Left 4 Dead 2 Scavenge Mode Impressions

Valve has introduced a frantic new competitive multiplayer mode, and we take a look.

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Besides adding a slew of new weapons, characters, and zombies, one of the most appealing parts about Left 4 Dead 2 is the way it's expanding upon the multiplayer offerings of the original by leaps and bounds. Since this sequel was first announced earlier this year, we've known that Survival mode would be included in the game right off the bat (unlike arriving in the form of downloadable content with the original) and that Versus mode would be expanded to support all five campaigns. Well, Valve isn't quite done yet. It seems Valve has gone and added an entirely new competitive multiplayer mode called Scavenge, which, as best we can describe it, is a fast-paced combination of those other two modes.

Scavenge mode is a four-versus-four affair that pits a team of survivors against a team of the infected just like Versus mode does. But unlike Versus, the survivors aren't trying to get from point A to point B. Instead, they're confined to one area with the goal of staying alive for as long as possible--just like Survival mode. But here's the twist: The survivors aren't staying alive by killing zombies. Sure, you can still do that. In fact, you still very much have to do that--but it's not the primary goal. Instead, the survivors are trying to find gas cans scattered throughout the map in order to bring them back to the power generator in the middle.

Each round starts with a set time limit, and every time a survivor can go out to bring back one of the 16 gas cans spread throughout the map, more time is added to the clock. When time finally does expire, the teams switch sides to see who lasts longer as the survivors. Some of the gas cans are within plain view, but some of them are hidden. We got to experience the game on a map called Motel, which is taken from the Dark Carnival campaign we've previously covered. The map is basically just a motel parking lot, with the power generator situated at the bottom of an empty swimming pool. Some gas cans were found as easily as running to the other end of the parking lot and picking one up, but others were hidden in motel room closets. Some were even perched atop a billboard and could only be found after climbing a tall ladder.

The zombies are just trying to promote renewable energy.

As we mentioned, Scavenge is four versus four, so it's not all about survivors. Half of those playing will take on the form of the boss-infected characters just like Versus mode, alternating to a different character every time they die. Some of the boss infected were carryovers from the first Left 4 Dead, like the boomer (obese vomiting zombie) and smoker (long-tongued zombie). But the match also featured three new boss characters. There was the spitter, who spews acidlike green pools of spit; the jockey who leaps atop survivors and steer them around; and the charger, who's a giant brute capable of quickly dashing into survivors and smashing them into the ground with a single, humongous fist.

The spitter is especially important in Scavenge for a number of reasons. For one, he can spew out his deadly toxin right onto the power generator and keep any survivors with gas cans from being able to pour their sweet, sweet fossil fuel until the green goo clears up. But the other important quality about the spitter's toxic bile is that it can actually cause the gas cans to burst into flames when he makes a direct hit onto them with his spit. It's a great way to sabotage a poor hapless survivor. Simply wait on a motel balcony and snipe a gas can with your acidic spit right as the poor fool is about to pick it up. Just like the old saying goes: If there's one thing worse than fighting zombies, it's fighting zombies while you're on fire.

That doesn't look good.

The jockey is also capable of being a supreme jerk. He's a great character to hide out with and try to take down a lone survivor. Say you've got someone looking to find a gas can that is hidden in a motel room. Just wait in the dark, pounce on him, and guide him into a dark closet while draining his health the entire time. The charger is also great for dispersing a group of survivors sticking close together because he can smash into an entire crowd of people like a wrecking ball.

With its close-quarters environments, large number of players, and immediate goals, Scavenge mode makes for a hectic experience. But like everything else in Left 4 Dead 2, it's an enjoyable brand of stress. The matches are fast and chaotic but certainly a lot of fun. Expect to see the game released on November 17.

Discussion

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KickbackJack
KickbackJack

Does anyone know how to play Scavanger mode offline with bots???

