I have honestly never been happier with spending £15 on a game, why? because I'm on it literally every single day without fail as I have become addicted since I bought it 2 years ago. If you love zombies then there's no question about it, you need this game. There are four characters that you can choose from; Ellis, Nick, Rochelle and Coach - all of which have their own background and personality. You are a first person shooter accompanied by the rest of the characters as your fellow team mates that will help you fight hordes of zombies and "special infected".
Special infected are extreme mutations of zombies that will go out of their way to end your life, literally. Unlike the first Left 4 Dead, you now have a new range of guns and also have melee weapons available which comes in handy! There are a number of new features and some new zombies. You also get the opportunity to play as the special infected on the "versus" mode on xbox live multi-player, along with scavenge (trying to collect 'gas cans' and fill generators before all the zombies get you) survival - seeing how long you can survive before you're all done for and campaign - both solo and on-line with other players providing you have a xbox live gold subscription.
A handy tip for new beginners, always play through the campaigns 'offline' before you join with other people on multiplayer, just so you know how to play the game and enjoy the experience more.
If you're unsure, there are demos available on the xbox live market place, just search the name and you'll be able to download one of the chapters from "the parish" level and experience off or on-line play.
I look forward to finding more of you on there!
Well in my personal opinion this is by far 1 of the best Shoot Um Up games for the Xbox360. I was actually given this to try by a family member, Didn't think i would like it and popped it on a shelf. It was only when a friend asked me to join their online match that I gave it ago, It was a great deal of fun. The controls are fairly easy to get to grips with. The graphics are great other trhan you notice the same Zombie is used continuously and in total the whole game has about 10 zombies which are used over and over. The actual game play is reasonably easy, there is a great deal of choice on ways to play, there are onlione options to play with friends/family or other players all over the world. There are also expansion packs that you can obtain to play different sections of the game. Rather than a game that goes from start to finish level by level this game has given you the choice to pick the levels you want to play and maps you would like to join. There lots of graphic gameplay, blood splattering, heads coming off and some swearing from the main characters so not suitable to be played by or with younger children.
The original Left 4 Dead combined the very gory horror aspects of games such as Resident Evil with the fast paced and fun first-person-shooter stylings of Half Life 2 (after all, they're on the same engine!) & quite simply the best cooperative gameplay in recent memory.
Left 4 Dead 2 is less of a leap forward and more a kind of slow shamble. The basic gameplay is exactly the same - you and 3 other characters have to get from point A to point B while shooting down thousands of randomly generated zombies on the way. The only *real* change is melee weapons - instead of a handy pistol for your secondary weapon you can now carry all manner of hand to hand weapons, such as cricket bats, frying pans, guitars and, of course, chainsaws. This adds a little more depth to gameplay but is fundamentally just a nice little add on.
And that's the problem with Left 4 Dead 2; it's just a big expansion pack. Sure, the new way zombies can have parts of their bodies blown off is really cool and the new characters are all likeable and funny - but really, is it enough for a new game? While the answer to that may be no, the fact is that Left 4 Dead 2 is polished, gory, fun & insanely addictive with friends.
Chainsaws, shotguns and a whole bunch of zombies, these are all things you can look forward to when entering the world of Left 4 Dead 2 or L4D2 as it is more commonly known. If we were to compare the overall structure of Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 we would see a lot of similarities but then we would see a lot of differences. To get ahead in Left 4 Dead 2 there is one basic element that every person needs and that is good teamwork.
The Left 4 Dead series is unlike any other game out there. In other popular games such as Counter Strike or Call of Duty you can easily run off and do your own thing. You don't need to worry about what your team mates are doing as you could generally take care of the opposition by yourself but this isn't the case in Left 4 Dead 2. Here it is essential that you stick with your teammates which can be hard at times. With so many knooks and crannies waiting to be searched you can easily get caught up in trying to find much needed equipment only to realize your entire team has literally left you for dead. This is why you'll need to cooperate and communicate with your team mates and make sure that no one goes wandering off by themselves. To simplify things, don't loose your teammates! Well unless you want to become a walking talking T-bone to the zombies that is.
Health packs, defibrillators and pain pills are all a necessity in the world of Left 4 Dead. Always keep your eyes open to the little blue shadows that will highlight a piece of equipment. Remember, sharing is caring. If there is a team member who looks like they need to pills or health packs a lot more than you do, let them know about it. The worst thing to be in Left 4 Dead is the hoarder that will be as fresh as a daisy while his or her entire team is limping at a turtles pace. Just remember than when your compatriots die, your chances of surviving also drops so make sure your team is as healthy as your are, it might just pay off when you realize you need help, a good deed will often be rewarded with a good deed back.
