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Left 4 Dead
Beta Gametrailers Trailer
A video from GameTrailers TV showing beta video footage of Left 4 Dead.
The intro scene for Left 4 Dead was a first for Valve Corporation, as they've never had an opening cutscene in their past games. As such, it went through many changes throughout production. Originally, Francis and Zoey were shown to have a sort of romantic tension between each other, and Louis would be a kind of comedic relief. However, this was deemed "distracting" by play testers and therefore removed.
2 WEEKS AFTER FIRST INFECTION
[ Focuses in on deceased hand, thumb torn off, a fly buzzes around then crawls on it. The Survivors come into view. Bill puts a hand up to stop the others. ]
Bill: Hold up!
[ Bill crouches and scoops up Boomer Bile with his fingers ]
Bill (examining the bile): Ain't seen anything like this before....
Francis: Jesus. Don't let that stop you from smearin' it all over yourself.
[ Bill glares at Francis, stands up, and wipes the bile on Francis's vest. ]
Bill: They're changing.
Francis: Argh! Damn it, Bill! Aw, it stinks!
[ Francis wipes the goo off while Louis chuckles. Suddenly, muffled crying comes from behind a nearby door. Bill looks at the door. ]
Zoey: Someone's still alive!
[ Zoey and Bill, crouching, open the door to a pitch black room. ]
Bill (whispered): Over there.
Zoey: Hello? Hello? Hey, it's okay... We're gonna --
[ Lightning flashes; the Witch is seen crouching in a corner, and is identified as the source of the sobbing. ]
Bill: Lights off!
[ Outside, Louis hears unintelligible grumbling. He turns and sees a Horde approaching. ]
Louis: Oh, shit!
[ Francis opens fire. ]
Louis: Shit! Shit! Shit!
[ Louis runs to Zoey and Bill. ]
Louis: They're coming!
[ Louis shines his flashlight in between Zoey and Bill, inadvertently startling the Witch. ]
Louis: What the--
Zoey: Run like hell!
[ Zoey runs out of the room. Bill fires a few shots, grabs the door knob and slams the door shut. Louis pushes up against the door to prevent the Witch from opening it. The Witch pounds on the door. On the third strike, the Witch pierces a hole through it and reaches for Louis. ]
[ Louis steps back and begins shooting the Witch through the hole in the door. ]
[ One common infected reaches Francis, who shoves it away before resuming fire with Bill and Zoey.]
Louis: How do you like that?!
[ The Witch dies. ]
Francis: Stick together!
[ As Louis begins to fire at the Horde, a Smoker from an above fire escape grabs Bill and hangs him in mid-air. Bill exclaims in surprise ]
Francis: Hang on!
[ Francis shoots the Smoker, killing it. Bill drops to the ground. ]
[ Francis helps Bill up and fires his shotgun at an Infected from his left and fires at another with one hand. ]
Francis: Merry Christmas.
[ Zoey unstraps a pipe bomb from her waist. ]
Zoey: Fire in the hole!
[ A helicopter is seen flying overhead through the street, which Louis pursues. A Hunter is seen stalking him from the rooftops, and then follows him by leaping from building to building. ]
Louis: Hey! We're over here! We're not infected! Down here!
[ The helicopter proceeds, not seeing him. ]
Louis: Damn it!
[ the screen changes to the Hunter's point of view as he hangs from the edge of the roof still stalking Louis. It then leaps from the building and pins Louis to the ground. ]
[ Zoey knocks the Hunter off Louis and opens fire with dual pistols as it staggers back; Louis delivers a final headshot with his own pistol, knocking the Hunter onto a car with a car alarm, setting off the alarm. ]
Bill: Oh, this is gonna get bad.
[ Waves of infected pour over surrounding fences and streets; a Tank is heard roaring in the distance; a car flying through the air heralds its approach. ]
Louis: Run... or shoot? Run or shoot?!
[ The group clamors into a nearby alley, continually shooting at the Tank and its accompanying horde. ]
[ Louis points to a ladder leading up a fire escape. ]
Louis: Get to the roof!
Francis: Go! Go! Go!
[ Francis stops at the base of the ladder, aiming his gun at the Tank. ]
Francis: Come on, come on!
[ Just as the Tank is about to smash Francis, Bill opens fire; the Tank retaliates by hurling its fist at him; he dodges, sending it through a brick wall. The enraged Tank grabs a slab of concrete and hurls it at Louis and Francis, who are now scrambling up the fire escape. ]
Louis: Heads up!
[ Bill reaches for the ladder; Zoey is seen staving off the horde from above. ]
Zoey: Go! I'll hold them off!
