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Left 4 Dead 2 pre-orders unlock exclusive weapon

Left 4 Dead 2 pre-orders unlock exclusive weapon

Valve will be giving an exclusive baseball bat melee weapon to anyone who pre-orders Left 4 Dead 2.

One of the more sly announcements made at the Penny Arcade Expo, which is currently running in Seattle, was the reveal that an exclusive melee weapon will be unlocked for those who pre-order Left 4 Dead 2.

The weapon in question is, according to ShackNews, an American baseball bat that is essentially very similar to the cricket bat weapons which is already in the game.

However, as Valve's Chet Faliszek clarified with ShackNews, there's more to the weapon that meets the eye and the baseball bat isn't actually as exclusive as it might sound.

"How it'll work is, if you're playing with somebody that's pre-ordered it, everybody playing gets it," explained Chet.

Melee weapons that replace firearms are one of the new additions in Left 4 Dead 2, allowing much more powerful attacks at the cost of range and speed. Also, you can't use any other item without first dropping your melee weapon of choice.

To be honest, we weren't huge fans of the melee weapons when we last had a look at Left 4 Dead 2 - the trade-off didn't really seem to be worth it and the weapons felt slow and not nearly as effective as a shotgun. We'd also question why you'd want to pre-order a game if the main benefit is being able to share your exclusive item with other people...

Ah well. Let us know your thoughts in the forums - and don't forget to check out our own interview with Valve's Chet Faliszek.

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bbshammo 8th September 2009, 12:29 Quote
Let's not get too worried eh?

If there's one thing Valve have proven time and time again, it's their ability to balance and polish to bar-raising standards.

All that matters is if the concept' sound, and as far as I'm concerned, that's a no-brainer; making melee weapons more prominent in the despatching of the horde? Great stuff!!

Just hear this Valve... THERE BETTER BE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A WHOLE TEAM TO PWN THE TANK WITH FRYING PANS!!

Leaving out such an opportunity would be scandalous imo.
DragunovHUN 8th September 2009, 12:43 Quote
Pre-ordering a Steam game? That's uh, interresting. Does Steam tend to run out of stock often? :P
Fod 8th September 2009, 12:47 Quote
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Originally Posted by bbshammo
THERE BETTER BE THE OPPORTUNITY FOR A WHOLE TEAM TO PWN THE TANK WITH FRYING PANS!!

Opportunity? They've probably already got a 'panned' achievement in place...
ChaosDefinesOrder 8th September 2009, 12:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by DragunovHUN
Pre-ordering a Steam game? That's uh, interresting. Does Steam tend to run out of stock often? :P

pre-ordering on Steam means you can download the game files in advance so on release day you just start playing immediately, rather than having to download and install everything on the release day before you can start playing...
Bonzo45 8th September 2009, 12:54 Quote
It seems a bit pointless to pre-order a game just for a baseball skin, and I'm not sure if this will bring in many more people pre-ordering the game, I'll only pre-order if there is a substantial price drop.

How on Earth could you get a tank with ANY melee weapon? As soon as you get close to it it'd destroy you... although it's worth a try :)
Bauul 8th September 2009, 13:01 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bonzo45
How on Earth could you get a tank with ANY melee weapon? As soon as you get close to it it'd destroy you...

Just watch me! *grabs akimbo cricket bats*
DragunovHUN 8th September 2009, 13:12 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
pre-ordering on Steam means you can download the game files in advance so on release day you just start playing immediately, rather than having to download and install everything on the release day before you can start playing...

Oh you mean pre-load.

Yeah, never used that either. I got broadband.
Gunsmith 8th September 2009, 13:17 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
Just watch me! *grabs akimbo cricket bats*

words cannot describe how AWESOME that would be
Nature 8th September 2009, 13:18 Quote
valve and blizzard seem to be slippin'

they should merge effectively taking out EA and discarding dependency on distributors like activision. Create a steam empire fused with the good of battle net, add video chat, go international competitive in markets here in china, india, korea, and other untapped markets... legitamize where piracy reigns and fix your prices pragmatically to your consumers so that you ensure capital and hooking their fan base young for future endevours whilst giving money to impoverished, un-irrogated lands in africa and constructing science and technology schools in places where they can produce talent. Taking their students ideas and start reaching into other markets... soon to create an empire then start a war in a neutral third world puppet country where all sides are tugging on each end to gain favors from weapons development organizations taking the technological theories and ideas used in starcraft ...

chesese
impar 8th September 2009, 13:26 Quote
Greetings!

Something that was missed from the ShackNews article:
... Valve would be offering an exclusive melee weapon to those that pre-order the zombie shooter sequel from "select retailers."

