Questions tagged [left-4-dead-2]

Left 4 Dead 2 is the sequel to Valve's original co-op zombie first person shooter. The game makes use of the Source Engine, and was released in 2009 as a downloadable digital version on November 19 (Japan), October 17 (North America) and October 20 (Europe). Questions should relate to strategies and methods of playing the game, and methods for various achievements.

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L4D2: Listen (local) server vs Dedicated server

So I've been trying for more than two weeks to run a L4D2 Dedicated Server. However, no one but me can connect to it. I did port forwarding, enabled DMZ and allowed from port 26900 to 27050 on my ...
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Is it possible to play the "Versus" mode singleplayer, with bots, but no sv_cheats 1?

Title honestly says it all. I was wondering if it was possible to play the versus mode without having to go on the network, especially for practicing with all the different zombie types. I did some ...
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Left 4 dead's AI director and player karma

I had heard that the AI director rewards teamwork on campaign maps. Specifically, your karma increases if you use health packs to heal teammates instead of everyone just healing themselves. It seems ...
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How can you force your character to say stuff in Left 4 Dead 2 (post 2015 patch)?

Even though Valve "removed" the ability to force characters to say different phrases (according to this post), I continue to find players in games that are still able to do this! I know it can get ...
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Is there any benefit to using quick chat with the bots in Left 4 Dead 2?

In Left 4 Dead 2 you can make your character speak by clicking in the thumbstick on controller, or pressing Z or X when using a keyboard. When looking at an item the quick voice line changes from ...
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How can I make Left 4 Dead 2 stop giving me a female avatar in online Campaign play?

Playing on XBox Live. Keep dying. Lousy teammates won't revive me. But that's not even the problem... I KEEP GETTING SPAWNED AS A GIRL! It's starting to give me a complex. Please, make it stop...
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What is a good tactic to kill a witch in Left 4 Dead without being hit?

When you encounter a Witch in Left 4 Dead, the best thing to do is probably to switch off the lights and leave her alone. But what to do when the AI director decides to put her straight on your way ...
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How do you earn 'Gnome Alone' (the honorary achievement for Gnome Chompski)?

The official Left 4 Dead Blog has stated in a 2020-11-18 blog post: An update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2. Honorary achievement for Gnome Chompski's upcoming journey into space on Rocket Lab'...
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How do I increase font size in L4D2 in-game chat?

On my Linux machine it’s too small and I have to move my head to be able to read anything written there.
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How can I crown a Witch that is standing and wandering around?

I started playing Left 4 Dead 2 a while ago, and just noticed that on some levels the witches stand and walk around. While playing, I heard a person crown a witch while she was standing, How is this ...
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How to re-enable intro videos?

I got the new Left 4 Dead 2 intro video, but when I try installing the .bik file to the respective game directory and start the game, I still get no intro video. After wards I realized that the intro ...
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How to get the 'Guardin' Gnome' achievement in Left 4 Dead 2?

How can I get the Guardin' Gnome achievement in Left 4 Dead 2 on Steam? The text of the achievement is the following: Rescue Gnome Chompski from the Carnival. So I suppose it has to be done in the ...
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Steam thinks the game is not installed

I've researched the web carefully and went on about 20 pages, either from Steam itself or from this website or among other forums. Since I'm a StackOverflow user, I decided to give here a try: I have ...
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Fastest way to kill a Tank in Left 4 Dead 2

When playing Left 4 Dead 2, my team-mates and I are struggling to kill a tank fast enough. It always seems to be able to last a long time even when we are all firing on it. This also means it has ...
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How can you make your player scream in Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2?

I remember when I played Left 4 Dead, a couple of months ago, that some players were able to let their controlled character do a scaring long scream. How did they do? Is it possible to do this also ...
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Split-screen in Left 4 Dead 2

Is it possible to play the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 in split-screen, where one player uses the mouse/keyboard and the other uses a gamepad?
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Cannot connect to my dedicated, steam-group L4D2 server

I have successfully setup a dedicated L4D2 server on my Linux box. I can manually connect to it with connect <myip>, so I believe I have all the basics setup correctly. I'm trying to get the ...
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Left For Dead 2 - Unlock Australian Censorship

I have purchased a copy from Steam and it has all of the visual gore taken out. I'd rather play the game as it was intended and not be at the whims of some politician who thinks all Australians ...
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What were the two scavenge maps removed from left4dead 2?

When the game came out there were a couple of additional scavenge maps, which have since been removed (at least, from the PC version). Does anyone have a link to what they were or remember which ...
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Do zombies repopulate in areas you've already cleared out?

Do common infected return to areas of the level that have already been cleared out? Based on my knowledge of the game's AI Director - who is responsible for spawning zombies - special zombies and ...
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How can I switch back to US server (Left 4 Dead 2)?

I played Left 4 Dead 2 in US before. Then I went to China and played it, it automatically switched to connect local server in China I think. However, when I went back to US and chose to play campaign ...
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What caused the low rate of enemies?

In a video I watched, the guy playing is doing a run of No Mercy on Solo Realism Expert mode. Near the end, where you have to wait on the helicopter, he jumped up onto a certain spot and waited, ...
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How to toggle in console command in Left 4 Dead 2?

I have this command then how to toggle. bind p "noclip" when I press P, it activate noclip, then when I press P again it will off.
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What is a good strategy for getting the "Level a charge" achievement?

Is there an easy way to get the Level a Charge achievement? The thing is to kill a Charger with melee it has to be done with exceptional coordination. I saw a video that 2 guys played a Versus ...
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How can I get the Moustachio achievements in Left 4 Dead 2?