[ The Survivors climb the stairs to the roof of an apartment; the Tank climbs up the fire escape, but it gives way under its weight, nearly taking Zoey with it. ]
[ Francis grabs Zoey by the arm in time. Below them, the Tank falls back to the ground, the fragments of the fire escape falling onto it and crushing it. Francis and Louis pull Zoey up. ]
[ The exhausted Survivors take a moment to catch their breath. ]
Louis: We made it. I can't believe we made it!
Bill: Son, we just crossed the street.
[ Bill pauses to light a cigarette. ]
Bill: Let's not throw a party 'til we're outta the city.
- 8/7/2008 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RINyhvIgdRg
- 25/7/2008 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQ2vqE0zc3E
- 4/9/2008 - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_OCR_H0ricQ
- Bill is the only one of the Survivors to have a Tier 2 weapon during the intro.
- Both of the pistols Zoey holds have flashlights on them.
- Bill tells Zoey to turn off her light when she points it at the Witch, possibly hinting that Bill has seen them before the others; though it is also possible he simply saw she was infected or noticed her claws. The theory of Bill seeing one before he met the group is raised by the fact that Bill has large tears on the back of his jacket, possibly from an encounter with a Witch.
- It is possible the Witch here targets Bill because he fires several shots at her, presumably hitting her before shutting the door, which in-game immediately startles the Witch as opposed to shining a light on her.
- While charging at the Survivors, on the second Infected it attacks, it appears that the Tank breaks its back on his knee.
- The Witch doesn't have her red glow around her.
- Although Louis is pinned by the Hunter for several seconds, there are no signs of blood or scratches on him. He doesn't even seem to be hurt, although it might be that he was blocking/shoving away the attacks (cannot be done in-game as it could unbalance the game if a player-controlled Hunter can't harm the pounced Survivor).
- Various scenes in the video involve actions that are otherwise impossible in the actual Left 4 Dead gameplay, such as the Hunter hanging off the side of a building, Zoey shooting off the heads of Infected with pistols (but is possible in Left 4 Dead 2's Realism mode or if an "original" Common Infected is shot), Zoey firing both pistols at once, blocking a Witch's progression with a door, and Francis attacking Infected while helping Bill to his feet. The Tank also throws a Common Infected at them, and also grabs a chunk of wall he tore out and throws it at the Survivors, where in-game Tanks rip the ground below them to do that.
- Francis uses a shotgun to save Bill by killing the Smoker, which is known to be one of the worst choices against the Smoker due to its limited range, although the range at which Francis shoots it isn't too far off the mark. Smokers are also vulnerable to hits from any weapon, usually being able to be killed almost immediately when ensnaring enemies.
- When Zoey throws the pipe bomb, the fuse isn't lit. When the camera changes to an overhead view of the Common Infected surrounding the bomb, the fuse is lit.
- Zoey's flashlights change when the camera angle changes from her right flashlight to her left flashlight.
- The Intro scene shows players what some of the basic gameplay of Left 4 Dead is, as well as the basic strategy for the game, like saving teammates who have been incapacitated by Special Infected (Bill getting constricted by the Smoker), ganging up to deal with a Tank, not disturbing the Witch, not going off alone (Louis running to the streets to get the helicopter's attention), etc.
- None of the Survivors reload their weapons during the entire video.
- When the Tank pulls down the scaffolding, Zoey loses one of her pistols, which is impossible in-game. This is most likely done for continuity with the beginning of the No Mercy campaign, where she begins with only one pistol (as do all the other Survivors).
- Bill carries his Assault Rifle to the Rooftop area, but it is not seen in-game, and so cannot be used. It is possible that he lost it as the Tank grabbed a hold of the fire escape again, causing him to stagger. If this is the case, referring to the above note, this is impossible in-game.
- Every Special Infected is shown in the trailer. The Boomer is not seen directly, but his corpse can be seen slumped against the wall where Bill finds the bile.
- After the car alarm is set off and just before the Tank arrives, two Common Infected can be seen fighting each other and ignoring the Survivors.
- At 1:34 Bill's Assault Rifle's magazine clips through the front of the magwell.
- As the Witch tries to break the door, Louis is blocking the door and shooting it, which is not possible in normal gameplay. Also note how Louis is shooting his submachine gun with one hand, which is also not possible in-game. Also, Witches instantly break doors in-game, while the one shown in the trailer had difficulty doing so because Louis was blocking the door.
- The Hunter shown seems to be quite agile, as it is seen moving sideways on buildings and when reaching the building it used to leap on Louis, moves in an acrobatic way.
- When Louis and Zoey shoot the Hunter, the Hunter immediately makes one of its death sounds, although Zoey shot the Hunter in the body, which does not cause instant death regardless of difficulty. The Hunter also falls on the car, setting off the alarm. In-game, Infected cannot set off car alarms, although the event shows players that they should not touch alarmed cars in any way otherwise a Horde can be summoned.
