Left 4 Dead 2 infects Macs tomorrow

Valve announces its hit zombie shooter will be available for Apple OS tomorrow; owners of PC version get Mac edition <i>gratis</i>.

Just under five months after Valve began its Mac initiative, the suburban Seattle developer is bringing one of its biggest hits to Apple's operating system. Starting tomorrow, Left 4 Dead 2 will be available for Macs via the Steam download service, where the PC edition currently sells for $20. As with all titles bought on Steam, gamers who own the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 can download the Mac edition for free.

Soon Mac owners will know the joys of the zombie apocalypse.

As with many of its PC games, Valve is offering all previously released Left 4 Dead 2 downloadable content for free with purchase of the PC or (starting tomorrow) the Mac edition of the game, including the add-ons The Passing, The Sacrifice, and No Mercy. A similar deal will be offered with the Mac version of the original Left 4 Dead, which Valve hopes to have ready by Halloween.

The double-platinum Left 4 Dead 2 expands upon the frenetic survival horror shooter formula established in the 2008 original. Gamers again find themselves making due with a variety of found weapons, ranging from rifles to chainsaws, and are tasked with surviving the indomitable infected mob. The game features five new campaign maps that can be played in five different modes, as well as extensive co-op support.

For more information, check out GameSpot's previous coverage of Left 4 Dead 2.

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Poodger
Poodger

@DaSlyOne It isn't that hard to find one cheap. Alot of people are vastly misinformed on the price of a good gaming PC. People are also misinformed on how often it needs to be updated. They are under the delusion that it needs to be updated once every year, but the fact is, you can go years. My video cards almost always last me just as long as the lifetime of a console, and only cost about 200-300 to update (assuming you wait a few years each time). To keep a PC updated enough to play at the level of consoles, it costs just as much, and still only needs to be updated as often as someone might purchase a new console. Plus, the games are cheaper.

QuasarZ71
QuasarZ71

@Gelugon_baat I know this. There is this thing that humans do called "joking" or "being silly". I have been know to do this.

CaptainAhab13
CaptainAhab13

Lots of love for us Mac users as of late... I'm liking it.

Ravenlore_basic
Ravenlore_basic

See... this is some LOVE.... where is the PS3 Game of the year version with all content added on one disk.... I hope that L4D 1 and 2 with all content comes out on 1 BR disk. Then they will win the hearts and minds of PS3 owners. That and fix Orange box with some added goodies.

0678
0678

how will mac users melee with only one mouse button?

akiwak
akiwak

@ Poodger You must have a MAGICAL PC! I also have an 8 year old PC that turns 9 in December. I maxed out it's full potential so running Windows XP with all the updates was fine. It worked OK till I added some virus protection then it slowed down to a crawl. Then when I tried out my iTunes while surfing the web...... FORGET ABOUT IT!!!! I kept my old iTunes from 2005 and never updated it. So when i tried to listen to music and surf the WEB the damn thing would just freeze up on me. I'm sorry man but I'm going to have to discredit your claim of being able to play Crysis on such a system.....

inferno394
inferno394

silly mac, games are for PC's! :D

eriktkire
eriktkire

@DaSlyOne that's funny, my power cable really is 8 years old... and I think my modem is about that old too, still going strong. :-P

ahpuck
ahpuck

Cool, going to download it after i finish Lara Croft and the Guardian of Light.

ColdfireTrilogy
ColdfireTrilogy

@jenovaproject or if you dont wanna deal with peer2peer crap.

jenova
jenova

Pay 300 for a reliable gaming console, or pay at around 3 times that for something that can play the games somewhere nearly as well? Oh, golly, could I have the more expensive one that gives me a smug, condescending attitude too?!?! I switched to Macs a couple years back, and haven't had any problems, as opposed to having to replace something on my PC every year. Consoles are better unless you insist on playing a game with a keyboard, by the way. I'm happy for this Mac news.

DaSlyOne
DaSlyOne

@Poodger It has become the latest trend of fanboys to quote the mythological $600 uber PC. I have a unicorn to sell you as well...you just need to know where to find them! Exactly what part of your 8 year old PC is actually 8 years old? The power cord? The case? The minimum video card required for Left 4 Dead 2 is 5 years old. Obviously, your 8 year old PC has been upgraded and therefore, is not entirely 8 years old. Upgrading is a known constant, especially in PC gaming. Any fanboy who argues otherwise is, in fact, ignorant. Fanboys aren't gamers anyway. It's ok to stick by your preferred choice of gaming, but chastising others for their preferred choice is idiotic. Just play and enjoy games fanboys. Your preference isn't universal and change is inevitable.

QuasarZ71
QuasarZ71

"Left 4 Dead 2 infects Macs tomorrow" Mac don't get viruses, Justin Long told me so.

santinegrete
santinegrete

@Poodger: I got your point: good PC gaming doesn't need to be expensive. I have to do that balance after all, and Crysis is good for me with med- high settings. And made the PC myself.

brandontwb
brandontwb

This doesn't make sense when gamespot said this: The game features five new campaign maps that can be played in five different modes, as well as extensive co-op support. There are more than 5 modes, and more than 5 campaigns. Extensive co-op support? EVERYTHING is playable in coop. Anyways, $20 is an unreal price for L4D2 with the 2 new DLCs. That's 8 campaigns you get... with custom campaigns too.