B1RDH0UZ3
B1RDH0UZ3

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Trogdor77
Trogdor77

@CHAMPION6171994 All I am saying is there are way better games that will actually be fun coming out. This dead raising rip off is going to be a waste of money, no real content, no campaign…again, just a new character that rides on another character woooohooo that sounds fun.

rohr2000
rohr2000

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djr1118
djr1118

ok look, it doesnt matter if they come out with a new game every yr cuz there r always gonna be ppl who r gonna buy it, simple as that....... look at sports games they always release a new game each yr n they continue to make money as do the wrestling games, n if u think about it those r games that r kinda better played multiplayer but the single player can hold on its own in some way(varies for diff ppl). L4D n CoD r the same thing. some companies take yrs to put out a new sequel n then it doesnt even live up to the hype so it makes u wonder wtf the devs were doin all that time they spent "working" on it.. .... ... halo as well its more for its MP then single, tho the single player is fine i cant say i care for the story in that game or jus bout any FPS for that matter........ as over-hyped as halo is, if they come out with ODST2 next yr we all kno how fast ppl will rush out to buy it cuz its still gonna have the same mp we've all come to kno n love... the same goes for CoD n L4D n with these games they can keep releasing map packs to keep ppl playin...

mbrown726
mbrown726

I hope it's good bcuz I just wanna have fun ;)

djpetitte
djpetitte

@CHAMPION6171994 You need to double check your reading!!! NOT Waw, I hate that game, but WOW-world of warcraft!!! So your comment is meaningless. There's no comparing Odst to l4d2, because odst is WAY bigger (when considering all the weapons, vehicles, enemies, and maps, that doesnt even include the second disk specifically for mp also with new maps) and actually has a good story line with cut scenes, and didn't come out only one year later, it's been 2 I believe. So it definitely wasn't rushed out like some games.... Off topic- Codmw Waw, and now Codmw2 are in my opinion just glorified versions of counterstrike or battlefields. Now that it's more about the Mp then the campaign. I still play cs and bf games over these games because they specialize in just mp. IMO making it a better experience. In fact Cod's mp is a straight rip-off of battlefield minus some dog-fights. Some of the developers at infinity ward and activision previously worked at EA. One more thing - Borderlands FTW!

billybangstr
billybangstr

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necorid
necorid

I love how this page of comments is all fighting between 5 or so people

CHAMPION6171994
CHAMPION6171994

@djpetitte Dude, you're saying LFD2 won't be as good as WaW. What the hell are you saying. WaW was a copy of COD4, with just a new campaign, different setting, guns, mode, and wait a minute. Doesn't LFD2 have a bunch of new things like campaign, setting, enemies, guns, modes. Wow, would you look at that. if WaW is considered a new CoD then why isn't LFD2? Both WaW and LFD2 use the same graphics as well, and gameplay. Geez, you people are so ignorant. By the way, the box art for WaW looks like the one in COD4, the guys are running and gunning except the WaW box art has a bluish background compared to the green, but then again LFD2 has an orange background to it compared to the green background of LFD1. Also ODST is not bad, i have to agree with djpetitte with that one.

CHAMPION6171994
CHAMPION6171994

@Trogdor77 whop-de f@ucking do! Are you gonna ramble all about the games you'll be playing the rest of the year and next which really has nothing to do with LFD2. I don't give a crap, but you are here and if you don't wanna play LFD2 then why are you checking something out about Scavenge mode. Oh yeah, you have nothing better to do.

Wings_008
Wings_008

looks like am gonna buy this game instead of Halo 3 ODST

Mocking_crow
Mocking_crow

@Trog Dude, he meant L4D is in the same category as the bioshock franchise in the sense that both sequels are gonna be the same story line as their predecessors implying lack of originality on both franchises. Which is debatable. You can only do so much with a zombie apoc... -_-

Trogdor77
Trogdor77

@Scisor50 Have you played Bioshock? I would love to know the similarities between the two stories. The mediocre graphics in L4D are no comparison to the graphics in Bioshock. If you want a good comparison L4D2 is going to be like Madden 2011 next year, same crap different year.

djpetitte
djpetitte

I dont know, but I like odst. It's actually huge and the new firefight mode is basically survivor but alot more waves and harder with drop ships. The campaign is alot darker then normal almost like the doom 3 effect. Also it has a whole separate disk for mp with all the map packs and new maps and they bring a halo 2 map back. it's actually quite good and I'm almost willing to bet it gets a better rating then l4d2.

Scisor50
Scisor50

i dont see how bioshock 2 will be much of a sequel. It sounds to me like an ODST but without all those moron fans. Oh, and not to get off topic. I guess L4D2 is the same as Bioshock 2. Almost the same story, the same gameplay but with added stuff, graphics and features. Both sound like what the market calls a sequel to me.