- After the alarmed car is set off, a very large Horde appears and surrounds the Survivors. In-game, setting off an alarmed car only sends one horde consisting of 20-30 Common Infected and a few Special Infected.
- At one point, Francis holds his shotgun in one hand, which is not possible in-game.
- The Tank does many things that are impossible in-game:
- The Tank throws a car and smashes a fence. If the Tank throws a car on a wall in-game, no damage is visibly shown.
- The Tank rips out a large chunk of wall and throws it at the scaffolding the Survivors use to access the roof. Tanks in-game can only rip out chunks of ground, destroys walls immediately, and cannot rip out pieces of walls and throw them at Survivors.
- At the end of the trailer, the Tank dies after the scaffolding collapses on it. This is impossible in-game.
- At 3:10 Francis holds this shotgun with his left hand, hinting that he is ambidextrous.
- This is the first trailer to feature the Katana despite the fact that it is unobtainable in Left 4 Dead.
- In the trailer, when Louis beheads a Common Infected with a Katana, the Infected actually starts bleeding before it is even cut.
- After doing so, he is no longer seen using it throughout the rest of the trailer.
- Louis ends up holding both the Baseball Bat and the Katana; the only exception is Zoey being the only other person to hold the Katana.
- The Katana and Louis' fingers seem transparent.
- The trailer for The Sacrifice shows a Witch apparently being startled by birds, which could explain Bill's new line mentioned here.
- In the trailer, a hand belonging to a female Common Infected appears while the train is passing, holding its position the same way as the Left 4 Dead cover art, then slowly twitches to follow the Left 4 Dead 2 cover art.
- In the trailer, Bill offers Zoey a cigarette out of an entire box of cigarettes, contrasting a promotional screenshot where he's only handing her a single cigarette.
- The Charger and the Boomer are the only Special Infected that does not appear in the trailer.
- There is, however, a body of a Charger floating in the water during the "five Hunters" scene.
- In the beginning of the trailer, the Infected have the appearance from the first game from 0:33, but after 0.35 they have the appearance from the second game. However at 0:39 it's possible to see the first Infected if paused or seen at the right moment.
- In the trailer (on the last scene), Francis possibly runs out of ammo eventually as he later holds his shotgun in the style of a melee weapon.
- Bill can be seen holding Incendiary Ammunition when five Hunters appeared.
- In the trailer, there are cars on the bridge while the same bridge in The Passing lacks any cars. The generator used to raise the bridge is either also missing in The Passing or it may be in the wrong spot since there's a generator near Bill's body in The Passing.
- As many as five Hunters can be seen between 0:16 to 0:20. Three in the foreground, two at the left side, one almost directly below the other. Barring certain Mutations, it is generally impossible for there to be more than four Special Infected alive at once, and likewise, it is impossible for there to be more than three Hunters at once without using console commands or mods. However, considering that this is a trailer and not in-game, there can be packs of Special Infected roaming around to find and kill Survivors.
- If players look closely during the teaser, Zoey can be seen holding the Left 4 Dead 2 Pistols, but the guns are reversed and she is holding the Glock in her right hand and the P220 pistol in her left, which cannot be done in-game without use of mods or the Source Filmmaker to switch places with the two guns (Though is a fix for the swapping firing sounds).
- When Bill is about to sacrifice himself, he is holding a Molotov and his signature Assault Rifle, but the rifle is gone when he throws the Molotov at the Tanks.
- This trailer does not contain any heard speech.
- The three Tanks that are shown near the end use the same animations over and over.
- During the final standoff on the bridge, Louis is seen shooting his Submachine Gun with his left hand, proving his ambidextrous skills.
- Francis can be seen holding an Auto Shotgun when you first see him, but the next time he is seen, he has a Combat Shotgun, likely a replacement.
- In some parts, like when Bill offers Zoey a box of cigarettes, Louis does not have his tie (possibly due to minor graphic glitches or bugs in Source Filmmaker.
- The trailer shows the campaign taking place at night while the actual game has the time take place in the early morning hours.
- At 0:35, a female zombie can be seen with two large holes in her chest and abdomen, most weapons are capable of making these kind of wounds. But it is impossible for the zombie to survive gun wounds like these for long.
- In the scene where Zoey hands over a Katana to Louis, a Spitter and Smoker observe them from above and the Spitter glances at the Smoker. This may prove that the Special Infected are intelligent enough to coordinate their attacks and communicate (explaining the chatting and voice chat that can be done in-game).
- Near the end of the trailer, the bridge immediately starts to rise as soon as Bill activates the generator while in the game itself, the bridge won't go up until all three generators are activated plus hitting the switch on the bridge itself. (This could be because the Survivors had already activated the other two generators off-screen.)
- At 0:30, Louis walks onto the bridge appearing to be fine, but in the later bridge scene, he is found leaning against a car for support due to his injury.
