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Replayed: Left 4 Dead 2

Mick Fraser: "It’s not about scavenging for supplies, rescuing other survivors or shoring up defences; it’s about shooting dead things in the face until they stop trying to eat you and getting out of a shit-storm alive, over and over again, alone or with friends. Left 4 Dead 2 is the ultimate zombie game for exactly one reason: it reflects everything we love about zombies in movies and games, the blasting, the camaraderie, the one-liners and last-ditch bombast and removes the stuff that would actually be scary, like looters, starvation and, I don’t know, having your lower intestines ripped out and eaten while you watch.

Left 4 Dead 2 is as close to an actual zombie apocalypse as I ever want to put my face, and it’s also one of the most enjoyable games of the last generation. Should Valve announce a third, I’ll expect fully procedurally-generated environments and even more special infected, but all I’ll really care about is that they don’t mess with the formula by making me think....

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