Though I am an enormous fan of both Left 4 Dead games, having pre-ordered both and played a significant amount of time in each, I wasn’t initially convinced on this one. I signed up for the Alpha hoping it would change my mind and boy did it ever. I’d had a vision in my mind of this not having enough new ideas to make it compelling but having played it, and then matching up that experience with what I’ve read and can now actively imagine, I can now fully see the game’s potential for tremendous variation from game to game. While L4D was a lot of fun and there were some weapon options all players really were generalists.
Having 4 distinct classes with much more defined roles that can compliment each other is like blending two of my favorite games, Left 4 Dead and Team Fortress 2, into one awesome game… it is truly looking to be my Reese’s Peanut Butter Cup of gaming. For me the best games are about skill but the strongest underlying element to them is the mental chess match between the sides, figuring out the key to defeating the other team with the playing board that has been set out, no matter what the odds. To me this game has the potential to deliver that more effectively than any other game I’ve played in quite some time so they have a guaranteed purchase from me now.