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  1. AndrewG.
    Nov 18, 2008
    10
    This game is absolutely perfect! The graphics on the source engine have been drastically improved from previous games, the faces and characters look almost identical to that of new engines like Cryengine 2! This game relies completely on teamwork, a concept many FPS games often lack. There is more strategy in the game than you think, particularly in Versus mode.
  2. IanGrahame
    Jan 8, 2009
    9
    I find it humorous that so many idiots were so very compelled to come here and give 'Left 4 Dead' a 0 to "contradict the other reviews." What kind empty, pathetic lives do you lead? Anyway, as I've sort of hinted, discount the "0's" in here. (Hey, even the one guy admitted "would have given this game a 6-7 out of 10" but he apparently had to "balance out all the other I find it humorous that so many idiots were so very compelled to come here and give 'Left 4 Dead' a 0 to "contradict the other reviews." What kind empty, pathetic lives do you lead? Anyway, as I've sort of hinted, discount the "0's" in here. (Hey, even the one guy admitted "would have given this game a 6-7 out of 10" but he apparently had to "balance out all the other guys." 'Left 4 Dead' is a masterful shooter. The gameplay is terrifically intense, yes, there are only four "movies" to play through, each one has tremendous replayability. It changes each and every time it is played. The music is just awesome. Incredibly ominous stuff, that. And though the the number of movies is certainly a flaw, it is absolutely NOT a reason to pass by 'Left 4 Dead'. This is the closest we're gonna get to an actual zombie apocalypse. Probably :) Expand
  3. DaanB
    May 27, 2009
    10
    This is such an awesome zombie shooting game, a wicked combo of slow zombies, fast runnin zombies, and some special zombies ! :D it rox ! if you love shooting / wasting / burning zombies, this is your game!
  4. FredB
    Dec 15, 2009
    10
    It is such a awesomem game graphic wise and violence wise because the whole world has the full violence version and the game hardly gets boring.
  5. TenzinD
    Dec 18, 2009
    10
    its the best zombie game ever i cant wait to the left 4 dead 2
  6. HenriM
    Dec 29, 2009
    8
    Great game. This game has exellent graphics and gameplay, it doesn't have much of a story, and I admit it gets a bit boring after a while. It is very amusing too. Not all people in multiplayer are jerks, you might even make friends. And if you people complain it's too easy, try other difficulties, it gets less boring that way aswell.
  7. AnonymousOne
    Dec 31, 2009
    9
    How can anything this simple and repetitive be so entertaining? I stopped asking myself that question after the first hour. Left4Dead has become one of my all time favorite Source games.
  8. scotd
    Jan 1, 2010
    9
    what do you get when you mix: -four friends -five campagnes -4 game modes -8 weapons -an ai that actualy populates the level as you progres -and a whole buttload of zombies? you get the most replayble game ever made, you can easily spend 20-40 hours on this game just play the base four campagne, and that not includeing the dlc and user created content for pc!
  9. RomanO
    Jan 8, 2010
    10
    Video killed the radio star. Very sad but what had to be an expansion for L4D, but became L4D2 killed this game. Why Valve? :(
  10. mmaas
    Jan 20, 2010
    10
    DAVID N you have any idea what you are talking about?? metacritics please remove his comment this is a AWESOME GAME and its no mods
  11. StuartR
    Jan 21, 2010
    9
    Fun, realistic zombie movie experience... way too hard when using single player though - the bots are just not smart enough....
  12. MagnusT
    Jan 23, 2010
    9
    I have one...rather huge beef with this game. The happy part is, it's not a problem that has been caused by the game itself. However, this problem is so huge and towering as to block out the sun. The game itself and everything about it easily earn the 9 I am giving it. However, the brutal fact that a healthy portion of its online players are quite possibly the scum of the earth, the I have one...rather huge beef with this game. The happy part is, it's not a problem that has been caused by the game itself. However, this problem is so huge and towering as to block out the sun. The game itself and everything about it easily earn the 9 I am giving it. However, the brutal fact that a healthy portion of its online players are quite possibly the scum of the earth, the evolutionary low, the creations that God shudders at when he realizes he created them, can really wear on the more serious players. I am trying not to be a whiny hater noob about this. I get 1st place on every chapter, literally 9/10 times I play, no matter what difficulty, in all of the important aspects. Despite this fact, in almost every match I've ever played, there has always been, at bare minimum, one incredibly anti-social sadist who wants to ruin the experience. Every. Single. Time. If this were a PvP/TvT FPS, I wouldn't care. People will be posturing lunatics in such games as CoD4 or FEAR2 or CS:S or whatever...but seriously? Can you even pretend to care about a team? If you are not one of those people and you don't want to deal with the infinite stream of madmen, idiots and TKers, skip this one. If you ARE one of the above, please...PLEASE, for the love of God, don't buy this game. Leave us serious people in peace so we can actually have fun playing this game with people who actually give a second crap about playing with a half-sane team. Expand
  13. J.Midnight
    Jan 25, 2010
    9
    Zombies, Guns and Online Co-Op. That's all this game really is. Though it may be a very, very simple premise; Left 4 Dead is an outstandingly enjoyable game. Not a true 10 only for one reason. NO STORY. Simply put: THIS IS NO SINGLE PLAYER GAME. To truly enjoy this you need an active Internet connection. While many will see this as a fault, this is an inspired move. As Left 4 Dead Zombies, Guns and Online Co-Op. That's all this game really is. Though it may be a very, very simple premise; Left 4 Dead is an outstandingly enjoyable game. Not a true 10 only for one reason. NO STORY. Simply put: THIS IS NO SINGLE PLAYER GAME. To truly enjoy this you need an active Internet connection. While many will see this as a fault, this is an inspired move. As Left 4 Dead has only one goal in mind and that is replayability. Thus, the total lack of ending helps create and bring that one fact home: every time you play, every time you pick up your pistol, every night you will spend playing this game over and over and over is a new and horrifying experience. No Way Around it: Fun Fun Fun. Expand
  14. SteveL.
    Dec 18, 2009
    10
    I love this game.
  15. Sep 24, 2010
    9
    This game has all of the basic elements that a shooter should have and more. It gives the hardcore a mode, the director is one of the smartest ever created and it's cheap right now. Left 4 Dead is probably the best zombie shooter ever. Yet. I hope that Valve can release even more great games.
  16. Sep 25, 2010
    10
    It is the best game in the world! In it there is all - Replaying, fascination, she class, interesting. I say thank big to developers! In Russia game costs 600 roubles - the real price for such game! First a part of game much more interesting - she interesting and characters is more attractive than the second part better...
    All I shall advise to get this game, you will not regret cent, you
    It is the best game in the world! In it there is all - Replaying, fascination, she class, interesting. I say thank big to developers! In Russia game costs 600 roubles - the real price for such game! First a part of game much more interesting - she interesting and characters is more attractive than the second part better...
    All I shall advise to get this game, you will not regret cent, you will be keen in this game for a long time and if you have friends - that tell and let they will buy it, they will not regret!
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  17. Oct 9, 2010
    10
    Zombie games aren't exactly in a famine these days. With so many games focusing on surviving against zombies, it can be hard to pick any good games from the crowd. But with Left 4 Dead, I believe all other games have just been blown out of the water. In L4D, you play as one of four survivors- Bill, Francis, Zoey, or Louis. Each has their own little back story and their own personality,Zombie games aren't exactly in a famine these days. With so many games focusing on surviving against zombies, it can be hard to pick any good games from the crowd. But with Left 4 Dead, I believe all other games have just been blown out of the water. In L4D, you play as one of four survivors- Bill, Francis, Zoey, or Louis. Each has their own little back story and their own personality, something that helps you connect. Like Francis, who hates stairs, helicopters, zombies, walking, and generally anything and everything. There are multiple campaigns in the game, each with a different set of locales and atmospheres. Like the first campaign, No Mercy, which has you moving through a city to rendezvous on a hospital skyscraper rooftop. Each campaign is broken into chapters, which have you getting from the start area to a safehouse. At the last chapter, you face a thing called a finale, where you get a bunch of supplies, an area to hole out in, and a trigger to start it. When you activate the trigger, a massive horde of zombies rush at you. And the game features a "Director," who controls how the chapter is going. For example, you might hole out in a parking lot in one area and defend against a wave of zombies using gas canisters in one playthrough, and maybe the next the canisters won't be there and the zombies will come from behind. And killing zombies in this game is FUN. You start out with a single pistol, and can pick up an smg or a shotgun. Later in a chapter you find upgraded weapons, which are a hunting rifle, an auto shotgun, and an assault rifle. The game gets pretty gory when using a shotgun or hunting rifle, as headshots will take zombie heads clean off and shotgun blasts will tear off limbs. If you like FPS games, or zombie games, this is the game for you. Expand
  18. Dec 14, 2010
    10
    Amazingly fun game. Buy it NOW! It is very fun survival mode and versus mode, and you can play with friends and just have a good time blowing zombiw hordes apart! What more do you want?
  19. Mar 29, 2013
    8
    I'll never forget that feeling the night I bought this game and played it for the first time. It was magic. A co-op zombie shooter with many twists and turns and a "Director" to alter the game every time it was played. How could a gamer pass that up? Good weapons, character development, graphics and a zombie apocalypse atmosphere.
  20. Dec 30, 2010
    10
    The game is amazing. Great Graphics and the increasing hordes makes the game very addicting as well as zombies being in different places each time you play the campaigns. Great game with nice weapons. I recommend it!
  21. Oct 8, 2012
    10
    best zombie game ever! the characters, the zombie models, the special infected, the co up, the versus! all so fun! i always wanted a game which had easily killed zombies but still had to use team work to survive, probebly the best co up game i can think of in the moment, nope its the best i know!
  22. Aug 17, 2010
    10
    The base concept of moving from area to area killing hordes of zombies is nothing new. How they go about making it is remarkable, however. The game forces teamwork and with the help of the ai director you can play this game over and over and over and almost never have two similar situations. Defiantly a groundbreaking achievement in the gaming world.
  23. Nov 8, 2011
    7
    Okay gentlemen, what you see here is a FPS zombie killing game that is actually addictive and entertaining (and funny) at the same time. "Left 4 Dead" made me play the single player and the multi player for hours and hours non-stop. The single player, inspired by movie scenarios, is very innovative and fun. The multiplayer is also a big hit for the game. With 3 other partners, you can goOkay gentlemen, what you see here is a FPS zombie killing game that is actually addictive and entertaining (and funny) at the same time. "Left 4 Dead" made me play the single player and the multi player for hours and hours non-stop. The single player, inspired by movie scenarios, is very innovative and fun. The multiplayer is also a big hit for the game. With 3 other partners, you can go out and whoop those **** zombies anytime!! A great must-play!! Hurray for Valve!!!!



