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Genre: Action & Shooter / Suitable for 18 years and over / Release Date: 2008-11-21 / Published by Electronic Arts

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      27.04.2012 02:38
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      a great zombie first shooter that sets the story for left 4 dead 2's DLC.

      Admittedly I played the follow up game Left 4 Dead 2 before I played the first one due to a free demo being offered on the xbox live market place and winning me over instantly. After I finally got hold of some money I went and purchased this one, the game is great and I was highly addicted for a great amount of time (my xbox live statistics of 250+ hours of game play proves this) however I eventually became a little agitated and bored of it as it lacked all the new awesome exciting stuff that the second game had to offer - This one doesn't even have melee weapons which can make you want to rage quit on a number of occasions when you're finding an enormous horde of zombies with a less than satisfying gun. Which brings me to the fact that there are only a limited amount of guns available and less special infected zombies (extreme mutations of zombies that are stronger than generic zombies and have unique abilities they use to try and kill you).

      You are able to play solo/ off line campaign with computer controlled team players and you are also able to play on line with friends or strangers in a public game. The team consists of four characters; Bill, zoey, francis and Louis all of whom you can take your pick to play as. The game also offers survival mode where you try to stay alive for as long as possible before being ripped to shreds, it gets both frustrating and addictive when trying to beat your best score over and over again which can be enjoyable on occasion.

      I haven't found the first game as memorizing as the second one as there are limited items and the maps seem pretty dark and dull in comparison. The downloadable content for Left 4 Dead is disappointing also and I wouldn't recommend purchasing "crash course" unless you're not fussed about spending a couple of hundred Microsoft points on an extremely short level with only two chapters rather than five.

      However if you're planning on purchasing Left for dead 2 as well, it's probably a good idea that you buy this too as it allows you to understand how the first characters intertwine in the follow up game as they are connected briefly in the downloadable content for the second game.
      This is a thoroughly enjoyable game and many people argue that this is actually better than the second one however you can make your own mind up by buying this game for yourself.

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      23.02.2011 02:20
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      Excellent game to sharpen your zombie-killing skills!

      My husband is an aficionado of all video games - the latest console he owns and loves is an Xbox 360. Now, every now and again he would persuade me to play a racing game, a simple chase and shoot game and on one memorable occasion Halo! I tended to spend most of my time stuck in corners or staring up at the sky, getting increasingly bored.

      I recently bought him a copy of Left 4 Dead - he didn't want it, but I got the titles mixed up and he ended up with this instead of what he actually wanted. He played for a couple of hours, although it is not his 'type' of game, so in a fit of guilt I agreed to play a quick game with him.

      I have been stunned by how addictive this game is! Suddenly I understand what all the fuss is about. Suddenly I get the whole 'gaming' culture, and can see why he spends hours in front of the TV shooting various enemies in various locations with all kind of weapons.

      Left 4 Dead is an ideal game for a newbie like me - the controls are fairly easy; pretty much just walking about and shooting. There is nothing complicated - no crouching, so stealth mode, no toggle maps. Just walk, point and shoot zombies. I can manage the controls and can even negotiate doors and stairs now! I did try to throw my 'health pack' at the zombies several times during the first few games - but I am getting the finer points of shooting vs healing myself :-)

      Left 4 Dead is a first person shooter, which can be played by up to 4 players. You start in one location, and have to get your team across various landscapes, such as an airport, woodland etc, to another location without getting killed. It is that simple! There are a few types of zombie to make things interesting - smokers, tanks (watch out for the tanks!) and witches - all of whom kill or hunt you in different ways. You get swarmed regularly by a zombie horde, and if you are lucky you will have a Molotov cocktail or petrol can to throw at them. The game gives plenty of opportunity for gratuitous violence aginst the undead, as well as working out strategies of how to best defend a house you find yourself trapped in.

      At the end of each of the four sequences, you have to wait in a location for rescue; chose the wrong location or don't have enough health, and you'll be playing that sequence several times!

      I have lost an entire weekend playing Left 4 Dead with my hubby, and have stayed up past midnight twice to finish a game. Consider me an addict! I'll be buying Left 4 Dead 2 this weekend.
      Highly recommended.

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      24.06.2010 17:06
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      Overall a really dissapointing game

      I had high expectations of this title. The awards it won, the fact it was made by one of my favourite companies of all time Valve and the hype surrounding it. I was expecting more from is a fairly above average title.

      The premise of the game is you play as one of a team of Survivors in a Zombie Infested area. The object of the game is to basically Survive!

