Zero Punctuation: Left 4 Dead

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Wow, I think I'll buy this one. And thanks for leaving the ads off the front this time. :-)

oh no have nerds even claimed monkeys? god damn now i am going 2 have 2 change my name.
Good review and will be an honor spending eternity in hell with u m8!

they are making a ps3 version because i have pre ordered it valve have made one but realesed it later than pc and 360

Must not make cult to worship A.I. Director...

I can't believe that no one else mentioned the bit about "pour walnuts over your shoulders and shampoo with BARBEQUE SAUCE!" Hardest I've laughed at a ZP review for a while.

As to the substance of the review, I think he is pretty reasonable in his assessment, althought I would have thought he would've given them more praise for essentially pioneering a required co-op element. I cannot think of another non-team game where you can't either run off from your teammates or kill them, and still have a reasonable chance of solo success. It's a very subtle point, but it's there. Combine that with an element that not only does not reward but actually penalizes the slow, methodical player-- unlike almost every other FPS out there-- I felt L4D was, in fact, very refreshing and innovative. Furthermore, as Yahtzee pointed out, the ability to interact with your friends in a simulated crisis situation (just FYI: make sure you use 'open mike' and not 'push to talk' voice comm), and...

Well, there you go: in a single paragraph, three ways that Left 4 Dead is not only very well executed, but substantially refreshing. More than I can say about most games these days.

While I agree with Yahtzee's assessment of the game, it almost feels like a review of the demo. Doesn't really mention the versus mode in any great detail and the resulting glee that ensues from playing as the infected.

Personally I love the game, but that's probably a measured enjoyment based upon playing with friends more often than with a pug.

Therumancer:

Speaking of which I couldn't identify the games showing up in the trolly. Well except for RE 4. I just saw some typical androgynous anime guy (I think) on the middle one, and a bunch of colors on the one to the right.

Don't get me wrong, I love JRPGs and the anime art style (unlike Yahtzee) I'm just wondering what they were, and if there was some kind of joke implied there that I'm just not getting.

>>>----Therumancer--->

The DS game is Castlevania: Dawn of Sorrow
The game on the right is from the SNES era: Super Ghoul 'n Ghosts

Thermal Ions:
While I agree with Yahtzee's assessment of the game, it almost feels like a review of the demo. Doesn't really mention the versus mode in any great detail and the resulting glee that ensues from playing as the infected.

I thought he did that pretty well with this:

"You can also opt to play as the special zombies themselves which transforms the game from tense survival horror into hilarious griefing engine. It's nice to see creative thinking rewarded when you successfuly leap on a human player and start pulling his nipples out, and it's also curiously satisfying for me in ways I should probably tell my psychiatrist about."

But yeah there are probably a few more things that could have been said about it.

Hamster at Dawn:
The only way this review could have been better is if it was for Gears of War 2. OK, I'll shut up about Gears 2 for a minute so that I can say I didn't like the Left 4 Dead demo much and I agree that anyone who replaces the word 'for' with '4' should be shot. (Yes I know it's because it's a 4-player game but that doesn't make it clever.)

You'd have a point, and i'd agree if you hadn't have mentioned Gears of Bore 2.

I seriously thought he'd be doing Prince of Persia this week.

Oh he had said bad things about valve before, when he reviewed the orange box he critisized the see saw puzzle thing

To be honest I was both hopeing for and expecting a Prince of Persia(2008) review this week but either way these reviews have always been golden so it doesn't matter what's reviewed.

This website is tird. why so many people get banned just for posting on ZP videos, jesus. the videos here rarely work also, I have to use IE over firefox (shudder). Yahtzee should find another place or just make his own site, imo.

about the video, it was funny and I liked it (is that ok with you mr. forum mod?). why does yahtzee talk about geeks as if he isn't one, I know for a fact he writes these reviews in his pirate costume.

"but then again i spent 100 bucks for mirrors edge so apparently im a retard."

When you said retard that voice was hilarious.

I think this was a positive review, its hard to tell with yahtzee. But I think he liked this game.

I understand Yahtzee :( I'm from Eastern Europe and video games are 140$ Australian :(

lol at the retard bit.

Sounds like a bit of a laugh that game, you didnt really explain the AI director thing enough for me to know what its all about but meh.

Banok:
This website is tird. why so many people get banned just for posting on ZP videos, jesus. the videos here rarely work also, I have to use IE over firefox (shudder). Yahtzee should find another place or just make his own site, imo.

about the video, it was funny and I liked it (is that ok with you mr. forum mod?). why does yahtzee talk about geeks as if he isn't one, I know for a fact he writes these reviews in his pirate costume.

Sigh, I don't know what tird is. But, the reason they were banned is because they posted a reply to a topic to which there was no way they reviewed the contents of the original post, i.e., the video posted in the link. You know running forums aren't free and I don't remember paying to create this account so they are under no obligation to keep anyone who would sit around Wednesday morning constantly smash reload/refresh dragging their forum servers down just so they can be the first to post within a quarter of a second of the thread's creation.

