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Left 4 Dead The Sacrifice DLC: Unfair for Xbox 360 Owners?

As we informed you last week, Valve has now released their newest DLC pack for Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 users on Xbox 360, PC and Mac. While PC users are loving the updates from Valve, perhaps Xbox 360 owners have a right to be a little aggrieved about this.

In case you didn’t know, Valve has made The Sacrifice pack a free download for PC owners of Left 4 Dead and L4D2, and its even free for Mac users playing Left 4 Dead 2 as well.

However, those wanting to play the new content on Xbox 360 will be hit with a 560 Microsoft Points charge – why? As VG247 reports here, Valve are even going slightly crazy with some discounts to both games on the Steam store.

As an Xbox 360 owner, do you feel like you are being treated unfairly knowing that PC and Mac users are getting the same content for free? Let us know if you want to get something off your chest.

Written by Alan Ng

Alan has been working for Product-Reviews since 2009 and became the Editor-in-chief in 2014. He has a passion for technology, the latest mobile phones and gadgets, and the gaming industry. Alan is a graduate of Canterbury Christ Church University and completed a B.A in Commercial Music in 2008. While expressing a keen interest in all areas that PR cover, you'll usually find Alan in the gaming section, where he'll be keeping enthusiasts up to date on all the latest news and reviews for consoles and PC.

Contact Alan Ng: alan@product-reviews.net

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KryptosFang
KryptosFang

This is way after the release of "The Sacrifice", but I wouldn't mind paying for it. I love my 360. What really pisses me off is the fact that you have to pay 560 TWICE for l4d and l4d2. Personally, I would rather pay it once to get "The Sacrifice" on both, and pay something like 160 points for "No Mercy" since it has no achievements. Also, the late release was a Microsoft problem incase a few people still argued about it. When the Defiant Map Pack came out for Halo: Reach, it was a day late (which got me… Read more »

xboxblues
xboxblues

in three years, this is my 4th xbox console (warranty issues), PLUS several games at $60 a piece, PLUS $60 a year for the "live" subscription, not to mention the extra controllers, headsets, battery-packs… I think microsoft has ENOUGH of my money

ronak
ronak

look im not trying to start a console war but valve is a pc company, and its their preferred platform. their community is so much stronger on the pc that the xbox community does not concern them as much. valves pc community is amazing with thousands of mods supported by valve

jack
jack

Cry more. Get a PC and start playing real games. Consoles are toys for babies.

Jasen
Jasen

I'm a PS3 user so this does not really do anything for me…but I do have a Mac and I'm really excited to see the L4D stuff coming our way. I checked this morning and saw it available and started the D/L…should be all set when I get home from work. Valve seems to be getting along with Sony again and they have also been bring a lot of games to Mac lately…heck I D/L Portal for free awhile back. So, Valve has been on my good side for awhile now and it looks like they are there to stay.… Read more »

Happy Steam User
Happy Steam User

There's a reason I don't play Valve games on the 360 any more. Have you seen TF2 on the 360? The Pyro can't even air blast! I love Valve's free updates, but MS won't let them release them for free on the 360. Don't blame Valve, blame MicroSoft.

And Valve doesn't need to worry about money. Since they opened up the TF2 In Game Store, they've been racking in the dough.

TJM
TJM

What makes it unfair is how unbelievably broken the DLC is on Left 4 Dead 2 if you play on an official dedicated server. I wouldn't mind getting that stuff for free but having to pay for DLC that simply isn't finished is pretty mental.

DemonSink
DemonSink

I don't find it unfair that we had to pay a little extra. 7 bucks isn't that big a deal. What DOES bother me, is that microsoft can't meet the deadline to release it. I'm sure that there's blame to share for that between them and Valve, but I'd assume that while Valve fumbled the ball, Microsoft dropped it. And then made us pay for the ball.

rich
rich

You guys do realize that Bill Gates a dirty whore, right? I blame Microsuck for this, not Valve. If we could somehow d/l it online for 360 and add it ourselves I have no doubt it would be free, but Bill needs another swimming pool! I had no real problem paying the small amount, but I was SO excited to come home from work and d/l it and guess what, slam! No add on. WTF guys?! I like my 360, but I may buy this game for my PC now if I can find a controller. I CANNOT play a… Read more »

ronaldstumps
ronaldstumps

so it would seem that microsoft is awesome XD
I can see valve being awesome as well by saying "hey play on pc" but btw its on Windows which is also owned by microsoft so doing that is like saying "go buy a $500 PC" or whatever resonably priced computer could handle it. But, Console gaming has been a useful tool since I have a tremor in my hands. Unfortunately can't handle the precision of mouse and keyboard or buying a remote because your still outclassed by mouse n keyboard.

