Summary: On the surface, Left 4 Dead 2 seems like the same game as the original L4D. The gameplay and setup and everything are awfully familiar. When you dig a little deeper, however, you find a game that is improved in just about every way. The presentation is better, the campaigns are better, there are more modes, and the new weapons make the gameplay quite a it deeper than it was before. Left 4 Dead 2 is a better game than the original and definitely worth a look.
Excerpt: Its been a year since the smash new IP developed by Valve, Left 4 Dead, hit the market to critical acclaim. A year later and after much controversy, Left 4 Dead 2 is just about to hit the shelves. Much debate about putting the game out as a seperate package rather than DLC for the original has been bounded about forums and sites alike but we are here to tell you that EA published, Left 4 Dead 2 is definitely worth being a stand alone game and well worth the price to...
Excerpt: Many have heard news of the Cold Stream DLC recently available on Xbox Live. Perhaps you’ve heard of Mutations becoming available on demand, or how this new campaign map has been available on the PC for free for quite some time.
Excerpt: Cold Stream is an unexpected piece of Left 4 Dead 2 DLC. It’s releasing almost 18 months after the previous add-on. It’s community-made rather than Valve’s handiwork. Unfortunately, despite some stellar work from the original creators, it’s also the rare bit of Valve-sanctioned content that’s not a must-purchase. The main event of Cold Stream is the four-part fan-made campaign.
Pros: + A nicely structured campaign with a great final chapter., + Four classic Left 4 Dead campaigns return with L4D2 enemies, weapons, and modes.
Conclusion: Whichever you prefer, playing versus with friends or cooperatively against the improved Director, there is almost no fault to Left 4 Dead 2. Yes, Rochelle turned out to be a pretty boring character, and yes, don’t expect to enjoy playing it alone with bots. This is not a single player game. On the Xbox 360, there were some framerate drops, and harder difficulties slow down more often because of the larger number of enemies.
Excerpt: Zombies! The world’s being overrun by them! Nazi zombies, pet zombies, mutated zombies, funny zombies, not-really-zombies, crab-head zombies, Zombines, voodoo zombies – I can go on! These undead mutated freaks have enjoyed a revival in recent years that has brought an awareness of their controversial existence into mainstream society more successfully than any of the many previous attempts.