- At the part when the Witch is startled by the birds, it is possible that Francis has startled the Witch because as can be seen, Francis looks at the birds and then at the camera. Also the birds vanish in time before the Witch notices them, leading Francis as the only possible perpetrator.
- The trailer has the new Infected models, as the Smoker is not wearing a green shirt, and the Tanks are not using the original model.
- There are no Tanks with the Sacrifice/Train car model in the trailer, though there is a Tank with the Train car model in-game.
- When Bill raises the bridge, Louis can be seen holding the MP5.
- Francis is seen throwing a fit in the background while Bill offers a cigarette to Zoey at 0:12 by kicking the air.
- A Jockey is seen next to a broken safe room door in this trailer.
- Zoey can be seen behind the broken safe room door, apparently staring at the Jockey.
Left 4 Dead 2
This is the first teaser revealed for Left 4 Dead 2. It features the new Survivors of the game, some new upgraded Infected and the new Special Infected called the Charger, along with 4 new close combat weapons: the chainsaw, the frying pan, the baseball bat, and the axe. The teaser was released on 1st June 2009 as Valve announced Left 4 Dead 2 on their website.
[ Music starts to play in the background as New Orleans is shown ]
Coach: "Last time I saw my grandmotha', she asked me was I still a prayin' man. I told her: "Yes ma'am." "Well," she says; "Pray harder."
[ Three F/A-18C Hornets planes fly over the city, while the camera comes down to view a group of Common Infected. ]
Coach: "'Cause it ain't workin'."
[ Explosions start, the Infected have been alerted and start to charge toward the Survivors ]
Coach: "Heh, I ain't gonna' die wait'n on salvation. Long as we still got guns, we gonna' fight."
[ The Infected are being shot, the Charger starts to charge the Survivors and suddenly Ellis runs out of pistol ammo ]
Coach: "And if we run outta' bullets..."
Coach: "Baby, they gonna wish we hadn't!"
[ The Monsters Without starts to play as the Survivors attack the horde. The new logo, game cover, release date and credits show ]
[ Nick walks up to an Infected on the ground and smacks it with a frying pan ]
- The gunfire throughout the trailer sounds like the Combat Shotgun, the P220 Pistol, the Sniper Rifle, and the Combat Rifle.
- The Combat Rifle is only heard for a single burst before the pistol starts firing, suggesting that the Survivor ran out of ammo and switched weapons.
- The bat sound effect is that of an aluminum bat, like that of the Scout from Valve's Team Fortress 2. In the game though, the bat is clearly wooden, but was originally aluminum in development and still appears aluminum in the game tips and the 4meleeweapons.vtf.
- Right as the Charger charges the group, Ellis runs out of pistol ammo, even though in game the pistols never run out of ammo, though he could have simply run out of ammo in the magazine.
- Ellis also hold his pistol with his left hand. If this is not a Developer oversight, then this means Ellis is the fourth possible ambidextrous Left 4 Dead character, the others being Louis, Francis, and Nick.
- The entire trailer is based in 'The Parish' campaign.
- After Coach finishes talking with "They wish we hadn't!" The Monsters Without from Left 4 Dead 1 starts.
- The Charger seems to make unintelligent sounds and smashes other Common Infected away in an attempt to reach the Survivors. The Charger doesn't make these sounds in-game, and upon spotting the Survivors, makes a loud sound to indicate that he has seen them.
TV Spot Trailer 2 ('Vamonos')
The second TV trailer for Left 4 Dead 2, sometimes referred to as 'Bang Bang Bang', or 'Vamonos', due to the fact it features the song 'Electric Worry' by Clutch as its theme. No dialogue features in this trailer, as it provides information through intermittent splash captions.
- The hand at the ending of the video appears to be missing its signature torn-off thumb, similar to the Australian version where the thumb is still attached. The change for the ad was most likely due to content restrictions for network television (there is no blood or mutilation visible in the rest of the commercial either, though it consists of clips from the gruesome teaser).
Zombie Survival Guide Trailer
[ Coach breaks through the boarded up door to a convenience store Safe Room in the park, unlocks it and everyone walks in. ]
Coach: "Report unusual behavior"...
[ Nick opens the cash register with his pistol and smirks. ]
Coach: "Barricade your homes"...
[ Ellis opens a gun cabinet and looks inside. His expression of bewilderment changes to a devilish smile. ]
Coach: "Avoid all contact with infected individuals"...
[ Rochelle is studying a map as Ellis places a pistol on top of it for her. She pushes it away as Ellis studies a Combat Shotgun. ]
[ Coach is shown reading off a CEDA Safety Checklist poster as he holds a chocolate bar. ]
Coach: "Wait for official instructions." Heh. "Wait" my ass!