    Note: The game gets boring after a few months.
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  24. Oct 11, 2010
    8
    If you have a few friends that are willing to get this game with you, you must try it. This game can be a lot of fun. In my case only if I play with friends.
  25. Ed1
    Dec 12, 2010
    9
    This game was such a blast when it came out! It's now been superseded by L4D2, which is even better, but I still rate this as one of the best games of all times.
  26. Oct 27, 2011
    10
    The only original zombie game. I can proudly say that I've squandered several years of my life playing this game. Unfortunately Valve appears to have abandoned this game after releasing Left 4 Dead 2 (which for the most part does indeed suck many a scrotilia).
  27. AnthonPH
    Dec 9, 2009
    10
    Gee...this game is best of I play in my life, abundance in zombies, good guns, and inspirade in the movie of George Romero, not can be better!!!!
  28. Apr 24, 2011
    9
    Left 4 Dead is an awesome game and the only classic I have seen in a while. The story is about four survivors who are stranded in a town struck by the T-viru-, I mean a horrible infection which turned the citizens into zombies. Louis, Francis, Bill and Zoey are amazing characters that you will certainly grow to love and everytime we start playing the game we end up in a fight over whoLeft 4 Dead is an awesome game and the only classic I have seen in a while. The story is about four survivors who are stranded in a town struck by the T-viru-, I mean a horrible infection which turned the citizens into zombies. Louis, Francis, Bill and Zoey are amazing characters that you will certainly grow to love and everytime we start playing the game we end up in a fight over who get's to play which awesome character. The story is mostly told through graffiti on the walls left there by other survivors and very subtle elements such as covered up bodies or piles of infected. The only downside is that the story of the survivors doesn't really make sense. At the end of every chapter you get saved from the city and at the beginning of every chapter you are standed again. That is the only reason this game does not get a full 10!


    The gameplay is the best part because this game is endlessly replayable. The goal is to fight through the infected and make it to the next safehouse, in the final part of each mission you will have to wait for rescue while thousands of zombies try to kill you. Thanks to the AI Director who decides where zombies, items and special infected spawn the game is never same twice and the difficulty is adjusted to your playstyle. The special infected also force you to adapt to a new situation very quickly, so you can't just mow through the infected alone because you will be picked off. This game perfectly enforces teamwork and you can replay it at any time, that is a true multiplayer game and a true classic.

    Finally, I also want to mention the presentation. A lot of effort has gone into making the city and everything that happens look as realistic as possible. There is never a moment that you will spend in a place you can't relate to and that is just amazing. The music is also awesome and like the AI Director it is different for each playthrough and each player hears a different song.

    Summary: Great game which you can replay at any time without getting bored. Story fails to connect events to each other, but the presentation easily makes you forget about that.
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  29. Sep 27, 2012
    6
    The main problem is finding reliable teammates. Hunters and smokers (special zombies) can render one character completely useless, so if you're playing a 4v4 online and they have 3 hunters and 1 smoker, they can orchestrate their attack well enough that it will disable everyone on your team. It is very frustrating to sit there and watch your character go from 100 health to dead whileThe main problem is finding reliable teammates. Hunters and smokers (special zombies) can render one character completely useless, so if you're playing a 4v4 online and they have 3 hunters and 1 smoker, they can orchestrate their attack well enough that it will disable everyone on your team. It is very frustrating to sit there and watch your character go from 100 health to dead while your teammates run around like chickens with their heads cutoff. Otherwise it is exciting, scary, and fun. Expand
  30. Dec 4, 2010
    10
    Don't play the game if you are light-hearted, have heart disease, or don't like zombies that jump on to you. Because this game is one of the scariest zombie games I've ever had to play. But it is shear fun just to shoot the crap out of the zombies. And the best part is? They keep coming and you just keep on shooting. Nice, right? Check this game out right away. I regret not playing this earlier.
  31. LukeM.
    Nov 19, 2008
    5
    point gun, shoot sums up the game pretty well, there are 7 guns, the pump shot gun, the uzi the pistol, the dual pistol the hunting rifle, the assault rifle, and the shotgun. if you've played any game with all these weapons then you've played this game before, the zombies can withstand about 2 hits from any gun and in versus mode you can't choose what to play as a zombie, point gun, shoot sums up the game pretty well, there are 7 guns, the pump shot gun, the uzi the pistol, the dual pistol the hunting rifle, the assault rifle, and the shotgun. if you've played any game with all these weapons then you've played this game before, the zombies can withstand about 2 hits from any gun and in versus mode you can't choose what to play as a zombie, another generic shooter for counterstrike kiddies to love forever Expand
  32. MeN.
    Feb 18, 2009
    5
    The game is not bad... It's just so limited. I'm really suprised that so many people like this game. It is fun for 20 mins, but then gets old quickly. Imagine paying 50+ dollars for this game - well I bought it for 30 cents (in China), so I can't complain too much. It's great that they released a game that has zombies in it... it just needs a strong offline mode, and The game is not bad... It's just so limited. I'm really suprised that so many people like this game. It is fun for 20 mins, but then gets old quickly. Imagine paying 50+ dollars for this game - well I bought it for 30 cents (in China), so I can't complain too much. It's great that they released a game that has zombies in it... it just needs a strong offline mode, and of course a longer game length. Valve are starting to lose the plot. 50 bucks! it should be a free download. Expand
  33. Mar 26, 2011
    7
    L4D is a "Co-Op" Game. Not like those other Co-Op titles where your team is a bunch of galooting **** making no difference when you leave the group and finish the level on yourown.

    This gmae says "NO! I'm going to have boss-battles that prevent you from splitting up because they stun-lock you into poistions stopping you from moving and getting your **** chopped off and you need your team
    L4D is a "Co-Op" Game. Not like those other Co-Op titles where your team is a bunch of galooting **** making no difference when you leave the group and finish the level on yourown.

    This gmae says "NO! I'm going to have boss-battles that prevent you from splitting up because they stun-lock you into poistions stopping you from moving and getting your **** chopped off and you need your team to help!" What's weird is that if this was tried in any other FPS/Co-Op game, it would fail, Recklessley, but here it runs smoothly and perfectly.

    You have hord attracting zombies, leaving you to the mercy of your team.
    You have the hit and runners, causing your team to quickly get it off you and kill it before it strikes again, ECT ECT.

    Half of the time you'll be walking back and forth, and occasionally sitting down on a box in a locked cupboard because you died. Whenever you die you're sent to a small cupboard where you must wait....and wait... and wait...Weaponless and itemless waiting for your team to help.

    True survival horror Crowd Based madness.
    However it gets a bit repetetive though, but maps are often updates/added, so they're basically spoon-feeding you the same thing but with a different flavour.

    Worth the $12 dollars on steam.
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  34. MattF
    Dec 13, 2009
    6
    The game is very good, the graphics are awesome. But there is only a problem: you play Left 4 Dead for a month or two and then you'll not play it anymore.
  35. Jul 7, 2011
    1
    Ten hours played and only a few times was it any enjoyable, the rest was ruined by a bunch of a-holes. Try to go through a few games without encountering someone that'll complain and whine about their team while they run ahead of the pack solo.
  36. DavidN
    Jan 6, 2010
    0
    Absolute rubbish. No continuity. Just MODS slapped together and called very loosly 'campaign' with no saved games. Extremely bad pathfinding. You go round in circles trying to find an exit meanwhile they darken it more so you spend 90% indoors searching for an exit. Repetitive. Just a very poorly designed bunch of MODS they fooled people into thinking was a GAME. I have sent an Absolute rubbish. No continuity. Just MODS slapped together and called very loosly 'campaign' with no saved games. Extremely bad pathfinding. You go round in circles trying to find an exit meanwhile they darken it more so you spend 90% indoors searching for an exit. Repetitive. Just a very poorly designed bunch of MODS they fooled people into thinking was a GAME. I have sent an official complaint to Valve that this is not a game but MODS strung together. Guns and player movements are copied and pasted from Counter Strike. NO originality. No story. No campaign just endless, boring, repetitive shooting and killing of the same sprites. Not a game. No skill required or used. Just hold your mouse button down and shoot. No strategy, no talent at all required. RIP OFF. Be very careful of Valve releases in future. They have a MOD look about them and are rushed out to rake in the $$$$ but are really other games MODDED. L4D2 is Counter Strike MODDED that's all. Expand
  37. AnonymousMC
    Nov 20, 2008
    4
    Over Priced, game play is boring over time, gets old very quick and ive only played it for at least 2 hours, not to mention how buggy it is, and this hidden server browser which barely works is CRAP UTTER crap. I wish i didn't buy it gollydamnit I should refute the charges.
  38. VeryDisappointed
    Nov 23, 2008
    5
    The game is great..no question. The only problem I had was with the lack of LAN support. The Xbox version allows split-screen multi-player. On a PC...you have to buy a copy for every computer...and "log-in" to their STEAM service (basically a server lobby). Sorry...I'm not going to pay $100 for 2 copies of a game just to play co-op with my kids for a few weeks until they'reThe game is great..no question. The only problem I had was with the lack of LAN support. The Xbox version allows split-screen multi-player. On a PC...you have to buy a copy for every computer...and "log-in" to their STEAM service (basically a server lobby). Sorry...I'm not going to pay $100 for 2 copies of a game just to play co-op with my kids for a few weeks until they're bored of it.
    And I personally don't like having to register/subscribe to a "service" just to play a game...even single player. Microsoft did this with Gears of War (1). Screwed up a perfectly good game because of it.
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  39. DerekTarnawa
    Nov 23, 2008
    7
    Left 4 Dead was one of the games I was really looking foreward to upon release; The same cannot be said at this point though. Left 4 Dead is very fun and entertaining for just running around and blowing zombies up, but after playing it for a few hours, I had already finished the storyline. Unfortunate as that may be, it can last for a while with the co-op playability. Still, as cool asLeft 4 Dead was one of the games I was really looking foreward to upon release; The same cannot be said at this point though. Left 4 Dead is very fun and entertaining for just running around and blowing zombies up, but after playing it for a few hours, I had already finished the storyline. Unfortunate as that may be, it can last for a while with the co-op playability. Still, as cool as this game should have been, I just don't think it's worth paying $49.99. If you played the demo and you ended up playing that mission thousands of times, then maybe you should buy it. Anyone else should use that cash to buy Call of Duty 4 or World at War. Expand
  40. MichaelWheeler
    Nov 24, 2008
    7
    If you've ever imagined yourself in a good, old fashioned zombie film, then now is your chance. L4D is the ultimate tribute to the zombie horror genre that George A Romero is so famously recognized for. The game has everything you need, the characters, the zombie types, even the cheesy script and music are present.
    Gameplay is fast and fun and set in a variety of locations. There
    If you've ever imagined yourself in a good, old fashioned zombie film, then now is your chance. L4D is the ultimate tribute to the zombie horror genre that George A Romero is so famously recognized for. The game has everything you need, the characters, the zombie types, even the cheesy script and music are present.
    Gameplay is fast and fun and set in a variety of locations. There are fantastic finales to each campaign and each one can take you hours to get through. Anyone who says that the game is too short is obviously playing on easy mode... Try expert guys.
    The weapons in the game are good although diversity throughout the different campaigns would have been nice. There just aren't enough weapons here and technically two of the stronger guns are just upgrades of the shotgun and uzi.
    Graphically the game is strong, especially when you have hordes of 30+ zombies charging at you. The steam engine has really been taken to the next level with L4D.

    Although L4D has alot of replay value there definetally isn't enough content. As i've said before there aren't enough weapons (You'll have encountered every one by your second level of play) but there also aren't enough characters. Having just 4 people to a game creates a nice balance and keeps the scenarios tense, but this atmosphere is broken slightly when your character dies and the exact same one is rescued from a side room minutes later. More boss zombies would also have been nice that could have been interchanged at each boss fight, hence allowing the director greater control of what was spawned. At the moment you always know which levels a tank is going to appear in. More boss zombies would keep the players on their toes. The number of user interactions are fairly small aswell. You can't share ammo or all of your equiptment with other players or give them guns. More interaction would have been very nice...