Trogdor77
Trogdor77

@CHAMPION6171994 Good for you, but I will save my money for Bioshock 2 at least that will be more of a sequel then having the ability to smash a zombie with a frying pan.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@Ares360 To me that sounds like a good reason to blog about a game. I compare l4d to another one of my favorite valve/source engine games, that has had twice the content/updates l4d has had, and that's TF2, a game that's never been more then 30 dollars by itself. To me l4d had so much more potential if they would have set it up like tf2 and had a modding community right out the gate. l4dmaps anf l4dmods.com have some pretty awesome stuff but a limited amount and alot of it doesn't work. I wasn't too happy with my original purchase of l4d for 50 dollars and now they are dropping this on us one year later conveniently for this xmas season. What next will it be like madden a new one out every year? the box even looks the same for christ sake. lol

Ares360
Ares360

@ djpetitte if you don't like the game then don't go in a blog about it. If a person wants it they'll most likely get it, and yeah its still not a jump advancement like MGS to MGS4 or COD games but they're able to make them in a snap plus if it was in DLc people would just complain about why it cost 3-4 thousand points. Could you imagine waiting to download that so just let Valve and L4D fans have fun like COD, GOW and Halo fans do and don't be so belligerent.

Spiritwolf99
Spiritwolf99

@Trogdor77 Agreed. Borderlands is going to be insane - but I honestly never cared much for Call of Duty and won't be getting MW2. This is more like ODST than a game - an expansion that costs $60.

djpetitte
djpetitte

Survival mode with the one new light house map update was pretty much a slap in the face, and not all 5 maps having vs right of the bat in the first one was a joke. Hopefully this new game mode isn't anything like survival mode, and at least they are getting the vs right with all campaigns included this time.

CHAMPION6171994
CHAMPION6171994

@Trogdor77 Yo, ill be playing Borderlands and MW2 this fall and winter, but ill be playing something i guess you wont, LFD2. You're just stopping yourself from buying what seems to be a much improved game.

saltyplatapus
saltyplatapus

I think this game looks very entertaining. it will be lots of fun, and better than the first l4d. everyone should quite complaining. IF YOU DON'T LIKE THE GAME JUST DON'T BUY IT. everyone just sounds like a bunch of little school girl bi***'s

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saltyplatapus

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mooch35
mooch35

I can see the frustration of getting kicked for not having a mic, but.....you should be using a mic in this game anyways. I don't kick anyone for not having a mic or if it's a kid, however, I am a little annoyed by it. What frustrates me the most is when the time comes and they get pinned by a hunter or are getting dragged way the hell back from a smoker and you never hear a word....yeah, that's frustrating because it's not just their problem anymore, but the whole team's problem. The situation might have been avoided by just saying the word "Help" in the mic as soon as he get snagged and could have saved some time/health. For other games the mic is merely a added bonus or an option, if you will. For this game, it is a necessity because it relies so heavily on teamwork and being able to communicate to that team in a moment's notice.

C_T_SKYE
C_T_SKYE

@djpetite they are jerks, for example, they like to kick kids or people that dont have a mic.

djpetitte
djpetitte

@Trogdor77 agreed 100%. There's so many other games coming out for the xmas season to buy that has actual content. I see this game getting a 7.5 max on gs. @Ares360 I disagree with part of your statement. Have you ever heard of rage quiting? Everytime I played l4bed I was on my gaurd because people were such a-holes. You can't just jump into l4d and play, you have to know exactly what you are doing or get ready to get kicked. The l4d community are mainly jerks, yup I said it. You never get that kind of reaction from the community of other games like even Wow(excluding mainstream 360 titles where every 12 year old talks like a salor). So, thats why it will never be that great like games such as Wow.

im-a-roustabout
im-a-roustabout

What makes a sequel a sequel? I'm confused at why nobody thinks it is a sequel. New and more weapons? Check. New levels? Check. Longer campaign? Check. New characters? Check. Differ game modes? Check. So why should this be DLC? The answer as to why people are complaining is because the first one hadn't even been out a year. That's it. That's all.

Midhotch
Midhotch

Enough with Left 4 Bed (Call it that because everytime I play the game it just feels like I am playing CS zombie mod with bots so I get bored and sleepy and want to go to bed.) Make a new Counter-Strike game give modern warfare some competition.

YoungDab
YoungDab

That guy does look like rick ross.They should make more campaign maps for this game,the first one ran out of fun after like a month. It should have that halo 3 kind of never ending multiplayer.

