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Left 4 Dead

7 years ago

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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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Payday: The Heist Left 4 Dead Map Revealed, Unrevealed

Well, this is odd. We've known about an upcoming Payday: The Heist-Left 4 Dead crossover for about a month now, and - as is often the case with these things - it materialized earlier today via YouTube's eyebeaming ethers. ""Have you ever wondered how the Left 4 Dead series began?" the video's description asked, forcing me to realize that I've never actually wondered that. "It…

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Super Team-Up! The Left 4 Dead / Payday Crossover

Seems a trifle odd to be saying this given 2009's foremost angry internet man-generator was the perceived too-soon release of a sequel to Left 4 Dead, but Valve's zombathons seem to me to have been left a little fallow of late. Team Fortress 2's ongoing transformation into QVC, Portal 2's awards-hogging and fever-pitch speculation about Half Life has been the order of the day for…

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Time To Spread This Contagion Trailer Around

The handsome writer clicks on the Steam Store and types the word "zombie" into the search bar. Too many. He reorganises them by game only. Still too many. They're everywhere. Surrounding us. An outbreak. It's only a matter of time before -- wait, what's that groaning? Where is it coming from? He moves to his browser and checks his tabs. That wasn't there before. He…

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8 years ago

Crikey: Left 4 Dead Fan Film Trailer

It's official - I can no longer tell the difference between fan film trailers and Hollywood trailers. The extraordinary snippet of film below is a teaser for a soon-to-be-released fan movie of Left 4 Dead. But I challenge you to spot the joins here. I mean, unless they've a person stood on someone else's shoulders, holding a third man upside down by his trouser legs,…

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Tree-Killers: The Valve Comic Collection

Over the last few years, Valve have been quietly honing the fine art of viral marketing in an online age, and comics have been a big part of that. A cartel of in-house writers and the excellent pencils of Michael Avon Oeming (and others) have created some rather splendid words'n'pictures. Of course, they were merely digital. HOW DARE YOU INSULT OUR EYEBALLS WITH YOUR CRUMMY…

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Valve Offer L4D2 DLC Early If Players… Uh Oh

You know what always goes well? When Valve offers to release something early if only customers do something for them. That's something with a solid history. Leaping onto this unwaveringly endorsed theme once more, Valve have announced plans on the Left 4 Dead blog to release Dead Air from community-co-created Cold Stream DLC pack early if enough people bug test the new campaign for them.

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Mod News: All the Questions

More sites should interview mod-makers, I feel. If one of this week's picks is anything to go by, they can have some interesting things to say. Modding might not usually be quite as huge a process as making a full-on indie game, but as a modder you face your own unique problems, ones we don't always get to hear about. Maybe we should take note…

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9 years ago

4 L4Deads: The Sacrifice Is Out

Valve send word that The Sacrifice, the DLC for both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, is now available on Steam. "The new DLC is available free of charge to all Steam gamers who own a copy of L4D and/or L4D2. And, for a limited time, L4D and L4D2 (as well as their respective Steam bundles) are available for 66% off the regular…

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Left Three Dead: The Sacrifice Continues

Quick one: the third and penultimate part of the rather impressive Left 4 Dead gap-filling online comic The Sacrifice has arrived. It's rather gory, gore fans. Also peanut-buttery, peanut butter fans. Francis takes the spotlight this time around, though I maintain that his hair's drawn a bit too long. Valve also explain that these words and pictures are "the official version of events", compared to…

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Left 4 Dead Not 2, Part 2

That rather confusing title being a reference to the second part of The Sacrifice, the continuity-plugging comic which describes the events that lead up to recent L4D2 DLC The Passing. We posted about the first part here, and now we're posting about this one here. It's a 40-page tale of the original Left 4 Deaders, soldiers, and vampires. Sorta. Once again, Michael Avon Oeming takes…

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Sequential First Part: The Sacrifice Comic

The first part of the previously announced Left 4 Dead comic is out. It's coming out in four weekly parts, leading up to the release of the actual The Sacrifice pack. It's also a hefty creature. The first part is over forty-pages, so the whole thing should be getting on for 160 and actually includes details to the background of the plague itself. It's also…

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Left 4 Dead Expansion Lets You Choose…

...who lives and who dies, apparently. As it stands Bill dies in The Passing, and there's going to be comic that explains how and why that happens. But it turns out that in The Sacrifice, you can - in keeping with the game's own moment-to-moment decision-making - choose who dies for yourselves. This comes via Kotaku, who point out that in this GameTrailers' chat with…

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Running Up That Hill – L4D: I Hate Mountains

I thought about doing an "Is this Left 4 Dead 3?" gag-headline to follow-up Kieron's GIMPery, but then I realised the entire internet would probably come and burn my house down. This'll still be a little contentious, probably - the release of fan campaign (fanpaign?) I Hate Mountains is being heralded as "the first day anyone has played L4D1 in over half a year." That's…

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