To me, a good DLC for any game is one that adds to the single player story and also brings something extra to multiplayer. Well, with the passing, Valve has done both and extremely well I might add. The passing takes place in between Dead Center and The Dark Carnival campaigns, unlike the regular campaigns, The Passing is only a 3 mission campaign instead of 5, this was a bit disappointing at first, but then I realized this is great for those who don’t feel like spending an hour and a half to get through the normal campaigns.
The Passing introduces a new uncommon infected the Fallen Survivor who instead of attacking you runs away instead, if you can manage to kill one before he gets away you’ll score some useful items to help you with your campaign, in addition to the new infected there’s also new weapons, the beautiful M60 and a golf club. My only gripe with the M60 is once it runs out of ammo it becomes unusable, you can’t pick ammo to refill it. I guess this is probably a good thing because if players could refill it there would really be no need for any other weapons in the game.
In the Passing, the survivors get to meet up with a get to meet up with the survivors from the first Left 4 Dead; well most of the survivors anyone, as you’ll soon find out one of the survivors has killed their last zombie and sacrificed themselves to save the rest of the survivors. Though a sad meeting, it’s still epic either way.
Now the campaign is out of the way, let’s talk about the new multiplayer modes, mutations. Mutations are new game modes that change each week, game types can be anything from survivors trying to get through the level before bleeding out, chainsaw massacre or realism mode. These are only a few examples of mutations to come not all.
The Passing is an excellent addition to Left 4 Dead 2 and I really hope this how Valve handles all their DLC going forward. There are so many opportunities for Valve to add new DLC into Left 4 Dead 2 they could expand the campaign greatly. Though PC users get to play the Passing for free, Xbox 360 users have to pay 540 ms points ($7) which in my honest opinion is still definitely worth it. If you’re looking to breathe more life into Left 4 Dead 2, then definitely pick up the Passing, it’s definitely worth the purchase.
Left 4 Dead 2: The Passing was provided for review by the publisher.
Platform: XBLA,PC; Rated M
Developer: Valve Corporation
Publisher: Valve Corporation
Release: April 22, 2010