Friday, January 02, 2009

Curing The Infection..One Bullet At A Time

Who doesn't love zombies? Maybe the three or four people holed up in the house trying to secure the doors and windows to avoid being eaten or turned? Ive decided to start posting more game reviews here. Allow me to introduce you to one of the best games that came out this season: "LEFT 4 DEAD". This is the ultimate zombie film. The story is simple, four survivors have to fight their way through hordes (and I mean hordes) of undead to different saferooms (there to rearm and heal)until they can ultimately be rescued. There's no plot. Nada. Just four folk and critters seeking to eat them. So what makes this so damn fun??? First, the atmosphere and the environ. Gorgeous and dark, it immediately draws you in. Second, the zombies. These aren't Romero creepies, these are the sort that scream and run at you. Want to have your adrenelin pumped? Try looking down a corridor and seeing a hundred of these things charging you. The unique feature of the game is how it pushes you to a multiplayer gaming experience. Up to four people can play the game at one time. And you definitely need cooperative play to survive. I've played through on single player, and it's way too difficult. The artificial intelligence is good, but not that good. Having a real person get your back when things get hairy makes all the difference in the world. In the online experience, you can either play with others to fight your way through a campaign, or you can play "VERSUS". In this mode, you get to be some of the more vicious monsters such as "Smoker" (a creature with a tongue that shoots out and constricts the players as it draws him or her into slashing range), "The Hunter" (a scary, jumping, screaming, ripping, tearing thing) and "The Boomer" (a corpulent, pus ridden thing that vomits on survivors...yeah vomits. And why is that so horrible? Beause it's vomit attracts about twenty to thirty undead to tear you apart). I love playing the monsters. I know, I know. We all thought "Resident Evil" had the zombie monopoly. No longer. "Left 4 Dead" comes the closest to what we've come to know as zombie cinema. My only complaint is that the game isn't deeper. But don't think that hurts gameplay. I've been through the same level eight times and each time it was a different experience. You can't expect to find the same monsters waiting for you at the same places. Nope. The environs are consistent, but the monsters and their strengths are totally random. Wait...you hear that? What's that blubbling sound? Oh no!!!!! Shoot..before it vomits....here comes the horde!!!!!!!!

7 comments:

SQT said...

This sounds like fun. I've only recently dipped my toe into the game universe-- and really, does Guitar Hero count? I've been thinking about branching out into real games and this sounds like a good one.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Guitar Hero is fun..but now it's time to get your juices flowing. This is a kick butt game and its best when shared with those who love you. Sigh. Okay..at least those who won't screw you over because they know it's not in their best interest. Yeah..this gets an enormous thumbs up from me.
Look forward to my next review...I plan on reviewing at least one game a week. Or every other week. Maybe. Kinda.

Di Francis said...

You know . . . rearm takes on a whole new meaning in a zombie game. Just sayin' :)

Aidan Moher said...

Are you playing on PC or Xbox?

~Aidan

Virginia Lady said...

This sounds like fun, I'll have to check it out. I love killing lots of things. It's a great tension releaser.

Stewart Sternberg said...

Aidin, I'm playing on XBOX. I wonder what the PC experience is like in comparison?

DiFrancis..understood. Sheesh.

Virgina..kill kill...kill.

Carl V. said...

One of my best friends gave me his extra X-Box for Christmas so that we could play this game together. I've been enjoying the crap out of it and we were able to play it together for the first time last night and just had a blast. Took us a couple of times in that first mission to get everyone off in the copter safely but man is it fun. Perfect zombie game and really a perfect game experience period, regardless of the genre.