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 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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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 do you throw a gas can very high and/or far?

In Scavenge multiplayer mode (and its variants), I've witnessed players throw gas cans much farther and higher than I ever could. I've wasted prescious time running, jumping and left-clicking to throw ...
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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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Display instructions for infected on every respawn

I understand that you can enable the instruction mode in the multiplayer menu (not sure how it's called in English, in German it's "Spielanleitung"), which shows the attacks of the infected after the ...
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How to optimise your odds to survive in expert difficulty?

I've recently went from playing normal to trying expert mode, but I fail at it. Can you guys/gals give tips explaining how I could play expert mode without dying a thousand times every game? Thanks :)
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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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How do the melee weapons compare to each other in terms of swing arc and reach?

Another question already asked about weapon damage per second (DPS; damage per hit and 'reload time'). The accepted answer basically states that "they are different in terms of reload time, however, ...
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How do I load Left 4 Dead 2 splitscreen savegame?

We reached the first safe room. During the next area we quit the game. Coming back, there is no option to access the saved campaign. Where is it?
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Is it possible to disable a dedicated server's welcome page?

I've had some issues with unofficial dedicated servers when creating Left 4 Dead 2 games. Over the weekend when creating a game my friends and I would keep getting the same dedicated server which is ...
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How can I rename my player?

In Left 4 Dead 2, is it possible to rename my player? Addendum: the name in-game as seen in the HUD. eg. as others see your name http://i.imgur.com/0dc9W.jpg Sebitar, future-trance, Chrsyalid..
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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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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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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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How to optimize your chances to catch a survivor with your special infected?

Everyone knows how glitchy hitboxes can be with the Source engine. Its a problem for Left4dead just as it is any other Source game (TF2, CSS, etc). But some friends and I have the feeling that it ...
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How exactly does adrenaline affect melee weapons' effect?

It is well known that an adrenaline shot will allow you to strike faster (hence shortens the strike speed). But does it also increase the weapon's damages ? Since combining adrenaline and a melee ...
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Left 4 dead 2 dedicated server - exec: couldn't exec server.cfg

I've managed to get the L4D2 dedicated server running on Linux (vanilla Debian 6), it works, but there's one major fault. The server won't read any configuration files. It always ends up with ...
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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 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 ...
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How do you create a graffiti in Left 4 Dead 2?

I was playing Left 4 Dead 2 and I saw a player paint a graffiti on a wall (I also saw it done on Team Fortress 2) How is this done? What is it purpose? Is it different on those two games or is it ...
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Left 4 Dead 2 - purchase non low violence version? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Left For Dead 2 - Unlock Australian Censorship I hopped onto Steam to buy Left 4 Dead 2, and I saw this banner: This seems a bit un-cool to me, but I couldn't find any way to ...
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Left 4 Dead 2 accuracy - when can I stop shooting?

I'm trying to break 75% accuracy on Left 4 Dead 2. I can consistently get about 60% accuracy with either of the automatic shotguns, but when I try with the M-16, my percentage drops to the high 40s. ...
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Is it possible to see activity statistics on Xbox Live?

I'm debating between the original L4D and L4D2. I like the original better, but I'm worried that I'm going to discover that there aren't any/many games. Is there a way I can see how many people are ...
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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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When should I kill my friends?

On expert realism mode, if a survivor is incapacitated in the safe room at the end of a level, how much health do they spawn with on the next level? Are they still incapacitated? I usually kill ...
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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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Is Left 4 Dead's single-player mode tedious?

I'm wondering: what is playing Left 4 Dead in single-player mode like? Will it work with the AI? Does it quickly become tedious?
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High FPS config for Left 4 Dead 2

A friend of mine is having a little trouble running Left 4 Dead 2 because of a weak graphics card. He consistently gets around 10 FPS. I've been looking around for a high FPS config for this game, but ...
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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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