Left 4 Dead 2
I am super pumped today as I get to talk about one of my all-time favorite games, Left 4 Dead 2. The first game was a huge hit so Valve got straight to work to make this sequel happen. It is not a brand-new game, but it expands upon the original Left 4 Dead in pretty much every way you could imagine.
Meet the Squad
Like the first game, Left 4 Dead 2 features four playable characters. These characters are thrust together due to the zombie apocalypse that is happening. The characters this time around are Coach who is a high school football coach. Rochelle who is a TV production assistant. Nick who is a shady gambler and Ellis who is a mechanic. Like the first game the characters all talk to each other and this is something that I really do like. It gives you more back story on the characters and also fills you in on what exactly is going on.
What Is the Story?
There is a campaign in Left 4 Dead 2, but the game is not super story drive, but thanks to the chatter between the characters you do actually care about what is going on. The game is split into four different scenarios like before and there are also two extra DLC ones that you can play through. The first one is Dead Center and it has you guys stranded at a place that is supposed to be safe. The second one is my favorite, the Dark Carnival which as the name suggests is a theme park. Then we have Swamp Fever which is like you are in the bayou and the final one is called, The Parish which is set in an overrun city. There is some great variety to the different stages and each one is as you would expect made up of multiple levels that you need to survive through.
Meet the Undead
One of the things that I loved about the first Left 4 Dead was the zombies. Once again you have a ton of standard zombies to kill and the “boss” zombies also return from the first game. Left 4 Dead 2 though is kicking things up a notch by adding in some new special boss-type zombies for you to worry about. There is The Spitter, The Charger and the worst of the bunch, The Jockey! The Jockey is a nightmare to deal with as he jumps on your back and forces you into dangerous areas. Like in the first game these boss style zombies take teamwork to dispose of quickly and as safely as possible.
The Director Is Back
Left 4 Dead 2 brings back the director AI. This is improved over the first game. As well as changing the number of zombies that you encounter each time you play a stage. Director 2.0 also changes the level layout slightly by putting walls where you could once go and changing the weather and lighting. It makes each time you play it rather unique and fun and I often wonder how they would have expanded this had they made a third game.
Lots to Do, See And Kill!
The campaign is the main game mode. You can play on your own with bots, but you have to play this with other people to really see just how good and clever this game is. You have to work as a team there are no two ways about it. You cannot run off on your own in this game, your team needs you and more than likely you will end up dead. Versus mode is a multiplayer mode where one team gets to play as humans and the other gets to play as the special zombies in order to stop the people from getting through a stage. Survival is what it sounds like, you play on a map from the game and just see how long you can survive. Scavenge is a really neat mode that sees teams of 4 compete for fuel cans that are around the level. The idea being you need to power up your generator. What makes this tough is that as well as the other team, zombies are all over the place too!
I really do think that Left 4 Dead 2 is one of the best multiplayer shooters of all time. This game is an absolute classic and there is no reason at all why it should not be in your collection. It is so much fun and you will be amazed at how quickly the hours go by when you are playing this.
- One of the best multiplayer shooters of all time
- New special zombies are gross and awesome
- The story is great
- New characters are very interesting
- Makes you have to work as a team to succeed
- Where is Left 4 Dead 3?
- I really cannot think of another one!
Processor: PC compatible, P-100
OS: Windows 9x, Windows 2000 Windows XP, Vista, Win 7, Win 8, Win 10.
Game Features:Single game mode
Left 4 Dead 2 Screenshots
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