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Left 4 Dead is my second favorite game of the year (after Fallout 3). I find myself compelled to keep going back to play more. While I regularly tempted to test myself on the harder difficulty level and to try and gather new achievements, the game doesn’t offer a particularly deep experience. Game play grows a bit repetitive and each movie/mission is just the very same game play on a different map. I’m hoping that new online modes, maps and weapons will be offered in the future. I also experienced occasional glitching such as seeing an undead arm flailing through a closed door or, when out on a ledge, watching your teammate take a step off the ledge only to remain in mid-air. All of these are relatively minor quibbles as the game succeeds so well at what it sets out to do; plop you smack dab in the middle of an honest-to-goodness-mess-with-your-head zombie apocalypse.
Once again Valve show other game developers how to create genuinely unique and immersive title. Every aspect of Left 4 Dead has been refined and tweaked to perfection. It’s addictive and atmospheric, and it contains undoubtedly the best co-op gameplay we’ve seen yet. The survival horror genre has just been revolutionised, the zombie Horde is beating at you door. Grab a shotgun and fight for your life!
MS Xbox World
Left 4 Dead is THE best game I've played in years, and offers one of the best new multiplayer experiences available on the market. Bravo, Valve, game of the year in my books, Left 4 Dead, game of the f***ing year!
G4 TV: X-Play
For any fan of zombies, horror, shooters or anyone looking for a multiplayer experience that feels new, Left 4 Dead is a must-buy. You’ll be wasting the undead long into the New Year, especially if you want the achievement for killing 53,595 zombies. Yes, that’s just one more than Dead Rising’s Zombie Genocider achievement.
Left 4 Dead is one of the most visceral and enjoyable experiences you will find on Xbox 360 this holiday season. If you love classic zombie movies and/or love the idea of co-op shooter there simply is no better game. While the content may seem slim the replayability is unmatched thanks to the dynamic AI director. If you are planning on hopping online there really is not a better co-op experience this winter and this will keep you playing long into next year. With a promise of new content on the horizon Left 4 Dead could easily be the sleeper hit of 2008 as well as being the base of comparison for all cooperative games from here on out.
This is one of those games that will grow stronger over time, packed with replay thanks to the AI Director and the innovative versus mode. L4D is pure fun and shooting infected with friends never gets old.
Left 4 Dead is a fantastic experience so long as you can get yourself into games with good players. Even more than any other multiplayer focused FPS you desperately need a good, or at least intelligent, team to get you through these stages with minimal fuss. With the right team you can have an absolute blast for hours on end, more so than you might expect considering the limited number of stages available here. Left 4 Dead is a different sort of game with a lot of potential and any future downloadable content can only expand on that.
Official XBox Magazine
Left 4 Dead’s simplicity offers purity of gameplay — the same reason that gamers keep returning to classic arcade games. Come to think of it, with a handful of levels and unpredictable events happening within them, Left 4 Dead has more in common with Ms. Pac-Man than just the eating. It’s the same thing over and over — but when simple ingredients are perfectly prepared, what could be a mere snack becomes a feast. This one just happens to be on human flesh.
If you're a fan of zombies, shooting things, cooperative play and edge-of-your-seat, unpredictable gameplay, you really can't go wrong with Left 4 Dead. Here's hoping we see some new scenarios and DLC support for the game's longevity down the track.
Planet Xbox 360
From the opening cinematic to the end of a multiplayer match Left 4 Dead never takes itself seriously. It lacks a lengthy campaign, which has little to no story, but its intended purpose is accessibility to groups of players. To fully enjoy the game you need to play with other people. The lack of maps and variety in the weapons may keep some casual players at bay. Hopefully Valve will offer DLC to keep it fresh. Its mastery of teamwork and tactical demands will keep players online until then.
Left 4 Dead is a great addition to the zombie game genre. It’s a complete other direction from Dead Rising, which is a good thing since Left 4 Dead is one of the best co-op shooters around. Great graphics, great sound, great cinematic, great gameplay, almost everything about L4D is great. The only downside is that, no matter how good the gameplay is, the single player mode feels a little empty after playing through a few co-op levels. But this is where the game shines, even with one friend and two AI assisting this game is great.
