Left 4 Dead 2 is the much anticipated sequel to the original title that was released only a short year ago last November. Many people have criticized this extremely fast release time as “hurried” and many players even wanted to boycott Left 4 Dead 2. However, Left 4 Dead 2 is out, and despite the angry sentiments of some of the more hardcore fans it has been one of the most anticipated games of the year. So how does this much awaited sequel hold up to the original game which revolutionized survival shooters? Here at GamerSyndrome we will put your mind at ease, and answer this important question.
Left 4 Dead 2 is set in in the South of the United States, and features a campaign through Savannah, Georgia and ending in New Orleans, Louisiana. The campains are divided into 5 section: Dead Center, Dark Carnival, Swamp Fever, Hard Rain, and The Parish. These campaigns are similar to the first game, but feature a more diverse set of objectives than simply defending areas and reaching safepoints. Unfortunately, the campaigns on average are still much shorter than any normal game, but keep in mind that Valve is pushing for a multiplayer experience, the campaigns are almost a “feature” when compared to this content.
The gameplay in Left 4 Dead 2 is relatively similar to that of Left 4 Dead, except for the addition of new weapons, primarily melee weapons and secondary items. Some of the new additions to the game include:
Melee Weapons: These replace your secondary weapon, which has always been a single or duel pistols. This allows players to weild a number of awesome weapons, including a chainsaw or katana. For a complete list of melee weapons click here.
Flashlight: This allows players to navigate through all those creepy dark areas that nobody really ever wants to navigate. The unfortunate downside is that the light can startle and attract infected, making the player with the flashlight a target.
Defibrillator: Players can now revive a dead teammate using this item, which is an amazing advantage, as anyone who played the first title knows. This allows you to get out of tricky situations which usually meant game over before.
Adrenaline Shot: This item gives players a quick boost of health recovery and agility. This can be a lifesaver when a horde is attacking or when fighting one of the special infected.
Boomer Bile: This awesome new weapon allows players to throw a vial of Boomer Bile which will make the infected attack anything it hits. This is especially useful when used on any of the special infected, especially a Tank.
These are just a few of the additions that have been made to Left 4 Dead 2 in regard to items.
Another aspect that has been upgraded is the famed AI Director, which changes the facets of gameplay to keep the few campaigns as fresh as possible. In addition to moving around items and weapons, as well as infected and special infected, the AI director now changes such things as door locations and weather. Although this is a great upgrade to an already good AI system, there is still a general feeling of inadequacy when it comes to sheer content, when you compare this game to other full priced titles.
Left 4 Dead 2 also features a new cast of survivors to choose from, as the reasoning is it’s a different area of the United States where our “heroes” from the last game would not be. The new characters are Coach, a high-school football coach, Rochelle, a television production assistant, Ellis, a blue-collar mechanic, and Nick, the smooth talking conman. These characters may have a few humerous lines to spice up the campaigns, but other than that they are exactly the same as the original characters.
The infected have also recruited some new members to the party, which is a one of the better aspects of the sequel. First is the addition of normal infected with either riot gear or other protective clothing which makes them immune to bullets or fire. These appear in certain areas of the campaign, and can be quite annoying to fight. Three new special infected have been added as well, the Charger, Jockey, and Spitter. The Charger attacks players by charging towards them and knocking players down, then attacking with a strong melee smash. The Jockey jumps on players backs and damages them while attempting to maneuver them into dangerous terrain such as fire or off buildings. The Spitter is a dangerous enemy who spits pools of corrosive and damaging acid at players. These new infected add alot of variety to the gameplay, especially in the versus mode.
In all, Left 4 Dead 2 is a well received sequel to a very successful first title, and although there are some issues over lack of content, the content that has been added has touched upon the right spots. Left 4 Dead 2 has been obviously crafted towards the multiplayer gameplay, and in that facet it is definitely a success. The new maps and campaigns add a fair bit of new content to the game, even thought the content is unchanged in most ways. If you are a fan of the genre, or new to the zombie shooting game, Left 4 Dead 2 is worth the purchase, and will give you hours of fun multiplayer gaming.
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