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E3 Preview: Hands On With 'Left 4 Dead'

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Posted June 23, 2008 - By Yodapollo

G4 recently attended a event at EA where we were allowed some Hands On time with some of the most anticipated games EA would be announcing or showing off at E3. Some of them, we can't talk about yet. Others are free and clear and this is just one of several posts today, chronicling some the games we were able to demo at EA's E3 2008 Preview. First up is Valve's co-op shooter, Left 4 Dead.


Remember back when Doom first hit your PC and you experienced genuine tension in a way that no videogame had ever made you feel before? That's what we experienced with Left 4 Dead. The designers have set out to redefine co-operative gameplay and it looks like they just might do it.



The game is a living, breathing zombie movie, where you and three other players  will find yourselves tearing through city streets in an effort to evade the masses of the walking dead.

G4 got to experience the bloodbath firsthand and take our word for it, the co-op in this game puts others to shame. Never before has a videogame used teamwork to this extent. Sure, multiplayer games like Halo and Gears of War have certain benefits to teamwork, but Left 4 Dead expects teamwork. Without it, it doesn't matter how good a marksman you are, you will die.

Left 4 Dead
will be composed of four campaigns, moving from the city, to the woods, back to the city, and back to the woods. At the event, we were only able to get our hands on the first campaign: A bloody, intense quest to make it through a series of stores, homes, and alleyways, in an attempt to reach the roof of the local hospital where the promise of rescue seemingly awaits. Let it be known that we at TheFeed were never rescued. Each of our attempts to survive the dreaded zombie apocalypse was met with nothing but grisly death -- and we loved every second of it.

On top of the seemingly never-ending hordes of mindless undead, you will encounter the terrifying "Boss Infected" mutants. Though there are four different types in all, in our play, we only came across two, but each spelled certain doom for our ragtag team of survivors. First, we encountered the Tank, a walking Incredible Hulk of a zombie, completely flattening anything and anyone in his way. The game also includes the Hunter, who will surprise you with his stealth and can even pin players to the ground, requiring a fellow survivor for rescue, and the Boomer, whose really nothing more than a walking methane bomb. Finally, we encountered a Witch. The Witch is the only one of the mutants that is restricted to certain difficulty ratings (Normal and above).

The game is designed for heavy co-op play, though offline play is possible, with AI bots standing in for your fellow survivors. We didn't get a chance to experience the game with AI-survivors, but we're not too worried. We don't see ourselves playing this game alone very often anyway.

We would have to say that Left 4 Dead was one of the shining stars of EA's pre-E3 event and definitely something we'll be looking for in the future. At the event, the game was only playable on the PC, but it will be released for both PC and Xbox 360 come this Fall.

 

You can check out the screenshot gallery here.

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