Left 4 Dead 2 review
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Left 4 Dead 2 is a legendary game familiar to most gamers. The plot is about the aftermath of the Infection. Everything starts in Savannah, Georgia, after the last helicopter takes off, leaving 4 Survivors to themselves. Nick, Ellis, Rochelle, and Coach find out that another evacuation center still exists, so they start their creepy fight for survival.
Left 4 Dead is a cooperative multiplayer. You and your team will shoot, tear and slash through thousands of evil zombies. The players dependent on each other, and that makes the game even more challenging. The special boss zombies spawning differently every time will haunt and try to infect you. Fight against them and try to stay alive at any cost.
Valve Corporation released Left 4 Dead 2 on November 17, 2009. The graphic were good in the first part of the game. They are even better in the second. Of course, the visuals won’t impress anyone for now, but it’s still exciting to play this game. Plus, you can use the graphics enhancement mods and make it look better than it already is.
Left 4 Dead 2 is incredibly gory. It’s full of zombies, torn off limbs, heads, little pieces of brain and skull flying in every direction. You'll be slaughtering the infected in the dark, in the daylight, in each and every place.
Visuals are detailed, and it becomes evident that they are created with love and care. The character design is brilliant, and the zombies are terrifying both before and after you take a weapon to them. Weapons look and sound excellent. There will be a couple of surprises even for the fans of the good old Left 4 Dead 2 predecessor.
Left 4 Dead 2 is a sensational first-person shooter with an emphasis on cooperation with your teammates. You’ll pull together against the AI opponents — zombies. Such a gameplay differentiates L4D from other multiplayer games because you’ll be able to help your friends when in trouble by passing weapons, healing when needed, and performing the cooperative maneuvers. You can play with AI on your team but Left 4 Dead 2 is best enjoyed with friends.
There are 5 new campaigns each including up to 5 levels in Left 4 Dead 2. Most levels require you and your team to get to the safe place and close the door once all of the survivors are inside. The final levels provide you with other exciting missions like calling for rescue, surviving a prolonged onslaught, or reaching an escape vehicle.
The new Scavenge Mode and Realism Mode are fantastic. Scavenge is a 4-on-4 mode. Realism mode removes some assists and makes progressing through the game even more complicated than the expert level.
Left 4 Dead 2 offers you more weapons than the first part of the game. Each person in your team can use 1 of each 5 categories of equipment. The primary weapons are divided into 2 classes of tiers based on their availability and attributes. Tier 1 weapons are limited and available to each new player at the beginning of any campaign. Tier 2 weapons are more effective, and you’ll only get them when you partly complete a Chapter.
The Special Tier weapons are Grenade Launcher and M60. You’ll also find other items like grenades, fixed weapons, upgrades, or melee weapons like axes, chainsaws, crowbars, katanas, and even frying pans. Use them to keep the zombie blood flowing.
You’ll see your teammates’ health and status to be aware of their condition. Another Survivor’s silhouette will be highlighted if there is an obstacle between you. However, you should still be careful because your teammates are susceptible to friendly fire.
When you take damage, you start moving more slowly. After your health equals zero, you become incapacitated until saved by another teammate. In case you die and can’t be revived by a defibrillator, you can’t play until the next level. Your team loses if each of you dies or becomes incapacitated.
There’s nothing new about the controls in Left 4 Dead 2. Just take your mouse and keyboard or a joystick to play the game. Use the WASD or arrow keys to move your character, shift to walk, space to jump, and so on. The controls are accustomed and easy. To check them all of them out, take a look in the game’s menu.
Replay Value 4,5/5
Playing Left 4 Dead 2 is an entertaining cooperative experience with an astonishing amount of replay value. You'll spend hours discovering various game modes enjoying the game’s atmosphere, and still understand that you have more to find out and do.
The achievements and new missions keep the game fulfilling all the time, and the new modes are what holds your attention and lengthen the replay value. It’s entertaining to kill loads of zombies with both your buddies and random people.
After buying Left 4 Dead 2, you won’t have to spend money anymore. Everything is for free, and you just have to play and enjoy. The in-game purchases won’t distract you from the game.
The only reason not to buy this game could be your unwillingness to play online, being social, and having some gaming friends. If it’s not about you, then Left 4 Dead 2 is what you need. This sequel is harder and even more challenging, and with a team of friends, the game truly shines. You’ll enjoy the new campaigns, setting, personages, dialogues, and the special infected.
But the game is not only about the new items, weapons, grenades, innovations, and other tweaks. Left 4 Dead 2 is a great success because it’s not an ordinary shooter, but an imaginative expansion of the genre. It tells the own story and fully immerses you into the gameplay.
Though there’s only a year between Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, the developers managed to improve the game. The gameplay of this zombie apocalypse didn’t change a lot, but it offers loads of new content and intense action to make it strongly recommended.
Pros : Better combat system;
Lots of downloadable content;
Fantastic gory atmosphere;
More modes, campaigns, weapons, and zombies;
Exciting alternate play modes.
Cons : It’s a paid game;
It feels familiar to the Left 4 Dead fans.
Replay Value 4.5