Left 4 Dead 2 Avatar awards exhumed, preorder demo online

Valve confirms support for underexploited Xbox 360 reward system; PC, console sampler now available for prepurchasers.

Microsoft may have made achievement points mandatory for all Xbox 360 games, but such a stringent rule has yet to be applied to Avatar awards. Introduced with the Avatar Marketplace in August, the reward program sees gamers gaining items for their Xbox Live personas by accomplishing certain tasks within a game. However, as the program remains optional, few developers have made use of reward system.

Today, though, Valve confirmed that Left 4 Dead 2 will be among that diminutive list of Avatar award-compatible games. By completing specific in-game tasks, Xbox 360 gamers will be able to acquire items, such as med kits and garden gnomes, as well as zombie and Depeche Mode T-shirts. A comprehensive list of awards with their requirements can be found below.

A sequel to last year's well-received survival horror first-person shooter, Left 4 Dead 2 will be available for the Xbox 360 and PC on November 17. A demo is now available to those who preorder the Xbox 360 or PC editions of the game.

Beat all five campaigns, and this Med Kit could be yours!

Avatar Awards
Med Kit - Unlock the Med Kit by beating all five campaigns on any skill level.
Frying Pan - Unlock the Frying Pan by killing 10,000 Infected.
Garden Gnome - Unlock the Garden Gnome by rescuing Gnome Chompski.
Bull Shifters Shirt - Unlock the Bull Shifters shirt by winning 10 games of Versus.
Left 4 Dead 2 Shirt - Unlock the Left 4 Dead 2 shirt by winning 10 games of Scavenge.
Zombie Hand Shirt - Unlock the Zombie Hand shirt by killing 10,000 Infected.
Depeche Mode Shirt - Unlock the Depeche Mode shirt by rescuing Gnome Chompski.

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xXbigboss1Xx
xXbigboss1Xx

nothing worse than a freakin left 4 dead boy cotting loser! honestly think about it whos complaining about guitar hero what was it 5 games they made in this one year!!!!!!!!!!! plus what is there to boy cott nothing can get worse and only get better left for dead will always be what it is go in there and kill stuff think about it though what could you boy cott there?!?!?! its adding things and keeping the bland unxpansive story (which isnt band I AM a huge terentino fan) so shut your clams and just dont buy it while we have fun and you sit in your room playing another terrible halo sequel!!!!!!

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

"Garden Gnome - Unlock the Garden Gnome by rescuing Gnome Chompski." What is it with VALVe and Garden Gnomes? HL2 (Little rocket man achievement : )

MetalZombieII
MetalZombieII

It's cool that they are using the feature, but how about a zombie costume for killing 1,0000,000 infected or a chainsaw accessory for beating a campaign using only a chainsaw. I'm glad to see them use it, and L4D2 will be awesome, but I think they need to be a little more creative.

jarvis008
jarvis008

I'm definitely going to be picking L4D2 up as soon as I finish with Dragon Age.

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

im a big l4d1 and 2 fan, and umm well i playd the l4d2 demo and the melee weapons all felt the same and feels like the hit detection is a little off sometimes, and if you love playing expert(wich i enjoy) i suggest you keep your pistols instead of switching them for a melee weapon

lewismetcalfe
lewismetcalfe

@ zeniftan Coolio. I've pre-ordered it from GAME. Now how do I get the demo?? :)

AndreasRoeder
AndreasRoeder

Demo is greeeeeeeeeeeeeeat. The game seems very, very promising! Just like the first game - seems like they've taken all the critism and took everything to a higher level. Better graphics, cooler effects, awesome weapons and really cool new enemies.

zeniftan
zeniftan

GAME. This's where I pre-ordered mine from. :-)

MrHatnClogs
MrHatnClogs

Finally, I've always wondered if rewards system was ever going to get used.

LosDaddie
LosDaddie

Great news! L4D2 is going to be another amazing game!

lewismetcalfe
lewismetcalfe

Which retailer in the UK do I purchase from if I want the demo? I want to play it ASAP!!

prioritymail
prioritymail

I love Valve! They always keep their fans in mind and give out free stuff.