The Review Busters
With a game like this there is no reason to go back to other online based games. Left 4 Dead is one of my favorite online games on the Xbox 360 right now. There is a lot of reply value here to keep you occupied for months. If Valve can keep their promises with DLC then I see a long and promising future for Left 4 Dead.
Game Informer Magazine
If you are even thinking about playing this game, pony up for the Xbox Live Gold membership. It’s just as necessary as the controller. While light on content, Left 4 Dead needs to be in everyone’s library, not only because it innovates in ways that will shape the future of gaming, but also because it’s so damn fun.
Now I said that this game is possible to play by yourself, with the computer taking care of the other three characters, but this game really makes things happen when you play online with friends. This is the first, truly immersive survival horror game that gets the online portion right. I had high hopes for the game and it certainly had a lot to live up to considering it has been in the gaming news for quite a while. Well, I figure there will be more games like this coming down the pipe after what Valve showed was possible. The seamless online experience, smooth transitions and a killer idea to wrap around it all makes this the coolest multiplayer title I have played in a long time.
Even though you can finish all four chapters in just over four hours, the amount of replay value is immense. Weapon and ammo stations change, zombies will pour out of one area the first time through and another the next time and if you stay still you will get swarmed by a ton of zombies. This is a must buy for any action fan.
Let’s not worry about that now, though. What we’ve got for at least the next weeks is one of the finest zombie games ever made, and one of the finest co-op games ever made. The potential for everything to go so, so wrong without warning, or conversely to pull off the most spectacular escapes against all odds, means this is an online shooter you can tell your finest anecdotes about without boring everyone else to tears. Everyone loves a zombie movie, after all. Hooray, then, for Left 8 Dead.
It's claustrophobic and sinister, yet utterly action packed and arcadey at the same time. It's completely gorgeous, yet the visuals serve the gameplay at all times, whether that's through subtle changes to the presentation to alter the mood, or the fact that you're playing so much of the game at the end of a flashlight. The zombies may be cannon fodder, but they're action movie cannon fodder - the horde are superbly animated, whether they’re sprinting at you, climbing fences and leaping between rooftops, or stumbling as their bodies are riddled with bullets before slumping (even more) lifeless to the ground. Valve really does have a hit on its hands with Left 4 Dead. See you online.
Just like on the PC, the 360 version of Left 4 Dead is just immensely fun to play. Whether you go on the hunt or are the hunted, Left 4 Dead will leave you wanting more every time you finish a campaign.
The A.V. Club
Left 4 Dead recreates the trajectories of four zombie-movie plots, each ending in a dramatic escape. Players make their way through infested sewers, abandoned hospital corridors, and a ruined airport, fending off brain-eaters at every turn. Each finale calls for the survivors, by now low on health and on their last nerve, to hunker down and defend a position while waiting for their airlift. That's when the game really pulls out the stops, unleashing an army of the dead. Peppered throughout these undead attacks come encounters with mutated varieties of the zombie. On paper, the Witch, Boomer, Tank, Hunter, and Smoker seem like cheesy videogame iterations of the traditional reanimated corpse. But each of these formidable creatures is grounded just enough that they seem to fit the milieu.
Game Over Online
Unless you're genuinely lacking anyone to play it with though, Left 4 Dead is easily one of this year's must-have games. There's a kind of fun it produces which is rarely found in titles of any genre, let alone something which makes an effort to cater to zombie fans – it's the fun that can only come out of good co-op play with friends, something publishers are finally starting to realize. The real test for the game will be longevity, since online play could peter out in just a few months without extra campaigns. I suspect they're coming however, because response to the game has been extremely warm so far.
No, Left 4 Dead isn’t a particularly deep game, doesn’t offer a ton of variety and could use some more polish in many areas…but it’s so immersive and satisfying the majority of the time that you will ignore some of its shortcomings. Not totally forgive them, mind you, but it feels like the good outweighs much of the bad. On more than a few occasions, I pointed out some glitch that came up during a match to a co-worker and the response was, “Yeah, but it was so much fun!” It’s like having a 1965 Mustang convertible with a faded ragtop…you can kind of gloss over the cosmetic for what’s under the hood and how it feels driving down the road.
Simply put, every time the Director brings down a swath of Infected, who then pound me into hamburger, and every time my team and I manage to survive against incredible odds until the end, and we hoot and holler about besting the Director, I do the same thing: I jump into another lobby and wait for a match to start. I love this damn game.
