian 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC .
  • Left 4 Dead 2 for Xbox 360 and PC | Game review | Technology | The Guardian 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.guardian.co.uk [Source type: General]

^ The Left 4 Dead 2 demo is go.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Is Unlocked | Rock, Paper, Shotgun 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rockpapershotgun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.The demo concluded on November 18, when Left 4 Dead was made available at retail outlets across North America and worldwide via Steam, in order to use the dedicated servers for the full game.^ Left 4 Dead was released on November 18th, 2008 in North America and worldwide through Steam on both the PC and Xbox 360.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ I haven't pre ordered left for dead.
  • Left 4 Dead - GCF Files - Gamespace 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC forums.gamespace.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Left 4 Dead is a fantastic game.
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

Demo private server issues

.The demo had many server problems and game glitches, primarily Valve's strategy for server management which made it impossible to set up a dedicated private server with administrator controls.^ This wasn't a cutscene, it wasn't a set-up by Valve.

^ And once you’re a lobby leader, searching for a dedicated server, it fails half the time and you have to host the game locally.
  • Review: Left 4 Dead Delivers Definitive Team Zombie War | GameLife | Wired.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.wired.com [Source type: General]

^ There are many glitches in this game, but they are slowly being removed.

[30] .However, a stream of patches led to the availability of a server browser and basic private server functionality as well as Valve's acknowledgment of player concerns.^ "Valve has revealed that a new patch is now available for the Xbox 360 version of Left 4 Dead.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ There may be portions of our Site, content, functionality or features ( e.g, digital streaming media player(s)) (" Viral Features ") that we make available to users for your personal use.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - Preview | SPIKE 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.spike.com [Source type: General]

^ "Apparently, Valve has patched Left 4 Dead game servers to disallow the recent cheating to continue.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[30] .It appears that a patch released just before the game itself has resolved many of the connection issues that demo players were having.^ Valve sells some DLC for the original game just before the sequel comes out and they think they've won?
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Boycott Group to Disband | GamePolitics 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamepolitics.com [Source type: General]

^ I shouldn’t have to be an amazing player just to stick around in a game for longer than four-to-seven minutes.
  • Destructoid - Destructoid impressions: Left 4 Dead Survival Pack 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Only the game itself can confirm these campaigns are in or not when it is released.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 - PC Perspective Forums 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC forums.pcper.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

[31]

Reception

VG Reviews
Publication Score
Edge 9/10
Giant Bomb 4/5[32]
IGN 9.0/10[33]
GameSpy 4.5/5[34]
Official Xbox Mag 9.5/10
TeamXbox 9.1/10[35]
X-Play 5/5
MetaCritic 89 (Xbox 36)[36]
88 (PC) [37]
GameRankings 88 (Xbox 360 and PC) [38]
.Left 4 Dead received almost unanimous praise from critics, averaging a 91% on Game Rankings and 89% Universal Acclaim on Metacritic, in particular for its procedurally generated movie-like experience.^ The Metacritic score for Left 4 Dead (so far) is 89.

^ Left 4 Dead is a fantastic game.
  • Left 4 Dead (xbox360) reviews at Metacritic.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.metacritic.com [Source type: General]

^ Left 4 Dead is a short, awesome game.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

.G4 said that the game captured the horror movie feel perfectly and that multiplayer was extremely addictive.^ The zombies just look silly and the game seems to have lost most of it’s sinister horror feel and now feels more like Shaun of the Dead, which is a great movie….but I’d rather be playing 28 Days Later.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Is Unlocked | Rock, Paper, Shotgun 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.rockpapershotgun.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Recently Stephen Totillo, of MTV Multiplayer, posted up a portion of his participation in Shawn Elliot’s Game Reviews Symposium where he compares game reviews to book, TV, and movie reviews.
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

.IGN stated that "It's almost pitch perfect in how it captures the tension and the action of a Hollywood zombie movie" and went on to describe it as "quite possibly the perfect co-op shooter". IGN noted that the Source engine was no longer cutting edge, but was favourable towards the visuals, describing the lighting as "amazing" and praising the emotive facial animation and detailed, cluttered levels.^ It wasn't until I got back into the thick of zombie slaying did I forget how much fun this game is, and what it brings to the co-op gaming landscape: lots and lots of fun with zombies.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Preview - 2 Legit to Quit: Games: UGO 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ L4D’s survival co-op game mode is played out across four sprawling “Movies” set in a variety of urban and rural environments.
  • Left 4 Dead | Gamehubs.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamehubs.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Arguably the best co-op shooter in years gets a sequel, and people complain.
  • Destructoid - Wah wah wah Left 4 Dead 2! 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: General]