There are three new infected zombies in Left 4 Dead 2 with the return of the classic special infected from Left 4 Dead 1. Remember, every zombie has their own little 5 second piece of music that will alert the survivors just what is lurking around the corner. While it would be impossible for me to tell you what those music pieces sound like, you will eventually learn what each piece indicates to after a while.
Firstly lets talk about Boomers. Boomers are the huge grotesque zombies that will puke all over you and your team, causing a horde of zombies to charge at you. Should you find yourself with Boomer puke all over yourself, there is a simple solution. Get your back to a wall and keep on hitting. The thing is that the zombies are coming no matter what but they are completely oblivious to any other team member that wasn't puked on. Just let them run at you and let your team mates tear them down as they try.
Smokers again can be pesky but under certain circumstances can prove to be completely useless. These fellows are the tall gentlemen that you will see jumping from building to building only to shoot out their tongue and look to pull one of your team mates away. Firstly you can stop the Smoker in multiple ways. You can hit your teammate to save them from his grasps, you can shoot at his tongue which will force him to release your friend or you can simply shoot the man himself.
Hunters are less easy to deal with. These zombies are the one your'll hear screeching all the way across the map and leaping from building to building. They are fast and they are powerful but are not impervious to a smack in the face. That's right, should you see one coming at you, use your melee attack towards him. If your fast enough you will hit him away leaving him dazed and confused, at which point you shoot him to pieces!
Witches are by far the easiest zombies in the entire Left 4 Dead universe. These are the women that you will see with red eyes just roaming around the map, doing a whole lot of nothing. The best way to fight them is to not fight them at all. Simply avoid them because should you decide to get to close to them or even shoot them, they will knock you down with one hit and they will continue to slash into you until either you are dead or she is.
Jockeys are by far one of the biggest annoyances in the game. These little critters will run about between hordes of normal zombies so you won't even know they are there. Once close enough they will jump on top of you and start to take you into places you don't really want to be going. There is much you can do once one is on top of you, you just have to hope your teammates will shoot him off.
Spitters are again, more of an annoyance than a real threat. These will be the women with their boobs and butts hanging out running around with a green goo dripping from their lips. They can turn a great hiding spot into a death trap by shooting their toxic goo at you, turning the area into a acidic burning zone of pain. Be careful when shooting these ladies, they will leave one last goo patch on their departure.
Chargers are by far the teddy bears of the group. Their bark is much more fierce than their bite. You will hear them screaming and shouting and before you know it you'll see this huge mass of gray literally charging right for you. Good thing is that these guys are pretty easy to kill so a couple of well placed shoot will put him down for good.
Finally we have the Tank. The Tank is by far the hardest zombie in the entire game to deal with and to kill. He will hit you for miles and he can take all the damage in the world. To get around a tank the best you'll have to use teamwork. If everyone runs away he's just going to keep going until everyone is dead. You'll need to be evasive but not forget to unload your weapon into him!
All in all this is a fantastic game! It is my all time fave actually and I could play it for hours on end, especially the online multiplayer mode!!
Left 4 Dead 2 is a first-person shooter in the style of the Medal Of Honour series but instead of fighting enemy troops you are fighting infected hoardes who have fallen prey to a 28-Days-Later inspired virus. Little is known about how the virus spread but from graffiti messages scrawled on walls, it appears as though there has been a goverment conspiracy to keep things quiet and blame everything, in echoes of the Stephen King novel The Stand, on a new strain of flu! Unfortunately it has become imposible to keep things quiet any longer and now people are abandoning the cities in their masses!
You play one of four survivors left behind and trying to reach rescue. There are five campaigns to play starting in a Hotel, moving on to locatons in a Shopping Mall and Carnival and cultimating at an Airfield. Each campaign can be played in any order though there is a linear path to follow that advances the storyline and each campaign is split into four or five seperate levels. Unfortunately there are no save points so if you do want to gain Achievments such as surviving each campaign, it does mean that you need to play each campaign from start to finish in one go! This is not too bad once you have ran through each level in a campaign but, to start with, can make for a very long gaming session as you try to decipher whrere you have to go and what you have to do to reach each Safe Room that marks the end of a level!
Graphically, this game is stunning but it is limited to how much longevity it has as a single-player game. Where this excells is in multi-player on XBOX LIVE where there a wide variety of different game styles to choose from which include playing as The Infected!
