E3: More Left 4 Dead 2 Details
Rock, Paper, Shotgun have had a chance to get hands-on with Valve’s latest title, Left 4 Dead 2 at E3 and also bring us their impressions, and by doing so have revealed far more information than the brief mention the game got during Microsoft’s press conference yesterday.
L4D2 will offer new characters and 5 new campaigns set in southern USA, taking players from Savannah to New Orleans in order to escape the marauding hordes of zombies. The sequel also offers 4 new characters, Coach is a high school football coach from the Savannah area, used to leading kids, Coach is not amused by the arrival of a zombie attack. Then there’s Rochelle from Cleveland, who works for a news company covering the outbreak. Ellis is a redneck mechanic, an enthusiastic but smart guy with ‘“Southern flair’ and finally there’s Nick, a serial gambler, a conman, a cynic and generally all round not nice guy.
And that’s about it as far as major changes from the original go, all of the other changes build upon the framework laid out in the first game and expands on it. First up is the infected, all of our old friends will be returning as well as being joined by at least 2 new strains – the charger, who is like a cross between the tank and a standard infected and uses is elephantiasis-ised arm to charge the survivors and throw them to the floor then pick them up and repeatedly bash them into the ground. The other new infected we are introduced to is the Wandering Witch, which is very similar to the Witch from L4D, except this time they amble around in the daylight too and you still don’t want to startle them, even avoiding them is now more tricky as you can’t just take the longest route you can find round the other side of the map, as she could be coming up behind you or heading where you plan to go too.
One of the games other new features is Gauntlets, the example we hear is of needing to get to a chopper at the other end of a road bridge that is completely swarmed with the infected, running through them is not an option, but leaping from roof to roof along the cars and vans that still line the bridge is, so as a team the survivors need to keep moving forward along the vehicles to escape whilst still holding back the zombies.
RPS still have a bucketload more information over on their site.