TripSe7en
TripSe7en

Also, for all the "whiners and bocotters" out there. If you have not played the demo, which since you are boycotting you probably haven't, L4D2 is strides above what the original was and is not a mere "expansion" like you claim it to be. TOns of new weapons, new modes, new locales, new infected, new characters, and a story arc that interweves all the chapters. The game plays great and I personally am happy there are still people boycotting this game because quite simply, those are the people I cannot stand to play with anyways...

Inconnux
Inconnux

L4D2... game for this year edition... damn expensive for a expansion pack.

JoeSour
JoeSour

Woo, can't wait to get that med kit, and for those wondering about 'Splosion Man's awards, its been up since yesterday

Niner0
Niner0

@TripSe7en: Is it wrong? No. Is it politically incorrect? Yes. :D

Kitty_Fields
Kitty_Fields

FINALLY we get to use the Avatar unlockables system. 'Bout time.

atopp399
atopp399

I have to admit it is a good looking expansion. I will wait for L4D3 though.

buffdaddy69
buffdaddy69

The demo for L4D2 was amazing and it has me more hype for the game. If there are people still hating and said this should have been an expansion pack, well, you're loss is all I can say.

alkaline_DnB
alkaline_DnB

that's a great idea. more games need to do this.

Hvac0120
Hvac0120

When Microsoft announced that people would have the PAY for GamerPics and Themes I was appalled. I complained that these items should be free "rewards" for completing tasks in games. I kept hoping that developers would pick up on that. And I think a couple did. Someone must have been listening. Although this isn't exactly what I was expecting, it's still a good thing. I'd like to see this happen in more games. _

rwbojorquez
rwbojorquez

Thanks. Now its turn for explosion man to do it too.

mbrown726
mbrown726

Thanks Valve. It's about time somebody takes advantage of the avatar awards:)

athenian29
athenian29

But is it on Steam yet? And also, I want to see a Modern Warfare 2 demo. L4D2, I'm not sure if I can get it this year. MW2, on the other hand, I know I can get. So please give us a demo!

TripSe7en
TripSe7en

Also, after playing the l4d2 demo, I am possibly more excited for this game than I am for MW2. Is that wrong? lol

payne6705
payne6705

well I might have just had a orgasm by this news

TripSe7en
TripSe7en

Great news! I have been waiting for more devs to take advantage of this! I wish there were more awards, maybe even as many as there are achievements, that way people can get a snapshot of how much you have completed in a game simply by looking at your avatar. Way to go MS for adding this feature!

jarofdirt882
jarofdirt882

Free things for my avatar just for playing the game? Great! Why don't more developers do this?

TurambarGS
TurambarGS

Agree - I don't currently have any games that use the avatar rewards system, so hopefully this will be the start of a lot more! I think the frying pan is the only one I want on that list though.

Setsuka13
Setsuka13

Sweet! Finally. I was waiting for this system to be used.

edubuccaneer
edubuccaneer moderator

Seriously, those awards are pretty darn cool, especially the med kit. Relatively easy to obtain, I might add, the best one of the bunch.

Muteki_X
Muteki_X

Sweet! I didn't even know this existed! Why haven't other games done this more?

thenephariouson
thenephariouson

Avatar awards, now thats the way it should be, and no suprise that VALVe do it first. Nice.

xbox360mslover
xbox360mslover

left 4 dead 1 was awesome ...... and 2 will be more scary so i really cant wait

jonzilla_basic
jonzilla_basic

Finally someone giving Avatar awards. It was a great idea when announced but too many lazy Devs not jumping on board

Darkmoone1
Darkmoone1

*lights cigar* It's about time.....

tangerinefox
tangerinefox

@Pacman206, codmw2 is so lame though xD, I mean yeah sure the original was kinda fun, but no one is talking about bad company! I Love the battlefield games so much, and I haven't heard anything about it lately, but I mean it is coming in 2010 so I shouldn't expect much right? :D

DaGamingDude
DaGamingDude

Can't wait next week for the PC demo (public)

venomsupersam
venomsupersam

im gonna pre order right now just to get the demo

pacman2O6
pacman2O6

ah its gonna be hard to balance l4d2 and codmw2

sharkboy917
sharkboy917

too bad they won't let you have the duel pistols as a reward or anything...no that would be wrong

SDBusDriver1979
SDBusDriver1979

Way better than having to spend money for this stuff.

metalkid9
metalkid9

damn i just cancelled my pre-order today cuz I wanted the pc version. Gotta put my pre-order back again.