BFB
BFB

I'm increasingly getting the feeling that Valve have done this in order to hurt microsoft's profits on xbox downloads. By offering it cheaper in a different format and making xbox users wait, I get the impresson that this is quite deliberate on Valve's part. 12:15p.m. here now and still no sign of the xbox DLC…

OH4GODZSAKEZ
OH4GODZSAKEZ

Oh for gods sake, the price isnt the issue here, ITS THE WAIT!!! IM IMPATIENT AT THE BEST OF TIMES AND WHEN I WAIT A WHOLE DAY, GO TO BED LATE AND THEN WAKE UP TO FIND THAT ITS STILL NOT THERE I GET SORTA MIFFED ABOUT IT, VALVe HAVENT DONE ANYTHING WRONG, I LOVE THEM, THEY WANTED TO DO IT FOR FREE BUT THE MONEY GRABBING SCUM AT MICROSOFT WONT LET THEM, IM VERY ANGRY AT THIS AS I PLANNED TO PLAY "The Sacrifice" FOR A LONG TIME, I LOVE LEFT 4 DEAD, I LOVE VALVE, I LOVE THE… Read more »

annabelle
annabelle

It's now 10.38am in the UK and still, no sign of any DLC. Me and my friends love left 4 dead and have even gone to the extent of reading the comics in anticipation for this new map, we're also interested to play no mercy with the new special infected. I'm super pissed off at the slackness of whoever takes care of this stuff at xbox. Already theres footage of the new maps on youtube uploaded by PC users, what is so difficult about realeasing them all AT THE SAME TIME?! At the very least the PC and MAC release… Read more »

Apesforsale
Apesforsale

Exactly what timezone is this in when they say 'The Evening'. I spent ages checking if it was there yesterday afternoon, it's just become a complete disappointment 🙁

Synacious
Synacious

Yes, the PC gamers got it yesterday afternoon, Petefeet.

@o_ODHteesO_o

I've had the PC DLC since this afternoon. Took forever because everyone was downloading it but whatevz. It's 4:10 in the a.m. and still no Xbox 360 DLC yet. Kinda glad I spent the $10 for the L4D 1 and 2 bundle on Steam for my PC instead. The free DLC is awesome and theres a metric butt-load of downloadable maps and campaigns as well for the PC version. I highly recommend buying it on the PC if you have the option. I'm pretty sure the 360 delay is on Microsoft's end tho. Xbox hasn't mentioned a word of the… Read more »

BFB
BFB

This isn't the first time I've been aggrieved by Valve's timing… the release date advertised for l4d2 was US-only, but it didn't say that anywhere, so I booked time off and… no game to play on my day off work. So again, yesterday, I waited all day and cancelled things in the evening so I could play the new content. 10a.m. here in England and I still don't have any idea when this will be available. I realise ms have to claw back some of the huge losses they made in gaining a foothold in the console wars, but 560… Read more »

E. Danvers
E. Danvers

Why doesn't this 'journalist' write about something more news worthy like how Xbox owners still don't have the DLC rather than rubbing salt in people's wounds by pointing out AGAIN that PC users have it for free?

susan
susan

Honestyly, this is getting silly now. Not only do we have to fork out 1120 ms points (nearly £10) for the dlc for L4D & L4D2 but we're getting it a day late and now Valve are offering both full games and all the dlc for less than that on Steam. Talk about taking the piss.

Cee
Cee

Grrr…. This wait is killing me….

Marc
Marc

how do xbox players have to wait till we get it on xbox iv been waiting since yesterday ??

Petefeet
Petefeet

Does anyone know where the DLC is!?! Do they PC gamers have it already?

cade
cade

maybe we will get it free tommorrow, maybe if valve pays xbox a little bit, maybe they will put up the dlc for free for xbox owners for a few days, maybe that explains the huge sale on both left 4 dead games on steam, that would be a nice thought though, what do u guys think

Horgeue
Horgeue

I have a huge problem with DLC. In this instance though, I'm just annoyed that they are jerking everyone around and not giving them an exact time as to when it'll be available. People would calm down if they knew a time, they wouldn't have to check on the hour. If Microsoft doesn't know a time, fuck em.

Dood
Dood

I am fine with being charged ren if I’d rather not. However, I am outraged to the point of not buying it anymore because I waited all day for it, and it never came. To my knowledge, it’s still not available for download. I don’t care whose fault it is, both Microsoft and Valve can suck my left nut.

Elliot
Elliot

Valve have always been pretty bad at keeping to deadlines, but they've always released great content & all their DLC has always been free (on their end at least). Microsoft force the charge on XBox DLC, despite Valve's protests. Which is probably one of the major reasons that Valve have been pushed into friendlier territory with Sony & the PS3 & are releasing Portal 2 themselves directly on PS3 &, probably, going to provide free DLC for that to PS3 as well as PC as a result, since Sony have no policies in place preventing that. It's Microsoft shafting their… Read more »

cade
cade

oh i c, maybe steam selling left 4 dead 1 and 2 all day long for $6.79. making xbox owners wait an extra day for our own benifit, maybe it will free for xbox owners, that would really be a nice thing

cade
cade

steam is selling left 4 dead 1 and left 4 dead 2 for $6.79 each and gets the sacrifice dlc free and xbox makes us wait an extra day and still makes us pay $7.00 for the dlc, that is just fracking wrong. I ALSO THINK VALVE IS TRYING 2 SAY SOMTHING TO XBOX BY MAKING BOTH LEFT 4 DEAD GAMES CHEAPER, THAN WHAT XBOX OWNERS WOULD HAVE TO PAY FOR JUST THE DLC

cade
cade

steam is selling left 4 dead 1 and left 4 dead 2 for $6.79 each and gets the sacrifice dlc free and xbox makes us wait an extra day and still makes us pay $7.00 for the dlc, that is just fracking wrong, yep

