Set in a modern day survival-horror universe, the co-operative gameplay of Left 4 Dead (L4D) casts four "Survivors" in an epic struggle against hordes of swarming zombies and terrifying "Boss Infected" mutants. Developed by Turtle Rock Studios and Valve, creators of the Counter-Strike and Half-Life games, the latest AI technology allows for multiplayer games of one to eight players.A new and highly virulent strain of the rabies virus emerges and spreads through the human population with frightening speed. The pandemic's victims become grotesquely disfigured widely violent psychopaths, attacking the uninfected on sight. As one of the "lucky" few apparently immune to the sickness, you, unfortunately, are also trapped in a city crawling with thousands of the bloodthirsty Infected. Alone, you're dead. But together with a handful of fellow survivors, you might just fight your way to safety.Players can play as a Survivor or as one of four types of Boss Infected, each of whom possess a unique mutant ability, such as a 50-foot tongue lasso or a giant belly full of explosive methane gas. The gameplay of L4D is set across four massive campaigns. The zombie population of each mission is choreographed by an AI Director that monitors the human players' actions and creates a unique and dramatic experience for them on the fly.
Customer Review: Zombiemania
Left for Dead is a very interesting and entertaining game. It has both, a very eerie and suspenseful atmosphere. If you have ever wanted to be in a zombie movie or experience a zombie attack, this puts you right in the middle of the action. You feel like you are right there and you end up getting caught up in the simple, yet intriguing storyline. What makes it fun is the fact that online there are up to four playable good guy characters in co-op mode either human or artificial. Online, you can also play as a zombie attacking the good guys. There is a statistics scoring system for almost anything that you do to a zombie which is displayed after each level is completed. Don't play alone!
Customer Review: fun but not much variety
I was pretty excited about L4D because i generally like to play co-op games. After reading all the rave reviews, i happily plunked down $40 for the game. After several gaming sessions with friends both lan and over internet, i concur with others that the game is a blast to play (with friends, not so much solo), but i felt that there wasn't much variety after a while.
i like how the director changes things up every time you play the game, but after a while, it's basically the same thing over and over again, a bunch of zombie meat come running at you, peppered by encounters with boomers, smokers, hunters, tanks, and the witch. hopefully valve will generate new content or add some depth to the game mechanics.