Another thing where this excells is that you have a wide variety of weapons to choose from including melee weapons such as Chainsaws and guns such as the M-16 or Magnum and choosing which gun to take can mean the difference between life or undeath!
On first game-play, this can seem a bit manic to play with zombies flying at you in all directions making for a bloody, violent free-for-all at times! It can be very chaotic and takes a bit of getting used to especially with Special Infected making up the numbers, some of which can be quite hard to kill! In paticular is The Witch!! If you see her, your best bet is to sneak round as quiet as possible because once she is on your case, you frakking know about it!
Overall, this is a great zombie game that has lots to reccommend it! It is just a shame you cannot save during campaigns and that the main emphasis here has been put on multi-player gaming over single-player. Still, that makes a change I suppose as there are as equally if not more games that focus on the single-player experience! Still, I wouldn't be paying full price for this if you can at all help it!
Left 4 dead 2 is a first person shooter set in a zombie apocalypse, you play as 1 of 4 characters, Ellis, Rochelle, Coach and Nick. The 4 survivors are carriers which means they are infected with the virus that turns people into zombies but it doesn't effect them. There are 5 campaigns which have either 4 or 5 levels in each. The levels take you through zombie infested streets to swamp villages and even an amusement park!
The main game its self isn't all that good when played offline but its the online game modes that really make this game legendary. There are about 4 multiplayer modes including survival where you have to last as long as you can against never ending hordes of zombies and mutated monsters. Versus is the best mode in my opinion its 8 player, four people play as the survivors while the other four play as the infected monsters, the idea of versus is get as far as you can through the level while trying to stop the other team from getting as far as you.
It's always easy to get into a good game online as the match making is really good, although the online community who play L4D2 greatly varies in skill, so expect to have teammates who are really bad at the game on your team now and again.
Recently new add ons have been released which add more weapons, levels and game modes making this game even better. If you like zombie films and gore this game is definitely for you!
Ever fancied a bit of Zombie bashing? Ever watched a Zombie film and wondered how hard it is to survive in a ruined post apocalyptic world? Left 4 Dead 2 will throw you into a zombie-filled world full of those hungry flesh eating monsters leaving you to find weapons to fight for survival and also find some sort of safe haven in this new terror filled world. The original Left 4 Dead was a big success however there was some room for improvement, and when Left 4 Dead 2 was quickly announced, people feared a terrible rush job with the new game however they were completely wrong and Left 4 Dead 2 is bigger and better.
This new game is set in the Deep South of the USA but also set at exactly the same time as the first game, just this time we have a new group of 4 survivors fighting their way to survival. Meet Nick, Ellis, Coach and Rochelle (the only female) all with their own characteristics and, depending on who you may be playing this game with, are your fellow comrades and in Left 4 Dead 2, team work is more important than ever before. The new levels are more complicated and do have some frustrating parts to them, each you will come across as you play through the game, and it's safe to say L4D2 requires more concentration and more planning than the first one, where you simply felt you were working our way through a level, zombie after zombie. Instead you will find mini-missions during one campaign, and the end campaigns to each level are now more than just a case of 'fight off the zombies until safety arrives.' For example in one level you are in a shopping mall, in the end you require some fuel to fill a car, and so as a time you must grab some conveniently placed fuel canisters and fill the car up, in the mean time still fighting those zombies off. During the game you can find mini-missions ranging from fighting zombies off as you walk round a rollercoaster, to delivering some bottles of good old coke to a shop keeper who has tightly locked himself up, in return he'll blow something up enabling you to move on through the level. I've found that the campaigns in L4D2 are much harder than the original, and whilst there were some complicated bits in the first game I was surprised to find I struggled with L4D2 enormously at first. It's important to note though that team play is a much bigger focus here, and you really do need to stick together to survive.
Not only does Left 4 Dead 2 now boast better and more crisp graphics, making you chop up those zombies in even more gory detail, but they also have a new dismemberment engine meaning you can now satisfying watch zombie limbs flying through the air or watch a head splatter after you've used your trusty shotgun, making those anti-violent game campaigners rather angry indeed. Using explosives also has a more realistic effective and combined with that is another great new feature, melee weapons. These range from a trusty axe right up to a guitar making a very tasty twang as you clutter the head of some attacking zombie, but there's also a frying pan and even a chainsaw which you can brandish like a demented serial killer and start charging through hoards of zombies with that brilliant chain saw sound searing through all of the undead. There's also new zombies to contend with, and so you will find yourself fighting zombie clowns, scientists, mud men and more, but there's also new 'special zombies' to contend with. We still have the disgusting gurgling Boomer just waiting to throw up green bile all over you, but we now also have a Jockey who lives to 'ride you' away from your fellow survivors, a Spitter, who spits bright green toxic vile at the ground around you causing health to deplete rapidly and also a Charger, who does exactly that and charges into you before grabbing you and pounding you on the floor. Ouch.