[ Coach crumples the paper and throws it away as he walks towards the others eating his chocolate bar. Ellis has attached a grenade launcher, sniper rifle, a pipe bomb and first aid kit to his back. ]
Ellis: Kill all sons o' bitches.
[ Ellis racks his Combat Shotgun. ]
Ellis: That's my 'ficial instructions.
[ Ellis kicks out the Safe Room door and they open fire on a group of Common Infected. Chocolate Helicopter begins to play.]
[ Coach punches an Infected in the face, knocking it down. Rochelle brings her axe into the face of a Common as Coach walks up to the downed Common. ]
Coach: This used to be a nice neighborhood!
[ Coach beats the Common's face in with the stock of his Chrome Shotgun. ]
[ Ellis and Nick run along the highway, when Ellis is tackled by a Jockey. Nick turns around.]
[ Nick fires. Cut to the downed plane in the crash site. ]
Rochelle: What the hell was that?
[ A trio of mud men notice them and charge. ]
Ellis: Hey, watch out!
[ Cut to Ellis and Rochelle hiding behind a fallen tree. Rochelle hushes Ellis as a Spitter appears on the other side of the tree. ]
Rochelle: This is some grim shit we've got ourselves into...
[ The Spitter hacks up acid at the camera as the scene cuts to the Survivors fighting in the streets of Ducatel. ]
Rochelle: Get back! Get back!
[ Coach and Rochelle fire briefly at the horde before the Survivors run away. Ellis is helping Nick walk. Cut to the Survivors climbing a stairwell. ]
Coach: [ Panting from exhaustion ] Who the hell... puts an evac station... up thirty flights of goddamn stairs?
Nick: [ Exhausted ] Come on, Сoach. Maybe the helicopter... maybe it's made of chocolate... [ Chuckles ]
[ Coach scowls at Nick. ]
[ The Survivors reach the top of the building. Ellis is calling out. ]
Ellis: Hey, where is everybody? Hello?
[ Four helicopters are seen flying away in the distance. ]
Rochelle: Oh, this is not happening...
Ellis: Anyone here?
Rochelle: This is not happening. This is not happening.
Coach: Thought they're supposed to be saving our asses?
Nick: Looks like there's been a change of plans.
[ Cut to jets bombing the embankment to the Louisiana Naval Shipyard, a Horde in the French Quarter, and a tractor trailer being blown into a group of Infected on the bridge. ]
Rochelle: [ Into a radio ] Stop the bombing run!
[ Cut to the Veterans Memorial Bridge collapsing into the river. ]
Radio voice: Christ, that's coming from the bridge!
[ Coach is thrown back onto the hood of a squad car as an explosion hits a gas tanker in front of him. Nick rushes over to help him. ]
[ Coach and Nick looks up in surprise. ]
[ Ellis is attacked by a Charger in a burning shack. It roars, bursting through the wood, sending him flying. It then picks him up. ]
Ellis: It's got me!
[ The Charger pounds him on the ground. He grunts out loud. ]
[ Cut to Nick followed by a group of Infected climbing a roller coaster in Whispering Oaks. Nick is pulled up by Rochelle as fire engulfs the Infected. ]
Rochelle: Hang on!
[ Two hazmat suit Infected walk through flames and turn towards the camera. ]
[ The Survivors run down a hallway to an elevator. Ellis melees a Riot Infected, but loses his Sniper Rifle to a Common Infected that trips with it's arms raised, making it fall out of his hands. He makes it inside the elevator, but a Smoker grabs him. ]
Ellis: Ah, what the hell? Aahh!
Nick: [grabs Ellis, pulling him away from the doors] No!
Coach: [approaching with a chainsaw]Goddamn it!Eat that shit!
[Coach mutilates the Infected and severs the Smoker's tongue, allowing the elevator doors to close.]
[ Ellis collapses on the floor, and removes the tongue still wrapped around him. His expression of disgust turns to shock as he looks out the glass window, down at a swarm of Infected. ]
Ellis: Holy shit...
[ Coach helps Ellis to his feet as Rochelle hands him a grenade launcher. ]
Rochelle: Hey. "Kill all sons 'a bitches", right?
[ Ellis sheepishly nods, grinning at the grenade launcher. ]
[ Ellis shoots the flying gas can with his Combat Rifle and it explodes above the horde of infected. ]
Nick (voiceover): I have not...
Nick (voiceover): ...come this far...
[ Floor count changes from 3 to 2. The Survivors are fighting a Tank on the Veteran's Memorial bridge. Nick reloads a Silenced Submachine Gun. A tank throws a car in the air and, as Coach dodges the car, charges at Ellis,who fires a grenade launcher,knocking it back, Rochelle shoots the Tank with dual pistols. ]
Nick (voiceover): ...to die now.
