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Left 4 Dead

3 months ago

Feature: Tell your friends

The 25 best co-op games ever made

Sometimes you need a hand to hold, so we’ve updated our list of the 25 best co-op games to play on PC with a headset-wearing friend or a muted stranger. Everything's better with a pal or two in tow, from collaborative puzzle solving to sublime double stealth takedowns. Equally sublime are when those takedowns go awry, your partner shrieks in panic and all hands are…

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5 months ago

Feature: Skaven and the dead

Vermintide: taking the torch of Left 4 Dead from its cold, undead hands

I’d wager most folk around these parts devoured Left 4 Dead back in the day, just as I did. Valve’s “28 Days Later with your friends” infected my life for a good year, and a bigger, better sequel one year later only strengthened the disease. But as Valve haven’t really been in the business of making games for a good few years - hopefully, that’s…

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6 months ago

Feature: Listen now or be monstered

Podcast: What are the best monsters?

They lurk, they creep, they skulk and weep. Monsters in videogames can be as simple as a big spiky cyclops ball, or as unsettling as a sobbing woman in a rainy alleyway. This week on the RPS podcast, the Electronic Wireless Show, the team is talking about their favourites, from flaming skulls to digitally possessed diving suits, and the clever ways in which game monsters…

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2 years ago

Left 4 Dead creators Turtle Rock making F2P co-op FPS

Left 4 Dead and Evolve creators Turtle Rock Studios have announced a new co-op first-person shooter. Ish. A bit. They've announced they're making one. The mysterious game will be fantasy-ish and, y'know, you'll shoot enemies with your pals and oh, it'll be free-to-play. While Evolve switched to free-to-play a year after launching but this new game will be designed as F2P from the start, which…

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Monday morning machinima: watch the Saxxy winners

What use are Saturday morning cartoons? Who's even around to see those? Mate, what I need is Monday morning cartoons. Some short fun cartoons around 10 on my first day back at work sounds just the ticket. So come on, let's enjoy the 2016 Saxxy Award finalists and winners. Valve unveiled this year's finest Source engine machinima on Friday night after I'd already flicked a…

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Left 4 Dead Creators Release ‘Lost’ Campaign

Turtle Rock are moving on from Evolve, their hunters vs monsters multiplayer game on which development recently ceased. Before starting something new, though, here's a brief return to something old - their Valve-published masterpiece, Left 4 Dead [official site]. Via the Turtle Rock forums, studio co-founder Chris Ashton has uploaded Dam It, a campaign that, in a loose narrative sense, falls in between Dead Air…

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Happy Birthday! Valve Turned 20 Yesterday

Happy 20th birthday, Valve! Yesterday. Happy 20th yesterday. Sorry, I only just saw the Facebook notification. On August 24th, 1996, ex-Microsoft employees Gabe Newell and Mike Harrington made a beautiful baby who was mighty eye-opening. In the dreamy game of "What if...?" one curious hypothetical is: what if Valve never existed? There can't be many companies who've had nearly as much impact. Steam (eventually) revolutionised…

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3 years ago

Left 4 Dead Invades Zombie Army Trilogy

Louis, Francis, Bill, and Zoey, and Ellis, Rochelle, Coach, and Nick have returned, though probably not in the way you'd hope for. The Left 4 Dead survivors have found themselves transported back to Nazi Germany to tackle those dreadful Nazi zombies in Zombie Army Trilogy. A free update last night added the eight survivors to Zombie Army's character lineup for your undead-redeading enjoyment. To celebrate…

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4 years ago

Turtle Rock Defend Evolve’s DLC Shenanigans

Turtle Rock and 2K are currently on the receiving end of an Internet Frown due to their approach to DLC and pre-order gubbins in their impending humans vs monsters multiplayer shooter Evolve. They'd pared some pretty major stuff, including playable monsters, off into bonus payments, and as well as their various editions and DLC being simply confusing, there's been concern that the game experience might…

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Feature:

Have You Played… Left 4 Dead 2?

