Left 4 Dead 2 demo opens up

Sample of Valve's Cajun-flavored zombie apocalypse now available to all PC owners, Xbox Live Gold subscribers.

New Orleans is famous for its motto "Laissez les bon temps roulez," or "Let the good times roll." However, starting today, it will be zombie heads rolling in a virtual Cajun wasteland, because the demo for the New Orleans-set Left 4 Dead 2 becomes widely available today. Available to preorderers since last Wednesday, the 2GB demo is now open to all Xbox Live Gold subscribers via Xbox Live and PC owners via Valve Software's Steam service.

The demo comes exactly two weeks ahead of Left 4 Dead 2's launch on the 360 and PC. Published by Electronic Arts and developed by Valve Software, the game follows up on last year's popular first-person action game, which puts a special emphasis on online cooperative multiplayer. Valve has also confirmed that it will be one of the first games to offer Avatar rewards in the form of clothes and accessories awarded for in-game feats.

For a look at Left for Dead 2 in action, check out GameSpot's Halloween video demo below.

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iKrysis
iKrysis

I've got a lot of hate from some of you, funny how you say I can't judge a demo.. The game is worthless is it not? I rest my case. Thanks for trying to stick up for this cheap piece of work. And @ FarmFreshDX, tell me how it's seriously worth $60. DLC in my opinion would've been a better strategy. This is not up to par with how it should be.

THESEL
THESEL

I love zombie killing but if this is going to be another game of four levels, no campaign and an old valve engine, I'll rent it.

asskickingpimp
asskickingpimp

The demo was great for only 2 levels it was still great for the game being in production for a year and valve still being able to add so much more it was great stop COMPLANING ABOUT IT!

Willsi100
Willsi100

Disapointed with the demo. I absolutely loved Left 4 Dead but I don't think that there is enough to get me to pay £40 for a new game. No improvement to the graphics. Yeah the new weapons are fun, but surely this could be DLC. I'm sure everyone has MW2... that's how you improve a game that was already awesome.

fearless_brute
fearless_brute

Im downloading the demo right now, hope its good..........

MrBlake
MrBlake

And why are people complaining about the demo being short?! It's a FREAKING DEMO!!! It aint the full-length game. Sheesh.

MrBlake
MrBlake

I'm having waaaaaaaaaaaayyy too much fun with the demo. The online co-op play is especially fun and frantic. I got the download off of Steam, and I haven't had any problems with crashing, there is tons of blood and limbs flying off. All in all, I'm confused by all the complaints on here.

stealthy5976
stealthy5976

Never Mind..It Really Sucks....I Take Back My Last Comment! It's Bad...Don't Bother!

docgreenthumb
docgreenthumb

I have the Australian demo... Its sad, really sad. There is no blood, there are no arms and legs coming off zombies and they removed riot guards. We have to change the coding in one of the files in the l4d2 folder. even with the coding changed it isnt anything too flash. Valve is going to lose alot of money from Australia coz of our AG not allowing Rate R games, L4D2 has to be dumbed down.

Fat_Boy_Skinny
Fat_Boy_Skinny

@iKrysis 3/10 origianality hmmm...and CODMW2 is so unique because...

onehundredcents
onehundredcents

seriously, i played the demo this seems repetitive... it was fun for the first five minutes, and two new modes? different guns? Melee weapons, and a few different heroes? uhmm, sounds like the same as the first but a bit better graphics.

stealthy5976
stealthy5976

You know every one needs to sit back and enjoy this new release! the first L4D was awesome and i'm sure this will be awesome to. and as far as all the haters goes about this new release...maybe you should wait for the full game to come out before you start to bash it!!!! The demo is meant to give you some idea of whats new...after all its free...you should not expect much from that. i'm sure this new L4D2 is gonna be another great release just like the first.. You people who has nothing better to do but complain about the creators of the game are just upset because you cant afford it and it pisses you off...so all you do is complain and moan about it....Get a life!!!

