Left 4 Dead 2 - New DLC Impressions

It's time to meet up with the original Left 4 Dead survivors and find a few new weapons along the way.

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Microsoft is currently holding its X10 preview event right around the corner from GameSpot's San Francisco office, and while most of the games on hand are of the Microsoft-published variety, a number of other Xbox 360 and PC titles are on hand as well. One of the other companies demoing its wares is Valve, who brought its new downloadable content for Left 4 Dead 2. The DLC comes with a new campaign called The Passing, and we had the chance to play through one of the chapters from this campaign.

In terms of chronology, The Passing fits in right between the Dead Center and Dark Carnival. In other words, it's set in those moments after the survivors make off with a racecar from the shopping mall and before it gets stuck in traffic on a crowded, slightly zombie-infested freeway. The big selling point in this DLC is that you'll run into the survivors from the original Left 4 Dead. You run into them at the beginning, then once again at the very end when they actually jump into combat with you and help out with the big last stand.

Two new weapons have been introduced to the game in The Passing. One is the M60 machine gun, which is far more powerful than even the M16 or desert rifle. How powerful is this thing? Well, fire up your old friend Google and most of the pictures you'll find are soldiers lying prone with the bipod legs out to minimize recoil. Yep, it packs quite a punch. Now imagine that sort of firepower directed at a wave of the infected, or directly at a Tank's face, and you've got a good idea of this new special weapon. Also in The Passing is a new golf club melee weapon, but unfortunately, that one wasn't in the build we got to play.

The other new gameplay feature is an uncommon common called the Fallen Survivor. As you'll recall, the uncommon common are those zombies who were slightly more powerful or annoying than ordinary zombies--ones like the guy wearing a heavily armored SWAT team suit or an infected clown whose squeaky shoes would attract a horde if you didn't kill him off quickly. The Fallen Survivor is essentially what you or your teammates would turn into if they weren't magically immune to the infection. Basically, it's a zombie equipped with all the gear you're capable of carrying. Guns, med kits, bile venom--you name it, it's on the zombie. They're not a huge threat because they'll usually take off running (in typical survival fashion), but if you can track them down and put them out of their misery, you might find some very useful supplies.

One of the greatest features in both Left 4 Dead games was the survivor dialogue. Whether it was the biker Francis rattling off a list of the things he hates, Louis telling Bill that struggling up the stairs is a good workout, or Ellis recounting stories of his buddy Keith trying to deep fry a turkey, there's always been a wealth of hilarious dialogue in the game. Fortunately, we'll be hearing a lot of new material in The Passing, including Francis' new pet peeves and maybe even a few things that he likes.

We're looking forward to finding out more about The Passing and how it will work with the title update that Valve has in the works. We hear there's also going to be new DLC released for the original Left 4 Dead that has you playing as the original survivors during the lead-up to The Passing, so that should be pretty interesting as well. You can expect this DLC to arrive in late March. The price has yet to be officially announced.

Discussion

44 comments
nergalman
nergalman

dude that sounds sick, but i kinda liked the nonstop drive aspect...:(

super-hiro
super-hiro

Nice. Looks like there gonna fill the gaps between the chapters one by one. Hopefully we will se more of the original survivors and 8 player co-op/modes.

jjmonster2006
jjmonster2006

i hate that game on the grounds that the game can kill you without warning whenever it wants, without any chance of fighting back.

Jock9
Jock9

Looks good, wish Left4Dead 2 wasn't still full price in store. I would buy it, to get the DLC. Annoys me as hell though, no internet on my live :( anyway looks good

Asheileon
Asheileon

Sounds awesome :D allot of über nice stuff in Q1 :D and really in march :P

renigade16
renigade16

When will we get 8player co-op/VS mode??!?!?! Coach + Bill = WIN Baby!!!

TheYoshster
TheYoshster

I also heard Ellis may end up having a crush on Zoey!

warrior95122
warrior95122

if this was the old survivors and the new ones working together as in playable characters that would be the best.

RadicalToenail
RadicalToenail

I demand it to be free for PC!

