Every year since Doom was first released there has been a FPS Survival game made. Some of the famous recent releases are Quake IV, Doom3, and Dead Space. What do they all have in common? They are single player. Then out came valve with this novel concept of making the survival genre to include multiplayer games where it is you and your friends versus the computer and even cooler, you and the computer versus your friends and the computer. The game was a hit and everyone was playing it before long, especially on the Xbox 360. The logical thing to do once you have made a great game – turn it into a sequel.That is exactly what valve did and they decided on a simple name, “Left 4 Dead 2”.
I want to get this one out of the way at the beginning. The graphics are kind of bad considering the year it was released. This is due to the large number of random zombies that have to be spawned in Left 4 Dead 2, were the graphics better than there would be significant lag
If you have ever played the original Left 4 Dead then you will be happy to know that while the graphics are far from Doom 3, they are a nice improvement over the first game. There are still spots where the player and the ground appear “apart” and the player is moon walking. Overall, the graphics rarely ever distract from the gameplay.
This is a game that was never meant to be played while others are trying to eat. From vomiting noises to the sound of flesh being torn off of a body, Left 4 Dead 2 offers one of the most grotesque and horrifying sound effects to ever be offered in a survival game.
The main selling point of this series, the gameplay is the only one of its kind. This is the first time a company has ever offered you the chance to team up with your bodies and just try to survive (a new mode in Left 4 Dead 2 also). By allowing you to work more as a team rather than a one versus an army setup, it allows Left 4 Dead 2 to be much more fun to replay. Depending on who you play with it can feel like a different game every time.
The other great part to Left 4 Dead 2 is the online play. You and a “guest” can get online and play as a two man team to face other humans. You will play one round like normal trying to defend yourself against the zombies (some of which are humans) and then you replay the level as the zombies themselves. You and your friend will be various “special zombies” with unique abilities designed to kill the humans. Up to 8 players will compete in 4v4 gameplay with the computer replacing any empty slots.
This competition of both surviving longer and doing more damage will lead to hours of playing amongst your friends. Left 4 Dead 2 will show you who did the most damage and who lasted longer allowing you to compete about more than just what the game scores.
A great sequel to one of the best games ever made. It only adds things and doesn’t take anything away. It has everything from new monsters to new weapons. Left 4 Dead 2 adds new modes and many other reasons to think of it as its own game rather than a cool expansion pack. It is available for both the PC and the Xbox 360 and a must buy.