Left 4 Dead
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From Valve (the creators of Counter-Strike, Half-Life and more) comes Left 4 Dead, a co-op action horror game for the PC and Xbox 360 that casts up to four players in an epic struggle for survival against swarming zombie hordes and terrifying mutant monsters.
Set in the immediate aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, L4D's survival co-op mode lets you blast a path through the infected in four unique “movies,” guiding your survivors across the rooftops of an abandoned metropolis, through rural ghost towns and pitch-black forests in your quest to escape a devastated Ground Zero crawling with infected enemies. Each "movie" is comprised of five large maps, and can be played by one to four human players, with an emphasis on team-based strategy and objectives.
New technology dubbed "the AI Director" is used to generate a unique gameplay experience every time you play. The Director tailors the frequency and ferocity of the zombie attacks to your performance, putting you in the middle of a fast-paced, but not overwhelming, Hollywood horror movie.
Addictive single player, co-op, and multiplayer action gameplay from the makers of Counter-Strike and Half-Life
Versus Mode lets you compete four-on-four with friends, playing as a human trying to get rescued, or as a zombie boss monster that will stop at nothing to destroy them.
See how long you and your friends can hold out against the infected horde in the new Survival Mode
An advanced AI director dynamically creates intense and unique experiences every time the game is played
20 maps, 10 weapons and unlimited possibilities in four sprawling "movies"
Matchmaking, stats, rankings, and awards system drive collaborative play
Designer's Commentary allows gamers to go "behind the scenes" of the game
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Still Good To An Extentemptyhaven | Dec. 23, 2014 | See all emptyhaven's reviews »
This game is pretty good. It was even better though when it first came out. It has some pretty tense moments, and coop makes it even better since the AI companions are pretty stupid most of the time, but they do make good decoys allowing you to escape a good amount of damage and danger.
What killed this game though was by how much more amazing the sequel was. Not only was gameplay better, but it included more special zombie types and tenser moments throughout the larger and more numerous maps. Playing Versus was an intense blast as well (as long as you have 7 other people to play with) as your team begins coordinating zombie attacks with the various different kinds of zombies you are. I was once in a match where the opposing zombie team wiped us survivors out in less than 5 minutes in a well-timed and awesome display of expertly used special zombie attacks (using the acid to scatter us, dragging a person away with the Smoker, separating another one with the Charger's charge attack, and mobbing the last with zombies through the Boomer's bile).
This game may be dated in some ways, but it is still an enjoyable game. If you want a challenge, play this game on the highest difficulty or something.
Survive, THE MANLY WAYdrakso | Dec. 22, 2014 | See all drakso's reviews »
Well, when you hear survive you usually imagine managing resources food cover and all sort of things like that. Well Left4Dead is nothing like that. You and your team mates must save your selves by SHOOTING EVERYTHING IN YOUR WAY. The game feels very epic and it is very good at what it does - Shooting zombies. The graphics and sound assets are very good and the story is a casual zombie outbreak story, but that is not the strong point of this game. The strong point is the co-op element. The most fun you are going to have playing this games is with 3 more friends shooting and constantly shouting at each other about who to get the med pack and who startled the witch. I recommend this game to everyone because it is really fun when you play with friends no matter what kinda games are you into.
Best coop game I have experiencedDansyuqri | Nov. 9, 2014 | See all Dansyuqri's reviews »
Been playing this for a couple of years until L4D2 came out. It is awesome! During its time, this game was the talk of the day and I feel its cooperative and competitive gameplay is what attracted most people. It combined strategy and cooperative gameplay with gore - something not usually done. Valve did a great job here. Versus mode was what got me going on L4D, but the down side of it is that there are always rage quitters. A must buy! Just play for the fun of the story line and get more out of L4D2's versus mode
Zombie survival at its bestNucularS | Oct. 26, 2014 | See all NucularS's reviews »
Left 4 Dead is an insanely satisfying four-player zombie survival game of top-notch quality we have come to expect from Valve. Killing zombies has never been more cinematographic, and the mad dash toward the escape helicopter has never been more desperate. In many ways, the original even surpasses the sequel – the wailing cries of the witch is not something one soon forgets.
Fantastic game, even years laterRiVenoX | Oct. 12, 2014 | See all RiVenoX's reviews »
This game still holds up today, It offers just enough variety, even when playing through the same levels over and over. It's not rote memorization, though you do build a strategy to deal with whatever pops up. It's infinitely better with friends, especially if you're able to get a 4 player game going. The Vs. mode was an interesting take, and has given me endless joys and headaches due to perfectly executed runs, and complete foul-ups.