Synapse FX has crafted a gorgeous mask inspired by the Smoker from Left 4 Dead. Unfortunately, I’m pretty sure they only made one, which leaves it to me to make one myself. By “make one,” I mean I’m going to dab a few splotches of green and grey paint on my face and hold a rope of Licorice in my mouth. Then I think I’ll walk up to people and slowly caress their faces with my new Licorice tongue until someone grabs the end of the rope in their mouth and our faces draw closer to each other like that scene in Lady and the Tramp. When that happens I’ll know I’ve found my soul mate. READ MORE
A while back Lonnie, Bloody Disgusting’s resident comics guru, listed the 10 most brutal deaths in comics. This got me thinking about the myriad horrible ways I’ve died in video games over the years. Fast forward about a year and I’ve finally got around to listing the most brutal, gory and downright embarrassing ways I’ve died in horror games. There is obviously a very deep well to take from, but I believe I’ve found a pretty solid bunch of traumatizing deaths my increasingly fragile psyche has had to endure over the years.
Check out my picks — including videos, so you can re-live each death with me — after the break, and feel free to offer your own in the comments! READ MORE
Welcome to a very educational edition of Boredom Bytes! Today we’re going to learn about some of our favorite horror games — including Dead Space, Silent Hill, Left 4 Dead and Resident Evil — in under a minute, courtesy of the well-informed lads at Lore In A Minute. If you’ve ever tried untangling the bizarre web of plots, characters and sub-plots that makes up the Silent Hill series, or found yourself wondering what the USG Ishimura is, these videos will get you nice and caught up! READ MORE
Valve recently opened up Left 4 Dead 2′s Mutations for customization by the community. Mutations are special modes that alter the rules of the game. Back when I still played it, the mutations could be as simple as constantly draining health for the human players or something a little more terrifying, like constant waves of Tanks. They’ve undoubtedly been used in more interesting ways since then, and soon, we can look forward to even more interesting Mutations.
The EMS is a “vastly improved scripting system” that gives modders better tools with which to work their modding magic to “create deep custom experiences that can be played on any map or tailor create something for new or existing maps.” No word yet on when it will make its way to the game, but I predict something along the lines of it’ll be “done when it’s done.” READ MORE
THQ, the company that brought us the excellent Saints Row, Metro, and Darksiders series, among others, filed for chapter 11 bankruptcy today. The publisher said this won’t affect the games they currently have in development, including Saints Row 4 and Metro: Last Light, and that “All of the company’s studios remain open, and all development teams continue.” As a result of the filing, all of their current projects have been revealed, including two games called (or code-named) 1666 and Evolve, the latter of which is being developed by Turtle Rock, the studio behind Left 4 Dead. That isn’t even the most surprising game on the list, either. Check it out after the break. READ MORE
If you were to compile a list of the major horror games — that we know of — coming out over the next year, roughly half of them star the hungry undead in some capacity. In case you missed it, I actually just did that (you can find the links at the end of this article) and we’re at about a 50/50 split. That’s a lot of zombie games, and while I’m usually not one to complain, it does make me wonder. How many zombies does it take before the genre is too popular, and if that number exists, are we about to reach it?
I’m a fan of the genre, always have been. Zombies have had a starring role in my life since I first watched the original Dawn of the Dead at the ripe old age of six. Since then I’ve gorged myself on all the undead entertainment I can find. I’m always searching for my next fix, whether that’s through television, movies, video games, books, comics, haunted houses, zombie walks, whatever. Zombies haven’t always been so popular. In fact, this is a relatively new thing. The undead hordes are no stranger to the virtual realm of video games, having been a facet of this glorious industry for the last three decades. So why are they so popular now? What is it that makes a zombie so fascinating? Let’s find out. 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
I hope you don’t cry easily, because this one’s a tear-jerker. If you looked really closely during a certain scene in Drew Goddard’s The Cabin In The Woods, you might’ve noticed a few unexpected cameos. Without spoiling anything, though seriously, if you haven’t seen this brilliant film yet, you need to remedy that immediately — the Witch, Boomer, and Tank from Valve’s Left 4 Dead series can be seen doing their thing in a scene near the end of the movie. I noticed the Boomer when I saw it in the theater, but I didn’t notice the other two, or Alma from F.E.A.R., until I watched it at home where I could pause it every half-second to more easily soak in that fantastic final act.
