If only that image above was accurately counting down to Left 4 Dead 3. Though I imagine if it was we'd be living in a kind of Donnie Darko like realm, in which once the time is reached we'd be projected back in time to when the countdown started. Don't know where that came from really...strange digression.
Left 4 Dead 3 is as likely at the moment as Half-Life 3, to be honest it actually has less mentions online then the latter. Do you think that's fair? Would you prefer Left 4 Dead 3 or Half-Life 3? Anyway, in order to pay homage to two excellent games, I thought I'd take a look at the greatest mods that players have brought us for the Left 4 Dead titles!
Left 4 Dead Mods!
The Steam Workshop Support update back in 2013 was one of the greatest things to ever happen to Left 4 Dead 2. Now, with complete ease, you can download and play others players mods in such a simplistic way. It's almost like just clicking on a subscribe button!
Therefore, this has opened a whole new world for us to explore within Left 4 Dead 2. So let's take a look at some of my personal favourite mods for the Left 4 Dead games!
Survival Map: Lord of the Rings Helm's Deep Reborn
This is exactly what it sounds like: the Battle of Helm's Deep from The Lord of the Rings, recreated in Left 4 Dead 2. It's intended for multiple players, but it's also a great deal of fun on your own with AI bots. Mowing down infected from up high while the films' familiar music played right on cue was simply magical. Unfortunately, it's since been removed due to a licensing concern, but the soundtrack was only one aspect of an all-around great mod. This should be one of the first things you download.
I cannot contain my excitement or laughter with this one. The dead pan stares on the raptors is hilarious as they run around on two legs. While there are a number of nice replacement models for the survivors (Borderlands 2, Portal 2, etc.), this is the stand-out for its solid execution and original subject matter. And it's true: Who wouldn't want to play as a dinosaur fighting against the undead menace at least once? Scratch that -- who wouldn't want to play as a talking dinosaur? Because they totally retain the original voices, and it's pretty damn hilarious.
Common Infected: Deathcraft Zombies
You might be skeptical of this choice, as I was before installing it. Minecraft has gotten out of control these past couple years; I've seen multiple (yes, multiple) children wearing a Creeper hoodie on the same day, and it's not like I was searching for them on a scavenger hunt. Regardless of the overabundance of Minecraft merchandise, the game's blocky undead fit in shockingly well with Left 4 Dead 2's realistic art style. They're so much fun to shoot, too! Don't knock it until you've seen this mod in action.
Who You Gonna Call? Tank: Stay Puft
Oh yeah, they went there. Nothing like seeing minature versions of the villain from Ghostbusters running around your map in Left 4 Dead 2. I wouldn't go so far as to say the Tank is frightening in its original Valve-sanctioned form, but he's certainly not a pleasant sight to see (or hear) in the game. We don't look forward to his arrival, I think we can all agree. But what if we did? What if the Tank was pudgy and non-threatening? What i--oh, good. You're already downloading the mod. Carry on.
Common Infected: Xenomorphs
Admittedly, this won't look as good as you might hope it would in-game, but screw it. Replacing the common infected with Xenomorphs is equal parts terrifying and awesome. Now all the creator needs to do is add the iconic death screech and we'd be set. Obviously it's no Alien: Isolation now, but Xenomorphs are just so well designed and cool to look at that it doesn't really matter!
Survival map: Panic in Pallet Town
This mod wonderfully recreates Pallet Town, inside and out, for use in survival mode. I'd say it's still worth checking out even if you just want to do a quick tour rather than actually, you know, try to survive the undead apocalypse. But nothing like seeing the world of Pokemon transformed so beautifully, gotta love this mod!
Know any great mods yourself? Let us know in the comments! Happy Gaming :D