|Left 4 Dead|
North American Boxart
|Release Date(s)||November 17, 2009|
|Platforms||Xbox 360, PC|
Left 4 Dead 2 is the sequel of the highly acclaimed zombie survival shooter, Left 4 Dead. It was announced at 2009's E3 event by Valve Corporation, where a small demo of the game was shown. The game was announced for release on November 17, 2009, 364 days after the first game in the series. The game features five game modes; Campaign, Realism, Scavenge, Versus, and Survival. Along with these modes are five new campaigns, all of which take place in the Southeastern United States.
Many gamers were in awe when Valve announced Left 4 Dead 2. Being a typically slow development team, the announcement took the Valve community completely by surprise. Half-Life 2, a critically acclaimed first person shooter developed by Valve took around six years to develop, with multiple delays on its release date. From their first impressions of the the announcement, many gamers were not happy to see the second game in the series released so quickly after the first. In fact, an official boycott was started, which quickly obtained over 50,000 members. In light of the situation, Valve invited the people in charge of the boycott to come to Valve corporate in order to show them the game. After their trip home, the boycott group was closed. Left 4 Dead 2's preorder sales went on to quadruple the number of preordered that the first game received.
There is also controversy over the graphical content in the game. The amount of gore present in the game is notably larger than in the first game. This has lead countries such as Australia and Germany to censor the game by releasing a version that contains reduced gore. To "make up" for this, German gamers received added weapons from the game Counter-Strike: Source, which are not available for anyone outside Germany.
Left 4 Dead 2 uses the same formula from Left 4 Dead, which the exception of a few extra modes. In the default mode, Campaign, the survivors must move from safe room to safe room, in an attempt to reach the final chapter, or Finale of the campaign, where they are ultimately rescued. In each chapter of the campaign excluding the fire one, the survivors will encounter a Tank, or the most powerful special infected. Unless one player is rather skilled, it will take the entire team to bring one down. Scattered throughout the campaigns are the various Weapons in the game, and the throwable items, such as the molotov and pipe bomb.
Left 4 Dead 2 has five modes, Campaign, Versus, Realism, Survival, and Scavenge. All of these modes require heavy amounts of teamwork, especially Versus and Scavenge, which are competitive game modes. The Realism mode, which is a modification of the Campaign mode, adds a more realistic effect to the game. Players are no longer outlined in a glow, making them harder to find on the map. This promotes communication and teamwork. Also, when you are killed, you do not respawn in closets and closed doors like you would in the regular Campaign mode. Finally, zombies have more health, making them harder to kill.
Left 4 Dead 2 has six campaigns which are completely different from the first game, as they are set in the American Southeast. The game was released with only five campaigns, but the April DLC release of The Passing made the count six. The campaigns play out in the following order:
 Major Differences from Left 4 Dead 1
- New Firearms: Magnum Pistol, Silenced SMG, Chrome Shotgun, Combat Shotgun, SCAR, AK-47, Military Sniper, Grenade Launcher, M-60
- Melee Weapons: Machete, Katana, Crowbar, Frying Pan, Baseball Bat, Cricket Bat, Axe, Guitar, Tonfa, Chainsaw, Golf Club
- Firearm Upgrades: Incendiary Ammunition, Explosive Ammunition, Laser Sights
- New Throwable: Bile Bomb
- New Healing Items: Adrenaline, Defibrillator
- Six New Campaigns: Dead Center, The Passing, Dark Carnival, Swamp Fever, Hard Rain, The Parish
- Three New Modes: Realism, Scavenge, Mutation
- New Special Infected: Charger, Spitter, Jockey
- New Survivors: Nick, Rochelle, Ellis, Coach
- New Setting: Southeastern United States
Left 4 Dead 2 received mostly positive reviews, with an 89% from MetaCritic. This is the same rating that Left 4 Dead received from that website.
Minimum: o Supported OS: Windows® 7 / Vista / Vista64 / XP o Processor: Pentium 4 3.0GHz o Memory: 1 GB for XP / 2GB for Vista o Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card with 128 MB, Shader model 2.0. ATI X800, NVidia 6600 or better o Hard Drive: At least 7.5 GB of free space o Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Recommended: o Supported OS: Windows® 7 / Vista / Vista64 / XP o Processor: Intel core 2 duo 2.4GHz o Memory: 1 GB for XP / 2GB for Vista o Graphics: DirectX 9 compatible video card with Shader model 3.0. NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 or better o Hard Drive: At least 7.5 GB of free space o Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card