There are two achievements related to Moustachio in Left 4 Dead 2. These are the descriptions: Gong Show - Prove you are stronger than Moustachio. Stache Whacker - Prove you are faster than ...
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Do the characters in Left 4 Dead have different attributes?

In Left 4 Dead, and also Left 4 Dead 2, does it make any difference which character you pick? Do they have different speed, toughness, accuracy, etc, or are they identical? In single player, do they ...
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AI players stop attacking infected

I just bought Left for dead 2 in the recent Steam sale and thought I'd try single player first. However trying to play the first campaign I always find my AI team mates stop defending themselves or ...
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How can my friends and I improve our tactics in Left 4 Dead 2?

I occasionally play Left 4 Dead 2 with some friends for a couple of hours every month or so. Since we don't play particularly often, we don't have much chance to really get better at the game through ...
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How can I avoid being detected as an infected in left 4 dead 2?

I always get caught playing as an infected no matter how good I hide (because the infected make noises). What would be a good tactic to minimize detection?
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How to join Online Campaign matches with Split Screen mod?

So we setup the Game-Banana/Game-MapsL4D2 Split-Screen mod and it works GREAT for local-play. However it's a bit iffy for Online play and I've only been able to get it to work on VERSUS matches so ...
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How can I manage trolls and griefers?

Trolls and griefers are common in multiplayer, potentially because the game is significantly discounted during Steam sales and has been given away at least once in 2013. Approximately 50% of the full ...
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Fighting a Jockey's ride

What, if anything, determines a survivor's success at fighting a Jockey's attempts to move them in a direction?
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How to improve the chance to stop a hunter in Left 4 Dead 2?

I played L4D2 online with people that stop Hunters from getting them almost always. Instead, they get me 7-8 out of 10 times. How can I improve my chances to block hunters?
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Left 4 Dead 2 Official Dedicated Bugging Going Black Screen

Error! Variable "$blendframes" is multiply defined in material "particle/smoke1/smoke1_add_nearcull"! Left 4 Dead 2 Official Dedicated Bugging Going Black Screen As the keywords suggest, when ...
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How can I distinguish my team from zombies in L4D2?

I am having a trouble distinguishing the players in my team from zombies in Left 4 Dead 2, which often results in shooting my teammates when we're trying to fight off a horde. Is there some sort of ...
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In L4D2, how to print text in chat panel privately for yourself to see?

Typically if you want to write to the in-game chat panel, you use say and say_team to write to everyone and your team-only, respectively. But what about writing to yourself? For example, if I set ...
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Can you cut a smoker's tongue after it wraps around you?

After a smoker catches you with its tongue, you have a couple of seconds before you enter the constriction phase where you're totally helpless. Is it possible to shoot the tongue/cut it with a melee ...
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Is there any reliable way to get the Dead Center - Mall stairwell second floor shortcut

On the Dead Center - Mall portion, is their any way to reliably get the shortcut to the 2nd story toy store window exit? Anything in particular that the director modifies this based on?
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Is a bile jar guaranteed to spawn before map 4's crescendo event in Dark Carnival?

In Dark Carnival, a bile jar comes in really handy at the end of map 4, the Farms, for passing the gates and going upstream the flow of zombies without taking too much damage. Of course, most noobs, ...
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Left 4 Dead 2 Crashes PC

Left 4 Dead 2 Crashes PC After a recent video card installation, Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) has been crashing my PC after loading a level. This is not a crash to desktop, rather a complete system crash: ...
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Can a AI-controlled companion be ordered to take an action?

In L4D2, can companions be ordered to take actions? Me and a friend have been playing. That means 2 of our slots are human and 2 are AI-controlled. We are primarily interested in giving 2 orders: ...
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In Left 4 Dead 2, how do I join a server by IP?

My friend was playing some 10v10 on L4D2 the other night, I did a search of google and found a bunch of IP addresses for these 10v10 servers, but how do I join them? There is nowhere in game to enter ...
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Conditions for the Confederacy of Crunches achievement

Steam describes this achievement as: Finish a campaign using only melee weapons. Ok, so that obviously excludes any primary weapon, but what about throwables (pipe bombs, molotovs, bile jars) and ...
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Can you play L4D in 3rd person?

I want to play 'left 4 dead 2' pc game through third person view. Can I change the view by altering any settings?
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Kite like a man achievement

I can't figure out how to get this achievement, it's very vague and can't find much online about it!
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How can one enable spectator slots on Left 4 Dead 2 campaign mode?

I have a friend who likes to watch our crew play Left 4 Dead 2, even though she is overwhelmed by the game itself. Presuming I local host the server, is there a way to set it up so people can join in ...
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Is it possible to alert a witch by talking loud on microphone?

I've been hearing rumors that it's possible to provoke a witch by talking louder than a certain volume level, so me and friends always go hush-hush around witches. Is it true or is it just another ...
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Can you get the Guardin' Gnome achievement on Easy difficulty?

If you complete the Dark Carnival campaign, and take the gnome all the way to the helicopter, on easy difficulty, do you still get the achievement?
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How Do the Melee Weapons Compare to One Another?

Something's been bothering me for a while now, even though I don't actually own the game (yet). It seems to me that different melee weapons in Left 4 Dead 2 operate differently. For example, I've ...
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How do I install a Left 4 Dead 2 server on debian?

I have been searching for a guide on how to set up a Left 4 Dead 2 Steam dedicated server on a clean debian install. But I haven't found one that worked. So if anyone have successfully set up a ...