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Death Toll
Death Toll
Tagline "Hell came to Earth. These four are gonna send it back."
Creator Valve Software
  1. The Turnpike
  2. The Drains
  3. The Church
  4. The Town
  5. Boathouse Finale
"Get to the small town of Riverside for a waterfront rescue."

Death Toll is the third (originally second prior to the release of Crash Course) campaign in Left 4 Dead.

Death Toll was released for Left 4 Dead 2 on September 16th, 2011. Weapons and enemies from Left 4 Dead 2 were carried over into the original version together with various amendments to the way the campaign is played: please refer to the requisite section for specific details.

Spanning five chapters, Death Toll is set in and around a small (cf. road side population sign) town named Riverside where the Survivors believe the military may be holding out. The chapter takes place after the Crash Course campaign in which the survivors head to Riverside and their motivation for striving to reach the town center is based on no more than a vaguely expressed notion that the military may be holding out in Riverside, and a shared awareness that they have no other realistic option.

On their trek to Riverside, the Survivors must find a way over a broken highway, enter a road tunnel (which Francis actively dislikes), get through a drain system, traverse a creepy old trainyard (which Zoey actively dislikes), attend a rousing evening service at the Riverside First Church, navigate their way through the overrun remains of the once-pleasant rural town containing a van (which Francis actively dislikes), commune with nature at the local picnic spot and finally catch a ride on a small fishing boat operated by a rather suspect couple named John and Amanda Slater (refer the Notes section below and The Sacrifice comic).

Of note is the fact that Valve has spoken the least of this challenging and enjoyable campaign, leading many to conclude that its original primary design objective was to accentuate the gameplay experience players first encountered in Mercy Hospital.

Below is a complete list of video walkthroughs of the 5 levels:

  1. The Turnpike
  2. The Drains
  3. The Church
  4. The Town
  5. Boathouse Finale

Please know that the gameplay videos are on each campaign's information page not on each map page.

Left 4 Dead 2Edit

With the Cold Stream DLC, Death Toll was edited and ported over to Left 4 Dead 2. Thus it included all the new Infected, items and weapons giving a whole new experience. Video walkthroughs made by YouTuber Rusty Woud show off the Left 4 Dead 2 version of the campaign and all the changes:

  1. Maps 1 and 2
  2. Maps 3 and 4
  3. Map 5

This ported version of this campaign was released on September 16, 2011. The developers made the following changes (in addition to weapons and supplies porting): cosmetically amended maps for The Drains and The Town chapters, more randomised spawning of supplies (including ammo), larger horde sizes generally, the introduction of a Gauntlet Crescendo at the end of The Town (on account of the continuously sounding forklift warning horn; the Minigun was removed in the process). Grenades, gas cans, propane tanks and pills spawn in volumes well above those seen in the original campaign. Enemy damage graphics also appear to have been enhanced.

Zoey's unique animations were restored in the remake in response to a myriad of harsh, negative comments on the forums regarding her animations as though she were Rochelle (this was due to the fact the former re-used the latter's animations prior to the release of this campaign for the sequel).

Scene transition and event dialog remain unchanged; Survivors speak their campaign exclusive lines normally as in the original version. An interesting feature of the remake is that it comes with updated talker files for the original Survivors, which in turn have fixed notable issues experienced in-game prior to the campaign's release such as Survivors being silent upon spotting pills, first-aid kits, grenade-type items, among others. Along with this update, Survivors now re-use lines upon being targeted by the Spitter, the Jockey and the Charger as opposed to using their respective pain sounds prior to the update.

Originally, the Church Guy just vanished after the Crescendo Event at the church. With the release of an update he can transform again, but still only into either a Boomer, a Hunter or a Smoker.

Official descriptionEdit

Shoot, shove and sprint through a nightmare suburbia consumed by the Infected horde. The Death Toll campaign has your team of survivors making their way down a turnpike littered with abandoned cars to the nearby ghost town of Riverside—the site of a failed stand-off between the last of humanity and a limitless swarm of undead. Fight through the ruins of small  American town to the waterfront nearby, where a rescue party can take you upriver to safety.[1]



"For by now I could have stretched out my hand and struck you and your people with a plague that would have wiped you off the earth."

Several safe houses throughout the campaign have writings of times of death and plans to move to other places such as Mercy Hospital and the airport.

