Left 4 Dead 'Crash Course' DLC Now Available, Complete Game Briefly $15 on Steam

By Chris Faylor, Sep 29, 2009 11:24am PDT As promised, Valve today released the downloadable "Crash Course" campaign for the PC and Xbox 360 editions of its cooperative zombie shooter Left 4 Dead.

The expansion, free for PC players and 560 MS Points ($7) for those on Xbox 360, delivers a new two-chapter campaign playable in single-player, co-op and competitive multiplayer. The download also adds several new maps for use in Survival mode.

In celebration of the DLC's release, Valve is offering 50% off the PC edition of the game--bringing it down to $14.99--until Saturday, October 2. The company has previously said that it plans to keep supporting the original Left 4 Dead even after Left 4 Dead 2 arrives on November 17.

"The primary goal of 'Crash' is to deliver a complete Versus mode experience in just 30 minutes, resulting in a streamlined version of the game's existing Versus campaigns," Valve explained, with patch notes for the PC version just below:

Updates to Left 4 Dead have been released. The updates will be applied automatically when your Steam client is restarted. The major changes include:
  • A new campaign, "Crash Course", is now available for play in Campaign, Versus and Survival modes
  • In Versus mode, all weapons, pills, health packs, molotovs, pipe bombs and other items will now be identical for the second round of a chapter
  • Matchmaking has had several improvements to make finding and joining games even faster
  • Ten all new "Crash Course" achievements have been added

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  • I don't understand why people are hesitating on buying L4D and just holding off on L4D2. Here are a few thigns to point out if you buy L4D:

    - You pay for the content and experience in L4D
    - You get to know the ins and outs of the game (which usually take weeks to full understand)
    - You don't become the "fail dude" who is dragging down the team when playing survivor / infected. Knowing that the Internet is mostly full of impatient people (especially L4D), they'll most likely KICK you because you're too noob.

    If none of these few things bother you (even the getting kicked from the server part), then hold off until L4D2.