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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"A 4 Player Co-Op Zombie Survival game, don't leave the group or a hunter or charger might get you. This game also has Steam Workshop and mods. Get it."

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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 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
    • Storage: 13 GB available space
    • Sound Card: OpenAL Compatible Sound Card
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Birdy
( 26.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Product received for free
I like it but its pretty much dead by now.
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Frakaft
( 81.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Excellent game, dreaming with Left 4 Dead 3!
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Sibyll-the-Hunter
( 108.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This is zombie co-op at its finest. The shooting is well-controled, the special zombies shake up gameplay, and the A.I is pretty smart for solo play. Me and other players have logged many hours running through the different chapters and fighting the large hordes of the infected, and had a blast doing it. The Workshop content keeps things interesting by having custom character models, weapon designs, alternate music, and even full levels to make sure that you will never run out of entertainment. This is one zombie game you must experince first-hand.
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ShadowsFear
( 4.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
One of the games that became iconic because of its glory.
10/10 still an awesome game with great community even in 2016.
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Lionheart
( 1,467.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
As it's predecessor, it's an awesome game, real fun you can get from it, must be played with friends, or get new friends by playing matchmaking ;)

New gamemodes are cool, Realism is hardcore on expert...even Hell in realism versus for the survivor team.

No need to know the levels instant kill as special infected team, use your brain and logic to take over the survivors teamplay is key

+Worskhop community mods and campaigns/levels
+New vanilla content that bring more gameplay variety

-Less beautifull and detailed than L4D1

Better get it on sale as not worth the 20$ nowadays, even more when you know that Left 4 Dead 3 is coming next year (2017)
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Ares
( 15.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This is one of the best coop-games you can find on Steam and the mods are making L4D2 even more enjoyable. Totally worth the 19CHF(I'm living in Switzerland) even though I bought it for 4.25CHF :D
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QWERTY
( 6.1 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Much Zombie
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HolyHandgrenade
( 109.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
It's like being a famous four man band with a lot of fans who are everywhere you go.
Love it
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† Deathspell †
( 2.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
Zombies, mods, fun, good gameplay. NICE Gaben, very nice !
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Flappy tits
( 13.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
i think this game should be could left 4 mod 2 XD
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DarkQueen
( 107.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
best zombie game ever!!!!
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北凉。
( 13.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
this isagoodgame
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TheEasternWolf
( 26.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 24
This game is fun with friends. No one plays it anymore though sadly.
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CaptainMontilla
( 70.5 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Best shooter and best zombie game I've ever played. It simply doesn't get old.
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Space Ghost
( 20.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
The new characters and special infected took an already fun game to an even better place. I can always hop online and find a game with other players in seconds. I recommend this to solo and group players as the community seems less toxic and hateful than from my experiences in L4D1
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l3l_aze
( 100.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
Awesome game in itself, but even better on custom servers. Playing on some of them with up to about 16 survivors (haven't tried VS or survival against humans yet) makes for some crazy matches, and often the special infected and even some common infected are stronger or have special effects. Tanks can spawn enemies or when they throw a rock it will turn into a special infected, or common infected can have effects like the specials, and so freaking many regular zombies it's insane and you're glad there are so many people playing. Also has a good storyline and a lot of banter between characters; 90 hours in and I'm still enjoying the talking though I heard every unique line a long time ago.

10**10/10; gg.
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{RGG}Sleir
( 28.8 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
dood, zambies.... doood...
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139 of 146 people (95%) found this review helpful
16 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,647.3 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
I have been playing Left 4 Dead since the original came out on Xbox 360 in 2008. Once I got a PC that could run Left 4 Dead 2, I discovered that Left 4 Dead really has no end of enjoyment. It is not for everyone of course, but if you like slaying zombies, exploration, teamwork, fun with friends, and some hilarious moments, this game is excellent.

It is now 2016, and still, people are making mods, addons, skins, new game modes, and creating unique servers that change the rules of the game. It is hard to get bored with a game that people keep adding to this much.

You will unfortunately hear about, or experience yourself, bad players on this game. This goes for EVERY game out there on the Internet. If there is a way to ruin other players' fun, there are people who will try to do it. Please don't blame the game for bad players. Left 4 Dead 2 still has hundreds, maybe thousands of players who love to have a good time and try to support eachother in game. I'm one of those. =D If you have a bad experience, try again please. More good-natured players are always welcome.

To me, this is the best game in the world right now. This is because it provides a fun way to meet cool and amazing people, who enjoy this great game where you are rewarded for working TOGETHER, instead of just killing eachother. The game itself provides lots of fun, but what really makes it amazing are the people you play with, and people who continue to make the game better.

I have put off writing a review to this game for so long, because I really can't say enough about it. This review seems like it barely scratches the surface to me. All I can say is try it. TRY IT. Join some games, download some add ons and try those. Remember not to take it too seriously. Get killed, laugh, try to get better, die more, laugh even more. XD Left 4 Dead forever haha.
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23 of 27 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 7
I absolutely love this game and is one of my favorite games of all time, so I'm giving this a positive review.