      The game has 4 "movies" to complete. Each Movie is split into 5 parts and can be played in any order at any time. It makes the game feel like it has a loose structure and it gives players no real urge to rush to find out what lies next as each movie is essentially the same in a different setting. Each movie consists of 4 parts in which you must find the safe house with multiple routes through the level. Playing online with folk who have played it before kind of ruins the experience as they rush to the end instead of struggling to find it whilst finding hords of Zombies which is how it should be played. The fifth part of each movie sees you wait for rescue as you have to survive in the rescue area, contact the crew and get saved. It adds some variety but the 4 movies are overly repetitive and by the end youll have forgotten which was which. Each one takes 45-60 minutes, some less which only gives 3 and a half hours to see all the game has.

      But one of the selling points is the way the AI works and its "supposed" to be a different experience every time but this isn't the case usually as the attacks and enemies are the same which means even if they do slightly attack in different places and at different times you don't feel it.

      Overall I felt ripped off at only having four levels. Without xbox live to replay this with mates it becomes tiring very shortly.
      You have a range of weapons at your disposal although disappointingly only 4 and a turret as well as grenades and Molotov's. The guns are quite straight forward and the game would have definitely benefitted from a wider arsenal.

      The gameplay is poor by modern FPS standards, nothing inventive or new about it. Half the time its run, shoot, find a door, shoot mindlessly into the hords. Very little skill required.

      The game takes into account the recent trend and popularity of co-op games and this can be played wither alone, with 3 AI controlled buddies or online. The game roars to live online and that is where it should be place. I would not recommend this game if you don't have Xbox Live. If you have got a regular bunch of gaming mates this will keep you occupied for hours! As well as the additional online modes which let you play as the Zombies against the survivors. It does have legs online but as I said only if you can handle playing the same maps and levels over and over again.

      Overall a disappointing title.....


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        04.06.2010 13:49

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        Its alright not really a must buy though

        Left 4 dead is an exciting zombie action thriller game. You play as one of four people (you choose) and battle your way through four levels of zombie killing fun but although this sounds fun (and i think it is) it just repeats itself over the four levels. Nothing new or very interesting happens it's just the same cycle; run, kill zombies, carry on, kill more zombies and then finish the level with one final massive zombie attack on you. Apart from the tanks and the special attackers of zombies you'll get bored easily and the weapons don't differ much either.

        Online play is basically the same except two teams take it in turns to be the zombies and the humans, as the humans you have to play a whole level whilst fending off all these zombies played by other online players that make it much harder to succeed. I myself have only won three times as the humans online. Overall this game is alright, fun for a while at least.

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        05.04.2010 06:10
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        Valve do it again.

        It's from keen observation that I have concluded zombies are second only to ninjas, pirates and monkeys that nerds like and need to shut up about. It seems like whenever a new engine comes out one of them, or all of them, think that they have to make a zombie mod for it with nothing but a gun model and some concept art drawn when they where 4, but quickly give up when they soon realise they're only experience lies in lego. Now Valve have come along and shown us how much of a nerd they are, if that wasn't already obvious with their main game being about a scientist in outdated glasses beating up american football playing marines, by creating Left 4 Dead, a zombie game. There's been tons of games with zombies in, but they're usually just obstacles in corridors interchangeable with terrorists, aliens or traffic barriers.

        The trick is to recreate the tension and emotion of the apocalypse while you and 3 other remaining sane people huddle together in a basement somewhere while the entire human population wait outside rubbing their bellies and waving knifes and forks. That is a true zombie game. If you can pull it off you could replace the zombies with giraffes and it'd still be a good game. That is what Valve have gone for, oppressive co-op fun. When I say co-op imagine it as an 80 foot concrete word. Usually in co-op games it's a single player game with an idiot following you around hoovering up all the health and ammo. But L4D is a rare co-op game where the other players are actually necessary. You need 4 guns to take on the hordes and to save you from special infected that choke you with their tongue. So if you separate from the group you might as well drizzle chocolate on your shoulders and clean your hair in BBQ sauce. Although frankly the other players are also a major threat due to friendly fire. Sometimes telling the difference between a dishevelled muddy survivor and a dishevelled muddy marathon runner can be difficult in the middle of a fight, and if you think about it for too long you might lose another two mouthfuls of brain.

