Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2 Cold Stream DLC Delayed
Written Wednesday, July 25, 2012 By Lee Bradley
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The long-awaited Cold Stream DLC for Left 4 Dead is out on Steam, but the Xbox 360 version has been delayed.

“We are working with Microsoft on a release schedule. We don’t have an ETA yet but we hope to have it out soon,” said the development team on Twitter.

The DLC had been due to hit Microsoft’s console yesterday. It’s based on Matthew Lourdelet's eponymous community campaign and also includes the maps Blood Harvest, Crash Course, Dead Air, Death Toll, No Mercy, and some “surprises.”

When Cold Stream comes out, whenever it comes out, it will cost 560 MSP.


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Comment #1 by Brengun
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:28:09 AM
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Well worth waiting for I think with all those maps. I got home yesterday and saw a L4D2 link on the dashboard thinking it was out but it was just a clever marketing ploy I guess...

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Comment #2 by L1E
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:29:25 AM
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Haha, of course it was delayed!

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Comment #3 by SeraphTC
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:30:25 AM
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The dashboard link was because the game was made available on Games on Demand, nothing to do with the DLC.

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Comment #4 by ChrisDrummer
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:30:57 AM
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Surprise, surprise

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Comment #5 by II BOMBSCARE II
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:39:05 AM
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as #1 said, definately worth waiting for with all those maps at that price

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Comment #6 by daviduk2000
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:39:14 AM
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I just dont understand why it took them so long to tell us. It wasn't till aroound 11pm that they told us it was delayed. They are claiming the DLC went up and throughout the day acting as if it would come out, then finally hear its delayed and they tell us its not the DLC its the Update thats not working, I just think there was a problem all along and they didn't want to be blunt with us..

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Comment #7 by amacteur
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:39:46 AM
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It will be released next week.

"Cold Stream Is Out!
For PC players, we have some map updates that move the big Beta needle to Release. For Xbox 360 players sorry but the Cold Stream DLC on the Xbox 360 is going to be delayed until next week."

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Comment #8 by R_A_LEE20
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:45:15 AM
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It makes me think, buying the Cold Stream dlc, do I still need L4D 1?

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Comment #9 by xMEGADETHxSLY
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:54:54 AM
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hey its on games on demand, will probably buy the dlc next week also the full game on steam for $4.99

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Comment #10 by Dothackbear
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:55:08 AM
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i heard in the update they rework most of the original l4d2 campaign finales a little bit, whatever that means... also one of the surprises was that a skins pack for minecraft is coming out next month with all 8 survivors

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Comment #11 by dirge
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:59:18 AM
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I'm really gutted there's no new survival maps.

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Comment #12 by Chaosflare
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 04:07:21 AM
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@ 10: Slight differences in platform or door positioning; similar to No Mercy's finale, I'd assume.

In the end, I'm eagerly awaiting.

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Comment #13 by Qofi
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 04:47:37 AM
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@10: What #12 said. Nothing major, like transforming them into a running crescendo, or anything. If you look up PC gameplay, you'll see exactly what the differences are.

I've pretty much given up on Valve games for the XBox (and PS3) by now. I've been able to play Cold Stream's beta for free on the PC for the past several months, along with all of the L4D1 campaigns.
I understand the PC must be easier to work with, but.. =/

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Comment #14 by Space Cadet
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 05:00:43 AM
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I'll have a free PC version thank you.

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Comment #15 by stianpuz
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 05:05:39 AM
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Apparently you can play all the mutators also, atleast on pc

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Comment #16 by Opayk
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 05:05:40 AM
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Microsoft's infamous certification process at work no doubt!

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Comment #17 by oORuffusOo
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 05:09:14 AM
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Well duh!!

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Comment #18 by Ephidel
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 05:15:51 AM
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In addition to #13 & #14's comments, Valve are not console-centric, nor do their games or the Achievements reflect that. L4D1, The Sacrifice. Has it finally been patched yet? Probably not, at a guess.

Valve say they'd release DLC for free but it's Microsoft "forcing" them to charge for it. Does the ME3 MP DLC cost anything? Do other games never have free DLC?

No, of course not. Valve are only too happy to take console gamers money and spend on their PC fanbase. Everyone else, ID with Rage, Bioware with ME3... all of the old PC-focused companies are learning that if they want the money and the loyalty of the core console gamers, they need to be fair with them and put some effort in. Valve never do this, and their small group of niche fanboys defend their actions as if they're the best thing to ever happen to the industry.