That being said, I'll have to address the matter of this game that completely destroys it. A simple word, 'Community'. Out of all of the communities of games, movies, etc, this is the worst one I have ever came across. This community is full of elitists, ridden with them. They always kick you for doing the slightest thing wrong or not doing what they want you to do.
For example;

About to die and stops to heal = kick.
Killing a zombie that someone else was about to kill = kick.
Just missing a player as a charger = kick.
Walks out of spawn and immediately gets pounced = kick.

So why do I recommend this game you ask? It's because of the game itself. I only play this game with friends (for obvious reasons) and that is a highly fun experience. If you are planning on going on a pub server, bring around two other people with you, therefore you have less chances of getting kicked.
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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
Recommended
43.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I helped my team to clear the zombie hordes = "You have been kicked from the game
I healed with my medic kit someone in my team ="You have been kicked from the game
I tried to bring more fuels for the damn car,throw it a little further from the car = You have been kicked from the game
I played the tank killed 3 guys and the other guy left with 20 hp = You have been kicked from the game
I tried to save everyone from special infected zombies and when i finaly helped them = You have been kicked from the game
I gave my pills to help my wounded teammate =You have been kicked from the game
I tried to clear a horde of zombies and someone jumped in front of me,shoot him 1 bullet =You have been kicked from the game

Best Votekick game ever 10/10

-You have been kicked from the game-
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
108.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 26
In this game you will be introduced with a high-school football “Coach” but with a bad knee, a cold and sarcastic gambler and con artist Nick, Rochelle who is a low level production assistant and reporting on the evacuation for local TV station and a friendly mechanic Ellis.

As a start, the four survivors found themselves at an abandoned hotel roof by the rescue chopper. This is the start of Dead Center. So, they decided to reach the local mall where a second CEDA evacuation point is located. By their way after finishing correspondence with gun shop owner Whitaker, they discovered that the mall is overrun by infected. At such a situation Ellis helped the group to use a stock car and to travel towards New Orleans, probably the last standing city of America.

The Passing stands in between Dead Center and Dark Carnival just after The Sacrifice. The four of the L4D2 survivors when arrive at the bridge of Rayford they meet Francis, Louis and Zoey. Since they need to cross the bridge so they four found the other way. After fighting their way through a wedding reception of witch bride, the streets and under the river tour they meet up again with the original survivors who provided covering fire while filling up the generator or lowering the bridge.

Dark Carnival starts in a highway completely blocked by ditched vehicles. Starting from there survivors reached at an abandoned amusement park. At the park stadium Coach found a plan to use a large scale light show used by The Midnight Riders to signal the rescue chopper.

Yet bad luck… they found the chopper pilot is infected! Naturally, Nick killed him and it crashed so also Swamp Fever starts. So, crossing the swamps the group finally arrives at plantation mansion and makes radio contact with Virgil, a boat captain. But his boat starts to run low on diesel on the way to New Orleans. Hard rain starts, the survivors go to shore at Ducatel. Crossing a witch infested sugarcane mill finally they get gas from gas station and return back with fuels to signal Virgil.

Virgil drops the group at New Orleans where military is evacuating civilians across a bridge. But the four discovered that the city is completely overrun by infected and so the military is actually leaving the city before it is destroyed by air strike. However, survivors managed to reach the bridge and made contact with the military. Then crossing the bridge they were evacuated by chopper and the bridge was destroyed with the end of The Parish.

All the best so far but the day is important because we have night!!! :) I don’t mean this for zombie apocalypse though!! :) So, foxed? :-D Well, you may encounter various types of trolls (special infecteds? :d), ... ... etc. etc. in the community when you will want multiplayer but just don’t let them feel you down ever to enjoy the thrills of the game because I assure you they are never more than a few. :)

So, don’t you want to experience all these in more details playing the game by your own? I wanted all these learnings and hope you too. :)
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
Recommended
30.1 hrs on record
Posted: April 28
Starts coop game with friend, we both choose our characters and set the dificulty to max. now since we're both ♥♥♥♥♥ to each other we shoot each other right away
so we both go down and lo and behold our saviour AI Ellis
meanwhile coach is just sitting there looking at me
so we keep going through the story and OH NO ELLIS IS ALMOST DEAD HE HAS 5 HEALTH
Coach is at full

We both go down

Coach keeps going and walks past us screaming for help

Ellis with his slowly decaying health picks the both of us up and uses his medpack on one of us





long story short i always shoot ai coach to death because all i need is team player Ellis

Ellis/Ellis
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17 of 23 people (74%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
20.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
Very good game!!!!!!
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
103.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
I'm having a blast playing this game. I can't believe I've had it so long in my library and never touched it.

Pros:
  • Very, very challenging.
  • A lot of replay value.
  • Team work is needed, communication is key.
  • Very tactful / tactical. If you think you're going to run around in this game blasting zombies, you're in for a big surprise. Check all your corners and watch your six!
  • The AI is not too terrible and can hold its own on Expert.
  • Many game modes to choose from.
  • The Expert mode does not bend over for casuals like some other games in the same genre.
  • A healthy player base even after 7 years.

