First of all, I’d like to say that just because the general gaming community thinks something doesn’t necessarily mean that I do. However, in rare exceptions, the community is 100% dead on. When Valve promised ‘A Fifth Campaign!‘ and all sorts of goodies this summer, I was all excited for some extra content to mess around with. With the November launch of Left 4 Dead 2 looming in the distance, however, I have to shell out another $50 just to receive the minor game updates promised packaged along with 4 new characters and campaigns. Great.
This being said, I’ll have to agree with Hitler on this one:
Already, complaints have come streaming in. Knowing Valve, a company that cherishes its reputation with its customers, I’m hoping for some sort of compromise. There have been rumors floating around about a discount for owners of the original game.
A Steam group, the “L4D2 Boycott” group, has amassed roughly eleven and a half thousand members, complaining of the following:
* Significant content for L4D1 was promised, and never delivered
* Valve put little faith in L4D1 since they almost certainly started working on L4D2 right after release
* The fact that L4D2 is nearly identical to L4D1 will decimate the community for both games
* The announced date is not nearly enough time to polish content or make significant gameplay changes
* The new character designs seem bland and unappealing so far
* L4D2 is too bright to fit in with L4D1’s visual aesthetic
* The fiddle-based horde music is extremely disliked, though the differently orchestrated music is otherwise welcome
* L4D2’s release will result in a drop in quality and frequency for L4D1 content, even compared to before
* The community has lost faith in Valve’s former reputation for commitment to their games post-release