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Left 4 Demo: A Pre-Order Bonus

Aren't demos supposed to be the things that help you decide if you're going to buy a game in the first place?

I still find the German box art to be totally silly. "ACHTUNG! NUMBER FOUR! BLOOD IST VERBOTEN! BRATWURST! (U TO USE)"
EA has announced that folks who pre-order Valve's upcoming zombie gun fest, Left 4 Dead, will also get early access to the game's demo. That early access will begin on November 6 and will cover 360 and PC retail pre-orders at participating stores, as well as Steam pre-orders of the PC version. The rest of you jokers will get access on November 11, which is still a full week before the game's actual release.

Now, I had to be the guy that has to bring this up, but demos are supposed to be the things that you play in order to decide if you're going to buy the game at all. If you're already sold on the game, wouldn't you want to wait for the full product instead of playing a small chunk of it ahead of time, and then replaying that same bit when you get the real deal?

Or are you so busy fiending for Left 4 Dead that you'll take what you can get, when you can get it? I suppose getting the demo in the hands of someone who's already on board gives them extra days to convince their friends to buy. Either way, it sure sounds like Valve is anxious to get the games into the hands of players. Take a look at this related quote!

“Every time someone plays Left 4 Dead, we witness the most overwhelmingly positive reaction that we’ve seen from any of our games,” said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. “This gives us tremendous confidence in the product and why we’ve taken the game on the road, produced this pre-launch demo, and invested more advertising dollars on the title than any prior release from Valve.”

Weirdly enough, I've managed to not actually play any L4D yet, but I don't think I've heard one person say anything negative about it so far, though most of the people I've talked to about the game seemed to agree that you'll need to play it with a competent group of friends in order to truly enjoy it.
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Posted by Jeff
I still find the German box art to be totally silly. "ACHTUNG! NUMBER FOUR! BLOOD IST VERBOTEN! BRATWURST! (U TO USE)"
EA has announced that folks who pre-order Valve's upcoming zombie gun fest, Left 4 Dead, will also get early access to the game's demo. That early access will begin on November 6 and will cover 360 and PC retail pre-orders at participating stores, as well as Steam pre-orders of the PC version. The rest of you jokers will get access on November 11, which is still a full week before the game's actual release.

Now, I had to be the guy that has to bring this up, but demos are supposed to be the things that you play in order to decide if you're going to buy the game at all. If you're already sold on the game, wouldn't you want to wait for the full product instead of playing a small chunk of it ahead of time, and then replaying that same bit when you get the real deal?

Or are you so busy fiending for Left 4 Dead that you'll take what you can get, when you can get it? I suppose getting the demo in the hands of someone who's already on board gives them extra days to convince their friends to buy. Either way, it sure sounds like Valve is anxious to get the games into the hands of players. Take a look at this related quote!

“Every time someone plays Left 4 Dead, we witness the most overwhelmingly positive reaction that we’ve seen from any of our games,” said Gabe Newell, president and co-founder of Valve. “This gives us tremendous confidence in the product and why we’ve taken the game on the road, produced this pre-launch demo, and invested more advertising dollars on the title than any prior release from Valve.”

Weirdly enough, I've managed to not actually play any L4D yet, but I don't think I've heard one person say anything negative about it so far, though most of the people I've talked to about the game seemed to agree that you'll need to play it with a competent group of friends in order to truly enjoy it.
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Posted by Drebin_893

I, straight up, have never seen gameplay of this product.

Posted by norton123

I totally agree.

Posted by Milkman

"Now, I had to be the guy that has to bring this up, but demos are supposed to be the things that you play in order to decide if you're going to buy the game at all. If you're already sold on the game, wouldn't you want to wait for the full product instead of playing a small chunk of it ahead of time, and then replaying that same bit when you get the real deal?"

Exactly. What a stupid pre-order bonus.
Posted by Gunner612

Im still not excited for this game. A demo might have made me think about buying it.

Posted by Shadowsquire

Maybe I'm one of few? But I'm actually really excited for L4D. Gonna hopefully get a 360 this weekend and then get me and my friends set up with L4D to play together. I've never played a Valve game that I haven't enjoyed and I hope that won't be changing anytime soon. But yea, just a demo before the release sorta sucks. Maybe if they threw in a severed hand like on the cover I might be happy :P

Posted by Kontrapunkt

U to use indeed.

Posted by ThePhenomenal1

good thing i pre-purchased it the day it was available on steam.

Posted by TheGTAvaccine

"Or are you so busy fiending for Left 4 Dead that you'll take what you can get, when you can get it?"

This.

Posted by MasturbatingBear

I also do not know what this game is, like at all. Seriously, I have only heard its name mentioned sometimes. I am assuming its a shooter otherwise it wouldn't be so hyped?

Posted by High

Look it up on youtube there is a cumulative hour or so of recorded gameplay out there i'm sure. I will be getting it as not only does it look fun, but it's produced by valve, which has never gone wrong and has in fact turned out many, many innovative or at least highly enjoyable games.

