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Left 4 Dead 2's Realism Versus Becoming A Permanent Fixture
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Left 4 Dead 2's debut Mutation mode was that popular that Valve are only going to make it a permanent game mode soon enough.

The Realism Versus game mode, which added a realism twist to the already popular versus mode, will be added to the roster soon after a public vote voted in favour of the it being added to the roster - 68% of voters said yes, beating 21% of the naysayers and 11% who had no opinion (why vote "no" on a new and additional game mode!?)

This obviously bodes well for other successful game types of the Mutation game mode, as they too could become rather more permanent. No news yet on when it's coming, but Valve says they'll let everyone know next week.

In other Mutation news, this week's game mode is "Follow the Litter," which is essentially the Scavenge game mode but with only one can spawning at a time. Sounds messy!


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Comment #1 by taylorxxx
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:25:19 PM
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this game was fun, but i traded it in before the DLC. worth picking it back up?

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Comment #2 by bossvegeta1
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:25:31 PM
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I'm in.

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Comment #3 by ImAKing1987
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:25:40 PM
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hech yeah thats great news!

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Comment #4 by KillTheft_Echo
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:26:17 PM
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Dang. I still need to go buy this game. Haven't played it since Mutation mode came into the mix.

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Comment #5 by williamsjohn83
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:26:56 PM
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Really like the mutation game modes, other games should do something similar i think

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Comment #6 by PG_MaxPayne
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:30:16 PM
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@1 yes it is worth picking back up!

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Comment #7 by Jimmy Hapa
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:33:11 PM
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Who voted for this? North Americans, Europeans, Asians, blah bah blah, etc.? I wonder whose tastes shape these decisions anyway. Just wondering.

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Comment #8 by The Bum-Mobile
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:41:24 PM
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Man I hated Realism Versus. Waiting for something fun to come along like all-chainsaws campaign...

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Comment #9 by crewdy
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:50:06 PM
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Meh, I was in the 11% who voted no. Realism is pants. Stinky pants.

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Comment #10 by SuperWoody64
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:51:30 PM
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Realism versus was awesome. I never liked playing as infected because it was so one sided. With bots and realism it's actually worth playing.

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Comment #11 by SuperWoody64
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:52:13 PM
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The current mutation isn't good at all. I'm not a fan.
Follow the litter looks totally sweet.

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Comment #12 by pounder60
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 01:52:24 PM
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i want the all m60's mutation. might actually beat the parish on expert with unlimited m60s

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Comment #13 by Spanish Assault
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 02:00:57 PM
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This wasn't as addicting as the first one. I spent HOURS playing the first one.

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Comment #14 by Telperionz
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 02:04:12 PM
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Realism versus was a huge fail, and this weeks "follow the litter" might seem fun, but really it isnt, every game always ends up being really low scoring like 2-1 or 3-2, these mutations arnt very good at all, imo. I hope they make better ones in the future.

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Comment #15 by Dr Popodopolus
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 02:19:00 PM
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@9 It was 21% who said no xD

I rented this a long time ago, might pick it back up sometime.

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Comment #16 by xtye
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 02:27:21 PM
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Wow that sucks. All it did was attract modders who found ways around the patch.

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Comment #17 by Pooly93
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 02:27:35 PM
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I thought Realism Versus was quite fun actually, and there's nothing wrong with an extra gametype.
Can't wait for Last Gnome on Earth next week to be honest :D

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Comment #18 by ThrillKillBill
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 02:33:16 PM
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Too many ppl tried to play "Realism Versus" without mics for me to enjoy that mode but bleed out was fast, fun times. I's like to see THAT mode permanent.

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Comment #19 by Tragik T
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 02:33:56 PM
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Yay free gamemode!!!!! If you have, you can get this game for 12.99... only if you have the coupon. Thats wut i did, and im glad since now i have most of the achievements.

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Comment #20 by l.maciver
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 02:54:46 PM
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if only bungie done that for zombies...

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Comment #21 by ViNyLek
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 02:56:28 PM
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Sounds awesome hopefully wont cost too much....

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Comment #22 by Agent Mantis
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 03:24:58 PM
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I voted no! I didn't enjoy it at all, too many people were getting too serious over it, make one mistake and it's nothing but abuse followed by a swift booting.

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Comment #23 by CaptainN86
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 03:25:17 PM
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'The Passing' DLC is all well and good. But WHERE IS OUR L4D1 DLC, VALVE?!
Anyone know when it's expected?

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Comment #24 by xhunterrrr
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 03:29:00 PM
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I expect the release to be 3 months from now. À la Valve time.

