Lockdown Gaming, pt1: Left 4 Dead 2

This is a strange time in the world right now, and with so much time in lockdown we’re all having to entertain ourselves in our homes. My kids’ nursery has closed a few days ago so they are at home all day now, but there are occasions where I can pick up a game and crack on. I wanted to start a short series of posts to cover these games, writing mainly as a means to keep myself sane.

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Beginning ‘The Parish’ campaign, with a few alternate character skins.

Myself and a few friends have rediscovered a game from our past, the brilliant Left 4 Dead 2. If this one passed you by, it’s a first-person, team-based romp through zombie-infested areas riddled with elite infected creatures. Levels are grouped together in 4 or 5 part ‘episodes’ that tend to have a theme (rural areas during a monsoon, or a journey to a shopping mall). And those elite infected? They can ensnare a player in multiple ways, so teamwork is key.

Left 4 Dead 2 will teach you which of your friends is a loose cannon and which of them do a runner in a stressful situation. I had forgotten how much fun it is to wade through a cityscape packed with hundreds of zombies, trying carefully not to shoot car alarms for fear of triggering even more hordes of the undead. When a situation escalates it can be balls-to-the-wall gunfight or a heart-pounding sprint to the next saferoom.

In all honesty I’m more of a single-player gamer. I enjoy games that build an atmosphere slowly over time, whether they are stealth, horror, or RPG games, and coordinating a team of friends to get together online is harder in the present day than it was when we were eighteen. Suffice to say, I love the coop aspect of L4D2 and how you are just dumped in this post-apocalyptic world to deal with the zombie infection.

I’m still working on my Word Bearers when the kids turn in for the night, as well as studying. I have been finding it tricky to concentrate what with everything that has happened in the UK over the past week, as I imagine countless millions of folk have as well. If anyone wants to talk video games, models or whatever then feel free to leave a comment.

I hope you’re all well. Stay safe!

6 thoughts on “Lockdown Gaming, pt1: Left 4 Dead 2

  1. savageddt

    Good post mate, my brother and I used to LAN this when LANing was still a thing. Currently I play a mobile game with him as we are 10000kms apart. Wife is playing Assassins Creed at the moment.

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    1. Steve Post author

      Aw incredible, we used to LAN this and Halo 3 matches too for that matter, good times certainly. Nice, what’s the mobile game? Hope your wife is enjoying Assassin’s Creed btw! My wife is battling through Final Fantasy XV, think she’s nearly completed it 🤔

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  2. Comradepatrick

    I had a good 18-month run many years ago where me and my buddies would meet up on Xbox live and play Left 4 Dead every week without fail. It was a glorious time. Love this game.

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