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Valve's Faliszek Hints At L4D3 Possibility

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Matt Gardner
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News
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Chet Faliszek, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 3, Valve

Valve's Faliszek Hints At L4D3 Possibility

No, it's not an announcement or even an admission that anything is  happening over at Valve regarding Left 4 Ded 3, but writer Chet Faliszek has suggested that it's certainly a possibility, noting that it's one of his favourite series.

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Steam Summer Sale Daily Deals Round-Up | 19th July

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Alan Wake, Alan Wake's American Nightmare, Krater, Left 4 Dead, PC games, Steam Summer Sale 2012

Steam Summer Sale Daily Deals Round-Up | 19th July

Deals. Steam. Time. Running out!

I don't know why I punctuated that introduction like William Shatner, but it sums things up quite nicely. You've got until tomorrow morning to take advantage of this clutch of Steam sale highlights.

Alan Wake Collector's Edition | £5.74

Remedy's PC version of Alan Wake is, as far as we're concerned, the definitive edition. It looks better, plays better and the Collector's Edition is packed with extras. Review here.

Alan Wake’s American Nightmare | £2.99

Remedy's new focus on downloadable episodic content is off to a flying start with this surreal little number. At £2.99, this quirky Twilight Zone-inspired romp is a serious bargain. Check out our Alan Wake's American Nightmare review for more.

Fallout: New Vegas Ultimate Edition | £7.49

Fallout: New Vegas is ruddy brilliant, and its DLC packs were (almost) all fantastic; each of which providing an entirely new and refreshing gameplay experience. Buy them all together for big savings.

Krater | £5.99

We're loving this humorous and expansive indie RPG... and when its co-op patch finally hits next month, our review score will almost certainly go up another notch. Get in early.

Left 4 Dead & Left 4 Dead 2 | £5.74

If you haven't got these dynamically-directed cooperative games by now, you probably don't like them in the first place. Just in case, here's an opportunity to grab them both for less than six quid.

Indie Bundle VIII | £6.99

There's a good chance that you'll already own several of these games if you're a regular indie bundle buyer. That said, SOL: Exodus is part of the package, while Swords & Soldiers HD and Hoard are both seriously great, so use your initiative. Personally, I might hold out today.

Homebrew Hero: Left 4 Dead Squeezed Onto PlayStation Vita

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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homebrew, Left 4 Dead, PlayStation Mobile, PS Vita
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Left 4 Dead | Playstation Vita

Homebrew Hero: Left 4 Dead Squeezed Onto PlayStation Vita

A homebrew coder has managed to get Left 4 Dead running on a PS Vita, thanks to clever use of the PlayStation Mobile (previously known as PlayStation Suite) programming toolkit. Whether it's actually running on the device or streamed from a remote windows server isn't entirely clear - we suspect the latter due to an IP address entry screen appearing at the start of the video - but there appears to be little in the way of lag or graphical compromise. Even the Vita's gyroscope has been incorporated into camera control.

PlayStation Mobile is designed to allow indie developers to design and test games for Vita and PlayStation-certified Android devices, and we hope that more officially-approved apps will soon be available. Whether Sony will crack down on homebrew applications like this, however, remains to be seen.

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Payday: The Heist & Left 4 Dead To Make "A Very Cool Blend"

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Jonathan Lester
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News
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Left 4 Dead, Overkill Software, Payday: The Heist, Valve
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Left 4 Dead

Payday: The Heist & Left 4 Dead To Make "A Very Cool Blend"

Overkill Software has announced that they're working with Valve to blend Payday: The Heist and Left 4 Dead together.

Really. More details below.

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Xbox Live Deal Of The Week: Back From The Dead

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Borderlands, DLC, Games deals, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai, XBLA, Xbox 360 games, Zombie, Zombie Apocalypse
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Xbox 360

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Microsoft's weekly Gold Member-exclusive deal is set to kick off later today, with a decidedly necrotic theme. The Zombies... Back From The Dead promotion slashes the price of two undead themed XBLA games, two expansion packs and some avatar gear, meaning that the zombie lovers amongst us can satisfy their horrific urges for flesh.

