Left 4 Dead 2 Review

Left 4 Dead 2 Review

Only about one year after the original release of Valve’s Left 4 Dead zombie shooter, they are back again for round 2. With the very quick turnaround time from Left 4 Dead and its sequel, you may assume that Left 4 Dead 2 would be an incomplete version of the first. However it is actually the opposite, the original Left 4 Dead was not fully thought out. Shortly after the release Valve must have gotten some feedback from gamers about what they would like to see, because Left 4 Dead 2 is a more complete version of the original.

There is 5 full campaigns in Left 4 Dead 2, the campaigns are more creative and more interesting than the original. The original Left 4 Dead, was basically a kill as many zombies and run thru the missions as fast as you can, without of much of a storyline, every mission was the same, get to an extraction point and get out. Left 4 Dead 2 builds on the original plot a little bit more, it still has all the excitement of killing Zombies and even more blood and gore as the original.

Left 4 Dead 2 has a few more special characters/Zombies that can kill you in different creative ways. There are still all the original “special” Zombies such as, Hunter, Smoker, tank, Witch, Boomer, then there are a hand full of new characters; Charger – A very large vast moving creature with a long arm that charges you and will smash you into the ground if he gets a hold of you, Spitter – This tall Zombie will  spit an acid like goo on the ground in an area as you pass her, The Jockey – This is a little Zombie that will actually jump on your back and ride you like a “Jockey” would to a horse and he controls where he wants to take you, many times leads you to a dark corner away from the rest of the group. With the return of the old characters and the addition of the new you can see why this adds a new little twist to the game.

One of the largest difference between the original and Left 4 Dead 2 is the difficulty and the game play. It is a more tactical game that it was before, it isn’t exactly the simple zombie shooter that Left 4 Dead is. In Left 4 Dead 2 you must stick together as a team or you will die fairly easily, you can no longer charge ahead and expect to hold of swarms by yourself.

This puts a much more realistic touch to the game, you feel like you have to be more cautious about your moves, and you have to plan as you go alone, if you get caught on your own you will die, or at least take a huge beating. With these changes it makes Left 4 Dead 2 a multiplayer oriented game. You can still complete the campaign mode on your own, but it is far less exciting and interesting to do it alone.

Multiplayer mode/Online mode has stayed very similar, but with a few changes. They made the addition to the Zombie characters so that adds an entirely different strategy to the versus mode. You can control a Jockey and wait for someone to get a little separated from their team them mount up, and ride them around like a little pony to your awaiting Zombie friends, or set a trap for when the whole group comes and use a Spitter to engulf the whole team in the green slime.

The multiplayer maps are more complete than the original release of Left 4 Dead, if you remember you did not get complete maps with the first release of Left 4 Dead, you had to wait a few months for Valve to finish them and offer them in an expansion pack.

In conclusion Left 4 Dead is an all around great game, if you like shooting up Zombies, working strategically with a team, and playing online with your friends this is the right game for you. They made a lot of great improvements with this game. It had a lot of people worried because of the speed of the release, but Valve did not leave out many things with this game.

Only about one year after the original release of Valve’s Left 4 Dead zombie shooter, they are back again for round 2. With the very quick turnaround time from Left 4 Dead and its sequel, you may assume that Left 4 Dead 2 would be an incomplete version of the first. However it is actually the opposite, the original Left 4 Dead was not fully thought out. Shortly after the release Valve must have gotten some feedback from gamers about what they would like to see, because Left 4 Dead 2 is a more complete version of the original.

There is 5 full campaigns in Left 4 Dead 2, the campaigns are more creative and more interesting than the original. The original Left 4 Dead, was basically a kill as many zombies and run thru the missions as fast as you can, without of much of a storyline, every mission was the same, get to an extraction point and get out. Left 4 Dead 2 builds on the original plot a little bit more, it still has all the excitement of killing Zombies and even more blood and gore as the original.

Left 4 Dead 2 has a few more special characters/Zombies that can kill you in different creative ways. There are still all the original “special” Zombies such as, Hunter, Smoker, tank, Witch, Boomer, then there are a hand full of new characters; Charger – A very large vast moving creature with a long arm that charges you and will smash you into the ground if he gets a hold of you, Spitter – This tall Zombie will  spit an acid like goo on the ground in an area as you pass her, The Jockey – This is a little Zombie that will actually jump on your back and ride you like a “Jockey” would to a horse and he controls where he wants to take you, many times leads you to a dark corner away from the rest of the group. With the return of the old characters and the addition of the new you can see why this adds a new little twist to the game.

One of the largest difference between the original and Left 4 Dead 2 is the difficulty and the game play. It is a more tactical game that it was before, it isn’t exactly the simple zombie shooter that Left 4 Dead is. In Left 4 Dead 2 you must stick together as a team or you will die fairly easily, you can no longer charge ahead and expect to hold of swarms by yourself.

This puts a much more realistic touch to the game, you feel like you have to be more cautious about your moves, and you have to plan as you go alone, if you get caught on your own you will die, or at least take a huge beating. With these changes it makes Left 4 Dead 2 a multiplayer oriented game. You can still complete the campaign mode on your own, but it is far less exciting and interesting to do it alone.

Multiplayer mode/Online mode has stayed very similar, but with a few changes. They made the addition to the Zombie characters so that adds an entirely different strategy to the versus mode. You can control a Jockey and wait for someone to get a little separated from their team them mount up, and ride them around like a little pony to your awaiting Zombie friends, or set a trap for when the whole group comes and use a Spitter to engulf the whole team in the green slime.

The multiplayer maps are more complete than the original release of Left 4 Dead, if you remember you did not get complete maps with the first release of Left 4 Dead, you had to wait a few months for Valve to finish them and offer them in an expansion pack.

In conclusion Left 4 Dead is an all around great game, if you like shooting up Zombies, working strategically with a team, and playing online with your friends this is the right game for you. They made a lot of great improvements with this game. It had a lot of people worried because of the speed of the release, but Valve did not leave out many things with this game.

Overall – 4.5

– Graphics – 4.5 – great graphics, just a little choppy at some points with the system play. It slows down a bit with a large group of Zombies attack.
– Playability – 5.0 – Great button layout, and easy to get use to, anyone that plays Shooter games will take grasp of the controls right away.
– Difficulty – 5.0 – This is a very challenging game, but can get even more difficult with 3 difficulty settings
– Game Life – 4.0 – Great all around game, but because it was release so close to the original, it can get repetitive running around killing zombies again and again… and again…
– Story Line – 4.0 – Much better story line than the first game, but still could have some work done on it, however how much of a storyline can you get for a Zombie shooter game???

– Graphics – 4.5 – great graphics, just a little choppy at some points with the system play. It slows down a bit with a large group of Zombies attack.
– Playability – 5.0 – Great button layout, and easy to get use to, anyone that plays Shooter games will take grasp of the controls right away.
– Difficulty – 5.0 – This is a very challenging game, but can get even more difficult with 3 difficulty settings
– Game Life – 4.0 – Great all around game, but because it was release so close to the original, it can get repetitive running around killing zombies again and again… and again…
– Story Line – 4.0 – Much better story line than the first game, but still could have some work done on it, however how much of a storyline can you get for a Zombie shooter game???