Weapons and ammo-drops are still random and so each level will never be the same. Sometimes you will find a much needed first aid pack but second time around there will be a gun instead or worse, nothing at all, and this randomness keeps the game challenging. As well as the new melee weapons previously mentioned there are some new fire arms too, but I found the game to play much better using a melee weapon when you're surrounded rather than firing a gun aimlessly wasting that precious ammo.
One of the main attractions to Left 4 Dead 2 is the co-operative game play. Offline you can play split screen with friends, but online is where the co-operative game play really shines. Not only can you choose to simply play through the game but there are also some fun competitive games to play. Here you can the chance to play as a zombie and attempt to bring down the survivors and after hours of playing through the normal campaign game as a survivor, this is strangely very satisfying. I love nothing more than to be sick on an unsuspecting victim or pound them into the floor until dead, it makes a nice change. Despite this I still prefer playing through the normal campaign in story mode as I believe this is where the game is really at. There's also a Realism Mode in Left 4 Dead 2, though I haven't dared attempt this as I struggle enough on Normal mode, and so it's probably one for those more hardened gamers amongst us.
Playing on the Xbox 360 you can attempt to get some rather amusing achievements such carrying a gnome without dropping it through an entire level and so the game still carries it's sense of humour. One of my favourite parts in the original game was reading graffiti on the walls in the safe rooms, and this is still the same in the second game. One which amused me was a warning message that it's not a flu and washing your hands does not prevent you from becoming infected, a creepy nod to the flu pandemic of last year.
Overall Left 4 Dead 2 is even better than the original, and also proves more of a challenge. It has nice new additions, crisper graphics and better storylines and whilst it can get frustrating at times, this only adds to the fun. I've found it to be an addictive game, with the main story mode being my favourite, as I believe this is where the game excels the most.
Left 4 Dead is available on the Xbox 360 and the PC, both formats costing less than £15 on Amazon at the moment, an absolute bargain for a brilliant game.
This is very good game....DEAD SERIOUS!!!
STORY -- Very simple: 4 survivors of zombie outbreak attempt to escape from the hordes. Load your guns and grab your baseball bats, this could get messy! Each chapter is set out like a Tarantino-esque movie which is exciting, if not cheesy.
GRAPHICS -- for a game that moves so fast, it runs smoothly even in online co-op. Zombies genuinely look scary (even the ones in clown costumes) and rarely look the same as each other. Environments range from daytime bridge to nightime fog-filled swamps. A zombie shooter that's terrifying in the sunlight? How did they do that? Menus are set up nicely. Generally, the game's graphics shows off some of the visual potential of the Xbox 360.
SOUND -- Zombies howling for some reason depicts the haunting factor of being in an apocalyptic city. When you hear it, you know some shiz is gonna happen! The music comprising of trumpets and violins effectively represents the hopelessness of the situation. Believe me... it tenses you up a bit. Voice-acting is passable. Knit-picking here but wouldn't the 4 people be more frightened than this? They talk and raise their voices but never scream or show panic. I digress.
GAMEPLAY -- it's always 4 players at a time either controlled by a human or the computer (which fills their place whenever they disconnect or leave). The goal is for at least 1 living person to make it the safe point. If anybody loses all their health, don't worry. They just get knocked out until someone helps them up. get knocked out three times and they're dead....that's it.
Co-operation is mandatory to make it to the end. Independence will lead you to a quick, chanceless death. Teamwork such as exchanging weapons and provisions seems natural. Best to do so to those in need.
Weapons are responsive and come in the forms of shotguns, machine guns and pistols. Melee weapons are surprisingly useful and is a necessity, not a gimmick here.
The special infected are zombies with dangerous abilties. New infected like the Jockey (ones that ride on a players back, driving them offcourse), the Spitter (spits acid) and the Charger (bombards towards you at full pelt and slams you to the ground repeatedly) are welcome additions, spicing up the old idea. Old ones return like the infamous and indestructable Tank, the silent but deadly Queen and the big fat Boomer.
The game is frustratingly hard, even on the lowest difficulty. Zombies just keep coming, dozens after dozens. The Director is the engine that determines how certain areas are contructed (making each playthrough fresher than most games) and how many and where the zombies/special infected appear in a level. The better you do, the harsher the game gets, vice-versa.
