Valves zombie holocaust shooter is by all accounts an incredibly fun game. It runs smoother than most shooters, especially considering the number of enemies on screen at once. The campaigns are intriguing enough, but all is not well with the acclaimed game in my eyes. Once you get past the the initial impressions of this game you'll find yourself wondering, "What is left?".
The 4 campaigns take roughly an hour a piece depending on your style of play which means the campaign portion of this game can be completed in under 6 hours easily. The multiplayer versus mode is also there as an attempt to keep you playing, but in my eyes fails.
There is no variety in maps between campaign and versus. The only this different really is the fact that there are 4 people on the opposite team playing as infected. While this seems like an interesting time, in my experiences it ended up being repetitive and boring.
Once the maps are learned the skilled infected always go to the same few hot spots in each map, and the skilled survivors know exactly where to look. This happens in every online game but due to the linear structure of Left 4 Dead's maps it really kills the game play after a few days.
While I found Left 4 Dead incredibly enjoyable for the first few days I then began seeing another side to it. After the shine wears off of Left 4 Dead you begin to see that there isn't much there. With limited scenarios, and limited weaponry, the stereotypical player characters, you begin to wonder if this title is worth $60.
In my eyes it is not, I'm sure some others would disagree, but this game offers very little meat. It is as bare bones as you can get, an instant gratification shooter to occupy short attention spans.
I do regret paying the full $60 for this game, however had it been released as a budget title for $40-$45 I think my views would change. All in all left 4 dead is a fun game to play with friends, but don't expect to be playing it for more than a week.