[ Floor count changes from 2 to L. The doors of the elevator open up. As the Survivors prepare, Coach revs up his chainsaw to fight the horde. ]
Zombie Survival Guide Notes
- The scene where the CEDA agents are showcased is set in Dark Carnival; however, CEDA agents only appear in Dead Center.
- Also the scene couldn't have been in Dead Center, since the only time a big fire appears during that campaign is during the Hotel level.
- The name for this trailer could be a reference to the Max Brook's book The Zombie Survival Guide. This is extremely ironic, as both games go against the book and its "lessons" in many ways.
- In the video at 1:55, after Rochelle helps Nick back up from the ledge of the Coaster, there is an explosion below. The explosion does not appear in-game.
- However, it is possible that this was how the original Crescendo event in The Coaster was planned to be set.
- Ellis was the target of all the Special Infected present in the video (with the exception of Rochelle getting attacked by the Spitter along with him, and the Tank on the bridge, that attacks all four of the Survivors, but heads for Ellis).
- At the beginning, a dog's bark can be heard, possibly meaning some domesticated animals may either be immune or haven't been infected, yet.
- As well, at the beginning, there is a sign visible at the hotel saying, "Closed until further notice due to sickness," when in-game, it says, "Free coffee and breakfast." The sign containing the "closed until further notice" is found in-game in Left 4 Dead, on The Town in Death Toll at the convenience store across the street from the starting safe-house.
- Small helicopter patterns are visible on the chocolate bar Coach eats, which are appropriately named "Chocolate Helicopters."
- This explains the inspiration for Nick's sarcastic remark later on; commenting on Coach's eating habits, and his favorite brand of chocolate.
- The song used for most of the video is also called "Chocolate Helicopter" 
- The Smoker tongue that wrapped around Ellis mysteriously appears on the floor to his right when the camera changes view.
- On the TV spot, the tongue and blood is completely removed from this scene.
- The Witch is the only Special Infected not to make an appearance. The Boomer, like in the intro to Left 4 Dead, only makes a minor appearance amongst the crowd below the elevator shaft. Unlike in Left 4 Dead, the Hunter makes a minor appearance as well, only being seen when the Mud Men appear behind them on all fours.
- At 2:40 the back of the Fallen Survivor Uncommon Infected is visible at The Plantation, although they only appear in the DLC The Passing.
- In the beginning, after Coach speaks, Ellis is seen carrying a Combat Shotgun in hand and a first aid kit, Grenade Launcher, and Sniper Rifle on his back. It is not possible to carry that many weapons in-game. Also, by the next scene as Ellis kicks the safe room door open, he still has his Combat Shotgun, but the other weapons on his back are gone.
- Although the Combat Shotgun is a semi-automatic shotgun in-game, Ellis pumps it in the trailer. This is because Combat Shotgun (SPAS-12) is both pump-action and semi-automatic in real life. It might be possible that Ellis did not know of this capability yet and thus used it in pump-action mode.
- While getting helped up by Coach in the elevator, Ellis' hand clips through Coach's for a split second.
- Near the end of the video, Ellis loses all of his weapons while in combat, although this cannot happen in-game.
- When Coach throws the gas can and Ellis shoots it, it engulfs the attacking Infected in flames. This is not possible in-game. One of the Infected who attempts to get to the stage is also hit by a guitar, and Nick swings the guitar on the Infected like a golf stick.
- When Ellis opens the gun cabinet there is a visible laser sight upgrade.
- At the bridge near the end, Ellis shoots a Tank with a Grenade Launcher and it stumbles back, though in actual gameplay, a direct hit does not stumble it at all. Also, when using the Grenade Launcher in-game, an explosion should appear, however the explosion does not appear at all. It is possible that the grenade hit it but did not explode, as this is shown in other similar games such as Modern Warfare 2, as when a player is hit (not by the fragments but directly) by the grenade it does not blow up.
- When the Survivors head toward the elevator, after Ellis shoves a Riot Infected, a Common Infected trips down, grabbing onto his Sniper Rifle. However, this is impossible in-game.
- It is quite obvious where the Survivors are at some scenes. When they are walking at the beginning, it is actually the Motel from The Highway from Dark Carnival, as well as when Ellis is tackled by a Jockey. When Ellis kicks open the safe room door they are in the convenience store in The Quarter. When Rochelle and Ellis are attacked by a Spitter they are at the Milltown in Hard Rain, the Survivors are in the Gator Village when Coach says "This used the be a nice neighborhood!" where the Mudmen were in Swamp Fever's The Swamp. When they're walking up the stairs to the roof, they are in The Hotel from Dead Center. When the military was bombing, the Survivors were at The Quarter in the Parish. When Ellis is attacked by a Charger, they are in a burning shack which is in The Shantytown in Swamp Fever. When Nick is climbing, he is climbing up The Coaster in Dark Carnival. In the scene when Nick says "I have not...", they are on the stage in The Concert in Dark Carnival. In the second scene when Nick says "Come this far...", they are holding out at The Plantation in Swamp Fever. In the third scene when Nick says "To die now...", the Survivors are at The Parish finale. Then at the last scene when the elevator opens, they are at a lightened version of the elevator in the Atrium of Dead Center.