LIFESPAN -- The campaign mode can be played on and offline with other gamers, which should extent the length of the game a little bit. Still, only 5 chapters? A downloadable chapter that fills the plothole between the first and second game provides a reason to return. Multiplayer will keep you playing it as there are a lot of versions including a human vs infected match, survival, the gas can collect-i-thon and more. Online matches rivals that of mutliplayer powerhouses like Gears of War and Halo.
OVERALL -- fast-paced fun adventure where the story takes a back seat for multiplayer franticness. If you've played the first Left 4 Dead, not much has changed but for better rather than worse. It may be too much like the original, but it's a sequel not a new series. Hopefully, after reading this review you will be dying to buy this beast of a game. Well done Valve!
ABOUT THE GAME
Left 4 Dead 2 is set in the zombie apocalypse in different areas of the deep south, from Savannah to New Orleans. It is First Person Shooter, and is played in a team of 4 with a sole purpose of survival and to escape the city with everyone still alive.
The game has a total of 5 campaigns (Dead Center, Dark Carnival, Swamp Fever, Hard Rain & The Parish), each with 5 chapters - each chapter ends with the team of survivors arriving at the 'safehouse' where there will always be med kits/ammo and guns so the team can recuperate before continuing on their journey. The safehouse is also a save point as is where you will be sent back to in the unfortunate event of your demise, and you will restart the level with the same amount of health you had when you finished the last chapter.
There are 4 characters to choose from each with their own distinct personalities (however, it has been argued that the character 'Rochelle' has a distinct lack of one). Although this makes the game more fun and interesting, it really doesn't make a difference as to which character you choose, as they have no differentiating abilities/techniques during game play. It has been rumoured that certain characters perform better with different types of guns, but it is certainly not noticeable. The characters are: Ellis, Coach, Nick & Rochelle - Full character bio's can be found here: http://www.nextlevelgamer.com/forum/index.php?topic=416
THE COMMON INFECTED
Throughout the game you will be bombarded with zombies, which contrary to perceptions, are fast moving. Unlike Left 4 Dead 1, Left 4 Dead 2 has introduced secondary fire (the ability to push zombies away) fatigue meaning that unlike the first game you will eventually tire and will not be able to constantly fend off zombies using this method if you are low on ammo or are faced with a large number of zombies. Although very useful in the first game, I found it to be a far too easy way out of difficult situations, and you have to work much harder in the second game to ensure survival.
THE SPECIAL INFECTED
Special infected refers to those whose mutations have provided them with special forms of attack, and generally are harder to kill (and avoid) than the common infected. As well as the return of the same special infected from Left 4 Dead 1, the 2nd game has introduced a few more into the mix. They are: The Charger (charges into a survivor and separates them from the group), The Spitter (produces a ball of bile which spreads across an area, deteriorating survivors health) and The Jockey (who will jump on the back of a survivor and lead them away from the group and towards more infected). Another new aspect of the game, is that the witch, is now able to wander around, making her much more difficult to navigate passed.
The weapons in left 4 dead 2 are divided into 2 tiers. The first tier weapons are available to each character when the scenario starts, and the second tier are considered the upgrades of tier 1 weapons, are only available as you progress through the map. Two special tier weapons are also available, along with 3 sidearms.
Tier One Weapons: Pump Shotgun, Chrome Shotgun, Submachine Gun & the Silenced Submachine Gun
Tier Two Weapons: Tactical Shotgun, Combat Shotgun, Hunting Rifle, Sniper Rifle, M-16 Assault Rifle, Combat Rifle & the AK-47
Special Tier Weapons: Grenade Launcher, M60
Sidearms: P220 Pistol, Glock & the Magnum Pistol
As well as firearms, the game also includes close combat weapons to deal with the infected at close range. You will find these scattered throughout the map, and are particularly useful when you are in an area where gunshots will set off car alarms, thus attracting a hoarde of zombies (as well as just being fun and hugely satisfying to use!!). These weapons include: Axe, Crowbar, Baseball Bat, Frying Pan, Chainsaw, Golf Club, Cricket Bat, Machete, Nightstick, Guitar & Katana. These are just as useful as bullets at killing zombies, as one strike is enough to take them down (or take off a head!!). It is worth mentioning here that you are able to carry with you at any one time, 1 sidearm as well as 1 tier one/two weapon OR one of the melee weapons listed above, so if necessary it is easy to change between the two depending on the situation.
Weapon upgrades are also available throughout the maps and they come in the form of: Laser Sights (for increased accuracy), Incendiary Ammo (setting the infected on fire) and Explosive Ammo, aka Fragmentation Rounds (explodes upon hitting any surface).
