LEFT 4 DEAD 2 HAS BEEN RELEASED! GO PLAY THE GAME!
Sound the alarm - Left 4 Dead 2 has been released! This time, Valve was a mere hour late. Left 4 Dead 2 was supposed to have been released an hour ago, but for many/most PC gamers, there was apparently a slight delay. As it turns out, Left 4 Dead 2, which was supposed to release at midnight Eastern Time, released much closer to midnight Central time. The resulting nerd rage had ground the Steam forums into the dirt, as people try to figure out why their pre-orders were not working.
Because the Steam forums are simply under a heavy load, it was possible to only occasionally see the "Countdown Thread" - the thread dedicated to the joy that people experience as soon as the game is available to the general public.
In the new releases section of Steam, the game pages were a bit jacked up while Valve staff straightened things out as well. Here's a screen cap (thanks to the Valve forum community):
Here are our impressions of the demo while we decrypt our files and start to play:
The sequel to Valve's Game of the Year Left 4 Dead has had quite a ride. From its initial announcement at E3, Left 4 Dead 2 has drawn some harsh criticism from the gaming community. It was also adamantly justified by Valve to deliver a higher level of quality and gameplay that simply could not have been achieved other than as a stand-alone game. Recent estimates suggest that Left 4 Dead 2 has already surpassed four times the amount of pre-orders than the original, which means fans are expecting great things. Whether you took place in the Left 4 Dead 2 boycott, or have been a steadfast fan since the beginning, its time to dig into flesh of Valve's hard work and determine just how worthwhile Left 4 Dead 2 is going to be. So let us summarize our impressions with a simple image:
Yeah...it's kinda like that.
We'll admit to being pretty hardcore fans of the original Left 4 Dead, but our evaluations here are meant to be fundamental and unbiased. In fact, with so much exposure and time invested into the original Left 4 Dead, our expectations for the sequel range quite a bit higher than most. For the most part, we're happy to report that the Left 4 Dead 2 Demo promises very good things for fans and skeptics alike. Read on to see more of our screenshot highlights...
Games mentioned in this article:
| Left 4 Dead 2 (PC) | Left 4 Dead 2 (Xbox 360) | MadWorld (Wii) |