Posted by Vigorousjammer

MasturbatingBear, it is a up to 4-player co-op zombie shooter made by Valve, the people who brought you Half-Life, Half-Life 2, Team Fortress 2, and Portal...
That line there pretty much sells the game itself, but if you're not convinced, go over to gametrailers.com and take a look at some gameplay footage, it's really cool looking stuff.

Posted by Stealthoneill

Most companies take no money from you until the game is shipped. You could preorder and wait for your demo a week early, then have 2 weeks to cancel instead of the regular 1 week. Strange 'bonus' to be shouting about.

The fact that the heritage of this game lies with Half Life and Portal gets me in this games corner, although not enough to preorder with all the other games coming out. I think I will wait until the GB review is up before deciding!

Posted by xruntime

I'm still not sold on this game. Shooting zombies that charge at you over and over? Is that really 'fun'?

Posted by YoungBuck

got my pre-order in

Posted by BawlZINmotion

It's a stupid pre-order bonus. Actually I find I get screwed out of most of the bonuses I'm supposed to get to the point where I've stopped bothering with pre-orders altogether. I really do like the box art so I'm inclined to pick up the retail version instead of my typical Steam "strategy". So in a combination of not getting a bonus (LBP), shitty bonuses and ample supply of the product you want... what's the point?

Posted by Crono

Stoked for L4D.  The demo is probably just to get the ol' "word-of-mouth" running around the internets.

Edited by Haimster

If Gabe really believes this then why did EA push back the release date, even though it meant missing the Halloween tie in? It sounded like they wanted (or needed?) more time. The game play videos I viewed are graphically unimpressive. Zombies rock and I want this game to be fantastic. COD4 may have jaded my expectations but this save $10 deal sounds like a Kane and Lynch get your money before you realize it sucks scam. I am waiting for a review from the men of Giantbomb.com before I make this or any video game purchase because everyone occasionally lays eggs.

Edited by cikame

I need to play the demo because right now, its a source mod, made some levels, made some zombies..................... thats pretty much it, no where near enough content for my money.

I might be wrong, there might be a story, there might even be alot of content that i'm not seeing and i hope this is the case, but i've got to imagine that i'm not the only one who feels like this and will avoid the game.

EDIT: especially now that call of duty world at war now has a zombie mode.

Posted by Scooper

I saw this last night on Steam and it almost pursuaded me to pre-order, but..... nahh, I'll wait 'til the game comes out so I can enjoy it fully. This is the most anticipated game this year for me, and I also can't wait 'til the initial rush is over for it so Valve can start throwing some damn teasers for Episode 3 which I'm so anxious to play.

Edited by killername

Haimster, for someone so passionate about giantbomb I am surprised that you did not bother to read the article properly (hope it was laziness and not inability) . If you did you would find out that it still comes out a week before the game ships.

In my opinion the game will be great as I have yet to buy anything not worth my money from Valve and everything that I have heard about the game has been positive.

Posted by ImperiousRix

Lame.
I was hoping a little better incentive from Valve.
Oh well, not gonna stop me from playing this game.

Posted by Corvall

I preordered to take advantage of the $5 off deal at Gamestop.  Early access to the demo could be nice, but I like saving cash more.

Posted by Particlestorm
Posted by Haimster

Killername, the release date for the game (not talking about the Demo but the full version) was pushed back two weeks... that was my point. Why push a release date for a Zombie game away from Halloween if it already is so spectacular? Does that make any sense?

So keep up with the name calling and blissfully ignore the tea leaves. I hope you are right and the game rocks.

Posted by War77Machine

I think I will wait 5 extra days to make my mind up about this game and then I'll just buy it instead of joining in with this stupid pre-order scheme, that Valve have put together.

Posted by n00bosaurusRex

hmmm, 10% off and ability to play the game right now? Thats all I needed to hear.  Gonna go preorder on steam right now.  Not that I wasn't planning on buying it anyway... there's really no reason for me not to

Posted by FSK405K

Drebin and anyone else who hasn't watched some straight gameplay footage, I'd check out the dev walkthroughs from E3, in 3 parts:

http://www.gametrailers.com/player/36844.html
http://www.gametrailers.com/player/37046.html
http://www.gametrailers.com/player/36847.html

He is playing it single-player, so the AIs follow him around, which they generally do decently.

Those wondering why this game is so special--I've not played it--but the consensus in the media is that with each player being individually relatively weak,
the teamplay aspects of this are far greater than that of say, Gears or Counter-Strike.  Think Aliens (movie) but with zombies.

As for the preorder bonus, that's a great way to know whether to keep your preorder or not.  If you don't like the game, cancel the preorder.  This is much better than when the demo arrives a month or two after the release date, which to me screams "please try our game out, we need money."

Posted by rta

"Pre-Order Demo Bonus?" Can't they just make video games anymore and just put the stupid things on the shelf and be done with it? 

Posted by monkeyroach

if i could preorder it on steam , i would.