Up the Stream without a Paddle...

User Rating: 4.5 | Left 4 Dead 2: Cold Stream X360
Left 4 Dead 2, in my opinion, is one of the finest concepts for a game on the Market today. I have always been a fan of all things Valve and the Source engine is something special. I have played L4D since the first installment came out and it is the only game I have found where I happily play the same levels over-and-over again. So on the face of it, good job Valve!

However, there are 2 words which, to me, are now synonymous with System Crashes, Game Ending Glitches and just all round poor quality. Those words are Cold Stream (CS).

Now, overlooking the fact that the Cold Stream DLC was subject to delay after delay and then released only to fail download at 99%...OVERLOOKING that massive irritation, we are finally privy to the long awaited Cold Stream. Finally all the irritation subsides until I noticed that after the "Update", required to play the new DLC, the rest of the game begins to have glitches that it certainly didn't have before! Cold Stream, the level, will happily trap your character in seemingly open environment and leave you at the mercy of the infected. Yes, times are hard but have Valve fired all of the Quality Controllers?...

This is aside from the fact that when CS was released, all of L4D's servers stopped working; "Here's the game guys but sorry you can't play it for the moment...". Good work Valve.

But hey, all these weeks on, surely all the bug are ironed out... well, no.

You will find yourself 4 levels into a 5 level Campaign, let's say, and then boom, you're staring at the back of a fat bald guys head. I have lost count how many times this has happened and I have asked many fellow L4D fans who also report the same ridiculous error.

Don't even think about playing "Taaannnkks" mode...about 70% of the time you spawn outside of the level parameters and have to stand helplessly whilst the survivors stroll to safety.

I could go on all day about how Valve have beat the quality out of the game but for now I will leave you with this thought; If you bought a Toaster and it only toasted 50% of the time, you would take it back and demand your money back wouldn't you? Why should a game be any different...