Tekcor
Tekcor

@Poodger I am not a console gamer, I'm a PC gamer. I have 3 Macs and 2 PCs. I think both the Xbox and PS3 need to go home, because PC gaming ****s all over both of them, no contest. Prove it. Find a list of parts - all components included - that should run Crysis at Max for under $600. Windows and a decent video card will eat up about half of that alone. I've already given reasonable ballparks on parts, show me how it can be done cheaper. Ignoring compatibility, here's some parts: cheapest motherboard: $35 cheapest processor (Sempron): $25 cheapest hard drive (80GB): $35 cheapest memory (1GB): $25 cheapest case: $15 cheapest optical: $17 barebones total: $152 Those are some crappy parts, but the basics. Still need a reasonable power supply, video card, monitor, and a copy of Windows in $448. Windows Home Premium OEM: $99 Hanns 17" Monitor: $90 430W Power Supply: $17 Leaving us $250 for a video card in budget. But the bad news is these parts were out of date years ago. They'd never play Crysis at max settings. Even with a $250 video card. You'll need a larger+faster hard drive, more RAM, and a better processor, which will eat into your video card buget quickly. $600 for a good gaming PC isn't going to happen.

IcyToasters
IcyToasters

Good to hear more games are being transferred. Should be some choices for me if I get a MacBook next year :)

Zazabar11
Zazabar11

Cool I get a free version for the mac. Why? I don't even have a Mac...

Zazabar11
Zazabar11

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Zazabar11
Zazabar11

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Poodger
Poodger

@Tekcor You obviously have no idea what you are talking about. Savvy shoppers can EASILY build a gaming computer that will last them 6+ years for about $600. You just need to know where to shop. It has become the latest trend of ignorant console users to exaggerate the cost of a gaming PC. It really isn't nearly as expensive as people seem to think it is. Hell, I got my current PC 8 years ago, and it runs Left 4 Dead 2 perfectly, and even looks better than the 360 version.

tonyleo01
tonyleo01

awesome! time to pack lunch to work!

Avenged_Plague
Avenged_Plague

Great. Now that it's on Mac, can we have it on PS3 now, please ?

Tekcor
Tekcor

@JustusCF Horse****. Shooting low here: $200 min for the video card, $80 power supply, $100 RAM, $50 motherboard, $60 hard drive, $100 Windows, $50 case, $150 monitor, $80 keyboard and mouse, $60 processor. That's $930. Shave off a couple bucks here and there for lower end parts if you must, but you're not saving $330 by cutting a couple gigs of RAM and HD space. Heck, even with parts for those prices, I'm not convinced it'd play Crysis at Max. Maybe at 640x480.

radical_saiyan
radical_saiyan

Macs? Hardly few ppl play in macs. PC all the way

boobush
boobush

And Mac users brag about how no Mac can get no stinking virus XD

ToTs_00
ToTs_00

Well mac users are already zombies...

UncleAnesthesia
UncleAnesthesia

My work is all Macs... looks like my lunch breaks are going to get more interesting.

JustusCF
JustusCF

@Tekcor Already made bro, many people can build PCs capable of doing crysis on max for $500...

SuperYeti22
SuperYeti22

Alright, I personally hate apple, but this is a great thing for apple users. BUT WHY DON'T THEY MAKE A PS3 VERSION!?!??!??!

Decon5
Decon5

How awesome is Valve? I'm not a Mac user, but the fact that they are adding their games to the Mac library is great. It's even better that you get the DLC for free. Way to go Valve!

tennis12master
tennis12master

Yay! Now I can persuade my Mac-owning friend to buy the game so we can play the campaigns together.

Master_Turismo
Master_Turismo

Better late than never right? At least Mac is moving up in the world.

green_dominator
green_dominator

Good for Mac players, they deserve it. I think for any good company like Valve the more players who buy and play their games regardless of the system that is good for everyone.

Elgranpimp
Elgranpimp

Finally!!! Getting some games for the Mac besides WOW or any other Blizzard game. I have been buying almost everything on the XBOX 360. I've known for awhile now that the Mac was capable but it seems that no one besides Blizzard has really taken the initiative until now. Kudos to Valve. Hopefully this will be a continued trend. I also want HL ep.3 btw.

GreenGold33
GreenGold33

@TheArcade Mac's gaming market is not huge, but it is growing fast. Macbooks are pretty popular, and I'm sure that, as far as developers are concerned, there is potential in making great profit from getting Mac users to buy their games. If companies like Valve and Blizzard keep this trend up, then pretty soon I think more and more developers will start porting to Mac.

OaklandRaiderz
OaklandRaiderz

i built my pc that can run Crysis and SCII on full settings for less than $600. so yeah...$289 for video card, $80 for motherboard, $100 for memory, $109 for HDD and i used the power supply from my old pc and my HDTV as the monitor. runs better than your $1000+ mac

Discomaster
Discomaster

Great, announcement of another big game for Mac OS. As usual, just another excuse for a PC vs. Mac arguement. *yawns*

Tekcor
Tekcor

@JustusCF Call me when you can get a PC for $600 to do it too.

OaklandRaiderz
OaklandRaiderz

hey guys look at my macbook and my mini cooper, im gonna play some left 4 dead at starbucks lol being a hipstur is so kewl mac >pc

TheArcade
TheArcade

It really gets on my nerves when developers focus more on ports and significantly less on sequels such as Half-Life 3. It's like, if they were so anxious to want something to be multi-platform then they should have released for all the desired platforms simultaneously. On another related note, is the Mac's gaming market very big?

Marasca2
Marasca2

WOW mac is getting a game!

Rougehunter
Rougehunter

When will valve work on HL2: episode 3 rather then port their games to every system possible?

JustusCF
JustusCF

Yeah, yeah... Call me when you get a $600 mac that can run Crysis full settings.

Helghast82
Helghast82

*yawn* lemme know when it infects the ps3.