Left 4 Dead 2, Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed Free This Weekend

By Pete Haas 2013-07-05 13:19:48 discussion comments
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If you're looking for cheap entertainment this weekend, Steam's got a couple options for you. Left 4 Dead 2 and Sonic And All-Stars Racing Transformed are both free to play through the digital games platform for the next couple days.

In Left 4 Dead 2, players take on the role of four survivors attempting to escape the zombie apocalypse. The five campaigns take players to locations throughout the zombie-infested Deep South, including a swamp and amusement park. L4D2 improved upon the formula of its predecessor by introducing melee weapons like frying pans and axes, as well as three new Special Infected. The game also included a new Scavenge mode, in which a team of survivors try to gather fuel to power a generator while another team of Infected try to stop them.



Sonic & All-Stars Racing Transformed, meanwhile, is a racing game in which Sonic and friends race alongside other characters from Sega franchises like Shinobi and Jet Set Radio. The most recent addition to the roster was General Winter from Company of Heroes 2. Players will drive vehicles that switch between car, boat and plane modes throughout the race, with each mode requiring different tactics. They can use power-ups and weapons in order to edge out their competition.



There's no intended theme tying these two free-play weekends together. However, I like to think of this as a "Unfairly Crapped On Weekend." Left 4 Dead 2 was the subject of a facepalm-worthy boycott. Sonic & All-Stars Racing, meanwhile, has been constantly been dogged with "lol Mario Kart clone" jokes. In spite of all the slings and arrows these games have suffered, though, they're actually quite fun. If nothing else, they're worth a weekend of free experimentation.

Both L4D2 and Sonic are free to download and play in their entirety from now until 1 PM PDT on Sunday. During these free weekends, they can be purchased at a 75% discount as well. The discounts, which also apply to the 4-Packs for each game, will expire L4D2 at 10am PDT on July 8th.

Valve is also offering sales on Left 4 Dead and the rest of the Sonic games. The Sonic titles on sale range from last year's Sonic the Hedgehog 4 - Episode II to the platformer that started it all, Sonic the Hedgehog. The 75% discount on all those games will run until July 8th as well.
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