I would also like it free for 360, but I know Microsoft doesn't make that easy so I won't even bother getting my hopes up for Xbox players. Sorry guys :(

HaloFanBoy17
HaloFanBoy17

It saddens me to learn that we can't play as the original four, but I will still download the dlc pack.

Squirrelatwar
Squirrelatwar

Dang...I was kinda hoping to mix the old survivors and the new ones as playable characters...and a little bit more than 2 weapons and 3 levels.

andalore
andalore

Sounds interesting, im more excited about the Left 4 Dead 1 Campaign seeing as I dont want to Pay for my DLC

DuncanM908
DuncanM908

I really hope that Valve implements a golf club usage achievement, and the name of the Achievement is a Bioshock reference.

Trogeton
Trogeton

I love how it's a straight shot.. but I don't like the fact that it's the sewer.. I hated going through the sewer in l4d1... but yeah sweet new dlc

AvnKnight
AvnKnight

So we cant play as the "Originals" that's a real buzzzzzzkill

sleepnsurf
sleepnsurf

@ kevy619 So you don't have to deal with upgrading systems and hackers and cheaters LOL!

kevy619
kevy619

why play left 4 dead 2 on a console, lol.

yodathewise
yodathewise

@Opalance Actually, those guys are just silhouettes of downed survivors.

biggest_loser
biggest_loser

Isn't it Nick telling Coach about the stairs?

cerealkillerX
cerealkillerX

an M60 sounds really nice, but i stick to my shotguns, end of story XD

Opalance
Opalance

ugh, "new" uncommon, they aren't new, they are in the game, you can get them in console and even have them in custom campaigns...lazy valve...

DamacosG
DamacosG

just more funner with real people

toddx77
toddx77

I wish Keith was a DLC character lol

benboz
benboz

This sounds awesome!!

goldeneye_basic
goldeneye_basic

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Paul2004
Paul2004

An M60 ?, talk about firepower !. That thing could obliterate hordes with ease if they dont tone it down (Plz dont :P, Zombies must die and a hail of bullets usually works well :D), i think ive found a replacement to the good old AK47

Neosword
Neosword

New DLC for the original L4D? Alright, I'm down.

Alex_09
Alex_09

Sounds great. I can't wait to get this, I really need to start playing L4D again.

Tekknight
Tekknight

Hey I guess that one guy called it right, another uncommon was the new infected. I HOPE this is free... coming out a little too soon for me to call it "new". I'd happily pay a good amount for the next content too.

FOBlO
FOBlO

oops. Silent Fear is a custom map for the pc version.

FOBlO
FOBlO

@DEATH775 You don't play old survivors in l4d2. It doesn't say anything about it. They help you at the end. Hope there is something like a hugh boss at the end that would be very nice for once just like the custom map Silent fear.

Oozyrat
Oozyrat

This is going to be really cool. I can't wait to see what the final stand is like. Also, I'm a bit surprised to hear that they put the fallen survivor back in (I read 2 days ago on the L4D wiki that he was originally going to be in L4D2, but was too similar to the Boomer because he had a molatov on his chest that would ignite, causing damage to survivors that were too close. Valve thought that since the Boomer was also dangerous in close quarters, the Fallen Survivor would be too similar.) Still can't wait for this to come out!!!

lfichtner
lfichtner

hellllllll yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa very happy

TENTHROW2
TENTHROW2

i've been gaming for 25 years and there isnt any game(s) that i can recall playing more than L4D and L4D2 - i wish they would have a more constant stream of DLC for the games as i would buy everyone without thinking twice. I am extremely excited for this content.

DEATH775
DEATH775

Yes I totally agree with you, I would love to play as the old survivors.

Kcdragon8116
Kcdragon8116

So was I Cold_Phx. The DLC sounds pretty cool though and I like that more DLC is planned for L4D1. Though they should fix the glitched achievements on L4D1 first.

Cold_Phx
Cold_Phx

"I hate not being playable" In all seriousness I was hoping you could play the old guys in the new game