Have You Played? is an endless stream of game recommendations. One a day, every day of the year, perhaps for all time. Of all games, Left 4 Dead and its sequel might well be the ones I miss the most. Sure, I could still play them today if I wanted to, but who would play them with me? They're two of the smartest and most…

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Egold: Evolve. Also, PC Beta For L4D / Binfinite Owners

A game going gold isn't particularly big news in this age of early access, unless you're someone who worked on it, or you're one of those not-at-all-fatiguing people who just have to start singing Spandau Ballet whenever a certain precious metal is mentioned, but I keep meaning to say something about Evolve. Here's an excuse to: Evolve, the 4v1 team shooter from original Left 4…

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Valve Time Force: Super Time Force Now On PC

Super Time Force launched on Monday, while we were off enjoying the holiday (I sat in a park in St. Albans in torrential rain with a bottle of wine, because reasons), so have a reminder that it's out. The time-twisting shooty platformer's port from Xbox is fancied-up, as one would hope. Capy Games bunged in a new mode and more levels, renamed it to make…

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Feature: The Rockingest Of Turtles

Video Preview: Evolve Is Left 4 Dead 3000

Evolve is the next game from original Left 4 Dead developer Turtle Rock, and that alone should be enough to turn an eye or two or however many you happen to have. I was a giant firebreathing space mutant recently, so I can't judge. I got to go hands-on with Evolve's second batch of Hunters and gameplay options, and I came away with opinions. Powerful…

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5 years ago

Evolve: What The Original Left 4 Dead Team Did Next

2014 would seem to be the year in which the games industry has another crack at making primarily multiplayer shooting games work all over again. There've been a few false starts in the past, but Destiny and Titanfall are some super-big, super-fat attempts at achieveing enormous mass market success from shooters where narrative takes a backseat. Now Evolve joins the ranks of big games looking…

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Pripyat Calls Once Again: Left 4 Dead Dniepr Mod

Making Left 4 Dead campaigns is an interesting challenge. You're building levels for a game that decides when and where to attack the player, and you have almost no control over those moments. It means your focus is in creating the world and in making it an interesting space for the players to exist in. You can't guarantee that the cleverly designed chokepoint you made…

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Valve Wanna Make You Sweat Til You Can’t Sweat No More

We're waiting for you, Valve. In the sweat chamber. Show us what your mad wearable computing tech can do, instead of all this teasing. Latest report is that they've come up with kit which can measure assorted bodily responses, including heart rate, facial expression, brain waves, eye movement, pupil dilation, body temperature and, indeed, sweatability. Based on how you appear to be feeling, the game…

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6 years ago

Feature: Of Tim Schafer And Turret Wives

Story Time With Valve’s Erik Wolpaw, Pt 2

Yesterday, you probably read the first part of my chat with Valve's Erik Wolpaw and Double Fine's Anna Kipnis. If not, it's right here- but FOR A LIMITED TIME ONLY. By which I mean until the Internet ceases to exist, which, you know, could happen someday. Anyway, in today's installment, we branch out a bit from yesterday's story-centric beat. Valve's newfound love of wearable computing,…

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Feature: With A Special Double Fine Guest!

Story Time With Valve’s Erik Wolpaw, Pt 1

It all began one sunny, seemingly inauspicious afternoon in a Starbucks. It also ended there - but, you know, later. Ragged and bone-weary from three days of wading through PAX's diseased hordes, Valve's Erik Wolpaw, Double Fine's Anna Kipnis, and I huddled around one last vestige of civilized humanity: a table. Then we spent nearly an hour talking about this year's sudden upsurge in crazy-interesting…

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Playday: Payday’s Official Unofficial L4D1 Map Out Now

We are suddenly talking about Left 4 Dead a lot again. Could this be a sign of more substantial things to come? I doubt it, but it's fun to hope for things - so long as you never stop hoping and are incapable of sorrow. Regardless, Payday: The Heist's much-vaunted reproduction of Left 4 Dead's Mercy Hospital is here to cure whatever ails you -…

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Finally Flowing: Left 4 Dead’s Cold Stream

Left 4 Dead 2's Cold Stream DLC has been through more tests than a guinea pig that just survived a nuclear blast. As well as the new map, the DLC contains Blood Harvest, Crash Course, Dead Air and Death Toll from the first game, but that's not new news. The fresh meat on this data morsel is the availability of all mutations at all times…

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