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  • Summary: Set in the zombie apocalypse, Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) is the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning Left 4 Dead. This co-operative action horror FPS takes you and your friends through the cities, swamps and cemeteries of the Deep South, from Savannah to New Orleans across five expansiveSet in the zombie apocalypse, Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) is the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning Left 4 Dead. This co-operative action horror FPS takes you and your friends through the cities, swamps and cemeteries of the Deep South, from Savannah to New Orleans across five expansive campaigns. Play as one of four new survivors armed with a wide and devastating array of classic and upgraded weapons. In addition to firearms, you'll also get a chance to take out some aggression on infected with a variety of carnage-creating melee weapons, from chainsaws to axes and even the deadly frying pan. You'll be putting these weapons to the test against (or playing as in Versus) three horrific and formidable new Special Infected. You’ll also encounter five new "uncommon" common infected, including the terrifying Mudmen. Helping to take L4D's frantic, action-packed gameplay to the next level is AI Director 2.0. This improved Director has the ability to procedurally change the weather you’ll fight through and the pathways you'll take, in addition to tailoring the enemy population, effects, and sounds to match your performance. L4D2 promises a satisfying and uniquely challenging experience every time the game is played, custom-fitted to your style of play. [Valve] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 76 out of 76
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 76
  3. Negative: 0 out of 76
  1. 100
    L4D2 delivers multiple improvements over its predecessor, and I get to keep all my fingers and toes.
  2. A triumph over the first in every way, Left 4 Dead 2 is not to be missed (or boycotted) if you loved the first one.
  3. It is by far one of the most satisfying cooperative experiences out there at the moment and completely overshadows its predecessor.
  4. This Left 4 Dead 2 is pure cooperative joy.
  5. 90
    In the Left 4 Dead series, the perennially over-performing Valve has put together yet another classic franchise, and while the absence of fundamental overhaul obliges me to be sparing in my praise of the sequel, it should serve you long after Modern Warfare 2’s charms have faded.
  6. This is a finely tuned re-installment of the game and one that includes the trademark visuals, sound, game play and tradition that Valve has steeped within it's most favored franchises.
  7. Left 4 Dead 2 may have lost some of that new zombie smell, but its cooperative play is still among the best.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 70 out of 89
  2. Negative: 3 out of 89
  1. Sep 24, 2010
    10
    I'm not what you would call a "video game person", yet after playing this once, I've been obsessed with this game. Much better than theI'm not what you would call a "video game person", yet after playing this once, I've been obsessed with this game. Much better than the sequel, and the three extra infected characters are definitely worth the time. Even more weapons, plus even more zombies equals a hell of a time! Expand
  2. Jul 26, 2012
    10
    I thought that this game was really amazing. The fact that the game is fast paced makes it even better.
    Roaming through the towns, cities,
    I thought that this game was really amazing. The fact that the game is fast paced makes it even better.
    Roaming through the towns, cities, streets, buildings, roads, highways, and even forests facing zombies and "special" undead. You can find guns and melee weapons in all of the levels. I gave this game a 10 because it deserved it for the graphics, gameplay, plot, easy controls, and challenging but really fun levels.
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  3. TheDude
    Jan 31, 2010
    10
    This game rocks. I was a huge fan of the first game, and traded it in for a special deal on MW2, and when I first started this one I was This game rocks. I was a huge fan of the first game, and traded it in for a special deal on MW2, and when I first started this one I was regretting that decision and missing the first one badly. Now after playing it straight for a couple of weeks, I can't hardly imagine playing the old one, since it doesn't have so many of the new things that have been added to the sequel that work so well and add so much to the game. The biggest difference is, of course, the three new infected characters. All three, the jockey, spitter, and charger, all fit in perfectly and add new dimensions to the team strategy dimensions so critical to the online versus mode. My initial response to the game was based on the first of the five new campaigns, Dead Center, which is still my least favorite of the new offerings. The other four campaigns are awesome. Equally awesome is the new Scavenge mode, in which teams play several rounds rotating to see which team of survivors can collect and score more gas cans before a timer runs out. It's tons of fun, just like the traditional versus mode, and is a great alternative if you don't have enough time for a full campaign. Other cool new additions are the melee weapons, the adrenaline shot, and the defibrilator. Once you've played the game for a while, all of the new additions work very well and add to the overall experience. So, in conclusion, this is just an awesome game that fans of the first are sure to love, if they give it a little time so they can get used to all the new changes. Expand
  4. Nov 21, 2011
    9
    A very fun and addicting game with better weapons and more pickups then the first. Multiplayer is very fun and balanced although it can getA very fun and addicting game with better weapons and more pickups then the first. Multiplayer is very fun and balanced although it can get laggy at times. Overall one of the best zombie games out there. Expand
  5. Oct 2, 2017
    8
    Well, the final Left 4 Dead game before Turtle Rock left Valve in 2011 to pursue new projects. L4D2 is, first and foremost, and blast to play.Well, the final Left 4 Dead game before Turtle Rock left Valve in 2011 to pursue new projects. L4D2 is, first and foremost, and blast to play. The gunplay is great, the HUD design is solid, and the art style really fits in the atmosphere of these games. The many zombie variants is cool, and the new weapons thrown in the mix are fun to use too. This game is a blast to play cooperatively, and solo too. However, the story isn't all that interesting or well told, and the gameplay, while being very good, isn't quite rock solid enough for the game to fall back on. Aside from that, L4D2 is a very fun game, but I'd say you should get it for a max of 15$. Expand
  6. WalterS.
    Jan 15, 2010
    8
    I didn't own the first game (though I did play it), so it has no place in my heart and the gameplay hasn't curdled for me the way I didn't own the first game (though I did play it), so it has no place in my heart and the gameplay hasn't curdled for me the way it may have for someone who's played the same game last year. While the first is like a tactical operation, the sequel is more like a warzone. Sometimes you'll find that gunning it through the level is preferable to taking your time and gathering valuable supplies. The game is VERY reliant on teamwork (as you may have guessed), no matter what tactics you use. Whether you're searching every room or going for a speedrun record, you all have to be on the same page. You'll be screaming at your television because your idiotic teammate doesn't have a microphone and can't "leave the womb." Do yourself a favor, organize a team of either friends or other people interested in coordination and communication. Pubbies are USELESS and will doom your team. I hate to say it, but if there's one guy who just won't keep up, kick him or leave him behind. The majority vote of you and your other two teammates will protect you. Retracing your steps every five minutes to rescue the same guy will get you slaughtered. Lame leg, lame horse. This is especially frustrating in Versus, where a dozen more footsteps could be the difference between victory and defeat. Gameplay aside, the atmosphere is spectacular. I love the Southern feel of the game and music, and the characters are absolutely infectious. I can't put into words how exciting the Dark Carnival finale is. Gotta reach for the top, stay on the mountain! Na-na-naaa naaa naaa na-na-na-naaa! Expand
  7. BtandonItalia
    Dec 13, 2009
    0
    Overrated and boring. Another game where you are lead to believe the game play will look and feel like the way you see in the previews but Overrated and boring. Another game where you are lead to believe the game play will look and feel like the way you see in the previews but they fail miserably and you are left with a mediocre looking game with quirky and unresponsive controls... Expand

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