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.
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Very Positive (251 reviews) - 94% of the 251 user reviews in the last 30 days are positive.
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Overwhelmingly Positive (9,110 reviews) - 95% of the 9,110 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Nov 17, 2008

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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.
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Red
( 8.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Don't be fooled by the hours I played this game
I actually played this game for more than 500+ hours (on another account)
Even 8 years later I still love playing this game,many people say that it's not worth buying because all of this game's campaigns are ported to left 4 dead 2 but I must say I played both games and loved both but the nostalgic feeling I get when I play this game is what left 4 dead 2 failed to deliver I still recommend buying this game anyway here is the review

Pros:
+Graphics are great for its time
+Physics are great
+Gameplay is great
+If you get bored there are variety of game modes
+If you want more maps there are a lot of maps online to choose from
+Mods to customize the game
+Level Editor to make your own maps

Cons:
-I don't remember if I encountered any ^_^

Overall Rating: 10/10
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eebbee Jones
( 11.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
One of the best games ever made!
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Unknown Soldier
( 207.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 4
Left 4 Dead is simply a classic for me. Compared to the sequel Left 4 Dead 2 it offers less content and less possibilities like gamemodes but the feeling you get when playing Left 4 Dead 1 is still completly different and Left 4 Dead 2 is not able to give that certain feeling that you get when playing Left 4 Dead 1.

If you´re thinking of buying Left 4 Dead 2 and you´re looking at this now I would say Left 4 Dead 2 is the better game and gives you more content. But I can surely tell you Left 4 Dead 1 is worth a shot especially if you can get a few friends to play it with you. If it´s on sale and you have a few bucks left this is definitly an option even if you already have Left 4 Dead 2. The feeling when playing this classic can never be reproduced by Left 4 Dead 2 even that it is the better game in general and also offers all Left 4 Dead 1 campaigns to be played there as well.

Also a personal plus for me is it was my first actual game on steam (not the reason I signed up on steam though) 20 Euros however seems way too expensive for a game that is very good but as well 8 years old already. 5-10 Euros sounds more reasonable to me. Try to grab it on sale.
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PuNk
( 212.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 3
amazing, co-op, team based, fps, zombie shooter, hack and slash-ish game.

play online co-op with up to 4 people, or play online vs with up to 8 people.

tons of zombies will rush you at once, making the game difficult.

stay with your group or you might end up in the hands of the special infected, or worse.

many different guns to choose from. different tier weapons

throwables, mollys, pipe bombs, etc

the graphics are so far ahead of their time it's unreal.

the game is simply amazing.

10 out of 10.
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ANxHERO
( 5.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 2
Great game that's even better with friends. 10/10
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Lucas
( 1,597.7 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Awesome Game!
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Pepsi Man
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
Zoey is hot but has no ♥♥♥, 8/10 would probably still ♥♥♥♥
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tomahawktater
( 5.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
Great game
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JiNxHeaven
( 11.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
I really like this game! Great for zombie survival fans. When i saw it, i instantly bought it :D
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ATRAX1709
( 499.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 30
This is one of the BEST shooters game ever! My first game purchased off Steam. It's so much fun when you play with friends. All you need is good friends to play with and a good team! I highly recommend getting this game and play countless hours on it!
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triumphjdk
( 16.7 hrs on record )
Posted: April 28
Was always fun to play.... good game
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jry
( 14.9 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Made me forget about cigarettes for 5 hours.

10/10 would forget about my bad habit again
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xllVllx
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
Way back when in the ancient days of 2007 I had this on Xbox 360, uploaded a playthrough of every campaign, and realized just now that in my first video Louis stole my pills.
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Blood-Brain
( 515.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 27
"Are you excited about zombie multiplayer survival shooter called Left 4 dead? Yes, who made?! Valve. Well ♥♥♥♥..."

It could be a good game, if not for Valve. Valve through their career made alot of bad games like Counter-strike and Half-life, but people was still hoping for zombie shooter to be decent (because its a simple ♥♥♥♥ing job to do) But Valve failed again, big time!
We play as four people who immune to zombie virus, they need to kill all zombies on their way and escape the danger. I saw trailers, and was excited. But in the end they made survivors more like superheroes with no weapon recoil at all. We can just speedrun the map even on multiplayer against other players. Multiplayer promised alot more, we can play against survivors using special zombies with special skills (jump on survivor and scratch him, touch survivors with tongue, puke on them, and crash them with FISTS OF FURY!!!)
NPC zombies are no threat to you, running ragdolls.
Maps are boring and small, designer should burn in hell (if it exist)
Also playing with stranger is a bad ♥♥♥♥ing idea, you cant read thoughts you know? Someone will shoot you in the back and pretend it was accident, or even attract some zombies by "accident". You must have a good friends, because only good friends will stand this ♥♥♥♥ game because you ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ decided to play it and waste your money!
There is so many cheaters now and only a few protected servers, and their protection worth ♥♥♥♥...

