With the thousands of different zombie games out there it can be hard to separate the superb from the mediocre. Left 4 Dead 2 offers plenty of improvements over its predecessor while still keeping the hectic multiplayer action the main focus.
Left 4 Dead 2′s main campaign allows up to four people to battle through hordes of zombies in 5 stories. Each story contains multiple chapters separated by safe houses which the players are constantly heading towards. Not all the survivors are great characters so moments where the cajun cut up Ellis starts telling a crazy story about him and his buddy Keith only to be cut off by the others can be frustrating. One story takes roughly an hour to complete on regular difficulty but replay ability is enhanced thanks to the game’s randomization of weapons, power ups, and special infected.
All of the stories can also be played through in versus where players alternate between humans and special infected. Playing as the infected is quite fun due to the several unique characters. Left 4 Dead 2 also features realism mode where each story can be played without a number of assists making co-operation a key factor. The final mode is scavenge where players fight off zombies while trying to collect 16 gas cans and pour them into a generator. Whichever team can collect more cans wins and this mode is great if you want to play more of the game but cannot invest in playing a full campaign.
Left 4 Dead 2′s soundtrack escalates and intensifies alongside the action making the scramble to stay alive, or kill, even more exciting. In select campaigns a jukebox can be found that plays multiple songs including “Re: Your Brains” by Jonathan Coulton which was created exclusively for this game. The high amount of blood and gore mixed with the fluid zombie animations gives this game a fast action feel while still not hitting lifelike graphics. Even still mowing down a pack of zombies with a chainsaw is at its best in Left 4 Dead 2.
If co-operative and competitive zombie shooter action is what you are pining for then look no further than Left 4 Dead 2. The fast paced action and heart racing sound makes this game a delight to play over and over again.