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I'm Gaming Jay: Youtube gamer, let's player, retrogaming fan, and determined optimist... Join me in this series while I try out EVERY game in the book 1001 VIDEO GAMES YOU MUST PLAY BEFORE YOU DIE, before I die. The game review for each game will focus on the question of whether you MUST play this game before you die. But to be honest, the game reviews are just for fun, this series is more about the YouTube gamer journey. Let's try out those classic retro games we grew up with, have fond memories of, or heard of but never got a chance to try! And with that said, the game review for today is...
Left 4 Dead
Developer(s) Valve South
Platform(s) Xbox 360, Windows, Mac
Genre(s) First-Person Shooter, Survival Horror
Left 4 Dead is one of the best action-based zombie horror survival games out there. In the game, you take on the role of one of 4 survivors and must traverse through a city or countryside in the middle of a zombie apocalypse. Taking inspiration from the great zombie movies, Left 4 Dead is full of creepy locales like abandoned hospitals and farm houses, and features a variety of zombie ambushes and super zombies that you'll fight along the way. Somehow, despite having almost no story, the game manages to recreate intense zombie battles that you've seen in all the zombie movies you've ever watched.
At first glance, the game may appear to be a standard first-person shooter, however, there are a few elements that make it stand out from the crowd. First off, the game is heavily co-op focused. So much so that if you are playing solo the computer will take on the three other survivors and have them behave realistically like other players. The co-op aspect comes into play frequently as there are a few types of zombies that can incapacitate you, and at those points you are dependent on your allies to save you. You can also share items and use medpacks on other players rather than yourself and it's very advantageous to do so. Keeping the whole group alive is a necessary part of this game.
The other ways this game is unique is that the levels are dynamically populated with zombies based on your skill level. So if you are a really good player the game will amp up the difficulty and make encounters more intense. If you're not so good, it will tone it down a bit and give you a chance. I really like this idea, as it both makes the game feel a little different every time you play and its a nice way to keep the game at the proper difficulty level for everyone.
Left 4 Dead is a great game to play alone or with friends. Though let's be honest, with friends this game just gets that much more fun. Definitely a great game to play and one you should try one of these days!
➙ Must You Play It?
A zombie survival horror game that delivers! This game has a heavy emphasis on co-op and surviving as a group, and that gives it a unique feel as far as first-person shooters go. It's a great game full of action and scares, and one that you will definitely want to try more than once!