        On another less ethical gameplay element you can opt to play as the special zombies themselves, which transforms the game from tense survival horror to an hilarious grieifing engine. It's nice to see creative thinking rewarding when you leap on another player from a bin and start ripping his nipples off, and it's also curiously satisfying for me in ways I should tell my psychiatrist about.

        If you want plot in L4D there's certainly not a lot of that. 'Here are some zombies' sums it up. Other than that you're part of the 4 most unlucky survivors ever who repeatedly get rescued only for their pilot to turn into a zombie and crash. There's the old Vietnam veteran, the tattoo'd biker guy, the hot college chick who probably sleeps with her ass to the wall and the office worker guy that never needs to shave. It's also not the game for you if you like to see games evolve to some form of closure and stays on a good difficulty curve. L4D stays halfway up the difficulty chart and stays there forever.

        Playing the same 4 campaigns over and over might not seem fun, but the repetition is eased by the so called AI director. An omnipotent figure lurking in the shadows that throws health and ammo when you need it and summons a billion zombies whenever he's bored. Which is all the time. I saw somebody pray to the AI director once. That's probably how cults are started.

        As a game L4D is beautifully designed but I'm not entirely convinced. It's a great social experience amongst your friends in preperation for the real apocalypse, which is coming!

        To buy it now would be useless as the game doesn't hold a candle to L4D2, but check my review on that later for more.

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        11.03.2010 13:14

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        A good game, good features and just puts you in a good mood.

        What to say about this game? well first it has zombie's, second you have quite an exclusive armory of weapons to choose from, and some kick arse bad guys (and also the voice of cortana from the Halo games) Equals pure awesomeness! one of the best games i have ever played, and i'v played a few.

        This game is just in a league of its own when it comes to the selection of zombie games out there today, and there seems to be a small selection. Everyone loves to shoot some caps in some zombie's arse, but no one likes to do it over and over again. The smart A.I director changes situations making the game different every time.

        The difference of this game though is the cleaver online campaign and also the feel of this game. When you are running through a horde of zombie's and a massive Tank is bounding to crush your brains! even all this chao's can not stop that smile from fading off your face when you play this game.

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        24.01.2010 01:46
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        Overall a good shoot em up but subtle too

        I found this game 'Left 4 Dead' an incredibly addictive and enjoyable game when I played it recently and it's definately worth owning.

        Left 4 Dead is an interactive 3D shoot em up game in which players are able to play as any one of four characters that are 'survivors' of the horrors around them. As one of these characters you have to flee from loads of infected zombies that taken over the city and surrounding areas and overrun everything.

        You can play as the following characters - Louis, Bill, Zoey or Francis. Players can play along with the computer, taking on the controls of other characters, or you can also play along with friends or other gamers online. This is a fantastic feature as you can play through the whole game with friends and adds to the enjoyment and the replay value.

        This game is divided into fours separate chapters. Each of these sections is like a mini-movie that casts players in the role of a character. As the loading takes place you will be able to see the name of the segment and the parts that each players will be playing in this part. Each section contains five levels each and ends with a final showdown that forces the characters you have chosen to face numerous enemies as the attempt to escape. For example, the first chapter starts on a rooftop and you are asked to move through apartment buildings, city streets, subway stations and many more. This is all in an attempt to reach the roof of a hospital for rescure by helicopter.

        To succeed you must have everything you can at your disposal. This includes weapons such as pistols, shotguns, rifles and machine guns, plus bombs and other explosives. If you do not have all this then you surely won't survive the zombie attack. What makes this game even better than other zombie games of the past is that these zombies are not the slow moving enemies you are so used to in the past. These new modern zombies run and jump and move fast. They don't give up easily either which is a challenge.

        There are plenty of enemies to try and kill in addition to the zombies, including the Witch who unleashes fury on you after crying. Hunters will leap at you from nowhere, scaring you half to death. Smokers capture you with their long tongues and there are plenty more besides.

        There is a limit to the amount of weapons you can carry at one time but you are able to load up on weapons as you progress during the game. Some weapons are better than others. There is a nice feature in this game, in that when you are trying to reload for example, you can hit or push players away with your shotgun.

        There are certain clues scattered throughout the game that are on walls and ceilings that you need to solve to reach other areas of the level. I loved the graphics in this game and the characters do also come out with some statements and comments occasionally.

        You can actually also play as one of the zombies in a match that pits four human survivors up againts four player controlled zombies.

        For me I found myself totally immersed in this challenging experience and although the game may not take too long to complete there are many skill levels. The good thing I found about this game was also the fact that it is not just a shoot em up but I needed to use my head and common sense a bit as if you start shooting everything that moves in sight then you will only attract more enemies and before long the odds on you surviving will be overwhelming.