Hope it is Play.com. Currently the price over there is 35€, St€am will probably want 50-55€. :(
logan'srun 8th September 2009, 15:11 Quote
man oh man, If I pre-order this I hope I can get a HALO called 'Boycotters Lament' and it allows me to . . ..mmm. . .uhhh. . . . .mmm

just look cool I guess
Joeymac 8th September 2009, 15:40 Quote
Maybe you can hold the button down and charge up a swing like this to take down a tank or witch....

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YngyMco72QA&NR=1
Dreaming 8th September 2009, 18:06 Quote
I am not too excited about this. I don't like competitive online games to give special unlocks to people if they have met certain criteria. The exception of course is counterstrike with it's money system, but that's only on a per-round basis, and just adds a bit of strategic depth in that you can't always get the best weapons. I liked how if you got the special C&C3 kane edition your units had different skins, but here again like in tf2 where people get different weapons depending on how often they play or whatever, we are seeing new ways to split players up. I would rather everyone was on a level playing field, where all weapons were available to all.

Then again, seeing how melee weapons seem to be largely ineffective, is it just a case of Valve making a lot of noise about nothing? Trying to big up L4D2 with 'exclusive' content that shouldn't really be exclusive, but making it exclusive means they can advertise it as such.

I preferred TF2 where if you pre-ordered you got to play like 3-4 days before release. :)
Bonzo45 8th September 2009, 18:08 Quote
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Originally Posted by Bauul
Just watch me! *grabs akimbo cricket bats*

That would be INSANE - Fingers crossed they add it to the game!!!
damienVC 8th September 2009, 18:12 Quote
Cricket bat?

Personally I would prefer one of those sticks that Morris Dancers use, a costume with bells on the ankles, and a big shout of 'Oi' every time I dispatch an onlooking undead. That, I would pay for.
CardJoe 8th September 2009, 18:46 Quote
It is possible to melee the tank down, but it apparently requires sacrificing a player. One goes down, the tank focuses on them, the others pound it from behind.
bbshammo 8th September 2009, 19:34 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
It is possible to melee the tank down, but it apparently requires sacrificing a player. One goes down, the tank focuses on them, the others pound it from behind.

Well, not so sure that a sacrifice is necessary, but very confident and skilled players a must.

I mean you can bunny hop around the tank when he swings for you and avoid getting hit, if you time it well, so presumably, as long as you had a good team with skilled players, they could manage it.

Anyway, if they build it in, it will be done ;)
500mph 8th September 2009, 21:46 Quote
Are ya' listenin'? Ok, grass grows, birds fly, sun shines. And brotha'- I hurt people
BOINK!
Hugo 9th September 2009, 00:23 Quote
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Originally Posted by DragunovHUN
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
pre-ordering on Steam means you can download the game files in advance so on release day you just start playing immediately, rather than having to download and install everything on the release day before you can start playing...

Oh you mean pre-load.

Yeah, never used that either. I got broadband.
Pretty sure you can pre-load anyway...
Skiddywinks 9th September 2009, 03:02 Quote
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Originally Posted by CardJoe
One goes down, the tank focuses on them, the others pound it from behind.

Oh God, that sounded so wrong when my brain processed those words.

Kudos there Joe.
Horizon 9th September 2009, 04:26 Quote
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Originally Posted by ChaosDefinesOrder
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Originally Posted by DragunovHUN
Pre-ordering a Steam game? That's uh, interresting. Does Steam tend to run out of stock often? :P

pre-ordering on Steam means you can download the game files in advance so on release day you just start playing immediately, rather than having to download and install everything on the release day before you can start playing...

doesn't always work, I pre-ordered L4D, 45 min after release and at two dozen messages that read 'You playing Left 4 Dead yet?' I had to delete the local files and re-download the game because whatever I had on my hard drive could not be validated. To add further insult 3-4 weeks later there is a 20% off/Try before you buy weekend deal for it. Pre-Order? Never again!
Shadowed_fury 9th September 2009, 04:50 Quote
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Originally Posted by Horizon
doesn't always work, I pre-ordered L4D, 45 min after release and at two dozen messages that read 'You playing Left 4 Dead yet?' I had to delete the local files and re-download the game because whatever I had on my hard drive could not be validated. To add further insult 3-4 weeks later there is a 20% off/Try before you buy weekend deal for it. Pre-Order? Never again!

Man yeah, that was so funny. About six or seven of us online calling valve **** :D
AltruiSisu 9th September 2009, 06:57 Quote
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+1

Showing off even better tricks... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ykIdSolHg8k

I, too, will wait for a weekend deal ... bat or no bat.
Dreaming 9th September 2009, 13:05 Quote
I agree that generally speaking Steam is overpriced, unless things are on offer then there can be good deals to be had (Street Fighter IV for £16 this last week).
Horizon 10th September 2009, 20:16 Quote
Man I'll bet money that they are going to have an achievement called 'hat trick'.
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