Set in the zombie apocalypse, Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) is the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning Left 4 Dead, the #1 co-op game of 2008. This co-operative action horror FPS takes you and your friends through the cities, swamps and cemeteries of the Deep South, from Savannah to New Orleans across five expansive campaigns.
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Release Date: Nov 16, 2009

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About This Game

Set in the zombie apocalypse, Left 4 Dead 2 (L4D2) is the highly anticipated sequel to the award-winning Left 4 Dead, the #1 co-op game of 2008.
This co-operative action horror FPS takes you and your friends through the cities, swamps and cemeteries of the Deep South, from Savannah to New Orleans across five expansive campaigns.
You'll play as one of four new survivors armed with a wide and devastating array of classic and upgraded weapons. In addition to firearms, you'll also get a chance to take out some aggression on infected with a variety of carnage-creating melee weapons, from chainsaws to axes and even the deadly frying pan.
You'll be putting these weapons to the test against (or playing as in Versus) three horrific and formidable new Special Infected. You'll also encounter five new “uncommon” common infected, including the terrifying Mudmen.
Helping to take L4D's frantic, action-packed gameplay to the next level is AI Director 2.0. This improved Director has the ability to procedurally change the weather you'll fight through and the pathways you'll take, in addition to tailoring the enemy population, effects, and sounds to match your performance. L4D2 promises a satisfying and uniquely challenging experience every time the game is played, custom-fitted to your style of play.
  • Next generation co-op action gaming from the makers of Half-Life, Portal, Team Fortress and Counter-Strike.
  • Over 20 new weapons & items headlined by over 10 melee weapons – axe, chainsaw, frying pan, baseball bat – allow you to get up close with the zombies
  • New survivors. New Story. New dialogue.
  • Five expansive campaigns for co-operative, Versus and Survival game modes.
  • An all new multiplayer mode.
  • Uncommon common infected. Each of the five new campaigns contains at least one new “uncommon common” zombies which are exclusive to that campaign.
  • AI Director 2.0: Advanced technology dubbed “The AI Director” drove L4D's unique gameplay – customizing enemy population, effects, and music, based upon the players’ performance. L4D 2 features “The AI Director 2.0” which expands the Director’s ability to customize level layout, world objects, weather, and lighting to reflect different times of day.
  • Stats, rankings, and awards system drives collaborative play

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
SteamOS + Linux
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP
    • Processor: Pentium 4 3.0GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video card with 128 MB, Shader model 2.0. ATI X800, NVidia 6600 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® 7 32/64-bit / Vista 32/64 / XP
    • Processor: Intel core 2 duo 2.4GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Video Card Shader model 3.0. NVidia 7600, ATI X1600 or better
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB available space
    • Sound Card: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Minimum:
    • OS: MacOS X 10.6.4 or higher (Snow Leopard Graphics Update required)
    • Processor: Dual core Intel processor, 2GHz or better
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: ATI Radeon 2400 or higher / NVIDIA 8600M or higher / Intel HD Graphics 3000
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB available space
    • Additional Notes: Not supported: OS X 10.5.x, ATI X1600 or X1900 graphics, NVIDIA GeForce 7 graphics or Intel graphics less than Intel HD 3000.
    Minimum:
    • OS: Ubuntu 12.04
    • Processor: Dual core from Intel or AMD at 2.8 GHz
    • Memory: 2 GB RAM
    • Graphics: nVidia GeForce 8600/9600GT, ATI/AMD Radeon HD2600/3600 (Graphic Drivers: nVidia 310, AMD 12.11), OpenGL 2.1
    • Hard Drive: 13 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
Helpful customer reviews
165 of 179 people (92%) found this review helpful
128.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
Want to be a survivor? FINE
Want to be a zombie? FINE
Want to be a tank? FINE
Want to scream like a girl when tank is coming? FINE
Want to step silently near a witch? FINE
Want to play co-op with your friends one on the best zombie games? FINE
Want to kill your friends in versus mode? FINE
Want to be a schoolgirl, Deadpool or Lara Croft (using workshop mods only) in a multiplayer game? FINE

oh... you have Left 4 Dead 2 already? FINE 10/10.
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174 of 193 people (90%) found this review helpful
45.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 8
If this game was a potato, it would be a good potato.
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148 of 167 people (89%) found this review helpful
120.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 31
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Graphics:
+ good animations
+ nice hero faces
- low textur sharpness

