Being a huge fan of zombies and a huge fan of the original Left 4 Dead, I couldn’t wait to get my hands on this baby. The amount of different types of game can be staggering (single player, offline CO-OP, campaign, scavenge and survival) but there’s enough in there so that if you don’t like all of it, you’ll still find enough to do to keep the interest.
The characters in the original L4D were all well and good, and I’ve heard some people moan about how they didn’t like the way these new characters; Nick, Rochelle, Ellis and Coach, didn’t seem to get on. This isn’t exactly true – the more you play the game, the more new dialogue you’re presented with showing the characters’ relationships to one another. Nick has issues with Ellis, who occasionally takes a shot back at Nick, but Ellis gets on great with Coach, who treats Rochelle like a little sister, who is almost flirtatious with Nick. They’re really interesting, funny characters with much better voice acting than the first, and I personally can’t get enough of them.
The campaigns in the game are linked by a lightweight story of the four trying to get from A to B to be rescued. Do not hold any misconceptions about L4D2 – there’s not meant to be a backstory. The goings on and character build up are cleverly presented to you in the world around you; all you have to do is simply look. Read the graffiti. Listen to the characters, it’s all there. It’s a zombie apocalypse, what more do you need?
Gameplay is fun though if you don’t have a Gold LIVE account (for XBox users) don’t even bother buying it because you’ll need one to access 80% of the game, including the new downloadable campaign called “The Passing”, which is due out in Spring of this year (and is meant to cross the new and old survivors which should be interesting).
I think the only problem I’ve had is the people online that I’ve come across. There are some real idiots on the versus/scavenge games who take things far, far too seriously. In this case, I would find friends to play with, or go on a forum where you can meet decent people before you add them.
Even if you haven’t played the first, it’s a fun, intense, gory, silly game that will make you laugh, jump, freak out and have a great time. Especially if you find a frying pan.