Newly released on Xbox Live is the demo for the highly anticipated Xbox 360 exclusive “Left 4 Dead”. The game has been building a generous amount of buzz. Some due to the very vocal Valve staff and their firm position against the PS3 and its unique architecture. But other buzz is genuinely from sincere interest in the game. No matter what side you are on, Valve has made a huge success out of the Half Life series, and are definitely looking for the next hit series.
Left 4 Dead could be that series. The demo starts you out with an excellent cut scene that clearly shows off what you can expect from the graphics of the game. It has the very typical Valve game look, which is good. Certain character seem to have a halo-like effect surrounding their body in the right lighting but other than that the graphics are great and the game play is smooth. There are plenty of zombie games out there so Valve definitely needs something to help this stand out. Well teamwork is one of the things they used to help. Usually teammates in shooters are there but very little help, well not in Left 4 Dead. You can expect teammates to help you and a message will pop up to ensure you know they did. Teammates silhouettes can be seen through walls as a blue glow allowing you to know their location at all times. Getting to far ahead of your team will have a deadly ending. There is a great amount of dependency on teammates without over doing it. Weapon selection is good. The demo has a shotgun, an assault rifle, a small automatic, and pistols (which can be dual wielded). Each weapon has its perks and down falls.
In a zombie game you need a variance of zombies, and Valve recognizes that. Their are many shapes and sizes to the zombies, and some with unique abilities. They have a zombie which spits on you. This results on blurred vision and a horde of zombies flocking to you. They have a zombie which can grab you with its tongue and pulls you in, at which point a teammate must shot them to save you. Another unique zombie is the Witch, when upset attacks in a extremely upsetting rage. All these zombies in the demo can lead us to believe there is more of this to expect in the final version. The game even has cars equipped with alarms that when shot go off and attract the masses of zombies.
The demo is a shinning example of what a good zombie shooter should be and it’s a good teaser to build up hype. In only 2 short levels, you are in the heat of it and ready for more. This game is sure to be a fine treat for 360 and PC owners. Expect shiny results from this game and expect a solid review from Gamer Limit.