Left 4 Dead

Zombie-based FPS game

Left 4 Dead came out in 2008, scoring major points. It lets you play a campaign or in multiplayer mode with up to three other players.  You can also become special zombies and battle other humans to complete their objectives.

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Version
Operating System SupportWindows XP, Windows Vista
Current LanguageEnglish
Available LanguagesEnglish, Spanish, Russian, French, Italian, German
LicensePaid
DateFriday, July 3rd 2020
DeveloperValvesoftware
Developer URLhttps://www.valvesoftware.com/en/

Gameplay and Mechanics

Hordes of zombies pour in against you in a constant stream. You never have the pressure let up on you, as you must push forward to the objective. While you can go up against AI, the best way to play is in multiplayer mode. You can play with up to three other players who can respond flexibly.

It follows a basic storyline with four characters that you can play. The story has a variety of weapons that are suited to different circumstances and areas. There are twenty maps, which give a lot of options in playstyle.

Special features

The scenarios have a high level of replayability because of the way software designers made the engine. The AI is quite good for the zombies and side characters. The system responds well to every move you make.

Valve, the company that designed the shooter, implemented a smart engine that understands when you are struggling. It will throw fewer zombies and extra equipment at you until you stabilise. Inversely, the better you get, the harder the game tries to kill you.

It has a leaderboard system that encourages competitive players to work harder.

Alternatives

Left 4 Dead 2 picks up where the first one left off by expanding the world. However, both games are quite similar. The newer one has more weapons, zombies, and a bit more story while bringing an end to the series.

World War Z could be a latter successor, so to speak, as it copies much of L4D yet adds some more elements. WWZ grants each character a class and focuses more on upgrading weapons. It has a variety of bugs leading to crashes and poor server connections, unfortunately.

Solid game

Despite the age of the shooter, Valve’s L4D has a prominent place.  Although it is not free to play, its multiplayer is fantastic and the gameplay keeps you coming back for more each time. While the second edition is a good choice as well, the first remains an intense FPS zombie shooter.

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