Lest We Forget: An Unimpressed Review of Left 4 Dead 2
Where are you Gordon Freeman? It’s been almost a week since the release of Left 4 Dead 2 and I can say I’m so disappointed with Valve I am boycotting everything Valve related until Half Life 2: Episode 3 or another Half Life entry is released.
Let’s be honest, Valve is milking the cow too much and quality is suffering. First of all we have the L4D:2 preorder deal. Preorder the game (5 dollars at GameStop) and you get access to the game demo 7 days early. While most people argued that this was Valve rewarding people who were going to buy the game, I wasn’t sure…I’m just really freaking impatient and didn’t want to wait another week for the demo. So I dropped the 5 dollars at GameStop and got another 5 off the game, so instead of the normal $59 price tag I only paid $52 after tax for it.
The demo release day came around and I was…unimpressed, heck you could say I was pretty angry. I LOVED Left 4 Dead and I was already pretty upset that barely a year later Valve was releasing a completely new game. I hardly thought the first entry in the series was worth the brand new game price tag but this? Already?
In this new age of DLC and game longevity I expected a lot more life from L4D and a lot more improvement to L4D:2.
The demo left me wishing I had just waited a week for the global demo release. The full game makes me wish I had kept the receipt and just makes me miss L4D.
I play this new game and I wonder “What did they really, really add in here that couldn’t have been added to L4D via DLC? New common infected models? New Special Infected? New Playable Characters? New Campaigns? New game modes? All of these new features are easy DLC additions. The only new feature I question would be difficult to add via DLC is melee weapons.
Granted I enjoy the melee weapons, but that’s about the only thing I enjoy about this. I enjoy L4D:2 about as much as a trip to the dentist. I’m only playing it cause I don’t feel like getting laughed by not having any achievements for the game, so now I’m stuck gritting my teeth through something that just makes me hope that my puppy gets a hold of the game disc and uses it for a chew toy.
And don’t get me started on the AI, which is somehow WORSE than the AI in L4D. And we all remember purposly killing AI controlled characters in the first game because they sucked it up so horribly. Somehow to Valve “Improved AI” translates to “frustratingly stupid.”
So thank you Valve for all your effort. Thank you for putting so much time (a year?) into something none of us wanted initially. Thank you for ignoring your much more beloved franchises such as Half Life and making us wait with zero news. It’s been how long since we had any real tangible HL news? Oh that’s right, there hasn’t been any…since the release of Episode 2. Thank you for making me pay so much for so little. If you loved Left 4 Dead, don’t buy this game expecting a huge improvement. I have 1 friend online (out of 30 online) playing L4D2 right now, and 13 playing Modern Warfare 2 (much better game overall btw)
Time’s Up Mr. Freeman