Changrun
Changrun

The demo keeps crashing on me. It crashed on me like 8 out of 10 times. The map is already so short, but i completed it only twice because the game keeps crashing on me, even after I've updated my graphics driver. Is anyone else having this problem or am I the only one?

wookers
wookers

im so glad i ordered this game

Toysoldier34
Toysoldier34

@hman1111 and clatheninja i do own all 3 systems and a ds and a top of the lince pc. ive already preordered left 4 dead 2 so thats what im doing here. all systems have their benefits, but from a neutral view just look at the 360 and ps3 price wise and though 360 is cheaper you gotta pay extra for some basic stuff. didn't mean to come accross so harsh but im just sayin. cuz after a wireless adapter and hard drive a 360 costs more than a ps3. i love my 360 and play gears and stuff all the time just lettin you know before you jump all over me

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

@supadave: You aren't getting thumbs down because you don't care for the game, you're getting thumbs down because say such stupid things as "I hate the source engine feels like 2001 all over again" without giving a single example.

onlymetal75
onlymetal75

I played the demo and all I could think of is why couldnt this just have been dlc,absolutely nothing has been done to the graphics(source engine sucks). I mean wtf . Sure its fun but its time to evolve I mean this is susposed to be next gen?

bagmup
bagmup

Aussie demo was very dissapointing, next to no blood and the bodies disappear almost straight away, i hate the OFLC here. I'll be importing.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@FarmFreshDX I'd take that bet because I'm definitely not buying it within a month, and either are the majority of my friends. Maybe 6 months from now when I can get it half off on a steam weekend deal. For me it's because there's too many other new good games coming out with actual fresh new content imo. Also, you can tell alot about a game from it's demo. I think in the game industry, the demos will become a lot more important over time to the consumer spending higher and rising prices on games. Especially with how the gamers are now more skeptical about certain titles, and the relentless haters. Not all games deserve the 50-60 dollar price mark. Some are just worse then others. demos are obviously important to get an idea of how the full game will be to make your decision to purchase or not, that's the point of them!

XeonForce
XeonForce

The demo was a little disappointing to me, but I'll still prob buy it since I gave the first one away to a friend. Oh well...

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

Gabe never implicitly mentioned that "as of the time of me saying this" the people in the boycott had higher pre-order rates, he said "those who joined the boycott" meaning the people who joined the group at any time, not just the ones who were left in a closed group of trolls. Also, @ iKrysis: you don't review demos like they are the final product. You just don't. First off, like the L4D1 demo was, this demo is painfully short. Ludicrously so. That's because if they gave players a full campaign, the AI Director would do enough to convince some people they don't need the full game. Second, I doubt you have ever played Left 4 Dead for any amount of time seriously if you don't notice a lot of different new things. New infected add, like in any Valve game, a ton of new strategy to versus. The new Bile Bomb is going to be a great weapon in versus as well when you use it to splatter an infected player. The melee weapons give some more choice and variety and the campaigns are all loaded with unique twists (like Hard Rain's flooding). Also, you obviously didn't play long enough to find that AI Specials now work against you like they never have before, and even the witch is now smart enough not to run through fire. She ran around a gate and climbed over a fence to avoid fire and killed a teammate. So before you tl;dr me, try looking at things deeper instead of saying this is just an expansion. You're playing a demo. A very short one. Don't act like you have foresight to see the game is going to be boring. I'd bet all the money in my pocket you'll buy it within a month anyway.

Inconnux
Inconnux

@FarmFreshDX . Sure those in the boycott group are buying it in greater numbers because when the leaders of the steam group decided to close the group and stop all comments, most people who were supporting the boycott left the group. Only LONG after the group has fractured did Gabe make this statement. The only people left in the boycott group are the people who trolled.

iKrysis
iKrysis

This is not good friends. I can already tell by the demo. No enhancement to gameplay WHATSOEVER, music is parched, voices are dry, AI is barely, noticeably enhanced. The only thing Valve did was change the characters, change the chapters, and add in a few new weapons. Oh and the blood and gore went up a notch. Other than that, this should be nothing more than a stale rental for a late night of boredom. Sure the majority of players will buy it just because, frankly, there are no other zombie games, period. Gameplay and Fun: 6/10 Originality: 3/10

Trogeton
Trogeton

downloaded it yesterday... STILL have to play it lol

TheArcade
TheArcade

That demo is fun as hell! I haven't had this much enjoyment since Dead Rising and the Orange Box!

