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The Draw Of Left 4 Dead

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There is something about the Left 4 Dead series, something that draws me to it, something that id difficult to describe.

Maybe its the team work, maybe its the atmosphere, maybe its mowing swarms of zombies down with an AK-47?  I don’t know what it is, but for some reason I just can not get away from Left 4 Dead or Left 4 Dead 2.

When I first heard about Left 4 Dead I was a little sceptically, but then again, valve software has a reputation of making great games.  It seemed that everyone on my Steam friends list was raving about how awesome L4D was.  I took the reviews with a grain of salt.  After being burned with Quake 4 and Doom 3 I promised myself not to buy games until after the reviews came out.

Best Buy in Beaumont Texas was the  first place I saw that put Left 4 Dead on sale, so that is where I bought the game from.  The first map I played was No Mercy.  Lets just say I was hooked right off the bat.

Left 4 Dead was released November 2008.

Left 4 Dead 2 was released November 2009.

One of the really cool things about Left 4 Dead is that you get to play mutated zombies. In most zombie games players usually play survivors. In the Left 4 Dead series players can play between several zombies that have mutated special abilities. Its being able to play the special infected that helps make Left 4 Dead what it is.

DayZ First Impressions

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During the Steam 2012 – 2013 holiday sale I bought ARMA II: Combined Operations just to get DayZ. After spending about an hour trying to figure out the error messages with ARMA II and DayZ I finally got the game to launch.

First impressions, man oh man is this game hard. For one thing you do not start with any weapons, so you have to sneak around zombies to find supplies.

Unlike games like Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, in DayZ the way you move may attract zombies. If you crouch and walk, the harder you are to see. If you stand up and run, this makes you easy for the zombies to see.

I found this video on youtube to give people an idea what DayZ is like.

Unlike the Left 4 Dead series, DayZ is not a run and gun type of game. Its more like STALKER Shadow of Chernobyl with zombies.

Why I play Left 4 Dead

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What makes the Left 4 Dead series so awesome? Just about everything. I have over 1,600 hours in Left 4 Dead 2, and almost 700 hours in the original Left 4 Dead.

When the original Left 4 Dead was released I put off buying it until it went on sale. The first place that had it on sale was Best Buy in Beaumont Texas. I think best Buy had Left 4 Dead on sale for something like $10 off.

Got Left 4 Dead home, installed it, steam updated the game to the newest version. From the first couple of minutes I understood why people were raving about Left 4 Dead. It is a perfect mix of atmosphere and teamwork.

In most multiplayer games people can run off and do their own thing. In Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2, one person can affect the outcome of the game.

The storyline of the Left 4 Dead series is quit simple. A virus has turned mankind stark raving mad.

The virus has been compared to rabies, in that people lose the capability of higher thought.  I compare it to the rage virus of 28 days later.

Survivors start at a certain area, then have to work they way to a rescue point. In the map No Mercy, the survivors start on a roof top. They work their way through various maps such as alleyways, subway, warehouse, streets, hospital, then to the rooftop rescue point.

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