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Valve have a long history of providing superlative support to the PC modding community. Several of their titles, such as CounterStrike, began as fan-made mods for Valve games. Left 4 Dead 2 is no different. Soon after release, the creative PC modders were adding fresh new campaigns, tweaking the character models and animations and replacing the game's sounds with custom alternatives. In this guide to Left 4 Dead 2 mods, we look at some of the best community-made content for the game that helps breathe new life (and death) into Valve's zombie apocalypse.
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There are a number of new campaigns for L4D2 players to sink their teeth and chainsaws into available from the fan community. The campaigns from the first Left 4 Dead have been upgraded and ported into the new game. There are also tweaked versions of the campaigns that ship with Left 4 Dead 2. However, there are some entirely new and original campaign mods well worth seeking out.
Death Aboard 2 is an update of a custom campaign created for the first game in the series. The action ranges across 5 new maps taking in desolate dockyards, abandoned ships and an eerie Lighthouse. With full support for Co-op, Versus, Survival and Scavenge modes, Death Aboard 2 is a worthy addition to your Left 4 Dead 2 playlist.
City 17 is another updated Left 4 Dead mod. The twist to this campaign is that it is a recreation of another Valve classic, Half Life 2 Episode 1. Highly rated amongst the L4D2 community, this is a great mix of two FPS classics.
Diescraper is a smaller 3 map campaign entirely set within a derelict skyscraper. The besieged survivors must blast their way through the infected hordes as they progress up the building to the rescue awaiting them on the roof. Diescraper again features support for the full range of multiplayer modes, and serves to satisfy a player's desire for a short, sharp shock of zombie action.
Left 4 Dead Maps is a great place to discover these mods and more custom campaigns.
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Skin and Model Mods
Modders like nothing more than to delve into a game and customize a game's characters and animations. While this often unfortunately results in a rash of nude female characters, and Left 4 Dead 2 is no exception on that front, it can also result in some fantastic creations to really make your game an individual experience.
If you preferred the cast of the original Left 4 Dead to the new batch of survivors, then the L4D1 Survivors Model and Animation Replacement pack is for you. Although they appear in the DLC The Passing, installing this mod will allow you to play through all of L4D2 with Zoey, Bill, Louis and Francis. There are also custom sound packs for this mod to enhance the experience.
There are also a multitude of new skins released to customize the characters and weapons in Left 4 Dead 2, including the creepy Blood Stained Witch and the musical Slipknot Hunter.
It's not just character and item models that can benefit from the modding treatment. The Improved Blood Textures pack ups the resolution of the splatters and wounds in the game to great effect, perfect for when you're wading knee-deep in zombie gore.
To find these and other great mods, visit L4DMods.
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Spybreak's Melee Sound Mod provides a revamped batch of sound effects for the melee weapons in L4D2. Not happy with the crunch of baseball bat on zombie face? Install this and get a deeply satisfying whack every time you beat on the poor shambling wretches.
For the hardcore FPS fan, the Modern Warfare 2 Sound Mod replaces all the original weapon firing and reloading sound effects with noises garnered from Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2.
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One of the great benefits of PC gaming is the ability to extend a game's life with a stream of custom content from the fan community. Installing the any of the above mods will add something new to your Left 4 Dead 2 experience, and give you plenty of zombie thrills and (blood) spills well into the future.