Review by MrMaJ132

Reviewed: 03/23/10

Zombie killing at it's finest!

Many zombie games have been released in the past and, in my opinion, this is the best one available. Flawless on almost every level, Left 4 Dead 2 crushes the competition, all the while doing so in a quick and beautiful way.

Countless Left 4 Dead 1 fans boycotted Left 4 Dead 2, and, to their dismay, the game was still released at the same planned time. They believed that the original game was far from complete, and that this popular game's sequel was merely a "milking of the money cow" on Valve's part. However, this game is everything that Left 4 Dead 1 had, and much, much more. With enhanced graphics, more guns, melee weapons, more infected, more maps, and 2 new game modes, this game turns a great game into something truly special.

Graphics: 10/10

Nearly flawless, Left 4 Dead 2 displays fantastic realism with its graphics. You can slice open zombies with your beloved melee weapons, displaying it's inner organs. This, obviously, is a huge improvement compared to Left 4 Dead 1, in which you could only decapitate zombies(with the exception of boomers). Every little room that you'll enter during your zombie killing frenzy will contain every detail you'd expect. Empty, pointless rooms are practically unheard of in Left 4 Dead 2. The only thing I can even think of, is certain textures(like the hay in Dark Carnival, Chapter 4) could be more detailed, but this is a minor and rare detail, and I believe it is unworthy of demoting the graphics grade of this game to a 9.

Sound: 8/10

Containing 3D sound and realistic dialogue, Left 4 Dead 2 makes you feel like you are actually experiencing the slaughter for yourself. Compared to its prequel, Left 4 Dead 2 has better dialogue, more zombie screams, and more realistic gun noises. However, the music has much less emphasis and is less interesting. Unlike Left 4 Dead 1, Left 4 Dead 2's music doesn't add to the feel of the zombie apocalypse. Except for the Midnight Rider finale, of course, because that is awesome. Also, ambiance is less frequently heard, demoting the feel of a real adventure.

Gameplay: 9/10

On top of the great graphics and dialogue, Left 4 Dead 2 gives you a gaming experience you won't forget. Every time you play its more fun than the last. With 6 game modes, it'll take you a long time to get bored. On top of that, it contains an engaging storyline, unlike its prequel, Left 4 Dead 1. You'll never know what exactly is around the next corner for you, giving you a great feeling of suspense and action. Also, you can always perfect your technique with all of the 16 weapons available for your choosing. However, this game containing 1 significant issue regarding gameplay. The artificial intelligence(especially the survivors) is severely lacking. Constantly you'll rub your temples due to the AI doing idiotic things, such as walking into spitter goo or heading the wrong direction. On top of that, they take a long time to save you if you are pinned, just like in Left 4 Dead 1. However, its easy to avoid playing with AI most of the time, since you will usually be playing with humans anyway.

Re-play Value: 10/10

Considering this game is endless, you can't really take any points off here. Every time you play, its a different experience. The AI director does it's job excellently, thus, making this game never end. You can even get a microphone and get into a clan, making the game entertain you even longer.

Overall: 9/10

Almost perfect, Left 4 Dead 2 displays a magnificent adventure that will entertain you for hundreds of hours. Even with the irritating AI survivors and the slightly lacking music and ambiance effects, Left 4 Dead 2 deserves to be remembered in the zombie-killing hall of fame. If you can afford this game, I strongly recommend you get it. That is, if you can take the action and graphic violence.

You should buy this game, or at least rent it. And, don't forget your microphone!

Rating:   4.5 - Outstanding

Product Release: Left 4 Dead 2 (US, 11/17/09)

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