    Overall L4D earns a 7 from me. It's an excellent game but perhaps not good enough to empty the servers of css. Hopefully the modding community will show some great new media for the game in the near future.
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  41. BLout
    Nov 26, 2008
    7
    I don't know why some of you vote. All you guys need to vote here are a 0 a 1 a 9 and a 10 because those are always your only choices. Extremely awesome or shit.
    Anyway. The game has pros and cons, but like ALL multiplayer games you need a good team that works well together or you end up with n00bs that run away from you and do their own thing. If you have a group of friends that
    I don't know why some of you vote. All you guys need to vote here are a 0 a 1 a 9 and a 10 because those are always your only choices. Extremely awesome or shit.
    Anyway. The game has pros and cons, but like ALL multiplayer games you need a good team that works well together or you end up with n00bs that run away from you and do their own thing. If you have a group of friends that play well together you will have an awesome experience. Don't expect to just play with anybody and expect them to back you up the whoule time.
    Steele X... You gave it a zero to balance it out?? You should stick to some Sesame Street games or something.
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  42. DK
    Nov 27, 2008
    0
    This game is deserving of a 6 but like others, I have decided to give it a 0 to balance out the people giving it a 10.

    The game is fun for about a week before it starts to get mindlessly repetitive. Valve games are usually an excellent value, however, the amount of content in L4D makes it more of a mod than a full priced game. There is no storyline, only 6 weapons, and only a few
    This game is deserving of a 6 but like others, I have decided to give it a 0 to balance out the people giving it a 10.

    The game is fun for about a week before it starts to get mindlessly repetitive.

    Valve games are usually an excellent value, however, the amount of content in L4D makes it more of a mod than a full priced game.

    There is no storyline, only 6 weapons, and only a few different types of infected. Versus mode is an unbalanced gimmick. Also, there is no official support for a server browser for PC users. As a result, PC users must use a consolified matchmaking system that is barely functional.

    A very disappointing game from a company that usually delivers great games.
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  43. GeoffH.
    Nov 28, 2008
    3
    I have been a fan of many of the Valve games up to now, especially Hl2 and Portal. In comparison, I find this game very disappointing. The plot is non-existent. The number of weapon types is limited, as well as, by definition, the types of baddies. All the "campaigns" seem the same and I was pretty bored after an hour. There's no character development of the four protagonists and noI have been a fan of many of the Valve games up to now, especially Hl2 and Portal. In comparison, I find this game very disappointing. The plot is non-existent. The number of weapon types is limited, as well as, by definition, the types of baddies. All the "campaigns" seem the same and I was pretty bored after an hour. There's no character development of the four protagonists and no story. Just shoot all the Zombies in sight. Valve, I expected better from you and wish no I had saved my fifty dollars for Fallout 3 or GTA-IV. Expand
  44. RonP
    Nov 29, 2008
    5
    Pro's: Fun to play, Great Coop gameplay.

    Cons: Not enough variety in zombies, Very few weapons to choose from, If you had played the demo you have basically seen the entire game. The game is a bit over priced for a 3 to 4 hours game time and the game is also lacking in variety as well as the graphics not really up to par on current gen hardware. All in all the game was fun but
    Pro's: Fun to play, Great Coop gameplay.

    Cons: Not enough variety in zombies, Very few weapons to choose from, If you had played the demo you have basically seen the entire game. The game is a bit over priced for a 3 to 4 hours game time and the game is also lacking in variety as well as the graphics not really up to par on current gen hardware.

    All in all the game was fun but in the long term (meaning past 3 hours of play time) one can only hope that a flood of custom maps and content come out although since HL2 I have noticed not many mods make it out of the gate to the public. I do not regret buying the game but It would be nice if the game was priced properly with its play time.
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  45. Reviewer
    Dec 1, 2008
    6
    Left 4 Dead has the potential to be an 8/10 or even 9/10, but in its current state as of 12-01-2008 - it has been handicapped by a less-than-finished feel & numerous bugs. Luckily, the PC version is maintained through Valve's very own STEAM (http://www.Steampowered.com) - this will undoubtedly provide users with major-updates & content-additions (at no charge) for years to come (JustLeft 4 Dead has the potential to be an 8/10 or even 9/10, but in its current state as of 12-01-2008 - it has been handicapped by a less-than-finished feel & numerous bugs. Luckily, the PC version is maintained through Valve's very own STEAM (http://www.Steampowered.com) - this will undoubtedly provide users with major-updates & content-additions (at no charge) for years to come (Just as Valve has done for many of its other titles). With the additions of these updates (and with the history Valve has with their past titles) it is likely that this game will live up to the 8/9 or even 9/10 score as stated above and by numerous users & reviewers.

    The Flaws:
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    A)
    The most noticeable issue for first-time users of the versus mode is simply the lack of content. While there are 4 'Movies' in the Cooperative/Single-Player campaigns - in versus, there are only 2; one of them being the least spectacular of the four (Blood Harvest), the other being that which was previewed in the Demo (No Mercy). While both are entertaining initially - they sometimes become tiring and leave you begging for the other two. Hopefully the addition of the original remaining two ('Death Toll' & 'Dead Air') will be released early 2009
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  46. KrisztianK
    Dec 1, 2008
    0
    In short it sucks!
    In long ... OK at first when I started playing I actually got that feeling I had so long ago when Half Life 1 came out and I emptied 2 clips on a head crab out of genuine fear. And I felt the same thing in this game for about the first 15min of play. Then it became retarded. If you stand around pop zombies heads off with a rifle 1 by 1 or throw a pipe bomb and
    In short it sucks!
    In long ... OK at first when I started playing I actually got that feeling I had so long ago when Half Life 1 came out and I emptied 2 clips on a head crab out of genuine fear. And I felt the same thing in this game for about the first 15min of play. Then it became retarded. If you stand around pop zombies heads off with a rifle 1 by 1 or throw a pipe bomb and have them all run to it like a shiny red ball you will never get rid of them all. Somehow there is always more coming like a respawn wave. Witch at first seems scary because you don't know when the next wave will come but then becomes stupid because you can't hold any ground. In any movie I have ever seen on zombies they can always hold their ground and there are always just a finite number of zombies. There is a LOT of them but not infinite. If they would have made it like the movie I am Legend where you tag 1 or 2 here and there then there is a huge random group it would have been great. Or say you start out in a city 4 of you and 178,567 of them and there is a city population counter going at all times I could have lived with that. But the way its setup now is just cheap. No rime or reason just zombie waves coming at you every 5min like clock work. Some triggers them like a car alarm or throwing a pipe bomb but mostly it's just retarded. Say it wasn't so linear and I could collect items and throw them like we used to in the first counterstrike games then when you have a good number of ammo and bombs you go up on a roof top in a building that you have CLEARED maybe 1 or 2 still hang around that you missed but its god damn cleared and set off that car alarm from the roof by firing at the car and see 5,000 zombies collect around it all confused on why there are no brains to eat then you start chucking bombs and empting shells on them and watch that population counter drop like a rock. And be able to get in that car like Carmagedon and roll over zombies till your car is trashed from all the zombies punching it or you get in a group that's way too big and they tare the car apart with you in it like say towards the end of Resident Evil Extinction or on the docks in I am Legend.
    I don't know maybe im asking too much of my zombie games :(
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  47. AnonymousMC
    Dec 3, 2008
    6
    While the game fails to be original (who hasn't done a Zombie mod?) and is horribly limited in content (4 campaigns?! and 7 weapons?!) it tries really hard to do things not done before. The Director does an excellent job of applying some randomness to each campaign so you have to be constantly thinking tactically. Easy and Normal provide an environment where, unless you are set uponWhile the game fails to be original (who hasn't done a Zombie mod?) and is horribly limited in content (4 campaigns?! and 7 weapons?!) it tries really hard to do things not done before. The Director does an excellent job of applying some randomness to each campaign so you have to be constantly thinking tactically. Easy and Normal provide an environment where, unless you are set upon by Special Infected or a Horde, you can roam the map with impunity, the pinned mechanic works wonderfully and a lot of energy and attention has gone in to the visual and auditory style of the game (on my computer, the game is visually beautiful, in a dark and macbre way.) I don't even mind the fact that we're limited to only 4 skins for the Survivors and 6 skins for the special infected (altho, there are effectively thousands of skins for the horde). The voice acting is excellent also, and there is enough variety that you could probably play for a year and not have heard every line of speech. Where the game really falls down though is in the online multiplayer, which is a crime of epic proportions when you consider that this is a multiplayer game only. Matchmaking is barely functional, matching you to difficulty levels (putting you in an Expert game when you asked for a Normal one) and styles (A Versus game instead of a Campaign) and connection issues (joining you to a full game 4 times in a row) and connection issues (repeatedly timing out even when you've got "4 bars" good latency and matching you to servers on another continent where everyone's latency is "1 bar" bad bad bad.) I play, and will continue to play, and will even look forward to both fan released content and content released by Valve. I won't even hold this title much against Valve, since they purchased the title well in to it's development and had to live with the flaws of it's original developers. But, I am disappointed. 6 our of 10. Expand
  48. MattS
    Dec 3, 2008
    0
    First,
    I think this game is about 7/10. I rated it 0 because of all the extremely unrealistic 10/10s.
    The Good I won't say much about the good, since everyone else has for me. I absolutely love zombie games and this game has a lot of potential. I love how team play is emphasized. If your team has stragglers, a boss zombie will no doubt take advantage. There are several instances
    First,
    I think this game is about 7/10. I rated it 0 because of all the extremely unrealistic 10/10s.

    The Good
    I won't say much about the good, since everyone else has for me. I absolutely love zombie games and this game has a lot of potential. I love how team play is emphasized. If your team has stragglers, a boss zombie will no doubt take advantage. There are several instances where conservation of health pickups and grenades can save a team in the most unsurvivable situations. Graphics were good, and I was impressed with the level of detail in the maps.

    The Bad
    This game was highly touted for its AI, but I was not impressed. Even with all the random spawning, maps are still incredibly predictable. This makes the replayability low for some people. Especially since there is only 4 maps. What's worse is that each map plays almost identically as follows:

    Start with crappy weapon, horde, boss, rest, horde, boss, rest, flip a switch, horde, boss, rest, second pistol, horde, boss, next level, horde, boss, rest, horde, boss, rest, better guns, horde, boss, rest, flip a switch, etc...

    While the end of each map is a fun 10 minute king of the hill game, it's exactly the same with each map. I really wish they had thought out the objectives. It's sad that you can get better objectives from some Joe Nobody making a map on zpanic than with this $50 glorified, "end all" zombie game.
    While the versus mode is cool, the wait time for the zombie players in game is very annoying. And the lack of choice of what boss you are is additionally frustrating. It'd be nice if you could play as a regular zombie as you wait for boss spawn. Also, a custom spawn limit for boss zombies might be nice to give survivers a better or worse chance.

    I am really hoping that as updates and mods come out, we will see different objectives, more than basic weapons, and more playable zombies (and zombie choice).