        It is a highly addictive and enjoyable game that I would recommend to anyone

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          09.11.2009 21:31

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          A top notch game

          Left 4 Dead is the latest game to come from the devloper valve, and as usuall is an absolutley brilliant and additive game that is based on the succsessfull Half Life 2 platform.

          This game is in a league of its own, it is a totally new complex and way to play a first person shooter. It can be played solo or multiplayer online or on lan play. Both are good but the game comes into its online. This game is all about teamwork, and to be blunt if you dont work together YOU DIE! This is brillant that the devlopers have been able to pull this of, so many games try this but fail miserably.

          The basic concept behind the game is a zombie shoot em up, with the addition that you play as a human or a zombie as part of a team. The humans have to work there way through 5 levels on diffrent campaigns, and the zombies have to try and stop them by any means possibly, usually killing them.

          Personnel i find playing the zombies much more fun even through they are far weaker as a single unit, this is probably because not many games have i been able to play the monster and it is a new thing that i must do.
          This game is a brilliant team based game that has everything going for and will provide months and months of online fun for you and your friends, i would reccomend it to anyone.

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          03.11.2009 22:12
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          Fantastic with friends

          If you love the idea of zombies over running the earth one day then this game will have to do until that day.

          The game is a survival horror and certainly lives up to it. It keeps you on the edge of your seat until the batteries in your controller run out.

          The game features both single player and multiplayer campaigns, i personally never played the single player campaign as i found the AI to let you down quite alot. I played through the game on the Co-op mode with friends, (this adds to your gaming experience because you never want to leave a friend behind). Playing through in Co-op ends up with everyone one shouting down the microphone at each other asking for help or celebrating their kills.

          I would certainly reccomend this game and if you enjoy this one you will be happy to know that there is a sequel being released shortly.

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          11.09.2009 22:32

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          Buy This Game

          What a great game Left for dead is brought this about a month ago and have not put it down since.One of the best zombie games to be released on the 360 to this date. Graphics are super game play is great as it changes everytime you play just dont get bored of it.
          The main entertaining thing about this game is playing on live with all your mates just cant get enough of it. Spent most my time trying to get all the achievements for it including the shooting of the witch in one shot which i managed to do after many attempts.
          Really cant wait for the next installment to this great game you can see the demo video on the live market place to watch for free if your a fan you should take a look as it looks great. Overall i would suggest getting this game if your looking for a good game to play online.

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          05.09.2009 13:48
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          If you into co op and multiplayer games then you will love this

          Ever seen a game which sacrifices everything to make more room for gameplay. Well then look no further Left 4 Dead is the prefect candidate. The game is set in some zombie infected city with them running and killing all over the place. You are one of the 4 survivors and have to bascially reach from point A to point B for extraction without dying. The story is basically non existant and all the survivors behave almost the same.

          Its the gameplay here which totally shines with you covering each others back as you fight your way trough the building and streets of the infected city. On you own you wouldnt stand a chance as they outnumber you 100 to 1 but as a team of 4 it does get exciting. There is some diversity in terms of enemies apart from the basic zombie who are move powerful or have special abilities but dispatching them is one and the same, bullets to any part of the body.

          There is a a small variety of weapons but very basic as well as medpacs to heal if required. Save games exist rom one safehouse to another before you reach you extraction point. There is some ok graphics and music but nothing top notch. This game is fantastic to play with human teammates in multiplayer. Fighting together with friends and taking ut zombies is truly a remarkable experience. Valve definetely took a risk wit this game but it paid off quite well

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          31.08.2009 13:24

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          Set in post zombie outbreak, America, four immune survivors must make there way to supposed safe points by crossing infested streets, cornfields and runways.

          Play as Louis, Zoey, Francis or Zoey , four completely different people forced together to survive their trip through 'infected' America.

          The game features a co-op experience that is like no-other, if you don't work as a team, you will die, if you don't communicate, you will die.

          Features:
          Heavy co-op oriented gameplay
          Single player campaign
          Versus mode- Where you play against or as the infected, trying to make it through the level, while the Infected try to stop you

          This game is a genuine breath of fresh air to any co-op junkie on the Xbox, one of the best if not the best co-op experiences out there, me and my 2 other friends are still playing it today,though not as often as before of course.

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          28.08.2009 12:00
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          A must buy!