Valve deserve nothing from console gamers, not until they fix their shit and make it work as it's supposed to. "Valve time" is even worse than Rare back in the N64 era, except time =/= quality in Valve's case.

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Comment #19 by Solomon Fuere
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 05:27:25 AM
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@18 You don't need the quotes. Microsoft makes them charge for DLC.


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Comment #20 by Bucksea
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 05:29:13 AM
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Don't mind waiting a bit longer for something so awesome

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Comment #21 by VidGamiac
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 05:34:48 AM
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At least, they're giving us L4D skins for Minecraft.

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Comment #22 by DESTRO5
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 06:14:06 AM
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Valve, ya'll fucking up for real.

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Comment #23 by Jamoo 1
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 06:33:27 AM
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Comment #24 by roza
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 06:44:39 AM
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Good think I bought it on Steam yesterday then eh?

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Comment #25 by crmsnsshdw
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 06:51:25 AM
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@19 Microsoft only makes them charge for Dlc with achievements.

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Comment #26 by zarda1
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 07:06:28 AM
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soon in earth time or soon in valve time?

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Comment #27 by ImmortalArbiter
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 07:10:14 AM
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@18 Hey, why don't you look at the Peer Review DLC for Portal 2? Come back to me when you find the price.

Do you know why it's that price? Because that's what they released it for on PS3. If it hadn't been on PS3, I guarantee they would have had to charge for it.

The reason why ME3 DLC doesn't cost anything is because in order to access the new weapons/characters, people can (not have to) spend money to unlock them. Do you really think they would get away with double dipping? I guarantee you the ME3 SP DLC will cost money.

Why did you bring up Rage, anyway? It currently has no DLC, aside from the Sewers which costs money if you didn't buy it new.

Also, you CAN get all of the achievements in L4D1 now.

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Comment #28 by MilkyTee
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 07:44:53 AM
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You have it completely arseways.

Valve DO want to give away DLC for free but they can't thanks to the draconian polices enforced by Microsoft. Since L4D is not on another console (i.e. PS3), MS makes the developer charge for any content they release. (And they get a sizeable cut, of course)

Since ME3 is on PS3 also, MS allows the DLC to be free since it is free on their main competitor's platform.

Valve are one of the better companies out there. Microsoft are one of the WORST.

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Comment #29 by Aussie27Legend
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 07:47:35 AM
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Played it already

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Comment #30 by Preedatore
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 07:49:51 AM
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I typically hate when people come in these articles and spout on about pc, but this time it's warranted. Just pick this up on Steam for $4.99 and you will have a constantly updated version with all the dlc. That's cheaper than this dlc and you get everything. My pc is almost 5 years old and runs it fine on all very high settings. Do yourself a favor and pick it up on Steam while it's on sale.

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Comment #31 by MilkyTee
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 07:50:50 AM
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If you're bothered, check out this article that shows how Microsoft are killing the XBLA scene from the inside-out.

Also , in a survey within the article, done with over 200 indie developers, it shows that 64% of devs say that working with Valve(Steam) is "very easy". 0% said it was "Excruciating"

On the other hand, in the same group of Devs, 0% said working with Microsoft was "very easy" while a WHOPPING 48% said it was "excruciating".

They are, according to the survey, the second worst company to work with on games, just ahead of Mobile Phone carriers but miles behind EVERYONE else(Sony, Apple, Google, Ninty etc.)

I like the Xbox, but Microsoft are doing the industry no favours.
In fact, quite the opposite, they're actually harming it.

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Comment #32 by ronnie42
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 08:23:19 AM
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Delayed again for another week.

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Comment #33 by macd
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 08:45:21 AM
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I'll get this when it comes out.

I'm not a huge L4D fan, but they are great fun to muck about in with mates. I really want to do the campaign on a hard setting but I think I'd just cry if I saw that many zombies if they were harder to kill. Great fun game, though this somewhat eliminates my need for L4D if my L4D2 has basically both games and better gameplay.

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Comment #34 by The Bum-Mobile
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 09:03:04 AM
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Actually with all of those maps, I might just get it. Was hoping it'd be free as I've been itching to play some Left 4 Dead.

