Left 4 Dead (Xbox 360) review
"For me, purchasing a video game on an already limited budget comes down to its lasting appeal. Otherwise I can just rent it at blockbuster and return it a few weeks later with no late fees. Left for dead is somewhere in between lasting appeal and too short and slapped together. "
For me, purchasing a video game on an already limited budget comes down to its lasting appeal. Otherwise I can just rent it at blockbuster and return it a few weeks later with no late fees. Left for dead is somewhere in between lasting appeal and too short and slapped together.
First of all, the game is meant for online play. Playing single player, you'll just play with bot-teammates. The core of the game comes down to interactions between people. I'm probably about a medium to low conversationalist on most live games, but for some reason, Left 4 Dead really brings out my talkative side and I've noticed this with other gamers as well. 50% of the time I may just be laughing, but the fact is, not talking is likely to get you killed. I've added more gamertags to my friend list playing this game, than every other game I own combined.
Left 4 Dead composes of 4 short campaigns all centered around cliche yet entertaining zombie-movie plot lines. Playing through all of the campaigns once would only take about 3+ hours combined. There are very limited gun choices, you can only carry one gun (other than your pistol), and you'll probably end up always choosing to use the same weapon every time anyway. You can tell that the developers just kind of slapped this together and put it on shelves at a premium price to see if anyone would bite.
People certainly did bite. The game is highly addictive. Is it worth $60? Well if you base the price on it's entertainment value alone, then I guess I've bought games that were as much fun at a similar price. But in terms of the scope of the game, it's pretty small. I think about it like this... There are a lot of Xbox Live Arcade games that I simply love and play more than some $60 games... but I would never pay $60 for an xbox live arcade game. In many ways it seems that more development went into some xbox live arcade games than Left 4 Dead. That said, I can not stop playing Left 4 Dead. I just simply enjoy it.
I really hope the scope of this game grows with a future release. Even if that means simply adding many more hours of gameplay onto the disc. I would also like to see many more guns (maybe unlockable rewards like in COD).
My rating of 8 is based on my value of it as an entertaining game above many others I own, and not really a reflection of the game's quality in terms of all other features such as grapics, sound quality, length, etc.. Rating on such features alone would grant a lesser score.
Community review by ProfesserPants (January 21, 2009)
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