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IGN: Left 4 Dead 2 Review

"Here we are roughly one year after the release of Left 4 Dead, and its sequel is already out. For Valve, Left 4 Dead 2 represents an unusually speedy turnaround time considering the delays and release date fuzziness generally associated with its games, notably in the years leading up to Team Fortress 2 and the still mysterious status of Half-Life 2: Episode 3. Despite that history and the potential concerns associated with how soon this game is showing up after the first, Left 4 Dead 2 is very much a complete game, much more so than the original, and is without a doubt the better product. If you're still in the mood to group up with friends and slay packs of ravenous undead, then it doesn't get any better than this. However, if you're tired of Left 4 Dead's gameplay formula, the sequel, as good as it is, may not be enough to warrant a purchase. It's a game that's more about refinement and augmentation of existing features instead of offering something dramatically new.

"Whether or not Left 4 Dead 2 is for you really depends on your level of exposure and affinity for the style of hardcore team-focused gameplay Valve is offering here. If you're still interested in the gameplay, then you're going to enjoy every aspect of the sequel since it's improved in all areas, from available game modes to strength of character and personality to replayability and its visual style. After playing, you'll find it impossible to go back to the first game. Though plenty of other games offer co-operative gameplay against mobs of computer-controlled foes, no other game emphasizes teamwork as strongly as this, and few other games are as satisfying when you're able to pull through successfully, particularly when competing in Versus mode against four human-controlled boss zombies. If you saw the original and were always curious to try it out, then by all means get the sequel. It is, without a doubt, the better game. Yet despite all the advancements and additions, it's still very familiar, and something meant to appeal to those who are already sold on the concept. If you're someone never cared for the game, Left 4 Dead 2 isn't going to change your mind. Even so, it remains one of the most distinctive co-operative titles out there, and allows for some of the most nerve-searing team-based multiplayer gaming on the market."

- By Charles Onyett (

November 16, 2009 (Left 4 Dead 2, PC, Xbox 360) 9/10

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iron_sheik  +   2275d ago
score seems about right
However IGN are usually generous with big games so expect a lot of 8s for this title. blame Valve .why release a title every year when it is more of an expansion of the previous iteration

look the reviewers themselves complained about it and this game is on PC too. just read gamepro's review to see how the SP mode is. The initial reviews of any game are always positive. just look for more reviews which come later . you will see where this iteration which was done in just 1 year went wrong
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XDF  +   2275d ago
Cry some more...Iron Shrek
If you don't like it or have no plan of buying it..why even comment. Going to gamestop in a few hours for the midnight launch with fans that love the game for what it of the best online co-op experience you can get.

You are on all Xbox related news bashing away..I see a pattern here.
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blitz0623  +   2275d ago
whats your problem? he's just stating his own opinion. it's apparent that you love the game in which he thinks it's more of an expansion, which I think it is too, and you're the one crying. it's a good score, but just like iron_sheik said, it may not be received well because there aren't any BIG improvements or new stuff added
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sparta76  +   2275d ago
God I hope is better then the first.
Gonna wait on this, was disapointed with the first.
Not that it was bad, just got boring pretty quick
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XDF  +   2275d ago
This game is getting 9 and above left and right...
So it will be a great game. Gamepro gave this game a 4.5/5. So it is a great score.

I am upset because Iron Sherk said ".why release a title every year when it is more of an expansion of the previous iteration"

You know and everyone knows this is not an expansion. Little Big Planet GOTY edition is an expansion at full retail price.

3 more hours till midnight madness.
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HolyOrangeCows  +   2275d ago
-Some new maps
-A few new zombies
-Boring new characters
-A couple new weapons

I'll probably pass. I still have plenty of fun with L4d1.
I wish they had just added in the maps and new zombies as DLC.
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iron_sheik  +   2275d ago
like i said wait for more reviews. The first one got the same score as second one from the reviewers which have reviewed the game. just wait for more reviews to see the aggregate

ofcourse this is on PC as well and not all reviewers will give this one the benefit of the doubt. the first one had 89% at meta
swiftshot93  +   2275d ago
Ok look I have no problem with the L4D franchise, its really fun, but man Id SO much rather have Valve taking the time and resources spent on this game and use it on Portal 2 or the next Half-Life.

