Nine years after its release in November of 2009, Left 4 Dead 2 continues to maintain an active player base. Steam, the popular PC gaming platform, consistently ranks the game among the top 30 most popular. The game even maintains a strong following on the Xbox, the only console it was ever released.
This fact did not go unnoticed by Walmart, who decided to include the game in their 2018 Black Friday ad. This isn’t the first time Walmart has included Left 4 Dead 2 in their advertisement. The game was featured in the 2017 ad as well. 2018 shoppers paid a bit more for their copies, though, as the retail giant raised the price from $9 to $12 this year.
The fun of Left 4 Dead 2 goes way beyond the simple joys of mowing down hordes of undead zombies. Enemies, weapons, and other features are randomly scattered throughout the environment each time you play, which adds to the replay value by preventing repetition. The game features numerous different “special infected” enemies that compliment themselves nicely with the gameplay.
The game also lends itself very well to multiplayer. The online multiplayer versus mode is incredibly well balanced, and extremely challenging. It allows players to take turns controlling the game’s human survivors and the “special infected” enemies. The team that progresses furthest as the survivors wins. Attacking the opposing team as the “special infected” is quite a bit of fun, and each variety of enemy has its own special attack.
Although Left 4 Dead 2 was initially released for the Xbox 360 and PC, the game is now supported by the Xbox One through backwards compatibility. Gamers playing Left 4 Dead 2 on the Xbox One will notice drastically improved frame rates compared to the 360 version. Those enjoying the game on the Xbox One X received an early Christmas present this year when the game was updated to render in 4k resolution. Thanks to the update, Left 4 Dead 2 looks more impressive on the Xbox One X than several new 2018 games do.
Another feature that adds to Left 4 Dead 2‘s popularity on the Xbox is the ability to play the game with a friend via split-screen. The game’s split-screen capabilities even extend to online multiplayer. The feature doesn’t affect the performance of the game, which still runs smoothly when enabled. Not many first-person shooters feature split-screen support, and it was a welcome feature to the game.
Left 4 Dead 2 also features several original DLC maps, as well as every campaign from the first game. All of the DLC is available for free to PC gamers, but Xbox users must pay for most of the DLC. Adding the DLC content will allow you to play all the original Left 4 Dead campaigns as the characters from the first game in the franchise, while employing all the new features, enemies, and weapons of Left 4 Dead 2.
There is one DLC expansion pack that never made it into the game. The environment from the film Cabin in the Woods was to be featured as a new DLC map until the film’s producer, MGM, went out of business during development. The DLC would have featured both the cabin from the film, as well as the facility below ground. The film’s director, Drew Goddard, has said the DLC would have been amazing, and it pains him that it was never released. Valve, the developers of Left 4 Dead 2, allowed Cabin in the Woods to feature several of the game’s enemies as Easter eggs in the film, despite the abandoned DLC project.
When Valve developed Left 4 Dead 2 nearly ten years ago, they succeeded in creating one of the most timeless titles in gaming history. Thanks to its incredibly balanced gameplay, challenging mechanics, and nonstop action, the game remains incredibly popular to this day. While Left 4 Dead 2 was released just one year after the first game, we’ve been waiting over nine years for a sequel. Hopefully, 2019 will be the year Valve announces Left 4 Dead 3.