Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2

Posted by DJ I.Z.
12/20/2009
Released on: November 17, 2009
Developed by: Valve
Published by: Valve

While there was some controversy about undelivered promises over the first Left 4 Dead, this is a very good game and quite enjoyable to play.  I mean, it's zombies for f*cks sake.


Score

8.4

Santa came a little early and delivered a copy of Left 4 Dead 2.  Alright, so it was SadExchange (sorry to ruin that it wasn't really Santa) but that was great because we spent quite a bit of time going through it.  Managed to get through the whole thing as a matter of fact, and it was quite a rush.

The mechanics are the same as in the first Left 4 Dead.  There are some new items that were introduced as far as health, weapons and projectiles (specifically, Boomer Bile which can attract hordes to other creatures like the Tank).  You also have some new special zombies added, including the spitter which gets acid all over the place and (my favorite) the jockey which rides you around.  SadExchange led the way, so unfortunately he took the brunt of the damage from a lot of Jockey attacks (not to mention a significant amount of friendly fire from yours truly), but nothing too serious.

The storyline is really nothing spectacular, pretty basic plot for surviving, but there's some good chatter from the various characters that add some humor and keep things going.  I will admit we didn't touch on the multiplayer outside of the campaign, so this review is really focused on that aspect of the game.  Replayability from the main campaign seems like it's not expected to be the main seller - you can get through the game in a few hours, but there's nothing wrong about picking the game up to run through and wipe out some zombies.  I do like that you can pick up on any part of the game and go from there, and I can guarantee I'm going to hit up the Dark Carnival round some more.

I do wish Valve would have kept earlier promises about giving more content for the first Left 4 Dead, and instead coming out w/ this game, but all-in-all it's a fun zombie slayer.

Gameplay9.00
Graphics8.00
Sound9.00
Story/Plot8.00
Replay Value7.00
Stability9.00
Multiplayer9.00
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