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Valve Presents Volume 1: The Sacrifice and Other Steam-Powered Stories
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27 of 27 people found the following review helpful
on November 22, 2011
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This is a collection of every comic and comic-like-thing that Valve produced up through around August. For Left 4 Dead, it contains The Sacrifice (duh?). For Team Fortress 2, it has everything through the comic for the replay update. For Portal 2, it has the entire Lab Rat comic. In addition to all of the above, there are few pieces of artwork, mainly postcards and various other random things (such as some of the Saxton Hale magazine covers). All of this is collected in a full-color, hardback collection that's a lot bigger than I thought it would be (it's kinda hard to understand just how massive the book is from the dimensions that are given).

So yeah, it contains a lot of good stuff. However, it lacks anything new. I expected this, but didn't quite plan for it. Everything in this book is available for free online. When the package arrived, I felt like a kid on Christmas morning. I immediately ripped it open and flipped through it. Then... nothing. As soon as it dawned on me that I'd already extracted just about all of the entertainment I could get from this book several months earlier, there really wasn't anything left I could enjoy. Plus, half of this book (The Sacrifice comic) was designed for a digital widescreen display. Each digital "page" is printed two per physical page, so there are plenty of gaps. That kind of kills the traditional comic book feel and gives the impression that it works a lot better on screen than on paper. Even if I were to reread this in the book, I'd still feel like it would be been better to read it online, which is free.

Don't get me wrong. These are all ridiculously entertaining comics. I got plenty of enjoyment out of 'em when I read them through at release online. But, the only thing I gained from purchasing this book was having them in paper instead of digitally. At the end of the day, this is nothing more than a collector's item.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on February 14, 2012
Format: Hardcover
Originally Reviewed at:Mother/Gamer/Writer
Rating:5 out of 5 controllers
Review Source:NetGalley
Reviewer:Me

Louis, Francis, Zoey, and Bill are up to their eyeballs in zombies in The Sacrifice. In this installment, we follow our four survivors in an attempt to get to a safe zone (flashbacks to the game anyone?). But even when it looks as if rescue is a breath away, things - as we know from the game - are not always as they seem. And this outbreak is NOT the Flu.

The Sacrifice is broken up into four parts, and with each section readers are given the back-story of each character. Can I just tell you how BLOODY MIND-BLOWING this story was? The entire time I was huddled over my computer screaming at the pages as if I was playing Left 4 Dead (if you have NOT PLAYED this game, you must do so NOW) on the console. It gave me the same exact adrenaline rush I got while playing the game. You never know whether someone will live or die, and the overwhelming feeling of death looms over you, page after page. It was exciting to say the least. Bill is still one of my favorite characters. He is a nutty over-the-top character with a death wish. He's even better to read than to watch fumble around with his grenade loving, cigarette throwing self. Similarly, Francis is a funny character to read. He is so nonchalant I was dying with laughter from his smart-alecky remarks to Louis.

Zoe and Louis are also great additions. Louis is the type of character who would probably get you killed if there really was a zombie apocalypse. He tries to see the best in every situation without seeing the facts. But his banter back and forth with Francis kept me laughing and the whole time I was saying to myself, "better Francis than me". And what would the story be without an a** kicking female character? Zoe, the character I always played in the game, was not as entertaining as the rest of the crew but she still had her moments and I was happy to read them.

I thoroughly enjoyed the back-stories. Each one brought some humor to the table, ordinary lives turned upside down in the blink of an eye. From their flashbacks you can see why our characters act the way they do. Louis was so worried about his job he was almost bitten while on the toilet. Zoe lost more than she could handle. Francis, well you will just have to read his story. And of course Bill, I just love Bill he is made of pure AWESOME! The art style is comparable horror wise to a graphic novel I reviewed in November, Crawl to Me. It's gruesome, with tons and tons of blood and gore. Horror fans and adrenaline junkies will love it.

Overall, Left 4 Dead: The Sacrifice is gritty, overly bloody, and told with the same humorous one-liners that you expected in the game. I am head over heels in L-O-V-E with The Sacrifice. That statement might be a little fan-girl bias, but I promise, even if you have never played the game and you are just a fan of zombies, you will not be disappointed. I can't wait to get my hands on the full graphic novel so I can dive into the other stories.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 12, 2013
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
My son was delighted to receive this as a gift. The quality of this comic collection is impressive (print and paper quality, page sizes, hardcover). It was kind of interesting to learn that there's actually some sort of story behind the video game Team Fortress 2.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on December 25, 2011
Format: HardcoverVerified Purchase
When I opened the book for the first time, the binding immediately ripped. It's large and bulky, and they really should have made it a smaller paperback book. Other than that it's an OK comic book, there's nothing new though. If you read the online comics, you're not missing anything.
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on December 14, 2011
Format: Hardcover
I'm satisfied with this publication, because I knew exactly what I was getting when I first bought it. The comics included can be viewed with no hassle via VALVe's websites, and while I'm disappointed in a few of the visual decisions made by one or two of the artists, that sentiment boils down to a tiny opinion, and I have no qualms in purchasing a collection of faithful reproductions of famous promotional materials. The fact that said comics originate from the Internet occasionally works against this book's favor, as the dimensional freedom of a web page can't be replicated on the finite size of a printed page, but again, that's just a tiny gripe. I'm just happy to have a big, fat book of pretty pictures about pretty video games.
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on June 3, 2014
Format: Kindle EditionVerified Purchase
I love the valve comics on the computer but they are even better on the kindle I would recommend this book
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on April 28, 2014
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It was really good except for the TF2 that got confusing but love the game for TF2,but other wise REALLY good
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on April 12, 2014
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just... just amazing... you NEED to buy this book, TF2 made no sense until now. buy this..... NOW DO IT BUY IT NOW DOOOOO IIIIIITTTTT
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on April 4, 2014
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on March 24, 2014
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I loved all of it even though this is before the other updates, I can't just ignore how great it is!
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