The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is an absolutely fantastic Indie title turned full-fledged XBLA exclusive, featuring nuanced brutal combat that's easily the equal of any number of retail releases. Boomsticks and chainsaws abound, along with gritty yet ambient art direction. Don't miss this one.

Zombie Apocalypse has also been reduced to 400 Microsoft Points, but be aware that it's a ridiculous grind. The twinstick gameplay is solid enough and it actually feels like an isometric Left 4 Dead in parts, but there's simply too much repetition to make it stand out. I'[d recommend the slightly superior Dead Nation on PSN if you happen to own both consoles. Easy (if grindy) achievements, mind.

The Left 4 Dead expansion packs both offer a small new campaign and some nifty new multiplayer modes. They're well worth the money if you haven't grabbed them already. The Zombie Island of Dr Ned is also a thoroughly worthwhile destination for Borderlands fans who haven't stumped up for the complete edition.

As always, click the links to queue up downloads from the online marketplace!

Valve Complete Pack | £24.99 | Steam | PC

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Felix Kemp
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Deals
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First person shooter, FPS games, Games deals, Half Life, Left 4 Dead, PC games, Portal, Valve Complete Collection
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PC

Valve Complete Pack | £24.99 | Steam | PC

  • What: Valve Complete Pack
  • Where: Steam
  • Current Price: £24.99

We're big Valve fans at Dealspwn, so it is with great pleasure that I inform you off a massive 79% saving on the Valve Complete Pack, which includes almost every game Valve has developed, from classics like Half-Life and Portal to popular mods-cum-full blown-titles like Counter Strike. It's a fantastic deal, and all for just £24.99. That's 22 games for almost half the price of a retail game! I could go on about the greatness of Half-Life 1 & 2, or the class and humour of Portal, or how damn addicting Left 4 Dead is. But I'll leave that for you to discover. Cheers.

Left 4 Dead 1 & 2 | £11.49 | Steam | PC & Mac

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Tom Silkstone
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Deals
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Games deals, Left 4 Dead, Left 4 Dead 2, Mac games, PC games
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PC

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Here's another deal to get you in the spooky mood of Halloween, Steam have reduced their bundle deal for Left 4 Dead & Left 4 Dead 2 by 50% making it £11.49, which isn't bad at all. However, if you've already got one of the games but you've been waiting for the other to come down in price, the 50% off deal also applies to the individual games, as does picking up four copies of one title or the other if the need arises. Thanks to Ren182 @ HUKD.

David Brown's Free Play: Conjoined Combat, Zombie Killing and a Serpent's Unibrow

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David Brown
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Features
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Browser games, Chase Goose 2, Death Aboard, Download games, Flash games, Free Play, Freeware, Left 4 Dead, Red Riot, Road of the Dead, Siamese Enemies

FREEPLAY

Another week, another batch of peculiar and sometimes frankly bizarre attempts by the general public to become the next Markus Persson (creator of Minecraft). Last month we had a game that involved EGA video clips of a man putting a gun to his head and pulling the trigger. For your entertainment, sicko. Yeah, feel the shame that you sighed with relief and, perhaps, perverse sexual pleasure, when he crashed to the table. It was just a pity pixellated 16-colour blood didn't spill from his shattered cranium, wasn't it? This week, we have a game about two Siamese twins attempting to free themselves from each other by collecting organs. Next time, who knows? A game about a wheelchair-bound samurai racing around a shopping centre, slicing the heads of babies? In the world of independent games development, nothing is sacrosanct, except perhaps quality control.

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So yeah, Siamese Enemies is very, very strange. It's also a game for two players, one for each of the conjoined combatants. To win, you have to do two things – first, collect scattered human organs and stitch them onto your side of the double body, and secondly, damage your twin's body at the same time. There are two objectives to reach – the first is the operating table, where you get sliced in half, and then the second is a race back to your mother. The more organs you've got stitched onto yourself, the faster you can make it back to your parent. It's crazy, but well worth a go if you can get someone as demented as yourself to play it. Go download it from developer Krimelo's blog right now.

Read on for Russians in spandex, undead carmageddon and the wonderful Death Aboard...