Frankly I've seen worse treatment of such happening for paid services, for instance, if you call and harass your phone company's customer service enough they will drop your phone service almost immediately because of how much it costs just to take that phone call over and over again. They would usually follow that by blacklisting your residence for a set time period so that you cannot opt to renew service there.

Oh, and Yahtzee's review, a gem as always.

ooooooooo

loved it as always Yahtzee, especially how you said retard at the end.

Ah, a good review. The boy's on form.
Personal favourite line is "The four unluckiest bastards in the entire holocaust."
I think he liked this one. The stentch of Zombies is strong with this one; he reeks of
Romero.

Say you love Zombies, Yahtzee.
SAY YOU LOVE LOVE ZOMBIES!!"EŁ"

Good one. This is one of the games that makes Steam great.

So no one ever really answered my question. I can either assume that a)no one saw it or b)it's a stupid question that everyone else knows the answer to and doesn't want to tell me. Are there places to rent video games in Australia? If so, why does Yahtzee not use them instead of paying for each game? Is the rental time not long enough to get enough information for a review? Or is there some other reason?

Edit: Thanks Nought_0.

Hey Yahtzee... I have a request for ya, why don't you try it on expert and see how far you get then... You'll probably love the way the AI Director butt rapes you without lube... looking forward to that review

the review was great as always, but why is it that in every zombie game all I need is a shotgun or a hunting rifle?

Good review but i got the feeling the reviewer had a hard time admitting he liked the game :), Personaly after Left 4 Deads Release, I feel like parting with my hard end squids in one of the "rare" LAN gaming centres in London, this game is made for a LAN fest.
This Yahtzee guy needs to calm down a bit tho, he seems to get carried away in his reviews everytime an ethnic shows up.

Spinwhiz:

flaming_squirrel:
That's some speedy banage up there.

Thank You :)

"If you don't ban 'um, they won't learn nothin'"

Obviously not.

ManiacRaccoon:
So no one ever really answered my question. I can either assume that a)no one saw it or b)it's a stupid question that everyone else knows the answer to and doesn't want to tell me. Are there places to rent video games in Australia? If so, why does Yahtzee not use them instead of paying for each game? Is the rental time not long enough to get enough information for a review? Or is there some other reason?

Sir/Madam,
Though I cannot answer your question about Australian games rental opportunities, I believe that Yahtzee has stated in previous reviews that The Escapist Pays for the Titles that he reviews. If he complains about the price, maybe he's thinking of those other folk in the colonies who have to buy all their own games due to having propper jobs.

Since you appear to have an internet connection, searching for on GOOGLE or ALTAVISTA for "game rental australia" may answer your other question.

Great episode as always. Nothing like watching Yahtzee bash a game to get me through the awful week. Also, kudos on the bans. It helps the rest of us posters (I don't know about everyone else, but I'm allergic to LOL's and excessive exlemation marks).

I would have got and played this along time ago upon release yet current barriers have left me without access to online gaming, be it over the PC or console. So the fact it seems this game actually has nailed the co-op zombie game element I've been complaining about the lack of for God knows how long, this clearly has SOD'S LAW written all of it...

Brilliant review, you can like a game and still be funny!
I haven't played this yet, but i may get it now. =)

Glad to see that some of your review actually come accross as if you've played the game itself...

The sarcasm over with, it was a rather amusing and critical review.

Good as always.

Ah! Much better then some of them lately. You didn't seem like being obnoxiously nit-picky was the only thing keeping you alive, so it was just you being entertaining while reviewing a game.

Yahtzee seems to sit a little on the fence about this one. He likes the game, yes, but it's really just a souped up mod by the Valve boys.

That being said, I love the game.

Yahtzee has hit the nail on the head as far as I'm concerned. This is more or less what I thought of the game. Unfortunately I usually have to play with only 1 other human player (due to the lack of internet/alternate 360), and at times in Expert, the human AI seems hellbent on getting the rest of the party killed. They wander off at odd times, decide not to shoot at others, and generally make terrible decisions on how to stay alive (IE: Not run away from the Tank. Just stand there shooting at it... Or deciding to startle the witch)

But if you are able to play with a full team of actual people, the game is quite hilarious. The general complaint from many people I play with is the lack of a melee weapon (machete, ax, crowbar, hammer, other things mentioned in the official zombie survival guide), however, you don't really need one, especially when playing on the harder difficulties, normal zombies die in about 4 hits, and the bigger ones you don't want to get near anyways.

I do wonder how long Yahtzee played the game, as there were very little references to many things in the game I would've considered irresistible, like any mention of the witch, burning tanks, shooting the cars with alarms in them.. Or having bitter teammates you accidentally shot.. many times.. til they died.

Great job, great job, I take my hat off and bow down to you.

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