Left 4 Dead 2 Preview
We recently ran a competition on Twitter and gave away two demo codes for Left 4 Dead 2, which launches on November 17th.
Our winners kindly agreed to write some words for us to give you the lowdown on the demo and what we can expect from the full game. Here are those words (slightly edited), but many thanks to @PurpleSteve (Steve Wright – not the DJ) and @dazbobaby (we have no real name) for their contributions.
Steve Wright – Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Hands On
Rather than the tried and tested method of press-button-kill-horde, Valve have includes the press-button-kill-horde-press-another-button (phew) method that featured in the recent L4D DLC. Upon leaving a security trailer you have to sprint through a maze of fences to reach a tower and disable an alarm. This was a compete blast; running through hordes of zombies, swinging your machete like a madman all hocked up on an adrenaline boost. I can only imagine the fun your going to have on versus mode.
Thanks to Console Monster for giving me the chance to play this, if you’re a fan of the original then you owe it to yourself to play this.
Dazbobaby – Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Hands On
I won a code for this thanks to Console Monster and having never played any previous incarnation, I didn’t know what to expect. Turns out it’s pretty good and I’ve missed some great games. So anyway, I booted up the game, and got cracking, and first impressions are that there’s plenty of meat on this game, with a load of different game types.
On offer is:
2. Campaign – Online with friends
3. Survival – Not in the demo
4. Realism – Not in the demo
5. Verus – Not in the demo
6. Survival – Not in the demo
7. Scavenge – Not in the demo
So the full game looks like it’ll keep you busy for a while, but this of course is a demo. I played the first two levels before getting interrupted, (life has a way of doing that), and played like I would play Call of Duty i.e. like Rambo; and apparently, this is how you’re not supposed to play it, but still it worked.
I’m not sure if I like the ammo count as you dont seem to ever run out, but it’s an arcade style game after all. Health is a different matter, you have to find health packs, injectors, and painkillers. The weapons are pretty decent too, but for me it’s the melee weapons, and man, did I love the frying pan or what!
I just loved smashing zombie heads, and there’s a lot of heads that need attention. It also has some genuinely scarey moments, and some that will have you screaming, (play with the lights off for full effect!!).
I have to say, it’s probably not my type of game though, I like more strategic ones and the ‘trip wire gameplay’ isn’t a favourite either as it is too scripted.
I loved Zombie Apocalype, and a lot of people have said it’s a cheap rip-off of L4D. I dont see it like that; it’s a different type of gameplay altogether. But both games have their merits. And both will keep you busy for a while, but I think L4D will last that bit longer!
Thank you very much to both our winners and the exclusive Youtube video shot in HD for us from Dazbobaby. Tell us your thoughts in the forums.
The Left 4 Dead 2 demo is out now!