Left 4 Dead: Game of the Year | £4.41 | Steam | PC

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Lydia Low
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Deals
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Downloads, Games deals, Left 4 Dead, PC games, Steam
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PC

Left 4 Dead Game of the Year  £4.41  Steam  PC [photo]

Left 4 Dead is Valve's co-operative first person zombie shooter masterpiece that pits four Survivors against massives hoardes of furious Infected. Steam are currently selling the Game of the Year edition for less than a fiver.  As well as the game itself, this edition includes the Survival Pack add-on which is composed of new 1-4 person mode Survival and two extra versus campaigns. Co-op shooter play doesn't get much better than this and throwing yourselves through level after level of the ravenous zombie mob is addictive and a hell of a lot of fun, particularly when you take it on with a trio of friends. Thanks to Fuse at Hotukdeals!

P.S. Steam are also offering both Left 4 Dead games as a package for £7.81 here

From R4 Outlaws to Michael Jackson: Zombie Killer - News Roundup 28th July 2010

Author:
Jonathan Lester
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News
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Games news, Left 4 Dead, Michael Jackson: The Experience, Nintendo, Piracy, Plants Vs Zombies, PS3, R4, Valve

R4 Emulator/Piracy Devices Now Illegal in the UK

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R4's range of DS cards provide Nintendo's handheld with a range of multimedia and homebrew applications... but also allow the entire games lineup to be pirated and downloaded for free. Nintendo has previously blamed piracy for a 50% decrease in European sales- and has been aggressively pushing for R4's devices to be outlawed in the UK. Today, they've finally succeeded.

A UK judge has made a landmark ruling to ban the entire range of R4 products. Whilst it's still technically legal to own an R4 device, it's now illegal to advertise, stock or sell the cards. Naturally, downloading and playing ROMs is still absolutely against the law... even for games you have legally purchased. Many people make this mistake.

On the one hand, we will salute any company for successfully defending their intellectual rights and hardworking developers. However, there's no denying that the R4 cards are a minority device that still requires (and incentivizes) people to buy a DS in the first place. Better not tell Nintendo about the Dingoo A320, then... [Develop Online]

Michael Jackson Dance Game Will Sell 1m; Estate Kills Moonwalking Zombie

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The King of Pop may be dead and buried... but he's dominating the news today. Ubisoft has predicted that Michael Jackson: The Experience, the upcoming multiplatform dance title featuring songs and videos from the late singer, will shift over a million copies.

"We feel that this title will definitely be a million-seller. We hope that it will be one of the bigger titles for this Christmas season. It's a unique game in its genre, allowing fans to step into the shoes of Michael Jackson." -UK MD Rob Cooper to MCV

They're probably right. Partly because MJ has a solid selection of songs, partly because his death has immortalised the music and mainly because the game's coming out on every home console, household appliance and electrical device out there.

Secondly, and somewhat more pettily, the Michael Jackson estate has 'objected' to the awesome Thriller zombie in PopCap's massively popular Plants vs Zombies.

“The Estate of Michael Jackson objected to our use of the ‘dancing zombie’ in PLANTS vs. ZOMBIES based on its view that the zombie too closely resembled Michael Jackson."

At the end of the day, it doesn't matter who's wrong or right. PopCap have agreed to remove the offending undead from the iPhone version and upcoming XBLA port- as well as replacing him in title updates for existing versions. This seems like a massive overreaction to a good-natured Easter egg and free publicity that's been around for a while... and you have to wonder if Ubisoft's advised them to do it. [MTV]

Valve: "Who Knows" about Left 4 Dead PS3?

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Valve's love knows no bounds- and since E3, they've even finally welcomed the Sony crowd into the fold. PR Head Honcho Doug Lombardi has revealed that Valve will be taking a 'wait and see approach' when it comes to porting some of the big name 360 exclusives titles over to the PS3.

"Who knows what the future will bring?"

In other news, Lombardi reiterated that Portal 2 will not use Playstation Move or 3D support. I'm afraid that the game's just going to have to stand on its own merits without resorting to expensive new tech. To be honest, I'm not really that disappointed... [PSM via CVG]

Steam Summer Sale: L4D, Shatter and Torchlight [PC and Mac Games]

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Games deals, Left 4 Dead, PC games, Shatter, Torchlight
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Another day, another deal. And another million people dying from all sorts of unnecessary exercise and beach-related mishaps. Don't go outside- it's dangerous out there. Luckily, the Steam Summer Sale is giving us plenty of reasons to stay inside... where it's safe. Note that you've only got a few more hours to take advantage of this sale!

