Left 4 Dead 2, Metallica, and the Fear of the New

Wired: I hadn't realized how attached I was to Bill, Zoe, Francis and Louis until I downloaded the demo for Left 4 Dead 2.

As it turns out, the characters, settings and tone of the original Left 4 Dead have really gotten under my skin. The sequel will be available for PC and Xbox 360 on November 17, but there's a demo out now. When I played it last night, I was overcome with a sensation I hadn't truly felt since 1988, the year that Metallica released …And Justice For All, the thrash band's long awaited follow-up to Master of Puppets.

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