Left 4 Dead 2 was released by the good folks at Valve Corporation on November 17, 2009. It's much improved over the original game Left 4 Dead and easy controls make this a "no brainer" to pick up.
There are four new characters that must work together to fight the Zombie hoards to make it to the Safe Houses aka Checkpoints. Each have their own personalities and dialogue which is much improved over the first one. The game delivers five new campaigns, each compose of three to five levels. The final level is where the survivors call for help, then wait as the hordes of enemies swarm. As your and your team as try to fight them off until your pick up finally arrives. A nice touch is the fake credits rolling afterwards and the different character statistics are displayed on the screen. Anyone who has the misfortune not make the exit is also mentioned in the credits.
Also there is additional category throw-able weapon which add an good opportunity to get several at once. Pipe Bombs and Molotov Cocktail are two of my favourites, but you can also add Fuel Cans and Propane Tanks to your arsenal which can prove to be very effective against the undead. There is a range of medical supplies that you can carry to aid you and your team mates as you battle the undying. You will always need more, so shout out the rest of the team when you find these. Sharing is not only a nice thing to do, but it most likely will give you edge you need to reach the finish line. The enemies are much improved and there are some new classes that will make things very interesting. The game is always changing the weather, supply drops, enemies and making changes to the environment giving you a unique experience every time you play. No spoilers for the enemies these are best discovered on your own.
There are different modes that you can take advantage of as well besides the standard Campaign that you can play with others and by yourself. In Versus you can play either the infected or the survivors and battle it out. Survival mode is your randomly placed in spot on the map and see how long your can last against waves of the enemies. Scavenge mode allows groups of the infected and survivors to play against each other as the survivors try to complete a task. I suggest you try all of them and then pick your favourites!
There are some drawbacks however if you don't have a full team and your forced to play with the AI, please be careful as the NPCs in this game are useless. The friendly fire can be a real pain, so try to be careful with your aim. My suggestion is to make a plan before launching a game with whoever is playing with you. Sticking together will help you survive most encounters and there are enemies that will happy snack anyone foolish enough to get separated from the group. You might be able to save them if you really want to otherwise they will reappear in the different spot in the level and you can pick them up then.
I suggest you grab a weapon, get in there shooting and enjoy the double shot of mayhem and zombie ass kicking. Steve says it best in Dawn of the Dead -"It's nice to see that you've all bonded through this disaster."
- New weapons tiers, pipe bombs and fuel cans.
- Better character development
- Easy controls
- NPC dumber than a bag of hammers