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Zero Punctuation Reviews Left 4 Dead 2

If you have never heard of Zero Punctuation, you should do yourself a favor and check it out. Each week, Zero Punctuation – helmed by Ben “Yahtzee” Crenshaw – produces a five minute video review of the latest video games. The reviews are told in rapid fire sentences, detailed with amusing stick figures on a yellow background. The commentary is hilarious and often times, quite witty. Yahtzee has a gift for words and coupled with the attitude of a man with a constant head cold, he skewers everything with almost sadistic glee. Long story short, whether you like video games or not, you are sure to enjoy his reviews of them. … Read entire article »

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Left 4 Dead 2 Game Review

Last April, Valve released the remaining two versus maps for Left 4 Dead one, thereby finishing a game that it had launched in November 2008. People expected new campaigns, new weapons, and new special infected, but what they got was an entirely new game with the announcement of Left 4 Dead 2. I’ll admit that I wasn’t thrilled with the news, but I wasn’t irked enough to add my name to boycott. What is truly shocking is the turn-around time for a game company that is not known for its development speed. It took around five years for Valve to produce a sequel to its flagship title, Half Life. … Read entire article »

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Ars Technica’s Review on Left 4 Dead 2 – Buy it on a PC

Technology focused Ars Technica posted their review of Left 4 Dead 2 the other day, and instead of breaking down the game for analysis, the review focuses on the reasons of why you should buy this game on a PC. The article concludes that the only reason you should not buy the game is if you dislike playing online. This is a funny point because if you have the XBox 360 version, god know, you’re probably cursing Valve at this moment. I haven’t checked the versus lag in a couple of days, but it sounds like it’s still raising hell. If my friends had a copy of this on their computers, I would certainly play this on my PC. The user mods alone make this game worth … Read entire article »

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Left 4 Dead 2 First Impressions

After a long wait, Left 4 Dead 2 has finally arrived and man, I got to say it is pretty hard. I got punished playing the game on normal. There are some pretty wild set pieces like a full on zombie bloodbath in the middle of a rock concert. There’s also a great bit where you have to retrieve a pack of cola for a holed up survivor which sounds like a simple task until you realize you can’t fight while carrying coke. There’s a lot of “wow – that’s cool” moments. I’ve played straight to the Swamp campaign, it is was the level I liked the least. Mostly because of a ridiculous amount of lag. At times, it was simply unplayable. … Read entire article »

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First Left 4 Dead 2 Review – Result 9/10

It’s actually not a surprising score. After all, this is Valve we are talking about here. This review, reported by CVG (Computer and Video Games), comes from the print edition of the Official XBox Magazine and they give it a hard sell. “The first Left 4 Dead proved a handful of campaigns could provide months of replay value; the extra variety this brings could last years. It’s up there with MW2 as a must-but multiplayer game for Xbox Live.” The only complaint is the lack of dynamic maps. I gotta tell you … dynamic maps are the future in multiplayer. Granted, at this stage of the game, it’s only a few different routes, but you can imagine in the near future where the entire level will be … Read entire article »

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Ars Technica Reviews Left 4 Dead Demo

Technical website Ars Technica decided to give the recently released Left 4 Dead 2 demo a test run, and in doing so, stirred up a little controversy. Overall, Ars gave the demo two thumbs up whereby Ars reviewer Ben Kuchera states, This may be a controversial statement, but this does feel like a sequel to me, not an expansion pack. The new infected and items are going to add significant wrinkles to gameplay, and you’ll need to manage what you carry and why. There are harder choices to make, and more ways to die. And yes, it all looks and sounds better than the previous game. Needless to say, this ignited a little firestorm in the forms. Although the Left 4 Dead 2 boycott is in the past, it appears … Read entire article »

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Left 4 Dead 2 Demo Thoughts

If you pre-ordered Left 4 Dead 2 then you’ve probably played a few rounds with the demo. If you haven’t, I thought I’d share some of my thoughts having logged at least a couple of hours in the zombie strewn streets of New Orleans. Granted, the experience ends right as you are getting into it, but hey, that’s the nature of the demo. Leave them wanting more goes the old adage. And trust me, once you do manage to survive the zombie apocalypse, you’ll want to do it all over again. So here are some thoughts in no real order. Tighter Menu Options / Controls I gotta say, the menus feel focused. The organization is quite good. Information is displayed in a consistent way so you’re never … Read entire article »

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