With a game that is so much fun to play single player or even better in multiplayer, Valve has a huge hit on its hands. Toss in the possibility of DLC and you got yourself some replay value that goes through the roof! Left 4 Dead is a sleeper hit that not only should you play if you are a fan of online gaming, but should own if you are at all interested in squad based games. An easy candidate for multiplayer game of the year indeed.
Truthfully, it’s not much fun to play on your own, but with friends Left 4 Dead is a thrilling expereience, especiailly on the hardest difficulty setting. More variety in weapons and enemies would have been nice, but keeping choice simple definitely makes everyones role clear and important, which is a good thing I think Jung, 9/10 from me.
Embora "Resident Evil" e outros jogos de zumbi tenham feito muito sucesso com mecânicas e enredos sofisticados, "Left 4 Dead" se prende ao básico para criar uma bela homenagem aos filmes clássicos do estilo e outros produtos semelhantes do universo pop. É um título que simula com muita classe e equilíbrio o que foi visto, por exemplo, em "O Despertar dos Mortos" ou sua refilmagem, "Madrugada dos Mortos", com o desespero de sobreviventes, homens e mulheres comuns, que se vêem em uma situação extraordinária e precisam trabalhar em equipe para se manterem inteiros. Com uma ótima mecânica e um sistema que gera inimigos de forma inteligente e dinâmica, é um jogo saboroso de jogar, principalmente
Just as Portal was the shining star of 2007, Left 4 Dead deserves to be fondly remembered for years to come as a slice of something sublime. Leave it to Valve to deliver; they may be notoriously slow, but they always get it right. It seems good things really do come to those who wait.
"Left 4 Dead" (L4D) may not be the longest game you'll ever play (indeed at 3-4 hours, it will be one of the shortest), but the brilliant addition of the AI director and the versus mode means that no two plays will ever be the same, and I can really assure you of this after playing some scenarios to death. Whilst it may not be the greatest single player game ever, in multiplayer, this has to be one of the best co-op experiences that you could possibly play. This combined with the huge sense of fun when shouting at all your mates, makes it a purchase that you should definitely consider if co-op is your thing. Those without Xbox Live, however, may not find it quite so appealing.
Nevertheless, Valve has put together a wonderfully unconventional game - a taut FPS multiplayer that retains the same unease felt in the likes of Resident Evil. Even when you have a friend giggling in your ear the tension is tangible and always very real.
It’s fair to say you can judge a game by its “remember the bit where” factor. You’re talking to friends about a favourite game, when a memory of a particularly awesome moment you’ve shared pops out and reminds you all just how great that game was. Left 4 Dead is full of such moments. It’s an ever changing, ever challenging and ever tense multiplayer masterpiece which will captivate for as long as you’ve got friends to play it with.
So, if you like co-op games with a healthy and addictive versus mode, and you love slaughtering zombies (and let's face it -- who doesn't?), Left 4 Dead should definitely be a game to look at. Play the campaigns and versus modes with the right people and expect to have a lot of fun.
Totally Gaming Network
Overall this is a fantastic game to play with friends. If you can get a good group of guys together playing this you will have a blast. There really isn’t much story to speak of but you will have fun shooting zombies nonetheless. Graphically speaking it is a pretty game, however, there are better looking games out there. One of the games slogans is “Fight Together or Die Alone”. It is a very apt description of the gameplay you will experience. Working together is the only way to survive in this game. If someone goes off on their own you probably won’t survive and then you put the overall health of the team in jeopardy. Can you survive the zombie apocalypse?
The team at Valve has delivered another amazing experience with their latest effort, the survival FPS Left 4 Dead. With an amazing range of variety, unprecedented team dynamics and a genuinely frightening atmosphere, L4D is the game horror enthusiasts and trigger happy shooter fans have been waiting for.
When playing with friends, Left4Dead gives the best cooperative experience in gaming, hands down. Nothing compares. The game is lacking a bit in terms of content, and more weapons and locations would definitely add to the experience, but nothing can take away from the sheer enjoyment value. Valve’s newest might be one of their most masterfully crafted, and the attention to detail is impeccable. It might not win any game-of-the-year awards, but in terms of fun it might beat out anything else this generation has to offer.
