Son, We Just Crossed The Street

Behind you.

Ooh, I’ve got zombie fever. Just watched the penultimate episode of Dead Set, packing to head off to Valve to play Left 4 Dead, and of course that my parents are half zombie. So get yourself in a similar mood with the opening movie of Left 4 Dead, released into the wild today.

What a bloody brilliant intro video. And while it’s obviously seen in first person, without the super-sleek direction, this really is how the game plays. That crying… Oh God, that crying. It’s so damned sinister.


  1. Fumarole says:

    I can’t view the video. Some sort of undefined error. *sniff*

  2. Fumarole says:

    That works, thanks much.

  3. Optimaximal says:

    Why have RPS stopped linking to Youtube and Gametrailers? You know, streaming video that WORKS?

    link to

  4. James G says:

    Looking slightly more light-hearted than I had expected (I haven’t been following it all that closely). Its necessary though, because if everything gets too bleak, and it is clear that no-one else is alive, then suddenly getting to the end seems a bleak prospect. Afterall, where does that leave you, holed up in a slightly nicer place to die.

  5. The Poisoned Sponge says:

    Me love this video long time.

    Seriously, what a great opening cinematic. It establishes what the game is about by introducing all the key elements, and yet doesn’t feel contrite or forceful. And the dialouge is brilliant.

  6. A-Scale says:

    Why the hell does it require me to put in my day and month of birth? If I’m 17 I’m 17, and if I’m 18 I’m 18. No need to tell me whether my birthday has come and gone yet. Also, who in their right mind would put in their true age if they wished to watch the video? Is not a simple disclaimer and button saying “Ok, I’m sure I want to watch” sufficient? There are no FCC rules for internet videos, so whats with all of the moronic log in methods?

  7. A-Scale says:

    Actually got to watch the video. Holy shit. Glad I preordered!

  8. Rei Onryou says:

    That video is the definition for a geekgasm. Excuse me while I change my underwear.

    Oh god, that crying is going to haunt me. Last night I dreamt of L4D in a good way. That won’t happen again tonight…

    Also, Tom Francis sums up the witch pretty well: link to

  9. Weylund says:

    That was… um, awesome. I may send this along to my undecided friends.

  10. Chris R says:

    Here’s the Youtube link in case the video above doesn’t work (didn’t work for me)

    link to

  11. Simon Jones says:

    Wow, that’s a seriously good intro movie. Looks like it’s more-or-less in-engine, too, albeit with lots of added sexyness that won’t be actually in-game (I suspect this sentence features too many hyphens).

    What’s remarkable about it, as John pointed out, is that the game does actually play like this. There’s very, very little here that is exagerrated – the only thing I can really think of is the crumbling staircase at the end.

    Impressive how the video shifts so effortlessly from genuinely scary to funny to exciting, without compromising itself tone-wise. Reminds me a bit of Buffy and Angel at their best.

    Having had a chance to play this at the Eurogamer Expo, I really can’t wait to play this with a mouse. Anybody that’s interested can find some shakey-cam video and more detailed thoughts on my blog –

  12. Nimic says:

    Holy Valve, that’s…. awesome. Truly. Awesome.

  13. Monchberter says:

    Valve seriously have the monopoly on cinematic excellent, and i thought Dead Space, Crysis and Far Cry 2 were just pipping them for a moment there.

  14. Fede says:

    Wonderful. A pity my old pc can’t handle it.

  15. mashakos says:

    wish the game had dialog like that. Sadly the dialog in the game will just be a lot of “fire in the hole!” and “help me!!!”.

  16. TooNu says:

    Yea, I preordered this, yea good move /pats himself on the back

  17. John Walker says:

    The video works fine. It’s likely you’re adblocking/flashblocking our site. You know, maybe don’t do that?

    Opti – we’ll rush to address your problems a lot more quickly if you talk to us like human beings, and not your slaves. Thanks.

    mashakos – you say that with a lot of confidence for someone who’s completely wrong : )

  18. Anonymous says:

    Bricks and buckets gentlemen… bricks and buckets.

  19. Simon Jones says:

    mashakos – not the case, I’m happy to say. During my brief play, a Hunter was heard off in the distance. None of use knew where it was, and the gruff bearded guy muttered something along the lines of “There’s a Hunter here. Where are you? Come on, show yourself….”

    Was a very cool bit of unexpected dialogue. Made the moment much more tense as we waited for the Hunter to pounce.

  20. Idle Threats and Bad Poetry says:

    The video doesn’t work for me, either. I have no ad-blocking software or anything.

    John, you mean you’re not our slave? Don’t give me any of that abolition nonsense. My linens need cleaning.

  21. Idle Threats and Bad Poetry says:

    Correction: Now the video works. Go figure.

  22. MacBeth says:

    My word, that’s a stunning trailer. Having played a little bit at PC Gamer Showdown, it definitely *feels* right, conceding that it’s been cinematized (it is a word, OK?) a bit.

    So excited about this game now. I have Dead Set all recorded (hey, it’s been a busy week) plus World War Z and the Zombie Survival Guide ready to read. It’s all about the Zeds yo.

  23. Weylund says:

    Read WWZ and ZSG first, man! Then you’ll know how to kill ’em!