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Comment #25 by Leone Phelps
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 04:02:43 PM
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@20 especially since zombies give achievements and you cant even play it all the time lol

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Comment #26 by lildevilbmxer
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 04:08:05 PM
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its a really fun game mode glad there making it permanent .

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Comment #27 by E.M
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 04:54:40 PM
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This game mode was extremely fun. Its great that they are bringing it back. There is no downside to an additional game mode, don't understand why anyone would say no to more. Its not like theres not enough people playing L4D2 for more game modes to be added.

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Comment #28 by Treflipin
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 05:27:37 PM
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i agree thats why i didnt say no but i said no opinion because i didnt know if they were only going to add a certain amount of mutations

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Comment #29 by EcT Felix
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 05:40:33 PM
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fuck you! this is not good news, now we are unable to do th3 cheevo

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Comment #30 by KindredPOKER
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 05:58:52 PM
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@29 Made me face-desk, this is an added game mode, not replacing mutation.

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Comment #31 by Bastado
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 06:06:14 PM
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@29 ...huh.. wtf? do you even know what your talking about?

realism versus was fun...i think they should have waited on more feedback from other mutations though...i mean it wasn't an overwealming 80 or 90%...

i would anticipate there will be some modes that are perfered over versus realism

either way ...not mad at all, more gametypes is always nice!!

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Comment #32 by Rodeo Legend
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 06:10:27 PM
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I was one of the 'No's. I love left 4 dead more then 99% or video games. I simply did not love realism versus. I would vote 'NO' again if asked.

That being said, I don't mind them adding it, I just don't see myself playing it.

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Comment #33 by achievementjockey
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 06:17:27 PM
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I was one of the "no's". I am happy for it to be there, but i would never play it. I dislike versus.

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Comment #34 by dward_432
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 07:08:12 PM
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It was good but of course most people voted yes as there was no reason not to. As they were just offering it up as an extra gametype yes or no thhres no downside to saying yes its not like theyd have to remove something else to install it so id assume most people said yes because its better to have it and not ever play it then not have it.. so i dont see many people playing it after long. But still good news

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Comment #35 by SXRXE
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 07:11:26 PM
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I said no...

I spent 90% of the time dead.

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Comment #36 by Shadow Assa5in
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 08:55:12 PM
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i shipped this game in from overseas because the Australian version was edited to have NO violence, and i havent even spent that much time playing it, i had more fun with number 1

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Comment #37 by STC9892
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 09:39:34 PM
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I honestly didn't think anyone still cared about this game. I figured all the hard core fans were busy petitioning against the game's existence, while the rest of us were left disappointed by the fact that it's got barely anything new in it whatsoever. I'd love to see a day when this stupid "ZOMBIES R TEH KEWL!!!" nerd phase dies off.

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Comment #38 by DaChiefOfOwnage
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 10:26:10 PM
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What is love... baby don't hurt me... Don't hurt me... No more...

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Comment #39 by Roxas358
Saturday, May 08, 2010 @ 11:23:57 PM
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LOL I might pick it back up just to see Bill's dead body... XD

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Comment #40 by Ronniecw91
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 12:20:48 AM
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left 4 dead kinda sucks

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Comment #41 by Glenster
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 12:51:59 AM
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Realism Versus was ruined when people only wanted to play infected and when they go survivor, they left. If they made it more balanced then yeah, it would be great. I don't know why Valve thinks Survivors are so OP and keep making game modes to boost the already powerful infected.

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Comment #42 by samjustsam
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 01:24:22 AM
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adding more modes is always a good thing. the mutation mode is a good idea as well. i will keep playing a new one every week if i can. gotta get that knome...crap i totally forgot how to spell it but that chompski avatar prop. hope i spelled it right.

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Comment #43 by ROA5T BeeF
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 02:10:58 AM
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A lot of these mutation modes will probably end up being successful and becoming permanent. Anything new is good. Anything Left 4 Dead - related is good also.

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Comment #44 by CLAPSTER
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 02:25:03 AM
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Screw realism versus, it's annoying in my opinion.

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Comment #45 by Aussie27Legend
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 02:56:40 AM
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Comment #46 by CheesyToast111
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 03:51:38 AM
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I only voted no, because now they are less likely to make one of the other mutation modes pernament, and we have only seen 3 and there probably some why better than realism. Last Gnome on Earth

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Comment #47 by xX BanKsy
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 03:56:31 AM
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@42 *gnome

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Comment #48 by KIDDRAGON67
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 04:22:04 AM
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I don't see how people enjoyed it (i didn't have the dlc at the time) would someone who liked it tell me why?

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Comment #49 by Phenoviral
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 04:23:34 AM
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I voted no because it's where rage quitters run completely rampant. It sucks being the only person on my team as the Survivors (or misnomers, more like).

