Left 4 Dead E3 2007 Preshow First Impressions

It's you and three others against hordes of zombies in this thrilling cooperative multiplayer action game.

The zombie genre feels like it has exploded in recent years. There have been zombie movies galore (28 Weeks Later, Land of the Dead), a book (World War Z), as well as games (Dead Rising, Stubbs the Zombie). Into this fray comes Left 4 Dead, a cooperative multiplayer action game built on Valve's Source engine and made by Turtle Rock, the developer responsible for Counter-Strike: Condition Zero. It's fast-paced, it's gory, and it looks pretty cool.

There's a premise to Left 4 Dead that seems reminiscent of the plots of the movies 28 Days Later and 28 Weeks Later. Basically, a mutated rabies infection breaks out, and it turns human beings into zombies. These aren't the traditional, slow, shambling mobs, but rather the sprinting, leaping, and terrifying kind of zombies. However, as is the case with many biological infections, a small percentage of the population is immune for some reason, and you'll play as one of the survivors trying to escape a zombie-infested Los Angeles. And you won't play alone, as you can battle alongside three other players online.

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You can play as one of four distinct characters in the game. There's Francis, the biker; Zoey, the teenager; Bill, the Vietnam veteran; and Louis, the retail manager. Each character can use all the weapons in the game; the idea isn't to segregate each character into a specific weapons class, like the sniper, the close-quarters guy, the heavy machine gunner, and so on. Instead, it's a desperate fight for survival using everything you can grab against seemingly endless zombie hordes. The game's built-in "director" will populate the path in front of you with zombies, and it'll intelligently pace the game, so there will be eerie lulls and then all heck will break lose and the hordes will be upon you.

The action can get pretty intense. In addition to the regular zombies, there are mutated zombies that have special abilities. The boomer zombie can project vomit that can blind you, and it explodes in a shower of gore when killed. The hunter is a highly agile zombie that can climb walls and leap around, and it can knock a character down onto the ground. If it does that to you, a teammate will have to shoot it off of you, as you'll be helpless. Oh, and the hunter can go invisible if motionless. The smoker is a zombie with an incredibly long tongue that it uses as a whip, grabbing characters by the neck and hanging them. The tank is a huge, lumbering zombie that can pick up cars and other massive objects and toss them at you. Then there's the witch, a bit of a Trojan horse in that she looks like a regular zombie, but can kill in a single hit and is as tough to take down as a tank.

Against these zombies, you'll have access to a wide range of modern-day firearms, from shotguns, pistols, assault rifles, and more. You'll need them, though. If you're killed, it's okay so long as other members of your party are still alive. That's because they'll find another survivor that is trapped in a locked room, which is basically how you respawn in the game. But if everyone in the party is killed, then obviously there's no one to rescue any survivors.

As the game is built on the Source engine, it looks very sharp and along the lines of Half-Life 2. There's a gritty, realistic feel to it, since it is set in a contemporary world, and it looks like a heck of a lot of fun. Left 4 Dead could very well be the zombie game to look out for when it ships later this year.

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MaZe321
MaZe321

this game is gonna be legendary and i agree i would lov to see off co-op. this game is gonna make me piss my pants:P!!!

Daishomei
Daishomei

I Would love to see offline Co-op

PhoenixVenom
PhoenixVenom

This game looks awesome. i agree it should def be 3rd person. the actionb would be better that way. regardless im still looking foward to it and im sure it will scare the crap out of me

locsh
locsh

This game would be 1 gajillion times better if it were in 3rd person. Or if you had the option at least.

jomacha
jomacha

this game looks of the heezy its going to be soo fun to shoot the heck aot of zombies coming for you with your friends sweeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeet

kidwithbrain
kidwithbrain

This game is going to be so sweet! I love the idea of fast moving zombies and the way that they travel in groups and can just pop out from around corners.

Fractur3d
Fractur3d

If we can play as humans and zombies, this will be epic.

Fractur3d
Fractur3d

If we can play as humans and zombies, this will be epic.

gordanfreeman53
gordanfreeman53

This game is going to be Valves best game Ever!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

wespb34
wespb34

this game makes me happy...^_^

bigZmanship
bigZmanship

replace the n00bish teenager with a MILF FTW

-Lu-
-Lu-

This game is gonna rock!

volpexpress
volpexpress

This will be a good online co-op game definitly.

x_kenney_x
x_kenney_x

i hope for offline co-op too. i think this is a msut have game for 08. and it would be cool to have 8 player onlnie co-op.

nobeaner
nobeaner

Granted these aren't the stereo typical zombies created in George Romero's movies, but I like the concept for fast moving zombies being an infection of sorts that mutates the human. And while I don't play online games, I just might so that I can enjoy this with others.

mrgiggles24
mrgiggles24

I wonder if this will have offline co-op? Probably not right...

killercuts3
killercuts3

People keep thinking that in the movies 28 Days and Weeks Later the infected are "Zombies." They aren't, they are better than zombies because they are actual people, just mad insane. This game approaches that type of infected, and to be honest, it is way more challenging than fighting a slow-moving, easy to kill, zombie.

AngryAndy
AngryAndy

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Grimmson2
Grimmson2

wil this game have armor like counter strike?

saintsrow13
saintsrow13

When i play this, metal will be my only soundtrack! WOOO ZOMBIES!!!

LSX_Suisyde
LSX_Suisyde

co-op and zombies...it's like peanut butter and chocolate!!!!!!

Telekenesis123
Telekenesis123

I love working together in co-op, and four players, and zombies?/?!!! whoa baby this one could be good.

faza05
faza05

Sounds awesome, i cant wait to blast a shotgun shell through a sprinting zombies brain!

Icarus405
Icarus405

[QUOTE="Shroomiz"]i think im in love...[/QUOTE] :lol: Yeah, i feel the same way about this game, it sounds awesome.

BDL91
BDL91

:0 ive been waiting so long for some thing like this i didnt really like resident evil or silent hill on ps1 because i would always play it alone and a few bits made me jump but now u can play it with your friends yipee oh yeaa im a massive fan of the source engine so graphic are gonna be awsome-o

BigDaveyDogz
BigDaveyDogz

I saw this being previewed on G4...it looked insanely awesome!!!!

yimimoto
yimimoto

Because EA is the publisher. Don't slam people before YOU look into it as well.

Ace22
Ace22

AnFangs_Endes.....you are a retard the game isn't made by EA at all, its made by turtle rock studios....where did you get EA from?!?

DouglasBuffone
DouglasBuffone

Wow this game looks impressive, but I do agree that the respawn system seems a little wierd

Shmiity
Shmiity

Left 4 deaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaad. Yeaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

jakeboudville
jakeboudville

I may get this game but i'm not too sure if i want it..

KiLLer_ba
KiLLer_ba

I'm definitely picking this game up for the 360, i can't wait

Brad_the_one
Brad_the_one

I have been waiting for this game for a long time, so hopefully it won't get pushed back.

ozzdog123
ozzdog123

this game will how do you say....ummm...OWN!!!!

markkilness
markkilness

i was going to comment awhile ago, but for some reason it said i had to sign up. any way this game looks freaking sweet!