One need only look at Left 4 Dead for proof that the gaming landscape is fundamentally changing. This is a game that was obviously envisioned from the very beginning as a co-op experience, even modeling its single-player campaign to mirror that approach. The inventive and highly entertaining competitive multiplayer mode just adds to the experience, and we're looking forward to seeing what Valve's got planned for the game's future. Out of all the titles that have shaped the Year of Living Cooperatively, this may be the best experience of them all.
There's absolutely no doubt that Left 4 Dead is one of the most social and exciting multiplayer games that we've ever played. It's almost pitch perfect in how it captures the tension and the action of a Hollywood zombie movie. This is an incredible and highly replayable multiplayer experience that's definitely worth checking out, especially if you're looking to prepare yourself for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Just make sure you bring your friends.
There are games you want everyone to play, just so they can experience what you've such a good time with, and Left 4 Dead is one of them. It's unlike any other game I've ever played and demonstrates the true power of cooperative gameplay. It's worth noting that the experience is somewhat dulled if played alone, but if you've got online friends or are happy to play with randoms, Left 4 Dead is a game you simply can't pass up. Just make sure you've worked out what you'd do in a zombie outbreak before you start playing, as you won't be able to make anything approaching a sane decision with a screaming witch bearing down on you.
Fun, frantic, fresh, innovative, stylish and addictive, Left 4 Dead is a game that you will enjoy when playing alone and fall in love with when playing with friends. It's what survival horror is all about: teamwork, desperation and endurance - and in terms of crafting an atmospheric, pulse-racing FPS experience, Valve have absolutely outdone even themselves. This game proves, without a doubt, that the Zombie Apocalypse sub-genre ain't dead yet... pun very much intended.
Left 4 Dead is a fantastic game. Not exactly flawless, but tremendous fun. And by tremendous fun, I mean the equivalent of riding the best roller-coaster in the world, whilst eating the best piece of cake in the world, whilst the most beautiful woman in the world does unspeakable things to you. In essence, an orgasmic thrill ride....with cake.
Left 4 Dead moet zowel op pc als op de Xbox 360 qua sfeer niet onderdoen voor een volbloed - pun intended - horrorfilm. Het is werkelijk pure horror om je vriend uiteengereten te zien worden door een gruwelijk misvormde zombie, die met een totaal gebrek aan tafelmanieren daarbij nog misselijkmakende smakkende geluiden produceert. De online variant, waarbij je met en tegen je vrienden speelt, is erg verslavend. Een game om van te genieten, ondanks het uitzonderlijk gore karakter.
Left 4 Dead is fun, plain and simple. Playing online with friends is even a better experience and having Versus mode with the ability to play a zombie itself is a fantastic addition and killing the survivors can be entertaining as killing the Horde. If you are even remotely a zombie movie fan, this title deserves a chance as many zombies will be killed in the playing of his game; and that is always a good thing.
Left 4 Dead es una de las más agradables sorpresas de esta recta final de 2008. Sin hacer demasiado ruido compone un conjunto muy interesante, en el que la campaña cooperativa se erige como su principal fortaleza. Sólo el tiempo y su aceptación entre los usuarios nos dirá si se convierte en un fenómeno a la altura de Counter-Strike. El listón está muy alto; pero calidad, sin duda, no le falta.
Left4Dead polarisiert in gewisser Hinsicht, denn wenn man ein Singleplayer-Liebhaber ist, der vor allem Wert auf eine gute Geschichte, packende, um einen selbst konzentrierte Action und einen dezidierten Handlungsfaden legt, ist man hier total falsch! Ist man allerdings auch heute noch enthusiastischer Counter-Strike-Spieler oder einfach generell ein Fan des Spielens mit Freunden, ist L4D schlicht und ergreifend ein geniales Highlight, das man auf keinen Fall verpassen darf! Mir persönlich hat es unglaublich viel Spaß gemacht, jede einzelne Kampagne gemeinsam mit meinen Standesgenossen durchzuspielen – allerdings leidet der Spaß ein wenig darunter, wenn man alleine in seinen eigenen vier Wänden sitzt. Dennoch: Wer schon lange mal wieder auf einen tollen Koop-Shooter gelauert hat, wird hier sicher glücklich!
