Left 4 Dead 2

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SEALBoy

Source engine is nowhere close to 10 years old. It's not even 6 yet.

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Trooper_One

Ahh, I had my hesitation at first, but I've played till 2am last night and loving it. 

 I really miss Bill, Francis, Zoey, and Louis though....  They seem to be a better bunch than the L4D2 (still likable though).

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mario66

i pre-ordered but for some reason wouldnt unlock for me last night at the announced time?  anyhow got it unlocked this AM and cant wait to play it this eve.  Crossing my fingers that I get a good PUG

 ALSO - Show some respect to John Romero :).  IMO he could release 5 Daikatana's in a row and still deserve his God Like status for creating Doom.  Sure Camack's engine was the big deal but it wasn't Doom without JR's design to go with it.  having said that I know you guys are joking and it fits well with George on the plus side.    

 

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Caboose

 Apparently, there was a last minute bug that they found which was causing the game to crash on startup. That's unconfirmed though. As for unable to unlock it. The game was (finally) unlocked at approx. 11:40pm MST. Although a number of people reported issues after the game files were decrypted. Mostly where the game would report a failed install. Restarting Steam seemed to fix the issue. Also decrypting was taking a LLOONNGG time too. But, when you have thousands of people trying to unlock the game at the same time, what do you expect...

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Digital-Storm

And how does it still hold a 9 with those dislikes? Maximum PC is selling out.

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willsmith

It's always OK to want more (more guns, more missions, or anything). The graphics are OK, but especially in outside, organic-y areas it's showing it's age. However, neither of these things make the game less fun. The core gameplay mechanic and the different modes (versus, scavenger, realism, etc) are really, really fun. Ultimately, for game reviews, fun is what matters.

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Bustout

It truly deserves the 9. The dislikes are all true, but I don't think they detract from how fun the game is.

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mattman059

Anyone else find it absolutely amazing that they actually reviewed a game the day it came out? :P

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Bustout

It's not uncommon for game developers to provide an advanced copy for review sites and publications.

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mattman059

by that comment i was referring to the fact that maxPC usually waits upwards of 6-8 months after a game is already in the hands of the mass public before reviewing...which doesnt help anyone decide early on if they want the game.

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Havok

 They usually print game reviews in the magazine. THEN 6-8 months later the PRINTED version goes on-line, unless it's really hot, like L4D2. Also, they're not Maximum PC Gamer, game reviews don't usually take their front page, hardware usually does. I'm guessing this will go in the mag at some point, maybe next issue?

 

 

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Neufeldt2002

I'm sorry, but this game is boring. I tried the demo, and tried hard to like it, but mindless killing is boring period. The only one who thought it was fun was my 13 yr old. He finds watching paint dry fun. Valve sure has sunk low for this game. Of course, this is just my opinion, and since I make the game purchasing decisions in my house, this will not be a game I ever buy. They would have to GIVE it to me, and even then I would seriously question whether to accept.

 

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Citrus9

I just don't see the graphics of L4D2 being a valid complaint at this point. It's no Crysis, but other than that how many games really look significantly better? I can only think of a few other FPSes, and I can think of a lot of RPGs, MMOs, RTSes, etc. that had reviewers drooling over the graphics, which looked and ran much worse than L4D. The graphics are sharp and smooth without a lot of glitches or clipping problems, and the art is great. 

Plenty of games use a newer, fancier engine than L4D, but that doesn't mean they look better. 

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ArrecBarrwin

I agree 100%.  I did not find the graphics in L4D2 to be "aged" in any way, I think it looks great.  I also agree completely that the source engine, while not necesarily being the prettiest engine, is by far the smoothest and glitch-less engine I have ever played.

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Havok

 The reason why people are complaining about the Source engine being 'old' is because it works. You're right. It's one of the smoothest, if not THE smoothest, most playable engines out there. If the Source engine is around in another 10 years, I won't complain unless they frak it up somehow.

 

 

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nmanguy

You said the engine's 10 years old, but the first Source game was CSS. Sure, it was based on Quake (or maybe Unreal, but I'm pretty sure it was an iD engine), so in THAT case it's 10 years, but you can't really knock it down. The real problem is that it was originally intended to run on pretty much any (discrete) videocard you had, while being able to scale to the big-boy computers. But that was 5 years ago, and there's only so much HDR and anti-aliasing you can throw into a game.

 But to be honest, I'm using a relatively small screen, so TF2, L4D, HL2E2, etc all look just as good as other newer games.

Here's hoping to Source 2 or whatever it is.

 

 Oh, and regarding the gameplay, is it still just the standard tier one and tier two, or did they add in-between guns?

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Muerte

You have alot more options.  The tier one weapons are the melee weapons and pistols.  We had to go out and find sub machine guns and rifles.  Then there are diferent types of auromatics, m16, ak's and a few others on the same level but with different feels.  I still prefer the hunting riffle for the scoped weapon over the newer scoped weapon.  Just seems more powerful.

 

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Caboose

 I prefer the scoped assault rifle thingy. Huge clip, and an awesome scope. And when you pick it up it has a very heavy feel to it, indicating lots of power!

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Muerte

Hmm dual post. 

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Caboose

 IT'S RELEASED!!

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Caboose

 Valve found a crashing bug (according to the chat) and that's why the game is delayed

http://i36.tinypic.com/1178x3c.jpg

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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Caboose

 10min past, and it's late. Raise your hand if you're surprised!

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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LordPyro

they just added it to the released column of the store page, I hope I can play it before I go to bed....

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Caboose

 My brother sent me a screenshot where L4D2 was displayed 7 times in the new releases.

 As it's currently looking, we won't be playing it until tomorrow...

 

-= I don't want to be dead, I want to be alive! Or... a cowboy! =-

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