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Friendship is Survival by TheArtrix Friendship is Survival by TheArtrix
Also available as a spray image for most Valve games. Should work in L4D and L4D2. Just download the file and import by booting the game and navigate to settings > multiplayer > load custom spray.

Here's an idea, we take humanized ponies, we give them deadly weapons, we put them in the Left 4 Dead universe. Now, how cool is that.

Technically, it isn't really Left 4 Dead because we now have 6 characters, but killing off two of the main cast isn't exactly a very popular idea. That, and you can actually think up interesting gameplay mechanics by using these six characters, emphasizing even more that one needs to cooperate with the other players to get through the game. After all, friendship is survival. It goes a little something like this:

Little warning though; these descriptions are laden with Left 4 Dead terminology. Still, they should make sense to the non-initiated.

Twilight Sparkle is the de facto leader of the group and being a powerful magician, she's a deadly character in the hands of a skilled player. Twilight has a special melee attack that recharges over time. Once fully charged, Twilight can use her powerful telekinesis to levitate and throw the same objects the tank is able to manipulate, except with greater accuracy. However, this is at the expense of her overall physical ability; being such a neeeeerd her running speed is much lower, jumps only as high as necessary for the game and has average aim and slightly longer reload times when handling weapons. Twilight is a character that needs a bit of cover, but becomes a valuable ally when faced with big hordes or special infected, especially when fighting a tank.

Applejack is the muscle of the group, specialized for fighting infected at close range. Obviously prefers a shotgun when controlled by a bot, a weapon equally suited for close encounters. Applejack's melee attacks are very powerful, capable to shoving away hordes with ease and with little fatigue. Applejack is also the only character that will actually punch and kill a singled out common infected, which makes her more ammo-efficient. Her overall physical abilities are slightly higher than most characters, but it's at the expense of her handling of non-shotgun weapons, making her a very poor character for long-distance attacks.

Rarity is the answer to Applejack's shortcomings. Rarity's job is to keep infected far, far away and prefers the sniper rifle, a precision weapon for a woman as sophisticated as she is. Also, being a "unicorn", she's the only character that can detect and pick up items from a long distance, making her a very convenient character for getting items that would normally require a nasty detour, particularly when it comes to health items. It almost goes without saying that the dainty lady isn't exactly the fastest and strongest of the bunch, although slightly more fit than Twilight. You do not want to have her fight a horde on her own, give her breathing room to do her job. Also, her high accuracy with the sniper rifle or the hunting rifle is nowhere to be seen with the shotguns, which she handles slowly and clumsily. She handles the other guns a bit better, but it's still below average.

Rainbow Dash is the rusher's wet dream. Rainbow Dash is all about speed and, well, speed. Rainbow's running speed is well above that of the others and prefers the M16 assault rifle; quick and easy. Rainbow Dash is the only character that can outrun the Witch and an excellent character to troll the crap out of the slow Tank, making her a great distraction for Twilight's telekinesis. Her speed and agility goes at the expense of brute force and weapon accuracy; she aims like shit and can become troublesome when caught in the horde. Also, because of her speed, she becomes more vulnerable to sneaky special infected preying on lone wolves.

Pinkie Pie is the everywoman of the group without any particular special abilities like the other characters, which in turn makes her a valuable asset to the group, since she can work with just about anyone. Pinkie is of average strength, speed and doesn't show a particular advantage or handicap when handling weapons. Pinkie is there to assist the character that needs it at the moment, whether it is covering Twilight as she's levitating a car, or helping AJ shove away a horde. As a bonus, since she's an engineerin' "earth pony", her favorite melee weapon is the chain saw, which she can run about 50% more efficient than her team mates, making her a true killing machine when equipped with one. Also, she's the Ellis of the group as she will tell random "Keith" stories at the most inappropriate of times.

Fluttershy is arguably the toughest character to mold into the Left 4 Dead franchise for rather obvious reasons. It's almost unthinkable to have a character like her in a situation as cynical as a zombie apocalypse. But she still got her close friends, reason enough to survive this mess.
Playing as Fluttershy means that you play a support role, as you play a relatively fragile woman who used to be afraid of her own shadow. Being a "pegasus", you are less affected by gravity and able to jump higher and further than the other characters, making you invaluable to retrieve characters that are behind points of no return. Also, years of taking care of sick animals are paying off as she is very quick at helping up incapacitated teammates and healing them. This could mean the difference between life and death.
Generally speaking, Fluttershy has about the same characteristics as Pinkie Pie, physically. Her major drawback is that her handling of guns comes with an above average recoil, which makes burst-firing crucial for remaining accuracy, but this does reduce her kill rate. Also, as we all know, Fluttershy isn't exactly known for speaking loudly, which makes it easy for your teammates not to notice when you yell "Reloading!".

And that pretty much covers it. Oh yea, and there's the campaign poster that I drew, you may have noticed it. It was a nice experiment with the coloring and the overall composition of it all. And it was a nice excuse to do a bit of Rule of Cool.

