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Left 4 Dead Survival Pack - hands-on

Want to see the brand new map Valve’s created for Left 4 Dead’s free Survival Pack DLC? Thought so! We got Chet Faliszek, the game’s writer, to give us an exclusive guided tour of the new map, “Lighthouse.” Click play below to check it out, then we’ll regroup for further details and impressions from our hands-on session.

Valve has also announced a new Critic’s Choice Edition of Left 4 Dead, which will ship on April 21 and contain the full game and DLC on the disc. The downloadable Survival Pack will be released for download at some point before that, adding survival mode and the two new versus campaigns (Death Toll and Dead Air). Survival mode will be playable on 16 maps, 15 of which are culled from the existing campaigns’ crescendo moments and finales. The final survival map is the new original creation, “Lighthouse,” depicted in the videos above.


Above: The view from midair – if you see this you are flying to your death 

The new Lighthouse map has several defensible positions, each with strengths and weaknesses. Climbing up to the top of the lighthouse offers great line of sight and common infected are easily repelled, but you’re like a treed cat with nowhere left to run. There’s no cover, and you’re highly vulnerable to smokers and tanks. Down below, there are a few rooms and a garage, but invariably the mob comes crashing in through walls and doors, and the ever-destructive tank quickly wrecks shop in the narrow spaces. Rather than camp in one spot, a successful team must rove about the map, flowing along the path of least resistance to eke out every last valuable second of life.


Above: The other big danger atop the lighthouse is being dragged off by a Smoker 

With Chet and a rotating cabal of Valve staffers as chaperones, we dove into several additional survival maps and then played through a versus campaign on Dead Air. Read on for the gory details and more videos!

50 comments

  • Flatrace - March 21, 2009 10:50 p.m.

    DLC is For PC Versions Also. It Will be delivered for free on Steam accounts automatically.
  • beaux - March 16, 2009 2:20 a.m.

    So, I'm confused....is this DLC for PC gamers like myself or only for 360 gamers?
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - March 11, 2009 7:59 p.m.

    Yeah, there's definitely a trend toward free dlc happening. RE5 and MC:LA are two that leap to mind. Keep it coming! corretction: a press release from Capcom today says that the RE5 Versus DLC will be a paid download. Balls!
  • jjcooll335 - March 10, 2009 9:57 p.m.

    The survival mode looks sweet! Thnx Valve. It'd be cool if there was a.. Versus.. Survival Mode thing haha.
  • controlledchaos - March 10, 2009 2:25 p.m.

    Woohoo! Can't wait for this to come out. Love Left 4 Dead, but it gets a bit redundant after a while.
  • TheCorpulent1 - March 9, 2009 5:24 p.m.

    Man, I thought I'd seen pretty much everything in L4D until that last video. Two tanks... simultaneously? That's just cruel. But I will get this, play it, and love it, I'm sure. Gotta love Valve's commitment to quality and keeping stuff free now that pay-DLC has become the standard.
  • noobeater - March 8, 2009 4:50 p.m.

    companies can learn alot from valve im so glad they treat the customers with enough respect to give out free DLC well itll give me a reason to leave cod for this for a bit longer
  • Backfire001 - March 8, 2009 7:27 a.m.

    Hate the game,but this may help. One of the main reasons i didnt like it was cause of the two maps that werent versus in the first place (LAZY). Survival may be cool on the new map,and the endings.
  • Yellowhat17 - March 6, 2009 10:25 p.m.

    Yes! I can't wait for this! I hope they release some new mini-movies soon though. Also, some time after the DLC, they should think about L4D 2...
  • chester_spartan - March 6, 2009 6:03 p.m.

    I truely LOVE L4D and them throwing out this free DLC is just so awsome, Valve <3
  • GamesRadarJoeMcNeilly - March 6, 2009 3:22 p.m.

    @erreip199: survival doesn't have difficulty settings. it is its own difficulty, so to speak, as it just continually gets harder and harder until you die. Valve is still tweaking the way the difficulty ramps up, but they fully intend for it to be a brutally short experience. no one has ever lasted longer than 10 minutes!
  • TENAXIS - March 6, 2009 2:56 p.m.

    yay!!! :D thank you valve!! you guys r teh best (even though you dont support PS3 =_=....) but since i have steam, its fine i guess steam FTW!!!
  • maedene - March 6, 2009 2:26 a.m.

    gamerdude77, why are you even here then?
  • ThunderMuffinsMcgee - March 6, 2009 2:18 a.m.

    can't wait for this! Horray for Steam! I am also glad that 360 peps are getting it too. I have a 360 but I don't have L4D for it! More people to play. Nice article and I love you Valve!
  • Pyro240 - March 6, 2009 1:18 a.m.

    Ahh I get it now. Disregard that.
  • Pyro240 - March 6, 2009 1:15 a.m.

    I'm confused. Are there totally seperate levels for the Survival mode?
  • Leeman - March 6, 2009 12:16 a.m.

    Glad I have an XBox!
  • xXUltrosXx - March 6, 2009 midnight

    Hmm, GoW made free achievements with its updates. What kinda excuse is that the Chet guy is making. Broken achievement economy? Achievement wise SUX..but this content looks great >:D
  • GoldenMe - March 5, 2009 11:43 p.m.

    Free.......it's free. God thank you Valve. And great article GR! And I'm glad I decided to go with the Xbox........really glad........PS3 can suck it. L4D WOOOOOOOOOOO
  • Snarf - March 5, 2009 10:09 p.m.

    When does this come out again?

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