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Comment #35 by DeepInfern0
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 09:03:41 AM
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It's not valve if they don't delay a game ;)

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Comment #36 by Da Blue Pancake
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 10:03:13 AM
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Left 4 Dead 2 dlc -.- Bring on the Half-Life 3 valve!!

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Comment #37 by Qofi
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 10:38:46 AM
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@36: That hasn't even been announced yet. They should likely first finish the things that are meant to be coming out this week, or apparently the next, or apparently the next.

They still haven't patched Crash Course from Left 4 Dead 1, have they?
Or done anything with Team Fortress 2. It's weird playing and watching people not screaming about hats. Seems off, somehow.

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Comment #38 by Jack Frost
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 10:47:19 AM
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Interestingly, with L4D2 being added to GoD, it's price point is $29.99 - the Gamestop by my house has a used copy for $45 WITH the Power Rewards discount (almost $50 without).

I think that's the first time I can recall seeing a used game at a retailer being more expensive than GoD...

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Comment #39 by Komrade Kayce
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 11:28:38 AM
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I dont know where you live, man, but thats gotta be one of the worst prices I've ever seen for a used copy of L4D2 by now.

Holy shit, used, it really IS 44.99 in the states. What the sweet jesus. Here in Canuckistan, its only 24.99 used.

Thats ass backwards.

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Comment #40 by TeAmExTrEmE737
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 11:44:11 AM
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Comment #41 by blinksmilewink
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 12:18:25 PM
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Valve DLC delayed? Wait, this is news?

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Comment #42 by Ninja Kaspyr 83
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 12:46:53 PM
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yawn! yes lets do what ever other video game is doing, take a good game and ruin it with DLC of maps from the prior game. yes awesome! man fuck this im bout done with video games.

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Comment #43 by roza
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 12:49:00 PM
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At most it's £20 here. But I can get it for like £12. But I already have it so it's all good

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Comment #44 by aim of kronic
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 01:25:10 PM
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delayed again.. go figure.. im pretty sure they said that this was suppose to be released shortly after Portal 2.. which was april 2011 i believe.. L4d2 is easily my fav game but they dont support it enough.. to little to late valve

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Comment #45 by Dr Popodopolus
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 01:59:02 PM
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Valve take the piss with delays.

Really fuck shit up

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Comment #46 by Assasin13
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 02:14:11 PM
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@38 On steam currently on PC it is 5 dollars for the game and all the DLC including this one.

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Comment #47 by UltimateAuron32
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 02:33:23 PM
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seriously considering using Steam, begging to lose faith in MS's Cash cow console... not to mention the amount of problems the damn things had over the years...

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Comment #49 by Nevander
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:12:17 PM
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No time like Valve Time.

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Comment #50 by PuttyGod
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 03:44:29 PM
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Ahh, Valve. Just admit it - you keep dropping these delays to keep the Valve Time meme alive; no person or collection of people is capable of actually making this same mistake over and over, without realizing what happened, what went wrong, why it went wrong, and trying to avoid it in the future. No exaggeration, Valve has NEVER released ANYTHING without at least one delay (as far as I know, this includes all DLC and updates, not just full games). Protip, Valve: Don't announce a release date for a product until you *know* that you can release the product on said date. I understand that delays happen here and there for everybody, but for Valve, it's their MO and I'm starting to get tired of seeing these news posts and all of the people's predictable posts concerning said subject.
On the bright side, I had no idea it was coming out in the first place, and the fact that it's including every single campaign from the first game (although the post says "maps," so I hope they didn't just take the last map from each campaign or something and put it in. Any way that you look at it, though, that's a really good amount of stuff for $7 (especially since that's what Crash Course alone, costs for the first game). Looking forward to it.

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Comment #51 by secretkaos187
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 04:24:04 PM
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I have been really looking forward to this DLC :(

The Gamestop in my area was also charging an astronomical amout for L4D2. I went to the local pawn shop and picked it up for $15.

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Comment #52 by wickedclowns95
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 04:26:00 PM
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This has been playable on PC for like a year for free. I'm seriously getting tired of Microsoft choosing how Valve prices their dlc.

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Comment #54 by [Waggly Bean]
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 05:52:18 PM
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@53 thanks for messing up the formatting...

Have been seriously thinking about picking L4D up on Steam so I can get all the community maps and all DLC for free, but I'd need to buy a new computer to run it so not sure whether to bother or not. Under £6 for both L4D1 & 2 though - that's a pretty damn good deal!