    All in all,
    Buyer beware, this game is NOT worth $50, but with good updates may be in the future.
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  49. wrestlingprodigy
    Dec 6, 2008
    6
    I'm kinda in between about this game . When I first opened it and started playing I was impressed with how smooth it is but as the next 2 hours roll on I had already played through the 4 levels offered in the game and yeah like everyone has stated there is really nothing random in the game because all the zombies and items are in the same place every single time . Now of course youI'm kinda in between about this game . When I first opened it and started playing I was impressed with how smooth it is but as the next 2 hours roll on I had already played through the 4 levels offered in the game and yeah like everyone has stated there is really nothing random in the game because all the zombies and items are in the same place every single time . Now of course you can always play Versus Mode which is ok for a while too until the server crashes which it almost always ends up doing which is really annoying and I can appreciate them trying to make it more realistic with friendly fire but when you get some one who is trigger happy and can't aim worth a damn you end up getting shot which I understand that's the whole point but that gets a little old too when you get some 12yr old who doesn't know what the hell they're doing. There are definitive pros and cons in the game . Maybe if they created some sort of memory erasing device that you could use before the start of every game because the 1st time playing it i had a lot of fun then after that was downhill. Expand
  50. BrianM
    Dec 7, 2008
    1
    I wish that I could have played the demo before buying the game. However, that is not how Valve set it up. Otherwise, I would not have made a purchase.

    Playing online with other people depends on the luck of the draw. You may be in a good group, or maybe not. I wish that I could play with people who have had actual training. Playing with the bots means that you are in a
    I wish that I could have played the demo before buying the game. However, that is not how Valve set it up. Otherwise, I would not have made a purchase.

    Playing online with other people depends on the luck of the draw. You may be in a good group, or maybe not. I wish that I could play with people who have had actual training. Playing with the bots means that you are in a cooperative, but mediocre, group. The bots seem to have an attraction for being in front of my gun's muzzle.

    I wish that Valve would get guns right. Firing pistols two-handed is actually the worst thing you can do. In the game, it's second to an M-16. When you want to throw a molotov or pipe bomb, you have to stare at it a bit, like it's some kind of art object. There are no speed loaders for the shotguns, so shells are stuffed in one by one. Firing the pump shotgun is slow, when in practice it's quite fast. The pistols are actually the main weapons in the game, as they can fire nearly as fast as a machine gun and never run out of ammunition.

    The game play is very simple: kill the zombies, again and again and again. The action is very intense, and the "director" AI will keep you on your toes, maybe a bit too much. The bots will jump around, once in a while appearing to ricochet around a room, so not hitting them with "friendly" fire is difficult. A player or bot can be incapacitated by a "special" infected. Multiple times the player bots have left me to "die," so I have to listen to my character's pitiful cries for help until the game resets. I wish that I could direct the player bots to a location, instead of just hoping that they would follow me. The characters occasionally chat amongst themselves, so you learn that Francis hates everything, except dentists.
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  51. B.Phried
    Dec 12, 2008
    7
    Version: December 5th 2008.
    This is a very fun game the first time through, mowing zombies is fun, and the finales are fantastic. My biggest problem is that even with the AI director, this game starts to get very "samey".
    The AI director paces the game fantastically, places objects in strategic places so you can't use the same strategy twice, but the problem with a game like this
    Version: December 5th 2008.
    This is a very fun game the first time through, mowing zombies is fun, and the finales are fantastic. My biggest problem is that even with the AI director, this game starts to get very "samey".

    The AI director paces the game fantastically, places objects in strategic places so you can't use the same strategy twice, but the problem with a game like this is that though the levels are just as repetitive in competitive online shooters, a coop shooter doesn't have the same unpredictability as playing against a real player (though versus mode on TWO campaigns are available.)

    When playing on versus mode, you are playing against real people, although there isn't much difference between human players and ai players.

    My main complaints should be solved when map making is supported by default.

    Other complaints include:
    -very small (sometimes useless) arsenal:
    Although five weapons means that you can pick up and play very easily, but a small arsenal means that there isn't very diverse, especially when two of the weapons or simply upgrades of a previous tier and one weapon is almost useless in most situations.

    -No browser:
    How are we supposed to sort through custom maps with no way to choose which server to join (without using console commands). should be fixed soon though.

    on an end note:
    Buy this game, just don't buy it yet. If you can find this game for $-30 then go for it, otherwise wait a few more patches until all the basic problems are fixed.
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  52. Ricox
    Dec 30, 2008
    7
    This game is really good, I got it on christmas... Firstly, I tough it's gonna be perfect game, when I played 2 days.. I changed my mind, it's full of exploits and glitches... Altought the game is intresenting in my opinion, it still needs story and more campaings... I would rate Versus mode with 9, it's great, just it needs more maps, as there are only 2 campaings. ThisThis game is really good, I got it on christmas... Firstly, I tough it's gonna be perfect game, when I played 2 days.. I changed my mind, it's full of exploits and glitches... Altought the game is intresenting in my opinion, it still needs story and more campaings... I would rate Versus mode with 9, it's great, just it needs more maps, as there are only 2 campaings. This game is way too expensive, but it's somehow worth it.. If valve is going to patch it, then this surely will be great game. They're contiously giving little fixes to it, so it's not so bad. Expand
  53. GebS
    Jan 1, 2009
    3
    This game was fun for about 30 hours, but now all the low ping servers are always full, and everyone is too good at versus except me, since I still like to play more casually instead of pro. I rated low to try balance out the vast amount of 10s. I do not think this game deserves a 10, probably a 8.0

    I was very disappointed that it did not ship with an SDK, I was hoping it would. When
    This game was fun for about 30 hours, but now all the low ping servers are always full, and everyone is too good at versus except me, since I still like to play more casually instead of pro. I rated low to try balance out the vast amount of 10s. I do not think this game deserves a 10, probably a 8.0

    I was very disappointed that it did not ship with an SDK, I was hoping it would. When the SDK and DLc come out, I'll start playing again, but until that time it's back to CSS
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  54. ConnorBeard
    Jan 2, 2009
    2
    Iam Giving this game a 2. I think this game is overrated and for the frist time Valve have done a Bad job.i went on the demo with some friends, COMPLETED it on my first Attempt on Expert on our first go, both missions.I Honestly thought it was too easy.its just shooting zombie after zombie after zombie.but despite this i thought oh well there is sure to be more levels/wepons/monsters. IIam Giving this game a 2. I think this game is overrated and for the frist time Valve have done a Bad job.i went on the demo with some friends, COMPLETED it on my first Attempt on Expert on our first go, both missions.I Honestly thought it was too easy.its just shooting zombie after zombie after zombie.but despite this i thought oh well there is sure to be more levels/wepons/monsters. I aleady have the Valvepack so i dont have to pay for Valve games. and iam glad Because i wouldnt pay for the game. i went on it same everything apart from somemore missions.i Mean theres no bosses. no extra monsters for the full game. ALSO Theres 4 Wepons!?!?!?!?! i mean 4 wepons? i was expecting;- more shotguns,RPGs maybe? More machine guns maybe baseball bats and crowbars.ao thats the reason i scored a 2/10 Expand
  55. AnonymousMC
    Jan 4, 2009
    6
    A great game overall.
    Pretty good AI and good graphics.
    You get tired of the regular co-op pretty quickly. For the rest of your time you will be playing versus which is basically the same thing except that you play as Infected as well. As for the storyline there is none. I was originally going to give it an 8. But right now there's about 7 exploits for this game which can
    A great game overall.
    Pretty good AI and good graphics.

    You get tired of the regular co-op pretty quickly.
    For the rest of your time you will be playing versus which is basically the same thing except that you play as Infected as well.
    As for the storyline there is none.

    I was originally going to give it an 8.
    But right now there's about 7 exploits for this game which can easily be used and is constantly used. But still no patch even though it's been 2-3 weeks since these exploits started.

    Also i didn't like that Valve falsely advertised in their demo with "10 New weapons"
    There's only 5 weapons in the game.
    I don't see how grenades, props and the mounted gun are counted as actual weapons rather than being fire support. That's why i gave it a 6.

    It's a good game but it just feels like Valve could have done better.
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  56. AnonymousMC
    Jan 7, 2009
    3
    This game is worth to playing but I think free demo will be enough. Old Source engine, mostly tiny maps and rutiin gameplay with free CS:S mod gameplay in mind totally ruin all Valve's attempt to make this mod anyhow better. You are damn lucky person if you don't get totally bored of this game after 20 hours of total game time.
  57. AFarren
    Feb 2, 2009
    0
    UPDATE UPDATE UPDATE. Campaign lacks challenge. Versus - are you on a team of rage quitters, lacking cohesion or playing against the opposing team that brings no challenge to your consistent team? Probably both at least a few times. Not to mention how glitch, exploit and lag ridden the game is. Avoid like the plague, another tired Source Engine game.
  58. MLoy
    Feb 17, 2009
    3
    After four days I am already bored with this game. It has great graphics, high action and great potential. But all that potential is lost in a botched execution. It's the same thing over and over again, all the levels play the same even if they do happen in different settings. And the zombie rushes come at predictable intervals and again they are the same every time.
    There is no
    After four days I am already bored with this game. It has great graphics, high action and great potential. But all that potential is lost in a botched execution. It's the same thing over and over again, all the levels play the same even if they do happen in different settings. And the zombie rushes come at predictable intervals and again they are the same every time.
    There is no suspense in the game, no way to develop any kind of strategy aside from killing everything that moves. This is like being in a Rob Zombie mosh pit.
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  59. Sylak
    Feb 19, 2009
    0
    I installed the game not thinking too much about it and the next thing I know, I have some online console and an hour and a half wait while it downloads content!! WTF? I just want to play. This slow downloading crap is a waste. I won't be doing this online Steam junk anymore.
  60. AndrewG.
    Feb 23, 2009
    6
    I echo a lot of comments here - 'good while it lasts'. This was fantastic fun for a short while in Co-op mode.
    ......But then there were no more levels, and after some repetition it became clear that the game stopped being scary, surprising or fun - and downloadable user-made levels are not solving this problem.
    Polished, but repetitive. .......This is a great pity - because
    I echo a lot of comments here - 'good while it lasts'. This was fantastic fun for a short while in Co-op mode.
    ......But then there were no more levels, and after some repetition it became clear that the game stopped being scary, surprising or fun - and downloadable user-made levels are not solving this problem.
    Polished, but repetitive.
    .......This is a great pity - because there are some excellent touches of depth (threads of messages scrawled on the walls by various survivors), and you get the feeling that a really remarkable story-driven campaign could have been gleaned from this game. But no, it's mindless fun for a few hours - and most won't look back.
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  61. KC
    Mar 3, 2009
    7
    it's fun for the first two or so times, but it get's repetitive thereafter from the lack of variety in enemies, maps and of course the weapons, which are really basic and plain to say the least. The versus mode online offers some redemption but that's about it, the plot is too thin, and did i mention about the limited weapons?
  62. JohnMunzo
    May 1, 2009
    4
    "Fun, but monotonous," would be my headline for this game. For something that was so hyped up, the gameplay sure feels rather lacking, and the latest update is, to put it bluntly, a great disappointment.

    It's rather difficult to express my sentiment on this game, as so much of my disdain for Left4Dead revolves around my admiration and praise for other titles in the "Co-op" genre.
    "Fun, but monotonous," would be my headline for this game. For something that was so hyped up, the gameplay sure feels rather lacking, and the latest update is, to put it bluntly, a great disappointment.

