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- On day one, Left 4 Dead 2 features more co-operative campaigns, more campaigns and maps for the versus game modes than the original Left 4 Dead did, plus support for Survival Mode right out of the box.
- Left 4 Dead 2 features quality next generation co-op action gaming from the makers of Half-life, Portal, Team Fortress and Counter-Strike.
- Updated “AI Director 2.0" technology expands players’ ability to customize level layout, world objects, weather, and lighting to reflect different times of day, creating fresh gameplay every time.
- Put a whole slew of melee weapons including axes, chainsaws, frying pans and baseball bats to use which allow you to get up close with the zombies.
- The game features four different survivors, a new storyline and new dialog.
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Left 4 Dead 2 is set at roughly the same time as the original - just after the outbreak that turned most of the population into various zombie mutants. Players assume the role of 4 new "Survivors," each with their own personality and new dialog. The game leads these "Survivors" through the southeastern region of the US - from Savannah, Georgia thru the bayou country, and climaxing in New Orleans' French Quarter.
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My wife and I love to play a good co-op (to players on the same couch) game. We have enjoyed each Halo game, Rayman (Origins and Legends), Left 4 Dead (first game) and many other 2 player split-screens games. Don't get us wrong, we do play some single player games, but we agree it is much better to play co-ops than watch the other person play all night. As such, since we are both zombie fans, this game peaked our interest. We purchased both Left 4 Dead and Left for Dead 2 at the same time as a result. In general, we love it. There are only a few things we do not like, but the pros ultimately outweigh the cons.
1) This is a True Co-Op Slit Screen Experience. You can do a single campaign too, but split screen co-op is where this game shines (no our case anyway). In terms of the split screen, it offers the Screen to be split horizontal or vertical. We prefer horizontal since you have a larger viewing area of the surrounding, but it might block some of the creatures hiding higher in the buildings (not a big deal).
2) It offers campaigns that don't take forever. Each campaign, 5 total, takes about 2hrs to complete. You can come home from work, sit down and blow away a horde of zombies for about 2 hours and still have a night to enjoy afterward. Too often have we been sucked into a game (not necessarily a bad thing mind you) and before we know it, it is already in the early A.M.s. Not the best for work the next day. This game hits the sweet spot so you don't become a part of the couch.
3) These zombies are not slow. It is nice to play a game where not only are there a ton of zombies to take on, but they rush at you with vengeance. These include your typical zombies along with others like the witch, tank (charger), hunter, boomer,spitter, jockey, etc. The Jockey, Spitter, and Charger are nice additions to this game, though I think the tank is the same thing as the Charger.
4) You can replay a campaign and start at different points in that level. For example, since the game is based off of the fact that you are supposedly playing a movie in action, each level is composed of chapters. Each chapter is based on strongholds you have to get too. The strongholds are savable checkpoints throughout the game so you don't have to start from the vary beginning if you die. That being said, not every part of each level is as exciting or as fun as the other parts. By being able to pick where you want to begin the level, that gives you the ability to relive your favorite parts of the game while skipping the slower parts. We must admit, my wife and I find ourselves continuously playing the final chapters of each level since that is where all heck breaks out. Hordes and Hordes of zombies and a made dash to the exit.
5) You can kill zombies with a variety of weapons (guns, melee, etc). This make the game more fun.
6) You can heal yourself and your partners, and they can do the same for you. One nice feature about this game is along the way you can pick up health packets and heal yourself. You can also us them to heal your partners, and they can do the same for you. Another nice feature is the computer characters ironically heal you more than your would expect, which is very helpful at times.
1) Sometimes the graphics are inconsistent where zombies in the distance might strobe from one position to another until you get close. That is not so bad, expect when you have a tank charge you and one minute you see them in the distance and the next second they are behind you pounding you into the ground.
2) You are entirely at the mercy of the other players (computer and/or co-op). If a smoker grabs you, you have to wait and watch your life fade until someone finally saves you. You just wish they gave you a knife to cut its tongue as its dragging you away. If a Hunter tackles you, you have to wait again until someone saves you. Same with the Tank, witch, and even boomer to a lessor degree. However, it does allow for true teamwork, but has proved annoying when you are playing single (not co-op) since the computer characters might take forever to save you.
3) The worst thing about this game is when you are in a small dark area and you only have a smaller circular area of light from your weapons light. I can understand why it is like that since it would be the case in real life, but transferring onto a big screen can make multiple movements confusing and nauseating, especially if a teammate messes with you an shuts the closet or room door that you are stuck in. On the bright side, this is not a constant issue in the game.
4) One of the final major issues is that there are only 5 levels to play. Being that each level only takes 2 hrs or less, this makes for a very short game. It would have been nice to have more levels to experience. However, for the price and chapter selection feature, it is fine.
Overall, this is a great co-op game with very little cons. We can't really rate it for a single player since we do not play it like that. We also feel it is good to mention that every level is the progression of a continuous story in this game. The means that saves you at the end of the first level is the first thing mentioned at the beginning of the next level. This was lacking in the first game where each level was its own game/"movie" start to finish. This game is like a series of sequels which was a nice addition. It is truly worthy of a 4 star rating.
P.S. Left 4 Dead (first game) is very similar, it has 4 levels, slightly poorer graphics (we stress slightly), and is less difficult. However, it still has all the same pros and cons.
Pros: 2 players on the same TV vs one player per computer.
Cons: Performance takes a major hit and the game really gets choppy.
* Ease of use
Pros: A controller feels more comfortable in the hands and is easier to just pick up and play.
Cons: Though the controller is easier to use, the keyboard and mouse allow for better control
Pros: Same fun as L4D 1 with a few nice additions such as the Scavenge game mode(same for PC). It's Easy to play with friends(same for PC).
Cons: PC Community gets pretty much all the same but also better mods and more content
Here are some numbers for people who like those.
Gameplay/Fun: 8/10 (Still lots of fun even compared to a lot of newer titles)
Graphics: 6/10 (A bit dated as it's now 2012)
Replay Value: 9/10 (Versus and Scavenge)
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