    God, my wife laughed when I bought the Zombie Survival Guide back when it came out. She was NOT laughing when I told her the “zombie plan” which included removing our stairs, or when I came home with crates of packaged water and dehydrated food (hey, we live in an earthquake area!). She has so far managed to deny me a shotgun, mostly I think based on the fear that that might also be part of the zombie plan. :-)

    And World War Z is just a great book – get started already so you’re steeped in the awesome that is zombies + Max Brooks.

  24. Gap Gen says:

    I tried the video without an ad blocker on IE and it didn’t work, but the direct link to Gamespot worked fine. Anyway.

    Also, Tom Francis’s guide to L4D is excellent: link to

  25. Charlie says:

    That was amazing, very excited about this game. After watching that I may well pre-order it on Steam for the early demo!

  26. Y3k-Bug says:

    Its scary how talented Valve is. They are teaching you gameplay mechanics while entertaining you with the video: the Witch is harmless unless you provoke her with light/sound, the Smoker attacks with his tongue, the Hunter can scale buildings and pounce on you from a distance, and the Tank is just a bad mutha. They even establish that the pipe bomb attracts zombies to it, which I didn’t even know.

  27. Xyzzy says:

    Holy moley, that’s amazing.

  28. Yak Jazz says:

    So, I’m the only one who didn’t like the trailer and felt that it condensed much of what is terrible about modern cinema? :-(

  29. Digit says:

    Ok so that was probably one of the best videos I’ve seen recently. I hate VALVe, they make me feel like a bad designer. :'(

  30. mashakos says:

    mashakos – not the case, I’m happy to say. During my brief play, a Hunter was heard off in the distance. None of use knew where it was, and the gruff bearded guy muttered something along the lines of “There’s a Hunter here. Where are you? Come on, show yourself….”

    I will have to see it to believe! As it is the concept is great, would love it even more with these little touches

  31. Saflo says:

    So, I’m the only one who didn’t like the trailer and felt that it condensed much of what is terrible about modern cinema?


  32. Weylund says:

    The earlier trailer – the 30-second one – I thought was awful.

    This one… if I had an empty L4D display box, I would do indecent things with it while watching this trailer a second time.

  33. Tei says:

    I can’t see the video, it only show “undefined”. Argh..

  34. AksumkA says:

    Oh my god!!!

  35. Eveningfall says:

    I love Valve’s videos. The hi-res version is on Steam.

  36. Grandstone says:

    @ Yak Jazz:

    Stating this in the least passive-aggressive and most honest way possible, I’d love to hear what you thought was wrong with it. Yeah, it looked like a Hollywood action movie, but Left 4 Dead is a blockbuster, so it’s appropriate. It’s not like the game’s pace is suited to the Ozu treatment.

  37. Akirasfriend says:

    Watched the hi-res Steam version, and dear lord, this game promises so much. The characterisation, as expected from Valve, is fairly subtle and bloody brilliant. The animation is always nice, but the facial expressions in this and other videos (such as the ‘Meet the…’ TF2 vids) are astounding.

    This video excited me so much, it made me, a full-time slacker, feel motivated to get a job just so I could buy a new PC to play this beauty on.

    Best. Hype. EVER.

  38. daveWI says:

    I too am downloading the vid from Steam, looking forward to watching it after reading all these comments.

    I told myself I would wait until reviews come out before I purchase it, but I’ll probably break down and buy it as soon as the demo is available for preorderers.

  39. Leeks! says:

    Man, that was terrific. That thing Girl does when she saves Black Guy from the Jumpy Monster is one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen done with pistols akimbo, and that’s a pretty God damn high bar.

  40. Aldaris says:

    Fu. Cking. Awe. Some.

  41. mister k says:

    Does anyone bother putting their actual birth date on those things? I always end up being born on the 1st of January at the turn of the last century….

  42. MeestaNob! says:

    Christ that looks good.


  43. Muzman says:

    I ain’t blocking a thing and I can’t see it either, FYI (the embedded one). Server is hammered maybe?

    Looks great though. I take it the crying thing is the infamous witch? What’s so special about her, aside from general unpleasantness? Or is it a surprise?

  44. Tei says:

    I hate plugins that work the 50% of the time. I hope the W3C raise a standard for video, because this suck.

  45. Heliocentric says:

    I run 4 browsers, opera, firefox, chrome & ie.

    Some cases only one of them works, internet media is in a dismal state.

    All 4 run youtube, rps videos too. But this one doesn’t work on anything on my pc.

    I use ccleaner to block windows weak points via its “immunise” function. That may be my issue, don’t ad block just pop up block.

  46. Tom says:

    Awesome, awesome, awesome… i got wood.

  47. Tom says:

    And that’s all in-engine!… awesome…

  48. Optimaximal says:

    Opti – we’ll rush to address your problems a lot more quickly if you talk to us like human beings, and not your slaves. Thanks.

    Sorry about that, didn’t mean to sound like an ass :)

    But I don’t think i’m the only one who has noticed that you aren’t linking to known-working players such as Gametrailers or Youtube anymore, instead preferring to link to GameVideos, that strange(ly awful) GamersHell FLV player and other obtuse players that people seem to be producing left, right and center.

    Personal Preference, or boycott of GT? :)

  49. Nimic says:

    I couldn’t get the video in the article to work either (undefined, for some arbitrary reason), but just knowing it exist makes it easy to find elsewhere.

    Also, someone posted a link to it in the second comment.