I love anything involving the shambling undead and the Left 4 Dead series imbues the zombie shooter with a whole new level of class and was one of the gaming highlights of last year.
Tesco's listed price is the same as Amazon's (and the next best after that is over £17) but if, by some miracle, you've still not used the voucher code that's been hanging around forever then you can nab it for just £12.75 and save yourself at least £2.25.
Just like the original Left 4 Dead, the game is set in a world that has been ravaged by a rampant pandemic. In the midst of the horror, four survivors are doing their best to find safety and escape the clutches of the rampaging hordes of "Infected" that stalk the ruined streets.
The game is comprised of five campaigns, each excellently designed and offering a different environment with unique challenges. You can tackle each of these levels as any of the Survivors, Nick, Coach, Rochelle or Ellis, or instead you can go on the rampage as an Infected across any of the campaigns from the start which can be even more enjoyable.
The original Left 4 Dead was an excellent game but, with its new modes, the sequel is a better value package. Those who desire a tougher challenge will appreciate the Realism mode, which ramps up the tension by offering Infected which are tougher to kill, removes the glowing indicators which show you the whereabouts of useful items or your comrades and only allows fallen team mates to respawn once you reach a safe house. The Scavenge mode on the other hand pits you against the clock and a team of meddling Infected as you scramble to collect the scattered gas tanks strewn about the level.
The gameplay is virtually identical to that of the original but that's not to say that there hasn't been plenty of enhancements; the new Survivors are a lot more entertaining and have more in the way of individual personalities than the old cast, with my favourite, Ellis, providing some tittersome tales whenever there's a quiet moment. While they are all far too shy to use special items like pipe bombs or Boomer bile to help the party, this is definitely a more intelligent bunch than the original Survivor squad with much improved AI. There's some new Infected with new abilities that add to the fun factor and the challenge but which can also be pretty infuriating at times. However, I personally think that the best innovation is the addition of melee weapons; hacking into the horde with an axe never gets old and the chainsaw is a gory delight.
If you did not enjoy the original game or you are not a fan of co-op play based games then there is not much point venturing into Left 4 Dead 2 as it does not deviate from the original concept much at all. However it does great service to those who loved the first title and is a more than worthy successor and well worth spending some time with.
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