IGN: Left 4 Dead Review

There's absolutely no doubt that Left 4 Dead is one of the most social and exciting multiplayer games that we've ever played. It's almost pitch perfect in how it captures the tension and the action of a Hollywood zombie movie. This is an incredible and highly replayable multiplayer experience that's definitely worth checking out, especially if you're looking to prepare yourself for the inevitable zombie apocalypse. Just make sure you bring your friends.

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Yoma3649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )

dman it's just because its a 360 game. I played it and it was nothing special. nothing with the graphics neither. it's not as good as geow2 for 360

Eiffel3649d ago

Gears of war 2 and this is coming from a 360 Fan is overrated sh!t.

And Gears of War 2 and Left 4 Dead have nothing common..

This game is an amazing co-op game, which I will be buying

Drealmcc0y3649d ago

Should I trust IGN, who have played the full game, or should I trust this guy in the losers zone who has only played the demo?

Man_of_the_year3649d ago

I agree its not as good as Gears 2 - but the game does look good beside the Gears 2 game in my 360 exclusive library...

Bodhi3649d ago

lol, exclusive libraries are like teases for anyone with the other consoles.

I like to go up to my only 360 friends and tease them with LBP and sometimes Resistance 2.

I like to go up to my only PS3 friends and tease them with Fable II, Gears of War 2, soon to be Left 4 Dead, Halo 3, Forza 2, and sometimes Banjo Kazooie.

I laugh at my Wii friends

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Spike473649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )

The review is just about right I guess when looking at it closer.
Some people are calling L4D a sleeper hit with all the priase it has been geting lately.That's called hype, and from playing the demo the only thing that stands out is TEH 4 PLAYA CO-OP!

EDIT: I'm not being a fanboy, after I save up money to get R2 I am looking forward to buying L4d on my PC if my friend gets it.

N4PS3G3649d ago

Not a sleeper hit says... you? its nots as good as people think says... you?

Why do you stay these as facts ? when they are just meerly opinions

InMyOpinion3649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )

Maybe Ted Price and co should take lessons from Gabe Newell and Valve on how to design good multiplayer? Quality > quantity.

thenickel3649d ago

Yeah and thats just like me saying the only good thing about LBP is the level creator tool. It's simply there opinion and if you don't like it then why even comment other then to spread BS as usual.

Bodhi3649d ago

Though that comment was a little fanboyish Jenzo, I do agree I love Left 4 Dead's multiplayer aspect a lot more then Resistance 2's.

Something about zombies swarming and destroying my friends is a lot more fun then me and my friends running around the map, being so detached from one another.

I played the demo probably over 30 times now with friends and it's never old. Two of the smallest levels known to FPS has kept my friends and I's attention. Great stuff.

I've said this before but people refuse to listen to me but...

Left 4 Dead Multiplayer GotY 2008.

barom3649d ago

I tried the demo on X360. Personally I have to agree somewhat. If played as a single-player, you can find better experiences (it's still good but not great). Haven't tried co-op though but I can see that that part might be a lot of fun. But I'm wondering if the Horde mode for Gears 2 might be just as satisfying.

Bnet3433649d ago

Awesome score. I think I might buy this game now.

JasonPC360PS3Wii3649d ago

I like playing games on my PC to, and L4D will be great on PC, after I boot up my PC running "$200 Microsoft Windows". You know that "Windows" operating system you can't play without? well that, or a "Microsoft" Xbox 360.

pansenbaer3649d ago

You like paying 200 bucks to 'use' a computer? Wow, must have a lot of money to waste...I'm assuming you like spending 300+ dollars for an office suite? You really like giving Microsoft your money that much!? Whats so great about Windows? I can do everything that Windows can do for free, except play 'Games for Windows'. So if I have to spend 200 bucks, just so I can spend another 50 on a game, you can count me out.

callahan093649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )

Hey, Jenzo, not only if you had been playing Resistance 2 would you realize how Ted Price and co. KNOW HOW to make compelling multiplayer experiences... but if you had been reading the reviews, you'd know it, too, because that is the feature of R2 that 95% of reviewers agree is where it is a high quality title. Most of the qualms with R2 seem to be with the campaign, not the co-op and the competitive multiplayer.

@ Bodhi, who said: "Something about zombies swarming and destroying my friends is a lot more fun then me and my friends running around the map, being so detached from one another."

Are you kidding me? You haven't played much Resistance 2 co-op either, have you? I have played like 10 hours worth of R2 co-op and let me tell you, everybody sticks together, forms up, and helps out. People select classes based on what our party needs. If we start out with 8 soldiers, you know for a fact someone will quickly switch to Spec Ops, and somebody else will switch to Medic, and before you know it, you've got enough ammo guys, health guys, and shootin' guys in the right proportions to go take on the baddies, and everyone sticks together. The game ABSOLUTELY encourages (nay, REQUIRES) everyone to stick together, because all of the classes require each other for full effectiveness. The player who strays from the pack not only gets killed, but also increases the chances of the other 7 players getting killed because they don't have his assistance. If you were truly a Resistance 2 Co-Op player, you would know that teamwork is essential and everyone does indeed work together.