As for the game being an expansion pack, I kind of agree. One one hand this game offers A LOT more content than the first, on the other this game doesnt do anything that wasnt possible with the first game, it plays it too safe IMO.
Sitris  +   2275d ago
The first was fun....
Crappy graphics, repetitive gameplay, and lack of new ideas made the game bad. But something about it was fun as hell lol. I loved the first one even though my eyes and mind were saying it's bad, but it was very fun. And at the end of the day, isn't thats what games are about? I only played it for like a week or two but it was a heck of good week or two haha
nix  +   2275d ago
yes... IGN is pretty generous and forgiving for the big games specially when it comes to multiplatform and 360 exclusive titles. 10/10 for GTA IV. 9.5/10 for MW2 and not to forget 10/10 for graphics for MW2.

i do expect metacritic between 80-90.
Jamrock3292  +   2275d ago
funny cause if a 360 fan post his opinions about a game every1 will disagree and take his bubbles. Face it there are 2 many ps3 fanboys here and 360 fans can never get a word in or receive bubbles if they wanna support their console..on N4g its either PS3 or the highway...nice score i will be picking this up also
Shepherd 214  +   2275d ago
How can the game be more like an expansion, why do you say this? Its a full blown sequel, not even close to an expansion.

Five brand new campaigns compared to the the first L4D's four.

Dozens of new weapons like the desert eagle, combat rifle, AK-47, dragonuv sniper, grenade launcher, melee weapons like guitars, pans, machetes, nightsticks, equipment like boomer bile, and defibrillator, new enemies like the spitters, chargers, and jockies, new flame resistant infected types and bullet proof swat zombies.

And a few new game modes like Realism, and an objective game mode.

New features were also added like sick dismemberment and better physics, and slightly improved lighting and textures.

Its brand new game, no matter what you say, its not an expansion.
Greywulf  +   2275d ago
". Yet despite all the advancements and additions, it's still very familiar, and something meant to appeal to those who are already sold on th...

Not "wheres the innovation?"

lol. At least its proven & backed up by quotes now.

I rest my case.
Nikuma  +   2275d ago
BS score for a rehashed game. Xbox fans will eat this garbage up too.
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soxfan2005  +   2275d ago
"If you saw the original and were always curious to try it out, then by all means get the sequel. It is, without a doubt, the better game."

Not to mention "advancements" and "additions", while remaining "familiar", in the quote that that you pointed out.

The only thing that's proven & backed up in quotes is that 9/10 seems like just the right score for L4D2.
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y0haN  +   2275d ago
L4D2 exists as a standalone product because of the Xbox 360 and its limitations. There is no bias in that, it's just true.
Elaine Benes  +   2275d ago
Im all for you expressing your opinion, but your a sony fanboy.
Its kind of like the KKK "expressing their opinions" on MLK day----we get it, they hate blacks.

I think what a few people are trying to say is, your a ps3 troll, ergo, your predictable and biased opinion hold no merit on a 360 article.

The demo was great, and controls felt alot tighter than L4D1. It was a good review, deal with it. Gamepro's was good too. Its a good game.
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raztad  +   2275d ago
L4D is a PC, I mean PC game and it was even boycotted at some point by Valves main fans, PC gamers. Why are x-fans acting like it was a xbox exclusive?
FACTUAL evidence  +   2275d ago
You fail miserably. LBP still sells for 60$, and they're giving us GOTY edition with all the content basically for FREE! But i see you're not complaining when Fallout 3 GOTY edition is 60$ though..and you can buy the game for 30$...your logic is horrible XDF, please stop. Even IGN stated in the video review it's pretty much the same, just added weapons, and creatures. Get over it, you know damn well this would be the best DLC for L4D. Don't get me wrong i'm enjoying L4D2 as of now, and it's a pretty ok game, but we all know it's still the same.
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Saaking  +   2274d ago
Good score. I think this game will land at around 85-88
Shepherd 214  +   2274d ago
Xbox fans say its an exclusive because PS3 does not get it.

