Left 4 Dead is a refreshing and frantic take on the hackneyed Zombie Shooter; delivering its own unique blend of desperate mayhem and cooperative tactics. It also happens to be an exceptional FPS. PC gamers and Xbox Live Gold members will discover a fantastic new addiction, but the experience may leave solo players cold. We hope that the concept of the AI director will start to appear more prominently in future titles as we’re convinced that it represents the future of FPS gaming. - Left 4 Dead Review: Fourplay Or Fourgasm?
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Today’s daily deal from Steam sees a great opportunity for those of you who have yet to play the latest zombie slaying FPS title from Valve to finally give it a go. While this isn’t the cheapest the game has fallen to in the past, the offer means that you would have to pay almost double the price at the next cheapest retailer over at Play, but you can make a further saving if you and three friends fancy taking on the swarms of the infected together. The 4-pack is also currently on offer, working out at a price of £3.83 each. Whichever path you decide to take, getting this and its multiple campaigns, and free updates, at this price is worth every penny. However, you have until 6pm today to get it at this price! Thanks to scaredofpoo @ HUKD!
Forget motion control. Biometry, the measurement of human emotion by observing physical responses such as pupil dilation and sweat, is the future of gaming hardware- and Valve's Gabe Newell has reaffirmed their commitment to developing biometric software along with games that change depending on how the player is feeling. Scary stuff.Click here to read more...
Microsoft's weekly Gold Member-exclusive deal is set to kick off later today, with a decidedly necrotic theme. The Zombies... Back From The Dead promotion slashes the price of two undead themed XBLA games, two expansion packs and some avatar gear, meaning that the zombie lovers amongst us can satisfy their horrific urges for flesh.
The Dishwasher: Dead Samurai is an absolutely fantastic Indie title turned full-fledged XBLA exclusive, featuring nuanced brutal combat that's easily the equal of any number of retail releases. Boomsticks and chainsaws abound, along with gritty yet ambient art direction. Don't miss this one.
Zombie Apocalypse has also been reduced to 400 Microsoft Points, but be aware that it's a ridiculous grind. The twinstick gameplay is solid enough and it actually feels like an isometric Left 4 Dead in parts, but there's simply too much repetition to make it stand out. I'[d recommend the slightly superior Dead Nation on PSN if you happen to own both consoles. Easy (if grindy) achievements, mind.
The Left 4 Dead expansion packs both offer a small new campaign and some nifty new multiplayer modes. They're well worth the money if you haven't grabbed them already. The Zombie Island of Dr Ned is also a thoroughly worthwhile destination for Borderlands fans who haven't stumped up for the complete edition.
As always, click the links to queue up downloads from the online marketplace!
I don't like Mondays, but I do like Zavvi's Mega Monday deals. In fact, they're not so mega. That might be hyperbole. But they do cough up gems like Left 4 Dead 2 on the 360 for just £12.95. If you're familiar with the original, not much has changed, which is no bad thing. It's the usual running and gunning past zombies and monsters, hoarding weaponry and ammunition as you dodge the undead monstrosities the twisted Director throws at you, until finally breathing a pent-up sigh of relief as you reach the proverbial safe-house. I'm not a huge fan of Left 4 Dead. It's fun in small doses, especially online or with friends, but I find it rather shallow after a while. Although the Director, an AI algorithm that throws differing scenarios and encounters at you with each playthrough, is a well-executed mechanic I'd like to see in more FPS'.
Let’s get right to the point here, Left 4 Dead 2 takes everything that was enjoyable about the original and adds in an overarching storyline, better set pieces, new enemies, melee weapons of various nature, and the joy that is Ellis’ random tales. Yes, it’s more killing zombies, but as a co-op experience with people you know it’s a joy to play (even when you’re trying to escape a horde whilst carrying a gnome on a rollercoaster.) With additional content available and competitive multiplayer modes to take the action online, if you’ve yet to jump into the latest zombie apocalypse now might just be the time. For those of you with 3 friends looking to get in on the action, the 4-pack deal is also available at £11.49, which is an even better saving if you want to go down that route.
If you were intrigued by our post a week or so back calling out to FPS fans everywhere and asking who'd be interested in engaging in some L4D2 action for a prize or two, you might do well to head over to Steam if you haven't got the game already as the online merchant's offering it at half price currently. It's been cheaper in the past, but this is certainly the lowest price at the moment by a good couple of quid. Essentially what the first game should have been, L4D2 is riotous fun, but best maximised with 3 other mates.