    It's rather difficult to express my sentiment on this game, as so much of my disdain for Left4Dead revolves around my admiration and praise for other titles in the "Co-op" genre. To begin, things I thoroughly enjoyed about this title was the innovation of the infected, the overall graphical quality of the game, and the ability to play as the infected in multiplayer combat.

    In this particular title, the zombies are anything but the slow, doddering fools we've all become accustomed to. They sprint, scale walls, tear open windows, anything necessary to tear you apart. They're fast, and reaction time is absolutely required to take down each and every one of them. This is a refreshing break from the "walking targets" zombies usually are in other titles.

    The graphical quality of this game is absolutely phenomenal. The lighting, the atmosphere, the detail put into a brick wall on the side of a building. The attention spent on visuals in this game makes for a truly visceral experience. My only gripe is with the weapon models, in which it appears that the weapons are incorrectly scaled to the player's hands. The guns seem more like toys, and this only becomes increasingly apparent with the larger, more powerful items.

    Finally, the ability to play as the infected. Nothing is more exciting than leaping from rooftop to rooftop as the Hunter, or plowing through a level as the Tank. It's especially satisfying to play as the infected, especially once you've exhausted the Story Mode gameplay.

    This leads me into the numerous qualities of this title that left me feeling rather disappointed. Namely, the short-lived novelty of Story Mode, the terrible representation of Survival Mode, the "Matchmaking" system required for online play, the absolute requirement for you to stick with your team, and the overall lack of "fear" that should be paramount in any survival-horror game.

    First, the Story Mode gametype is extremely exciting for the first-time player. Everything is new and fresh, and the fear aspect really kicks in when you hear a sound just around the corner and you're forced to investigate it in order to push on. However, once you've completed your first level, you've essentially played them all. Monotony is the cornerstone of this title. Each level is essentially the same (save a few scenarios) and once you know what to listen for, the special infected become less of an intense conflict and more of a minor annoyance.

    Second, the "Survival Mode", if you can call it that. Personally, when I hear the word "Survival", I think of just that notion, the ability to survive a scenario and walk away victorious. However, Left4Dead's "Survival Mode" would better be described as "Let's See How Long We Can Last Against Unending Waves of Enemies" mode. The Survival Mode is nothing more than a last-stand scenario, in which you and three teammates hold out against the onslaught of infected for as long as possible. There is absolutely no closure to this mode, only a ticking clock at the top of your screen, measuring how long you survive before you and your team are finished off. This irks me, because I like to feel like I've completed something when I play a game. Survival Mode leaves me wanting more...

    Next, the Matchmaking system, as required for all types of online play. This system requires you to log into Steam Friends and, rather than using a standard server browser, syncs you up with a populated server at random. This system would be fine, were it not a complete failure 50% of the time. More often than not, I find myself connected to servers where my latency would be well above 200ms (were there a latency measurement system in this game). This leaves me with terrible lag, a general inability to effectively communicate with my team, and frequent disconnects that leave me frustrated and unwilling to try to reconnect. The only alternative to a random selection of servers is to play with your friends on your Steam Friends list. This system, however, is also broken. Once you and your friends have joined a lobby, the game proceeds to randomly select a dedicated server for you to play on, which again results in a terrible connection 50% of the time. All of these scenarios require you to be signed into Steam Friends, which simultaneously comprimises your privacy as a player. Suppose you wanted to just have a carefree game of Left4Dead with nobody to bother you. Thanks to the matchmaking system, this is relatively impossible.

    The absolute requirement for you to stick with your team is perhaps the most frustrating aspect of this title. When I think of "Co-op" gameplay, I think of a multitude of people working together in order to achieve a common goal. With the added requirement for you to stick together at all times, this effectively compromises individual exploration (teammates scouting ahead to see what's coming next and reporting back to the team) as well as the ability for your team to work on multiple tasks simultaneously. If you split up, the AI Director immediately recognizes this, and before you know it, an unending horde is unleashed on your team, and everyone is slaughtered. This inhibits players from working on separate tasks, and forces the team to play through the entire scenario as one big bunch, shooting in all directions in order to survive. Simultaneously, the ability for special infected to cripple your player, requiring that someone free you from their grasp, is the final nail in the coffin for individual exploration. God forbid that you branch off from your team to explore a secondary location for items, a Hunter will pin you and that will be the end of your character. The single saving grace of individual play was the ability to melee constantly, forcing the infected off of you, and giving you ample time to react and save yourself. This feature, however, was removed with the latest patch, rendering your individual contributions useless.

    Finally, the overall lack of "fear" is what made me put down this game for good. Because of the linear gameplay, you and your team are required to push ahead, since you are inevitably traveling from Point A to Point B. Due to this singular requirement, it seems less like you are being hunted, and more like you are hunting zombies. If you hear something just around the bend (like a Smoker cackling and wheezing), you can't hunker down and wait for him to find you. Instead, you must push on ahead, wait for him to pop out, and then dispose of him. For me, the fear aspect of Co-op survival games comes from the ability to have creatures pursue you, rather than you pursuing creatures. Running away, and knowing that something is chasing after you, is absolutely terrifying to me. Left4Dead misses out on this entire notion, as each scenario requires you to push ahead, hold your ground until the area is secure, and then continue pushing ahead. Overall, the lack of fear results in a lack of immersion, and Left4Dead just assumes the role of "casual game" rather than "pulse-pounding thrill ride".

