The Good: Left 4 Dead 2, by Valve is the sequel to, shocker, Left 4 Dead. Like in all of my reviews, I am going to review the single player because that is what is most important to me. It is very obvious that they made this game because the first game was so popular and people wanted more of the similar. Now, that said, this is a great shooter, there are tons of weapons to choose from and the levels you go through are intense and fun, oh, and challenging, very challenging. The best addition to this game is the extended amount of melee weapons, particularly, the chain saw.
Never has it been so much fun standing at the top of a flight of stares and having zombies run at you then when you are holding a chain saw. Now, this game does add a bit of realism from the physics of the first game. For example, when a zombie is running full speed at you, and you shoot them in the head, then slide a bit forward when falling instead of stopping dead, pun intended. Something from the first game they kept was before every campaign there is a movie poster for what you are about to do, with a cheesy Tagline.
As I said in my first review, the thing about these games that keep them really fun and feeling new are the special zombies. Valve must have gotten that hint after the first one because there is even more specials in 2 than in 1. Now there are the charger, jockey and spitter as well as all the ones from the first game. The charger is crazy and will run at you and literally knock you back 100 feet and then pick you up and bash your already dead body against the pavement a few times. Bit sadistic, but it is kinda fun to watch it all happen.
Another really good part to this game, there are four new characters all of which are cool, but definitely Ellis is the coolest. He will tell stories about things that have happened to him and they are pretty funny. Just saying, listen when the characters talk, it can be quite funny and actually makes you care, at least a little, about there personality.
I really do have to say that this game is just as fun if not more fun than the first one to just have a good time running and gunning down the endless undead.
The Bad: The bad about this game is that is that it was made as a sequel. This is not to say that someone who has never played the first one will not be able to play this one, but for some reason, and maybe it is just because I suck at it, this one seems far more difficult than the first one. It is as if they needed an even harder difficulty setting than the first one offered so they just upped the difficulty on every level here. Now, I would like to point out that this does not really take away from the fun of the game, it is just annoying when you can;t seem to get past one point for a few tries.
The Overview: This game is very similar to the first one in many aspects except greatly improved in the physics and the variety of special infected, oh and the melee weapons, and the characters. So, it sounds like ti has been improved in every way right? Well, many would say that is true, but I disagree because they made this game assuming you played the first game and you are already at least semi-pro at it. It is just frustratingly hard at times. I mean, there will times where it seems like these zombies must have worked for the special forces in the United States Marines during life because they will seem to have an onslaught of regular zombies to where you dow, followed by a charger smacking you back 100 feet than a jockey jumping on your head, and guess what? you killed them all!! Better hurry though, health is low, but your okay. Congratulations, get into the safe room. WAIT, son of a bitch there is a tank hiding out of sight, inside the safe room ready to give you a swift punch to cranium destroying your dreams and brain matter.
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Video Of the Gmaeplay in L4D2