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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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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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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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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Varied NPC AI in left 4 dead?

Do the different characters have different AI behaviors? While playing left-4-dead with two of my friends we endless joke and complain about Coach's sniper shotgun. He seems to last hit special ...
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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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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 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 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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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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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 a strategy when playing as a tank in a versus match?

I'm a big fan of L4D2. The one thing I can't wrap my head around is playing the Tank during Vs. I'm rubbish at it (for the most part). Any strategies for playing a good Tank?
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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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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Button spamming as special infected

While hot seating a friend, I noticed that she button-spams while grappling a Survivor. It doesn't change the Special Infected animation at all but she swears that it does more damage. In particular ...
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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 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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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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If you sacrifice yourself on The Sacrifice in expert realism mode, do you get the "Real Deal" achievement?

The title says it all. But i'll describe further. You are playing The Sacrifice in Left 4 Dead 2. You are playing realism mode on the expert level. You hope to get the Real Deal achievement, which ...
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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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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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Official mutations on left 4 dead 2

I just bought Left 4 Dead 2, and I noticed there's a "mutation" (mod) to play, but only one per week (I think it's per week). Is there a way to play past official mutations, or is it intended for ...
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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 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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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 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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