Valve is opening the Left 4 Dead 2 on Linux beta to the general gaming public next week. Owners of the Steam version of the game will soon have access to the beta, alongside the already accessible Extended Mutation System that was made available back in February.
Unfortunately, the multiplayer is limited to the pool of players who are participating in the soon-to-be-public beta, and if you are one of the unfortunate souls who have capped bandwidths — as someone who had to endure this recently, my heart goes out to you — Valve adds you “might want to wait for the changes to move to the main game.” Any Linux enthusiasts interested in checking this out? READ MORE
Today, Resident Evil 6 comes to the PC, and it’s bringing with it some exclusive content. This includes an exciting — and free — Resident Evil 6 x Left 4 Dead 2 crossover that infuses the PC version of RE6 with the cast and a couple of the enemies from L4D2. Coach, Nick, Ellis and Rochelle will be playable in the Mercenaries No Mercy mode, where the Witch and Mini Tank will appear as enemies.
The crossover begins on April 5, but you can purchase Resident Evil 6 right now on PC for #29.99 (€29.99/£19.99). See the crossover in action after the break, along with a fresh batch of screenshots from the Onslaught mode. READ MORE
Brutal Legend didn’t rock as hard as I hoped it would, but it was still an incredibly fun, and often funny, game. It might not have found the audience it deserved, but at the very least it’s been getting some extra love with a recent re-release on Steam, and now Eddie Riggs’ battle-axe and guitar have been made available to Left 4 Dead 2 players as melee weapons with which to beat down the unsuspecting infected.
What’s coming next? If I had to guess based on Valve’s little tease, it looks like we’ll be getting enemies from Resident Evil 6. Or at least the model they showed looks a lot like the Bloodshot (the image file is even titled ‘bloodshot,’ so that prediction isn’t much of a leap). Check it out after the break. READ MORE
Valve said they were working on bringing Steam Workshop support to Left 4 Dead 2back in September, and now it’s finally come. In a recent update for the game, which also brought a fresh batch of bug fixes, came full support for Steam Workshop. This means the community can find and discuss user-created content much more quickly than visiting a fan site for community-created mods and maps. I’m very much looking forward to seeing what the community comes up with now that it’s significantly easier to create and share content, and I’m especially happy I won’t have to sift through cluttered submissions on fan sites (I’m lazy).
I’ve downloaded dozens of mods already that range from weapon skins to an incredible Minecraft campaign. If you have the game and haven’t played Deathcraft, I highly recommend you check it out. It’s quite possibly the best fan-made map I’ve played on so far. READ MORE
In a recent interview, Valve’s Chet Faliszek threw out a rather impressive bit of info, saying the Left 4 Dead series has sold an incredible 12 million copies to date. It’s no surprise the franchise has been immensely successful, but 12 million is a lot, especially for a zombie game. “Telling people a game is great will sell one extra copy. Letting people play the game – Left 4 Dead is a good example – is much better,” Faliszek told VG247.
Valve recently confirmed that Left 4 Dead 2 will be getting Steam Workshop support later this month, so players can create, discuss, and find mods for the game more easily. In a separate interview, Chet had something to say about the inevitable Left 4 Dead 3 — more after the jump. READ MORE
Steam Workshop, the service that allows players to browse, rate, and install community created add-ons will be coming to Left 4 Dead 2 next month, widening the already noticeable gap in features between the PC and Xbox 360 versions of the game. Valve is also working on an experiment that will “allow content to appear in the L4D2 world even more seamlessly based on the community’s response.” the developer said on their official blog. That’s intriguing. The service will also bring with it an expanded scripting tool for players to create more varied experiences in their creations. The best part is the update will be rolling out on the PC, Mac, and Linux, so no one (well, almost no one) is left out. READ MORE
Well, color me surprised. I can’t remember the exact conversion rate, but I think whenever Valve says they’re giving us something in a set amount of time you’re supposed triple that time and hope for the best. This also carries over to announcements like we’ll have it to you “soon,” with “soon” meaning whenever you expect it plus at least a year. This makes the confirmation that Xbox 360 gamers will be getting the long anticipated Cold Stream DLC on Friday just a little bit surprising. The DLC will run you 560 MSP (that’s $7 in real monies) and it adds the new Cold Stream campaign as well as the rest of Left 4 Dead’s campaigns that will be fully playable with the sequel’s new weapons, items, and characters. In related news, Valve has finally gotten Left 4 Dead 2 to work on the Linux OS–but a Linux port isn’t surprising after all the smack talk Gabe Newell threw at Microsoft’s impending Windows 8 update. READ MORE
Over the years, a majority of Valve’s fans have honed an almost monk-like patience when it comes to their expectations of the developer. The long awaited Cold Stream update took a while to get here, more than a year longer than expected, but as of right now PC gamers have access to the major (and free) update. Unfortunately, not all gamers are treated equal, so Xbox 360 owners will need to wait a little longer to get the expansion, and, unsurprisingly, you’ll have to pay for it. For the low price of 560 MSP you can get the brand new Cold Stream campaign, as well as modified versions of Left 4 Dead’s campaigns–Death Toll, Dead Air, Blood Harvest, and Crash Course–that will be fully playable with Left 4 Dead 2′s characters and weapons. According to the game’s official Twitter page, Valve is currently “working with MS on a release schedule,” and they hope to have it out soon. So, who here is planning on getting the update, and for which platform? READ MORE
In news that I’ll believe when I actually see it, Valve has confirmed that the long in development Cold Stream DLC for Left 4 Dead 2 will be available on July 24th for the Xbox 360, Mac and PC. It’s been in public beta for some time now as it’s undergone tweaks here and there so most PC players have already had plenty of time with it, but this upcoming update will make it available as a *hopefully* supremely polished campaign. This means the remaining four campaigns from the original game–Death Toll, Dead Air, Blood Harvest and Crash Course–will also be brought over and fully playable with Left 4 Dead 2′s quirky cast of characters. It sure took its time getting here, much like everything Valve creates, but I’m sure it’ll be great fun for those of you who are still giddily mowing down the infected with your friends. READ MORE
Craving some sweet, undead action this week but don’t have the money to spend on games like Red Dead Redemption’s Undead Nightmare expansion or Left 4 Dead 2′s The Passing DLC? Well, look no further because it just so happens that all this week Xbox Live is having some spectacular deals on zombie-themed content, including the aforementioned DLC, Stubbs the Zombie, Twin Blades, and even Dead Rising 2: Case West.
