I'm pretty amped for this game, the story and world of Bioshock is among my favorite of all games, and I want to know what happens next! The multiplayer looks interesting, but I don't know how long it will hold my interest.
That said, does anyone remember the original games launch trailer? It was something like this one, but not as intense. I'll go dig it up.
Yesterday afternoon I decided, contrary to previous intent, that I was going to pre-order Left 4 Dead 2. Mainly because of the recent bombshell regarding Modern Warfare 2's Steam price, and lack of dedicated server support.
But, I wanted to ensure I play the uncensored version of L4D2. And the best way I could think of was buying it via Steam from a UK IP. So, I signed up to a trial at AnonymitynNetwork.com for this purpose alone.
I connected to their "England" server, started up Steam, threw L4D2 into my store basket for purchase. L4D2 has an App ID of 550 for all regions, but the Aus Cart ID is 202237 as opposed to the UK Cart ID which is 202182 (hence the different version). While there, I'd also check the price of Modern Warfare 2 for shits and giggles. To my surprise it's available for just 34.99 pounds ($62 AUD) - $36 cheaper than Australian Steam (and retail for that matter).
So I went ahead and bought them both by simply putting in all of my Australian card details, but changing the country to United Kingdom. I quit Steam, disconnected from the VPN, reconnected to Steam 'from Australia' and am pre-loading the L4D2 demo.
I thought I'd detail my experience here, because as far as I'm concerned, everyone else should do the same - stick it up both the Australian OFLC and Infinity Ward's AU MW2 pricing. ____________________________________________________________________________
It's confirmed to work and is not against Steams EULA. Just think of it as if you went to the UK, logged in to your account, bought the game and came back to Australia. That's not a violation of the agreement, so no worries!
Also, if you are paying by credit card, put in your address as normal but just put your country as the UK; it is also completely legal and the currency converts as it should.
This ensures you get Left4Dead2 the way it was meant to be played.
Also, in semi-related news, check out this amazing NES-demake of the original Left4Dead, due for release in 2010!
It's a well known fact now that L4D2 is being completely gimped in Australia, and those buying a copy for their Xbox360 are pretty much screwed unless they want to import. Luckily for us PC users we have the luxury of modders and programmers who take the time to find out how the game works so they can mess around with it.
Through one particular users meddling, he found a way to easily enable the gore in the censored version of the game. The process consists of editing 1 character in 2 files, and launching the game from the actual .exe, and not the Steam shortcut.
Bada-bing, bada-boom. Here's my conception of the changes you will see...
Most of you have probably already googled this, but for those who just haven't thought about it, or for those who for some reason don't know the demo is out on November 3rd, it doesn't get much simpler than this:
Enabling gore in the censored Aussie versions of the L4D2 demo is as easy as editing 1 character in 2 text files:
Change the app id 590 to 510 in these two files:
Save them and run the left4dead2.exe executable directly (not through steam icon/games list). This should be located in a directory like C:\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\left 4 dead 2 demo, just like the first file above.
Your status will say that you're playing "Left 4 Dead Dedicated Server", but the L4D2 Demo will start and you'll be able to play with gore enabled (no more disappearing zombies, more blood, decapitations/dismemberment, splatter on the screen, etc.!)
You will also still be able to start lobbies, invite friends and join games in progress on servers.
The images are a little large, so you'll have to save them or drag them to a new tab. But it works! So you can happily enjoy the uncensored version of the L4D2 demo :D I hope to see you all in the parish!
So here I am. It's 2.52am on the 27th of October; 3 hours after the scheduled release time for Borderlands on Steam. Three of my friends are up with me. We were all waiting to play this glorious new game. I chose to work twice as hard for the past few days to avoid going to school today. One of my friends even took annual leave from work to play the game for a couple of days. All of this, rendered moot.
Apparently there was a fumble over at Valve, and the actual release date is in another 3 and a half days, but for some reason nobody realized that us Australians had the US release date countdown on our pages. And my friends and I didn't know about it because we were purposely avoiding information about the game. Awesome.
This may seem like a small thing to you guys. But like I said, my friend registered time off work, I worked over time to finish my design work so I would have time to play this game, and now I'll have a whole new set of assessments to finish before I can play it, as do my other friends who stayed up with me; it's just really fucking irritating.
It just makes me angry about these differently timed releases on Steam. I don't mean to sound nerd ragey, but what the fuck is the point? Really?
So yeah, I just wanted to vent for a bit. I'm going to go have a massive chop and blaze myself in to oblivion.
Ok, this game is actually called "Interstellar Marines", and I brushed over it initially as many of you probably did. But I came back to it by chance on youtube and had a look, and all I can say is motherfucking sharks with legs. That's all that needs to be said, really.
I did a couple of searches and couldn't find this so take a gander at these L4D2 gameplay clips from IGN. Showing off the new weapons, survivors and infected, as well as a couple of the new "gauntlets". All in all I'm liking the look of this new iteration of the L4D franchise; not fond of the sound of the uzi though, and the southern music during hordes is a little out of place. What say you?
Coach is a high school football coach from the Savannah area, used to leading the kids, comfortable in his life, and perhaps not enamoured by the arrival of a zombie attack. There’s Rochelle, from Cleveland originally, working for a cable news network. She’s producing a segment on this strange story occurring in Savannah, and gets caught up in the events. Ellis is a Southern boy mechanic, an enthusiastic but smart guy with a “Southern flair”. Finally there’s Nick, a gambler and a conman, unsure of his company and cynical about the events.
Random New Stuff: -Dynamic day/night cycles
-Dynamic level structure
-New special infected "Charger" that can shoulder rush and pound survivors in to the ground.
-Wandering witch: the witch now wanders around in the day time
-Hazmat suit wearing zombies (immune to fire)
-Frying pan, baseball bat, axe and CHAINSAW
-New "no-face" zombie gore
-Trigger events require players to move from one point to another to stop the event, preventing trigger campers.
-Higher zombie count; almost twice as much.
I can only expect good things of this, but, I guess we'll all find out on November 17th.