Jun. 23rd, 2009

kalasyra: By:  Me (Default)
After whining for weeks about not having a good multiplayer game to play (I canceled my LotRO subscription until I'm sure we're actually saving money each month), Ness finally got me to break down and try Left 4 Dead.

I think I'm now an addict.

Despite being an FPS (and I suck pretty hard at FPS games), I'm having a hell of a lot more fun with Left 4 Dead than I ever did with most MMOs that I've played. It's refreshing, simple, easy to play, and it's always a different game each time, thanks to the AI director.

I think one of the main reasons I like it so much is that a lot of teamwork is involved in playing the game - you can't be the hero. MMOs are about teamwork as well, but, from my experience, it takes a lot of solo play to reach a point where your character is useful in a group (and if you're a dime-a-dozen DPS class, good luck finding a group). Even though I'm pretty new to it, I feel like I'm still contributing in some way, even if it's just healing a teammate or running away from a Tank so that everyone else can kill it.

I also like the fact that there's a female character in this game, and she's not sexualized like most female game characters are (I'm looking at you, Ivy... and Lara, and Rayne, and the entire cast of Dead or Alive). It may be shallow, but playing a female character helps immerse me in the game, so I'm happy to play as Zoey. My favorite character is Francis though (because he's a smart-ass), but Zoey is a close second.

My only problem is that I still have some issues going through doorways. I'm used to a third-person perspective, where I can actually watch my character go through openings and avoid any obstacles. First-person is taking a lot of getting used to, but frankly, I'm having so much fun with the game that I don't care if I suck or not.

But yeah... Left 4 Dead is fantastic.


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