So it would seem that we just can't stop giving things away. It's the festive season, who can blame us?! Anyway...we found ourselves rather inspired by this post from birdyboyuk on HUKD, which featured a call to arms for trigger-happy gamers to get involved with some competitive versus L4D2 action over Steam.
It got us thinking. What's even better than getting a bunch of people together and shooting up hordes of the undead? Working together to kick some ass and win some prizes, that's what!
We haven't quite fleshed the whole thing out just yet because we thought we'd get a little idea of numbers first. It'll be taking place over Steam, so you'll need the PC version of the game.
So...with that in mind, would you be interested in teaming up to fight the zombie apocalypse for freedom and freebies?
Give us a shout in the comments box if that sounds good to you.
I have a bittersweet love-hate relationship with Left 4 Dead 2; I love it but it hates me. The gameplay is almost identical to that found in the original but the sequel is just infinitely better because now you get to slap the Infected around with cricket bats! Or guitars! Or slice them up with an axe or chainsaw. Oh, there's also some new modes to try out too if you care about that sort of thing. This is a ridiculously good price for six copies of the awesome Valve co-op zombie shootin' spectacular but only if you can find five friends who don't already have it! Thanks to RS2010 at Hotukdeals!
If you want to take on a swarm of zombies hopped up on Red Bull, with a couple of weapons and a small group of survivors to help you, then this is the game for you. The Left 4 Dead series can provide you with a truly heart pounding, adrenaline fuelled experience, as you slowly inch through the environments in apprehension of an inevitable undead attack. However, bear in mind that you'll need to go to your nearest PC World or Currys store to grab a copy of the game, because they aren't providing a home delivery option. Thanks to whizzkid @ HUKD.
Here's another deal to get you in the spooky mood of Halloween, Steam have reduced their bundle deal for Left 4 Dead & Left 4 Dead 2 by 50% making it £11.49, which isn't bad at all. However, if you've already got one of the games but you've been waiting for the other to come down in price, the 50% off deal also applies to the individual games, as does picking up four copies of one title or the other if the need arises. Thanks to Ren182 @ HUKD.
Let’s get right to the point here, Left 4 Dead 2 takes everything that was enjoyable about the original and adds in an overarching storyline, better set pieces, new enemies, melee weapons of various nature, and the joy that is Ellis’ random tales. Yes, it’s more killing zombies, but as a co-op experience with people you know it’s a joy to play (even when you’re trying to escape a horde whilst carrying a gnome on a rollercoaster.) With additional content available on XBL and multiplayer modes to take the action online, if you’ve yet to jump into the latest zombie apocalypse now might just be the time. Thanks to WheresMeNuts @ Hot UK Deals!
The original Left 4 Dead shoehorned intense cooperative action and survival horror into a single polished experience- and the sequel adds a few new twists to the formula. Dedicated melee weapons are a great way of beating down the infected hordes, but you'll need every new explosive and boomstick in the expanded arsenal to take down the new special undead. Jockeys merrily ride survivors into dangerous situations, and chargers will do their best to smack them around something fierce. Many players didn't take to the new campy setting and annoying protagonists, but Left 4 Dead 2 is still a frantic FPS that raises the bar for cooperative excellence. Thanks to lukec123 at Hot UK Deals.
I've seen some truly shocking deals in my time. I've witnessed discounted avatar items, DLC packs for games scheduled for server termination and some truly shoddy produce... but this might just take the biscuit. For this week only, Xbox Live Gold subscribers can net Left 4 Dead 2's The Passing DLC Pack for... erm... 320 Microsoft Points. And that's it.
320 Points is a whopping saving of around 200 MSP compared to the usual RRP. Considering that this is absolutely free on the PC and that Valve are furious at Microsoft for making us pay on the 360, I'm amazed that this hasn't witnessed a serious saving or has been included in a larger themed deal package.
Still, a deal's a deal. Click here to download The Passing DLC for 320 Points from Xbox Live Marketplace. Remember that Gold Members will need to log in to witness the saving... and that you can spend the saved points on one of this week's best Indie games.
Read on for this week's XBLA offerings... as well as more details about The Passing
Don't let the above picture fool you. Left 4 Dead 2 isn't a violent revenge policy on Australian cricket, courtesy of disgruntled England fans. It's actually a fantastic zombie survival romp, which you can now pick up for a mere £12.95 at Zavvi!
