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Left 4 Dead 2 MAG

December 31, 2009
By Shaunyboy94 GOLD, Novato, California
Shaunyboy94 GOLD, Novato, California
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Favorite Quote:
"Life is like an onion: You peel it off one layer at a time, and sometimes you weep."--Carl Sandburg

"If you can laugh at yourself loud and hard every time you fall, people will think you're drunk."--Conan O' Brien

Since the beginning of video games, many zombie games have existed. What should a zombie game have? Many zombies, many weapons, and lots of blood. “Left 4 Dead 2” has this and more.

Before “Left 4 Dead 2” even got into stores, it created controversy. The first “Left 4 Dead” was a big hit, and acclaimed studio Valve received many accolades. But lots of gamers viewed the sequel as a bad idea. But when “Left 4 Dead 2” came out, it not only shocked everyone, it surpassed the original game in every way.

Where should I start? Campaign. This game isn't just a run-and-gun; it actually has a story. Four survivors must reach extraction points and hopefully make it out intact. What really makes the story enjoyable are the characters. You have Coach, the high school football coach; Rochelle, a production assistant; Ellis, the talkative mechanic; and Nick, a gambler, each with a unique personality.

With great characters, great zombies must also exist. Here's a quick rundown: we have normal infected (regular zombies), and then we have the special infected, which are the most grotesque-looking creatures in the game, and the toughest to kill. The special infected include Hunter (attacks survivors by jumping from long distances), Boomer (vomits bile which attracts the infected), Jockey (launches onto survivors and drags them to the infected), Spitter (spits acid), Smoker (uses its long tongue to snatch survivors), Charger (moves quickly and knocks survivors off their feet), Tank (tough to kill), and Witch (a female infected who can kill with one hit). Playing “Left 4 Dead 2” is tough when hordes of zombies come after you, but when the special infected come, be prepared.

What makes this game so unique and fun aren't just the zombies, but its artificial intelligence, also known as AI director. Unlike most games, when playing it, you will always be surprised.

“Left 4 Dead 2” has a vast array of weapons and bombs. There are machine guns, grenade launchers, shotguns, pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, pistols, sniper rifles, AK-47s, incendiary ammo, hunting rifles, bile bombs, magnums, and pistols. However, new melee weapons include the axe, baseball bat, chainsaw, cricket bat, crowbar, electric guitar, frying pan, katana, machete, and a nightstick. There are many ways to kill zombies.

“Left 4 Dead 2” overall is a great game. Who doesn't want to see limbs falling apart and blood spewing onto your screen? The one small gripe I have is with the directions. Sometimes it gets confusing as far as where to go, especially when you're in the forest or in a maze of crops.

For anyone who gets this game, I have a tip: play online or with friends. It's a great experience every time. I give it a 9.4 out of 10. “Left 4 Dead 2” isn't a masterpiece, but this is a great game, and for all those 360 and PC gamers, it's worth every dollar.

Rated M for Mature.

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This article has 3 comments.

Merci BRONZE said...
on Oct. 10 2014 at 2:10 pm
Merci BRONZE, Conway, Florida
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Favorite Quote:
"I'm the girl who will burst out laughing in dead silence because of what happened yesterday"
"War.. War never changes"
"Insanity is just another part of my personality"
"Hey look! It's Gordon Freeman!"

Left 4 Dead 2 is a great game to play, even if its for passing the time. I love to play the campain with my friends (and probably kill each other i the process.). i also like to play with other people on there. I recommend playing L4D2 if any of you people are reading this.

CW239 SILVER said...
on Nov. 6 2012 at 4:47 pm
CW239 SILVER, New York, New York
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Favorite Quote:
"All your hard work will prove worthless unless you believe in your self," - Might Guy, Naruto vol. 11

Hey, nice review. I just recently started playing this and I didn't expect to like it as much as I do now. One thing I found a problem with is how you over-explained some things. It's great to talk about the Special infected, but if you talk about them all it clutters the sentence. If I hadn't played this before I wouldn't have been able to keep track of all the kinds of zombies. It's even worse with the weapons. You don't need to name all of them. Otherwise, good review. I enjoyed the brief history lesson at the beginning. You described the gore and feel of the game nicely, though I would have enjoyed more of a horror aspect to it. I recently reviewed Slender, and since then I've been a big horror buff. It'd help a lot to show that little gasp when a Tank turns to look at you or a Witch becomes startled. Keep up the good work. If there's a Left 4 Dead 3, I'd like to see you reviewing it.

Kielen said...
on Feb. 6 2010 at 7:11 pm
Kielen, Montclair, New Jersey
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Favorite Quote:
"It's not the size of the dog in the fight; but the size of the fight in the dog."- Mark Twain

Left 4 Dead 2 is a lot better than the first game in many ways, but I do not think the characters are one of those. Ellis is alright and I guess Coach is okay but Rochelle and Nick don't hold a candle to Zoey and Francis.