PaladinGB
PaladinGB

I can totally see where both sides are coming from. Valve is not really improving the game much and maybe it should have been DLC. What you have to realise that it isn't DLC and they arn't going to change that. Tons of companies do this for the money, Blizzard being the worst. I feel that those of us that are going to buy the game should and enjoy it, the other boycott it and wait for Bioshock 2. Also right now, if you preorder the 4 pack on Steam, you can get the game for $33.75. Much better than this $60 number people are throwing around.

Inconnux
Inconnux

wow looks just like the last l4d... should have been DLC. Perhaps thats why they are spending 25 million to advertise the game... need to advertise that much to convince gamers that it isn't the exact same game they released a year earlier... typical EA product.

Ares360
Ares360

First I thought what a rip off but when I look at L4D2 all I can say is its amazing. I'm a guy who doesn't have more than a couple of hours 1-2 max a day or week so getting to kill hordes of zombies and completing a story makes me feel like I actually accomplished something instead of just mindlessly leveling up with a bunch of aholes cursing out young kids just tryin to enjoy the game. Valve thanks for making a great team game that invites players to align instead of curse out each other.

Trogdor77
Trogdor77

It is time to rejoice, a $60 expansion will be on shelves just before ‘ol saint nick squezzes his phat azz down your chimney. We can all laugh at those who buy this garbage while we are playing games that have some real content like Borderlands or Modern Warfare.

nickythenewt21
nickythenewt21

This game looks like fun. For those of you who are 'boycotting this game'...shut up. Quite honestly, I really don't give a damn if you're boycotting this game. I'm still probably going to buy it, whether it's a 'true sequel' or not. Jesus Christ, please, let the people who want the game enjoy it. If you want to talk amongst yourselves about how much of a rip-off this game is, please, go right ahead, as long as you don't whine about it to someone who actually wants it. Thank you, and have a good day. :)

calum1984
calum1984

RandomCTG is that opposed to making full blown games which are almost identical to the previous title other than name e.g madden, fifa, Pro Evo Soccer, and to some extent Final Fantasy. I personally see nothing wrong with this game at least they are bringing something new to it with the melee weapons, the survival mode, different maps and a different setting (daytime)

RandomCTG
RandomCTG

this is just like Halo3 ODST....an expansion turned into a full game for the sake of money...greedy fellas I say

Fat_Boy_Skinny
Fat_Boy_Skinny

@NoLifeGamin Posted Oct 12, 2009 7:39 am GMT why did so many people thumbs down Tremor? i mean that is a TOTAL rip for resident evil, but you could give less **** if it wasn't =_= and resident evil (4+) was a rip off of 28 days later whats your point

Fat_Boy_Skinny
Fat_Boy_Skinny

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Endofme
Endofme

Funny game to play with friends otherwise, no thx.

wexorian
wexorian

I'm not boycoting, just i think thath they should add more multiplayer stuffs for more fun.

GORDONA3RIP
GORDONA3RIP

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payne6705
payne6705

I can see this mode being more frustrating than fun I can see myself only playing it for achievements really....buts its a new mode I would prob be complaining if there wasn't something new in this game I can't wait getting this on launch day and going to love every minute of it...also I feel sorry for you boycotters seriously I never saw a bunch of selfish d***k heads in my life

djpetitte
djpetitte

@lewismetcalfe I don't plan on buying the game right off the bat, I'm waiting for a half off weekend on steam to get the game at the price it should be. @mach-stem I think you're missing the point of a boycott...Yeah and I bet they will eventually buy the game, but not for 60 dollars like most of you suckers. lol They will be waiting for a steam half off weekend.

mach-stem
mach-stem

djpetite: 40,000 people who boycott and will eventually just buy the game because they will be missing out on a great and fun game. CoD MW2, you have something to say about that one too? That is also an excellent looking game, and looking forward to putting both on my PC!

mach-stem
mach-stem

Can't wait, and as lewis says: shut it. It looks like a fun game. As for the engine being 5yrs old? The engine has been worked on for 5 years and is still being improved upon. I compared HL2 without patches and HL2 now with some of the engine advancements, there is quite a difference, and having multi-core processing on DX10 really jumps the game's looks up, and anyone who doesn't agree with me, has nothing to do but complain about a nice looking game.

lewismetcalfe
lewismetcalfe

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silverdragon16
silverdragon16

yall are crazy... well those that claim l4d2 is 1.5... what do you want exactly? if they hadnt released a new game you would be crying that its taking to long for a game that was fun and needed little to change in the first place. your going to buy the game anyway. enjoy yourself