Left 4 Dead 2

Last Updated on by Samuel Franklin

Good
  • Stays true to the original – New infected and game mode
Bad
  • Might not be enough new content to justify a purchase
8

Left 4 Dead 2 continues the co-operative zombie adventure with all new characters, locations, enemies and weapons to change up the popular gameplay introduced in the original Left 4 Dead. The popular AI director also makes a return with plenty of tweaks to ensure players are always challenged.

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Just like the original game plot elements are kept minimal with players following four survivors of an infectious disease that has turned the population into zombie like creatures. The story is portrayed through a series of campaigns that players can play through freely. The game does not use the same survivors as they first game, choosing to introduce four completely new personalities.

These campaigns are broken down into several sections with several safe houses for players to jump between. Each campaign ends with a difficult final stage that throws large numbers of infected at the survivors while they wait for rescue or attempt to achieve another goal.

Left 4 Dead 2 gameplay features many of the same game mechanics of the original that help to promote co-operative gameplay with players often succumbing to the infected if they attempt to go off by themselves. This is even more dangerous this time around thanks to the introduction of three new special infected enemies.

Left 4 Dead 2 uses many of the same game mechanics of the previous game so players of the original will easily jump right back into the gameplay flow. The most notable changes in the sequel are in the weapons department with an improved number of melee weapons available along with the introduction of a new weapon tier. This final weapon tier offers players the devastating M60 and grenade launcher which rarely appear in the world and have limited ammunition that cannot be refilled.

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A new game mode called Scavenge also changes up the gameplay of the original with players running around to collect fuel cans to power a generator while a team of infected players try to stop them.

As a co-operative experience Left 4 Dead 2 really isn’t matched by any other game and is worth looking at for both fans and newcomers to the series.

Summary:

  • Continues the Left 4 Dead experience with 4 new characters.
  • New campaign maps and a new Scavenge game mode.
  • Fight off 3 new special infected.
  • New weapons and a large number of melee weapons to use.
  • For PC, Mac and Xbox 360.

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Review Platform: PC

This review was first published on December 20, 2013. It may have been updated since to reflect new information, platform releases, links and videos as at the updated date at the top of this page. Review scores are not changed as part of this update process, to learn more read our update policy.


Written by
Samuel Franklin
Samuel Franklin is the founder and lead editor of the Games Finder team. He has worked in the gaming industry since 2008 publishing content on the likes of YouTube, GameSkinny, Hubpages and other media outlets as a guest author. He has over 3 million views on his YouTube channel, SeelyonGaming.

Samuel actively enjoys video games across all genres and platforms, watching the trends of the gaming industry and following the independent development scene in particular. Games Finder is also a Steam Curator and featured in the aggregate review data of MobyGames and Neoseeker.

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