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January 11, 2011

Left 4 Dead 2

Filed under: Action & Shooter, Macintosh, Paid, WindowsJosh @ 11:02

Burger Tank? That sounds awesome.

The original Left 4 Dead was one of the best zombie shooters of recent times (check out my review of it by clicking here.) Left 4 Dead 2 came out almost exactly a year after the original. While it kept true to the formula that made the first one so good, it brought a few new things to the table.

For example, one of the biggest complaints about the first game was that there wasn’t much of a selection of weapons. I never minded this, since I was a pretty exclusive user of the shotgun. But Left 4 Dead 2 adds some new weapon types, including melee weapons. To be honest, I was a bit skeptical of melee weapons at first, but once I hacked up a zombie with a ninja sword I was completely sold. Other melee weapons include an axe, a baseball bat, a chainsaw, a guitar, and even a cricket bat for fans of Shaun of the Dead.

Another thing that this sequel adds is a new level of violence. You will actually see zombies lose huge chunks of their faces and chests, exposing brains and rib cages. It gets pretty gruesome. But really, a zombie shooter just wouldn’t feel right without some over-the-top gore, now would it?

Left 4 Dead 2 brings players to a new location: New Orleans. It was a controversial decision to use a city recently destroyed by a major hurricane as the setting for a decaying post-apocalyptic world, since some of the imagery may hit a little too close to home. But the Old South lends itself well to the zombie shooter genre. I don’t know what it is exactly, but it just feels right. And one of the campaigns makes players fight their way through a carnival, meaning that this game includes zombie clowns.

The multiplayer versus mode has been improved since the original game, but, in my opinion, it is still a little weak. The new zombie types make it worth checking out, though. As has always been the case, it is the multiplayer co-op that puts this series a cut above the competition. Join your friends via LAN or internet connection, and you will find it hard to put this one down.

Left 4 Dead 2 is one of the best co-operative gaming experiences you can have. Don’t even think about it; just go purchase it today.

Ninja sword vs. zombie clown. This is going to be epic.

Left 4 Dead 2

 ★★★★¾ 

Gameplay:★★★★★ 
Technical:★★★★★ 
Multiplayer:★★★★½ 
The sequel to the amazing cooperative zombie shooter.

Game: Left 4 Dead 2 | Developer: Valve

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