The PS3 doesnt really have a definitive co-op game like the 360 does, and they need one. I guess you could count LBP, but all you do is hop around on your friends maps and stuff.
LordMarius  +   2275d ago
lol, left4bored flops once again
Pandamobile  +   2275d ago
In what universe does a 9/10 warrant a flop...
PeptoBismol  +   2275d ago
Droid Smasha  +   2275d ago
another AAA for the bestbox
chrisulloa  +   2275d ago

Apparently anything below UC2's score is a flop. I guess PS3 owners don't have much to play these days if they manage to avoid all those games.
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Pandamobile  +   2275d ago
Suddenly, L4D2 reviews. EVERYWHERE.
TheBand1t  +   2275d ago
Also penises.
Why Dat  +   2275d ago
Take a chill pill XDF. I'm pretty sure Iron_Sheik knows the game is also available on PC, so he isn't dissing the game, b/c it just happens to be on Xbox.

Infact, he isn't even dissing the game or crying. I don't see how he's doing either, if he is restating what the article has already said.

Jeez... I feel really bad for some of you trolls.
roybatty  +   2275d ago
I played the PC demo is fun
But the graphics on Hl2 engine are starting to show age, and that was superior PC version 1680x1050 everything on highest settings.
Pandamobile  +   2275d ago
It's not the Half-Life 2 engine any more...

Source is modular. It's gotten like 3 major overhauls since it's debut. The game looks great, I don't know what you're smoking :\
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OpenGL  +   2275d ago
I'm sorry Panda, but I don't know what YOU'RE smoking. Left 4 Dead 2 looks like garbage even at 1920x1200 with 8xAA on my 5870. Crysis, Uncharted 2, and Gears of War 2 look great. Left 4 Dead 2 does not look great. As far as the actual game quality, I cannot really say. I did not find the demo to be at all impressive, but demos can be hit and miss compared to the full game.
shutupandplay  +   2275d ago
Are both AC2 and L4D2 out tomorrow? That must be a sucky day for a ps3 fanboy, an inferior version in one hand, and an unplayable AAA game in the other.
smokey_vols  +   2274d ago
That's not all that's out today. You forgot the God of War Collection, IGN-9.4 :) :) :)
chrisulloa  +   2275d ago
L4D2, Episodes from Liberty City, Forza 3. I'd say it's been a pretty good couple of days.

Yeah, it's expensive. Bayonetta, Splinter Cell Conviction, Mass Effect, maybe FFXIII, and all the other exclusives are going to drain my wallet.
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XDF  +   2275d ago
Don't forget...
to save up for Mass Effect 2 and Splinter Cell Conviction coming in a few short months.
TheTeam06  +   2275d ago
FFXIII is coming to Japan this year. It was already announced for March 9th everywhere else. Also, Splinter Cell: Conviction is in 2010. I'll be waiting for my copy of FFXIII, God of War III, Gran Turismo and Heavy Rain by then. But, then again, I still have to pick up some games that came out in the past couple of months from Sept. and Oct.

Meaning now I have to save up for:

Uncharted 2
Brutal Legend (I thought it was cool)
Ratchet & Clank
Ninja Gaiden Sigma 2
Demon's Souls
Mass Effect 2
Gran Turismo
DJ Hero
Modern Warfare 2
God of War III
Heavy Rain
Alan Wake
Battlefield: BC2
Assassin's Creed 2

From now up to early next year =(
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SSCOOLCHEA  +   2275d ago
and your dumbazz is not buying any of them
broke azz bots ....
akaFullMetal  +   2275d ago
left for dead has always been about the multiplayer however it is disappointing that there really isn't any new features or content that I can justify going out to get this if you already have the first one. Especially since the first one is only one year old, which means the pc community has alot of life left for the first l4d. Which also sucks then, since this might end up dividing the community.
Pandamobile  +   2275d ago
Every sequel divides the community.
akaFullMetal  +   2275d ago
thats somewhat true, but after only one year between the two games, it will really divide it compared to a game that has been out a couple of years.
QUNE  +   2275d ago
The PC community ruined the first game for me. They are ruthless. Not a noob friendly game.
likedamaster  +   2275d ago
I'm starting to think the f@g from Gearbox Games was right about Valve. Left 4 Dead 2 is listed 7 times on the 'new releases' list for Steam. Unnecessary. And with all the fanbabies screaming about Modern Warfare 2... how is it still #1 on the 'top sellers' list over L4D2 on Steam?
Delta  +   2275d ago
Imma get this when i get a new PC.
L4D is a fun game but its just short.
Mr Bobby Kotick  +   2275d ago
Modern warfare 2 and dj hero already left this for dead.
chrisulloa  +   2275d ago
4 hour game, overpriced cashout, have fun.


