Game Review: Left 4 Dead & Comparison to Left 4 Dead 2

by - Monday, January 28, 2019

I got several games during Steam's Winter Sale, and one of them was a classic: the original Left 4 Dead, released in 2008. I decided to get it because I already had Left 4 Dead 2, and it was only $1.50, a total steal in comparison to its $9.99 price. I was already thinking about buying the game also, so why not?

The game is just like its sequel, but with all games made around this time period, the graphics aren't that great. Like the second game, you have a choice of playing four Survivors, humans who are immune to the Green Flu, an illness that turns all humans that are not immune into zombie-like beings. The Survivors in the original Left 4 Dead are Bill, a Vietnam veteran, Francis, a biker outlaw, Louis, an IT manager, and Zoey, a college dropout. As a comparison, the sequel's Survivors are Coach, a high school football coach, Nick, a gambler, Rochelle, a TV producer, and Ellis, a very talkative mechanic.

The one thing that sets Left 4 Dead apart from its sequel is that there are no melee weapons-no crowbars, katanas, guitars, chainsaws, etc., and there are none of the other cool Tier 2 weapons that are in Left 4 Dead 2 such as the Deagle, Military Sniper Rifle, Desert Rifle, AK-47, etc. The Tier 1 Weapons in Left 4 Dead are the SMG and Pump Action Shotgun, and the Tier 2 weapons are the Assault Rifles and Auto Shotgun.

That being said, the gameplay is fairly similar. Here's a comparison of The Rooftop Finale from both games

 Left 4 Dead
Left 4 Dead 2

However, when it came to actually holding out in the finale, I was surprised to find that the ammo dumps and everything else in the first Left 4 Dead game were located in the radio room, whereas in Left 4 Dead 2, the ammo dump, health packs, and throwables were located on the roof across from the helipad. 

Holding up in Left 4 Dead 

Holding out in Left 4 Dead 2. 

I had to adapt my usual strategy a little but it all worked out in the end. I even got three achievements at the end of this finale. 

The one difference that I noticed is that Left 4 Dead 2 is just a fun zombie shooter and Left 4 Dead has a foreboding element to it, and it makes it seem a little scarier. 

That being said, if you already have Left 4 Dead 2, it's entirely up to you whether or not you want to get the original Left 4 Dead because all of the Left 4 Dead campaigns have been ported over to Left 4 Dead 2, but if you're a collector like me, then you should definitely get it. 

Have you played either of these games before? 

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