Posted by Female Gamers on Jan 21, 2010
Left 4 Dead 2 – Review

Left 4 Dead 2 – Review

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Ahh Left 4 Dead 2, sequel to the rather wonderful zombie-fest Left 4 Dead, at last you have shuffled your way onto game store shelves. It’s been around a year since Left 4 Dead arrived and, some might say, changed the landscape of how zombies are portrayed in video games forever.

Left 4 Dead 2 essentially follows the same path as its predecessor. What we have here is a first-person shooter in the survival horror genre. For those who never had the joy of the first game, know that this is no Resident Evil, with shuffling zombies, Left 4 Dead is a game of fleet footed undead. Gone are the old styled zombies, replaced with zombies and other ‘infected’ who can run, scale fences and royally kick your ass.

You take on the role of one of 4 survivors. In Left 4 Dead 2 these are: Coach, he’s an overweight / burley guy with a heart of gold who was a football coach before the infected hit. Next up is Ellis, the redneck mechanic, not too bright and always has a story since he never shuts up. Nick, the con-man / gambler who only seems to be sticking with the others to ensure his survival. Lastly, the only playable female is Rochelle, a low level production assistant for a TV channel that was covering the zombie outbreak when it first kicked off. And herein lay one of Left 4 Deads coolest aspects, in order to survive you have to work as a team. Where this works best of course is in multiplayer, but we’ll be looking at that more shortly.

The story in Left 4 Dead 2 is simple enough. Our four survivors meet one another in the aftermath of the zombie pandemic. Geographically it’s set in the Southern United States, more specifically Savannah, Georgia and New Orleans. Environments range from city streets, to swamp march to a shopping mall. I wont spoil it too much for you, but to say the environments are great and different enough per chapter to keep you interested. Technically speaking Left 4 Dead 2 is another tour de force in mass zombie characterization and full on zombie mayhem. There’s melee weapons including for your zombie battering pleasure, along with a healthy range of firearms to take those suckers out at a distance.

Multi-player
Where Left 4 Dead 2 truly shines – like its predecessor – is in the multi-player. Getting together with 3 friends online to take on the role of the 4 survivors and battling your way to rescue is superlative. Fun too is rounding up a larger group to take on the roles of the infected and the survivors in some versus mayhem. If you’re looking for a fun FPS to play online in small groups, you’ve just found it.

Female Gamer Angle
Well this title follows the “one in four” rule that developers seem to enjoy following. As mentioned Rochelle is the only playable female character. The cool thing is all the characters are essentially the same skill wise, she’s not weaker, slower or dumber than anyone else. As far as other female characters in the Left 4 Dead games go, in this one we have the return of the Witch, a woman you DO NOT want to mess with. In the first game she stayed in one spot, so you could avoid her and escape her psychotic wrath, in Left 4 Dead 2 though she wanders around! There’s also a new bitch on the block in the form of the Spitter, she vomits acid and if you’re standing in it you’d better move! There’s also a plethora of faceless female zombies.

Overall Left 4 Dead 2 is a great sequel with some cool new additions and a whole new cast. Fans of the first game may well see the new cast as a negative aspect, given it was very easy to become attached to the initial 4 survivors (Bill, Zoey, Francis and Louis), but rumor has it they might be set to make an appearance in Left 4 Dead 2 via some downloadable content… can I get a hell yeah?! If you enjoyed the first game, you’re going to enjoy this one, my only real criticism would be that it is essentially the same thing with a few small additions, but hey, if it aint broke, why fix it.

The Australian Version of Left 4 Dead 2
This warrants a paragraph all its own. Thanks to the brainless zombies that deal with Australian game ratings, the Aussie release of Left 4 Dead 2 was edited so badly that it is not worth the disc its printed on. My advice to Aussie gamers is import it from the UK where it was released with an 18 rating (you know because there they realize majority of gamers are adults). I played both versions and can tell you if I were scoring the Aussie version it wouldn’t be getting half the stars you see below.

Review by Angela

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One Response to “Left 4 Dead 2 – Review”

  1. Beth says:

    Good review and good site. didn’t you used to be all cowboy / wild west themed? I kind of remember, but this site looks so much nicer now. one of the best places on the internet to find info for female / girl gamers. 🙂

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