Sound:
+ scary music
+ good english speakers
+ nasty zombie sounds

Atmosphere:
+ intense boss fights
+ constant threat

Game Size:
+ 13 free chapter
+ 8 characters
+ all chapters in versus
+ exciting versus mode
+ 6 game modes
- some boring stages

Left 4 Dead 2 unleashed a harrowing and entertaining vision of what it's like to be on both sides of the zombie apocalypse.
Left 4 Dead 2 also improves on the original in almost every other way, featuring new weapons, new items, new enemies, and new survivors that make the game richer across the board. Though the core action remains largely unchanged, the widespread enhancements make Left 4 Dead 2 even better than its impressive predecessor. This is one zombie apocalypse you do not want to miss.
The heart of Left 4 Dead 2 is the 13 campaign maps that take the survivors through a wide variety of terrain in the Deep South. From murky swamplands to a creepy carnival ground, from flooded suburbs to claustrophobic city streets, every environment is detailed and immersive.
Well-timed survivor quips make trudging through zombie-infested swamps a bit less nerve-racking, and thunderous rainstorms make a tense final stand (the moments right before your rescue) even more dramatic. This rich atmosphere is enhanced by the wider variety of choke points and final stands, all of which give the campaigns their own unique pace.

The game forces you to work as a team if you want to win. You need to talk, and you need to participate. Every player of your four person squad of Survivors needs to be communicating about what they're doing, calling out locations for ammunition, weapon, and health pickups, and asking for help when in trouble.
The catch is that no stage ever plays out the same way, because there's an artificial intelligence called the Director governing the action. Packs of common zombies can attack at any time, and if what the Director throws at you proves too challenging, your path of progression through a stage may even get swapped around to make things easier.
It makes every experience different, and encourages repeat play as it adapts to challenge players of any skill level.
There are multiple difficulty, with Normal serving as a good entry-level challenge while on Expert only those with the best communication, decision-making, and reaction skills will survive.
Left 4 Dead 2's Realism mode makes the challenge even more daunting, removing helpful glows around items and weapons amongst other things, meaning it's all up to your communication skills to call out ammunition and item pickups or to let people know you're in trouble.

Versus is also where you'll be challenged the most, as four players will be running through as Survivors and four others controlling the powerful boss zombie types. These include the Tanks, Boomers, Smokers, and Hunters from the first game, in addition to the new Spitters, Jockeys, and Chargers. The new boss zombie special powers add layers to the gameplay. There are a few new nasties to contend with as well, including the Jockey (jumps on your head and steers you off course), the Spitter (shoots a pool of deadly acid on the ground), and the Charger (rams into you, carries you away, and pounds you into the ground). There's also a variety of Witch that actually walks around as opposed to just sitting and weeping, and she rounds out the formidable roster of special infected. These enemies are tricky to contend with in the field, especially when a few of them descend on you at the same time, and overall the addition of these new boss zombies adds in a welcome amount of depth and, if you're playing as Survivors, unpredictability to the play experience.
If your Infected team is working together you can time Boomer bile attacks with Jockey jumps and Spitter attacks so large groups of common zombies are attacking while one Survivor stumbles under a Jockey's control and the rest are slowly dying in a pool of acid.
It's not just the better campaigns, the more fully-realized and detailed environments and the switch from the dark city streets of the first game to the bogs, carnival grounds, marshes, and sunlit construction yards that contribute to reasons why this is a better game. There's also a wealth of little things that make this a sturdier, more complex, and more entertaining experience.
The melee weapons can absolutely shred the undead, particularly the machete, katana, and limited use chainsaw.
If your Survivor teammates are trying to heal and share adrenaline shots, choose between med packs or defibrillator kits, or decide between pipe bombs, Molotov cocktails, or the new bile bombs that when shattered are like zombie lightning rods, there's no better way to seal off entrance to the area than by meeting any approaching foe with a whirring chainsaw.

Survival mode, the players try to stay alive on a map against endless waves of infected, and they earn medals and leaderboard-worthy times for their troubles. Without the joy of escape, this mode isn't as satisfying as its longer counterparts. The same is not true for the new Scavenge mode. Here, survivors try to collect gas tanks from around a map and pour them into a generator to add more time to the dwindling clock. A team of infected try to stop them and kill them. This mode more adeptly mirrors the frustrations and rewards of Versus mode. On the one hand, you have the challenge of survival and the thrill of each can successfully deposited; on the other, you have the task of foiling the survivors' well-armed efforts and the grim satisfaction of taking them down. Each team plays both sides per round, and the first to three round victories wins.

