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    Left 4 Dead

    Game » consists of 14 releases. Released Nov 18, 2008

    Left 4 Dead puts players in the role of one of four survivors during a zombie apocalypse. Survivors will depend on co-operation to get from one safe house to another, while facing hordes of "Infected", four of which can be controlled by human players in certain game modes.

    jonnyboy's Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360) review

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    Nevermind the Bollocks, here's the Zombies!

    That's what they should have called this game. No long winded story about vials in labs or infected monkeys, just "You are here, you need to get there, there are zombies in the middle, go."

    In short this is the perfect Zombie game, just because there is so little to it, just like the best zombie films (ie, pre-1990's). Not since the original Doom has any game managed to nail this simple idea and still be able to keep the levels fresh and exiting. By all rights Valve could have had this long drawn out viral marketing campaign with the back story in the form of comic books or some other kind of crappy merchandise. But I think that they realised the one thing that has become apparent to me after playing this game for so long; the story of the four survivors, as endearing as they become, is never the major factor in this game, it's the story of the 4 people playing the game that is always the most interesting.

    This game is full of those " Do you remember that time when we........" moments. Also it has to be said, I never play this game single player, always with my Wife and two friends, and I think that's what makes this game such a hard thing to review, for the experience you have will be totally defined by the people you play it with, not the game itself. Play it with people you like and love, and you will have a bonding experience like no other, phrases like  "please help me", "Hey stop shooting me" , "I didn't shoot you what are you talking about ", and my favorite "Shut the F****** Door!!!!!" all are met with jovial laughter and tit-for-tat comments. Play it with strangers, or with the younger generation on XBL and suddently these same phrases are usually met with distain and hostility.

    Lastly Valve have build on their experience making Counterstrike and Team Fortress 2 and made a game where teamwork is everything. If you admire John Rambo as a role model, this game is not for you. That's not to say this game is full of Red-Cross workers by any means. But in no other game thus far has it ever dawned on me that my most valuble asset as a means to getting to the end of the level are my teammates.

    To conclude, a long time ago, I got a 14.4 modem for my 486, and played Co-op Doom and Doom2. It was awsome. This is the game I have been waiting for since then, and you know what, it's still awesome. 

    Other reviews for Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360)

      Four Survivors And Bloodthirsty Zombies: What Could Go Wrong? 0

      Many games have tried to show what the inevitable zombie apocalypse will look like, but simply put, Left 4 Dead is the most exciting and original survival horror game to hit the market. The majority of the shooters out there tend to thicken the line between multiplayer and single player so that each mode offers something widely different from the other. However, Left 4 Dead is one of the few games out there that takes that line and blurs it to an almost indecipherable amount so that the end resu...

      21 out of 23 found this review helpful.

      Left 4 Dead offers superb cooperative play 0

      Valve has been known for creating some of the most memorable games to grace the PC and more recently the Xbox 360. Left 4 Dead is the latest hit game to be released from the company and brings together the joy of slaughtering hundreds of zombies with the ability to share the fun with your friends. Never has killing the undead been so much fun in a video game.  Pros  Excellent cooperative multiplayerGreat atmosphereInteresting online versus play Cons Only four campaigns AI partners are not always...

      9 out of 10 found this review helpful.

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