Apparently, there’s a reason behind this. During a recent Reddit AMA, Goddard explained the reason behind the appearance of these characters. It’s a little spoilery, so head past the break for more. READ MORE
As a whole, I really wasn’t that impressed with E3 this year. I expected a lack of any real jaw-dropping announcements and outside of incredible showings from Watch Dogs, Beyond: Two Souls and The Last of Us, my fears mostly came true. I did however, have hopes that horror games would have a bigger showing at the event, and other than the intriguing ZombiU, this year’s selection wasn’t all that satisfying. Here are the 13 horror games I really wanted to hear something from this year. READ MORE
It’s no secret Valve enjoys trolling their audience, but seriously guys, Left 4 Dead isn’t just a game, it’s a way of life. So when you’re “a little coy” with the rumored collaboration, as Valve’s Chet Faliszek put it, you’re ruining lives. Speaking with PCGamesN, Faliszek said “We’re trying to be a little coy and a little fun because we want the communities to discover it.” Head past the break for more on this collaboration. READ MORE
Last month Payday: The Heist developer Overkill Entertainment revealed they are currently hard at work on a collaborative effort with Valve that’s a “very cool blend of Payday and Left 4 Dead.” Not much else about the game was announced at the time, but according to a source at CVG this game could be a prequel to Left 4 Dead. “We are working on a very cool blend of Payday and Left 4 Dead. I am sure it is so exciting that it will have some players check into the hospital before we are done.” said a statement from Overkill regarding the announcement. Could this mean we’ll finally find out how the outbreak began? So far, the Left 4 Dead series has been largely void of a real plot, so some details regarding the cause of the zombie apocalypse in a prequel sounds good to me. What do you think? READ MORE
Sometimes I get really bored. I’m only human, and like the rest of you, there are times when I need a little entertainment. During one of my recent fits of boredom where I was lying naked on the floor of my room in a sticky puddle of dried up Mountain Dew while staring up at the ceiling wondering what wordsmith came up with the word ‘orange,’ I decided to come up with a little game — something to fill my time so I didn’t have to finally concede to what the voices in my head were telling me to do. For the unaware, at Bloody Disgusting lies a mythical creature known as a Jonathan Barkan. He runs the music section on BD with a tyrannical fist and a sweet moustache. If I were reviewing Jon, his Baby Factor would go something like ”If Albert Wesker and a Big Daddy got together to make sweet, sweet love inside a record store, Jonny B would be their musically inclined offspring.”
All that is a long-winded way of saying he knows his music, and he also happens to share my love of video games. So let’s get back to the game I was teasing earlier. I gave Jon ten video game franchises and asked him who he thought would be best suited to score the soundtracks for that series. For example, if Akira Yamaoka had never joined Konami to craft the incredible scores the Silent Hill series is known for, who could’ve taken his place? Find out whom he chose for Silent Hill, as well as nine others, after the jump. READ MORE
Now that the holidays are behind us, I expected the news to pick up a bit quicker. It hasn’t. Therefore, we’re going to fill your morning with a few fan films, the first being the above promo for the new and improved “Jaws” attraction, which was shut down last month in Orlando, Florida.
After the break you’ll find a fan film based upon Valve’s video game franchise “Left 4 Dead”. From Northern Five Entertainment and Airsoft GI, the short was directed by Adrian Picardi.
“In a short span of 2 weeks we created a ‘Left 4 Dead’ fan film from start to finish for only a couple thousand dollars by connecting with artists, video game fans, film enthusiasts, and friends from all across the United States,” stated the director. “The entire cast and crew donated their free time, props, costumes, film equipment, and talent for next to nothing but two freezing nights of filming over their weekend.” READ MORE
Who here can remember the web comics that Valve released around the time of release for “LEFT 4 DEAD” and “PORTAL”? Well if you do then you know that the stories have been largely unavailable for some time. Well not anymore (or at least as of November) as today Dark Horse Comics released the news that they would be pairing up with the studio to release a printed collection of the books. Below you can get all the details and the teaser photo for the book…
OFFICIAL PRESS RELEASE…
“July 19, MILWAUKIE, OR – It’s official! Remember reading the Left4Dead comic online as soon as the game hit stores!? Remember Team Fortress 2?! And who could forget Portal 2? Well now you can have them all collected into one fantastic hardcover, courtesy of Dark Horse Comics undying effort to bring you the finest quality comics in print!
