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  • Summary: Fight together...or die alone. A new and highly virulent strain of the rabies virus emerges and spreads through the human population with frightening speed. The pandemic's victims become grotesquely disfigured, wildly violent psychopaths, attacking the uninfected on sight. One of the "lucky"Fight together...or die alone. A new and highly virulent strain of the rabies virus emerges and spreads through the human population with frightening speed. The pandemic's victims become grotesquely disfigured, wildly violent psychopaths, attacking the uninfected on sight. One of the "lucky" few apparently immune to the sickness, you, unfortunately, are also trapped in a city crawling with thousands of the bloodthirsty Infacted. Together with a handful of fellow Survivors, you must fight your way to safety or die alone. A co-operative multiplayer action game from the makers of "Counter-Strike," Left 4 Dead is built atop the most advanced version of the Source Engine and introduces version 2 of Turtle Rock's artificial intelligence (A.I.) technology. [Turtle Rock Studios] Expand
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  1. Positive: 57 out of 58
  2. Negative: 0 out of 58
  1. 100
    Fast zombies? Check. Non-stop tension and intensity? Check. The quality of gameplay we expect from Valve? Check. When it comes to co-op multiplayer, Valve is consistently ahead of the curve and excellent at making games that force players to work together.
  2. Left 4 Dead is a fantastic experience so long as you can get yourself into games with good players.
  3. PC Format
    92
    Possibly too relentless for the less devout mouse-jockey, but it's astounding proof that being a brain-dead shooter is a very good thing. [Jan 2009, p.86]
  4. Play (Poland)
    90
    Foaming at the mouth, with a mad glint in the eye and a trio of trusted friends watching your back - that's how it's played. And there's no stepping away from it. When the consensus was that there's hardly anything more to invent in the survival horror genre, Valve proved it wrong. No other game made me give the medikit to another player despite being hurt myself. [Jan 2009]
  5. Even people who dislike zombies will probably change their minds after playing Left 4 Dead. The game offers much more than just killing zombies by the hundred. It offers lots and lots of gameplay with an unique combination of a tactical shooter with good old fashioned humour.
  6. If you love good stories and are seeking for a long and player-focused singleplayer experience, Left 4 Dead is definitely not the shooter for you to get this Christmas. If you consider yourself a multiplayer enthusiast who’s looking for a true, old-school coop shooter, on the other hand, this could well be your GotY!
  7. 70
    If you're a multiplayer fiend and like the thought of mowing down zombies with chainguns, this is definitely worth checking out. The thrill of obliterating hordes of screaming bad guys that just want to gobble up your brains really is quite unique and fun. Just don't expect to be getting very good value for money because there's really not very much inside the box.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 28 out of 552
  1. 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. TheThe 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. Expand
  2. BenjieVassallo
    Dec 21, 2008
    10
    an amazing game. I thought id get bored playing the same level over and over again but in fact it makes the game fun as it all depends on youran amazing game. I thought id get bored playing the same level over and over again but in fact it makes the game fun as it all depends on your team mates decisions (and ur enemies of course haha). besides that i love blowing things apart and this game provides plenty of that ^^ Expand
  3. Anonymous
    Jul 15, 2009
    10
    Well, i cant really say anything bad about it, other than the players, if you've had this game for awhile and are decent at it you know Well, i cant really say anything bad about it, other than the players, if you've had this game for awhile and are decent at it you know how bad some public players can be, but the gameplay is amazingly addicting, especially being able to play as zombies, the weapons admittedly get old after awhile, but, i usually use the same weapon for a long time, til i get bored of it, then i switch to a different weapon, then repeat! the infected classes, boomer, smoker, hunter, and tank, are all playable and can all be fun depending on your gaming style, hunter for fast paced, smoker for snipers/tacticle players, boomers for.... eh.... im really not sure but i have friends that love the boomer, and the tank for basically owning everything, when playing online a lot of strategy can be involved, but im not gonna sit here and explain it to you, you'll just have to get it and find out yourself. Expand
  4. RichardK.
    Dec 15, 2008
    9
    Left 4 dead is a zombie-geek's dream come true: no story, no character background apart from what is obvious from their looks andLeft 4 dead is a zombie-geek's dream come true: no story, no character background apart from what is obvious from their looks and mumblings, the odds firmly against you (on expert level), knee-deep in corpses, standing back to back with total strangers, who'll you be saving and be saved by many times without any reason beyond that you need them standing next to you with a shotgun, simply to stay alive.

    L4D has obviously been playtested to perfection, with always the right level of tension, the constant threat of a catastrophic up-close Boomer kill or the AI director deciding you need a wake-up call, the need to preserve ammo and medkits, required tactics simply flowing from the layout of a map and the team's current levels of health and ammo. And those great finales, where the whole brawl usually turns into a total clusterfu*k, turning those who expected to 'win' into zombie lunch in seconds.

    Those tired old gamers who can't shoot straight without a story (no need) or character development (fu*king boring in most if not all shooters) should go buy a book instead. The other 99% of gamers, who actually enjoy SHOOTERS have this already - if you haven't, get in, quick!

    Sure, it ain't perfect. But not because of the lack of weapons: the shotfuns are perfect (limited range, realistic fire arc, top sound), the assault rifle wins out as the best allrounders, the uzi is pretty crap until you get crowded and it comes into its own. Even the single and double pistols are great. Limited characters? Don't care, since nobody can expect to survive in any case. Limited maps? Modscene will fix that soon.

    An instant classic.
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  5. 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....
  6. May 13, 2020
    8
    A great zombie shooter which sadly became obsolete when the 2nd game came out.
  7. 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, 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

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