Also, commenting with proposed in-game lines is highly encouraged. Constructive criticism is appreciated, too, of course.
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ColtonDRG Featured By Owner May 11, 2015
This is amazing. I actually really want this campaign now.
RupertBlueFox Featured By Owner May 5, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
BlobtheSlob Featured By Owner Feb 13, 2015
Left4Dead 3 Confirmed
G03LM Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2015
BRUH. This is the frickin best crossover pic (well kinda crossover) that I have ever seen #MLP4D2
caballero-nocturno Featured By Owner Feb 9, 2015
DSC-the-Artist Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
This is sooo cool. I love the perspective.
its really well done
NIcki333 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Left 6 dead:)
darkoverlords Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Seeing this feels like I'm looking at a theatrical
release film poster; I wish this was a real movie.

Tiger610 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
:33< can someone draw kanaya in that pinkie pose?
InterJim126 Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015
Totally awesome! :lol:
AkantiaSolaris Featured By Owner Jan 23, 2015  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Haha. This is pretty awesome <3
undeadhead65 Featured By Owner Nov 22, 2014
I'm with pinkie on the chainsaw greatest weapon in the world
And this is amazing these r like two of my favorite things
awesome jop
snifys Featured By Owner Apr 27, 2014
It is funny
Drake-El Featured By Owner Mar 4, 2014
What about the stare. I feel like Shy could talk down a tank if she wanted to... hell, she could make a witch feel better by giving her a hug.
Nuggetthegreat99 Featured By Owner Jan 13, 2015  Hobbyist Digital Artist
lol :D
Spazzpants Featured By Owner Feb 18, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
bananaz0 Featured By Owner Feb 11, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I love this! but it would've been hilarious if Fluttershy had the chainsaw...cuz from the .movs series XD
DjWonton Featured By Owner Feb 5, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Hoof 4 Dead! :D
starluff Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014
Kewl!  I love putting the mane 6 in strange situations!
sciencevsart Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'd play this! This is really cool!

Although the title is usually the name of the level, like "Equestria Down" or some other cheesy Valve-style movie title. Not complaining! I like Friendship is Survival too! It's an awesome concept!
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Feb 2, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I wanted to do a play on the phrase "Friendship is Magic", and this seemed to work pretty well, especially with the tag line "Make some friends, or die trying".
fizzymoth Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
*dies trying*  
half-dragon Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
We need a mod for this.  Any brony moders out there?
ShadowWK Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
Wait....wait... did you make a L4D mod? Is... holy mother of... You are my hero good sir.
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
No, it's basically concept art, no actual game or mod exists.
DarthFishhum Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Student Filmographer
this needs to be real
ShadowWK Featured By Owner Feb 22, 2014
I agree wholeheartedly.
Cheshirefrog Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
love Rarity in this 
Varudi Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014
I like L4D and MLP so this is kind of perfect :)
CrazytigerArtist Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
They all look so epic! Different from most of the sugary sweet fanart I see. Nice work! Wink/Razz 
Ophelion Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist
This is awesome and the most badass MLP fanart I've ever seen. 

Love the game setting you've got for the girls as well. :D 
uumbrella Featured By Owner Feb 1, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
OOH THAT'S AWESOME :D sooo different MLP-drawing! <3
AuroraArt Featured By Owner Jan 31, 2014  Student Digital Artist
Okay... I ain't gonna lie. This is the most freakin' awesome MLP version ever!

timeice Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Hobbyist Writer
What's a Kieth story?
Tarzok Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
toplak666 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
Left 4 dead 3 material right there! Make it happen Valve!
blotto5 Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014
What is this "3" you speak of?
New-Vegas-House Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
But they don't know what three is.
5kmoe Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
no hands with 6 and more fingers. i am disappoint
Vendoodle64 Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014
No offense but is Rarity smoking weed?
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Jan 27, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Is it possible to roll a joint small enough to fit in a cigarette filter and still experience any of the effects of cannabis?
shadowcatkill69 Featured By Owner Jan 26, 2014
'Course not, it's a cigarette holder, every classy woman's best friend.
soulsurvivor112 Featured By Owner Jan 21, 2014
It may just be me, but does Fluttershy look like Leon from Residence evil? she has the jacket,caring a pistol (Leon's main weapon ), and even has her hair longer on one side. But either way it looks super cool! Big fan of L4D, L4D2, and MLP
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
She is modeled after Zoey from Left 4 Dead, wearing an identical jacket except it's yellow.
Flyntendo Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Hi, I don't suppose you have a higer resolution version available?
It gets a little pixellated when I try and use it as a wallpaper.
Either way, it's still one of my favourite pieces of artwork to this day!
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
I do you one better, it reminds me that I still have to turn this into a proper desktop version, since I have the high-resolution version and all the layers and what have you. I'll try and do it soon, since I like to have a desktop version as well.
Flyntendo Featured By Owner Jan 24, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
That'd be awesome, thanks! =D
Another reason I was wondering if you had a higher res version was that I wanted to print it off as a giant A1 or A0 wall poster for my room, if that was alright with you.
TheArtrix Featured By Owner Jan 29, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Wallpaper's still on its way so you got that.

I just announced that I made the high-res image (like, really high-res) available for purchase in my latest journal.
Flyntendo Featured By Owner Jan 30, 2014  Student Artisan Crafter
Nice one!
I'll try and sort out some DA points soon.
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