Left 4 Dead 2

PC, XB360, MAC / Action / Release: Nov 17, 2009 / ESRB: M

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Left 4 Dead 2 Commercial Demands More Zombies

With the November 17 release of Left 4 Dead 2 fast approaching and backed by a $25 million ad campaign, developer Valve has produced a few television commercials.

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"That's sad, that advertising campaign is probably 5x more than it cost to develop it."
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Evening Reading: Dragons and Zombies

I'm going out on a limb here and betting that more than a couple of you will be spending most of this evening in the Left 4 Dead 2 demo, Dragon Age Origins, or both. We were talking about the fall gaming deluge today and figured that we're already past the midpoint. Looking at the release list, Modern Warfare 2 looms over the remaining pre-Thanksgiving releases and after that everyone's in the fray. That gives us December to play games. But it isn't a long break. The first part of next year holds plenty of big releases.

And you probably thought I was going off on some rant about enough already with the Dragons and Zombies. Yeah, right. Bring 'em.

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Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Now Publicly Available

Following a week of pre-order exclusivity, the Left 4 Dead 2 PC demo is now available to all via Steam, with the Xbox 360 demo now open to Xbox Live Gold members.

The downloadable sample of Valve's cooperative zombie shooter packs two levels from the New Orleans-set "Parish" campaign, which can be played by up to four online or LAN participants. The Xbox 360 demo also includes two-person split-screen. Read more »

"I hate the TF2-like cartoony look. Even the characters are similar. Well, the fat black guy == ..."
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Left 4 Dead 2 PC Pre-Orders Bring Bill's Beret to TF2

Valve has announced that hat-hungry Team Fortress 2 PC players who pre-order Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam or redeem a retailer-provided pre-order code can now don this fall's hottest TF2 fashion accessory--the green beret made famous by Bill in Left 4 Dead.

"For the first time in history, two separate Valve universes collide," Valve proclaims in a post on the TF2 Blog. "This is not fan fiction! This is not a dream sequence! The characters from Team Fortress 2 will team-up with Bill's hat from Left 4 Dead 1!" Read more »

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Left 4 Dead 2 PC Demo Released

After a one-day delay, the PC demo for Left 4 Dead 2 preorder customers has been released.

The demo offers co-op or LAN players a chance to check out the New Oreleans-centered "Parish" campaign. Read more »

"Piece of crap everything is specular mapped to off the scale . models look like crap lots of ..."
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Left 4 Dead 2 PC Demo Delayed to Wednesday

The downloadable PC demo for Left 4 Dead 2 has been delayed to a Wednesday release for those that preordered, according to Valve.

"The Left 4 Dead 2 Xbox 360 Demo is now available for those who pre-ordered and obtained early access to the demo," read a release mailed from the company tonight. "The PC Demo is currently targeted for release on Wednesday, October 28."

The demo lets up to four online or LAN players sample the New Orleans-set "Parish" campaign, with "all the new melee weapons" and "all the new boss infected zombies." The Xbox demo also packs split-screen for two players. Read more »

"Am I reading this correctly? Today is Wednesday right? Why cant I play the demo which I just ..."
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The Who: Rock Band Coming Next Year?

The plan for a new band-specific Rock Band game may have been spoiled by The Who lead singer Roger Daltrey, who stated in a new interview that the legendary group is getting the Harmonix treatment next year.

"They're going to be doing a Who one next year," said Daltrey to Masslive, in giving his thoughts on this year's The Beatles: Rock Band. Read more »

"I highly doubt it'll be a full game. My bet - Live at Leeds Track Pack. It'll be the show's 40 ..."
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Leaked Left 4 Dead 2 Trailer: Zombie Survival Guide

Another Left 4 Dead 2 leak has sprung as a new cinematic trailer labelled 'intro' popped up on the Internet today, with a show of survivor banter and bonding plus a spot of zombie dismemberment you can be quite certain won't be in the Australian version.