I hate having to defend games, but dammit I'll do it anyway, because so many people spew false information because they haven't spent proper time with the games they're criticizing. If you haven't played enough of a game to really know what you're talking about, then you shouldn't be talking about it at all. Dammit, why was Insomniac, Ted Price, and Resistance 2 ever brought up in here to begin with? This is about Left 4 Dead, and yet somehow I find a great game that has nothing to do with Left 4 Dead being criticized by people who clearly don't know what they're talking about and I'm compelled to come in here and defend the fine work of talented developers who get unnecessarily shat upon by hyper-critical nimrods that don't even really play the games they claim to know all the faults with.

iHEARTboobs3649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )


I can't speak about L4D's multiplayer but R2's is fun. IGN loved it and so did most of the reviewers. Quality and quantity. But i know you love getting people riled up, i just wish you'd do it in the open zone.

meluvulongtime3649d ago

I was looking at getting this, but not so sure if there is only 4 scenarios. I would imagine the co-op is fun, but for how long? Curious as to how things change to make it not seem repetitive. Think I'll wait a bit.

StephanieBBB3649d ago (Edited 3649d ago )

positive +
- There is not one single game like this out there and that is someting very uniqe.
- Gameplay looks very fun.
- Very different enviroments in each map.
- High replayability online.

Negative -
- The graphics looks very outdated at some places.
- Can be completed in less than 2 hours.
- Replaybility is not as high offline.
- Feels like a mod.

I would say that Valve as a developer seemes kinda lazy. They seem to only settle for just good enough, both with how much content the game has and how good it looks. I don't know if they ran out of space on the dvd-9 or if they just ran out of resources, but Imo, it's far too short. But Left for dead is no less than very refreshing and fun for that it seemes. I don't know If I would buy it based on how small it is, but I might be able to trick my brother in to buying it so I can play it as his place.

callahan093649d ago

To all those who disagree with my above statement, I implore you: please, explain yourself. Am I wrong?

ThanatosDMC3649d ago

I cant wait for someone to copy the codes and put it in Zombie Master's Banshee zombies.

Also, did you notice that the brute acts and attacks like Dog from Half Life 2?

I think, they're still selling the game at a discounted price on steam. Better to buy it on the PC for mods as always especially if it's a valve game. They really love modders!

freddukes3649d ago

@meluvulongtime and others who judge the length of single player

Okay... I agree - it's short... But have you ever heard of Team Fortress 2? Day of Defeat Source? Half-Life 2 Deathmatch? Counter-Strike: Source? They're all EXCELENT games by Valve, yet none of them have a single player option. I only think Valve put in a single player on this game to add a little story in to it, they basically wanted yet another multiplayer game in their collection like so many others. In fact, half-life is the only single player game Valve have which I can think of at this time....

YogiBear3648d ago

It's ok I can play all of your WINDOWS ONLY games on my Mac. :)

BananaSlug3648d ago

maybe Valve should take tips from Ted Price on how to program A game for the PS3.

AAACE53648d ago

I would have to consider L4D a sleeper hit, cause before the demo came out, I had almost no interest in this game. But once I finally convinced myself to try it... It blew me away, with the way it just grabbed me and made me want to go for the ride!

Even when I got a few friends to join, it got even more entertaining! One thing I really liked about it was when You have friends playing with you, you keep constant communication because it gives you a reason to talk to one another, and laugh at eachother. A.K.A. it feels like being in the arcade with your buddies right next to you on a four player game... except you don't have to keep dumping quarters in a machine to keep the fun going!

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Fishy Fingers3649d ago

You should never doubt Valve. As a PC fan, I hold them in the highest esteem. Even though I'm not keen on their chubby captain and lack of tech progression.

solar3649d ago

agreed Fishy. i feel that Half Life 3 we will see a new Engine. hopefully that isnt 10 years in the future ;) plus im praying for some Ep.3 info now that L4D is out. anything HL would over shadow L4D and Valve doesnt want to do that.

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RememberThe3573649d ago

It going to be freakin awesome!

Nicolator3649d ago

i really enjoyed the demo.. its sooooooo much better playing with friends shyt.. played it on the hardest difficulty and wen the hordes come at u everyone one just shouts f*ck! "guys!! they are coming!!! everyone shoot shoot!! shoot!!.. loool.. makes ur heart race up and down.. and u feel u are really trying to survive i would so pick this up..

the graphics are quiet desent didnt notice any pop ins at all

great score

YogiBear3648d ago

one of my favorite games ever but Valve as a company sucks ass. They have always had a superior complex about themselves and their lack of innovation is a major hurdle. I hope Left4Dead is good.

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Spike473649d ago

good enough to surpass the boring aspect of zombie shooters and add some flavor to it with multiplayer. They were very smart with this game.

KingDizzi3649d ago

Very good score but this should come as no surprise, Valve are fantastic developers. Tubby is very unprofessional though and they need to upgrade the Engine they use but besides that I love 'em.