Left 4 Dead

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Description

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.


Key Features:

  • 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

  • Powered by Source and Steam

Customer reviews

77

The beggining

Seibitsu | July 21, 2014 | See all Seibitsu's reviews »

Have to admit that if you only want this game because of the campaign you can get it for free on L4D2. Still this game is unique, the variety of weapons aren't that much and you don't have melee weapons but it gives what it promises, fun. The online may not be full but it's good to play with friends.

90

A Memorable Zombie FPS Game.

luxcaeruleus | July 21, 2014 | See all luxcaeruleus's reviews »

A game that's fun to play over and over again. That's what Left 4 Dead is, a game that you will never get tired of playing. There are multiple reasons to love this game.

*Story: There's no real story to it. It's about 4 survivors trying to escape the zeds. Maps are linear. It's a story of adventure, where from point A, you need to go to point B. What I liked about it is that they have different posters while the game is loading, it's as if they're in a movie.

*Gameplay: Gameplay is good. It's your typical FPS game. You choose a weapon at the starting point and exchange it with weapons you find along the way. You have your Primary weapon, Secondary weapon, your grenades and your med kit. The amount of weapons to choose from isn't that much though and ammo isn't an issue. Your main melee attack is shoving off the zombies that comes close to you. Multiplayer is good too. teamwork is the key to success. You could finish the map with just by yourself, no AI, but it's really hard. There's also an option to play as a special infected against other players.

*Graphics: Graphics is disn't. Nothing grand. If you loved Half-Life 2's graphics, then I'm sure you'll like Left 4 Dead's graphics too.

*Sound: The sound of the game is great. You occasionally hear zombies growl and special infected's cries. And the background music is good whenever there's an event going on.

*Performance: The game has low required specs so most computers could play this with a decent fps.

*Zombies: Of course there are zombies. But that's not the highlight. What's different in Left 4 Dead are it's special infected namely, Hunter, Smoker, Boomer, Witch, Tank. Each of this special infected has different skills that could really screw you over if you don't take them seriously. Hunters are the dudes wearing hoods and prowling over the place. They are silent while crawling but release a high pitched screech whenever they pounce. If a hunter gets you, it'll hop above you (think of a UFC take down and you're down one that was taken down) and scratch you til you're in the red. The only way to stop them from clawing you to death is for your teammates to kill him. Smokers are your smoking dudes before they got infected. They cough occasionally because of the smoke they emit. Their special skill is have a long tongue. And I mean long. They can shoot it from afar, usually from building tops, and pull you in. Your teammates need to kill him to save you. Boomers are the fatty ones. They emit a blobbing sound to let you know that one is near. Their specialty is puking infected vomit at you, triggering a horde to target you and you alone. They also explode when killed so you better kill him from afar. Witches are bitches.They're the crying ladies of the game. They sit and cry in the dark, waiting for it's victim. Be cautious when you encounter one. If you look at her directly, you'll anger her, putting her in a frenzy where she'll attack the one that triggered her. She only needs one hit to put you to the ground, She's fast and resilient so it's sometimes better to avoid her rather than kill her. And lastly, the Tank. It's not called tank for nothing. It's the huge, masculine man thing that rampages around the place. Whenever there's a tank event, a background music would play. They have a huge amount of health and can throw you away with just one swing. They could grab rocks from the ground or nearby cars to throw to you. There's absolutely no way of avoiding this monstrosity and the best way to take it down is team work.

*PC Advantage: There's an advantage to the PC version from the Console Version which is, Mods. Left 4 Dead supports player created mods. It could be new textures, new maps, new enemies, new weapons, and even whole new campaigns. So after you've finished the main campaign, you could download a new one to freshen things up.

All in all, Left 4 Dead is a great game. It surely has marked it's place on the gaming industry. I would highly recommend it to anyone that's thinking of buying the game

81

A fantastic co op zombie action adventure

justice7ca | July 20, 2014 | See all justice7ca's reviews »

I had a lot of fun with this game, both with friends and randoms. One of the best features is the online multiplayer connectivity. Finding players and opponents is seamless and the game modes are a lot of fun. Even years later, this game still has a strong online community behind it and if you enjoy shooting zombies in games, don't miss this one.

90

Born of a legendary zombie game.

Furrek | June 30, 2014 | See all Furrek's reviews »

I have always loved zombies - in books, movies, games. My favorite, and only acceptable kind were slow zombies. Like, you are faster, you can run from them, but still they are dangerous. Left 4 Dead was my first time with "running" zombies. At first I couldn't get into this game - it was just strange. It's strange for zombies to running instead of walking. I think the moment I have played this game online I was in love. It's one of games where teamwork, with real players, is most important and most fun. When you are trying with others to make out from this hell alive. You can still play this game with computer players, but this is not fun at all. So about Left 4 Dead, it have amazing characters. I like them all. Maps, and campaings in whole, are great to play. There are not many of them, but have awesome replayability. You can play them all the time, on different difficult settings. And the hardest one is really hard, even for whole team of experienced players. Fun fact: this game was my reason for making account on steam. Get Left 4 Dead, play it, love it. There is also Left 4 Dead 2, but people are still playing this game. If i'm not mistaken, second game have everything from the first one, so you might check Left 4 Dead 2 before buying this one.

93

L4D2 has better gameplay, but 1 has better survivors

mugaro | June 15, 2014 | See all mugaro's reviews »

As far as an actual game goes, this is an amazing game. However, L4D2 is better in almost every way and it includes all of the L4D1 campaigns in it. There's honestly nothing unique here except if you play 1, there are different achievements, fewer weapons/infected and a different multiplayer base.

If you haven't played either game, pick up the pack and have a blast.