Left 4 Dead 2 arrives for PC and Xbox 360 on November 17. Pre-ordering brings a 10% discount, exclusive baseball bat weapon and earlier demo access--perks which have helped Valve's shooter sequel achieve pre-order numbers 300% of Left 4 Dead's. Read more »

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Left 4 Dead 2 Australian 'Ban' Appeal Fails

The original uncensored version of Left 4 Dead 2 will remain ineligible for sale in Australia, as the independent Classification Review Board has agreed with the Office of Film and Literature Classification's decision to refuse the shooter sequel classification.

Valve and publisher EA appealed last month after the OFLC denied Left 4 Dead 2 the country's highest rating of MA 15+ due to its "frequent and intense depictions of violence" and "graphic depictions of blood and gore," barring it from sale, rental or demonstration. Read more »

"Makes sense, I wouldnt want a bunch of convicts playing violent video games either. GJ Oz"
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PC Sales: Aion, Left 4 Dead 2 Top the Charts

NCsoft's fantasy MMO Aion was the biggest PC seller at retail in September, according to NPD's new data for the month. EA Maxis' The Sims 3 and Cryptic's superhero MMO Champions Online rounded out the top three.

On the order of more recent sales data, Left 4 Dead 2 captured the top spot on the Steam sales list last week, edging out Gearbox's just-released Borderlands and BioWare's upcoming RPG Dragon Age: Origins. Check out both charts below. Read more »

"Counter Strike Source is still up there? Are there still people who don't own it?"
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The Beatles: Rock Band 'Abbey Road Medley' Trailer

The Beatles: Rock Band players can finally see, and play, Polythene Pam and the rest of the songs from the group's seminal album Abbey Road today. The full album, and associated singles, are now available on Xbox 360 and Wii.

The following trailer presents a medley of the new songs, which also come with new dreamscapes and in-studio videos:

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Details on The Beatles: Rock Band's Abbey Road DLC

Abbey Road will finally be available in complete form tomorrow for The Beatles: Rock Band owners, and now we've got the final details on pricing and song organization.

Three of the songs--"Maxwell's Silver Hammer," "Oh! Darling," and "Because"--will be available as individual tracks for $2, while the songs included in the full $17 album can be played as either a 16 minute medley or as collections of one-to-three songs. Read more »

"A reminder: if you want to see more Beatles DLC, you need to buy these packs. yea, it's sorta ..."
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Next Week's Downloads Bring Queen to Rock Band, 'Abbey Road' Album to The Beatles

It looks like next week will be a costly one for some Rock Band owners, as developer Harmonix is slated to unleash some rather anticipated downloadable add-ons.

Those with plain old Rock Band or Rock Band 2 will be tempted by the addition of ten Queen tunes, all of which are original master recordings. Each tune will go for $2 / 160 MS Points / 200 Wii Points, with the entire ten-pack going for $16 / 1280 MS Points. Read more »

"I'd like to point out how this was another example of where the DLC was announced before the ..."
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Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Dates and Details Arrive

While we previously knew that the Left 4 Dead 2 demo would only be available to PC and Xbox 360 pre-orders come October 27, developer Valve today issued new details on the download, specifying what it will contain and when everyone else can play.

After a week of pre-order exclusivity, the PC demo will be available to everyone November 3. The same day, the Xbox 360 demo will be released to Xbox Live Gold members. Those without Gold accounts get access a week later, on November 10. Read more »

"I want to do a L4D2 4-pack! I've not had any luck getting in on a 4-pack pre-order. They ..."
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Final Left 4 Dead 2 Campaigns Confirmed by Achievements List

Following the leak of posters (pictured below) appearing to depict the final two Left 4 Dead 2 campaigns, the levels were confirmed today with the list of Xbox 360 achievements for the game.

Zombie fans will finally get a chance to fight through a Valve-designed mall in Dead Center, while Hard Rain will allow the developer to show off its fancy new environment effects. Read more »

"Boycott or not, this will be Valve's best selling game... ever? best selling, not best game"
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