From Valve (the creators of Counter-Strike, Half-Life and more) comes Left 4 Dead, a co-op action horror game for the PC and Xbox 360 that casts up to four players in an epic struggle for survival against swarming zombie hordes and terrifying mutant monsters.
User reviews: Overwhelmingly Positive (4,521 reviews)
Release Date: Nov 17, 2008

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"This is one of the best coop fps games ever. I am usually terrifiied by zombie games but this is so fun I can power through it. No Mercy = the best"

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About This Game

From Valve (the creators of Counter-Strike, Half-Life and more) comes Left 4 Dead, a co-op action horror game for the PC and Xbox 360 that casts up to four players in an epic struggle for survival against swarming zombie hordes and terrifying mutant monsters.
Set in the immediate aftermath of the zombie apocalypse, L4D's survival co-op mode lets you blast a path through the infected in four unique “movies,” guiding your survivors across the rooftops of an abandoned metropolis, through rural ghost towns and pitch-black forests in your quest to escape a devastated Ground Zero crawling with infected enemies. Each "movie" is comprised of five large maps, and can be played by one to four human players, with an emphasis on team-based strategy and objectives.
New technology dubbed "the AI Director" is used to generate a unique gameplay experience every time you play. The Director tailors the frequency and ferocity of the zombie attacks to your performance, putting you in the middle of a fast-paced, but not overwhelming, Hollywood horror movie.
  • Addictive single player, co-op, and multiplayer action gameplay from the makers of Counter-Strike and Half-Life
  • Versus Mode lets you compete four-on-four with friends, playing as a human trying to get rescued, or as a zombie boss monster that will stop at nothing to destroy them.
  • See how long you and your friends can hold out against the infected horde in the new Survival Mode
  • An advanced AI director dynamically creates intense and unique experiences every time the game is played
  • 20 maps, 10 weapons and unlimited possibilities in four sprawling "movies"
  • Matchmaking, stats, rankings, and awards system drive collaborative play
  • Designer's Commentary allows gamers to go "behind the scenes" of the game
  • Powered by Source and Steam

THE SACRIFICE

"The Sacrifice” is the new add-on for Left 4 Dead.

"The Sacrifice" is the prequel to "The Passing," and takes place from the L4D Survivors' perspective as they make their way South. In addition to advancing the story, "The Sacrifice" introduces a new style finale featuring "Sacrificial Gameplay" where players get to decide who will give their life so the others may live.

In The Sacrifice for Left 4 Dead owners receive "The Sacrifice" campaign playable in Campaign, Versus, and Survival modes.

System Requirements

PC
Mac
    Minimum:
    • Supported OS: Windows® 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4 3.0GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Graphics: 128 MB, Shader model 2.0, ATI 9600, NVidia 6600 or better
    • Hard Drive: At least 7.5 GB of free space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • Supported OS: Windows® 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP
    • Processor: Intel core 2 duo 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 1 GB
    • Graphics: Shader model 3.0, NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 or better
    • OS: MacOS X 10.6.4 or higher (Snow Leopard Graphics Update required)
    • Processor: Dual core Intel processor, 2GHz or better
    • Video Card: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Not supported: OS X 10.5.x, ATI X1600 or X1900 graphics, NVIDIA GeForce 7 graphics or Intel graphics less than Intel HD 3000.
Helpful customer reviews
6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.5 hrs on record
This is the first game I started out with and will always be my favorite. I lost the game when I got me a new pc. Thanks to a great friend I got it back. It's never gets boring or old. Great way to have fun with friends. I like both l4d1 and l4d2.

10/10
Posted: September 30
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
6.8 hrs on record
This is such a nice co-op game. Most of the people on Steam have Left 4 Dead 2 due to the free giveaway, but I can say I am lucky to have this and L4D2. This game, while not being highly modable like L4D2, still has the gameplay we have come to accept and love. We all love this game. People who play this game are usually older players, people who had this before L4D2 came out. This game takes Left 4 Dead to its roots, where it was more about the gameplay and teamwork. This game also comes with the Sacrifice, which is a really nice plus. You should all play this game. Add me if you want to learn this game better.
Posted: October 1
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
1,869.5 hrs on record
Killed by Valve with Left 4 Dead 2, it will still have a place in my heart forever. <3

(And a handful of people are still playing it, so proper games still happen.)
Posted: October 6
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
With plenty of pills in my system and ammo in my Auto-Shotty, I was punched into a Witch by a Tank, puked on by a Boomer, lassoed by a Smoker, and then rode by a Hunter before making it onto the escape vehicle with less than one health while poor Bill, Francis, and Zoey were mobbed and mutilated by the horde, screaming for me to come help.