atopp399
atopp399

I used to be against this game because of the timing in relation to the first. I have changed my stance and am willing to buy it during a Steam sale instead.

xeragoth
xeragoth

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xeragoth
xeragoth

okay this demo is awesome but i still think they use the same demo they put in the convention just they put all the new zombies, one think i love well 2 things is the different forms that have a smoker, boomer and i think hunter but not sure, there are female boomers im not speaking of the spitter, FEMALE BOOMERS GROSS but still awesome as hell ohh and they change the stage sometimes thats cool so COOL

towely62
towely62

cruandrew wow ur not a real gamer than. canceling a pre order because of a demo i mean WOW

towely62
towely62

i got the demo on the 360 very lagy but wat can u say its only a demo all severs should be up and running wen the full game comes out

supadave841
supadave841

lovin the thumbs down that im getting for my post. bring it on valve lovers! i swear they're part of a cult.

lamprey263
lamprey263

I'm looking forward to this game. Don't think it should matter whether you get it for the PC or the X360, either players will enjoy it. Though I have to admit, PC has its advantages if you want to put a lot of money into a computer, but I personally enjoy consoles more these days, they require less upkeep and less money and games on them look pretty damn good, but that's just my preference.

FarmFreshDX
FarmFreshDX

cheeseman, don't be so sure he wasn't. Valve found that (at least on Steam) people who joined the boycott group had a slightly HIGHER rate of pre-orders than those who owned Left 4 Dead 1 and did not join the boycott.

cruandrew
cruandrew

umm... after playing demo i will cancel my pre-order... ill pass.. thanks for the demo!!!!!!

solidniko
solidniko

arg the demos not installing WORK DAMN IT

king_chapeton15
king_chapeton15

come on valve why hate on a ps3 its getting lots of sales and if its one thing we dont have is a fps zombie game. we dont care about the frame rate halfe life 2 was still great on the ps3. just release this on the ps3 already dont be haters its still possible unless microsoft ends buying the rights for left 4 dead

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

this game comes out after modern warefare 2 i am personnally gonna get this stright way i can wait for modern warfare 2 because i am not paying £50 for anygame to make it worse the cheapest i see modern war fare 2 is £45. out of princable i will not pay any more than £40 for a game because to me £40 is full price and anything more than that is a rip off. i disagree that this game is gonna be over shadowed by modern warfare but would agree with anyone who says both games will do well.

jtthegame316
jtthegame316

i got the demo as soon as i saw it up and it is awesome and i am buying the full game when it comes out in a few weeks.

Bungiehalo
Bungiehalo

oh man, i can't get enough of this demo! going to have to find a way to get 50 bucks to get this game..... donations?

cheeseman242424
cheeseman242424

stakex007, I highly doubt you were a "proponent" of the boycott

cheeseman242424
cheeseman242424

xbox fanboys, stop putting thumbs down on comments that say the pc version is better. it is, l4d2 + mods > l4d2 (though still fun)

MrsShinZero
MrsShinZero

love love love love love the new demo. The game looks great, I love the changes. I was a little worried about the new special infected being too much and overshadowing the tank and this is not the case. I was worried about hating the new characters and this is not the case. I had my doubts about melee weapons and they are gone. And a Magnum?! Hell yeah!

MAJORWARPATH
MAJORWARPATH

The game is way better than the first, and for the idiot that said the game might be pushed back, are you insane! All the money they have spent on advertising, also when valve gives a hard date release they usually on point. So stop bashing a game that's not out yet!

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

and im not saying the game is terrible either! a lot of you people on here get all hurt and try and get the comment deleted, now thats just sad, i have an opinion just like the rest of you

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

okay, play expert and tell me if you still have the same opinion with the mellee weapons, im a big fan of this game just the mellee weapons i dont like, they all feel the same and hit detection is a bit off

revredeemer
revredeemer

Wow! like what is there not to like about killing/smashing/dismembering/splattering Zombies?? And I can bring my friends? Holly freaking cow! I have died and gone to zombie killin' heaven! I can't wait for LFD2.. I am buying this one also... But it would be nice to have more addons.....

Kashmiro
Kashmiro

The melee weapons dominate in this game, can't wait to pick it up, already got i paid off at Gamestop