If you’re an avid a fan of the PC version of Left 4 Dead 2 as I am, custom campaigns are most certainly on your radar. There’s a ridiculous amount of custom (and free) content available for the game, such as a faithful retelling of Dawn of the Dead‘s mall setting, a Minecraft village, or even several classic GoldenEye maps.
One of the most exciting campaigns to soon be released is Dniepr. Don’t ask me how to pronounce that. Think S.T.A.L.K.E.R.: Call of Pripyat meets Romero as you fight through hordes of infected as you escape the Chernobyl Exclusion Zone, the radioactive wasteland surrounding the world’s most infamous nuclear disaster. It boasts 5 full chapters, custom music and sound effects, and lots of apocalyptic spooky Russian-ness.
Last week, they released their final trailer for the campaign:
Okay, devil’s advocate time. Honestly, sometimes I wonder why these protracted mod and custom content developers spend such a huge portion of time and energy on projects like this. Yes, they’re impressive due to their scale and pseudo-amateur origins. Yes. they’re always free, which I never complain about. Perhaps it’s the challenge, the fun, or the profile working on a project riding on the coattails of the popularity of a pre-existing property. It’s the fan-film dilemma. For all that effort, they may have just made an original game (or several). But then again, I’m a champion of all mod communities, so maybe I should just shut my fat mouth and enjoy my free stuff. Well, Team Elsewhere, Dniepr looks very polished and very cool (even though the American survivors look weirdly out of place).