History Videogame / Left4Dead

16th Sep '17 10:36:30 PM DastardlyDemolition
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* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Actively exploited by the developers to guide the players, after they noticed playtesters' [[DarknessEqualsDeath tendency to move toward the brightly lit areas]].

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* {{Chiaroscuro}}: Actively exploited by the developers to guide the players, after they noticed playtesters' [[DarknessEqualsDeath tendency to move toward the brightly lit areas]]. As stated on the page, custom maps that ''don't'' follow this idea are known for being extremely hard and it's not just because it's hard to see; by removing a core game play aspect players (who are accustomed to having light guiding where to go) are forced to try to find out what the devs intended the hard way.
31st Aug '17 4:20:37 AM Benbeasted
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* FiveFiveFive: Parodied on a poster in ''No mercy''. The poster lists lists the phone number for the emergency hotline, but only the first three digits, 555, are visible. The rest of the number is torn off, [[http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/45378781467309370/1F648B31CCD111F003AF3CF482508423AD823E74/ making the fake 555 redundant.]]

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* FiveFiveFive: Parodied on a poster in ''No mercy''.Mercy''. The poster lists lists the phone number for the emergency hotline, but only the first three digits, 555, are visible. The rest of the number is torn off, [[http://images.akamai.steamusercontent.com/ugc/45378781467309370/1F648B31CCD111F003AF3CF482508423AD823E74/ making the fake 555 redundant.]]
5th Aug '17 5:28:36 PM Gavitro
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The game would be followed by ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2'' a year after release. Leaks regarding a third installment in the franchise (along with the long-waited ''Half-Life 3'') have been around for years, but an official confirmation of its existence remains to be seen.



In September of 2015, Rumors were spread about a third installment of the franchise is in the works (along with talks about the long-waited ''Half-Life 3'') and is set for a possible 2017 release, Featuring an entirely new cast of characters.



Followed by ''VideoGame/Left4Dead2''.
16th Jun '17 8:12:35 PM BossKey
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* DeathOrGloryAttack: Cr0wning the Witch.

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* DeathOrGloryAttack: Cr0wning [=Cr0wning=] the Witch.Witch, which generally consists of going up to the Witch and [[NoRangeLikePointBlankRange shooting her at point-blank range with a shotgun]]. Succeed, and it's a OneHitKill, removing a major threat from your path; fail, and you've put yourself [[InstantDeathRadius at point-blank range of a pissed-off Witch]].
20th Apr '17 3:41:25 PM Kadorhal
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* CharacterFilibuster: The ''Crash Course'' campaign features a safe room with a wall covered in a '''''massive''''' PurpleProse poem...And equally-''classy'' replies to it such as "QQ" and "Cool story, bro!"

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* CharacterFilibuster: The ''Crash Course'' campaign features a safe room with a wall covered in a '''''massive''''' PurpleProse poem...And and equally-''classy'' replies to it such as "QQ" and "Cool story, bro!"



* DeliberatelyMonochrome: After being downed and revived twice, you see the entire world in black and white, complete with blurry peripheral vision and red item highlights. If you're not healed, you ''will'' die. The developers included this because playtesters were frustrated when inexperienced players were repeatedly going down and delaying the group.

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* DeliberatelyMonochrome: After being downed and revived twice, you see the entire world in black and white, complete with blurry peripheral vision and red item highlights. If you're not healed, you ''will'' die.die if you're downed a third time. The developers included this because playtesters were frustrated when inexperienced players were repeatedly going down and delaying the group.



* GameMod: The ''Mutation'' game modes that rotate every second week.

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* GameMod: The ''Mutation'' game modes that rotate every second week.Being a Source-engine game, there was the obligatory deluge of custom campaigns and replacements for models and sounds.



* LetsPlay: Both games have one on the Website/SomethingAwful forums, the first [[http://lparchive.org/Left-4-Dead/ here]] and the second [[http://lparchive.org/Left-4-Dead-2/ here]].
** ''Machinima/ProfoundMomentsInLeft4Dead2'' is similar in concept.

