Left 4 Dead invades factory

Valve and Turtle Rock Studios' co-op-heavy survival horror shooter attains gold status in advance of November 18 release on Xbox 360, PC.

Citizens of the world be on notice: A zombie infestation is imminent. Dire news, indeed, but at least the coming invasion will be limited to the digital hemisphere of reality. Valve today announced that development has wrapped on the Turtle Rock Studios-developed Left 4 Dead, clearing the way for the game's November 18 release on the Xbox 360 and PC.

Valve also noted that PC gamers are now able to preload the game through Steam so they can jump into the fray at 12:01 a.m. EST next Tuesday. Steam preorderers will also receive a 10 percent discount on Left 4 Dead's $49.99 asking price. The Xbox 360 edition will list for the standard $59.99 price point.

A survival horror shooter, Left 4 Dead is set in modern-day North America, in which the remnants of a town attempt to blast their way through an ocean of zombies lest they become infected themselves. The frenetic shooter relies heavily on cooperative play and supports up to four players at a time in online modes. Valve and Turtle Rock's shooter also includes competitive modes, in which players can hunt or be hunted as part of both the human and zombie factions.

A demo for the game containing both single- and multiplayer modes is currently available for both Xbox 360 and PC gamers. However, those looking to try before they buy will need to act quickly, as the sampler will be taken offline upon the game's launch next week.

For more on Left 4 Dead, check out GameSpot's previous coverage.

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126 comments
LimitedVert
LimitedVert

@ddayhawk I agree with you about the accidental shooting and people being greedy with the healthpacks, I've been fortunate to play with people I know for the majority of the time so I havent had to deal with the negative human factors you've listed. My complaint with the single player is the fact that the computer forces you to lead the party wherever you go even if you're very injured.

ddayhawk
ddayhawk

@ LimitedVert I do agree it is alot more fun online with humans, but I found it easier and quicker to have the CPU help you...they rarely get hurt and they always heal you so you can make it to the end. Human people tend to shoot you by accident or on purpose and hog health packs. but hey no matter what, this game is AMAZING

LimitedVert
LimitedVert

Valve has always mixed great graphics with outstanding gameplay, Left4Dead will continue this trend. I agree noodles, there are better looking games out there in terms of graphics but they fail to deliver in terms of gameplay. It baffles my mind when I see people doubting Valve, when have they ever let the consumer down?

Noodle001
Noodle001

I dont think it's that bad considering Valve favors Gameplay above everything else. But nowadays all the game prizes go to games with good graphics but sometimes those lack a litlle in gameplay. Like Gears... but then again i never really was a Gears fan...

LimitedVert
LimitedVert

@ Karmazyn Everyone I talk to thinks the graphics are just fine, considering it’s an engine developed in 2004 and still keeping up with recent engines found in games today I don't see your logic. The graphics are realistic and don't detract from the game whatsoever. Oh and btw game play is what matters most and this game is one of the most enjoyable online experiences around so you can continue to complain about the graphics while I and the rest of the online community enjoy this great game and laugh about your opinions.

UhhhGahMan
UhhhGahMan

...and for some reason my whole comment is not being posted.

UhhhGahMan
UhhhGahMan

...and for some reason my whole comment is not being posted.

UhhhGahMan
UhhhGahMan

@Karmazyn Well I understand what you're saying but I don't think the graphics are THAT BAD. Graphics with a rating of at least -->7/10

raze-boi
raze-boi

45% right now! Tomorrow!

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

@UhhhGahMan You have gamerpic from Gears of War and you are saying that Left 4 Dead graphic is great. Let me tell you sth it isn't. If you want great graphic play games like Gears, Fallout, Far Cry, Killzone, Dead Space etc. Left 4 Dead Gameplay Value 8.6/10. Graphic 7/10. Animation 6/10, Sound 7/10. Overall 7.15/10. Opinion based on a demo so the final score may be little bigger than that but I doubt it.

UhhhGahMan
UhhhGahMan

@Karmazyn bad graphics? really? the graphics are great. they may not be perfect but they're MORE than good enough to get you into the mood of the game. try fixing your tv or your eyes cause i'm sure one of the two is malfunctioning.

LimitedVert
LimitedVert

@ ddayhawk I found the game incredibly hard on Expert when playing single player. My squad always made me go first and used me as a shield against the oncoming zombies. I find human players to be both more fun and also more helpful. Except for the rare case when I was playing with 2 people that wanted to murder the rest of their team...ya that time kind of sucked :)

Noodle001
Noodle001

no words for how good this is!

killomatic
killomatic

This is one Über game. I'm so satisfied I pre-ordered it on steam ^_^.

boobush
boobush

The only demo I have ever downloaded, and it didn't disappoint me. A great game to add to anyone's collection, as long as you're over 17. Or control your parents.

ddayhawk
ddayhawk

it is fun playing single player mode, but it seems alot easier to get through since the AI helps you alot better then human controlled players

BigDawgSteve420
BigDawgSteve420

I've played the demo a little bit and I am disappointed. Now, I only did it as single player though as it was sometime after 12:30 am and I didn't feel like waiting to be matched, so that could be part of it. This game does feel like one that HAS to be played with all 4 characters played. That being said, a good game is enjoyable even in single player as well, so it doesn't bode well. I'm gonna try it again though hopefully tomorrow but with the multiplayer action before I decide if I'm buying this or not.

ddayhawk
ddayhawk

The graphics are great for a FPS, I mean you got tones of zombies on screen at once, what more do you want?

