Left 4 Dead 2 Review
The game play is essentially the same as the original Left 4 Dead, only it’s now more polished and sleeker in its presentation. More has been added to the existing premise of the game, nothing dramatically knew. The game play is very similar to the original, to the point where it feels just like a better version of the original, nothing wrong with that.
Left 4 Dead 2 now has five full campaigns as opposed to the four campaigns that you had to get from updates in order to play from the original Left 4 Dead. What I did notice about this game was that the gameplay can becoming repetitive and boring after a given amount of hours of play, while there’s a gazillion ways you can kill a Zombie in this game, the missions are primarily all the same, your main goals is to get to a given location without dying basically.
All you do in this game is kill Zombies but to be fair that’s all I really wanted to do in this game. Left 4 Dead 2 definitely feels much more complete than its predecessor and would do well just standing on its own without it.
The first thing I noticed was the improvements made to the gameplay, there was definitely a greater shift in focus towards a more team orientated style of play. You actually have to communicate with the other members of your team and have to know where they are at all times in order to succeed. Accompanying this is what I felt to be better than average AI, the computer controlled players are actually competent, believe it or not, they heal you very promptly and also provide adequate cover.
At no point while I was playing did they feel like the AI was just baggage or a distraction, nor did I notice any major glitches or flaws with the AI. The beauty of Left 4 Dead 2 is that at no stage in the game does the same thing happen at the same place twice.
Zombie hordes can appear at any time, also the game actually adapts itself to the skill level of the players. If you are progressing too easily, the game increases the amount of Zombies that come at you, if it’s proving to be too difficult it decreases the difficulty.
Left 4 Dead is a much more interactive game than its predecessor, communication and teamwork are fundamental to your success in this game, both in single player and multi player modes. This makes it one of the best multiplayer/get together games out there. Playing this game with a couple friend is a lot of laughs and a lot of fun.
Don’t fret though, bots are still included if you really want to run through all five campaigns by yourself (I tried it), but it’s not nearly as fun as doing it with a friend. To me Left 4 Dead 2 shines as a multi player co-op, this is where it stands apart from the other Zombie survival action based horror games.
If you do wish to solo it with a bunch of AI players, it’s also great fun and I found the AI to be sufficiently competent and sometimes even better than a friend when it comes to healing, at least than my friend anyways..... Playing through the game by yourself is nowhere close to as entertaining as playing with a friend, but it's still functional and playable solo.
Rating: 95% - “The best Zombie game out there period.”
Amazing visuals and atmosphere
A myriad of weapons and ways to dispose of Zombies
Tons of new modes making this game a stand out Multiplayer experience
The game can get repetitive and boring pretty quickly