OXM Review: Left 4 Dead

Scans come thanks to mckillustrator on the gametrailers forums.

"It's amazing how quickly civilization can go straight to hell - like when a freak windstorm hit Bellevue Washington, a few years back. 'We had 10 days where people didn't have power,' says Valve's Chet Faliszek, part of the large team behind the zombie survival shooter Left 4 Dead. 'It was this weird thing - you could go into the city and be okay, or you could stay out by my house and wait three-and-a-half hours for gas. And all someone had to do was tell those people, buth they were angry, they were fighting... it was bizarre.'

That idea of a world in crisis that quickly boils down to its brutal essence is reflected in Left 4 Dead's gameplay. Grab gun, kill zombies, and survive you journey from point A to point B by any means necessary. Even the controls are basic: Right trigger fires or attacks. You can carry only pistols and one other gun. The D-pad handles your basic gear - flashlight, homemade bombs, first aid, and pain pills. But from that simplicity comes strength: Valve has cut the bloated survival-horror game down to the bone."

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LightningPS3PS35253d ago (Edited 5253d ago )

Nobody is talking about it but people love zombie flicks. It's like a cult of it's own.

Poor PS3 is in for yet another beating this holiday.

Gears of War 2, like it or not is the most hyped exclusive game of the holiday. 360 has everything on it's side again. The games, the price as it continues to rack up gamers and sell software at the expensive of Sony's high priced blu ray player.

-Maverick-5253d ago (Edited 5253d ago )

Gears 2 is AAA
Fable 2 is AAA
Left 4 Dead will be AAA
Banjo is AA(I think a 8.4 on Metacritic)
Red Alert is coming(A HUGE RTS franchise)
The New Xbox interface and party system/game shows
The best versions of 95% of games
A more affordable price now to play this generation's best games.

Then You have The LasT Remnant(Exclusive), Tales of Vesperia and Infinite Undiscovery and Fallout 3 with Exclusive DLC.(You can also go back and play Lost Odyssey, Blu Dragon, Eternal Sonata, Mass Effect and a few more I can't remember) and we have FF 13 and Star Ocean 4 coming next year.

Along with Halo 3:Recon, Alan Wake, Splinter Cell, Halo Wars, Halo Chronicles, all the Rare games(3-4 unnannouced games), Gears 3 : ), more Mistwalker RPG's and Microsoft has more suprises to be announced for Mass Effect 2 : 0

I love my Xbox 360 ; )

Hububla5253d ago

im gettin it on PC.. wich will control alot better then on 360 so anyone that wants to play it can its not like its really exclusive

jackdoe5253d ago (Edited 5253d ago )

You sir, are the definition of a fanboy. Jesus christ, I could have sworn I blocked you. Multiple accounts, eh? Anyway, getting this game off of Steam on day one. Looks so freaking sweet.

-edit- Got to love invisible disagreers! Especially when they don't tell you why they disagree with you because even they can't come up with something since I am making a truthful point. LightningPS3 is a fanboy, check. He has made multiple accounts, check. Game is sweet, check. I will get it off of Steam, check. What is there to disagree with?

dexterwang5253d ago (Edited 5253d ago )

@Maverick, I agree 360 have a great 2008 line up and I am trying freaking hard to find time for all the new games across both systems...Fable 2, Tales of vesperia, LBP and Resistance 2. (Have just finished Geow2... fantastic game). BUT I am quite worried about the 2009 releases. Out of the 6 games announced you named, 3 were halo... if you are impartial to the halo franchise like me, that really isn't that exciting. Also Alan Wake, Splinter cell, and even probably gears 3 will end up on PC, which is my primary gaming platform. The only thing thats keeping me from selling my 360 (need cash T.T) after I finish the current kick ass line up is Mass effect 2... though that may be coming to PC too. Hopefully MS announce something really exciting soon.

Speaking about pc, and I know I will be killed for this...what is with all the disagrees to 1.2? FPS are made for PC and thats a fact. It'll still kick ass on the 360, but the complete experience is with the PC. And don't give the oh pc is too expensive crap, a rig required to play L4D can be made with 200-300$ (if you already have an existing rig- and you should).

PS- Unrelated, but I REALLY dislike how MS is milking the Halo Franchise... I can see why Bungie left. The series started to decline since 1 and only retain its massive popularity due to massive marketing

BobDog5253d ago

dont know why hububla is getting disagrees, every1 knows fps controls are always better on the pc

Noctis Lucis Caelum5253d ago

Is just another shooter to me.

y0haN5253d ago

If you want this for 360 you're a fool. Have fun teamkilling.

comm135252d ago

lol, Gears is an average shooter (just like R2), it is only popular as much as it is because of the millions MS put into marketing.

IdleLeeSiuLung5252d ago

Everybody is entitled to their opinion, but so far 10% of the Xbox user base disagrees with you since 2.1 million copies sold already and more to come....

I love GeoW2. Next to Ninja Gaiden 2, this is game of the year for me.

255252d ago

if not might pick it up. it looks interesting, but i don't want to get it if i have to pay for live. i dont play online too much is all.