Grenades are available (one grenade can be carried at any one time along with your two items as mentioned above) and include: Molotov Cocktail (handy in taking down a tank), Pipe Bomb (useful when you are overrun with a hoarde of zombies) and Bile Bomb (a feature not available in Left 4 Dead 1).
This game offers a wide range of weapons - it's always fun to have more than one way to kill a zombie!
ARTIFICIAL INTELLIGENCE DIRECTOR & THE GRAPHICS
Left 4 Dead 2 also has an AI Director, which ensures the game is always changing. For example: if it is noticed that a team of survivors moving through a level too quickly or have spent too much time huddled in a corner together, then a 'tank' or a 'smoker' may be sent in to make the objective harder or to break up the team. The AI Director also ensures that weapons, special infected, health and grenades etc are always in different locations on the map. A great feature of the game as it makes it unpredictable and always keeps you on your toes, and allows you to play the same levels over and over again without ever getting bored. The graphics are superb, and where left 4 dead 2 stands out from the first game, is the realistic way in which damage to the infected is portrayed.
I was a little skeptical upon first trying this game, as to me it looked a little too fast paced, and generally I prefer more strategic games (not realising at this point that a great deal of strategy is needed - especially when playing on multiplayer mode, and is necessary on the higher levels). It's quite easy to get used to the controls too so you can really get into the game with little practice. It's highly addictive and alot of fun (more so, I think, if you are playing multiplayer either with someone else or in a team online) but can also be great entertainment to play solo (although you do occassionally find yourself shouting at the computer controlled characters, who never seem to listen!!). The AI Director really makes this game full of suspense, as you never know what to expect or what's around the corner.
Here is the link to the Left 4 Dead 2 introduction which sums up the game quite nicely: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DaxDoAZGGO8&feature=related
Well I have to say that I was looking forward to the release of this after the first one!!
As I found Left 4 Dead so good, I had high hopes for this one and I don't think it was as good to be honest.
So we have 4 new characters, Coach, Ellis, Nick and Rochelle, each with their own indiviual story, as found out in the booklet, and their own personalities.
We have 5 new campaigns each made up of 4 levels, which can either be chosen at random or played through from beginning to end like a story.
There is the new melee weapon option which we didn't so much have in the first instalment, as all we could choose was a pistol. These include babseball bats, axes, chainsaws and many more.
In this second instalment of Left 4 Dead we also have some extra infected which were not in the first game, the Charger, who runs into you extremely fast and slams you down, the Jockey, who rides on your shoulders while attacking you, the Spitter, who spits a highly toxic spit on you and all new wandering witches, which there are many more of in each level!
Now you can play the campaigns on your own but I do prefer to play them through with a friend, great fun! There is also the option to play online with people if you have Xbox Live, where you can also play as the infected.
I have to say that it was a lot easier to get lost on the levels than the first game and although the game was good, something is just missing which makes the first Left 4 Dead still my favourite.
Worth a play but not as good as the first Left 4 Dead!
(This review is also available on www.digitallard.com - the one stop shop for ridiculously high word counts)
It's been a long while since I last put together a Dooyoo review. I guess I was waiting for a product to come along that inspired me - either by being so good that I felt the overwhelming need to promote it from the rooftops, or by being so bad that I felt the overwhelming need to push it from a rooftop. Left 4 Dead 2 is this product.
Available for PC and Xbox 360, Left 4 Dead 2 is Valve's second take on a zombie apocalypse first person co-operative shooter. The first game in the series was a massive success due to its high quality production and unique online experiences, and the sequel doesn't attempt to fix something that wasn't broken, and instead focuses on bringing more of the stuff that made the original great.
For most of the game, you will play was one of the four human survivors. These are Ellis (the lovable hick pretty boy), Rochelle (the sassy journalist in a Depeche Mode t-shirt), Nick (sarcastic con artist) and Coach (he's a coach). Immune to the virus that has infected everyone else and turned them into mutated undead freaks, the team must collect any weapons they can and fight through hordes of super-fast zombies in order to reach safe points, and ultimately their rescue.
There are five campaigns, all of them set around New Orleans, and each one is made up of four to six maps which will take an average player between ten and twenty minutes to get through. On the whole, the game is a 'get from A to Z without being eaten' experience, although occassionally a map will require something different from you, such as collecting items or going on a salvage mission for petrol. The maps are packed full of great ideas and have expert design and stylish visuals. There are flash floods to deal with, uncontrollable fires, a creepy carnival and a rock concert, to name a few of the highlights. Due to the AI Director, each playthrough is different, making it easier for struggling players, harder for confident players and, above all else, different every time.
