Friday, August 10, 2012

Left 4 Dead 2 Game Review

Left 4 Dead 2 Cover Box Art
Genre: Survivor-Horror/Action
Singleplayer: With AI Bots
Multiplayer: Cooperative Multiplayer and Versus
Platforms: Xbox 360 and PC

   Left 4 Dead 2 is the sequel to Valve's survival-horror action game Left 4 Dead, which received high marks and creativity, plus a high fun factor! 

Left 4 Dead 2 offers new features in this sequel, such as melee weapons, new ranged weaponry, new items, such as Bile Bombs and adrenaline shots, and new special infected to battle against.

Left to right (Ellis, Coach, Rochelle, and Nick) Left 4 Dead
Left to right (Ellis, Coach, Rochelle, and Nick)
  L4D2 features 5 new campaigns, and each are different and feature their own special challenges, such as different crescendo events and gauntlets, and even different regular infected, such as riot police infected, Hazmat infected (which can sometimes carry Bile Bombs), construction worker infected, and even infected clowns from Dark Carnival.

 All of the campaigns are fun and challenging in their own way, such as Dead Center, which is a journey to and through a shopping mall. Dark Carnival is a journey through the Whispering Oaks Amusement park, Swamp Fever is a swampy adventure though a wet swamp, facing the mudmen infected as they rise from the murky waters. Hard Rain you need to gather fuel through a sugar factor, to a gas station, and heading back during a hurricane, facing a large number of Witches along the way, and finally, the Parish, where you have to fight through New Orleans, facing riot police infected and the final part of your journey.

Riot Police Infected from left 4 Dead 2
  I personally love all of the campaigns, and as of right now, you can download new DLC campaigns and even get access to the original Left 4 Dead Maps, plus playing the new maps, like the Sacrifice, The Passing, and the new DLC Coldstream (haven't played this one yet). So having all of these is a great way to extend your gameplay!

  The new infected in this game (The Spitter, Jockey, and Charger), are very unique and have their own special attacks that add to the arsenal of the special infected team.  The Spitter can spit a large glob of acid from her gullet to cover the ground, causing serious acid damage to anyone who stays in it long enough. The Jockey will jump on the survivor's head and is able to take control of them and guide them to where he pleases. The Charger's special ability is to rush in with his large, deformed arm and bowl through survivors, catching one and slamming them into the ground, causing a large amount of damage.
The Spitter from left 4 Dead 2

 The new items in the game, such as the Bile Bomb, is a great tool to cause the infected to divert attention from you and cause them to attack who or whatever is hit by it, and the adrenaline shot is a small health boost, and causes you to run faster, knock back enemies better, and do quick revivals of your team mates.

The Charger from Left 4 Dead 2
   The Multiplayer is a blast as well, and now features all of the mutations (gameplay additions) you can play with your friends, and features several multiplayer modes, such as realism versus, versus, scavenge, coop campaign, and the mutations are really fun and make game play much more interesting, such as Gib Fest, which is a coop mutation where you are equiped with M60s with infinite ammo to tear through the enemy for fun.

 My only complaints about this game would be the AI bots, and sometimes they can be really stupid and do dumb things, like keep running into fire or not focusing on reviving you if you get downed, but overall, besides a few problems with the AI, the game is a blast to play, especially with friends and I recommend it to anyone who enjoy a good, replayable game!

Left 4 Dead 2 Combat screen shot cap

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