Lindsey
Lindsey

I find it extremely unfair. Not only because PC and Mac users get BOTH games for $10, plus ALL the DLCs for free, but also because 360 users, who have to pay, have STILL not received The Sacrifice on Xbox Live. If Valve can get the DLC out for PC and Mac users, why hasn’t it been released for 360 users? Very disappointed in Valve right now :/

Jesse
Jesse

dont really care if its free or not the thing is that its not on the 360 yet. NOT SHOWING UP ON MY MARKETPLACE

Joy 'Aoife Unudóttir' White

Not only are they charging for it, if you want to get the pack for L4D and L4D2, you have to pay 560 twice!! And on top of that, they've reduced the price of the actual games for PC users, and I think it works out that downloading the game for PC is cheaper than downloading the add on for Xbox.

Guest
Guest

This actually has more to do with Microsoft’s policy on Free DLC than Valve, which has always gone out of its way to provide free content for PC players.

Essentially, Microsoft only allows a certain amount of downloadable content to be free. Rockstar ran into the same problem when publishing DLC for Red Dead Redemption, which is why Liars and Cheaters was released as a “double pack.”

Frankie
Frankie

That's corporate greed, I wonder if the executives know what it's like to be a poor gamer? Then again, has a corporation ever cared for their market base? Probably not, so realistically Microsoft will do next to nothing (maybe reduce the price a hair) and make it look like the deal of the century (as if they're humanitarians to their gamers….stingy pricks). So gamers, unite. It's kind of your basic right to do so….Let's hear it for the Freedom to Assemble! Well, anyway, hopefully you voice your opinions too and understand where I come from after reading the above. Valve,… Read more »

Jimmy
Jimmy

I'm very annoyed at this. I spent most of the day checking Live's marketplace, in voice chat with friends waiting, etc. I'm far more interested in this than I was in Reach. I'd like to think I'd take it a little better if Microsoft wasn't treating us, the 360 users, the way they have lately. $10 a month increase in Live, advertisements all over the dashboard, 1 vs 100 being cancelled, Joyride going from being announced as free to being regeared for Kinect. Granted, I'm sure it's both parties fault to some degree. Valve, even if they don't mean it,… Read more »

John
John

I think it has something to do with microsoft's Xbox live program. I dont think valve is being unfair to its Xbox players. I think you have microsoft to blame for that.

Tim-ster!
Tim-ster!

Microsoft is full of shit for charging us for the valve dlc,
valve should have their own support system for their products on xboxlive but no Microsoft wont allow any of tht shit ugh its time to move on to the pc
fuck u xbox hungry money machine!

John D'oh
John D'oh

Hey Alan Ng, how about addressing the fact that the DLC hasn't even been RELEASED yet for the Xbox. It's almost midnight on the West Coast and it's still not available. Maybe do some research first and write about that before you start asking a question that's already been asked a million times already? Here's a great topic for a 'journalist' like yourself to research; "How come it hasn't been released yet for the Xbox?" Valve got something against Microsoft? Microsoft have problems on their end? You know, write something useful.

Nunya
Nunya

This is an outrage! Both my fiance and I have been waiting for this all day, it was our anniversary on Tuesday and we were both super excited for 'The Sacrifice' because the release day was Oct. 5th…. later we find out that it'll be released during the evening. It's 2:10 in the morning and still waiting. Not only did the PC and Mac get this already but they're getting it for free! Us 360 users still have to pay 560 MP and we still don't have the privilege of buying it yet. I don't mind buying it at all… Read more »

Ash
Ash

Yeah Im feeling very annoyed especially since the dlc is not even out on the 360 yet, once again valve neglects the console version of the game and misses another release date for content. For gods sake are they even reliable?!?!

Obviously Anon
Obviously Anon

Besides the fact that it has even been released on Xbox from where I am, I still have to pay for this wait? I want what the PC users get free, and I want it now.

Dave
Dave

It is crap they get it for free, but I think it's more unfair that we have to wait so freaking long to get it, here it's the 6th and still not available, I think THAT is the unfair part, at least right now

Keith
Keith

Valve has already released free content, with the Survival Add-On for L4D. They made that free, because it was something they originally wanted to incorporate, but due to deadlines, couldn't finish it on time. Microsoft was not happy about this, but allowed it anyway. Microsoft is basically forcing them to charge for DLC, even though Valve would rather give it away for free. This is why on the Xbox, it is only 560 points (which averages out to a little more than five dollars), when other games charge at least 800 points for new DLC. I love Valve, and enjoy… Read more »

Christen
Christen

Microsoft charges for the DLC, not Valve.

Jeff
Jeff

It's unfair because Microsoft wouldn't allow VALVe to release the DLCs for free on the 360.

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