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Left 4 Dead 2 (PC)
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Left 4 Dead 2 (PC)
Advantages: Fun multiplayer, Atmospheric gameplay, Hours of replayability.
Disadvantages: No online skill records, Graphically intensive.
Most of my gaming these days is done at my computer. After playing the first in the series of Left 4 Dead, naturally when this game was announced I was pretty excited for it, even if it was less than a year since the first one launched. Many people were sceptical about this game, saying it was too soon since the first one came out for it to be any good. Despite all the negativity surrounding the game's announcement, I still decided to get it and play it (quite appropiately) to death.
What I found was an amazing improvement to the first game. Left 4 Dead 2 builds on every part of the first game and makes it into something so much more gripping and enjoyable to play. For a start, Valve have crammed loads of new kinds of weapons and items into the game, adding some variety to killing swarms of infected. Nothing is as satisfying as ripping into a horde of infected with a chainsaw. It also seems like co-operation is even more important, as straying from your friends means certain death (and abuse if you happen to be playing with people online).
The way the game plays is the same as ever. You have to get from point A to point B and occasionaly defend point C. However, this isn't really an issue as L4D2 has a more varied level design than the first game, with most of the levels being in daylight. There are many new features to the game, such as the new kinds of infected enemies you come up against, like the tricky Jockey and the brawly Charger. This makes the game more unpredictable and fun to play, as the improved AI director makes each time you play the game different.
Graphically this game is amazing. If you happen to live in a country where the game isn't censored and you happen to be a fan of gore this game is going to be a treat for you. When you shoot the infected the way they stumble around and drip blood and guts everywhere is frighteningly realistic. Coupled with the horrific noises they make it makes the game really creepy and atmospheric.
Naturally, the multiplayer in the game is still as top-notch as ever. The old game modes return, with the likes of Versus and Campaign, but there are also some new ways to play thrown into the mix. The most fun to play of the new game modes is "Scavenge". This adds to the game what was so severly lacking before: a game mode you can play in about 15 minutes without having to quit because you don't have 3 hours to play an entire campaign. It also seems like this is where most of the future competitions would be held in the game, due to it's round based structure.
One gripe I had with the multiplayer is the distinct lack of some kind of levelling system. Far too many times have some useless teammates been thrown on our team who run ahead and die, spoiling the game for the rest of us.
If you can look past this minor flaw though, what you will find is an addictive, well-rounded zombie-splatterin' FPS which will quench your bloodlust... at least untill they announce the third installment.
Summary: If you like your FPSs gory and intense, you should own this game!