Savings! Savings! Savings! (I’m channeling my inner car salesman, the type you see in those awful commercials) For the full list of deals and the newly dropped prices of these games and DLC head past the break, just make sure you bring your wallet so you can get in on this hot action. READ MORE
Earlier this week Valve told its fans that if 20,000 of them beat the still a work-in-progress Cold Stream campaign by Sunday then the reward would be early access to the slightly tweaked Dead Air level early. Valve isn’t known for being “early” with anything, they’re students of the “it’s done when it’s done” school of thought, and that’s one of the reasons all their games kick so much ass. While 20,000 might at first seem like a big number, you should consider Steam’s user base that’s somewhere in the 30 million range. 20,000 is no big deal, and that was proven when Valve’s fans managed the feat after just four hours.
Valve’s true to their word, so if you own a copy of Left 4 Dead for the PC you can expect Dead Air to hit no later than July 22nd. If you only have the 360 version than this next bit of news might interest you more: Valve’s “working on and testing a new version of the ‘Dark Carnival’ finale and some gameplay changes for finales in general.” New finales that offer a little more than running from a billion infected and a couple of Tanks? Count me in! READ MORE
If you’re looking for a reason to dust off your copy of Left 4 Dead 2 Valve just gave us one. In the works for the game is a DLC pack that will include the rest of the campaigns from the first game (that’s Dead Air, Blood Harvest and Death Toll as No Mercy was ported over in The Sacrifice DLC). Obviously, these maps will be tweaked so they work with Left 4 Dead 2′s gameplay. But that’s not all.
They’re also bringing a user-created campaign dubbed Cold Stream that will be bundled with the pack. Apparently, Cold Stream will be light on story and will instead focus on giving players a fun gaming experience that’s a little different from what we’re used to. Now I have to ask, outside of hearing Francis talk about all the things he hates, since essentially all of the content from the original is making its way to Left 4 Dead 2, will any of you be keeping your copy of Left 4 Dead once this DLC comes out? READ MORE
Left 4 Dead fans rejoice! The long awaited dual compatible DLC for Left 4 Dead and its sequel went live Tuesday for the PC and Mac, and after a brief delay became available for all the hungry xbox 360 gamers out there. READ MORE
Back in April I let loose my inner fanboy and talked all crazy like about an unannounced multi-platform action/horror game that’s (not-so) secretly in development by some of the most talented designers in the industry. I predicted it could “redefine horror”, despite knowing little about the title, and then predicted we would see it at E3. Well, the latter prediction turned out to be wrong but the former is still entirely possible, and when the Tokyo Game Show rolls around next month we’ll know a little more about the game as it will be announced at the event.
We’re nearing the end of the summer games drought, with some major releases preparing to hit shelves, and our consoles, next month. Combine that with TGS and September is looking pretty great right now. So to tide you over, why don’t you check out the biggest horror headlines, including some updates on Dead Space 2, a Halloween RPG, Left 4 Dead 2’s new DLC, and some nightmare-inducing Pokemon. Hopefully all this will help numb the pain that was left after Doom 4 failed to show its beautiful face at QuakeCon earlier this month. READ MORE
How are you? Are you feeling okay? You’re staying hydrated I hope. We’re in the middle of the dreaded summer drought, where the sun reaches its maximum sun burn-inflicting power, and the heat seems nearly inescapable. But what makes all this worse is the lack of new releases. So while we’re hiding inside our houses careful to keep our pale gamer skin away from the sun’s glaring eye, anxiously waiting for autumn to arrive and save us with its slew of big releases, we have to find other things to keep our energy drink fueled minds busy.
