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Metacritic: 89/100
Release: Nov 2008
Reviewed on: PC

Left 4 Dead

Site Score
8.5
Good: Great co-op gameplay – Always a new experience – Versus mode
Bad: Best experience needs 3 friends to also purchase the game
User Score
7.5
(8 votes)
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Left 4 Dead (L4D) is a zombie survival experience that focuses on co-operative gameplay. The game promises that each time you play with your friends you’ll be greeted with a unique experience thanks to the AI director.

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L4D takes place across a number of maps that follow the struggles of 4 survivors and their attempts to escape the zombie pandemic. Each of the survivors has their own voice models and personality which makes it very easy to get attached to them as you play.

Gameplay is a first person affair and requires that each of the four character slots be filled, with bots filling in if there aren’t enough players. The games focus is definitely around the teamwork elements with players covering each other’s backs and ensuring they stay healed up for the fight ahead. Players can also revive downed enemies or save them from special sequences.

The game is split between a number of campaign chapters and stages with the ultimate goal to reach the end of each level without losing all the survivors. These maps cover a range of areas from city to urban environments to keep each experience fresh. With the random game elements, hordes of zombies, powerful unique zombies and friendly fire in the game this is anything but a walk in the park.

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Weapons available to the player are kept fairly simple but each have their own use. This includes the pistol (with unlimited ammo), the shotgun, submachine gun and a scoped rifle for those that prefer to scope from the backlines of their group. Melee attacks also form an important role as does the explosive grenade like weapons.

Outside of the campaign players can try their hands at the versus mode which puts four other players in the role of the infected as you compete to see who has the better teamwork.

Summary:

  • A co-operative based zombie game.
  • Tackle several campaigns in different environments.
  • The AI director ensures no two games are ever the same.
  • Take control of the infected in the versus game mode.
  • Plenty of different weapons and strategies to use.

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Left 4 Dead, 7.5 out of 10 based on 8 ratings

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