4 hour game = MW2, Overpriced cashout = Dj Hero
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XDF  +   2275d ago
We will have fun on L4D2. Bobby K can Have fun trolling N4G while L4D2 players have fun. Good nite and god bless.
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TheTeam06  +   2275d ago
XDF..... lmao

What were you reading? chris is pro-360. Maybe even a little too much.

EDIT: Nice edit!
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Saaking  +   2274d ago
Look at them turn on each other.
Mr Bobby Kotick  +   2275d ago
You are wrong and i disagree with you.
horndog  +   2275d ago
Yes siry, another AAA
another instant million sale. Yawn.
PeptoBismol  +   2275d ago
still taking those corndogs up your butt?
XDF  +   2275d ago
Yea..that is why you need PeptoBismol, you been eating way too many Sony Corndogs. How's Kaz's Corndog tasted?
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TheTeam06  +   2275d ago
We can tell you it will sell 10 million the first 30 seconds..... whatever helps you sleep at night. Since, apparently it's not a good game that will. You could've been happy with a 9, but you write about it making millions as if it's more important.
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XDF  +   2275d ago
Anyone can be right and anyone can be wrong...
The reviews thus far are awesome for L4D2.

If Gamestop is having a midnight launch for this must be that alot of people like the first one and can't wait to play the sequel.

But to say it will score low is BS. Thsi game will be in the 89-91 Metacritic range when it is all said and done.

It is funny when it is a positive review and for the X360 version of L4D2, the haters can just troll as they please..please keep your negative comment to yourself or in the Open Zone and leave this place to people that is happy to see a great score from an established gaming site and not being called out for being bias, paid out by Microsoft, expansion, and other BS. Why can't we have that on any good Xbox news or reviews?

Don't worry I will let the haters have their bash party going about an hour. I'll be picking up L4D2 and have fun. That is all
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JonnyBigBoss  +   2275d ago
The demo was a lot of fun once me and my friends used a plugin to let us play as infected. After about an hour... meh. This game has really low replay value.
NPDKing  +   2275d ago
Wow! Another AAA! The 360 is on a roll!
TheTeam06  +   2275d ago
So far, everyone but Nintendo has.
retrofly  +   2275d ago
I dont get it, everyone has a fit comlaing about MW2 not changing much from MW1.

L4d2 seems pretty much exactly the same as the first in almost every way but no one batters an eyelid. Double standards much.
ndibu  +   2275d ago
Dude have you been living under a rock?
There have been petitions, boycotts, forums all dedicated to complaining about L4D2 right from the moment it was announced. Heck people are doing it right here right now. If you listen carefully, you'll hear the millions of eyelids batting.
Weak post dude...weak much
danielle007  +   2275d ago
Taking a 5 minute break from playing atm. It's amazing. It's truly better than the first game, and it ups the difficulty by a bunch, at least from what I've seen in Dead Center. My friends & I usually don't ever play on anything other than expert in L4D1, but we went down to advanced, and then we had to go down to normal, constant hordes, and the special infected don't seem to have a timer like they used to, we had two chargers within two seconds take us down.

The game does have the same basic gameplay - the whole, stick together to stay alive coop nonsense. but, there are literally so many differences, it's def worth it!
wingman32x  +   2275d ago
yeah, I pretty much new it would get at least a 9. But yeah, 2010 should be even better for both systems. Here's what I'll be getting for sure:

Mass Effect 2 (360)
FF13: (PS3)
Super Mario Galaxy 2 (Wii)
Pokemon Heart Gold (DS)
God of War 3 (ps3)
Fable 3 (360)

Can't wait for 2010!!
FadeToBlack  +   2275d ago
I can tell after reading all the comments above, that if your a PS3 you have negative comments and say the game gets boring. If your a 360 fan the game is great and you love it. This site has really become rediculous. You can keep having your virtual arguments and I will be enjoying great games on both systems.
Halo3 MLG Pro  +   2275d ago
Looks like it's unanimous. Left 4 Dead 2 is another AAA title from the top review sites. That's back to back to back. Halo ODST, Forza 3, and Left 4 Dead 2????