While it doesn't build on the formula the original concocted with as much effort and flair as you'd expect from a sequel, Left 4 Dead 2 does add plenty of new features and toys to muck around with, and a fair few new foes to scamper away from. For twelve quid, it's a pretty good deal, and if you have a few friends willing to partner up, either off or online, it's a blast.
Left 4 Dead 2 ditches the urban sprawl of the original for something a little more... rustic. Set in the deep South, a new band of survivors must traverse a deadly gauntlet of swamps, circus fairs and farmland, all crawling with zombies, to reach safe-houses and, eventually, rescue. It's standard Left 4 Dead fare, as you scatter around, looking for more weapons and ammo, keeping the hoard at bay and avoiding any mistakes that might attract more of the undead to your imminent surroundings.
What sets Left 4 Dead apart from most shooters is what Valve dubs the 'AI Director'. Instead of a pre-determined series of events, the AI Director monitors your progress on every playthrough, and determines what obstacles you must overcome. It's entirely procedural, meaning you won't see the same set-piece twice. Also new for the sequel is the inclusion of melee weapons, from clubs and baseball bats, all the way to katanas, which you can use to slice your foes up, severing arms from torsos, heads from necks.
The original S.T.A.L.K.E.R: Shadow of Chernobyl wowed the PC crowd back in 2007 with its unforgiving and rewarding take on the first person RPG. Whilst an expansion pack hit earlier this year, fans are desperate to get back to The Zone to work out what the hell's going on... and luckily, GSC Game World has finally announced a fully fledged sequel.
"After the official sales of the series exceeded 4 million copies worldwide, we had no doubts left to start creating a new big game in the S.T.A.L.K.E.R. universe. This will be the next chapter of the mega-popular game players expect from us" - Sergiy Grygorovych, CEO of GSC Game World
Interestingly, the press release states that S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 will be powered by "completely new multi-platform technology"- which suggests that the series could well be headed to consoles.
S.T.A.L.K.E.R. 2 has been slated for a 2012 release. Naturally, we'll keep you updated by the wire. [GSC Game World]
Crytek broke our hears when they announced that we wouldn't be able to play Crysis 2 this year, but at least we now have a solid date to look forward to. According to the official Crysis 2 twitter feed, the European release date has been scheduled for March 25th 2010.
It's a long time, I know. However, expect this extra few months to be spent polishing the finished product to a state of near-perfection... and adding some jawdropping 3D for the PS3 version. Crytek are all about the 3D these days. [via 1UP]
Quakecon has provided Bethesda with a handy new soapbox from which to shout about their wares. During a panel featuring several big-name developers (including ex-Infinity Ward heads Jason West and Vince Zampella), Bethesda Studio Director Todd Howard stated that they were two years into developing an as-yet unnannounced project.
As you'd expect, details are thin on the ground- but the smart money is currently on Elder Scrolls 5 or the rumoured Elder Scrolls MMO. [VG247]
Bizarrely, this was the only real news to come out of the West and Zampella panel. Was anyone else expecting a Respawn announcement?
Play.com is currently hosting a 2 for £25 sale on a huge list of games on all home-consoles and PC, from Mass Effect 2 and Dragon Age: Origins to Left 4 Dead 2 and Metro 2033, with many more for you to pick and choose from.
On the list, the biggest hitters I can see are the aforementioned titles above, along with Battlefield: Bad Company 2, Dice's rollicking sequel to their original hit and a major rival to Modern Warfare's online crown; Dante's Inferno, EA's assault on the hack-and-slash genre with a divine poet turned scythe-wielding death-dealer; Need 4 Speed: Shift, the latest entry in the dwindling series; Fifa 2010, EA Sports' strongest title continues to define the market; Darksiders, imagine if Zelda and God of War were one and the same; Halo 3: ODST, Bungie's sort-of-sequel turns its attentions to futuristic paratroopers, the Orbital Drop Shock Troopers; Command and Conquer 3: Red Alert, the RTS classic returns.
Suffice to say, it's a huge list with some great titles to choose from. The initial price might not be the cheapest, as every game by itself is around £14.99, but with the 2 for £25 deal, the second game is only ten quid, and with the likes of Metro 2033, Left 4 Dead 2 and Bad Company 2, all pretty new releases with a meaty price-point at this time, you'll be saving a few pennies and have a second game to enjoy once you've drained the first!
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.
Thanks to wilkinn at Hotukdeals!