- However, most events do not happen in the real gameplay; the convenience store in The Quarter doesn't have a barricaded stock room with weapons or a safe room door; the military bombing does not hit the Survivors when they are on the freeway in The Cemetery, or destroy the bridge in The Bridge before the Survivors crossed it; there are no large explosions during the coaster event in The Coaster; and there are very few or no zombies on the ground floor before the Survivors get to it in The Atrium.
- In the scene with the Survivors on the rooftop of Dead Center, when Ellis says "Hey, where is everybody?" and after calling out "Hello?" and then "Anyone here?", the echo of his second "Lost Call" dialogue slightly cuts off.
- The explosion scene after the jets bomb the bridge is the same scene from the E3 trailer, only it's slowed down a bit.
- Ellis melees a Riot Infected before getting entangled by a Smoker at the elevator in the Mall Atrium; however, the Riot Infected is in the Parish campaign.
- The scene showing the Survivors fending off a horde in the Swamp Fever campaign shows the Heavy Machine Gun on the bottom porch, while in game it is on the second floor of the mansion. Notice where the Horde is coming, as they come straight for the Survivors, but when playing in-game, the HMG doesn't tend to have any targets to shoot at. Rochelle also loads the HMG before firing, although the HMG in-game doesn't need this to be done.
- When the group is fighting the Tank on the Bridge, Nick comes to Ellis' aid using a Silenced Submachine Gun, when he fires at the Tank, it has muzzle flashes, even though in game, it doesn't actually make any muzzle flashes unless fired from a third-person perspective.
- Also, during the battle, the Tank throws a car at the Survivors. Coach dodges the car, however this is impossible to do in-game.
- Coach is seen wielding either a Pump Shotgun, or Chrome Shotgun through whole video.
- There are things shown in the video that are impossible to do in game, such as Ellis' gun gets swiped out of his arms and Rochelle using the pointed side of the axe.
- Despite having multiple floors on the Hotel, the trailer shows several stories of floors, but in-game, there's only one set of stairs leading down to the floor below them.
- Ellis shoots the gas can instead of Rochelle, who does it in TV Spot Trailer 2.
- Ellis can be seen carrying Tier 2 shotguns to the rooftop. Despite this, they are never seen in-game on the rooftop for balancing reasons.
- Before the elevator opens, one can see what seem to be a reflection of Jimmy Gibbs Junior on the far left side of the elevator.
- When Ellis shoots the first female Infected as soon as they step out of the safe-house, the gore is misdirected. While a headshot to a Common Infected from a shotgun at that range should blow the Infected's head off, the female Infected simply seems to slump down with a shower of blood, instead of limb mutilation.
- In the beginning of the video, it shows the Survivors walking down the street by the motel near The Highway as they move on to Whispering Oaks. However, the street is blocked by a truck in the game, which forces the Survivors to navigate the motel to reach the other side.
- At roughly 1:08 in the video, when Coach fires the Chrome Shotgun, it erroneously uses the Pump Shotgun's firing sounds.
- At 1:44, an explosion knocks Coach back onto a police car, and Nick helps him up. In-game, the car is a red alarm car (alarm never enabled). Along with that, its almost impossible to get to the car, and in-game, when the jets bomb the freeway, players can see the car fly up and crash, but the car doesn't do that in the trailer.
- When the Charger grabs Ellis in the trailer, it seems to let go of him. However, in-game, Chargers will always carry their victim even if they go to their maximum distance.
- This intro is the only one that focuses on multiple locations, while the Left 4 Dead intro focuses on one location.
- After the Smoker strangles Ellis, he is saved by Coach, but the first second shows Nick.
- The infected that Coach punches in the face seems to attempt to escape from Coach as he is about to kill it. However, Coach kills it with the butt of his gun in a unique animation which cannot be done. Common Infected also stay on their target until they die, which is also very odd as mentioned above, the Common Infected attempts to flee from Coach.
- At the roof scene, there is nothing found on the table near the door, while in-game you can find health, pistols, and melee weapons there.
- The safe room door Ellis kicks open is a starting safe room door, which isn't possible in-game.
- At 0:16, when Nick is opening the cash register, in the background Rochelle is standing next to a red and white box of copy paper, which is identical to that in Counter-Strike, another Valve game.
- When Ellis and Rochelle are next to each other and a Spitter comes out, Rochelle says "This is some grim shit we got ourselves into.", though this is normally said when Rochelle is low on health.