Sweeeeeet! :)
Pennywise  +   2275d ago
OCD was not AAA. Settle down now...
Halo3 MLG Pro  +   2275d ago
Says who? You? A sony fanboy? LOL!

Sorry but Halo ODST got AAA reviews from every major video game journalist. And before you noobs try to hit me up with the metacritic score. Just look at the top reviews compared to the bottom. Top reviews = respected gaming giants, bottom reviews = no name sites looking for hits.

Venatus-Deus  +   2275d ago
Actually Mr Pro you’re wrong AGAIN!!!!
All Meta scores over 90 for ODST and I only see 1 major publication.

96 - Vandal Online
95 - Official Xbox Magazine
95 - Worth Playing
95 - Hardcore Gamer Magazine
94 – TeamXbox
93 - Planet Xbox 360
93 - Game Informer
92 - Cheat Code Central
92 – ZTGameDomain
92 -
91 - 1UP
91 – XboxAddict
91 - Gaming Age
91 – Impulsegamer


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solar  +   2275d ago
And there we have it. Another AAA title from Valve, numberous publications stating L4D2 is worthy of a full fledged sequel and the best co-op game out today, . No wonder the boys have the pitchforks out.
TheTruth2009  +   2275d ago
They ALL do. Don't you tools understand that?

This is how stupid this so-called "Console War" is getting.

Okay, one exclusive is TWO TENTHS of a point better than another.


Go out and purchase this title and support the developers.
That is what you're supposed to do.
And that is what XBOX360 owners WILL do.

I love when Sony Fans try to use the arguments:
"I'll just get the superior version on PC! Thanks!"
"It's not a real exclusive. It's on PC too."

Again... NO. ONE. CARES.

Your stupid little war that you hold near and dear to your heart is NOTHING to the real gamers out there. And most of that venom is spewed from the mouths of Sony Fans that were once relevant. XBOX360 Fans will pick up the title and enjoy it tremendously. Especially with friends over XBOX Live. With mics, by the way. :-)

And by the way...
Only 10% of multiplatform games sales are on PC.

Also, if you were so interested in getting the superior version of games only, I'll be expecting PS3 Fans to buy Assassin's Creed II on XBOX360 too. Just a thought. :-)
TheTeam06  +   2275d ago
You write wayy too much. It's like you rant on every single post you make. Why are you so upset?
jashwin  +   2275d ago
i pity you,hopefully SOMEDAY you will get a life,until then i will pray for you
Gun_Senshi  +   2275d ago
I find it so funny
Everyone knows that Valve is a PC Developer, and they HATE all consoles. Gabe himself said that he only ports to x360 due to being easy to port for even easier money.

Now kids who cannot afford a PC, (Don't cry that Gaming PC is expensive, a 5 year old PC can run L4D2 under maximun with resolution unheard of on consoles) hail a crappy port on their console.

I am not saying L4D2 is crap, I'm saying the X360 version is crap compared to PC. The most important feature of Valve games are MODS, which X360 have none, appart to inferior comunity, gameplay, controls, graphics, lasting appeal and slapped on a higher price tag.

See you online on STEAM
Immigrant  +   2275d ago
why do people love to bash? does it make u feel cool?
just let the game be, if u dont care why comment
Immigrant  +   2275d ago
wave 5
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Domer25  +   2275d ago
Game on
Can't wait to coop this game. The graphics are what you expect from valve, but who cares its a stellar game. Gonna be a blast to play that's all i know.
i3eyond the Circle  +   2275d ago
This game is better than the first and XBL and its community are the launch spectacular.

Lots of full games and lots of fun.

Keyword..... Fun.

You guys keep feuding on what it says on paper while not even playing the game.

Multiplayer is 10/10 and I'm sure this is the game Valve wanted to create so expect much better DLC and features to come.
Horny  +   2275d ago
I dont know what to get between this and Assassins Creed 2.
I have Left4Dead1 and I just got MW2 so another shooter might be too much but I really want to play it.
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