BloodMist
BloodMist

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Karmazyn
Karmazyn

Where have you seen trees in demo. Wait the minute I know in metro, no no there were some trees on the Roofs...graphics and animation are bad, gameplay is good.

y2kv
y2kv

YOU must be joking! What? if it isn't A sunset forest, with a thousand trees, and bloom on every leaf, the graphic are bad? The graphic is amazing and perfect for the mood of the game!

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

Graphic is fantastic ?!?! . C'mon, you must be joking. Gameplay is fantastic but graphic isn't.

BloodMist
BloodMist

Actually the graphics are pretty fantastic.What kinda crack are you smokin?

Karmazyn
Karmazyn

Great game with bad graphic. Extra gameplay values, poor visuals values. I will get it anyway. Gameplay that's what matters the most.

BloodMist
BloodMist

I've tried the demo and there's just one word for it:Intense.Here's two more:Must buy.

lil_luz_10
lil_luz_10

arcade style shooter+awesome headphones+zombies+watching your friends get torn to pieces= FREAKING AWESOME already preordered and preloading right now so when that clocks hits 12:01 am on tuesday morning....no sleep for me!

Cartoon703
Cartoon703

i just wish this game was a little scary at least, but its still a great game, day one purchase, circuit city, best deals

scar4ever
scar4ever

Loved the demo. Getting it next week!

Shas_La_Kais
Shas_La_Kais

@Yama "Survival horror is a video game genre inspired by fictional horror films in which the player's primary objective is to survive and/or escape a threat typical of horror fiction, usually zombies or supernatural beings of some sort." Sounds like Left 4 Dead to me, as well as the 'textbook' survival horror games out there. Keep in mind that all because a horror game doesn't have the standard adventure ties, doesn't mean that a game may not have the survival horror genre tagged to it. Which series are you referring too anyway?

dkpunk
dkpunk

@ Yama like... Silent Hill? Alone In The Dark?

Yama
Yama

"Valve and Turtle Rock Studios' co-op-heavy survival horror shooter attains" Survival Horror + Shooter... does not compute. Why must the press use the term survival horror so loosely when it only applies to a single series in the market.

Jorlen
Jorlen

@RoC1909 Keep in mind some of us work, have jobs, families and not only must we watch our spending but yes, getting the pros and cons from a game before dropping cash on it does not make one a "sheep", it makes one an intelligent consumer. You want risk go buy a lottery ticket or visit a casino. When I drop $70 on a game I expect to know it's buggy or shallow and a demo isn't always enough to make a decision.

vb3
vb3

Split screen is in for the pc version, at least one person plays with a controller, while the other can play with a controller or keyboard mouse.

Altiar25
Altiar25

yea i guess i might as well. Shame i really really really enjoyed playing the demo on the pc with my mate... hopefully i'll get his old computer, then throw away my one which cant play any games and then i'll get left 4 dead

chimneydog
chimneydog

how can you have split screen on a pc?

LimitedVert
LimitedVert

@ Altiar25 If you dont have live or a good pc I suggest going with LBP.

RMorris101
RMorris101

I am looking forward to this one... I liked the demo. However, the game could get old very quickly. I would like more variety in the zombie models. How many women in suits, men in shirts and ties, and soldiers do you have to kill around here?

Altiar25
Altiar25

yea but is it still good single player? (i dont have live or a good comp so its this or lbp)

chancellor28
chancellor28

Great Game if the demo says anything about it. Me and a few friends have been playing the demo every night this week, its the best "Zombie" experience i've ever had in a game. Already paid for here.

RMGreen
RMGreen

joedt72, yes there is splitscreen play on the 360 as well as on the PC.

Kornfr33k7
Kornfr33k7

I only really enjoy this game on Expert. Also its got to be a Multiplayer game...no bots. The director does an amazing job of distributing actions.

Saurosy
Saurosy

Joed, they two people can play trough LAN co-op.

joedt72
joedt72

can 2 people play cooperative mode on the same system for this game?

mongareric
mongareric

I like exploding zombie heads in this game even more than exploding locust heads in Gears of War.

ChickenHounk911
ChickenHounk911

I guess I am with most of you on this. Before the demo dropped I was mildly interested in this. I thought, "oh great, a multiplayer Resident Evil" Boy was I wrong! This is a also a must buy for me, on the 360 though, no offense to PC people, my setup just ain't good enough for me to enjoy a game like this on it. See you guys on LIVE!

LimitedVert
LimitedVert

@ RoC1909 How does someone waiting a few days to get more information on a perticular product make them a sheep? There is nothing wrong with reading opinions on something before making a purchase, we do it everyday.

RoC1909
RoC1909

@sprintstar2012 What are you ???? A sheep? Do you have to worry about what the 'reviews' say BEFORE purchasing a game!! Do you not have the brainpower to figure out if a game is going to be BIG or NOT and purchase it without all of the review sites giving it a 10? You said it yourself "The demo was impressive on 360". How about taking just a weeeeee bit of a chance and thinking that if you liked the game you ride your bike down (or up) to the nearest store and put some money down.