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Comment #50 by I <3 Achievements
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 05:05:07 AM
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Horrible Decision, the survivors are way to weak comapred to the infected.

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Comment #51 by Di4L x MoTioNz
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 05:07:08 AM
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@7 It is everyone, there is a vote section on the in-game blog page...

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Comment #52 by PrinceOfThralls
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 05:38:39 AM
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#1 no, its never worth it

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Comment #53 by Skar46137
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 06:07:13 AM
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I'll tell you why vote no on a new and additional game mode. We haven't got fucking Half Life 2 episode 3 yet. Shouldn't start what you can't finish. I'll buy that over any more left 4 dead, zombies are boring now.

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Comment #54 by unusual sin
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 06:31:40 AM
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Do you have to download the DLC to get mutation mode or is it part of some recent update?

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Comment #55 by fishguy85
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 07:59:48 AM
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@ 23 . should be next month valve said in an interview right before the passing was released. so im hoping in a couple of weeks! :D

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Comment #56 by Bullhorse
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 10:39:31 AM
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THERE WAS A PERFECT REASON TO VOTE NO FOR THIS MUTATION BECOMING PERMENANT. because there are multiple new game modes already and since realism versus isn't that great, i don't want the player base to be even more diluted.

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Comment #57 by Linguo TGR
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 12:07:11 PM
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I love R.V. mode. I hope they also make Realism Scavenge mode. Its like the hardcore mode from CoD or BFBC2. I really dont think that 4 versus game modes would dilute the game base that much, even with a 5th weekly mutation mode.

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Comment #58 by James lees123
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 06:04:15 PM
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You guys sure it wasn't 68% said no?

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Comment #59 by xMidget_Furyx
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 06:09:45 PM
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good to hear i loved the game type it forces teamwork and if you run out ahead well your dead. this last mutation i really didn't enjoy not enough pills or shots to make it fair IMO.

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Comment #60 by secretkaos187
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 08:38:20 PM
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I personally voted yes, realism versus was intense on top of the already intense feeling this game brings! I just think the people that voted no are haters!

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Comment #61 by Ashekaban
Sunday, May 09, 2010 @ 11:09:57 PM
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Why are people hating on it?
The release of game modes is VS/Campaign/Scavenge.
PLay the game with friends if you have a problem on sucking with pubbies.
Realism Versus just adds an extra challenge in the game. The games go quicker, for some people who dont have an hour to play a full campaign.
I personally love it. Extra challenge is always a good thing.

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Comment #62 by ViolentStCannon
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 04:40:59 AM
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Less emphasis on Versus, more on Campaign and Survival. Sucks when you're trying hard to be a team player and you get kicked for no reason - even if you're host. The community alone is reason enough for me to not bother with it. Thanks for ruining the game Valve.

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Comment #63 by Sonicboom x
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 06:24:17 AM
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There Seems to be ALOT of different opinions on this...

My opinion, donbt like it? dont play it :D

and we get a new mutatio every WEEK, im sure there will more serious ones and ones that are more popular getting tuerned into playlists such as this one. I say just add the realism option on versus :D

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Comment #64 by timm the zombie
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 08:50:37 AM
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You guys have a lot to complain about, a cheap DLC that basically gives you new game modes every week, with the possibility of having one be permanent right away. A dev team that really seems to be interested in keeping the game fresh, as well as adding DLC to the original to forward the story line. Quit hating and enjoy it while it lasts. I wouldn't do so much if I were a dev if I read crap like this all day about my hard work.

Realism vs was great mode, as is Follow the liter. Didn't get to play bleed out enough to form an opinion, but next weeks sounds fun as hell too.

Valve has done a great job with this game and I look forward to more from them!

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Comment #65 by NiteJokester
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 08:59:11 AM
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Mutation mode blows. and realism versus is a bad choice. I was one of the few that voted no.The dlc was fun and easy but these new game modes that they are releasing are just a waste. but this is IMO.

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Comment #66 by Jack Pumpkinhed
Monday, May 10, 2010 @ 06:02:44 PM
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It's not like their forcing you to play realism versus so why complain and say no to a new game mode?

I personally liked it because it was challenging. I think Versus is too easy as the survivors, so this makes things more interesting.

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Comment #67 by kiks
Wednesday, May 12, 2010 @ 10:31:55 AM
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i thought it was really good, it made it more challenging. and mutation mode is sweet, a changing game mode every week, what's there to complain about?! it keeps people interested.

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Comment #68 by Phenoviral
Thursday, June 17, 2010 @ 09:18:46 AM
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Because it's diluting the playerbase.

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