developer: Valve Software
publisher: Valve Corporation
Game mode: single / multiplayer
Multiplayer mode: local network / Internet, players: 1-8
Left 4 Dead 2 for PC and X360 is a sequel to the hit 2008 game, in which the players controlled one of the four characters facing hordes of zombies. The second instalment follows in its predecessor's footstep and introduces four new survivors. The game was developed by Valve South.
The plot of Left 4 Dead 2 takes place shortly after the events of the original game. Together with the rest of your team, you're trying to survive the attacks of the zombies in the South-Western U.S.A. You travel not only through the beautiful landscapes of Georgia, but also through the French district in New Orleans.
Compared to the first instalment, one of the biggest innovations is the introduction of new kinds of weapons for close quarters combat. Now you can dispatch your foes not only with rifles and guns but also chainsaws, pans, axes and baseball bats. This enriches the already intense mechanics and creates new strategic possibilities for your team.
Left 4 Dead 2 also utilizes a new version of AI Director, the system that back in the first instalment was responsible for e.g. the directions the enemies would come from, their spawning point, etc., which added variety to the gameplay. In the second instalment, the Valve South team went even further. AI Director 2.0 does not only implement changeable weather conditions, but also changes the map layouts. In later playthroughs, you may find some paths blocked (by e.g. a fallen-over bus), which forces you to find another way.
In Left 4 Dead 2 for PC and X360 you play as one of the four new characters (Nick, Rochelle, Coach or Ellis) and fight zombies and other undead creatures (including new bosses). To exterminate the bloodthirsty hordes, you can use previously unavailable types of weaponry, including the above-mentioned close quarters combat weapons, and special items. Left 4 Dead 2 is a much bigger game than its predecessor. It features not only more co-op campaigns, but also Versus mode scenarios. There are also many new Survival mode maps. The game also contains a complex stats system, best player rankings, and a reward system based on getting Achievements.
PC / Windows
Recommended: Core 2 Duo 2.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM, graphic card GeForce 7600 or better, 7.5 GB HDD, Windows XP/Vista/7