0/10

Valve, you should stop making games. No one needs your VR and Half-life 3. Leave games alone!


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Leevoh
( 2.2 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
I ruined a lot of relationships with this game...
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PATRiCKFBiMetalHeadGundamTech
( 0.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
I only have this game cause I bought the VALVe complete pack, anyways, I do not recomend this game cause when you buy the complete edition of Left 4 Dead 2 you get all the Left 2 Dead 1 maps, so buying this game is basically a waste of money if you're going to buy L4D2.
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CGFW
( 160.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 26
A strange infection suddenly started at Pennsylvania which was causing mutation to the body cells and loss of higher brain functions. After two weeks of this green flue caused by the highly contagious pathogen four immune survivors Bill a Vietnam veteran, Zoey a college student, Louis an IT analyst and Francis an outlaw biker were making their way through the city of Fairfield. After avoiding all the infected finally survivors were rescued from the Mercy Hospital roof but unfortunately they found the pilot is an infected too. Zoey killed him and the chopper crashed in an industrial district outside the city. Fortunately they found a vehicle full of weapons and so they went to the riverside. While their way after crossing road blocks they arrived to the local church. When they encountered some lunatic infected in the church they realized that the city is overrun. Then they decided to rush to the nearby boathouse for rescue. From there they reached the city of Newburg on the other side of the river but they got that most part of the city is in flames. So, the large nearby greenhouse was their shelter. But then when a military C-130 Hercules passed overhead they tried to follow it by travelling through the city’s business district towards the Metro International Airport. After arrival they found that the military had bombed the airport while infected pilots crashed planes in an attempt to land. Finally they managed to escape by the C-130.

But it crashed again and survivors found themselves on the outskirts of Allegheny National Forest. From there they made their way to a functioning yet abandoned military outpost. From there they were rescued to Northeast Safe Zone Echo which is supposed to be the only uninfected area not yet overrun. Although they were immune but yet they are carriers of the infection, so they were temporarily hold by the military. But the four escaped via train and travelled south by Bill’s insistence. Bill had belief that they can get long term safety at islands of Florida Keys. They found a boat by raising an old rusty bridge powered by a very old generator at portside town Rayford. The machinery noise of the process alerted a horde of all types of infected. But then the generator gave out. Bill sacrificed himself to restart it so that the other three can reach at safety.

If you like up to this then surely you are going to like the game. If you have already played it then may be your liking may increase. Moreover you may feel oneness with the characters by role playing! :)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
160.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
A strange infection suddenly started at Pennsylvania which was causing mutation to the body cells and loss of higher brain functions. After two weeks of this green flue caused by the highly contagious pathogen four immune survivors Bill a Vietnam veteran, Zoey a college student, Louis an IT analyst and Francis an outlaw biker were making their way through the city of Fairfield. After avoiding all the infected finally survivors were rescued from the Mercy Hospital roof but unfortunately they found the pilot is an infected too. Zoey killed him and the chopper crashed in an industrial district outside the city. Fortunately they found a vehicle full of weapons and so they went to the riverside. While their way after crossing road blocks they arrived to the local church. When they encountered some lunatic infected in the church they realized that the city is overrun. Then they decided to rush to the nearby boathouse for rescue. From there they reached the city of Newburg on the other side of the river but they got that most part of the city is in flames. So, the large nearby greenhouse was their shelter. But then when a military C-130 Hercules passed overhead they tried to follow it by travelling through the city’s business district towards the Metro International Airport. After arrival they found that the military had bombed the airport while infected pilots crashed planes in an attempt to land. Finally they managed to escape by the C-130.

But it crashed again and survivors found themselves on the outskirts of Allegheny National Forest. From there they made their way to a functioning yet abandoned military outpost. From there they were rescued to Northeast Safe Zone Echo which is supposed to be the only uninfected area not yet overrun. Although they were immune but yet they are carriers of the infection, so they were temporarily hold by the military. But the four escaped via train and travelled south by Bill’s insistence. Bill had belief that they can get long term safety at islands of Florida Keys. They found a boat by raising an old rusty bridge powered by a very old generator at portside town Rayford. The machinery noise of the process alerted a horde of all types of infected. But then the generator gave out. Bill sacrificed himself to restart it so that the other three can reach at safety.