Left 4 Dead (G.O.T.Y. Edition) £4.99

Valve have been wowing us with incredible deals on their own games this summer- and once again, they've beaten the competition by a huge margin. The cheapest new physical copy will currently set you back £12.99 from Sendit...meaning that downloading from Steam will set you back a cool £8. More than worth the lack of a box and paper manual, methinks. Left 4 Dead is a fantastic and intense cooperative experience that pits you and 4 companions against... and adequately illustrates the dangers of going outside.

Shatter £1.75

Shatter takes the original Brick Breaking concept and takes it to an entirely new level. Dynamic physics, an eyepopping contemporary art style and epic boss battles makes Shatter one of the most impressive Indie experiences to come out of left field- and now you can pick it up for less than a cheap bus ticket. Recommended.

Torchlight 3.75

Tired of waiting for Diablo III to make an appearance? Looking for another addictive isometric loot grinder to tide you over? Well look no further. Torchlight's a capable little action RPG that's well worth checking out at this price (which will save you over £7, incidentally). Expect swords, spells, crowd control and a helpful pet to cart your loot back to the shops. Mac users can also get involved thanks to its dual compatibility!

XBLA Roundup: L4D Crash Course Deal, Final Fight Micro Review

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Jonathan Lester
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Deals
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Crash Course, Final Fight: Double Impact, Games deals, Left 4 Dead, XBLA, Xbox 360 games
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This week, Microsoft have knocked 200 points off of Crash Course: the DLC pack that bolts a new campaign level, achievements and multiplayer streamlining onto Valve's Left 4 Dead. Whilst this expansion is free on the PC, this still represents a significant saving for interested Xbox Live Gold Members.

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Whilst the world is currently focused on Left 4 Dead 2, the original still stands proud as a moodier and less OTT horror experience. The Crash Course pack inserts a short yet extremely focused campaign level between No Mercy and Death Toll that explains how the awesome foursome managed to travel between them. Whilst it's nowhere near as long as the rest of the levels, this Crash Course mission makes up for it by being incredibly intense.

There isn't a single wasted moment between enormous hordes and tense witch-hunts, and the finale is probably the most ridiculous in the game. A few matchmaking improvements also chunter along behind the scenes and 10 extra achievements sweeten the pot for gamerscore hunters. If you're already getting stuck into L4D2 then there isn't much point dropping the points, but fans of the original will find a lot to like here.

Final Fight: Double Impact [Micro Review]

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Developer: Capcom

Platforms: PSN, XBLA (reviewed)

Final Fight: Double Impact includes the full versions of coin-op classics Final Fight and Magic Sword, and gives both games a subtle HD makeover. The graphics still aren't much to look at (and exhibit occasional tearing issues), but they hold up well enough. The soundtrack has been given a full revamp, however, with some seriously impressive remixes of the original bleeps and bloops. An attractive arcade cabinet-style presentation (complete with a convex screen effect) serves to remind the player that they're in the presence of serious arcade royalty. But how have these two games held up after all these years? Let's find out.

Click here to check out the Micro Review!

Left 4 Dead 2 £9.99 @ GAME/Gamestation/Gameplay [PC Games]

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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First person shooter, Games deals, Left 4 Dead, PC games
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We 'ummed' and 'aaaahhh' about putting this one up considering that three merchants are currently selling Valve's zombie-blasting sequel at the price above, but to be able to snaffle Left 4 Dead 2 for under a tenner is really an opportunity that should not be missed at all. If you're a FPS fan then there's really no excuse any more as to why this wouldn't be in your possession. The next price up is over at Amazon for £14.97 meaning that you'll be saving yourselves a very nice £5, a third of that listed price! What are you waiting for? Go and buy it now!

Gameplay is currently out of stock, but the two below are still shipping copies as of Monday morning.

