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{16 March 2009}   Review: Left 4 Dead

Award winning multiplayer shooter Left 4 Dead has been storming the games market since its release in 2008. The game follows four “survivors” with various backgrounds as they attempt to escape a city full of zombie-like creatures referred to as “infected”.

The experience of single-player mode is impressive, with detailed graphics and realistic gameplay, but the real strength of the game is in the co-operative player modes. This can either be through split screen with 2 players, or up to 8 online. There are 4 survivor slots, but selection of the “vs mode” pits 2 teams of up to 4 players against eachother.

During this mode, players take it in turns to be one of the 4 survivors, or one of 4 special infected characters with different abilities. The range of achievements on the Xbox360 version of the game encourages players to complete these missions in order to damage the survivors as infected characters.

The game, which is also available on PC, is heavily online based, but even single player modes are an enjoyable experience. This game is a deserved winner of the numerous awards it has accumulated, including Best Multiplayer game of 2008 and Computer Game of the Year from such organisations as the British Academy of Film and Television Awards (BAFTA), IGN, NoFrag and GameSpy.

Kirsty Watkinson
klwatkinson@uclan.ac.uk

Links:
Left 4 Dead Survivor Gameplay Tips – Andrew Hemphill
Left 4 Dead Infected Gameplay Tips – Andrew Hemphill

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Nice review Kirsty!



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