|Dead Center Chapter Chronology|
The Streets is the second chapter of the Dead Center campaign in Left 4 Dead 2. After escaping the burning hotel, the Survivors follow the helicopter as they head towards the evacuation center at the mall. This chapter contains a Crescendo Event in which the Survivors must obtain a pack of Cola from a Save 4 Less convenience store, with an alarmed door, for the owner of a nearby gun store. He returns the favor by clearing the roadblock that prevents the Survivors from reaching Liberty Mall.
- The Tank
- Alarmed cars
- Weapons (AK-47, Combat Rifle, Assault Rifle, Hunting Rifle, Sniper Rifle, Combat Shotgun, Tactical Shotgun, Pump Shotgun, Submachine gun, Grenade Launcher)
- Gas Cans and Propane Tanks
- Laser Sights
- Ammo Upgrades (Explosive/Incendiary)
Grab a gun from the counter, a health kit and ammo from the table, and (if in Versus), check near the right wall (facing the exit) and the back room on the floor for melee weapons. Upon opening the safe room door, turn right and clear the Common Infected there. A melee weapon, and at times, a Grenade Launcher, can spawn in this area. After this area, there are two paths to take. To the left, on the right side of the CEDA trailer next to the hedges, there is a table that often has a grenade or Ammo Upgrade on it and a Gas Can or Propane Tank near it. To the right, there is a section of fence, near the base of which a grenade or pain pills may spawn.
Go to the street now. You might hear crying, and/or soft music (which indicates a Witch), or grunting and/or heavy music (which indicates a Tank). Clear the tent first to search for a Grenade Launcher or Chainsaw. If you are running low on ammo, search the nearby truck for a tier 1 weapon. A grenade may spawn here as well. Keep moving down the street. Watch for hordes coming in from both sides of the street as you proceed. Search the police car and look on the left side, as an Ammo upgrade may spawn there. Open the door, and get your throwable out if you hear or suspect a Tank is hiding inside there. If the Tank is in there, fall back and don't let him get near the dumpsters or police car, as he can punch them at you and instantly incapacitate you.
After going down the staircase, ignore opening the door first. Search the boxes to find a tier 1 weapon, and open the rescue closet door to look for a Grenade Launcher or Chainsaw. Hordes may swarm in at the door and from the staircases you just went through, so stay alert. Search the room thoroughly for other supplies, which can be found in corners and under the stairs.
Exit the room and head to the left (there is nothing of interest to the right). The nearby truck, under the overpass to the left, may contain a melee weapon and will contain a tier 1 gun. A grenade may also spawn here. Next, proceed to the other side of the overpass. There are two paths: one is more direct, one has a few extra spots where supplies can spawn. To the right is the more direct route, straight ahead is the indirect route. Supplies can spawn on the hill to the right (which is on the direct route), near the tree straight ahead (in the form of either a Grenade Launcher or Chainsaw), in the truck to the right of the tree (also contains weapons), behind the van near the truck, between the portable restrooms and the dumpster that much be climbed to reach the next area (to the left of the dumpster), and under the overpass to the right of the dumpster. When you are satisfied, proceed to the ladder and climb over the dumpster.
Clear the Infected out carefully, and turn right to look for guns or ammo upgrades. Proceed up the stairs to the building in front of the dumpster, and check the corners of the concrete platform outside for supplies. Enter the building. Search the first floor of the building, making sure to check the corners of the room and the closet near the back, where supplies or a Grenade Launcher may spawn. Proceed up the staircases, where a health closet, melee weapon and Tier 2 guns will spawn. Always watch for the Witch, as she usually tends to spawn there or at the street below.
Clear the Infected out from the balcony above the street. Hordes can spawn at the fencing to your right, so move quickly. Supplies may spawn near the portable bathroom on the street. Proceed down the sidewalk to the right, keeping an ear out for a possible Tank spawn. Take the stairs at the end of the sidewalk. There may be supplies next to the staircase, near the generator in the area above, or in the corner against the wall directly to the left of the stairs. Proceed around the corner, and go inside the stairway to the nearby walkway. Search the rescue closet and the stairs themselves for supplies. While on the walkway, Hordes can spawn from the fencing below you. Be wary of any Witches or Tanks if none have spawned yet, as they may appear outside the Gun Store. Once all remaining Infected are cleared, go inside the store and resupply on health kits if any were used and grab a weapon of your choice. Don't forget to pick up a laser sight upgrade, and check the floor throughout the store for other supplies that may have spawned. Talk to Whitaker to proceed further.
Once Whitaker opens the door, search the room to your right for supplies, then proceed up the stairs. Unlike other Crescendo Events, a Witch can spawn in this area, so if you find one be sure to kill her. You certainly do not want to stumble into her while bringing the Cola to Whitaker. Before opening the store doors, make sure that your teammates are ready for the horde. Adrenaline shots will greatly help you get the cola to Whitaker faster.
In single player, you may want to throw a Bile bomb or Molotov outside to stop the Infected from running into the store for a moment. The Molotov will prevent the bots from coming in, although this is not advised on Expert because of the rapid damage they will take from it. In co-op, one player can go inside the store to grab the cola while the other stays outside to prevent the Infected from running in.
Note: There is a white van in the parking lot. Tanks cannot punch this, but it can be used by Survivors. Climb on the van to skip at least 25 % of the gauntlet.
Note: There is a drop down from the stairs into the parking lot, just across from the store. The Cola can be thrown over this drop down to a second player, significantly shortening the Crescendo event.
Note: You can shoot or push one or more shopping carts over to the hedges to build a makeshift staircase over the hedge, significantly shortening the Crescendo event.