Left 4 Dead 2 is a much better game and much better value. The new campaigns and unique game modes offer more variety and more longevity, while all the other additions and tweaks make the already great gameplay even more enjoyable. Left 4 Dead 2 is best enjoyed with friends, and every mode is seamlessly integrated online.
Even so, it remains one of the most distinctive co-operative titles out there, and allows for some of the most nerve-searing team-based multiplayer gaming on the market.


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58 of 67 people (87%) found this review helpful
13.7 hrs on record
Posted: November 5
Good game if you look at all the special zombies as different kinds of drunk people.

Smoker: The chain smoker
Boomer: The puker
Witch: The emotional mess
Hunter: The too drunk to walk kind of person
Spitter: The person who spits after taking a shot
Charger: The drunk who bumps into everyone
Tank: Drunk broseph who also has a steroid addiction
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47 of 56 people (84%) found this review helpful
100.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
got killed by slenderman, shrek, and osama bin laden all in one game...

GG
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33 of 34 people (97%) found this review helpful
155.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 21
I cannot stress this enough, this game is possibly the best purchase you could ever get in the Steam store. Everything from the mechanics, co-op, storyline, campaigns, weapons, characters, modding community and visuals are absolutely staggering and is just one of those gems every PC gamer must have in their collection. I could write a much longer review about this perfect game, but either you already know a lot about this game's magnitude or I would just want to surprise the very minimal group of people who are not familiar with this game.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
42.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 16
Perfect party game that is really, really good if you play it with friends because alone it´s good but it doesnt make that much fun and it gets boring. You can play competitive, campaign, versus ( humans vs. infected) ;), camapign solo etc. also there is a steam workshop that gives you so much extra content. The community is still revealing many mods for this game. All in one a good game to play with friends :).

8/10
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26 of 35 people (74%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 19
Best apocalyptic game I have ever played. "lamest review ever"
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24 of 32 people (75%) found this review helpful
416.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 9
Has Rochelle 0/10
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
834.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 7
Amazing game, but to be honest, if I had not known MG servers, I think... I wouldn't have the hours I have in this game, lol

see you in game!
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 28
All I can say, is that this game is a **** awesome sequel to Left 4 Dead, ticked all my boxes, nothing negative comes to mind. Awesome! The gameplay is awesome in multiplayer, had tones of fun, the new infected are fun to kill and are fun to play as! Very very very good game :D
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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Good game that you can play with friends... or just alone :)
4/5!
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,604.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
love it, have been playing for 5 years !!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
1,861.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22
One of the best FPS/co-op survival zombie game out there, even after 5 years. Fun & really addicting to play, not much more to say there :D


11/10


Ps. We need a free weekend for this game already, so people that still didn't get Good Guy Nick achievement can get it & I know a few that have been waiting a lot & only have this achievement remaining (like me)
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 14
Very Good game fun to play + you get your on dedicated server so no ping problems
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
243.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 25
Awesome zombie coop game. Even old, I still got some good fun moments with my friends playing some campaigns and versus sometimes; since I'm not into versus gamemode that much.
You will get addict to this game for a time, then take a long break after hours and hours playing the same maps - but thanks to the Workshop, you can subscribe to a tons of mods, maps and skins for your own gameplay style. There are yet popular servers of 4x4 ; 10x10 coop styles.

Again, Left 4 Dead 2 it's like an "upgraded" version from the L4D1: more special infected zombies, maps, new characters and you can still play the maps and the old characters from the first game. I strongly recommend you to buy this one first since it's better than L4D1. The workshop keep this game alive I believe. Enjoy!

9.5/10
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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
1,573.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 12
This is my first fps game so I really like it. for first 1000+ hours I just played campaign then I started to get bored of this game, but then I tried to play competitive modes too which I didnt wanted to play cuz of too much tension in these and we can't even take break for 2 mins, but once you have friends to play with its really enjoyable. It gots many other modes as mutation category and lots of custom campaigns, wow its like second Garry's mod which I stoped playing after 1 hour cuz downloads too much data and I just get stuck in loading forever... Anyway campaign is always fun for timepass, chating with friends and finding new friends.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
54.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 1
One of the best games to play with your friends or by yourself. The characters in this game makes the game-play fun, as well as crazy enemies. Requires a lot of teamwork if you want to survive. I highly recommend this game to everyone.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 4
Literally the no. 1 garden gnome simulator in the history of the Bejeweled games. 13/gnome, would play semi-often to get the money I put into it out of it.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
57.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 2
Addition of new guns and a melee system makes this game just as fun as the first one.
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