    Overall, I was initially pleased with Left4Dead's gameplay, at least for the first few hours of gaming. However, once I became more experienced in the game mechanics, the excitement drop-off was intense, and now I find the game rather dull and uninteresting. For the initial $50 I had spent on this title, I can assure you that it's not worth it. If you purchase during one of Steam's 50% off weekends, however, I'd say it's a pretty decent game at $25 or less. All I can say is, don't believe the hype like I did. It will leave you disappointed.
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  63. johnhickton-burnett
    May 6, 2009
    7
    i love the graphics and when you hit an infected it shows but im thinking a mutated strain of rabbies usually rabbies would shutdown alot of your organs other than that it was an amazing thrill ride of blood and gore i got it for christmas and still cannot stop playing it.
  64. NicholasS
    Jul 18, 2009
    5
    Why are you bothering to read this review to buy L4D? It will be an inferior game in less than 3 months. You will have next to no further content for these next 6 months due to L4D2's attention. Still reading? You sure? Fine. Buy this game and you can kiss the next 10 weeks of free time you thought you had. This game is exponentially addictive, with its Survival, Versus, Campaign, Why are you bothering to read this review to buy L4D? It will be an inferior game in less than 3 months. You will have next to no further content for these next 6 months due to L4D2's attention. Still reading? You sure? Fine. Buy this game and you can kiss the next 10 weeks of free time you thought you had. This game is exponentially addictive, with its Survival, Versus, Campaign, and Single player mode. If you are handy with the DPS's steel, dive right into a Online Campaign game, grab an uzi or a shotgun and start blating away. Be careful, friendly fire hits are actually realistic here, especially in Expert. Accidentally shoot your teammate in the back with an uzi? He is going down.... fast. Cover each other and remember to always move forward. Maybe wanna see how brains taste? Jump into a versus game and cooperate with you teammates to set up ambushes and deadly traps, maybe hit that damage pounce off the building, maybe peek around from a corner and vomit over them..... or just sneakily pull the last one over the side of whatever vertical object makes the biggest SPLAT! Want to play that endless zombie panic, where ammo is tight and you wish you had a baseball bat? Check out survival... grab some propane tanks and gasoline cans, set them out at key choke points, flip the switch and start mowing them down, blowing them up, or making them do the zombie disco inferno. My origonal score for this game would have absolutely been a 10, but the lack of content is a killer. more than a year after release all they could come up with is hijacking the MOD community's ideas. 1 new minimap, not a full campaign. Good news is the mods are making up for Valve's stupidity, creating their own maps, betaing them, fixing them, and releasing them to the public. Even though the game is a year old and change, still expect some bugs, some more annoying than others. Steam's platform is questionable as well, often not allowing you to connect to something as simple as a friends list, not allowing you to one-click-join a friend's game from desktop. It adds up, and quickly at that. Lastly, you have the first promised main update to l4d1, which was to include new guns ("no re-skins whatsoever", valve's own words) and a bazooka, RPG, whatever your name preference..... Still waiting. 9 months. GG True score for this game should be 50/100, because being pathetically late on your promises and cashing out just a year in, is just ridiculous. Hindsight says the only time this game was worth buting was a 1/2 price weekend deal for $20. Even then, its questionable. Expand
  65. HelpU
    Jul 19, 2009
    2
    The fact that you play as a team holds you back. It takes only one bad player on the team to make a crappy score in survival. The other mode makes you wait for the action when survival throws you in it so I pick survival. In this game the only reliable player is you. When you think someone has a good score sometimes its because they glitched so you can rely on that either. This game The fact that you play as a team holds you back. It takes only one bad player on the team to make a crappy score in survival. The other mode makes you wait for the action when survival throws you in it so I pick survival. In this game the only reliable player is you. When you think someone has a good score sometimes its because they glitched so you can rely on that either. This game isn't for people who want to become good at it. Expand
  66. DavidP
    Jul 21, 2009
    5
    This is a fun game, no doubt about it. What's most of the reviews fail to mention is that this game has very little content. $50 or $40 is just too much for the amount of content; this game is closer in length to Portal or TF2 than it is to Half Life 2. Of course, it has terrific replay value online, but there are four campaigns, each of which you can finish in about an hour. All This is a fun game, no doubt about it. What's most of the reviews fail to mention is that this game has very little content. $50 or $40 is just too much for the amount of content; this game is closer in length to Portal or TF2 than it is to Half Life 2. Of course, it has terrific replay value online, but there are four campaigns, each of which you can finish in about an hour. All four campaigns contain the same AI, music, enemies, characters and weapons, and they all have the same atmosphere: dark, gray, foggy. While this is perfectly appropriate for a zombie apocalypse, it's not appropriate for $50. I'd give this game an 8 or 9 if it were $25 instead. Expand
  67. tysonw
    Aug 6, 2009
    7
    Well lets start of saying i got this game for 20 dollars back in june. its fun for many hours i was addicted to it for several weeks. good graphics, fun multiplayer, i actually feel like im in a zombie apocalypse. sounds great right. the problem is when u get to the lows of the game. lucky i pick it up for 20 online, cause if i paid any more i would be greatly disappointed. the lack of Well lets start of saying i got this game for 20 dollars back in june. its fun for many hours i was addicted to it for several weeks. good graphics, fun multiplayer, i actually feel like im in a zombie apocalypse. sounds great right. the problem is when u get to the lows of the game. lucky i pick it up for 20 online, cause if i paid any more i would be greatly disappointed. the lack of content makes this game one a 1 month thing for me. single player is terriable .ai does not react at all to the fact there are zombies everywhere. well with honestly at all. . i didn't i would ever see such bad in award winning game . the next worst has to be cod world at war. the new one is coming out in a couple of months and im very disappointed it will probably have a 40+ dollar price tag on content that has been promised but will not be delievered for the first one =(. i frown upon making promises and breaking them. which means i probably will wait a couple months to get lfd 2 in the bargain bin for 20 dollars. give it a couple weeks after release. i don't blame people for not supporting lfd2. anyways sorry about venting. but overall this game is fun, enjoyable mulitplayer. but is ruined by ai and lack of content. Expand
  68. ChristopherB
    Aug 8, 2009
    7
    L4D. I say its a fun game to play due to the Co-op campaign. But Ill give it minus becouse the little choice of guns. Graphics are good 8/10, sound is good. Storyline 5/10. Whell the storyline is like all the other campaigns on L4D, all you have to to is to get extract from the "hot-zone" and then your done. Wich made me abit borred after a while. But if you love zombies you really shouldL4D. I say its a fun game to play due to the Co-op campaign. But Ill give it minus becouse the little choice of guns. Graphics are good 8/10, sound is good. Storyline 5/10. Whell the storyline is like all the other campaigns on L4D, all you have to to is to get extract from the "hot-zone" and then your done. Wich made me abit borred after a while. But if you love zombies you really should get it for 30 bucks from Steam. Expand
  69. AnsatsuR.
    Sep 25, 2009
    6
    This game has fairly addictive game play, problem is they are not updating it as they said they would therefor the new content is not coming out in time to save this game. At this current time (9/25/09), this game has the longevity of around 3-4 weeks. When this game was released the graphics were behind almost two PC generations. The music is OK, it sort-of fits the games theme. It is This game has fairly addictive game play, problem is they are not updating it as they said they would therefor the new content is not coming out in time to save this game. At this current time (9/25/09), this game has the longevity of around 3-4 weeks. When this game was released the graphics were behind almost two PC generations. The music is OK, it sort-of fits the games theme. It is plagued by horrible AI, which seems to do nothing but shoot and run, rarely saves the players from the special infected, lack of updates, graphics that are not up to date, broken levels on versus mode (this is accurate some of the levels are completely unfinished yet valve released them.) My advise, only buy this if you are willing to take a risk on this game even though it is halfway broken you might get some fun out of it. Expand
  70. NB
    Sep 27, 2009
    3
    When this first came out i thought it was the best thing ever, however there's not enough in it to keep you going and you are painfully forced to follow the same set route replaying the exact same experience. Horde left, tank in 20 seconds through that door. witch either here or there. yawn. Easy is just way too easy so you play expert but everyone just hides in a closet on expert, i When this first came out i thought it was the best thing ever, however there's not enough in it to keep you going and you are painfully forced to follow the same set route replaying the exact same experience. Horde left, tank in 20 seconds through that door. witch either here or there. yawn. Easy is just way too easy so you play expert but everyone just hides in a closet on expert, i don't want to play a closet simulator. Verses is the best feature but everyone just wants to be zombies so as soon as its your turn to be zombies all the survivors leave the game. I think the absolute worst bit is the fact that you can't even aim/zoom your gun. Ever since Killing Floor came out with its forever changing game play and real world weapon physics all i can do is pity L4D for being beaten by a MOD Expand
  71. BrandonR
    Oct 3, 2009
    6
    Good game for a while. Replay value is surprisingly low, unlike Valve's other online masterpieces (TF2 and CS, namely). Lack of content and lack of variety of maps (especially after being spoiled by TF2) make the game dry up real fast. Additionally, because it's limited to 4 player or 8 player games, the frustration of losing far outweighs gratification of winning. Online Good game for a while. Replay value is surprisingly low, unlike Valve's other online masterpieces (TF2 and CS, namely). Lack of content and lack of variety of maps (especially after being spoiled by TF2) make the game dry up real fast. Additionally, because it's limited to 4 player or 8 player games, the frustration of losing far outweighs gratification of winning. Online players take this to heart, and consequently there are far more gamers in L4D ready to kick someone out of the server because they are new to the game and not a veteran player. This isn't Valve's fault, but a shortcoming of small team online FPS, which could be remedied by (read: MORE CONTENT) larger servers and more than 8-player gametypes. Expand
  72. manuels.
    Oct 16, 2009
    7
    The game is not bad, unfortunatly i got bored too quickly, after only a week, I stoped playing and came back to COD4. The reason behind this is probably the fact that I purchased the game almost a year after his release, after a year, most of the players lost their interest and i found actually hard to find a server with 3 players to start a campaign.
  73. Hykernotimportant
    Nov 19, 2008
    7
    Its very awesome.I mean its one of the best games ever made.fast-paced action,best graphics,4-player coop where you can play with your friends etc. but theres 2 pullback and thats why I give it a 7 1.the demo was only available for 1 week before the game and if someones thinking of ordering it he cant try it out 2.the game is very expensive.Like,you watched a lots of vids and you liked Its very awesome.I mean its one of the best games ever made.fast-paced action,best graphics,4-player coop where you can play with your friends etc. but theres 2 pullback and thats why I give it a 7 1.the demo was only available for 1 week before the game and if someones thinking of ordering it he cant try it out 2.the game is very expensive.Like,you watched a lots of vids and you liked the game,plus everybody says its so good,so you want to try it out in the demo but you cant and then I say oh,okay,and you buy it but then you dont like it.And valve doesnt takes back the money.so you wasted 50$ on it. it was a huge problem that a game looks good and its expensive,but theres no demo I'll still give it a 7 because I think it may worth 50$ but for someone else it maybe won't be so good I think the 7 is fair enough. Expand
  74. SeanM.
    Nov 20, 2008
    7
    Great game with not enough content. I hope my money helps them add more content for free. More levels.. More weapons... More types of bosses... Would be nice if there were more players allowed per game. How about a vehicle.
  75. JohnS.
    Nov 21, 2008
    0
    Oh dear what has Valve done here? Even though this review is based on the demo it is pretty obvious to see that what you see is what you get, except of course the full version of the game will have more levels(but thats nothing special). As a huge fan of the Half-Life saga and an obessive online player of TF2, Valve have always impressed me with a great range of well developed games. Then Oh dear what has Valve done here? Even though this review is based on the demo it is pretty obvious to see that what you see is what you get, except of course the full version of the game will have more levels(but thats nothing special). As a huge fan of the Half-Life saga and an obessive online player of TF2, Valve have always impressed me with a great range of well developed games. Then along came L4D and what a dissapointment this turned out to be, this is far from Valve's epic work and have produced something that has been done before by other devs(in terms of zombie survival horror). This zombie shooter is not original in any way, boring beyond belief killing zombie, after zombie after zombie, very repetative, no story to keep you gripped it is just an average "arcade" shooter. There are a lot more better zombie shooters out there, with more original ideas, a plot and better action. I respect Valve for what they have attempted here but dispite being a fan of their work I am going to have to turn away from this horrible game. I will just sit tightly now and wait for HL2:Episode 3 at least that will be something good to look forward to :) P.S. This game is overated I've decided and Valve could have done a better job. Expand
  76. SteeleX
    Nov 25, 2008
    0
