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 (5,035 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

Windows
Mac OS X
    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
149 of 163 people (91%) found this review helpful
36.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
I joined a match. I got pounced by a hunter. My team ran away. Never has a game been more appropriately named. 10/10 would die alone again.
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419 of 520 people (81%) found this review helpful
1.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
It's a game about grabbin pills
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100 of 104 people (96%) found this review helpful
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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.
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104 of 130 people (80%) found this review helpful
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
the characters have legs
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48 of 51 people (94%) found this review helpful
1,869.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 6
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.)
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40 of 43 people (93%) found this review helpful
410.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26
The story follows four pill addicts hallucinating the zombie apocalypse as they stumble around shooting people.
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55 of 67 people (82%) found this review helpful
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
I am happy to recommend this game, though I have to admit it's best to purchase the sequel instead. Why? Because currently it is priced around the same level and the sequel has all the campaigns from the previous game included! This means more than a dozen levels with continuous zombie shooting!

In any case, this, just like its sequel, is an excellent game. Although it was released more than 5 years ago I believe it aged well - the game still looks good thanks to the well-developed Source Engine. Years later Valve released many updated including DLCs that expand upon the campaigns - the latest, The Sacrifice, came out in 2010.

Left 4 Dead is a great game! It is a coop-based, action-oriented survival horror game. It is pure fun to get rid of the continuous hordes of zombies with friends game after game! A highly recommended game and not just for the fans of the genre!
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31 of 32 people (97%) found this review helpful
858.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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. ;)
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108 of 163 people (66%) found this review helpful
0.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
The only reason I am not recommending this game is simply because everything in the first game is now in Left 4 Dead 2. (all the maps, characters, etc. were brought over to Left 4 Dead 2)

Save yourself some money and buy Left 4 Dead 2 and get both games for the price of 1.

LIterally, you get the L4D1 game with the L4D2 Gameplay, Its so much better.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
979.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
This game is balanced so that teams pretty much *have to* work together to survive. Players who run ahead are typically targeted by the game, and the game is harder with few players (so it's important that you *AND* your teammates survive!). Therefore this game--in my many years of experience with it AND in comparison to my many years of Counter Strike experience--tends to have a friendlier and more team-oriented group of players to interact with. I appreciate the game dynamics in L4D very, very much.
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23 of 26 people (88%) found this review helpful
8.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 1
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.
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18 of 18 people (100%) found this review helpful
2,255.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 30
Simply one of the best games of the past 10 years for fun and value for money, If you like Zombies and shooting them with mates then this is for you as well as being a real challenge at time (settings dependent).

Play either Solo or as a 4 person team as well as a versus mode plus there are still server groups with upto 10 players coop and 8v8 versus to extend the playability even more.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
1,547.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
I am happy to recommend this game.
A Really nice game that you can play alone or with friends / family

Update: even after (1200+ hours played) 5 years of playing this game i still find it still very much an enjoyable game as of 10-14-2014

Update2: i have at least 278 friends that play this as of 11-04-2014
and Near 1500 Hrs played i still love this game & i see die playing it

update3 :still loving it even at more than 1505+ Hours Played 11-27-2014

Edit: L4d1 and l4d2 are not better than each other what it comes down too is what one you love.
Both games have what many horror fans want "zombies"
I recommend buy both and see which one you truely love spend at least 200+ in both before you judge and you learn thatin the end both are great with family and friends.
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16 of 17 people (94%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 30
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
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
632.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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.
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12 of 13 people (92%) found this review helpful
2,822.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 29
Favorite game of all time. I love playing it with my friends, I always have a good laugh.
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63 of 107 people (59%) found this review helpful
46.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 29
yes
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30 of 47 people (64%) found this review helpful
108.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 2
Better than the sequel.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
40.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 4
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
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3,795.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
nice game ................no bore\
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