Left 4 Dead

a game by Valve
Platform: PC
Genre: Action
Editor Rating: 8/10, based on 1 review
User Rating: 10.0/10 - 2 votes
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Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead

Getting to talk about the original Left 4 Dead is always something I appreciate. Made by the folks at Valve this game was nothing short of mind blowing when it was first released back in 2008. In a just and right world, we would be on Left 4 Dead 5 by now!

The Horde

The premise of Left 4 Dead is that the country has been overrun by zombies and you are one of four different survivors that need to do all they can to survive. There is not exactly what you would call a story mode, but there is a story running through the game and there is chatter between the characters that helps flesh them out.

The Fab Four

Left 4 Dead has four different playable characters for you. Bill who is a Vietnam vet, Zoey who is a university student, Francis who is a biker and Louis an average joe who works as an accountant. It is a very diverse and strange cast of characters that are thrust together and have to work together in order to survive. There is not any actual difference between the characters, but you get to hear your character talk as you play and this helps with the story.

Hey It’s the Movies

The way that Left 4 Dead handles its maps is really cool. There are a total of 20 maps that are spread across four different stories. No Mercy is set in the town of Fairfield and they must navigate the streets and a hospital amongst other things. Death Toll will see you on the highway, a church, and a riverboat. Dead Air, from a greenhouse to an airport this movie is nuts! Blood Harvest is set in a forest and is my favorite of the four movies that the game has you playing through. Each movie has its own sections and Valve did release some more as DLC

How To Survive

You have to work as a team in Left 4 Dead. The game features some very dynamic AI known as the Direction. This will change things up on the fly and tailor the game to your skill level. It really is quite clever and it also ensures that you never know what the game is going to throw at you. You cannot just run off on your own, this is a disaster as you will be overrun by the dead. You need to work together and try to come up with a plan. Now, most of the time that plan will go to hell and you will all make a break for it in a desperate attempt for survival. The undead in Left 4 Dead are awesome. There are hordes and hordes of zombies for you to kill. But there are also much more stronger ones. These are The Boomer, The Hunter, The Smoker, The Tank, and The Witch. These have their own special abilities and are much, much harder to kill. For me, The Witch is the best. She is creepy and she puts up one hell of a fight.

Fight Your Friends

There is a player vs player multiplayer aspect to Left 4 Dead as well. In this mode, you can play as the zombies and that is pretty cool. the other players need to try and survive and you need to try and hunt them down! This is a fun addition, but it is not as good as playing through the regular game.

Left 4 Dead may have been surpassed by its sequel, but this is still a very fun game. You can actually get this first Left 4 Dead for dirt cheap and I do think it is worth a play through. If you are new to the series I would certainly recommend you play this one before the second and if you have played the second already…. Well, there is still a lot of fun to be had here.

8/10

Pros:

  • The characters are really interesting
  • The zombie boss characters are awesome
  • Director AI is very cool
  • Encourages teamwork
  • Each level is like a movie

Cons:

  • It is surpassed by its sequel
  • Can sometimes feel unfairly hard

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