88MIKE Aug 17 @ 8:09pm
New player
Hi, I just got the game....should I play single player, campaign, or any other mode first? Which one is the most fun to do before playing with other people....kind of like how you play single player first in most games, should I do the same with L4D2?
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Smokey Aug 17 @ 8:30pm 
no ♥♥♥♥ single player it shouldnt even be in the game imo. just play campaign and then versus.
Hollapeno Aug 17 @ 8:48pm 
Welcome to L4D2, 88MIKE!

I personally started off with single player and ran through all the campaigns from start to finish, chronologically. This is to:

1. Orient yourself with the story, settings, and characters.
2. Get (a little) used to the game's controls and mechanics.
3. Give yourself room to make and learn from mistakes (not that you'll be perfect later on).

Jumping into multiplayer right off the bat will mostly likely leave you bewildered as you'll most likely be thrown into the middle of a game. If you decide to do so, here is my advice:

1. Start off on Easy or Normal. Seriously.
2. Make a lobby yourself and don't jump into a campaign unless you've already played it before, start to end.
3. Listen to the more experienced players and stick with the team. If you don't, you might find yourself literally left for dead, at the receiving end of emotional abuse, or kicked.
4. Avoid Versus and Scavenge until you feel confident or obtain a thick enough skin.

That's it. The most important thing is to have fun. Enjoy!

If you need someone to help or walk with you through some campaigns so you won't be lonely while learning, feel free to add me.
Last edited by Hollapeno; Aug 17 @ 9:32pm
Raging Soul Aug 17 @ 9:01pm 
Play whatever you want, its your game bro.
Wufei Chang Aug 17 @ 9:19pm 
1st) Welcome to Left 4 Dead 2 you find the game to be quite enjoyable if played the right way.

2nd) As a new player coming into this game, you will have to learn game mechanics and controls. I would suggest single player but if you want to play with others, go into Campaign Normal or Easy difficulty to learn the game mechanics, items, weapons, and map layouts. Take note on how special infected attack, that will help you in Versus much later when you are in control of one them, tasked with attacking survivors. Avoid Versus/Scavenge modes for now until you have built enough experience.

Replay the different campaigns with a harder difficulties or try Survival mode. Later, if you want to practice infected, there are Versus Mods like Raymond's and that Anime modded Server (where players only play as special infected only against survivor bots)

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=210475314

http://steamcommunity.com/sharedfiles/filedetails/?id=194530390


Originally posted by Smokey:
no ♥♥♥♥ single player it shouldnt even be in the game imo. just play campaign and then versus.

WRONG!!!! SO wrong, I could not even tell if that was sarcastic or not. Single player can be useful for those JUST entering the game for the first time. The bots follow you around, protect you and heal you. Allows you to learn the game at Your Own Pace and not have to keep up with others.
Its secondary use is allowing this game to played offline if an internet connection is not available. It prevents the game from being an online only game like TITANFALL.
totally not an alt Aug 17 @ 9:26pm 
Go Campaign on Normal, and see if you like it. Once you got good gamesense and know the maps well, you can try and go to versus, but be warned, the community is toxic.
fade' Aug 17 @ 9:31pm 
Originally posted by totally not an alt:
Go Campaign on Normal, and see if you like it. Once you got good gamesense and know the maps well, you can try and go to versus, but be warned, the community is toxic.
Which is why you should not take them seriously and just focus on learning the game instead. Be nice and you might find a couple players that can help you out. You'll probably get votekicked a lot when you start playing versus, so be prepared for that.
dustinandband Aug 17 @ 9:41pm 
Looks like you already have quite a bit of fps experience, including 147 in-game hours of Counter-Strike Source (versus your 2,876 profile hours ;D ) and a lot of hours on Call of duty / Payday 2 (although not sure how many actual hours you have in those games).

I'd say start out on multiplayer campaign normal, then advanced after you start to get the hang of it. The multiplayer experience is what makes this game so fun so I'd avoid single player, even if you're just starting out.
Tila Aug 17 @ 9:48pm 
I'm new as well so I'm leeching off of the advices on this thread so I know not to faceroll 100% of the time. Thanks, you guys.

Anyone want to play sometime?
88MIKE Aug 17 @ 10:47pm 
thanks all
Tyrone Biggums Aug 17 @ 11:29pm 
I recommend playing through the campaigns once on single player so you can get a basic understanding of where to go, and then jumping into campaigns online to get more experience. I wouldn't recommend versus until you have at least 50k hours plus another 25k just to make sure, ok ty.
Last edited by Tyrone Biggums; Aug 17 @ 11:46pm
Jorden Aug 17 @ 11:37pm 
Single player, it helps you on your feet. You'll get it. Good luck!
Zoey Tanant Aug 18 @ 5:48am 
If you want to play multiplayer, just go to steam groups and join a SIMICAGE, DLR [SouthEast], or any other modded server, like a 10 v 10. You won't get vote kicked right away. If you need to play with people who aren't dochebags, just add me. :) Good luck!
Mr.Alex Aug 18 @ 9:39am 
Yes you should play singleplayer, otherwise lots of people will get mad because you dont know the maps and they will votekick you.

Better to get some experience before going online.
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