Valve's original combined the disease-outbreak plot of 28 Days Later with the swarming undead hordes of George A. Romero's films and an intuitive virtual AI Director to create a shooter that was jumpy, tense, incredibly gory and unique each time you played it. The sequel is no different.  Naysayers will complain that Left 4 Dead 2 is more like Left 4 Dead 1.5, and they'd have a valid point - this game is more or less just a refined, retooling of its predecessor - but that doesn't make it any less fun to play.

If anything, this is the game that the original should have been. If sequels provide opportunities for developers to perfect a formula then there's no arguing with what Valve have done here. There are more Infected character types (terrifyingly, The Witch can now roam around), a whole new set of levels, new multiplayer modes and, satisfyingly, a bunch of new melee weapons that provide endless amounts of visceral OTT fun.

As usual, though, it is the Director that truly stands out, rewarding multiple playthroughs as you creep down sets of stairs where last time you encountered several of the Infected only to find an empty room as the score bubbles ominously before a tank bursts through the wall unexpectedly, sending you screaming behind the couch.

If you are a fan of the genre then you should really look to bag yourself a copy of this, you'd better have a headset, mind.

Thanks to drake57 at HUKD

Left4Dead2 £14.99 @ Gameplay [PC Games]

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Marius Goubert
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Deals
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Games deals, Left 4 Dead

left-4-dead-2-20090925051338042_640wNot many games give you the sense you're fighting for survival like the Left for Dead series. And if you haven’t yet experienced the psychotic butcherly of this superb sequel where you get to run round with a group of friends punching, blasting and dismembering hordes of undead-zombie-cannibals with everything from electric guitars to grenade launchers, you can now do so for just £14.99 from Gameplay.

This is a superb deal given that LFD2 hasn't previously dipped below £20 - although, since Gameplay’s massive price drop last night, Gamestation have now followed suit with a price match, while Game are now charging £15.99. After that, the price shoots up to £20.95 from MyMemory.

Regarding the sequel, fans of Left for Dead won’t notice a huge departure from the core gameplay mechanics of the original. But that’s not to say that Valve haven’t really gone out their way to enrich the whole experience with better level design, a greater variety of common and special infected, loads more weapons and a diverse range of game modes. In short, Left for Dead 2 improves on its predecessor in every way.

Just like the original however, success does depend on team work. And for me, the quality of the game really depended on the kind of online players you found yourself lumbered with (unless you get together with friends of course). Some are selfish with their items, will never share pills or health packs, and after running into the horde like Rambo, lay there begging to be resuscitated. Then again, on the other hand, some players meticulously work out their tactics to such an extent that if you fail to come up scratch or get a bit too trigger happy with the auto shotgun and happen to hit a few team mates – I did say sorry – you have to endure the humiliation of being vote kicked.

Overall however, despite the odd bit of lag, where enemies stand momentarily running on the spot, Left for Dead 2 excels in every area, and is a title which all gamers – apart from very young children of course! – should add to their collection.


Left 4 Dead 2 £22.99 @ Game [Xbox 360 Games]

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Lydia Low
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Deals
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First person shooter, Games deals, Left 4 Dead, Xbox 360 games
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Left 4 Dead 2 £22.99 @ Game [XBox 360 Games] photo

Despite the controversy surrounding its somewhat speedy release, Left 4 Dead 2 was, at least as far as I am concerned, one of the gaming highlights of last year.

Game are offering Left 4 Dead 2 as part of their Monday Madness promotion, with an awesome price of just £22.99, which gives a fantastic saving of £10 compared to the next best price from Tesco. The PC version is also considerably cheaper than elsewhere at £14.99 — £10 cheaper than runner up Gamestation.

These deals are available for today only and are likely to sell out super quickly so hurry!

Like its predecessor, the award winning Left 4 Dead, L4D2 takes place in a world savaged by a violent apocalyptic pandemic in which four survivors are struggling to keep safe in the midst of chaos and the unrelenting hordes of "Infected". Thanks to a move to the deep south, there is a new group of survivors to herd to safety: Coach, Rochelle, Nick and Ellis.

Play takes place across five campaigns, each covering a different location, all of which are brilliantly designed and enormously enjoyable. Every one of these campaigns is available to play as members of the infected from the start which can be even more fun than tackling the game in human form.

