Critics of the first game that say it’s too repetitive might find the same with Left 4 Dead 2 though. You’ll still battle hordes of zombies as you walk through various locales but Valve has tried to change things up a little with events scattered in the middle of the campaigns such as rushing to turn off an alarm or running an entire rollercoaster track to turn off the ride and stop alerting the horde. Again, it’s not a big change from the previous game but they did manage to tweak and adjust many little things to, I think, create a better experience on the whole and make it not so repetitive in the end.
Playing on a modest computer setup consisting of a Q9660 cpu, 4 gigs of ram, a NVIDIA GeForce GTX 275 video card, and running Windows 7 64-bit, the game ran pretty well at 1680x1050 with 4xAA enabled. As with my preview, I tried the final game out with NVIDIA's GeForce 3D Vision and the experience was still the same with the floating crosshairs that was distracting. The rest of the 3D performance, though, worked out really well and it was fun to go through the various levels in true 3D using the system. Since the system has to render each frame twice to produce the 3D effect, you'll need a good powered system to get smooth performance. With my system, you could see noticeable slow down when a very large group of the horde came rushing in but it wasn't to a point where it was unplayable. Once NVIDIA comes out with a profile to fix the crosshairs in the game, then I'll definitely be playing Left 4 Dead 2 with the shutter glasses but for now, I'll keep them off until the little quirks have been worked out.
While Left 4 Dead 2 only took a year to come out, it definitely offers up a lot to warrant a full price purchase. With the many additions and changes to the gameplay, Left 4 Dead 2 does feel different yet familiar at the same time. It's a much more polished game to the first one and those that enjoy Left 4 Dead will no doubt find Left 4 Dead 2 fun as well. I'm going to assume Valve will continue to support Left 4 Dead 2 like they did for the first game and other Valve games in their library so you can expect to get more than your money's worth out of the purchase. As a fan of the original, I found Left 4 Dead 2 to be a great, great follow up offering up more zombie co-op killing fun that should last you a long time. It's another quality release from Valve and one that I am sure I'll find myself on for many, many hours.
For Left 4 Dead fans, there's more zombie killing fun in this one and it does feel different from the first game. The many additions really help expand the game and almost makes the first game seem like a beta. Those that thought the first game was repetitive will find that this game might seem that as well. For me, the changes presented and new features really created a fun multiplayer game and one that I'm sure I'll be playing for many, many months to come.... probably until Left 4 Dead 3 is released.
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