If you like up to this then surely you are going to like the game. If you have already played it then may be your liking may increase. Moreover you may feel oneness with the characters by role playing! :)
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2,209.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 10
L4D is a very fun game, great to play online in the co-op mode where it's you and your mates playing through the game levels, it can be very hard but great fun all the time. The versus mode is great too where you get a chance to play as the zombies themselves, it’s a lot harder to play as them though because you need to use tactics and play very carefully or you die easily. The game itself is a mostly online multiplayer game which encourages team work as you keep each other out of harms and rescuing them from certain death which is inflicted by the different types of enemy you face. You can play it offline too which is a nice touch but to really achieve the full experience it is best to access online.
Overall it's a great game to play, but doesn't last long enough, you will get through the main campaign pretty quickly, so there will be a lot of repetition as you play the same levels over and over again. Thankfully there are custom campaigns to download and play, and modded servers can be used which can change the gameplay experience.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Made me forget about cigarettes for 5 hours.

10/10 would forget about my bad habit again
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Don't be fooled by the hours I played this game
I actually played this game for more than 500+ hours (on another account)
Even 8 years later I still love playing this game,many people say that it's not worth buying because all of this game's campaigns are ported to left 4 dead 2 but I must say I played both games and loved both but the nostalgic feeling I get when I play this game is what left 4 dead 2 failed to deliver I still recommend buying this game anyway here is the review

Pros:
+Graphics are great for its time
+Physics are great
+Gameplay is great
+If you get bored there are variety of game modes
+If you want more maps there are a lot of maps online to choose from
+Mods to customize the game
+Level Editor to make your own maps

Cons:
-I don't remember if I encountered any ^_^

Overall Rating: 10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
96.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 6
I love L4D... so many custom maps around and the tension between one wave and the following one is great. It also give you time to explore a bit for the much needed items that could be just behind the next door.

Play it with your friends and STAY CLOSE!!! Isolate and die!!
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 9
Nice game to play with friends.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 8
Just buy Left for Dead 2 if you want this game, Cuz it comes with all the maps and it also has the new ones. Don't waster your money like me.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
149.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
this game is awesome to play with friend not with people you dont know because they just kick you out of the game for no reason i recommend this game it fun game if you make it fun not like people who kick you out for some dumb reason please maker of left 4 dead take out votes
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
28.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
Great game still a very graphic qualeted game even though it released in 2008.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
212.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 3
amazing, co-op, team based, fps, zombie shooter, hack and slash-ish game.

play online co-op with up to 4 people, or play online vs with up to 8 people.

tons of zombies will rush you at once, making the game difficult.

stay with your group or you might end up in the hands of the special infected, or worse.

many different guns to choose from. different tier weapons

throwables, mollys, pipe bombs, etc

the graphics are so far ahead of their time it's unreal.

the game is simply amazing.

10 out of 10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
11.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
One of the best games ever made!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
14.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 27
Way back when in the ancient days of 2007 I had this on Xbox 360, uploaded a playthrough of every campaign, and realized just now that in my first video Louis stole my pills.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
207.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 4
Left 4 Dead is simply a classic for me. Compared to the sequel Left 4 Dead 2 it offers less content and less possibilities like gamemodes but the feeling you get when playing Left 4 Dead 1 is still completly different and Left 4 Dead 2 is not able to give that certain feeling that you get when playing Left 4 Dead 1.

If you´re thinking of buying Left 4 Dead 2 and you´re looking at this now I would say Left 4 Dead 2 is the better game and gives you more content. But I can surely tell you Left 4 Dead 1 is worth a shot especially if you can get a few friends to play it with you. If it´s on sale and you have a few bucks left this is definitly an option even if you already have Left 4 Dead 2. The feeling when playing this classic can never be reproduced by Left 4 Dead 2 even that it is the better game in general and also offers all Left 4 Dead 1 campaigns to be played there as well.

Also a personal plus for me is it was my first actual game on steam (not the reason I signed up on steam though) 20 Euros however seems way too expensive for a game that is very good but as well 8 years old already. 5-10 Euros sounds more reasonable to me. Try to grab it on sale.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
7.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 12
I liked this game alot. It was super goobers!!! Wing wang willy wang hahahahahaha
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
4.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 15
Had to review for achievement.
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