    First of all, I would have given this game a 6-7 out of 10, but to balance out all the other guys who gave 10, I had to put a 0. When I first saw this game I thought it might be interesting, as we've all played the zombie mods in CS and CS:S. Now finally a full mutiplayer game is released for shooting zombies. But the game worked differently than what I thought it would be. Before I First of all, I would have given this game a 6-7 out of 10, but to balance out all the other guys who gave 10, I had to put a 0. When I first saw this game I thought it might be interesting, as we've all played the zombie mods in CS and CS:S. Now finally a full mutiplayer game is released for shooting zombies. But the game worked differently than what I thought it would be. Before I even finished loading my map my teammates already ran away from the starting point, leaving only myself at the starting point. Even when I join them nobody seem to be cooperating at all. Nobody types, nobody uses the microphone, and everybody just press the voice message, "laugh". Unlike all of the other zombie shooting games, where the humans are suppose to be the weak ones, trying to hide from the zombies, in here, everybody tries to find and kill zombies wherever they can. It makes me wonder sometimes, are the zombies hunting us or are we hunting the zombies? The missions are extremely linear, by the first time I finished the first mission I already got bored. Because the second time I play it it's the exact same thing over again. We all know which monster is going to pop out from where and where are the medic packs are located. But of course the game is not at all a failure, it has many interesting features, like having temporary health which will decrease over time, being pinned down, the ability to heal other people, and the automatic voice commands. Though, after the first time through, even the zombie level in CoD:WaW feels a lot more fun and exciting, despite the fact that we all know we'll die in the end. Expand
  77. JohnHoward
    Dec 22, 2008
    7
    OK,OK,OK,OK What happened?? 7 inst a bad score, but i was expecting a perfect 10, the demo i was like AWESOME, shooting zombies, no prob shooting zombies with friends SUPACALAFRICKINAWESOME, but then what happens when your friends cant play with you?? you get a shit whole of a game that's what. But the team co-op managed to get this up to a 1-2 to a 7 that's how great it is. But OK,OK,OK,OK What happened?? 7 inst a bad score, but i was expecting a perfect 10, the demo i was like AWESOME, shooting zombies, no prob shooting zombies with friends SUPACALAFRICKINAWESOME, but then what happens when your friends cant play with you?? you get a shit whole of a game that's what. But the team co-op managed to get this up to a 1-2 to a 7 that's how great it is. But maps needs to be varied, it usually plays like this. Like maybe a map where, you can drive, or meet other survivors that arnt jerks and alert the horse. To sum this game up its like Running into a Brick wall, no matter how much it makes you laugh eventually your gonna get knocked unconscious, SO this game is fun for like 1day Expand
  78. Annette
    Dec 23, 2008
    7
    Overall, this is a pretty good game. Who doesn't want to blow the heads off of countless zombies? One of the cons, however, is the storyline. There is NO plot at all. You see the beginning movie, and thats it. After you are rescued from Mercy Hospital, you end up in Riverview. It gives you no reason to really be there. So, if you are looking for hardcore zombie-fighting action, this Overall, this is a pretty good game. Who doesn't want to blow the heads off of countless zombies? One of the cons, however, is the storyline. There is NO plot at all. You see the beginning movie, and thats it. After you are rescued from Mercy Hospital, you end up in Riverview. It gives you no reason to really be there. So, if you are looking for hardcore zombie-fighting action, this is your game. If you actually want a purpose for fighting them and want a nice storyline to keep you hooked, go somewhere else. Expand
  79. RyanJ.
    Jan 5, 2009
    6
    An excellent movie intro that falters in real gaming content. While shooting zombies the first few hours is quite fun and a decent change of pace to the typical FPS, the repetition eventually makes the player a zombie. I was not expecting a co-op only game so I docked points for no single player content or poor decision making single player characters (take your pick). While I find the An excellent movie intro that falters in real gaming content. While shooting zombies the first few hours is quite fun and a decent change of pace to the typical FPS, the repetition eventually makes the player a zombie. I was not expecting a co-op only game so I docked points for no single player content or poor decision making single player characters (take your pick). While I find the expert mode the only challenge for my FPS experience level, the lower difficulties help newbies get their feet wet and can make the game both humorous and frustrating. The server interface is non existent. Way too much reliance on dedicated servers that shut down without warning, crash and glitch often and usually match you with the highest ping server possible. Finding a suitable game often becomes a chore, sometimes sitting in a lobby for 5 minutes waiting for a search to finish. I've found hosting local games more reliable, but the players that get placed are usually on the other coast or out of country which gives them poor pings. Historically valve has done a decent job in patching the multiplayer experience and I hope this is not the exception. Like Return to Castle Wolfenstein multiplayer, the game is heavily reliant on a teamwork environment so having just one weak player usually means restarting levels often fueling the frustration to find better gaming partners. Server hopping seems to be normal. This game certainly does not apply to the Gung-Ho, Rambo style players. The $50.00 price tag seems a bit steep for the overall entertainment value. Expand
  80. GeoffC.
    Jan 6, 2009
    5
    I must be the oldest Bill playing this game... I had lots of fun learning the game but now am tired of the struggle: I see no comments about the shortcomings so maybe no one is using the mouse and keyboard like I have to. The frustration is in the crossover reality shortcomings: the weapons are mismatched and the people are as well. Why can't I run faster than the Tank? I should at I must be the oldest Bill playing this game... I had lots of fun learning the game but now am tired of the struggle: I see no comments about the shortcomings so maybe no one is using the mouse and keyboard like I have to. The frustration is in the crossover reality shortcomings: the weapons are mismatched and the people are as well. Why can't I run faster than the Tank? I should at least be on par so I can dodge the stupid thing. And the best gun is the repeating shotgun and the worst is the pump action shotgun. The best weapon Should be the AR-15(M16) but it is not really here except as a visual. I think the programmers should portray it as a pellet pistol because that's all the damage I can do with the game version! The programmers should go out and try some of the guns at the shooting range or at least talk to people familiar with the weapons. I have a problem with the reality of changing the magazine and clearing a dud round etc, but give me a 300 round can and not the 50 round, or give a realistic hit level for the zombies. 4000 hits to take down a Tank!?Way too much. For Example,with the AR-15, I can kill you with less than the 20 rounds in a small clip in about 5 seconds, break every bone in your body and you'd be dead before the 10th round; so 4000 hits without any visible damage and having to change clips at least 20 times in teamwork or depend on fire or something else to stop the attack, is crazy. I also would like to carry more than one pipebomb, trudging around to get another one takes too much time, I would even give up some ammo for the weight. it's too frustrating mixing reality with fantasy, I guess I hate being at a disadvantage with superior firepower, it doesn't make much sense. Last note on weapons; there is a NATO option to have a mix of AP and tracer bullets for the M16, let's get some! Expand
  81. sevologyK.
    Jan 25, 2009
    7
    I am someone who has played this game for hours upon hours, and I have to say that it is a semi - disappointment. I cannot give this game anything above 8 even though I'm not saying it's a bad game. The content is just extremely limited and if you were to run through all the levels without zombies you'd get a sense of how small the levels actually are. Quite the opposite of I am someone who has played this game for hours upon hours, and I have to say that it is a semi - disappointment. I cannot give this game anything above 8 even though I'm not saying it's a bad game. The content is just extremely limited and if you were to run through all the levels without zombies you'd get a sense of how small the levels actually are. Quite the opposite of what valve had written in their game description, boasting about the huge levels. Finding a decent server to play on takes a while due to the general lack of players, unstable dedicated servers, and getting connected to lag-infested servers across the world. They tried to get rid of repetitive play by supposedly introducing an AI director, which spawns zombies and guns at different locations every time you play, but it really doesn't help out. Repetition tends to be alright for most multi-player gaming (like counterstrike), but it's unacceptable for a game like l4d since it's a freaking co-op game. The biggest problem I have with this game is the price that it was sold for. Valve really took advantage of the community by charging $50, releasing a game that can be completed in the same hour range as portal. The biggest disappointment would probably be the versus gameplay. I have never played anything more stupid in my life. Survivors generally have a huge advantage over special infected, and you'll find yourself dying often until you get a tank. If you can't kill them with the tank, chances are they'll win the level. They really should have focused on making the maps larger and introducing vehicles for this game, instead of making the special infected playable. It's fun puking on the survivors as a boomer for the first 5 minutes, then it's just monotony and boredom. By writing this review I am not saying this is a bad game, but it is without a doubt, a VERY INCOMPLETE game. Expand
  82. MarkH.
    Feb 12, 2009
    2
    WOW! This game sucks! I was bored with it after the first day. I spent at least a month on BioShock. That makes it thirty times better! The levels were fun but there are so few of them. I am left asking, "was that it?" Where are the new levels I can try? Co-op mode sucked too. Most everyone I tried to play with sucked and the game has bugs too. When the zombies die they remain standing WOW! This game sucks! I was bored with it after the first day. I spent at least a month on BioShock. That makes it thirty times better! The levels were fun but there are so few of them. I am left asking, "was that it?" Where are the new levels I can try? Co-op mode sucked too. Most everyone I tried to play with sucked and the game has bugs too. When the zombies die they remain standing but just stop attacking. You still have to push them out of the way. They move like cardboard cut-outs too. I expected way more. I want my money back. Expand
  83. NaytoE
    Feb 25, 2009
    5
    This games seems very much like half a game. Infact it's even less. There's a real lack of content here and it certainly isn't worth the £26.99 it's being sold for atm, I bought it during a promotion for £14.99 and still feel slighty ripped off. There's a lack of weapons, a lack of enemies, a lack of levels (4 campains broken into 5 smaller levels, This games seems very much like half a game. Infact it's even less. There's a real lack of content here and it certainly isn't worth the £26.99 it's being sold for atm, I bought it during a promotion for £14.99 and still feel slighty ripped off. There's a lack of weapons, a lack of enemies, a lack of levels (4 campains broken into 5 smaller levels, takes about 40 minutes to do a campain, 50 minutes max, so that's 4 hour of gameplay, which is very very poor for a full commercial release. You get more length from Pac Man) and a lack of choice within those levels (you run, gun, pick up med kit, heal buddy, recieve snidey remarks from children, hit a scripted trigger, enter zombies, repeat). The way it was advertised and the length it was in development made me expect more from it, especially the price tag and the fact it's a full commercial release. I've seen mods with more content than this, and those guys don't get paid! The user interface needs some serious work, you dont even get to choose what server you join, the computer picks for you and 9 times out of 10 it picks a laggy server in verses mode even though you clearly clicked co-op (and vice versa). If you're like me and remember people names, you'll remember the people from games that were total idiots, or kids and won't want to play with them, unfortunatly you cant see who you're joining till your loading the server up and the joy of that is when it picks the server you've just left 4 times in a row. Not good. Also using quick match takes forever as it starts connecting to full servers and bounces you back to the menu, it did this to me a wopping 17 times before i finally gave up and headed onto some better, ie/ TF2. TheUI can be fixed quite easily, but the length it's been out suggests to me they aren't going to do it. And now the gameplay, fun when you join chaps that actually want YOU to live as well as themselves, but the chances of that happening is very small. I've only joined a few games where team work has actually been used. Most of the time it's just every man for himself and first guy to the med kits heals as many times as possible so the others suffer (there's only 4 at each point, one each). I remember my frst Tank sighting, I was pummeled as everyone ran away from it (me being arrogant thought my shotty would blast his face off, I was greated with a big meaty fist), whilst he beat me to a pulp the others killed him, then refused to help me up and ran away hitting the 'Laugh' key, leaving me to slowly die whilst casting a vote to kick me. I really felt the love in my first ever game. My advice, if your looking for a team game with loads of content and replay value, by TeamFortress 2, it's got more to offer, isn't anywhere near as expensive and doesn't contain as many idiots (usually, it has its moments when teh new class packs are released). However, if you like playing the same strech of scenery with the same monsters popping in the same places enjoy navigating through a crappy, broken menu, love waiting to find servers only to be greated with lag and absolutley must play with ignorent, childish morons that you're supposed to work with and help out even though they've shot you in the face, vomitted abuse at you, used all the med packs, left you for dead (I apologise for that) voted to kick you and set you on fire, you must buy this. The players of this game have killed my willingness to give medpacks to others... They're mine... All mine!... *twitches* I don't hate the game, it can be a laugh with mates (when we all have time), but I hate 90% of the people I've played with. People will say it's not teh games fualt that I get thrust into servers with idiots, but it is. There's no way of avoiding mongtard players, there for it is the games fault. You can mute them, why can't you opt to avoid them? And this seriously isn't worth the money Valve are charging for it. If it was £10 and the interface was sorted, it'd get maybe a 6, and if immature planks were banned from life it'd get a 7. If both applied, it'd get an 8. Expand
  84. UchinaI.
    Apr 16, 2009
    6