10/10, would leave them behind again.
Posted: October 6
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
857.3 hrs on record
Intro
Left 4 Dead, a series I simply cannot get enough of.
Played this game to Death on the Xbox 360 before I made the switch to PC and added an additional 880 hours into the game.
This review is extremely late, but I felt like it's the least I could do for one of the games I've enjoyed most.
Please keep in mind that this review is based off the memories I have of this game and how it was when the game was still alive, there will be an additional botch of text at the bottom regarding the current status of the game.

The Game

Developed by Turtle Rock Studios and Valve itself, Left 4 Dead 1 was one of the first shooters to combine Cooperative gameplay with Survival First Person Shooter gameplay. No longer could you "win" the game by only caring about yourself. You need your teammates and your teammates need you.

Pros
● Unique Cooperative Gameplay in every Gamemode! (Campaign, Versus, Survival)
● The Lobby/Drop-in system works flawlessy allowing players to effortlessly finding a game.
● Free DLC.
● Make your own Maps!
● Low PC Specs required.
● Get to play as Special Infected! (Yeah.. those Zombies..!) in Versus mode.
● Scoring System in Versus allows for both Teams to make an insane comeback!
● Very Easy to setup your own Dedicated Server.

Cons
● Players have to download Maps manually, they are unable to download from the Server they are joining.
● No Workshop.
● The Game is unpolished in regards to exploits and bugs, Valve has never responded to countless reports and complaints.
● No Matchmaking, you're very likely to end up with very unbalanced teams when joining Versus games.
● Ragequitting is not punished at all.

The Community

The Community for Left 4 Dead is very comparable to Left 4 Dead 2, in Public Games you can expect to be insulted and possibly even votekicked if you're underperforming in the eyes of your teammates.
There however used to be a Competitive Scene, this scene was much better in terms of actually being able to finish your games as well as making buddies. Unfortunately, it has died a long time ago.

Current Status of the Game

As of this post, Left 4 Dead has an 30-Day Average of 385 Players Worldwide.
You are very unlikely to find Games going on, and if you do happen to find some, they're likely going to be unenjoyable.

The only way you're going to really enjoy this game, is if you find a couple of likeminded buddies and get Campaign + Survival going. Pushing your way through Expert mode will always remain fun. :)
If you're feeling lucky and you're not prone to ragequitting or shouting accusations (Trust me, nobody cheats in Left 4 Dead anymore) you can give Versus a go. 4 Players is already half of what you need!

Final Words

Left 4 Dead currently costs $20, just like Left 4 Dead 2. They however have a much different feel to the game and I'd still buy both versions.
I recommend adding it to your wishlist until it gets on Sale though. ;)
Posted: October 18
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
43.5 hrs on record
If you dont have this game or Left 4 Dead 2 then please suck my a$$ lol jk but seriously its so fun!
Posted: October 8
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,014.0 hrs on record
L4D>L4D2
Posted: September 25
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
604.4 hrs on record
This is one of the best zombie games that I have ever played and it will always be the game I go to if I want to kill some zombies. Sure the AI is stupid but that just adds to the fun of Expert mode, especially when playing with friends to try to get to that last campaign done on Expert or get that one annoying achievement that has annoyed you for ages.

Long story short it is one of the funnest games I've played and I will always come back to play it.
Posted: October 18
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
the characters have legs
Posted: October 6
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
24.4 hrs on record
I will say this could possibly be one of the greatest games ever made. This is the game that brought me to Steam and the awesomeness that Valve is. So many good times have been had in this game and not one regret that comes to mind. BEST GAME EVAR.
Posted: October 14
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
31.1 hrs on record
This a a very fun game with friends which was released 6 years ago and it never gets old. Too bad Valve ported the original Left 4 Dead campaigns to the second game, but that shouldnt stop anyone from buying this game! If you want the real experience, please do buy this game, there are different types of game modes such as Campaign, Versus and Survival. It's an awesome team game which never gets boring and it is always a different experience every time you play it.