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Common points of criticism were the limited content and lack of overall narrative. .While giving the game a "lasting appeal" score of 9, IGN noted that the small number of scenarios may feel "limited", while GameSpy found the lack of background narrative "disappointing" (although noting that there's "reportedly a lot of DLC planned [..] that will expand upon the story").^ Last week's launch of a certain game may have eclipsed the first-person shooter landscape for some time, but there are other gripping, visceral shooting experiences to be had at the tail end of 2009.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 posts - Crave - CNET 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC news.cnet.com [Source type: General]

^ There looks to be enough here to warrant a sequel to last year's cooperative zombie shooter; though if the game's staying power will be as strong upon the release, or after for that matter, remains to be seen.
  • Left 4 Dead: Games: UGO 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Preview - 2 Legit to Quit: Games: UGO 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ Now comes the "however" bit: Given that the game may well lose a lot of its appeal if you can't find a few humans to play and get along with coupled with the so far small amount of levels I can easily envision this turning into a "ho hum" experience.

.On October 28, 2008, Valve reported that preorders for Left 4 Dead had beaten those of The Orange Box by 95% after the Steam pre-order was launched.^ I haven't pre ordered left for dead.
  • Left 4 Dead - GCF Files - Gamespace 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC forums.gamespace.net.au [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ According to Shacknews, Left 4 Dead 's preorders surpassed those of the The Orange Box by around 95%.
  • Left 4 Dead (video game) - giantbomb.com 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.giantbomb.com [Source type: General]

^ Valve laughs at PS3 Left 4 Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

[40]. .On November 21, 2008, the day of the games release in Europe Valve issued a press release stating in total Left 4 Dead had exceeded the pre-order numbers of the Orange Box by 160%[41].^ Valve laughs at PS3 Left 4 Dead .
  • Left 4 Dead News and Media - GameGrep 28 January 2010 0:16 UTC www.gamegrep.com [Source type: General]

^ It is easy to miss what makes Left 4 Dead 2 special, and say that little-to-nothing has changed about the game in the past eight months.
  • Left 4 Dead 2 Preview - 2 Legit to Quit: Games: UGO 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC gamesblog.ugo.com [Source type: FILTERED WITH BAYES]

^ If it helps you, though, I heard a Valve rep on the show floor saying that Left 4 Dead would still get support, despite the sequel's release.
  • Destructoid - Wah wah wah Left 4 Dead 2! 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: General]

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^ Destructoid Original #Feature #Left 4 Dead #sequel #Valve So, Left 4 Dead 2 is coming out, and people aren't happy.
  • Destructoid - Wah wah wah Left 4 Dead 2! 10 January 2010 17:54 UTC www.destructoid.com [Source type: General]

^ Portions of the original Left 4 Dead IGN Guide are used with the permission of its author.
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Left 4 Dead
Developer(s) Valve Corporation
Certain Affinity

Publisher(s)Valve Corporation
Distributor(s)Electronic Arts (retail)
Steam (online)
Designer(s)Mike Booth
EngineSource
Release date(s) November 18, 2008
Genre(s) First-person shooter
Survival horror
Mode(s) Single player, 4-player Cooperative multiplayer, 4-vs-4 multiplayer

Rating(s)BBFC: 18
ESRB: M
OFLC: MA15+
PEGI: 18+
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Xbox 360

MediaDownload, DVD
System requirements3.0 GHz Pentium 4,
2.0 GHz Dual Core, or AMD64X2 processor,
1 GB RAM,
128 MB DirectX 9.0 graphics card,
Pixel Shader 2.0 support,
DirectX 9.0c-compatible sound card,
Internet Connection for product activation and downloading updates
Followed byLeft 4 Dead 2

Left 4 Dead is a first-person shooter video game made by Valve Corporation for Windows and the Xbox 360.

There are four playable characters to choose from:

  • Francis (voiced by Vince Valenzuela), a tattoo-covered biker.
  • Bill (voiced by Jim French), a former Green Beret and a Vietnam veteran.
  • Zoey (voiced by Jen Taylor), a college student and horror movie enthusiast.
  • Louis (voiced by Earl Alexander), a manager.

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