It comes down to this: Left 4 Dead is a hell of a lot of fun to play. The eerie calm right before a stampede of bodies comes chasing down a vacant street is amazing, and there’s a palpable sense of teamwork in the air. The little touches are what makes this game so memorable and worthy of survival tales—being able to shoot even when incapacitated, zombies being able to break through doors eventually, the pitch-black office buildings lit only by the torch of your flashlight.
Left 4 Dead is a fun game while it lasts, but that’s not long. There’s not much nuance to the combat or weapons, but the realistic enemy behavior gives it a sense of unpredictability. The AI director is mostly successful at scaling the difficulty to the skill of the player, and this is one coop game that actually forces you to cooperate. Some will find it refreshingly straightforward, others will find it repetitive, but everyone will have at least a few hours of fun just trying to survive.
Left 4 Dead es un gran título. Es la experiencia FPS definitiva en el género de los zombies. Un título de culto para los amantes de las películas de no muertos, y un paso intermedio entre éstas y los videojuegos. Tu propia película de serie B interactiva. Repleto de gore, litros de sangre, miembros amputados y cuerpos mutilados, su planteamiento cooperativo lo hace increíblemente divertido y se disfruta entre amigos como pocos títulos esta temporada. El frenetismo y la acción sin tregua, los sustos, el verse sobrepasado, el necesitar la ayuda de los otros... Son todo emociones magníficamente importadas desde el celuloide. Sus virtudes, en esta dirección, son muchas, muchísimas. Sus defectos, pocos. Son clave que resulte muy corto y que la plantilla de enemigos sea tan escasa, al igual que las armas.
Without a doubt this is one of the best multiplayer experiences you will find on the 360, however anyone wanting to go it alone will quickly tire of playing the scenarios over and over again. Repetition is kept to a minimum thanks to the A.I Director but unless you have LIVE and a solid squad of friends then you should probably give this a miss. Though if there was a game to get online for – this is it.
GBase - The Gamer's Base
Left 4 Dead entfaltet sein wahres Potenzial vor allem im Online-Mehrspielermodus, wenn sich Zombies und Überlebende einen heissen Kampf liefern. Strategien sind hier unabdingbar, denn Teamwork ist das einzige Mittel zum Erfolg. Teilweise kann es richtig hektisch werden, wenn einem die Zombies nur so um die Ohren fliegen und ihr noch daneben einen Verbündeten retten müsst. Dank der jederzeit gewährleisteten Übersicht wandelt sich die Hektik nach einer Eingewöhnungszeit jedoch schnell in eine Herausforderung um. Die intuitive Steuerung hilft euch dabei zusätzlich. Bei der zweckmässigen Technik werden sich nur Grafikpuristen teilweise etwas mehr wünschen. Mein knappes Urteil: Wer auf Mehrspieler-Titel mit einem Hang zur übermässigen Action steht, muss hier zugreifen!
Une ambiance prenante, un gameplay intelligent et des sensations intenses font de Left 4 Dead une franche réussite. Le titre fait en sorte que les joueurs puissent se marrer en ligne sans trop se prendre la tête. Car au fond, même si la survie d'un groupe tient à son unité et sa coordination, on aura quand même du mal à critiquer un joueur qui, emporté dans une folie destructrice, se sépare de son équipe et met tout le monde en danger. Voilà finalement ce qui donne tout son intérêt à Left 4 Dead, ce film de zombies interactif qu'on aura sans doute beaucoup de mal à lâcher dans les prochains mois.
None of this is to say that Left 4 Dead is a poor game. When you're playing with a good team, against another good team or just the AI, it is exquisite. There just simply isn't enough of it, especially when the elements all seem to be there to expand the versus mode. It smacks of the sort of DLC where the contents are already on the disc, yet must be purchased separately to be made available. It's a dark stain on an otherwise stellar title.
Between the tense campaign and the frenetic Versus mode, Left 4 Dead offers two distinct flavors of multiplayer action that are equally delicious when enjoyed with friends. The single-player experience (and the marginally better but somewhat sluggish split-screen mode) isn't as tasty, simply because the friendly AI can't compare to a human teammate. Between play sessions, you may find yourself craving more maps, but once you're in the game, you'll be so consumed by your quest to survive that you'll likely be grateful for your knowledge of the terrain. It's a tricky proposition for a game to serve up such seemingly meager variety, but Left 4 Dead does so with panache, and gamers will likely be enjoying this recipe for a long time.