New modes make this a better value prospect than the original Left 4 Dead. The Realism mode ramps up the tension nicely, removing the glowing outlines from your team-mates and handy items, no longer allowing fallen comrades to respawn until you have reached a safe house and making the infected harder to kill. Playing in Scavenge Mode sees players racing against the clock as they attempt to collect gas tanks to bump up their remaining time while a squad of infected try to follow their endeavours.

The gameplay has changed very little from the original title but there have been improvements in pretty much every area. The new survivors are chattier and have more personality than the previous batch, with Ellis in particular providing some chucklesome tales to keep up morale. Their AI has been tweaked a little too so they tend to cause less face-palm moments, but they are still far too hesitant to incinerate the horde with a molotov or lure their attention elsewhere with a pipe bomb. The new infected add to the fun with entertaining, if infuriating, abilities and the addition of melee weapons is a great move — when in doubt I have found that swinging a chainsaw round in circles never does any harm and the cricket bat provides an incredibly satisfying "thwack" on contact with zombie skull.

Left 4 Dead 2 is very much designed with those already in love with the concept in mind and if you did not enjoy the original game then there is not much point in delving into more of the same zombie blasting, co-op action but for those that did, the second instalment offers all the same gleeful fun as before but with so much more packed in.

Left 4 Dead £11.95 @ ShopTo [Xbox 360 Games]

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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First person shooter, Games deals, Left 4 Dead, Xbox 360 games
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Zombies have never quite captured the global imagination as much as vampires have - Stephanie Meyer's epic tale of Mormon sexual mores wouldn't have been nearly as palatable for her intended audience had Edward Cullen been noticeably deceased - but they do make for lots of high octane fun purely because there's nothing quite like offing a bunch of lumbering monsters that are 1. Already dead and 2. Itching to eat your flesh. Left 4 Dead creates a marvellous zombie-busting experience with more than a few nods to the classic movies of George A. Romero.

If you don't really fancy shelling out £30 or so for the slightly spruced sequel, then the original game will still provide all of the cadaverous arse-kicking you could hope for. You can now pick up a copy of Left 4 Dead for just £11.95 from ShopTo, saving you a good £6 on the nearest in stock competitor (HMV - £17.99). You can save even more if you go for another game in the 2 for £20 list, bringing the price of this game down to just £10!

Valve are good at what they do, and what they do particularly well here is make you feel like you're playing through your own zombie movie. The setup is very simple in each level: you and your three companions are stuck somewhere with limited weapons, surrounded by flesh-eating 'Infected' (so actually more 28 Days Later than Dawn of the Dead) and you need to blast your way from safehouse to safehouse until you can reach a designated rescue point.

The FPS action is brilliant, as you'd expect, and the horde of raving monsters between you and safety are plentiful. Aside from your run-of-the-mill demonic cannibal there are some special units to look out for such as the Boomer, a fat acid-vomiting pie who will explode in a massive torrent of toxic bile if you shoot at his body, and the Witch, who upon first viewing looks like a small crying little girl, until you disturb her and she eviscerates you with one hit.

Left 4 Dead is damn good at making you jump too, something that is helped by the minimalist score which only really swells into a frenzy when you're about to come face to face with a whole bunch of nasties, and also a welcome little feature called the Director. The AI Director essentially makes for unlimited replay value. The game is short, and once you've seen one level, you've pretty much seen it all, but you'll never play the game the same way twice as the Director changes weapon cache placements, and enemy locations every time.

Confused? Don't be. Say for instance on your first playthrough you and your teammates are descending a staircase. You reach the well lit basement, open the door and come face to face with a Boomer. The second time you play it through, a couple of things might have changed. The lights may now be out, and the room empty. The game will ratchet up the tension  until, just when you think you are safe, a Hunter bursts through the wall and starts chomping on your face.

Left 4 Dead is a fantastic game, especially if you have three mates playing too, and at this price is certainly worth a look for any FPS or horror fan out there.

Thanks to GIANTHANDMAN at HotUKDeals

Left 4 Dead 2 £14.99 @ HMV [PC Games]

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Matt Gardner
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Deals
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First person shooter, Left 4 Dead, PC games, Valve
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Thankfully for those of us who don't live in Australia, Christmas will be marked by many gamers by a lot of messy, frightful, gory zombie killing. I am, of course, referring to Valve's almost apologetically quick follow up to 2008's co-op undead slaughterfest Left 4 Dead. The sequel runs along the same lines as its progenitor: An apocalyptic pandemic has swept the globe and it's up to you and three cohorts to shoot, smash and slice your way through waves of the groaning, decaying host (hopping into periodically placed safehouses along the way) and make your way to a rescue vehicle at the end of each campaign mission.

