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Set in the zombie apocalypse, Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) is the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning Left 4 Dead, the #1 co-op game of 2008.

This co-operative action horror FPS takes you and your friends through the cities, swamps and cemeteries of the Deep South, from Savannah to New Orleans across five expansive campaigns.

You’ll play as one of four new survivors armed with a wide and devastating array of classic and upgraded weapons. In addition to firearms, you’ll also get a chance to take out some aggression on infected with a variety of carnage-creating melee weapons, from chainsaws to axes and even the deadly frying pan.

You’ll be putting these weapons to the test against (or playing as in Versus) three horrific and formidable new Special Infected. You’ll also encounter five new “uncommon” common infected, including the terrifying Mudmen.

Helping to take L4D’s frantic, action-packed gameplay to the next level is AI Director 2.0. This improved Director has the ability to procedurally change the weather you’ll fight through and the pathways you’ll take, in addition to tailoring the enemy population, effects, and sounds to match your performance. L4D2 promises a satisfying and uniquely challenging experience every time the game is played, custom-fitted to your style of play.

  • Next generation co-op action gaming from the makers of Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress and Counter-Strike.
  • Over 20 new weapons & items headlined by over 10 melee weapons – axe, chainsaw, frying pan, baseball bat – allow you to get up close with the zombies
  • New survivors. New Story. New dialogue.
  • Five expansive campaigns for co-operative, Versus and Survival game modes.
  • An all new multiplayer mode.
  • Uncommon common infected. Each of the five new campaigns contains at least one new “uncommon common” zombies which are exclusive to that campaign.
  • AI Director 2.0: Advanced technology dubbed “The AI Director” drove L4D’s unique gameplay – customizing enemy population, effects, and music, based upon the players’ performance. L4D 2 features “The AI Director 2.0” which expands the Director’s ability to customize level layout, world objects, weather, and lighting to reflect different times of day.
  • Stats, rankings, and awards system drives collaborative play

 

 

My Rating: 🧡🧡🧡🧡🧡➕

So, I have this policy: once I beat a PC game, I completely uninstall it and never look back. I mean, why would I? I have like 2.3 billion games in my queue, so replay is something I seldom do. It wouldn’t make much sense. This game, though? When I finally beat it, it felt like someone punched me in the chest, and it took me quite a while before I finally managed to uninstall it. I didn’t want to. I cherish this damn game more than most of my exes.

So much love, admiration, and respect…

I could pretty much copy and paste the review I left for Left 4 Dead here because all of it still holds true, but… this game is just so much better! The inclusion of melee weapons, better party member AI, larger (and more immersive) levels, and more creative (and deadly!) enemies make this game so much better! Throw in the recent (September 24, 2020) Last Stand update, and you have a game that I consider one of the best (if not the best) zombie shooters ever!

And there are so many different ways to play this thing. Outside of the main campaign, there are a handful of variants to the game, like playing the role of an infected or playing in solo mode, with no party members – to be honest, I only briefly explored these because they were basically just minor deviations of the regular game and it started to feel like I was replaying the levels all over again.

Still: nothing but love for this game! ❤

 

Want to get it for yourself (and you do)? Yank it from Steam!

 

If you want to go through and make sure all the levels are cleared the way I did, you can use the checklist I made:

 

(Campaign > Single Player)

DEAD CENTER

⬜ 1: Hotel

⬜ 2: Streets

⬜ 3: Mall

⬜ 4: Atrium

THE PASSING

⬜ 1: Riverbank

⬜ 2: Underground

⬜ 3: Port

DARK CARNIVAL

⬜ 1: Highway

⬜ 2: Fairground

⬜ 3: Coaster

⬜ 4: Barns

⬜ 5: Concert

SWAMP FEVER

⬜ 1: Plank Country

⬜ 2: Swamp

⬜ 3: Shanty Town

⬜ 4: Plantation

HARD RAIN

⬜ 1: Milltown

⬜ 2: Sugar Mill

⬜ 3: Mill Escape

⬜ 4: Return to Town

⬜ 5: Town Escape

THE PARISH

⬜ 1: Waterfront

⬜ 2: Park

⬜ 3: Cemetery

⬜ 4: Quarter

⬜ 5: Bridge

THE SACRIFICE

⬜ 1: Docks

⬜ 2: Barge

⬜ 3: Port

NO MERCY

⬜ 1: Apartments

⬜ 2: Subway

⬜ 3: Sewer

⬜ 4: Hospital

⬜ 5: Rooftop

CRASH COURSE

⬜ 1: The Alleys

⬜ 2: The Truck Depot Finale

DEATH TOLL

⬜ 1: The Turnpike

⬜ 2: The Drains

⬜ 3: The Church

⬜ 4: The Town

⬜ 5: Boat House Finale

DEAD AIR

⬜ 1: The Greenhouse

⬜ 2: The Crane

⬜ 3: The Construction Site

⬜ 4: The Terminal

⬜ 5: Runway Finale

BLOOD HARVEST

⬜ 1: The Woods

⬜ 2: The Tunnel

⬜ 3: The Bridge

⬜ 4: The Train Station

⬜ 5: Farmhouse Finale

COLD STREAM

⬜ 1: Alpine Creek

⬜ 2: South Pine Stream

⬜ 3: Memorial Bridge

⬜ 4: Cut-throat Creek

THE LAST STAND

⬜ 1: The Junkyard

⬜ 2: Lighthouse Finale

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