For thirteen years, Valve has defined the cutting edge of video games. Now, Valve joins with Dark Horse to bring three critically acclaimed, fan-favorite series to print, with a hardcover collection of comics from the worlds of Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress 2, and Portal 2. With over 300 pages of story, Valve Presents: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories is a must-read for fans looking to further explore the games they love or comics readers interested in dipping their toes into new mythos!
Collected in print for the very first time, this book features comics from the bestselling games Left 4 Dead 1 & 2, Portal 2, and Team Fortress 2, including “Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice,” “Portal 2: Lab Rat,” and the Team Fortress 2 comics.
With cover artwork by Valve artist Jason Brashill (Spaced) and interior artwork created in house by Valve Corp artists, Dark Horse’s continues its tradition of cross-platform creative collaboration with the top creators in video games!”
“VALVE PRESENTS THE SACRIFICE – AND OTHER STEAM POWERED STORIES” Is on sale November 16, 2011 From Dark Horse Comics! 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
Like all good games, Left 4 Dead is getting itself a fan made film. If this trailer is any indication, this one might be pretty great. It starts off pretty strong, with Bill, my personal favorite of the group (I have a thing for older men) before introducing us to the rest of the bunch. If anything, they deserve kudos for finding four actors who look remarkably similar to their virtual counterparts. Check it out below.
The makeup and special effects look great; I wasn’t sure how they’d pull off a Smoker but after catching a glimpse of it I’d say they did a damn good job with it. No word on when we can expect the full thing but I’d totally watch something like this. READ MORE
Nintendo’s next console, the Wii U, was officially revealed at E3 earlier this month to a mostly warm reception. It brings with it things we expected, like better hardware, and a few surprises, particularly its unique controller. The Wii U is Nintendo’s next console is also a big step toward giving third party developers, like Valve Software, more options with their console. So far the list of third party companies interested in the console is pretty impressive, including big names like Ubisoft, EA, and Activision. So what about Valve?
The team that brought us the critically acclaimed Portal, Left 4 Dead and Half-Life series definitely has their interest piqued. Valve’s managing director, Gabe Newell, had positive things to say about Nintendo’s next console, saying “It sort of fits better into the scalability in terms of graphics performance and CPU performance, so I think it’ll be a lot easier for us to fit it into our scalability model.” Could this mean the cooperative zombie series Left 4 Dead might make its way to the Wii U? If anything, the chances are better now than they were on the Wii. READ MORE
Valve (Left 4 Dead, Half Life) has joined forces with SteelSeries (many gaming peripherals) to bring you gaming peripherals featuring some of Valves top games. They already have stuff for Diablo, check out the pictures past the break. But we can expect more Valve games to get the same treatment in the future. Left 4 Dead, Team Fortress, etc.
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
This is without a doubt my new favorite thing to watch because it has everything I look for in my online entertainment: comedy, sex, gore and video games (and not necessarily in that order). If you think you can stomach so much bile-seasoned awesomesauce in a 3 minute package, check out the first episode in the destined to be great machinima series Hearts & Brains below.
I hope you like Kesha but I really don’t care because you’re a hooker. That’s just full of win. If anything this video is proof there’s fun to be had even when the zombie apocalypse inevitably arrives and the only hookers left are the drooling undead. READ MORE
With The Walking Dead moving the horror spotlight back onto zombies (vampires, you had a good run!), prepare to be inundated with tons of undead films, which I’m sure most of you will be thrilled about. First on the chopping block is Zon 261, a Swedish zombie film with a heavy emphasis on action. Maybe it’s just me, but the trailer takes on more than a slight resemblance to Left 4 Dead – 4 human survivors, fast smart zombies with plenty of weapons to spare, etc. Krejaren, which just released a horror film entitled Psalm 21, appears to have gotten the look and vibe down pat, and I’m curious to see where they go with, as the filmmakers describe it, “a zombie movie – that isn’t a zombie movie – about xenophobia.” Check out the sadly unsubbed trailer beyond the break. 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
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