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* LetsPlay: Both games have one on the Website/SomethingAwful forums, forums; the one for the first game is [[http://lparchive.org/Left-4-Dead/ here]] and the second [[http://lparchive.org/Left-4-Dead-2/ here]].
** ''Machinima/ProfoundMomentsInLeft4Dead2'' is similar in concept.
here]].



** [[VideoGame/{{Portal}} "Still Alive"]] can play on jukeboxes, albeit very rarely.



* CherryTapping: It's possible to kill even the Special Infected, except tanks and witches, just with the secondary melee attack. Just [[TooDumbToLive don't try it on the Boomer.]]

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* CherryTapping: It's possible to kill even the Special Infected, except tanks and witches, just with the secondary melee attack. Just [[TooDumbToLive don't try it on the Boomer.]]Boomer]] - knock him back once to get him away, then shoot from a safe distance.



** In co-op and other modes where the special infected are AI-controlled, the specials can spawn inside the safe room at the end of the level, leading to [[{{GameOver}} fun times]]. In versus, where the specials are human-controlled, you cannot spawn in the ending safe room, but you ''can'' spawn outside of the safe room and go inside. Playing as a Boomer or a Spitter, you can buy the rest of your teammates time to respawn and make one last attempt at the Survivors.

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** In co-op and other modes where the special infected are AI-controlled, the specials can spawn inside the safe room at the end of the level, leading to [[{{GameOver}} fun times]]. In versus, where the specials are human-controlled, you cannot spawn in the ending safe room, but you ''can'' spawn outside of the safe room and go inside.inside, if the door is open. Playing as a Boomer or a Spitter, you can buy the rest of your teammates time to respawn and make one last attempt at the Survivors.
24th Mar '17 1:10:14 PM Zuxtron
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* CombatResuscitation: Players who run out of health are incapacitated, becoming immobile but still able to use a pistol to help clear away infected while their friends help them up. However, a player can only be incapacitated twice, after which their screen will [[InterfaceScrew turn black and white]], a HeartbeatSoundtrack will be heard, and if a first-aid kit is not used on them, their next incapacitation will result in their death. Dead players can later be revived by finding them trapped in a closet later on.
8th Jan '17 1:46:18 PM DustSnitch
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* FakeUltimateHero: '''CHICAGO TED''' is regarded as the biggest {{Badass}} in the history of Badasses by plenty of players; however, it never has been stated or hinted as to exactly ''what'' he did to even earn this fame.

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* FakeUltimateHero: '''CHICAGO TED''' is regarded as the biggest {{Badass}} badass in the history of Badasses badasses by plenty of players; however, it never has been stated or hinted as to exactly ''what'' he did to even earn this fame.
9th Dec '16 3:51:39 PM Gavitro
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* WhamLine: For many an Infected team, seeing "You will become the Tank - Get ready to attack the survivors"[[note]]or "Someone is about to become the Tank" if you aren't chosen[[/note]] means that [[ThisIsGonnaSuck shit is about to get real]], as a Tank's actions (and the Survivors' response to it) can singlehandedly make or break a Versus round.
24th Aug '16 8:39:16 AM LuciaMoore
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* HideYourChildren: The Infected are invariably adults.

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* HideYourChildren: The Infected are invariably adults. The accepted [[HandWave justification]] for this is that the virus that turns people into infected is lethal to children.
17th Aug '16 10:08:57 AM CoolTom1337
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[[caption-width-right:333:[[BadassBiker Francis]], [[AFatherToHisMen Bi]][[BadassGrandpa ll]], [[ActionGirl Zo]][[NerdsAreSexy ey]] and [[ActionSurvivor Lou]][[NiceGuy is.]]]]

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[[caption-width-right:333:[[BadassBiker Francis]], Fran]][[StrawNihilist cis]], [[AFatherToHisMen Bi]][[BadassGrandpa ll]], [[ActionGirl Zo]][[NerdsAreSexy ey]] and [[ActionSurvivor Lou]][[NiceGuy is.]]]]
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