If you find yourself snowed in this Christmas then I can't think of many better ways to warm yourself up than by blasting the heads off of zombies, and it seems HMV agrees with me. The entertainment merchant has had Left 4 Dead 2 in for a while at the low price of £17.99 but has, in the last 24 hours, dropped that even further to the pleasant sub-fifteen price of £14.99. Grabbing a copy of this will net you a saving of £10 on the nearest competitor at the moment (Amazon - £24.99).

It might be argued that with very little in terms of new gameplay that Left 4 Dead 2 should simply have been made into a series of downloadable episodes for the first game. The speed with which the sequel was announced and brought into life - a mere year to the date after the first game - does seem a little suspect, but who can turn down more of a good thing?

That said, there are a couple of new things to keep fans of the first game interested. The four new playable characters don't really make a huge amount of difference, but the arsenal at your disposal has been greatly expanded upon, particularly in the melee department. You can now slice, dice, mash and smash your way through the infected horde with items ranging from a katana to a rusty chainsaw to an electric guitar. If you're anything like me, you'll probably laugh out loud, and then feel slightly ill, and then realise it's a game and laugh harder, espcially when you get your hands on the new grenade launcher.

The AI Director is still there, making sure that no two play-throughs are the same, but there are more special infected units this time around including The Charger, a speedy bastard who's nicked the Incredible Hulk's right arm, The Spitter, who....erm....spits, and The Jockey, who jumps on your back and rides around into large swathes of his infected chums. Oh, and remember The Witch - the psychopathic lonely little red-head from the first game who could kill you in one hit? Well in certain campaigns she can now wander aimlessly around rather than sitting in a corner crying. You'll need to have your wits about you.

Left 4 Dead 2 is essentially what the first game should have been: everything has been tuned up without changing anything of the core gameplay, meaning that what we're left with isn't so much a true sequel, but a version of the first game that's been pumped with steroids and had a firework or two stuck up its ass. If you're a newbie to the series then this is definitely where you should start, and if you're an old-timer then you're going to want to get a piece of this souped-up action for sure too.

Thanks to danpc at HotUKDeals

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From MVC's Latest Survey to GSC Game World's Latest Sequel - News Roundup 12th December

Author:
Marius Goubert
Category:
News
Tags:
Left 4 Dead, MVC, STALKER, Valve

In today’s news roundup we hear from MVC who reckon game retailers are optimistic regarding sales for 2010. We take a look at Valve’s major update for Left for Dead 2 – but does it go far enough? And lastly, we bring news of a new sequel for the classic FPS title S.T.A.L.K.E.R. which is due to be released early next year.

UK retailers confident in strong 2010 games sales 

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Despite the fact British game developers have taken a serious mauling since the onset of the economic recession, a recent survey of computer game retailers argues that an overwhelming majority have a positive outlook for 2010. A massive 91% said they believe things are on the up and up when it comes to sales of video games and video game accessories. 48% believe things may improve even sooner, insisting they’ll make more this holiday season than they did last year, whilst 27% reckon  they’ll make at least as much.

But with the recession deepening is this just wishful thinking?  Some strongly argue that it is, and insist the only way game retailers can weather the recession is to concentrate on sure sellers (aka New Super Mario Brothers and Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 – which seems to popping up everywhere, even petrol stations). But with only top selling titles dominating shelf space, does this mean total obscurity for all the more original and underground game titles? [VGEVO]

Valve fixes L4D2

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A series of bugs and glitches which have been plaguing Left for Dead 2 players since the game’s release have prompted Valve to release a major update. However, although the patch addresses many issues affecting gameplay – such as changes to hit boxes around monsters and a few tweaks to the camera angles – the game is certainly not free from problems. Some gamers are still experiencing random crashes, whilst one of the biggest issues regarding Valve’s zombie sequel is the fact melee weapons are overpowered. For full run down of the patch follow this link: [Eurogamer]