Luckily, this is a rather great time for big news. June gifted us with E3 and all the goods that comes with it, and now we have arguably the second biggest event for gamers and geeks: Comic Con. So, assuming your mind hasn’t been fried by that evil yellow ball we call the sun, why don’t you read on to get caught up on the biggest happenings with Left 4 Dead, Resident Evil, Dead Space, Alan Wake, and slew of other amazing titles that will have you screaming like a tween girl (or grown man, no one’s judging here) at a Justin Bieber concert, assuming you’ve kept hydrated. If you haven’t you’ll probably just make a harsh croaking sound, and no one wants that. READ MORE
This has been a heavy week for horror fanatics with several amazing and even startling new headlines regarding some of our favorite franchises popping up every week. Of course, for those of you who bought Alan Wake, you probably haven’t noticed any of these headlines, so I’m here to give your mind an intellectual massage. What does that mean? I’m not entirely sure, but it sounds sort of gross. But you know what? I like gross, so let me get my fingers in there so I can better soothe your horror-living self.
The best thing about the last handful of weeks is the news has been varied; we’ve had some big headlines come out of the Resident Evil camp, but if you’re not into that than maybe you’ll enjoy the Dead Space 2 news? Or perhaps some Doom 4, Left 4 Dead 2, Silent Hill 6 (not real title), F.3.A.R., or Arkham Asylum 2 news will satiate your appetite? Read on to get caught up. READ MORE
Left 4 Dead 2′s DLC known as “The Passing” will be coming out this Thursday April 22nd for the PC and Xbox 360. The DLC will feature a meet up between the Left 4 Dead 1 crew and the L4D2 crew in a small town in Georgia sometime after the Dead Center campaign.
The Passing will also deliver a new co-op challenge mode, support for infected bot play in Versus, a new “uncommon common” zombie class (the fallen survivor), golf club melee, and an M-60 to add to the many guns. You can download the DLC for 560 Microsoft Space Bucks, and free on the PC version. READ MORE
It’s good to be a horror fan, or what I like to affectionately refer to as Thrill Enthusiasts. Someone might hear that term for the first time and think of something else, since at first a Thrill Enthusiast sounds like someone who enjoys getting their crazy on by tempting death through various scenarios like skydiving, spelunking, or base jumping. They would be incorrect in that assumption, unless you’re the rare type of individual who enjoys horror media and terrifying, Oh-God-Please-Please-Don’t-Fail-Mr.-Parachute activities. If you happen to fall under the latter category I commend you sir (or ma’am), as you are a borderline superhero.
But I digress, something I find myself doing more and more often lately. It’s almost gotten to the point where I need to hire someone to follow me with a buzzer, monitoring my level of alertness and… on-topic-ness. Of course, paying someone to do such a task would be a problem, and finding a talented soul with the patience to really follow through would most likely prove even more difficult. Wait, I just did it again. Just click the Read More button before my compulsive rambling gets the better of me. READ MORE
Back again just like the past 2 years, and like always I want to know what YOU thought was the best horror game of 2009. Last year was a good race, and Dead Space narrowly beat out Left 4 Dead for the win. I could post a top 10 of my favorite horror games of last year, but I like it better when you guys do the work for me.
And now for my wonderous disclaimer. The games on this list are that that would reflect anything horror, sci-fi, bloody and or disgusting, gory, thrillerish, creepy, aliens, ghosts, zombies, vampires, plain old really weird stuff, stuff that is outside of “normal”, there are no Mario’s in this list, no Call Of Duty’s, these are the games people cringe at. The games some people are too scared to play. The games parents don’t want their kids playing. The games that we love here on BD.
Head past the break to see the games in the running! READ MORE
This has been one helluva exciting couple of months, especially if you enjoy slaying unbaptized babies (and possibly little girls, depending on how you play your games), zombies, and non-zombies. In case you hadn’t noticed this already, BioShock 2 and Dante’s Inferno are finally out and may be just what we need to tide us over until the new Resident Evil 5 and Left 4 Dead DLC come out over the next couple months.
But that’s not all, oh no it isn’t, you may have seen some Gears of War in your Lost Planet 2? Well, now there’s also a little bit of Resident Evil in there to make that game even better. As Alan Wake nears its May release date we’ve been given some more details on the game including a very cool new trailer. So read on you handsome, intelligent reader you so you can get your monthly dose of all things horror. READ MORE
L4DMods posted about a fan made Left 4 Dead movie that is being made right now and you can check out the teaser trailer past the break. For a fan made film it’s looking pretty good. I’m pretty excited seeing as for right now it’s the closest thing we are going to have to an actually movie based off the game.
Kotaku posted huge DLC news coming out for Left 4 Dead 2. Valve is already working on a new downloadable episode that will be known as “The Passing”. It i]will take place after Dead Center, and your new team of southern bells will meet up with the team from the original Left 4 Dead.
That’s about as far as my photoshopping skills go. The Passing, just like the other levels will have an uncommon infected as well. On top of that, there will be one new gun, and 1 new melee item as well. The level will also be playable in all the online multiplayer games. “set in a small town in rural Georgia,” according to Valve’s release, keeping players in the role of Left 4 Dead 2′s cast “as they meet with the L4D1 characters.” It will be released early spring, wah wah, on the PC, and Xbox 360. No price yet for the 360 version. READ MORE