Cons:
  • Team Killing. There are a lot of trolls in this game that will join your game and TK you. I've experienced at least one per gaming session. This can be very frustrating if trying to do a map on Expert. It'd be nice if there was a Ricochet option (whatever damage you deal to teammates is done back to you instead) that was on by default.
  • Toxic community. Playing on VS is a sure-fire way to get insults hurled your way -- even if you go through the entire campaign on expert. They don't tolerate beginners at VS even though they were beginners once.
  • For maps that have require gathering scattered items during the middle of a Panic event, the AI is useless, making these events virtually impossible on Solo.
  • The AI will stay back and fight rather than follow you and kite. This is mainly important when dealing with a Tank.
  • Weapons feel rather bland, but they'll grow on you eventually.
  • If you cancel a reload on Expert, you'll have to play out the entire reload animation all over again and your magazine count will be at 0 even if you had at least 1 bullet in it before.
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13 of 17 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
23.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 6
If there's one thing I love about Valve's games, it's the amount of effort they put into the characters.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,005.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 21
Это не об убийстве зомби, это о защите три ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥♥, которые делают все, что в их силах, чтобы умереть.
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15 of 22 people (68%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
I like to pretend the zombies are illegal immigrants.
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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
662.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
If you don't have left 4 dead 2 yet, or still hesitant about buying it.
Wait no longer, on certain websites, that I'm apparantly not allowed to mention on steam it's like 5 €.
One of the best, most fun games with long replayability out there.

Still not convinced ?
What some of my vids :)

https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLWelvGwCwbuPtSFTi93w_BKETsB7RHBvp
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9 of 12 people (75%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
49.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
Product received for free
MINIMALISTIC REVIEW

Pros:
- Fast-paced gameplay
- Variety of weapons, attachments and bullet customization (eg; fire bullets, frag bullets, etc.).
- UI and HUD is simple and understandable.
- Story is well-organized and well-relayed (if the players do put attention on the story)
- Melee weapons are introduced.
- L4D game is combined to this game with a bonus top-rated community map featured on the game.
- Variety of zombies and also the special common infected (eg; riot zombie, hazmat zombie).
- Epic and challenging map and level designs.
- Tutorials are user-friendly.
- Features a band that KINDA existed (Midnight Riders!!!! WHOOO!!)
- Music blends perfectly on the environment.
- New systems have been added to the game that were not available on L4D (eg; witch's critical hit, etc.)
- Characters are great and accomodated to the post-apocalyptic scenario.
- No DLCs. Just pure fun.
- Mods are welcomed (have your own style of the apocalypse).
- YOU CAN BE THE INFECTED! Now that is fun.
- Can be played with potato PCs.

Cons:
- Item physics are wobbling and act like light plastic (most especially the gas cans).
- AI Survivors were designed to just shoot and pick up items (ammunitions to be specific). They are not designed to interact with certain objects given by the map.
- Some weapons that are available at the game files are not accessible in the game (eg; AWP).

RATING: 9/10 would shoot alarmed cars again.
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
2,578.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
2000(+)h ingame

7 copies bought(for own use on various platforms/gifts)since release

Dont think i can say it much better than that

- get it -
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
213.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 18
Hmmm... Why buy left for dead 2? I am 30+ year old gamer, one of the old schoolers who grew up with just about every console and pc game around.

I promise this game will satisfy both your shooting FPS needs as well as the Co-Op thing, This is the real deal. No Rambo BS here (RAMBO = one man show can kill all the zombies by him/her self), you won't survive a minute on your own (the game is made that way).

Luckily through this game I have been able to find really good Co-Op friends and that is probably the main reason that I play this game so often.

It's like a little like multiplayer chess game, everytime you play, there are different challenges ahead, allthough its exactly the same level, the same horde and so on, the players ability to Co-Op decides the outcome (Yeah!!!!)

So get this game if you like real Co-Op and FPS combined.

One tip though, to truly enjoy the games co-op feautures you have to go at it at the hardest level (Expert) and play on realism (no help in game)). On the easier settings/levels the Rambo mode is still at works, meaning you can pretty much go at it alone and survive quite easily, which is quite boring if you play a Co-op FPS game.

So conclusion: BUY BUY BUY, PLAY PLAY PLAY, HAVE FUN FUN FUN!!! :D
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
15.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 16
It's fun to play with others.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 20
Left 4 Dead 2 sounds an awful lot like what I did to that tight piece of 4 year old Madeleine. She is probably looking like the witches now after the romantic evening we shared, with her night ending at the bottom of the ocean. RIP Maddie... In two via the chocolate starfish.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
5.8 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
first I though how most people on steam got like 1k+++ hours in this game ...

I installed some workshop mods

Zombies = Teletubbies
Survivors = My Little Pony's

Haven't laughed that much in a while.... XD
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
53.3 hrs on record
Posted: May 22
Pros:
- Mechanics, controls, variations in players and infected, amount of weapons, throwables, health items, number of and different locations of levels, with the right group of players or a group of friends the game is a blast.

Cons:
- public community can be very toxic making you even wonder why you bother playing the game sometimes.

8/10
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