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Left 4 Dead 2 Game Demo in Stereoscopic 3D with 3D Vision

November 17th, 2009 · 7 Comments · Stereo 3D Games

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The second game from the Left 4 Dead series should be hitting the shelves in the game shops today, but since I’m still unable to get my hands on it, I just tried in stereoscopic 3D mode the demo of the game that is available for some time already. As you probably know the first Left 4 Dead game did very well when played in S3D mode with the help of Nvidia’s GeForce 3D Vision, so the expectations from the second game are also quite high. So if you like to become a zombie killing machine and have some fun for a while – Left 4 Dead is definitely your game, and if you combine that with a 3D Vision equipped PC the fun is almost doubled…


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Left 4 Dead 2 does work and look very good in stereoscopic 3D mode with GeForce 3D Vision indeed and there are no serious issues or problems even though there was no profile from Nvidia especially for the title in the latest 3D Vision drivers. I could easily go up to 50-60% depth without getting too apparent ghosting which is quite good having in mind that the game does not have a specific profile to make it look better, as it is already quite good looking.


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Of course Left 4 Dead 2 is not a game suitable for everyone, especially considering that you kill a lot of zombies and there is a lot of blood flying all over the place… and yes the blood also has depth. And it seems that the effect in the second part of the game is better made than in the first and the game in general is better made to take advantage of stereoscopic 3D gaming. Of course if you take your time and be extra careful you can also find some issues, like I did, but as I said nothing significant, although I’ll still mention what I’ve found…


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Actually the only visual problem when playing in stereoscopic 3D mode with 3D Vision that is worth mentioning is that when you have some object over water it looks kind of tripled. This creates some weird appearance of the character as you can see on the screenshot, but fortunately there is not much water and what you see is from the beginning of the game (maybe there is more further in the game). Also have in mind that this is from the demo of the game and it could as well be fixed in the full version and there might also be some other changes and/or differences, but in general I can say that the game Left 4 Dead 2 is worth playing in stereoscopic 3D with 3D Vision…

Get the full game Left 4 Dead 2 here if you don’t have it yet…

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7 responses so far ↓

  • 1 Ion // Nov 17, 2009 at 23:40

    I think you forgot to mention that the game crosshair is at the wrong depth. You have to use the nvidia laser sight. At least until they release a profile.

  • 2 Bloody // Nov 18, 2009 at 00:04

    Having no depth for the crosshair is not that big of an issue, it is something that you can easily ignore and for some people this is the way they prefer to play… and there is always the Nvidia laser sight, with some performance issues, as alternative as you mention ;)

  • 3 erik // Nov 20, 2009 at 05:38

    I see in the banner it looks like you have the lcd that came with the 3d vision bundle. I have the Mitsubishi 60735 and can tell you there is absolutely no ghosting with the dlp set. If you are able, give it a try on a Mitsubishi (even if it’s for the few brief minutes before the Best Buy employees see a guy with his laptop and glasses plugging things into their display models) definitely go for it. Congrats when I searched google for “3d vision left 4 dead 2” you were the first result. If you don’t know already mtbs3d.com is a website all about stereoscopic 3d, you should check it out. Right now I’m playing Resident Evil 5 which is pretty amazing in 3d and absolutely no anomalies. I plan on playing L4D2 soon so hopefully they will have the water anomaly worked out but I don’t think that will be the case because in any game with the Source engine (HL2, TF2) the water is not right in s3d. Nice site I look forward to browsing it and nice skeleton.

  • 4 Bloody // Nov 20, 2009 at 10:32

    Hi Erik, yes, I’ve got both the Samsung and ViewSonic 22″ LCD Monitors, unfortunately there are no Mitsubishi TVs available where I live, and no BestBuy either, it is a serious problem even finding any compatible DLP TV…

    I know about MTBS for quite some time, I’m a regular reader there… :)

  • 5 erik // Nov 21, 2009 at 01:12

    Just wondering, I saw that you have the emagin z800. Are you using the iz3d drivers for that. What has your experience been? I have an older model so I need to get the firmware update from emagin in order to use the iz3d drivers. If you have tried it, I would like to hear from someone who has used them first hand.

  • 6 Bloody // Nov 21, 2009 at 11:31

    Yes, I had it with an older firmware too, but got the replacement ship with the new firmware and it now works with iZ3D’s drivers. But you need to use the shutter mode and it is still not perfect as the framerate drops and you loose the sync between the left and right eye frames quite often. This is very annoying and unpleasant, making it quite unusable, but I hope this will be fixed in the upcoming drivers…

  • 7 al64inthedark // Aug 18, 2011 at 10:59

    We’re still waiting for the fix for the water thing :)

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