Excerpt: I’ve never understood video game boycotts. From Diablo 3 to Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 2 , a small segment of fanatic gamers responds to seemingly any sequel with rage normally found in only the worst fanboys. Left 4 Dead 2 ‘s recent release was yet another surrounded by threats from gamers angry that developer Valve was releasing a sequel so quickly.
Excerpt: I almost think zombie killing should be considered a separate genre from other shooters. There is just something really cool about blasting the undead, as the legions of fans of those types of games will attest. And despite somewhat lacking any real story, Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 have been immensely popular, with number two making up for a lot of the flaws of the original.
Excerpt: You’ve battled through five campaigns, twenty four chapters of intense zombie splattering, you’ve decapitated hundreds of them face to face with your fire axe, and you’ve destroyed even more with your combat shotgun or the trusty old AK47 you found in the cold brittle fingers of a corpse you tripped over in the sewer. At times you’ve saved your comrades, and hell, they’ve saved your ass more often than you care to remember, and it’s all come down to this.
Excerpt: In the fashion world the joke and reality is that in a bid to keep things fresh a new color will briefly become “the new black”. In the gaming world it seems zombies are rapidly becoming the genre to replace World War II games. Hold on all you grogs out there. I’m still anticipating the next Close Combat title with bated breath, and World War II remains my favorite gaming era.
Excerpt: Supported OS: Windows® 7 / Vista / Vista64 / XP Processor: Pentium 4 3.0GHz Memory: 1 GB for XP / 2GB for Vista Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card with 128 MB, Shader model 2.0. ATI X800, NVidia 6600 or better Hard Drive: At least 7.5 GB of free space Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card When Valve announced that Left 4 Dead 2 was arriving just a year after the first game launched, people met the news with boycotts and frustration.
Excerpt: Popular mythology states that the only way to truly kill a zombie is to either put a bullet in the brain, or to completely sever the head from the body. Half measures simply won't do: even if you lop off an arm or blow a hole in their chest, there's every chance that they'll keep on coming at you.
Summary: Many hardcore Left 4 Dead players are boycotting this title claiming it was released too soon following the originals launch offering little more than new characters and new levels. I couldn’t disagree with these people more. 23 new levels spread over 5 campaigns, 3 new boss zombies, several new multiplayer game types, and a handful of new items and the awesome melee weapons. I’d say Left 4 Dead 2 has a ton to offer!