So if you're a fan of zombie apocalypse games, then this game is for you.

HIGHLY RECOMMENDED
Posted: October 4
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
Best Zombie game I have ever played. Don't worry about my hours on record, played this since 2009 (Yes pirated I'm sorry.) But then I bought the game to support the devs. Better than Contagion, Better than CoD zombies, better than L4D2. Thank you so much for this game.
Posted: September 28
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
233.2 hrs on record
well let me start on with sayin that l4d is an AWESOME GAME!!!!!!!!!!!! it has zombies big guns big men big fun what more could you need hey ha so you play as 4 survivors louis bill zoey and nick and you have to fight against MILLIONS OF ZOMBIES!!!!!!!!!!! the game is pretty scary and you dont want to play it in the dark!!!!!!!!!!!! it will litarally scare the pants off of your crotch region so dont do it so lets go over the special infarcted there is the chain smoker hunter bomber and the spitter and the tank and the smoker shoots his intestins and flys them tords you and grabs you with it and the hunter can fly he makes a loud noise then he flys in the air and grabs u but woah now hey ha you gotta get him off of your friend before he eats him!!!!!!!! scary so then there is the tank who is like hulk but reder and angryer!!!!!!!! he can throw rock at u better doge it before it hits u!!!!!!!! BE CAREFUL NOW
Posted: September 29
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
39.6 hrs on record
В эту игру можно играть бесконечно. Ведь этот шедевр 2007 года! О нём нельзя забыть, о первом танке, о первом броска молотова, о первой смерти от ведьмы, о первом пошлом спреи. Left 4 Dead превосходит вторую части в сотни раз.
+Отличная камера от первого лица( Видно всё тело когда смотришь вниз)
+Нет перезарядки преклада
+Отлиная анимация персонажа
+Интересная кампания
+Хорошие персонажи( которые запоминаються на всю жизни ( кроме ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥а))
Вывод: 10/10 Зови своих трех друзей и иди навалите всем зомбокам ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ы! БУДЬ АКУРАТНЕЕ С ВЕДЬМОЙ!! !!!
Posted: September 30
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Story: It's 2009 (I guess), a zombievirus called the Green Flu has broken out. Four immune survivors have to fight off hordes of zombies, and escape. The story seems kind of believable, and is told just how Valve always tells it. 9/10

Gameplay: The gameplay is pretty basic. You choose between 4 survivors, pick-up weapons on the way, and have to make it to a safe room. At the end of a chapter there is a finale. You will have to fight off hordes of zombies, including some special ones, until the escape vehicle arrives. 8/10

Graphics: The game is starting to look dated. It runs on about every PC from the last 5 years, and it will still look scary at times. 9/10

Alternatives: Personally I would get Left 4 Dead 2. It also has the original Left 4 Dead campaign with slightly improved graphics. It costs the same too, but also has workshop support. The only other zombie game I would recommend over this is Half-Life 2 and of course Left 4 Dead 2, both by Valve.

Overall score: 9.1/10. The game is overlooked for a reason, Left 4 Dead 2 greatly overshadows it. You can get this one, but I recommend getting Left 4 Dead 2, it is practically the same, but with more content. It still is a great game, if you want to go back in time and play the original.
Posted: September 28
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
434.6 hrs on record
Played this for a few moths.
Enjoyed almost every minute of it.

Single player is fun.

Co-op is more fun.

Versus is the best.
Teamplay is the most important thing in versus mode.
Just watch some competitive matches on youtube....

Very good FPS game.
The only drawback is that a match can take a long time to complete.
Posted: October 15
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
207.4 hrs on record
Good game
Posted: October 11
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.3 hrs on record
BEST GAME EVER!!!!!
Posted: October 2
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
9.6 hrs on record
I loved this game when I first saw it, and when I got to play it for the first time, I honestly couldn't put it down. It's best played with friends, as the game focuses a lot on teamwork.

Though with coop, there will naturally be pvp, or just friends being an a** for the fun of it, but even so it makes it even more "interesting".

The game looks good, has a decent difficulty and is a fun to play game. I definitely recommend it to you zombie fans out there!
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
3.9 hrs on record
Get Left 4 Dead 2. It has all the same maps and same poeple +more.
Posted: October 19
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