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Left 4 Dead 2 New Maps - Introduction
One of the great features of Left 4 Dead 2 is the amount of replayability in the five included campaigns, but hardened L4D2 fans may one day find themselves burned out even on those gems. To complement our guide to the best Left 4 Dead 2 mods, we've perused the best custom campaigns and new maps on offer for the game, and come up with the cream of the crop. We'll also look at the official L4D2 addon campaign, The Passing, and show you how to install Left 4 Dead 2 maps on the PC to play both in single player and with your friends.
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The Passing - Left 4 Dead 2 DLC New Campaign
Of course, your first port of call for a new custom campaign for Left 4 Dead 2 should be Valve's own release, The Passing, free for owners of the PC version and available from the Xbox Live Marketplace for Xbox 360 players. This adds a new campaign in which the characters of the sequel bump into the original cast of the first Left 4 Dead on a terrible stormy night down in Georgia. The Passing is up there with the other Left 4 Dead 2 campaigns for fun, horror and great gameplay moments, as you would expect from a Valve release, and is also great value even on the Xbox 360 for the Mutations feature, which brings new L4D2 gametypes, updated weekly.
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The Best Left 4 Dead 2 Add-On Maps
Sometimes a quick single map is all you need to kick back and kick zombie butt with your friends, and L4D Maps has a great selection of some of the best from the modding community. Contact is a fantastic space-set map, reminiscent of the best of ID Software's first person shooters such as Doom, and features some quite stunning detailing and textural work. The Palace, meanwhile, returns to Earth with a bump at a zombie-infested cinema, and works especially well for Survival Mode. Zombies of the Caribbean is an amusing homage to the Disneyland ride that spawned a certain film franchise, including the option to take the boat ride and try to fend the infected off while taking in the sights.
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The Best Left 4 Dead 2 Custom Campaigns
For those wanting something meatier to get their teeth into, if you'll pardon the pun, their are plenty of custom campaigns for Left 4 Dead 2 to check out. DeadCity II is a huge and complex map featuring some great set-pieces, including battling over a draw bridge and escaping through a subway station. However, some slightly iffy Bot routines mean that this may be best sampled in Versus Mode. 2 evil eyes l4d2 is a haunting and tough campaign set amongst some of the spookiest forests you'lle see in the game, and amazingly is the work of just one modder, godsgift, over a period of eight months. For fans of the first game in the series, No Mercy 2 is a pitch-perfect recreation of arguably the most popular of the Left 4 Dead campaigns.
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How to Install Left 4 Dead 2 Maps
Installing Left 4 Dead 2 new maps is a fairly simple process:
- Locate your "left 4 dead 2\left4dead2" folder - for example, mine is at "C:\\Program Files\Steam\steamapps\common\left 4 dead 2\left4dead2".
- In this directory is the "addons" folder - this is where we want to place the new map.
- Virtually all Left 4 Dead 2 custom maps come in .rar archives. To open these you'll need WinRAR installed.
- Open the map archive with WinRAR, right-click the .vpk map file (the one with the Steam icon) and choose "Extract to the specified folder" from the menu.
- Enter the path to your "addons" folder and press ok to extract the map file.
- Check that the map has been extracted to the "addons" folder by navigating to that directory.
- Run Left 4 Dead 2 and select "Extras" then "Add-ons" from the main menu.
- The name of your new map should appear.
To play a Left 4 Dead 2 new map in Single Player, choose "AddOn Campaign" from the "Campaign" menu, and select which map you want from the list. To host a custom campaign or map, open the Left 4 Dead 2 console and type "map (name)", replacing (name) with the custom map. You can invite friends to join as normal as long as they have the same map and map version as you installed on their system.
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This guide to Left 4 Dead 2 new maps should hopefully encourage even the most jaded of L4D2 players to get the old baseball bat and shotgun out and show those infected whose boss. The quality of the custom campaigns and add-on maps available is a testament to the incredible creativity and talent of the Left 4 Dead 2 modding community.