    While the game brings a new flare to co-op games and is slightly addictive graphically, mechanically the game suffers from lack of content. Basically you are buying $50 worth of maps to play in, thats where most of the 7 gig folder size of this game comes from. There are only 7 weapons opposed to the 10 stated in the review: Dual Pistols, Shotgun, Uzi, Ar, Hunting Rifle, Molotov and Pipe While the game brings a new flare to co-op games and is slightly addictive graphically, mechanically the game suffers from lack of content. Basically you are buying $50 worth of maps to play in, thats where most of the 7 gig folder size of this game comes from. There are only 7 weapons opposed to the 10 stated in the review: Dual Pistols, Shotgun, Uzi, Ar, Hunting Rifle, Molotov and Pipe bombs. There are only 5 "boss" (that is used very loosely because there is only one true boss in my mind and thats the Tank) mutations in this game. Really only the Tank can be considered a boss, the rest are just mutations: Boomer, Smoker, Hunter, Witch, and Tank The rest of the game's enemy list is comprised of zombies. There are only 4 scenarios, each with at most 4 map sections. Each play through it will only take an average player that actually plays the game rather then running through the map around 35 to 45 minutes to beat. This means that there is little actual game play time, only around 5 hours. The multiplayer is supposed to be where its at. But verses mode is severely unbalanced and the Co-Op campaigns can easily be ruin by bad players or idiots the run through the map and leave the rest of the team behind in the dust to fend for themselves. Overall, unless the content update in April brings around 2 nre maps to each scenario and 2 new scenarios or ties the current scenarios together and adds new boss infected and new weapons, this is the first game I think i could say shame on Valve for, its a money grabber that leaves us gamers wanting a hell of a lot more then we got or will ever get from valve. In the commentary, forgot where exactly, there is a node where one of the devs says in summery that they skipped out on making lots of content because they wanted the community to make it for them, and that to me is B.S lol. Expand
  85. EivindB
    Apr 26, 2009
    1
    One of the most hyped titles! Sure, it's a great game.. for the first hour. After that you've experienced it all and it'll get really repetitive, with the same monsters and the same guns to fight 'em with. The mod, Zombie Mod, is 10 times better and it's free. It might arrive some updates for L4D, but that's not an excuse coming out with a game with almost no One of the most hyped titles! Sure, it's a great game.. for the first hour. After that you've experienced it all and it'll get really repetitive, with the same monsters and the same guns to fight 'em with. The mod, Zombie Mod, is 10 times better and it's free. It might arrive some updates for L4D, but that's not an excuse coming out with a game with almost no content and expexting 50 euros for it. Expand
  86. AegisK
    Apr 29, 2009
    7
    A great game for FPS lovers, Left 4 Dead is a great blend of fast paced action, gripping action sequences and great design. However, the game is let down wi th a lack of content, ridiculously stupid AI, buggy levels and more exploits than your average beta release. The single player modes are quite simply, a pointless feature. It is neigh on impossible to complete any of the "movies" on A great game for FPS lovers, Left 4 Dead is a great blend of fast paced action, gripping action sequences and great design. However, the game is let down wi th a lack of content, ridiculously stupid AI, buggy levels and more exploits than your average beta release. The single player modes are quite simply, a pointless feature. It is neigh on impossible to complete any of the "movies" on the expert campaigns. Whats worse, with the new "survivor mode", world rankings simply haven't been included because of the large number of exploits and bugs in each of the 16 maps, with all but 1 taken from the 4 poorly produced "movies" the game has to offer. Great to play with friends as a team, but its not much different than counterstrike with the same flat appearance. The game also has a lack of strategic weaponry, lack of matchmaking options, and if you want to pay the hefty price of £28 for the game... you'd be better waiting till its at least below £20. Newer players to the FPS genre are also recommended to avoid this game, as the community seems to have adopted a no new player attitude. Expand
  87. Ginger
    May 1, 2009
    1
    The first run was good, the second better, but after the 5th totally boring, even on advanced level, no massive multiplayer part really dragged down my score for this game, had it 1 day and am board of it already, glad i got the friday free try for 24 hours, not worth buying in the lest, thank god i did not spend the 45+ tax for it.
  88. Mo0nBugGy1
    May 2, 2009
    5
    Meh!. not-bad co-op even if it only lasts 3 hours, lame multiplayer, lame graphics, lame gun sounds but great zombie sounds, its just CS:S with zombies. Levels are short and boring, if they bring out some new stuff for it than i may upgrade to a 7/10 but its pretty boring.
  89. Adrian
    May 2, 2009
    2
    Let's start off by saying that the asking price when I bought this game was $60CAN. Now the real price this game is actually worth content-wise is $5. Only a handful of weapons, 4 playable zombie classes, and even less than a handful of playable campaigns with less than mediocre level design. Then again, I guess anything would be considered gold if it had zombies in it.
  90. matts
    May 3, 2009
    3
    The game was good when it came out, then they hade to F up the game buy changing alot of the crap that they think it was necessary after it came out. what happened to the people that test the game out for bugs or people testing out the games? I play alot of games out there and I here people getting pay for testing games out. After a game comes out they change alot of the crap. wish i can The game was good when it came out, then they hade to F up the game buy changing alot of the crap that they think it was necessary after it came out. what happened to the people that test the game out for bugs or people testing out the games? I play alot of games out there and I here people getting pay for testing games out. After a game comes out they change alot of the crap. wish i can test games out and tell them what they need to fix and what they need to upgrade. Expand
  91. RL
    May 7, 2009
    4
    This game is basically a overpriced HL2 mod with a good "Director" AI system. I woudn't say its bad (its gameplay was really origional back then) but I woudn't say its worth even $20 when i got it during 2008 thanksgiving. Why? well, its mainly because players easily get sick of the same gameplay after a while (its like play HL mod SvenCoOp with the same map over and over This game is basically a overpriced HL2 mod with a good "Director" AI system. I woudn't say its bad (its gameplay was really origional back then) but I woudn't say its worth even $20 when i got it during 2008 thanksgiving. Why? well, its mainly because players easily get sick of the same gameplay after a while (its like play HL mod SvenCoOp with the same map over and over again), valve had made it such that the game has "ALOT" of restrictions, and very very little freedom to explore new tactics. for example, there's hardly any weapon to choose from except the assault, sniper rifle and shotgun. One of the most annoying thing is that there's NO melee weapons! NONE! (except pushing zombies away with ur hands). After 5 months of casual time to time playing, I've convinced myself that Valve isin't going to make any map or content update that would make the game worth my time. The survival mode is just...rediciluously hard and "Bad". OH, and did i mention...NO CUSTOM MAPS, NO MODS, NO MAP DEVELOPING TOOLS, HORRIBLE SERVER BROWSER. In terms of gameplay....The zombie verses has been balanced (you konw, for fairness) such that the Hunter can basically pounce on a player without landing on him/her, the smoker and tank takes a considerable damage before they die, the smoker can pull somebody miles away...the list goes on...basically, what valve tried to balance for verses mode didn't really translate well into the survival mode. eventually the gameplay became "ANNOYING" and boring for me. trust me, if you are looking for a fun zombie game, try some CSS zombie mod or perhaps "ZombiePanic Source" (i havnt tried that yet). Save your money, save you time, its not worth $20 unless valve opens up its custom developing tools for modding. (even if they did, i wouldn't strongly reccomend it). Expand
  92. FoxJ
    May 12, 2009
    6
    This is more like a mod then a game with only 4 campaigns and a lack of story. You get two multiplayer modes either campaign co-op or versus. The problem in multiplayer is that one person is the director and while this could enhance the game by spawning infected to make the level harder or challenging, some just play around with players by pushing them off buildings or spawning 30 witches This is more like a mod then a game with only 4 campaigns and a lack of story. You get two multiplayer modes either campaign co-op or versus. The problem in multiplayer is that one person is the director and while this could enhance the game by spawning infected to make the level harder or challenging, some just play around with players by pushing them off buildings or spawning 30 witches in front of the safehouse. The game isn't really that scary you hear the special infected while they are 100 yards away so you know they are coming long before you see them. As for opening doors or looking in dark rooms yes there may be an infected behind the door but 9 out of 10 times they are facing away and just stand there after you shine the light on them. A friend talked me into buying this game and I feel like I just wasted $40 on something worth $10. Also don't get this unless you have friends who also have the game as the average player is aged 13-15 and will boot you from the game lobby if you don't have some experience with multiplayer first which one of my friends learned after being booted from the first 5 games he tried to play. Expand
  93. danm
    May 21, 2009
    7
    Not at all worth the hype. This game is as shallow as a puddle in the desert. I literally after playing the game for an hour thought "wow, this is seriously it?" Spraying at an endless bunch of idiotic zombies? A monkey could play this game well, and by the looks of things it seems like about 90% of the people who play this game are monkies. All glitz and glam, absolutely not substance Not at all worth the hype. This game is as shallow as a puddle in the desert. I literally after playing the game for an hour thought "wow, this is seriously it?" Spraying at an endless bunch of idiotic zombies? A monkey could play this game well, and by the looks of things it seems like about 90% of the people who play this game are monkies. All glitz and glam, absolutely not substance whatsoever. Expand
  94. CharlesB
    May 22, 2009
    1
    While excited about the thought of a good zombie shooter, I found myself really not liking this game. I enjoyed the single player aspect of the game very much. The problems began when I started to play the multi-player version. It seemed that people were kicking others out for no reason. One guy got booted and did nothing wrong. I couldn't save him because we entered the safe area While excited about the thought of a good zombie shooter, I found myself really not liking this game. I enjoyed the single player aspect of the game very much. The problems began when I started to play the multi-player version. It seemed that people were kicking others out for no reason. One guy got booted and did nothing wrong. I couldn't save him because we entered the safe area when the vote was called. Had another person kill other players as soon as they got in the game. I would rate this game much higher if I had RL friends to play this game with. Expand
  95. SvenR
    Jun 4, 2009
    5
    IF the game starts, its a lot of fun to play it. Untill it crashs. Unfortunately, it crashs almost everytime when you play it, so its just worth a 5/10. This game includes more bugs then Gothic 3 and this us quite unbelievable, didnt think that a game can beat the buglvl of G3, but it happened. Congratz to Valve for this. Support? nothing. Bugfixes? Maybe you have to define for Valve what IF the game starts, its a lot of fun to play it. Untill it crashs. Unfortunately, it crashs almost everytime when you play it, so its just worth a 5/10. This game includes more bugs then Gothic 3 and this us quite unbelievable, didnt think that a game can beat the buglvl of G3, but it happened. Congratz to Valve for this. Support? nothing. Bugfixes? Maybe you have to define for Valve what that means. Expand
  96. CorvinousV
    Jun 14, 2009
    7
    A great game on its own merits, and entertaining the first time through the single player. Obviously however, the multiplayer is where this game really shines. Despite the different game modes, and the ingenious devices that promote a cohesive team, the excitement all wears off pretty quickly. The lack of variety stifles the game. The 16 maps, all grouped into quads of 4 called campaigns, A great game on its own merits, and entertaining the first time through the single player. Obviously however, the multiplayer is where this game really shines. Despite the different game modes, and the ingenious devices that promote a cohesive team, the excitement all wears off pretty quickly. The lack of variety stifles the game. The 16 maps, all grouped into quads of 4 called campaigns, seem small after a few hours of play, and very repetitive. Valve was late releasing a map kit for L4D, and only showed a modding community the love after announcing L4D 2, killing anyone desire to mod the game, and smashing any hope of getting additional content for it. The game is fun however, and is worth getting when it hits the 10 dollar bargain bins. Expand
  97. NikkiJ
    Jun 17, 2009
    6
    While the game is visually stunning, and the mood makes you sit on the edge of your seat, skin to horror movies of old. The lack of solid variety and content ans the minimal replay value make the game rather luke warm after the second play through. I was hoping for more given the 49.99 price tag
  98. AlexC
    Jul 2, 2009
    7
    I give this game a 7 for many reasons 1st love the team work in the new surrival mode its wonderful very good graphics play it 20 hours in two weeks the only reason i didnt give it a 10 is some tweaks they need to put on 1st everytime i click quit it doesnt quit it crashes so i have to control+Alt+Del evertime 2nd when your playing with people theres no cancel button enough of the bad I give this game a 7 for many reasons 1st love the team work in the new surrival mode its wonderful very good graphics play it 20 hours in two weeks the only reason i didnt give it a 10 is some tweaks they need to put on 1st everytime i click quit it doesnt quit it crashes so i have to control+Alt+Del evertime 2nd when your playing with people theres no cancel button enough of the bad stough good game love it big fan and still play it but,,,,,single player dont know why they have it cause its boring im actually not excited for the new one cause its going to be the same stuff with different levels very good game not worth 49.99 more like worth 29.99 Expand
  99. ScottC
    Oct 23, 2009
    5
    Id LOVE to be able to rate this game higher, the redeeming factor of L4D 2 coming out on Nov 17th does add some excitement, however, the fact its the same thing over and over and the fact that , besides myself, about 20,000 other people who feel the game was incomplete to begin with WILL NOT be buying. dont be cheap Valve, give moneys worth.... sadly disappointed. Oktobor STORM
  100. EddyH
    Nov 2, 2009
    3
    Good Graphic but not much more I thought as i was playing the demo it's a good game but it wasn't it was only a waste of money -.- I mean the zombies are hiting me they doesn't bite like classic zombies, c'mon that sucks.The only thing i like on this game is the versus mode.
Metascore
89

Generally favorable reviews - based on 58 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 57 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. 90
    There's absolutely no doubt that Left 4 Dead is one of the most social and exciting multiplayer games that we've ever played. It's almost pitch perfect in how it captures the tension and the action of a Hollywood zombie movie.
  2. 90
    The inventive and highly entertaining competitive multiplayer mode just adds to the experience, and we're looking forward to seeing what Valve's got planned for the game's future. Out of all the titles that have shaped the Year of Living Cooperatively, this may be the best experience of them all.
  3. 92
    One of the finest zombie games ever made, and one of the finest co-op games ever made. The potential for everything to go so, so wrong without warning, or conversely to pull off the most spectacular escapes against all odds, means this is an online shooter you can tell your finest anecdotes about without boring everyone else to tears.