Making your journey interesting will be the occassional horde of zombies, who are easily dispatched with a shotgun blast but they will cause problems if you let them swarm. There are Special Infected too, horribly disfigured creatures who will attack your team in different ways. Spitters will cover you in burning acid, Boomers will vomit over you (which will attract the zombies), and Tanks and Chargers will just generally beat you up and then down again. The ones to really look out for are Hunters, Smokers and Jockeys, who can essentially disable you until a team mate comes along to help. And don't go disturbing the crying Witch...
Various weapons can be found along the way. These range from the logical (shotguns, machine guns, pistols, magnums and grenade launchers) and the cool (melee weapons such as axes, samurai swords and guitars, modified pipe bombs and Molotov Cocktails) to the outright weird (bottles of vomit and a garden gnome). The best weapon you will have at your disposal though is your team work. You won't make it through unless you work as a unit, protecting each other, rescuing each other and managing your resources properly. You can play the game as a single player experience and the computer players (the AI bots) will do a decent job, but Left 4 Dead is at its best online or split-screen with living human beings on your team.
I mentioned that you would spend about half of your game as the human characters, and this is because of Left 4 Dead's excellent Versus mode. Most of the life from this series comes from the multiplayer fun, and this is the core attraction. The players are split into two teams - Survivors and Infected. The Survivors have to try their best to get through each map, while the Infected players take control of the nasty zombies and get in the other players' way as much as possible. Unique, exciting and unpredictable fun, and let's be honest, it's great to be a zombie. The only downside to this mode is its extraordinary length, so if you want to take control of a zombie for a shorter period of time, try the Scavenge mode, which plays like a cut-down version of Versus. Wrapping up the available game modes are Survival, where you must fight against waves of attackers and last as long as you can, and Realism, where some of the more video game style elements are removed from the gameplay in order to make it more realistic (read: difficult).
When compared to the original (and cheaper) game, there is not much technical stuff that has changed. There is a lot more content though, and the graphics and the world of the game are crisper and smarter than they were before. The maps exhibit smarter design, and each campaign offers a unique experience. There are new weapons and items to collect, four new fun characters to get to know and eight new zombies to re-kill. Would you be missing out a lot if you saved a few quid and went for the original Left 4 Dead instead of this sequel? Not really, but in all honesty, both games have such strong replay value that I recommend you buy them both. The online play experience is brilliant and addictive, and while the game itself is quite short and basic, the unpredictability and variety on offer makes it one of the most engaging zombie apocalypses you could ever hope to be part of.
The Passing Downloadable Content
Recently (April 2010), the 'Passing' add-on pack was released for Left 4 Dead 2. Available free for PC users and for 560 points (about £5) for Xbox users, the Passing adds three maps to the game, along with a new zombie type (the Fallen Survivor), a gun and a melee weapon. Also, Valve have introduced the Mutation mode, which presents a weekly variation on a game mode for players to enjoy. These are unique, fun and sometimes sadistic extra challenges that mean you will get serious long-term value for money on your download. PC users should pick this up without hesitation, and I would recommend this downloadable content highly to Xbox users, despite the added cost, as I think the new maps, weapons, Mutation mode, achievements and avatar unlockables will more than make up for the small investment.
This game is just like l4d 1 but everything that was bad about that game has been improved in this one. Still a few minor glitches but its fun, and thats what you want in a game.
I dont recommend this game if you are buying it for solo play. This game is designed for online and the game modes arent the same without other players. Trust Me!!!
A few problems is that it does get a bit repetetive once you have completed the campaigns. Even though they have added Scavenge to the list it still seems like a once in a while game to play. Its not as full on addicting and exciting as something like MW2. Another problem is that the servers seem to be abit dodgey every once in a while. Not all the time but sometimes i experience lag alot and it isnt my connection because every other online game i play i am full bars. Its only a temporary problem though. Doesnt happen to often.
I do recommend this game for online purposes but not for solo play. You will find it boring once youve completed everyhting (which doesnt take that long)
Overall good game and very fun to play with mates =)
Left 4 Dead 2 is the highly anticipated sequel to Valve's critically and publicly acclaimed Left 4 Dead.
The game is a first person shooter set in an apocalyptic city overrun by zombies. The city has been evacuated and you have been left behind, or 'Left for Dead'. The '4' in the title refers to your team; you control one player of a four person team and your only objective is to escape the city whilst keeping everyone alive.