S.T.A.L.K.E.R. Pripyat gets release date

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Fans of the critically acclaimed PC title S.T.A.L.K.E.R who actually persevered long enough to get into this classic FPS will be pleased to hear the latest sequel, Call of Pripyat (duty), is due to be released in February 2010. The PC game is apparently going to be the first to support DirectX 11, and focuses on a Ukrainian secret agent who is sent into the middle of the nuclear disaster zone to search for a group who never returned from a government sanctioned mission. With the previous sequel Clear Sky having attained a lukewarm reception, let’s hope this one is a bit more memorable. [GamesWeasel]

Left 4 Dead 2 £15 @ Tesco Entertainment [XBox 360 Games]

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If you are interested in the brand new Left 4 Dead 2 but have been waiting for a more palatable price tag, then I suggest you make your merry way to Tesco Entertainment online asap as they are currently selling copies for the surely-a-misprice?! price of just £15. This is less than half the next best offer of £37.49 from Cool Shop, giving you a saving of £22.49!

It might be a good idea to take and save a screenshot just in case this is a mistake and you are sent the original Left 4 Dead instead!

Following on from the original Left 4 Dead, the sequel sees you taking charge of four new survivors as they make their way through the sickened lands of the Infected hordes. Each survivor can carry one main weapon, a pistol or two and a melee weapon; anything ranging from a chainsaw to a frying pan.

Famous for its co-op gameplay, this instalment to the Left 4 Dead series has also added a fantastic new versus mod: Scavenge as well as a host of further welcome improvements such as fun new abilities for the infected, excellent new campaigns with great level design, brilliant new weapons and more interesting survivors with deeper stories. The realism mode is nail bitingly tense and exciting and is just another reason why the sequel is far superior to the original. It's not without its faults of course; it's not for everyone and the gameplay hasn't really moved along very far, plus those playing on the 360 are bound to run into some slow-down at some point.

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Left for Dead: Game of the year edition £17.73 @ TheHut.com [Xbox360 Games]

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Zombies are great. You can punch them, kick them, shoot them and they’ll still come for you. That’s when you decide to get out the explosives and do a proper job. Left 4 Dead offers all of these and more – with heavy cooperative game play and plenty of gun slinging action you can’t pass up.

TheHut are currently offering the cheapest price for Left 4 Dead at £17.73. The next best price stands at £19.94 from Amazon, which means you save a few pounds.

Imagine if you will, being stuck on a roof. You’re with three other survivors you know little about, and all around you, as far as the eye can see, there are zombies. A military plane flies overhead towards the city’s airport and you know that it’s your only chance of survival. Now the only problem is you have to somehow get there and fight your way through a zombie infested city.

You get to play as any one of the four survivors in Left 4 Dead. They only differ in appearance so you won’t be missing out on skills or abilities. The general idea is to find the safest and quickest route through the city and into a safe house without dying. You have to wind your way through buildings, apartments and houses where zombies hide in every corner. You have to help comrades in need, whether they’re injured, pinned down by a zombie or hanging off the edge of a building. There are four main scenarios that play out like mini movies and at the end, credits roll giving the stats of each player.

Unlike most zombie games where you’re trying to find a cure or wipe out all the zombies, in Left 4 Dead you’re literally just trying to survive. This makes for a better more intense game-playing experience. There are times when all you hear is the crackle of gunfire and the screams of your comrades as they call for help. The zombies run (like in 28 days later) and attack in hordes, so you’re always guaranteed a huge gun fight. A feature I love in Left 4 Dead is setting off car alarms, which basically alerts the zombies to your location. They then attack from all directions and in such huge numbers, all you can do is hold down the trigger and hope for the best.

Multiplayer is a big thing in Left 4 Dead. I strongly advise you to play it with friends or strangers online for the best experience, because it will seriously make things easier and a lot more fun. You can play with them on the main scenarios or in death match styled games, where half the players are the zombies and the other are the humans.

Left 4 Dead: Game of the year edition offers more maps and more modes unseen in the original version. It is a superb game (one of my favourites) with many hours of game play and re-playability. There’s plenty to do online and what with the imminent release of the sequel, surely you’ll want to get some practice in.

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