If you enjoy FPS's and playing with friends, Left 4 Dead should be very high on your Christmas List this year. With all the great games that have come out in the last 3 months, this is the game that I will still be playing into the New Years. No doubt about it.
Left 4 Dead is one of the most unique titles to release in quite some time. It takes basic gameplay conventions that are common in FPS games and freshens them up with some very cool tweaks and twists. The AI Director is something that is hopefully translated (*cough* copied *cough*) into other games, as it really boosts the game's replay value quite a bit. The teamwork elements in the game make this the perfect title for playing with buddies online on via system link in a local setting. For those that are willing to give the game a fair shot and round up a group of friends, there's a lot to Left 4 Dead that will provide for some memorable and fun times.
Left 4 Dead ist keineswegs das, was ich vom Spiel erwartet habe. Dies ist allerdings nicht zwangsläufig als negativ zu verstehen. Der Titel versucht gar nicht erst euch mit einer spannenden Story oder gar einem roten Faden zu fesseln, das ist bei Left 4 Dead bewusst Nebensache. Wer hier subtilen Horror erwartet, ist ganz klar an der falschen Adresse. Left 4 Dead setzt mehr auf eine gute Spielbarkeit und gelungenen unverbrauchten Multiplayerspaß und das gelingt dem Spiel auch. Wer also über die angestaubte Technik und eine fehlende Storyline hinwegsehen kann, der darf sich über einen spaßigen Shooter mit tollem Koop-Modus und Multiplayerpart freuen.
Se trata de un título para jugarlo en compañía. Aquellos que busquen un survival horror se llevarán una gran decepción. Aquí sobra la munición, todo se mueve de manera frenética y la trama cabe en un palillo de dientes… por un solo lado. Los veintes niveles que ofrece pueden resultar escasos debido a que el objetivo es llegar lo antes posible al refugio, no buscar en cada habitación para encontrar armamento (poco variado) o cintas que nos aclaren los sucesos, por lo que en dos días podremos haberlos visitado de cabo a rabo. Ya se ha anunciado contenido nuevo para la versión de PC, esperemos que llegue al mismo tiempo a la versión de consola.
The Video Game Critic
The controls are extremely accurate, so executing juicy headshots is a breeze. Does the game have any shortcomings? Well, the environments are not destructible at all. The split-screen mode is hard to set up, and the single-player game offers achievements to unlock, but no scoring. Left 4 Dead does get monotonous after a while, since it's little more than non-stop shooting. It's pretty scary though, and you'll find yourself on edge the entire time. Left 4 Dead is a real treat, and it's a nice departure from the typical slow and methodical zombie shooters.
Left 4 Dead is the best multiplayer game of the year. Despite its length, its satisfying gameplay and unique Versus mode make it one that’s definitely worth a rental and, if you have a solid group of friends ready and willing to get down on it with you, a great purchase too. Also, zombie fans can definitely rejoice, as this manages to trump Dead Rising as the current reigning king of zombie games.
The online-focus and lack of plot are sure to rub some people the wrong way, but FPS-fans and zombie aficionados have never played anything quite like Left 4 Dead. It is a near-perfect mixture of decayed ambiance and relentless pacing that pushes the boundaries of sanity to the breaking point, and serves as a constant reminder that even the most dire situations can always get worse. While I am still hoping for slow zombies in the real apocalypse, at least I now know who my true friends are, and who is going to run off with the med-kits like a cowardly turncoat.
What can I say? Left 4 Dead is pretty fun. It’s exactly the type of zombie survival game that the genre has been waiting for. The intensity never lets up for one minute from the time you open the safehouse door to your daring escape at the end of each campaign. You will fight for your survival and have a blast doing it. The only thing lacking is a unique single-player experience, but like I said before, it’s just not that type of game. Just think of it as training for the inevitability of the real thing happening.
Notably, the map loading screens are styled as film posters, a different one for each campaign. The slogan on one of these posters is "HELL CAME TO EARTH. THESE FOUR ARE GONNA SEND IT BACK." Which brings me to the thought that it's high time I start up Steam again and contribute to the world-wide effort of sending hell the hell back to where it came from.
