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Every game is better with friends, but some games are the most betterer of all. These are the best co-op games you can play on PC in 2020. Whether you want to survive against zombie hordes, fell giant monsters, or fling your physicsy forms across chasms, there’s a game for you below.


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Like a pesky head cold that never quite clears, Left 4 Dead 3 rumours returned to clog the internet airways again this week. After all, Valve are making games again. Between the surprise announcement of Half-Life: Alyx and another wave of leaked concept art for an infectious Left 4 Dead threequel, there was fleeting hope that the fantastic co-op shooter was, perhaps, ready to make its return.

But Valve’s gone and nipped down to the pharmacy for some quick pain relief. They’ve confirmed that Left 4 Dead 3 isn’t in the cards right now – and hasn’t been for some time.


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Rumours that Valve is currently working on a new Left 4 Dead game may have been gathering pace of late, but your hopes are about to be dashed; the company has now stepped forward to categorically state that it's "absolutely not" doing any such thing.

Whispers of a new Left 4 Dead title have been heard from several sources in recent times. Back in December, Valve News Network's well-connected Tyler McVicker told Twitter followers that "Left 4 Dead VR is real", while, earlier today, Chinese HTC president Alvin Wang Graylin shared slides from a recent VR presentation making mention of Left 4 Dead 3.

Following that revelation, Valve has finally spoken up, presumably in an attempt to prevent fans from frothing themselves into an irreversible frenzy. In a statement provided to IGN, the company said it's "absolutely not working on anything L4D related now, and haven't for years."

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When you get to the end of a hard-fought round in Left 4 Dead 2, you're usually crawling towards a rugged red door. Maybe there's only two of your zombie-slaying quartet left... your health bars stripped away by the horde, your eyesight drained of colour, signalling that one more knockdown equals permadeath. If you're lucky, you push through the pain and make it into the safe room on borrowed time, grab some ammo and shoot the charging zombies to carve a safe route for the rest of your team.

That's unless you're playing Funny Doors. Funny Doors dictates that if you get into the safe room before a fellow survivor, in spite of earning those precious 25 points for letting them live to see the next round, you must hammer the E button to open and close the safe room door as they approach, turning the final moments of each round into one hilarious test of strength.

Left 4 Dead 2's safe room doors have a serious heft to them, and as such, each swing animation creates a tiny window of opportunity for the survivor to get past your self-flagellating trap as they howl at you on comms. Usually, they'll get pummeled by a charger and you'll have to head out and save them. It's an evil habit. Barbaric, you could say, but it's one of many peculiar bits of communal context that have ensured this game has become a weekly inevitability where many modern titles have failed to hold our attention.

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Great moments in PC gaming are bite-sized celebrations of some of our favorite gaming memories.

Each of the special infected in Left 4 Dead has its own musical tell. The hunter's is a tripping plink-plonk-plink, the spitter's got an eerie four notes versus the smoker's simple two, while the tank rolls up with its own miniature symphony. Play for long enough and you'll learn them all, but it's probably the witch you memorize first. Her musical sting is high-pitched and insistent, the first melody quickly joined by a second to create a sense of escalation. Even before you hear her sobbing, that tune plays and you know it's time to turn off the flashlight and step carefully.

Not startling her should be easy, but then the director plants her somewhere unavoidable, or your friend turns a corner a little too fast, or a stray bullet or pipe bomb catches her and that's it. She goes from sobbing to screaming and beelines for the survivor who startled her, fingerknives out as she knocks them down. She's not the kind of threat who'll take out a whole party, and eventually you learn to deal with her, but the terror of that shrieking attack is hard to get used to.

When you stumble across zombies in Left 4 Dead they're often just doing their own thing, leaning against walls looking sad. Until you bumble up waving your guns and one-liners around they just want to be left alone with their misery. The witch is the most miserable of the miserable, a goth queen whose sobbing is a warning to just let her be. Left 4 Dead calls them Infected rather than zombies which rehumanizes them a little, and the witch is the most human of all, the one who seems most aware of the tragedy of her situation.

The other special infected are designed to split the party. They lure or drag you away, they separate you with lakes of acid, they throw you around. The witch has a uniting effect, forcing everyone to huddle together on the far side of a room trying to pass without incident in total silence.

Left 4 Dead is a chatty game, one where the characters are jokey and everyone has to communicate when they need healing or are low on ammo. The fact the witch can make everyone shush and get serious, whispering into their mics when she's around as if she can hear them over the internet, is honestly a miracle.

If you think the tank is scarier just because it has more hit points I don't even know what to say to you, man.

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The best shooters endure. While other genres warp beyond recognition, there is something solid about the first-person shooter that makes it as dependable as a nice big AK-47. Maybe it s the gung-ho simplicity – look down a barrel and pull the trigger. It’s as fun to fire a double-barrelled shotgun from an early 90s FPS as the slick shotties of today. For that reason, this list runs the gamut from genre classics to those released in the last year. There’s bound to be something for you in this, our list of the best 50 FPS games on PC. Let s lock and/or load.