In one safe house, someone has spray-painted the words "Exodus 9:15". This is a Biblical verse which reads "For if by now I had put forth My hand and struck you and your people with pestilence, you would then have been cut off from the earth." This Bible verse, taken in context, is a message to Moses from God, telling Moses that he must warn the Pharaoh and the Egyptians. The plague was sent down and everybody who didn't heed the warning was killed.

The Graffiti in the church is mostly birth and death dates. According to these writings, the game takes place in 2009, although it was made in 2008. The identities featured are understood to be those of individuals employed to work on the Left 4 Dead development project.


See Main Article: Achievements

L4d death toll TOLL COLLECTOR (15G)
Survive the Death Toll Campaign.

L4d zombicidal maniac ZOMBICIDAL MANIAC (30G)
Survive any campaign on Expert.

L4d what are you trying to prove WHAT ARE YOU TRYING TO PROVE? (35G)
Survive all campaigns on Expert.

Behind the ScenesEdit

Death Toll is the only campaign that was not featured in pre-release materials. The only graphic of any sort of the beta Death Toll is an early picture of the Boathouse Finale in the game's files.

  • In the beta version of Left 4 Dead, the five chapters of Death Toll were different:
    • 1) The Caves
    • 2) The Drainage
    • 3) The Ranchhouse
    • 4) The Main Street
    • 5) The Boathouse. [2]


  • This is the only campaign where there are no alarmed cars to cause a panic event in the first Left 4 Dead. Note: the car in The Town does not count because it is part of the chapter's crescendo event.
  • A portion of Death Toll's poster appears in the loading screen for the Left 4 Dead 2 campaign Hard Rain, with the latter being plastered over the former.
  • A death toll is a number of the amount of people that died during an event such as a war, natural disaster or the total number of deaths recorded in a given year.
  • The Survivors' Death Toll poster image seemingly re-appears as a mirrored silhouette on the The Passing poster in Left 4 Dead 2.
  • The in-game town of Riverside, Pennsylvania is very similar to the real-life small town of Riverside, Pennsylvania (population 2,000).
  • Bill is inverted horizontally on Death Toll's poster. He is holding the pistol-grip of his rifle in his left hand and his beret is inverted from his in-game model. His cigarette, however, is in the right position. This image is also coincidentally an inverse of Bill's picture from No Mercy's poster.
  • Apart from lighting effects, Francis' pose in Death Toll's poster is identical to his pose from the Dead Air poster.
  • There are a number of ports and alterations of this campaign created as a custom campaign for Left 4 Dead 2.
  • According to commentary made by Francis in The Sacrifice comics, the Survivors were kicked out of the boat and "left to die."
  • The sporadic gunfire heard in the first few campaigns is the same gunfire heard in City 17 during the uprising in Half-Life 2.
  • As stated above, Zoey's original animations were restored with the release of this campaign for Left 4 Dead 2, as there were many harsh, negative comments regarding her animations as though she were Rochelle (she previously re-used Rochelle's animations).


  2. left4dead\missions\smalltown.txt
Left 4 Dead Left 4 Dead 2
L4d no mercy
No Mercy
The Apartments / The Subway / The Sewer / The Hospital / Rooftop Finale Price chopper
Dead Center
The Hotel / The Streets / The Mall / The Atrium
L4d achievement survive garage
Crash Course
The Alleys / The Truck Depot Finale Torch-Bearer
The Passing
The Riverbank / The Underground / The Port
L4d death toll
Death Toll
The Turnpike / The Drains / The Church / The Town / Boathouse Finale Midnight rider
Dark Carnival
The Highway / The Fairgrounds / The Coaster / The Barns / The Concert
L4d dead air
Dead Air
The Greenhouse / The Crane / The Construction Site / The Terminal / Runway Finale Ragin cajun
Swamp Fever
Plank Country / The Swamp / The Shantytown / The Plantation
L4d blood harvest
Blood Harvest
The Woods / The Tunnel / The Bridge / The Train Station / Farmhouse Finale Weatherman
Hard Rain
The Milltown / The Sugar Mill / Mill Escape / Return To Town / Town Escape
Supreme sacrifice
The Sacrifice
The Docks / The Barge / Port Finale Bridge burner
The Parish
The Waterfront / The Park / The Cemetery / The Quarter / The Bridge
Non Sequitur Campaigns
L4D last stand
The Last Stand
The Lighthouse Streamcrosser
Cold Stream
Alpine Creek / South Pine Stream / Memorial Bridge / Cut-throat Creek

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