Once the Cola is given to Whitaker, he will blow up the tanker truck that blocks the path to Liberty Mall (the explosion will turn off the Save 4 Less alarm, and the horde will stop after 1-2 minutes). Now head for the mall, and search carefully. Search the desks for ammo upgrades, and search the tents for weapons and supplies. Watch for Alarmed cars. If shot or jumped on, these cars will sound a blaring alarm which will summon a horde. A Tank or Witch tends to spawn near the end of this chapter as well, so remain vigilant. Get inside the safe room to proceed to the next chapter.
- Save 4 Less is a reference to the name of the game. Additionally, the logo at the top of the store is modeled after the logo on the game's box art, minus the hand.
- There is a trailer outside the saferoom with the words "Disease Emergency Assessment Dispatch" this ironically spells out DEAD in an acronym form. This can also be seen in The Parish.
- Using No Clip during the scene where Whitaker destroys the truck, the player can see Whitaker himself. Oddly, he shares a similar model to the Fallen Survivor, which appears in the next Chronological Campaign.
- In Whitaker's Gun Shop, the sign advertising the Magnum's price lists the name of the gun as the "Desert Cobra". This is a reference to the well known, high-caliber pistol known as the Desert Eagle.
- Whitaker is slightly visible from the streets, if one peers into his window. It is also possible to noclip into the room above the door the cola is delivered into. Whitaker will appear in this room for a few seconds, fire his weapon, then disappear.
- Though Whitaker fires from a grenade launcher, his "grenade" appears to be more like a missile.
- Ironically, the store alarm attracts a horde, yet no horde comes when Whitaker blows up the tanker next to the store. In fact, Whitaker destroying the tanker is what disables the alarm. It can be assumed that the utility pole knocked over by the tanker's destruction may have cut off power to the store, indicating that the alarm wasn't backed up by a generator.
- If one turns around and looks up at the overpass after passing under it (this is after taking the stairs down to another street, but before climbing over the dumpster), a billboard advertising the Screaming Oak rollercoaster can be seen.
- When you reach the area where you jump onto the bus from the broken gate, you can see a billboard depicting Jimmy Gibbs Jr., which states that he is at the Liberty Mall.
- A bug may occur if you are being healed by a teammate and giving Whitaker his Cola at the same time. The game might freeze when you finish delivering the Cola.
- The Crescendo Event in this chapter is rather odd: it is a gauntlet crescendo in a way that, unless you deliver the Cola to Whitaker, the alarm won't stop. However, if you hold out long enough (around 10-20 minutes) the alarm will stop by itself.
- The same glitch will occur at the carousel crescendo as well.
- If a player or Infected stands near Whitaker's intercom and speaks, it will be amplified in a similar manner to the microphone in The Concert.
- A bug occurs where, even if the Witch is introduced, sometimes where players would normally have dialogue surrounding this, none is said. However, upon startling her, the Survivors will mention the Witch in their dialogue, and not call her by any other name, even though in other campaigns they usually call her something else (e.g., crying girl, ex-wife).
- Near the start of the chapter, there is a medical tent seemingly used by CEDA. A dead CEDA Worker Infected and IVs similar to those in The Hospital can be found within.
- In the Save 4 Less store, there is no food on the racks.
- This is possibly due to looting. However, it is unknown how the looters entered the store without setting off the alarm. It is possible that much of the food was looted before the lockup of the store.
- It could also be for gameplay purposes, however, as rendering all that food would be hardware heavy.
- After delivering Whitaker his cola, Rochelle may sometimes say that they may have accidentally given him diet cola, even though the cola package does not mention whether it is regular or specialty cola.
- The prices on the weapons are very strange; for example, an AK-47 costs $2000 while an Uzi or Hunting Rifle only costs $400.
- Also it should be noted that, despite having a three-round burst, the SCAR sold in Whitaker's Shop is actually $200 below the typical price for a semi-automatic SCAR.
- Also, despite being a weapon of German origin, the Sniper Rifle is depicted on a poster in the shop in front of an American Flag, possibly implying it's a PTR-91, a H&K G3 clone produced in the United States.
- A Witch in the parking lot of Save 4 Less will not be startled when the alarm activates or when Whitaker shoots the truck. However, it is still advised to kill her before starting the event.
- A Tank can spawn near the store. This is unique because the store serves as the Crescendo Event for the level. Normally, upon reaching a Crescendo Event, no Common Infected (except idle ones) are found and nothing will spawn.
- It is possible that if any Infected (including the Witch) or Survivors are standing near the exploding tanker truck, they will instantly die.
- When playing on Expert difficulty in Campaign mode, there is a 5% chance that The Tank will not spawn on this map at all.
- All of the automatic rifles (Assault Rifle, Combat Rifle, AK-47) and submachine guns in Whitaker's gun store are illegal for civilian use, unless the civilian obtains a Class-III firearms permit. Even then, under the Federal Assault Weapons Ban of 1994, which technically expired in 2004, the SCAR (Combat Rifle) sold in the shop is completely illegal. The Axe (of which it is a fire axe) is a weapon used in emergencies to break down doors and windows; outside of an emergency, it would be illegal to use in public.
- Also, contrary to the sign in the shop, the Combat Shotgun (SPAS-12) is legal everywhere in the U.S., only importing it into the U.S. is illegal.
- There seems to be a bug where items dropped in Whitaker's store will disappear from the game.
- After the September 2020 The Last Stand update, after speaking to Whitaker, open the closet door after Whitaker opens the first electric door for you. Inside, you'll find all weapons from Counter Strike: Source. Including the Scout, AWP, MP5, and the SG552. All of which can be taken infinitely.