Summary: This doesn't compare to games from 15 years ago like Quake 2. The bad guys are simplistic as are the scenarios. The map is boring, the weapon choice is minimal. The whole game is boring and simplistic. There's just a few types of bad guy in a map of the 1990s Duke Nukem cityscape type. Monsters just charge like olympic sprinters and then claw ineffectively at you. On the other hand you can put a hundred rounds in to some of the bad guys to take them down.
Summary: As much as this is sort of a fun game to play I just can't the date Source graphics engine. This looks so 2004. I know graphics ain't all but there are many other great FPS games with better graphics I'd rather play. I bought LFD1 and quickly got tired of this non sense shooting at 35 corps at once all the time and LFD2 didn't got me excited enough to buy it. More of the same things.
Summary: This game is a simple shoot the zombie thing that is about as involved, and as long, as a 20 year old arcade game. It would be ok even so....if you don't mind having "Steam" as a continuing spam connection to your computer. I hate having to subscribe to Steam to use a video game. I hate the continual popup announcements from steam too.
Summary: I've used Steam before. Maybe it is alright for playing online, but it is a royal pain in single player action and you are required to use it. And...don't lose your password to Steam because you will never get it back and the game is as good as worthless when that happens.
Summary: The first problem with this game is the necessity to deal with STEAM. DO NOT buy a used STEAM enabled game. You will be out of luck when the license needs to be validated. The advantage is that the game can be installed in multiple PC's with a single STEAM ID then played from any ONE PC without the original media. Left 4 Dead, for my taste, seems to be too repetitive for single player. I am not able to indulge in multi-player very much.
Summary: Behold, the first Valve game that launched incomplete and has been given minimal support post-launch. If you read any review on major web sites, they'll note that only 2 of the 4 levels can be played in VS mode. This has since been patched (nearly a year later), but now that E3 is about over, we know why this happened... because Valve didn't take a break after finishing L4D, and began working on L4D2 already. Already.
Summary: graphics are good and the concept was great! then you play the game and realize there is nothing scary or suspenseful about it. it's your basic run and gun. Unlike resident evil, where zombies may suprise you crasing through windows, this game just throws dozens of zombies around every corner. just keep shooting and moving forward and you will complete each map. nothing exciting about it. i pre-ordered it and GAVE the game away a week later.
Summary: The First Person Shooter (FPS) genre has been in dire need of a Player versus Environment game. While the game has some interesting aspects, it's an overall disappointment for me. 1) There is only about 4 hours of game play solo. If you feel like replaying the game on a higher difficulty, add 4-5 more hours. 2) Some of the special mobs will be in places your allies can't really reach, sometimes you get incapacitated in places your allies can't help you up.