Ok so today I have decided to do what I set out to do in the first place. That is post a review about a video game and with it being Halloween I figured why not cover a Zombie Video game? What better zombie video game is there that deals with MASS zombies (Resident Evil, Silent Hill, and a few other reviews also to come soon).
As you can see, Valve was really original with the box art...
Now this is one of my favorite games of all time. For those of you who somehow missed this game, it is a Co-op (4p) first person shooter for the PS3, 360, and PC where you take on the role of one of 4 survivors during the Zombie Apocalypse. NEAT. Now when I say zombie Apocalypse, I don't mean grandma and grandpa's zombie apocalypse. I am talking Full blown 28 days later kinda shit (if you have not seen that movie, watch it.) These zombies roam around in hoards! MASSIVE hoards. Which means Plenty of Zombie killing to go around for you and all your friends. By the time you finish a campaign you should have killed at least 300+ zombies. If you took the time to explore and actually take in everything in the game.
|This is what a small horde looks like when they are coming for you|
Not since Dynasty Warriors, have I seen so many characters on the screen that are being controlled by the computer. Yet somehow Valve manages to give the Zombies better A.I. than the Japs will ever give dynasty warriors. But occasionally on either of the console versions there is some frame rate dropping and the occasional lag. But that still doesn't mean this game isn't awesome.
|That is a bit more like it|
In this game, you go through the campaigns as if they are movies. Each one even has it's own "movie" poster that you see during the load screens as well as ending "credits" which are actually just stats that the game keeps track of the entire time. Hell, to push the movie theme even further, the game has something called the "Director" system. What this director does is if it sees that you and your friends are doing well, it will play an eerie horror movie sound and send waves of zombies at you. Not only that but it selects which special infected it will throw at you next. Special Infected are covered in the next paragraph. That however is only when the director is being a dick. The director can also give you more guns, helpful items, or ammo if you are struggling. It is really a cool system when you really think about it.
|The faces of the cast when they found out they weren't|
in the second game until "The Sacrifice" was released
I am not going to get into the specifics of the gameplay for these games. At least not for the humans. The humans play like any other first person shooter. You see something you want to shoot? Okay...then point and pull the trigger. Whoopty do. You also have the option to use your medical packs and adrenaline shots, which boost your speed and give you temp health, and the different types of ammo in the game. If you really want to know, play it. I will say this though, if you play the first game before the the second, you will be disappointed because you will grow to love the characters from the first and they are not in the second. (Bill NOOOOO.)
Alright now. Special infected are crazy fun. There are a few different types of special infected. I will also give some VS. Strat for each of them.
|The Boomer is hideous|
|"I swear, I am not staring at your face...or tongue..."|
|I would not fuck with that|
Check this video out for how to be an effective hunter.
|He is 3x larger than any other infected.|
|Years of inbreeding has lead to this.|
The is also the Spitter. I did not care to get a picture of her due to all the images that appeared when I searched "spitter" on google. So what does the spitter do? Spits Acid. This is effect just because you can force survivors into traps with the acid and/or do a ton of damage over time. I really don't like using her, but I will if I have to. Also, when she dies, she spreads out a pool of acid where she was standing. So if you die over someone who is incapacitated, you will still do a good amount of damage.
|She cries and cries...until you get close to her...|
You cannot play as her. If you get too close or point a flashlight in her face you will startle her. She instantly incapacitate survivors. She has a ton of health and is a bitch to kill. You will know when a witch is around because of her crying.
This wasn't much of a review...But to sum up left 4 dead 1 and 2, it is only really good if you have people to play with. You can do 2 play local co-op (even on a PC) and 4 to 8 player online. This game is a lot of fun but if you get any version, get the PC version. It has way more re playability because you can download mods and new levels. Mods like this mod which is the most disturbing one I have seen yet. (the volume is abnormally loud on this vid. Watch with caution.)
I give this a 6 out of 10 unless you play it multiplayer. Then it is a 9 out of 10
Hopefully my next post my thoughts will be more aligned. I don't like how this one is set up or how I wrote it...but I don't care because I actually did a review...kinda...