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Left 4 Dead - Grabbin' a thread of puke - ATTN lobby leaders, check OP
Lobby leaders (actually, just everyone) - check the max ping command in L4D/L4D2 tweak sections
What is 'Left for Dead'?
The best goddamn co-op game you'll ever find, that's what it is.
First started as a project from Turtle Rock Studios and afterward lovingly embraced by Valve's touch of brilliance, it's a shooter that pits you and 3 friends (or bots, if you hate yourself) versus lots of zombies.
What makes it awesome however is that team play is not just recommended, it is most utterly required. That means you need the right people to enjoy this game and you've come to the right place.
This shit is so awesome I want to play with PA where do I click
For an invite [url=steam://friends/joinchat/103582791429532423]Join the Chat![/url] It's where lobbies get made and players celebrate.
Bottom line: If you've got a 360 and L4D, good times can be had. Add "A PA L4D Group" to get in on the fun!
A common complaint I hear about the list is that there's no one actually playing L4D on it. Just invite people on the list, regardless of what they're playing. The list is there to get groups together, and a lot of the time people will drop out of whatever they're doing and join in. I for one will pretty much always switch over to L4D, unless I just got in a CoD : WaW party like I did last night when Kawl wanted to play.
Browse to /Steam/steamapps/common/left 4 dead/left4dead/cfg and create an autoexec.cfg file if it does not exist already.
add following line:
mm_dedicated_search_maxping 100 (default 250)
This will limit the max allowed server ping in lobby searches. You can change it in-game by using the console (~, enable dev console in options)
Are you as strong as Moustachio? Prove it.
General Game info - what is new?
Meet the new Survivors:
Meet the new Special Infected:
Meet the new Campaigns:
The survivors meet up in a burning building and head for the evac station in the shopping mall.
Uncommon infected: Hazmat suit zombies, immune to fire.
A rollercoaster ride of zombie shooting fun in the local carnival!
Uncommon infected: Clowns. They rile up common infected with the sound they make.
Crawl your way through the swamp to the ol' plantation house.
Uncommon infected: Mudmen. Nasty crouched creatures who fling mud at your face and move wickedly fast in the water.
The Survivors need to get fuel for the boat if they are to .. survive. Takes place in an industrial area and weather may be a bit cloudy.
Uncommon infected: Construction workers, immune to sound. They won't go after pipe bombs.
New Orleans at last! Finally safety? Takes place in broad daylight.
Uncommon infected: Armored riot police zombie.
Meet the new Modes:
A short form of Versus. Each team tries to get as much fuel into the tank as possible each round, best 2 out of 3. Convenient when you only have 30 mins of time available or want to get more practice out of the special infected characters.
Fuel cannisters that are dropped by survivors on the floor (orange glow) can be destroyed by Spitter goo or bullets.
A round ends for a team when the timer hits zero and overtime ends. Overtime lasts as long as at least one survivor is holding a jerry can. You get extra time for every jerry can poured into the machine.
Another mode for the true Hardcore. Realism mode removes a few crutches players rely on in campaign (and can be played on any difficulty):
No silhouette glow on survivors and items will only glow when you're very close to them.
Bullets that hit the infected bodies are less effective compared to headshots.
Witches will instantly kill survivors when they scream and hit.
No survivor rescue closets, defib. or getting to the next saferoom are the only ways of getting dead players back.
The old modes, Versus, Survival and Campaign are still in place. Survival places your team in several crescendo events, try to survive as long as possible and beat the score of your friends on the leaderboards. Versus matches 4 survivor players vs 4 special infected players, each team tries to get the furthest through the maps.
New Gore system:
(Australian and German copies of the game are censored because the government hates you - you should import the game, steam gift copies from foreign people should work.)
What else is new:
Sweeter looking game with awesome water and storm effects and marvelous trees.
Lots of new weapons and items to choose from. Items are scattered more randomly across the map and you may start a campaign with different weapons than otherwise.
Boomer Bile will attract zombies when thrown. Infected that are hit by the bile will be attacked by the other infected, this includes biled tanks.
Adrenaline gives you 25 temporary health and a speed boost to your movement speed and all your actions (including reviving players).
Melee weapons can be found everywhere and replace your pistol slot when picked up. You can still 'block' with melee weapons, they provide great close-combat area damage but have windows of vulnerability in-between the swings
Incendiary and explosive ammo that can be taken along (instead of a medkit) or deployed immediately.
Laser sight upgrade will add a laser pointer to your main weapon and improve accuracy.
Defibrillator replaces med kit, revives dead players in 3 seconds with 50 HP.
AI Director pushed up the level of the game. Special infected attacks are more coordinated.
Lower maximum allowed server ping in lobby searches:
In \Steam\steamapps\common\left 4 dead 2\left4dead2\cfg\config.cfg add the following line: (for some people autoexec.cfg doesn't work, it does for me. My advice: add in both)
mm_dedicated_search_maxping 100 (the default value is 300)
You can lower it even more in-game with the console (~, enable dev console in settings) if everyone in the lobby is located close together. Else you might be getting a server that's awesome for you but terrible for others (if you can find one at all). note: Console doesn't work in lobby.
Official dedicated seems to give best results in my experience. After 20 seconds of searching stop and restart the search, else the game will have you act as host.