You wouldn’t think of the zombie apocalypse as a time for togetherness and kind regard for your fellow man, but that’s exactly what it is. Think about it: between geographical distance and Francis’ vehement disdain for all things, the casts of Left 4 Dead 1 and 2 would’ve never even given each other the time of day – much less formed the kind of deep, tight-knit connections that can only blossom after you’ve scrubbed caked-on Boomer bile off each other’s backs. Left 4 Dead 2’s “The Passing” DLC, which is fresh out of Valve’s assuredly none-too-sanitary oven, is a perfect demonstration of this.
The DLC brings the original Left 4 Dead cast down to Georgia, where they encounter Left 4 Dead 2’s rag-tag band of survivors. In addition to what we’re sure will be all sorts of sitcom laugh track-worthy shenanigans and quips between the newly united parties, The Passing includes three new maps, the fallen survivor zombie class, the golf club melee weapon, a co-op challenge mode, and more. To top it all off, Valve’s rolling out new weekly game modes called “Mutations” -- like “Chainsaw Massacre,” which we think is pretty self-explanatory.
As with all things wonderful and good and from Valve (yeah, a bit redundant, we know) in this universe, The Passing is completely free. Just fire up Steam and the DLC will be waiting to infect your hard drive. Meanwhile, if you don’t own Left 4 Dead 2 yet and our previous chiding failed to convince you, Valve’s sprinkled the game with wallet bait again – this time dropping its price by 33%. So basically, whatever excuses you had last time… will still work, in all honesty. You’re only hurting yourself, though.