“Maybe the helicopter… maybe it’s made of chocolate…”
Despite having been released all the way back in 2009, Valve’s multiplayer zombie game Left 4 Dead 2 maintains a cult-like following thanks to its addicting gameplay loop and revolutionary “AI Director,” which rewards players for taking risks while penalizing those who intentionally stall the game.
So you can imagine our excitement when we learned about a new mod that lets you to play the entire single-player game in VR with six degrees of freedom on PC VR headsets. Not only that, but the mod features support for motion controls, allowing you to interact with the in-game world in exciting new ways. For example, instead of pushing a button to throw a pipebomb or molotov cocktail, you physically throw the item like you would in real life. The same goes for the rest of your virtual arsenal.
Here’s how to get started:
- Download L4D2VR.zip via GitHub and extract the files to the Left 4 Dead 2 directory (steamappscommonLeft 4 Dead 2).
- Open SteamVR followed by Left 4 Dead 2 with the following launch options selected: -insecure -window -novid +mat_motion_blur_percent_of_screen_max 0 +crosshair 0
- Adjust your video settings to the following parameters. You can further improve your texture quality by changing the Shader Detail to “Medium” and Paged Pool Memory to “High.”
- Start a new campaign and press the A button on your control to enter VR mode (click left stick to recenter if necessary).
According to the mod’s creator, sd805, you run the risk of receiving a VAC ban by playing online. As such, they recommend using the “insecure” launch option and sticking to the singleplayer mode for now. Moving forward, the developer hopes to implement full multiplayer functionality. Other future fixes include improved melee interactions, CPU optimization, and native VR menu navigation.
As is the case with most VR mods, you will need to own a copy of the game in order to play. Left 4 Dead 2 is available on PC for $9.99 via Steam.
Image Credit: Valve