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Comment #55 by Phantomzero17
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 06:56:17 PM
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@54 Let's be honest here it's not as difficult or expensive to build a great PC as people like to tell you it is (mainly because they've never done it in their lives and think it's some kind of evil nerd magic).

If you did bother you'd have a great PC for your daily needs. You could play L4D2 on it and you could start getting into other games aswell. Steam/Amazon/Newegg etc always have good deals and you can get most of your games for less, loads of great (and not so great) user created mods, and plenty of free DLC to boot compared to console. Only real issue is that console in some cases gets DLC first due to Microsoft paying the Developers loads for a months time of exclusivity. Which by then means that 360 gets loads of bugs and they're fixxed for PC before a patch gets through MS' cert for the console version.

Don't listen to the fearmongering of upgrading every month or whatever that hogwash the ignorants spit out on a regular basis. I can tell you from experience my PC has been running great for over 5 years running everything on High - Ultra. It was only because by chance something broke in the Graphics Card last Sunday that I need to upgrade just that one part and really the decision to upgrade was one of my own I could've just boughten a replacement part.

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Comment #56 by lid
Wednesday, July 25, 2012 @ 07:12:33 PM
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Already private messaged this guy this but Ill show it for the world to see.

You believe Valve is lying when they say Microsoft forces them to charge for dlc. Those people are completely clueless. They've said themselves that Microsoft forces developers to charge 800 ms points at least for substantial dlc addons. In addition to this Microsoft takes 70% of the earnings of DLC while the developer takes 30%. Valve DROPPED their 30% from all the left 4 dead dlc, making it 560 instead of 800.

So you accuse them of taking dlc money and spending on the pc community when in fact, still to this day, Valve has NEVER made a cent off of dlc. You wonder why they dont like working with consoles and their companies when they end up spending 10x as much to support their games on them and go through 10x as many loopholes. On the pc, patches can take a day and cost nothing, on xbox they can take weeks and cost tens of thousands of dollars.

And on an unrelated and opinionated note, time does equal quality in Valves sense as all of their games are awesome in my opinion, and I think the world agrees as well as almost all their games have over 90% metacritic scores and have huge communities and fanbases even 5-10 years after their releases.

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Comment #57 by Felonious Monk
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 12:52:35 AM
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Guys, we went through this shit already back in 2006 with GoW and Epic.

Even 6 years later no one's learned a fucking thing.

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Comment #58 by Ephidel
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 07:19:34 AM
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@56 : My response PM.

Still doesn't help anyone when the new Achievements end up being unobtainable. And I never found the appeal of most of their games. Portal is by far the worst, The Orange Box has TF2 which is not supported and is glitched to crap. HL2 felt last gen, Episode 1 was decent but nothing special, Episode 2 was great.

L4D1 is decent but obviously gets shafted by the bugs and the mediocrity of the support, unlike PC. L4D2 is much of the same with worse characters but better gameplay.

In short, Valve take ages to do anything, what they make isn't special from a gaming standpoint and I find their games decidedly average, plus they release buggy DLCs that they take at least a year to patch if ever. If you're going to take that long, and charge people (whether it's MS forcing the charge or not), the very least you could do is ensure the basic things work properly (ie trigger points, Achievements).

The fact that they seem to prioritise PC and the Xbox 360 versions always have a variable degree of issues, seems to suggest that like I believe, they genuinely don't give 2 shits.

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Comment #59 by Slayinfool
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 11:01:03 AM
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Valve just hates consoles period. They're only in for the extra $$$ consoles will provide them.

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Comment #60 by Aversion
Thursday, July 26, 2012 @ 04:23:05 PM
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This needs to come out already. Finish it and sell it.

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Comment #61 by Assasin13
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 06:17:29 AM
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@60 It is already finished, I've been playing it on my PC for awhile now, got Left for Dead 2 with all the DLC including this one for 5 bucks ^_^

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Comment #62 by JennyOwnz
Friday, July 27, 2012 @ 11:53:19 PM
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So typical of Valve to always delay their DLC's!

Also, i wonder if they're working on L4D3-
But i doubt it. . .
Don't think they know how to count to 3 yet, lol :D

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Comment #63 by xianizradx
Saturday, July 28, 2012 @ 02:33:36 PM
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Comment #64 by Raamroc
Monday, July 30, 2012 @ 02:06:37 AM
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wouldn't be surprised if it doesn't come out till mid august

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