Left 4 Dead is a First Person Shooter Co-operative Multiplayer game in
which you play as one of up to four people (called "Survivors",
luckily immune to a virus that's sending most of the population mad, pitched
against an endless horde of psychotic infected people.
The infected are humongous in numbers, they pour out from everywhere. A
lack of strength means nothing if there are a good hundred or so of them.
...as a Survivor, you can close and lock doors behind you. This
effectively stalls any infected pursuing you. They can break through the
door a bit at a time, but it takes a while. And Survivors having the ability
to blow holes in the door as well make for some interesting scenes involving
a Survivor firing into a horde of infected through a hole in a door to great
effect. Of course, Tanks don't find doors to hard to open. Or walls.
You will not be wading through hordes of infected from start to finish.
What has been implemented is an AI Director that places the infected on the
map using no flags or checkpoints made by TRS at all. It is intelligent
enough to place them without such things.
You can, if you want, decide to forego the realm of sanity and become an
infected psychopath, bent on killing the four survivors.
There are four playable types of Boss-Infected, known as the Boomer, the
Hunter, the Smoker, and the Tank (scroll down for a more in-depth look at
them). The first three are selectable to a point, while the latter is given
out randomly at certain times due to it's power.
Playing as the infected is very different from the survivor side. Most
obviously when you take your position behind a pair of bloodied hands, you
can see the outline of survivors as a red, ghostly figure which can be used
to see them through walls. The game also shows the likely route the
survivors will take, if you are standing still, as red arrows on the floor,
further enhancing the ability to stalk and strike at the most inopportune
There are four campaigns, consisting of 5 maps each (so 20 maps on
release), which can be both played offline (with AI controlled friends and
enemies) or online with up to 8 players (four Survivors and four Boss
Infected). They are separated by 'checkpoints' in which you restock on ammo
and health, and dead teammates revive if they were killed towards the end of
TRS are working with Valve to implement support for multi-core processors
Left 4 Dead will be available on both XBox 360 and PC platforms
There is no official release date for Left 4 Dead. Do not pay attention to
any release dates unless they are stated by the developers themselves or the