Bodhi5252d ago

This is yet another must buy title for PC or Xbox 360. I got 3 demo keys so I gave one to my friend, gave one to my brother and used one myself and man did we have a hell of a time. Best multiplayer game ever. It's better than the Gears of War 2 Horde mode and Resistance 2 Co-op mode. It's amazing, Multiplayer GotY.

Anyone playing this by themselves is missing out on a lot of fun, wait until November 11th, download the demo with your friends and see for yourself. If playing with other people disgruntles you, the Survivor A.I. is a little too good. If you die and you watch the A.I. kill zombies, it's like a aimbot.

Trust me on this, most intense and visceral multiplayer/co-op game ever crafted.

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Hellsvacancy5253d ago (Edited 5253d ago )

And wot other games does the 360 hav to offer after Gears 2 and Left 4 Dead - cough cough

Sad little man

lowcarb5253d ago

It's not a matter of how many games you have but more about how many great games you have for everyone. Sure PS3 has some decent games out but honestly 360 steals the show. I understand lightning said some fanboy crap but don't discredit an amazing lineup this year for 360.

Nitrowolf25253d ago

both console had amazing lineups
i just think 360 has a better holiday line-up
but next year
"There will be Choas"

thewhoopimen5253d ago (Edited 5253d ago )

I think product diversity is what will determine the winner this holiday season. Left4Dead and Geow2 are conflicting genre titles. Thought they are somewhat different, they would be both considered shooters from the public perception.

Foxgod5252d ago

i generally dont like summing up, but you asked for it.

Mass effect 2
Halo wars
Peter jacksons halo
Halo 3 Recon
Alan Wake
Star ocean 4
Splinter Cell conviction
Forza 3
Beyond good and evil 2
Deus EX 3
Project Offset

And the following list are exclusives too, but i dont know if they will get high ratings.

Ninja Blade
Velvet Assasin
Blue dragon 2
Aliens : Colonial Marines.
Black Next
Omikron Karma

And rumored games

Killer instinct 3
New racer from Bizarre creations
Some metal gear clone

And i am sure i missed a bunch, and also who knows what more will be announced, as Microsoft has the habit to mostly anounce new games that will be released the same year, so coming spring a bunch of new exlcusives will probably be anounced.

Foxgod5252d ago

and if its diversity you want, then the PS3 loses as well, from MS this holiday we have shooters, rpgs, race games, adventure games, platformers, flight games, rts games, sports games etch.

Sarcasm5252d ago (Edited 5252d ago )

YAY let's play the "list the games" game!

Killzone 2 - Shooter
God of War III - Action Adventure
Gran Turismo 5 - Racing
Infamous - Sandbox Adventure
FF Versus XIII - RPG
MAG - MMO Shooter
Quantum Theory - Third Person Shooter
White Knight Chronicles - RPG
Yakuza 3 - Sandbox Adventure
Heavy Rain - RPG? (Not sure)
Wardevil - Action Adventure
Eyepet - Family
The Agency - MMO
MLB '09 - Sports
NBA '10 - Sports
DC Universe - MMO
Uncharted 2 - Action Adventure (Unannounced but we know it's coming)
BlazBlue - Fighting
Fat Princess - PSN Only
LA Noire - Rumored PS3 exclusive, but Foxgod is also listing rumored
Ratchet & Clank Future 2 - Platformer

Yeah there's NO variety in PS3 exclusives... *rollseyes*

Foxgod5252d ago

the variation comment was about the discussion that went on about the exclusives out this holiday, not about the exclusives that come out in the future.

You would have known that if you read more then just my comment.

BWS19825252d ago (Edited 5252d ago )

multi', like Deus Ex 3, Aliens, Black, and Beyond Good & Evil 2. I think both have something to look forward to, and I could be wrong on some of the ones you've listed, but I could have sworn that a good few of those are multiplat's....Someone correct me on this if you know more. I'm not trying to join any flaming here, just looking for fact checks.

This holiday, btw, there's a large variation of exclusives on all 3 if you look.

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GiantEnemyCrab5253d ago

Another title I am looking forward to on the Xbox 360! This looks to be a sleeper hit of the holiday season, Mirror's Edge could be another.

DavidMacDougall5253d ago

HAHA!!! Poor bots bubbles all gone

Needs moar FLOP5253d ago

And its CONFIRMED that its NOT coming to the FLOPstation yes!!! XBOX 360 AND PC ONLY :-P

tatotiburon5253d ago

this game is going to be crazy, AAA confimed...

lol the zombies are attacking

PS3 version confirmed


Zerodin5253d ago

You can't touch this.
Unless you steal it, but then you're just making it so they'll never make PS3 games.
Who would make games for a bunch of grubby bento box carrying retards?

Harry1905253d ago (Edited 5253d ago )

on their PCs. That seems like it's a viable option while waiting for the inevitable PS3 version with additional mouse and keyboard support. I don't say that it will happen either, but it's a hypothetical situation veering towards becoming the truth after Christmas. I can't quite understand how Valve would expect this game to sell 40% better than The Orange Box which came out on 3 platforms and at a lower price for much more content.

I'm just here to pull your legs. Don't pay attention. You know very well that you are my favourite around here.