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

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iron_sheik3136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

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

XDF3136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

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.

blitz06233136d ago (Edited 3136d 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

sparta763136d ago (Edited 3136d 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

XDF3136d ago (Edited 3136d ago )

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.

HolyOrangeCows3136d ago (Edited 3136d 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.

iron_sheik3136d 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

swiftshot933136d 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.

Sitris3136d ago

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

nix3136d 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.

Jamrock32923136d 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 2143136d 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.

Greywulf3136d ago


Not "wheres the innovation?"

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

I rest my case.

Nikuma3136d ago

BS score for a rehashed game. Xbox fans will eat this garbage up too.

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soxfan20053135d ago (Edited 3135d 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.

y0haN3135d 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 Benes3135d ago (Edited 3135d 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.

raztad3135d 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 evidence3135d ago (Edited 3135d 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.

Saaking3135d ago

Good score. I think this game will land at around 85-88

Shepherd 2143135d 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.

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LordMarius3136d ago

lol, left4bored flops once again

Pandamobile3136d ago

In what universe does a 9/10 warrant a flop...

chrisulloa3136d 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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Pandamobile3136d ago

Suddenly, L4D2 reviews. EVERYWHERE.

Why Dat3136d 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.