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Review: Left 4 Dead 2 - PC, Xbox 360

by Steven Williamson on 27 November 2009, 10:43

Tags: Left 4 Dead, Electronic Arts (NASDAQ:EA), PC, Action/Adventure

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Killing zomibes has never been so much fun

Version reviewed - PC

What is Left 4 Dead 2
Left 4 Dead 2 is the sequel to Valve’s first person survival horror game of 2008 that expands on the original by offering new campaigns, more weapons, items and boss zombies, plus a brand new game mode.

WIth four campaign levels, consisting of 5 chapters in each, gameplay focuses on the four survivors of an apocalyptic pandemic as they frantically try to escape from the grasp of the infected hordes. Designed specifically for co-op gameplay, the main bulk of the action in campaign mode sees you vying to reach extraction points, using safehouses along the way to recover, while dispatching any rabid zombies that cross your path with a variety of weapons, from frying pans to chainsaws.

Though you can play Left 4 Dead 2 as a solo experience, it's meant to be played as a co-operatively with three other human players fighting tooth and nail against dozens of zombiies as you all try to reach your final desination in one piece.Therefore, gameplay is predominantly about working together to fend off the attacks, healing each other when necessary, watching each others backs and coming together as one force to fend off the fierce zombie onslaught that concludes each of the levels.

Gameplay is affected by the "Director" that monitors performance and alters the challenge by increasing or decreasing the amount of zombies in each level, or by adding or taking away weapons that are dotted around to make things more difficult or easier depending on the skill level of you and your team.

Outside of the campaign mode are a number of multiplayer mode, including from the last game a versus and survival modes, but there's also a new addition called Scavenge, where you're challenged to compete, clock ticking away, against each other, gathering cans of gasoline to fill up a generator while zombies attack you from all angles. Like the last game there's a stats, ranking, and awards system.

If you've played the first game, you'll know exactly what to expect from the sequel. Left 4 Dead 2 rarely lets you pause for breath as you frantically battle against some of the most viscious and frightening zombies that have ever darkened the world of videogames.

Gameplay Impressions overleaf...