- When the Survivors reach the helicopter only to be left alone, Rochelle also says "This is not happening. This is not happening. This is not happening.", though this also gets spoken when Rochelle is low on health.
- Before you see the scene with the Survivors reaching the hotel rooftop, when they are retreating from hordes of Infected, you can notice that Coach is holding his Shotgun as if it was a Fire Axe.
- While Ellis is running from the Jockey, he is holding his shotgun in one hand. Jockeys are not fast enough to catch Survivors unless they keep jumping (if they miss they get to use it again and again). Notice that the Jockey is doing the same thing as the Hunter on the Left 4 Dead trailer, but jumps on Ellis soon after he touches the car.
- Nick seems to use only the P220 Pistol in the trailer until the end of the trailer.
- Even though Riot Infected are in Liberty Mall but only appear in the Parish, its possible that CEDA had hired them to control the riots in the mall, if any were happening.
- When the Smoker constricts Ellis, Coach gets a Chainsaw and cuts the tongue. It is unknown where the Chainsaw came from though. When you see the tongue getting cut, it takes time in there, but in-game, the tongue is cut nearly instantly if aimed down at the tongue. Along with that, the Commons show signs of pain when being cut by the chainsaw, but in the game, they just get cut up without showing any sign of pain (likely because in-game, they get cut up very quickly).
- At the end of the trailer, a large horde of Infected are waiting for them at the bottom of the elevator. Although this does not happen in-game, with usually one or two unwary Common Infected, due to how the Survivors were ambushed on the way to the elevator it is presumed that something went off which caught their attention.
- In the scenes leading to the rooftop opening of Dead Center, the four Survivors seem to have at least a passing familiarity with each other (most notably when Nick calls Coach by his nickname). In the level itself however, the Survivors introduce themselves in the elevator, as if they had just met.
- When the Survivors get on the rooftop of the Vannah Hotel, they are shown armed with Chrome Shotguns. However, when starting the chapter, the shotguns are missing and are not available until they reach the security office at the ground level.
- The AK-47 (AKM) and Hunting Rifle (Ruger Mini-14) is not seen used by survivors in this trailer.
- Town Escape (Hard Rain's Finale) is the only finale not to appear in the trailer.
GameStop Baseball TV Spot
Advertisement for pre-ordering Left 4 Dead 2 at GameStop.
[ Camera pans around the top of the Peach Pit. Traditional baseball music plays in the background. ]
Announcer 1: Looks like the team is getting together for a little pow-wow.
[ The Survivors walk over to a table flooded with multiple types of weapons. Coach scratches his head thinking about which one to use. ]
Announcer 2: Yeah, they're in a real jam here, Skipper.[ Camera pans outside showing Infected in the stands along with a Smoker. ]
Announcer 1: You said it. Their opponents tonight are a real hungry bunch.
[ A mudman turns and glares towards the camera ]
Announcer 2: Their intensity is infectious.
[ Coach grabs a wooden baseball bat, and the Survivors make their way out to the field. ]
Announcer 1: Well it appears the Coach has a plan.
[ The mudman sprints towards the Survivors followed by a few other Infected ]
Announcer 1: Here's the pitch!
[ Coach whacks the Infected with the bat sending it flying as fireworks are set off in the background. ]
Announcer 1: Swung on! Ohh boy!
Ellis: That's a home run!
- At one moment, you can see an infected Baggage Handler who appears in Left 4 Dead's Dead Air campaign at 0:09 to 0:11.
- Various Uncommon Infected are seen in this video that do not reside in the Dark Carnival campaign.
- When the Survivors are deciding which weapons to use, a tin can filled with ammunition is present.
- The mud man that Coach hits with the bat isn't running on all fours.
- Also on the weapons table, an M1911 Pistol is found, which was replaced in the sequel with the P220 Pistol and a Glock.
The Passing Promo Video
[ Foreground shows Francis climbing down a ladder, Rochelle is climbing up a flight of stairs in the background. Francis leans on the railing of a catwalk and watches Rochelle ]
Rochelle: Ugh, I hate stairs!
Francis: Oh my God! You hate stuff, too?
Rochelle: Sure, I never really thought about it, but yeah, I hate things. I hate those stairs!
Francis: I know!
Rochelle: I hate that bridge!
Francis: It's so stupid!
Rochelle: I hate your vest!
[ Francis pauses momentarily, stunned by what she said ]
Francis: What now? *groan* I don't think this is gonna work out.
[ Francis turns his back and walks off indignantly ]
- The song in the beginning is the theme for The Passing called Dead Light District.
- The song at the end is the new song by the Midnight Riders called Save Me Some Sugar which can be heard in The Passing.
- The conversation heard in this trailer can be heard in-game.