          Uh oh, here we go again another Zombie game! Well yes it is, but it's not just another zombie game, it's The Zombie game! For zombie lovers out there this game has those modern zombies, the ones that sprint like Usain Bolt, not the drunken man stumbling home rather confused zombies seen in games like Resident Evil. Personally I prefer this as it makes for a much more intense game. So how does it work?

          There are 4 Campaign modes, each with the same basic concept - Survive! You have to battle across different landscapes (City, Forrest etc) to get to a rescue ride away from those nasty zombies. You must battle your way, with various "safe rooms", which are somewhat random metal sealed rooms dotted about the place, but basically these are the checkpoints. These campaign modes aren't that long so if you play them on the easiest difficulty they'll be over before you know it. But on the hardest difficulty I'm yet to complete one of the Campaigns.

          There's then an online versus option. In this option 4 budding players start out as the survivors and attempt to play through the campaign, whilst 4 other players play as the "special zombies" and, you guessed it, try and stop them. It's the same basic campaign structure with the exception that the special zombies, well depending on who is controlling them, are a lot more cunning. There are 3 basic special zombies in the game:

          *The Hunter - these are zombies who are masterful at the long jump. They leap at you from 50 yards or so in the attempt to pin you down and sitting down to a tasty meal of...you.
          *The Smoker - these zombies are based on Gene Simmons; they fire their huge tongue at you, and try and drag you in to start attacking you. It's a little weird but fun none the less.
          *The Boomer - this is my favourite special, it's a huge fat zombie that attempts to be sick on to the survivors. If the sick lands on a survivor it then attracts a huge wave of normal zombies.

          These are the main "specials" you'll see, and there are also two more:
          *The witch - this is a lonesome zombie who likes to sit on her own in the darkness. The survivors must try and avoid disturbing her; if you do she gets pretty moody and you'll regret it.
          *The Tank - This zombie resembles a weightlifter on steroids, and is also playable online at various points. This is the hardest zombie to kill; it has the most health and does the most damage.

          There's also one more mode that is free to download; Survival Mode. This is based on the highly successful Horde mode on Gears of War 2, with a slight difference. You and up to 4 other players must try survive waves of attacking zombies against the clock. It's a great addition to the game as it's got better replay value than the other modes.

          To conclude I've got to say this was a really fun game. Ok the story isn't that in depth, but what it lacks it makes up for in game play. And with the announcement of a new campaign mode, as well more character dialogue and same minor tweaks, for free yet again it gets better and better.

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          28.08.2009 10:53

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          Great game

          Left 4 Dead is a hilarious zombie apocalypse game.

          The story line for left 4 dead is truly brilliant, you are one of four survivers who defile the undead while attempting to reach the safehouse at the end. You may think that the zombies on this game will be the same as many different zombie films present them, but these zombies are a lot more vicious, they run at about 20 mph to you and if this isn't enough there are the "special" undead that can cause much destruction to your strategic view.

          The gameplay for left 4 dead is brilliant, every mission consists of 4 chapters, the only downside is there are only 4 missions! You begin the 1st chapter with a pump action shotgun, then as you progress through the story line you get assault rifles etc.

          I recommend this game to anyone who likes a fps and ZOMBIES!

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          28.08.2009 04:27

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          the best zombie related game on any console.

          Well, i was looking forward to this game since i heared of its inception way back when. Needless to say it was everything i could have hoped for. If, like me, you have a soft spot in your heart for anything zombie related then you are in for a treat. sporting hundreds of different zombie skins and infinite replayability, Left 4 dead features some of the best zombie related action around. It features the director, which controls the flow of the action and most importantly, makes every game different from the last. The biggest draw here is the multiplayer, in which up to four people can play together online through any of the games four campaigns. Each of these campaigns can be played at anytime and are about an hours length, culminating in a massive stand off... but like i said, everytime you play through it is different. Along with the option to play with 3 of your friends, you can also play with upto 7 other players in a versus match, in which 4 play the human characters, and 4 play the boss infected (special infected who each have individual powers), this proves to be great fun and stops the gameplay becoming stale as you learn to master each boss infecteds skills and weaknesses.
          Boasting near unlimited replay value and some of the best zombie action around, theres no wonder this game has been such a hit over Xbox live.
          GET IT NOW!!!!

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        Left 4 Dead (L4D) is a new action title from Valve, creators of the Counter-Strike and Half-Life games, that promises to redefine the co-operative genre as those titles did for multiplayer and single player action games.