Time to get your southern-fried zombie-butchering groove on with the Left 4 Dead 2 demo, available now to Xbox 360 gamers who pre-ordered the game, though the Windows version's been delayed a hair to Wednesday. The demo pits up to four players against moldering hordes of undead in the first two levels of the cajun-themed New Orleans "Parish" campaign.
Demo-goers can sample the cooperative play survival horror game's new "boss" zombies and swing a few of the added melee weapons. I'm not sure which in the demo, but the game's full list includes baseball and cricket bats, crowbar, electric guitar, fire axe, frying pan, katana, machete, police baton, and the indefatigable chainsaw. (What, no garden shears?)
LAN and online play are both supported on the demo, and the Xbox version includes split-screen play for a little old fashioned side-by-side corpse-mashing. If you didn't pre-order, you can download the PC demo next Tuesday, November 3. As well, Xbox LIVE "Gold" members, though Xbox LIVE "Silver" members will have to wait until the following Tuesday, November 10.
Like its predecessor, Left 4 Dead 2 riffs on the old apocalyptic flesh-eating pandemic trope, pitting up to four human players against hordes of ghoulish undead in cooperative free-for-alls. The object remains safe extraction from zombie-riddled areas, with rare intermediary safe houses offering respite. The final version begins in Savannah, George and concludes in New Orleans, Louisiana.
Remember the headline-grabbers earlier this year about those foul-mouthed fan boycotts? All's well, it seems. A vocal minority balked (and other b-words) at Valve's decision to release L4D2 barely one year after the original. Valve settled up by flying a few of the boycott leaders in to sample the game, culminating in the boycott's conclusion a few weeks ago.
Score one for junkets.
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