Left 4 Dead 2 “Realism” mode for the hardest of the hardcore

During some quality play time with Left 4 Dead 2, 1UP noticed a mysterious menu option that developers forgot to turn off before screening a new game mode for the press. Though stingy on the details, the developers did share that the special game-modifying mode, dubbed “Realism,” has been designed with the hardcore player in mind.

“Take Portal for example: We had our best internal players who could blow through that game in about 30 minutes, but within weeks of launching it we had people on YouTube beating [the testers’] times by 10 minutes or more,” explained Valve’s Doug Lombardi.

“Realism is for those players.”