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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: 66 out of 67
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  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's simplicity offers purity of gameplay - the same reason that gamers keep returning to classic arcade games. Come to think of it, with a handful of levels and unpredictable events happening within them, Left 4 Dead has more in common with "Ms. Pac-Man" than just the eating. It's the same thing over and over - but when simple ingredients are perfectly prepared, what could be a mere snack becomes a feast. This one just happens to be on human flesh. [Holiday 2008, p.32]
  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.
  4. All in all, Left 4 Dead is an amazing game, and I highly recommend it, but only if you are able to play online.
  5. When playing with friends, Left4Dead gives the best cooperative experience in gaming, hands down. Nothing compares. The game is lacking a bit in terms of content, and more weapons and locations would definitely add to the experience, but nothing can take away from the sheer enjoyment value. Valveā€™s newest might be one of their most masterfully crafted, and the attention to detail is impeccable.
  6. Between the tense campaign and the frenetic Versus mode, Left 4 Dead offers two distinct flavors of multiplayer action that are equally delicious when enjoyed with friends. The single-player experience (and the marginally better but somewhat sluggish split-screen mode) isn't as tasty, simply because the friendly AI can't compare to a human teammate.
  7. Yes, shooting hordes of zombies is fun, even more so with three other friends. But the game doesn't have anything to offer beyond that simple activity, and it most likely stop being relevant the moment someone makes a zombie FPS with a little more depth.

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  1. Negative: 30 out of 214
  1. Nov 17, 2010
    10
    If it wasn't for this game and Left 4 Dead 2, i won't have even bought an xbox, honestly.
    This game is just amazing, though it is pretty much
    If it wasn't for this game and Left 4 Dead 2, i won't have even bought an xbox, honestly.
    This game is just amazing, though it is pretty much that same 7 scenes you're playing over and over, the randomness setting of a.i.'s and such make it like a brand new match every time. Versus, Campaign, and other modes other than Single Player are a great way to keep my attention to the game getting to play with other. The game is just amazing, i play it like everyday and i can't imagine not playing this gem.
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  2. Lincoln
    Nov 21, 2008
    10
    I read through the poor reviews before posting mine. Even the person who gave it a seven. Really, did you do your research before buying thisI read through the poor reviews before posting mine. Even the person who gave it a seven. Really, did you do your research before buying this at all?
    I'm not sure how the 360 version plays, but I do know that I far prefer my PC as far as shooters go, so theres that. Also, Valve has already said that they will be releasing DLC for this game, including new campaigns, so no worries that even those will get old.
    As far as knowing the "traps"? You can't know them. The Director, Valve's awesome piece of AI is analyzing your play style in real time. It helps you or harms you depending on how well you're doing, and the attacks will never come from the same place twice.
    This is genius, as far as I'm concerned. And the strength is definitely in the co-op play. If you don't have access to online play, maybe that's your problem. Never before have I seen a game where the players are so well coordinated, and I was playing in a game where only one other player had a mic. You'd never see that in TF2. We worked together, and we won.
    Final summation: This game is brilliant.
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  3. ShermanAtor
    Dec 30, 2008
    10
    10/10 Anybody who doesn't give this at least an 8 should get off these forums...Intensity (most intensity in any game I have ever10/10 Anybody who doesn't give this at least an 8 should get off these forums...Intensity (most intensity in any game I have ever played), scary, horror movie feel, multiplayer (Versus mode is extremely Addicting, don't play without people you know), awesomeness, one of the top 3 games on 360 (in no order, Gears 1, Oblivion, Left 4 Dead) If you got $65 not game better to spend it on... Expand
  4. ChrisH
    Nov 18, 2008
    9
    Simply amazing, if you want to experience a game that demands teamwork and cooperation- and also wow's its players with amazing Simply amazing, if you want to experience a game that demands teamwork and cooperation- and also wow's its players with amazing graphics, visual effects, blood & gore, cinematic nuances, and raw intensity, get this game. Perhaps the best attribute about L4D is the AI, its impossible to predict whats going to happen. You can play the same level 100 times and never see the same spawn setups, truely amazing. Perhaps the only flaw with L4D is that the other difficulty levels dont quite deliver the chills and thrills that expert does, it seems to have a sever difference between expert and advanced- so novice fps players may not get the same experience as more seasoned ones. Expand
  5. DanoL
    Jan 10, 2009
    9
    I absolutely love this game. It's addictive, fun, and intense. The expert difficulty setting is extremely difficult and the random spawn I absolutely love this game. It's addictive, fun, and intense. The expert difficulty setting is extremely difficult and the random spawn of zombie hordes and bosses makes it a new situation every time. The multiplayer is great as well. Finally a game where people actually have to cooperate online in order to win. If you don't cooperate with your team, you will most assuredly die. The versus is the most fun I've had online in a while. I will say this about the lack of story, this is a zombie SURVIVAL game, not a STORY zombie game like Resident Evil. Your only goal is to survive, not to figure out why the world is infected or who could have done such an awful thing. It is purely about cooperating with your team and surviving the hordes of zombies that rush at you. For those who love fast paced shooters and multiplayer, this game is definitely for you. For those who crave a plot and story in their shooter, this game is probably not for you. Expand
  6. GeoffGardner
    Nov 21, 2008
    8
    Pretty fun game overall. Very well presented, makes you feel like you're in a zombie attack. The idea that each level is never the samePretty fun game overall. Very well presented, makes you feel like you're in a zombie attack. The idea that each level is never the same is pretty cool too. My only problem is that it's just so short! There's lots of replay value, but even then it does get old. Very fun game though. Definably pick it up if you get the chance. Expand
  7. JackT.
    Nov 18, 2008
    0
    Too much violence, too much gore. I don't think the average household parent would want their child playing this terrible game. I know Too much violence, too much gore. I don't think the average household parent would want their child playing this terrible game. I know my son won't play it. I have seen this game in action. I suggest a boycott of this violent game. Expand

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