Despite the controversy surrounding its somewhat speedy release, Left 4 Dead 2 was, at least as far as I am concerned, one of the gaming highlights of last year.
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Like its predecessor, the award winning Left 4 Dead, L4D2 takes place in a world savaged by a violent apocalyptic pandemic in which four survivors are struggling to keep safe in the midst of chaos and the unrelenting hordes of "Infected". Thanks to a move to the deep south, there is a new group of survivors to herd to safety: Coach, Rochelle, Nick and Ellis.
Play takes place across five campaigns, each covering a different location, all of which are brilliantly designed and enormously enjoyable. Every one of these campaigns is available to play as members of the infected from the start which can be even more fun than tackling the game in human form.
New modes make this a better value prospect than the original Left 4 Dead. The Realism mode ramps up the tension nicely, removing the glowing outlines from your team-mates and handy items, no longer allowing fallen comrades to respawn until you have reached a safe house and making the infected harder to kill. Playing in Scavenge Mode sees players racing against the clock as they attempt to collect gas tanks to bump up their remaining time while a squad of infected try to follow their endeavours.
The gameplay has changed very little from the original title but there have been improvements in pretty much every area. The new survivors are chattier and have more personality than the previous batch, with Ellis in particular providing some chucklesome tales to keep up morale. Their AI has been tweaked a little too so they tend to cause less face-palm moments, but they are still far too hesitant to incinerate the horde with a molotov or lure their attention elsewhere with a pipe bomb. The new infected add to the fun with entertaining, if infuriating, abilities and the addition of melee weapons is a great move — when in doubt I have found that swinging a chainsaw round in circles never does any harm and the cricket bat provides an incredibly satisfying "thwack" on contact with zombie skull.
Left 4 Dead 2 is very much designed with those already in love with the concept in mind and if you did not enjoy the original game then there is not much point in delving into more of the same zombie blasting, co-op action but for those that did, the second instalment offers all the same gleeful fun as before but with so much more packed in.