Cheat Code Central
Left 4 Dead is largely successful at bringing players a uniquely exhilarating, arcade-like zombie shooter. The eye toward multiplayer fun is definitely appreciated, and the accessibility is great. However, the experience is best taken in short bursts, as the repetitive action gets monotonous after awhile. But, if you need to go on a zombie killing spree ahead of RE5, don't hesitate to pick up Left 4 Dead!
As a co-operative multiplayer experience, Left 4 Dead is unparalleled on the Xbox 360. However, when such large questions loom over the amount of content provided out of the box and the future support the title will receive cannot be quantified, leaving the game’s longevity in doubt it’s difficult to award the highest marks.
All in all, Left 4 Dead plays smoothly, offers simple run-and-gun excitement (and strategy when necessary), though it isn’t without its share of problems. If you’re looking for some quick, gory action to share with friends, this is your best bet, especially if you’re a fan of zombie flicks or the undead masses themselves. DLC has been announced for purchase in Spring, so this should inject some new life into the undead goodness, and hopefully add some more, needed content to justify the inflated price tag. If you’re not looking to be Left 4 Dead when all of your friends list is playing, then do yourself a favor and pick this up - you won’t regret it.
But when you and three other friends are shouting at each other down the headsets to stick close to each other (I swear they never learn), you won’t even care about the game’s problems. Valve raised the bar for a number reasons with The Orange Box and a year later, they’ve gone and set the standard for online co-op as well. It’s not nearly as methodical, subtle or intelligent as their other IPs, but Left 4 Dead dives head first into the abyss covered in blood, guts, bile – every horrible bodily fluid you can possibly think of, and comes out of the other end smelling like roses.
Left 4 Dead is a great game that everyone should play, although the inclusion of only four scenarios is a major drawback. Valve will hopefully rectify this in the coming weeks and months. If you are a zombie fan, this is a game you must own now. If you aren't, you may want to wait to see what Valve does with the title down the line. One can only hope that Valve learned from their mistakes with Team Fortress 2 on the 360 and they give Left 4 Dead a chance to thrive because there is no other game on the system like this.
Official Xbox Magazine (UK)
This is gaming's equivalent of a B-movie. It might not last long, but with no plot, no fuss and no gimmicks, it's a guilty thrill that will live on in pub conversations, impromptu blasts with mates and the knowledge that if you ever want to sit down and enjoy some carnage, all you have to do is reach for this brilliant twist on survival horror.
PC users can snag it for less than $50, while Xbox 360 owners need to shell out $60 for a game that, while incredibly addictive, has a handful of options. So while it's short on content, Left 4 Dead's frantic blasting makes it one of the year's coolest horror games.
Beyond its categorical success in establishing a vivid picture of the zombie apocalypse, Left 4 Dead's biggest breakthrough is the way it blurs the lines between the often compartmentalized pieces of a modern first-person shooter. It makes for a game that's unlike any other, and while the limited amount of content is admittedly unfortunate, that shouldn't keep you from experiencing this fast-paced, nerve-wracking game.
Entre bastons épiques, coups de stress et montées d'adrénaline, Left 4 Dead est un pur régal, un titre à la fois exigeant et accessible qui ne sacrifie rien côté gameplay tout en restant étonnamment ouvert. Le genre de jeux que l'on relancera encore et encore histoire de partager la crème du coopératif à plusieurs, d'améliorer son pourcentage de headshots, ou tout simplement pour montrer à ce vilain Tank de quel bois on se chauffe. Cardiaques s'abstenir...
Loin d’être une grande aventure, Left 4 Dead se déguste par petites bouchées. Valve réussit son pari du film interactif et nous offre le meilleur FPS coopératif qui soit en le mettant en scène de belle manière. Left 4 Dead tiendra en haleine ses fans de longues heures. Les autres pesteront sur le manque de contenu du jeu et l’interface de recherche des parties en ligne, aux antipodes de l’ergonomie. Mais même ceux-là auront toujours plaisir à retrouver leurs amis pour une orgie d’os éclatés, de muscles déchirés et de chairs grignotées.
L4D knows precisely what it’s doing at all times: it’s asking you to kill zombies and survive, and it’s giving you the tools to do it.
Porté par un gameplay impeccable et une bande-son parfaite, très correctement réalisée, extrêmement dynamique, cette expédition sauvage largement inspirée des films de genre manque peut-être encore un peu de contenu, mais offre déjà bien assez pour vous faire frôler l’arrêt cardiaque une centaine de fois.