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Techland's four-and-a-half year-old zombie kill 'em-up Dying Light is getting a surprise crossover with Valve's 10 year-old zombie kill 'em-up Left 4 Dead 2.

The announcement was made over at the Dying Light Twitter page alongside an image showing Left 4 Dead 2-style weapons raised and ready for action.

It's a surprise crossover, but a welcome one - and it's worth remembering both games remain popular on Steam, where they're in the top 100 games by current player count.

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It's been longer than you think since Left 4 Dead 2 came out, and if you don't believe me, chew on this: Ten years have passed since Coach, Nick, Rochelle, and Ellis first blazed their way across the Infected wasteland. That's right, a full-on decade—you didn't see that coming, did you? I can barely believe it myself.

Sadly, despite all that time gone by there's still no sign out of Valve that Left 4 Dead 3 is something that will ever actually happen. But it seems like something is happening—in that other first-person zombie game, Dying Light.

Techland actually hinted at this a couple of days ago in a tweet following the end of the Dying Light: Deadeye's Promise event, saying, "We don't want you to be left 4 dead waiting for results!" That got some attention, but a lot of respondents seemed to think it was just a throwaway gag or pre-Halloween reference. Apparently not.

For now, Techland hasn't said anything more about it, and so it falls to us to speculate. It could be (and, I will commit further, probably is) something as simple as Left 4 Dead 2 character skins or cosmetics coming to Dying Light, which the studio continues to actively support despite the fact that it's nearly five years old. But Dying Light 2 is expected to arrive in spring 2020, and so with a little stretching and squinting it's possible to see hope for something more in-depth, especially with Left 4 Dead 2's big 10th anniversary coming in November. (Ten years! Where does the time go?)

I've reached out to Techland and Valve for more information. We'll let you know what happens.

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Demo's Spooktacular Halloween Prop Pack is tearing up the charts in the Left 4 Dead 2 Steam community—by which I mean about 1,500 people have downloaded it since it was uploaded on October 9. Honestly, that's pretty great for a game that's 9 years, 10 months and 24 days old. In this very moment I've just come to grips with Left 4 Dead 2 being released a decade ago, and I feel like I'm about as old and dried up as The Crypt Keeper (who would make a very good Left 4 Dead enemy). Ten years! And people are still making Left 4 Dead 2 mods. That rules, and this mod looks pretty great.

In a rather eloquent mod summary, Demo remarks that the changing of the leaves marks the beginning of "the spooky season." But is Left 4 Dead 2 really spooky enough? It's got zombies, sure, but what about skeletons? Pumpkins? Ghosts made from bedsheets? Bales of hay, which probably have bugs in them? It's woefully short on these essentials—stuff you'd expect to see in a seasonal event.

"Fret not eager horror-connoisseurs, I've got just the thing you're looking for to fully spookify your Left 4 Dead experience this October!" writes Demo. "Subscribing to this mod will sate your hunger for the true potential of thematic, decorated, festive environments to fight monsters alongside your friends in. No longer will you simply wade through the simplicity of mundane urban environments, now you can enjoy traversing through a world that was ready for Halloween (but not the Green Flu)! This pack replaces/modifies over 100 props and works especially well with No Mercy, Crash Course, Death Toll, Dark Center and The Dark Parish."

As with most things on the Steam workshop, this mod is easy to install. Simply subscribe, and it'll replace a bunch of objects, from tables and chairs to dumpsters and plants, into spookier versions like cauldrons and coffins. To get more into the spirit, pair it with the Colorful Autumn Leaves mod and Spooky Halloween Trash Bags to start. But if you really want to get all kinds of Halloween-y, there's a handy collection on Steam that includes tons more mods.

Grab it here: Trick 4 Treat: A Spooky Halloween Overhaul. The medkit becomes a pumpkin pie. The tank throws a giant pumpkin instead of a rock. Ammo boxes turn into candy boxes. The spitter has a spider coming out of its mouth. There's a lotta spooky goin' on here.

Once all your Halloween mods are in place, just pretend the zombies are actually sugar-high neighborhood kids desperate for more candy. Billy just had one too many mini Snickers and lost control, a little bit. He's not a bad boy. Alternatively, use one of the mods that turn them into skeletons.

It's heartwarming that a mod this fun could come out of nowhere 10 years into Left 4 Dead 2's life, but looking through the game's mod workshop, it's nuts how many mods are still coming out every day. There are a lot of reskins and strange music mods. I don't know who played Detroit: Become Human, or watched Ultraman or My Little Pony and thought "I need to put this into Left 4 Dead," but all of those things have happened, and just in the last three days. How about replacing Coach with the BK Sneak King? Or turning the Tank into a really disturbing Hulk?

This mod feels Halloween-appropriate too, tbh.

Hundreds of Left 4 Dead 2 mods are still being posted on a weekly basis. If you go back in for spooky season, make sure to give the workshop a look first.

Jul 24, 2019
Left 4 Dead 2 - Valve
An update has been released for Left 4 Dead 2.

- Fixed a potential remote code execution exploit. Reported via HackerOne.
- Updated tags in the Worshop Manager.

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