Valve updated Left 4 Dead today with some great gameplay changes. One of which corrects my personal pet-peeve with the Boomer; his vomit will sometimes be deflected by normal infected who get in the way. Full list of changes:
Game and client changes
Introduced fatigue to the melee attack in versus mode. You will see a HUD display when your melee swing is cooling down
Boomer vomit will now pass through common infected
Addressed some surround sound detection issues
Fixed a rare crash when exiting Left4Dead on Windows Vista
Fixed a case where the complete all expert campaigns achievement was not being rewarded
Dedicated server changes
Corrected an issue where Windows based dedicated were sending spurious shutdown notifications to the master causing them to delist temporarily
Fixed dedicated servers not resetting the versus team swap correctly–you could join a dedicated server that had a previous game that was swapped and arrive on the other team than what was selected in the lobby
Renamed the tags for sv_search_key to use “key:” in the server tags instead of “sv_search_key.” This should help with issues of the 63 character limit of server tags
Fixed an occasional server crash related to voting
Siliconera has the scanned-in scoop on Katamari Damacy Tribute, a PS3 Iteration of the famous series which most people would probably decry as overkill on Namco/Bandai’s part. However I’m very interested in seeing if the Dual Shock 3’s tilt control is finally put to use properly.
Tripwire interactive, the team behind Red Orchestra, has announced a zombie-killing game called Killing Floor. I’m expecting an easter-egg power up that causes the zombies to break out in dance, disco style, like Ratchet & Clank Future’s Groovitron. Full text of the PR after the break.
Treyarch’s previously announced Call of Duty: World at War DLC is now almost certainly free for the PC.
Official confirmation is not yet available from Activision, but via twitter the updated patch notes for COD:WAW seem to indicate that no charge will be made since the DLC will be bundled with a patch fixing various issues (emphasis added):
Just a quick update to the PC Patch 1.4 status. This is the patch which will include the DLC Map Pack 1 content, as well as address a few issues with the game.
IWD / dedicated server anomalies (the people this effects will know what I mean by this)
“Tank Lag” with logfile enabled
Improvements to the MP spawn logic
Autobalance functionality in various game modes
A complete list of change will be posted when the patch releases. We are working as quickly as possible to get this patch and DLC out as soon as possible.
This DLC pack adds four new maps, that count includes one new for Nazi Zombie mode and will be available tomorrow (March 19) for PS3 and Xbox 360 consoles. The posting was on their forums and is screenshotted after the break in case it is removed or edited.