Left 4 Dead is finally here and being a true zombie fan (World War Z, The Zombie Survival Guide - I've read them all), imagine my delight at getting the chance to review it. Taking place after a virus has swept the land, turning the populace into mindless zombies - not your average, slow moving shamblers of old but rather the modern 28 Days Later speed freak sprinters - your only aim is to survive. Ace Gamez was in their element! However, the joy of witnessing the largest number of onscreen zombies since Dead Rising isn't the only reason that Valve - the legendary creators of Half-Life and Team Fortress 2 - brought us this game. Valve's intention was that Left 4 Dead should do for co-operative play what Counter-Strike did for competitive multiplayer - does it succeed? Damn right it does, even if the experience is only near perfect.