The game levels are run as campaigns, of which there are 5. All campaigns are available from the beginning, and each consists of 5 levels. The objective of each level is to reach a safe room at the end of the level, until the last stage of the campaign when you catch your ride to safety.
The game has improved on the original Left 4 Dead by delivering four intense game modes (solo campaign, cooperative campaign, online co-op and online vs. multiplayer where you get to control the infected or the survivors), four new survivors, plus more campaigns, more weapons and more zombies than the previous game.
Although the game can be played in single player, it is designed to be played with other people, and this is where its true appeal lies; when playing through the campaign with friends or via Xbox Live the game comes alive and offers an incredible enjoyable and rewarding playing experience.
The graphics of the game are superb and the Source Engine that the game is powered by offers not only exceptional graphics but also the advanced technology creates new experiences in each mode each time you play. Meaning you never get the same gaming experience twice, even on the same levels. This gives the game phenomenal replay value and coupled with the online modes means you'll be playing this game months after the original purchase.
The sounds in the game are also extremely well done and hugely input in the overall feel of the game. The sounds and the action are extremely well balanced between taught, suspenseful gameplay and all out madness.
The game does take a little getting used to, particularly if you're used to playing FPS more along the lines of the Call of Duty franchise - not being able to aim down the sites of any weapon took me a little getting used to but it only serves to increase the feeling of unpredictability and adds to the furious gameplay. The melee weapons are also extremely good fun - taking off a zombies head with an axe or an electric guitar never gets old!
Overall, Left 4 Dead 2 is taught, well designed, rewarding and extremely good fun. Sure it can be stressful, but in a way you'll want to repeat almost instantly.
A brilliant edition to any Xbox 360 game collection
Left for dead 2 is a shoot-em up game for the xbox 360. It follows the story of 4 survivers of a deadly virus which has hit a town and parts of america. The survivers are immune to the virus but this doesnt mean that they cant be killed by the zombies it has created.
Through the campaign mode of this game who control one of the characters of your choice. I like the individualality of each character as they each have their own stories which you learn more about as you progress through the story. The zombies in this game consist of 'the horde' and the special infected. The horde are your average zombie, just faster moving. Whereas the special infected have neat special abilities which i find kind of cool, such as acid spit and brute force.
The thing i find best about this game is the multiplayer co-operative modes which is what the game is all about. I love the thrill of working as a team and surviving together and i would reccommend telling your friends about this game if you get it yourself. You really do need xbox live to play this game and get the full experience.
The only downside to this game in my opinion is the graphics. To say it was made in 2009 and think the graphics could have been better. This doesnt detract from the game mode though and almost suits the game well.
Overall, if you and your friends what some co-operative fun. Get this game.
Left for dead 2 is a zombie apocalypse shoot-em up for the XBOX 360 and follows the story of 4 survivers of a virus struck town somewhere in America. The virus broke out turning normal people into blood-thirsty zombies (and you thought swine flu was bad!). The game is mainly co-op based but can also be played single player with the AI playing as your friends. It can usually be found for around £30 - £40 in most popular electronic stores.
The four characters are given more... erm... character in this sequel compared to what was voted the best co-opertive games in 2009: Left 4 dead. s the story goes on you learn more about each character and become more attatched to them making the game more thrilling. If you were a fan of the story in left 4 dead, the sequel gets even better. There are more new 'special infected' such as the spitter, smoker and hunter (sounds nice huh?). Each special infected with an ability of it's own such as spitting acid and contricting survivers with a huge tounge (serously it's big!). In the sequel there is also a larger variety of guns and other weapons such as new melee weapons and more than just one sub-machine gun. (more the slaughter with, my dear).
The main feature of this game though is the co-operative play. And when it comes to fighting the big boys, you are going to need courage, bravery and strength... or just an xbox live mic and some friends. I have to say this is one of the funniest games to play with friends I played. Screaming down the mic for a health pack to be given to you or just generally screaming because you have 100 zombies on top of you, This game is fun. If your getting this game then I reccommend you get your friends to get it aswell (If you have friends). Left 4 Dead 2 just isn't the same without playing it with other people. There are various gme modes online from the simple co-op campaign mode whereby 4 people play as the survivers and 4 people play as the special infected trying to stop the humas escaping with their limbs still intact, to survival wherby 4 players have to - you guessed it - survive waves of zombies to earn medals for however long they stayed alive.
Overall this game is a fatastic coperative game that I would reccommend to anyone with xbox live and definately a mic. Now, if you would excuse me, I feel like kicking some zombie ass.