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Back 4 Blood – Zero Punctuation


This week on Zero Punctuation, Yahtzee reviews Back 4 Blood.

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Oh boy, another entry for the hall of “Thinly disguised remakes of games made by creators who don’t have the rights to the originals anymore.” And yes, it was a lot of work fitting all that on the plaque by the door. This time it’s Turtle Rock, the original creators of zombie shooter Left 4 Dead, bringing out their new zombie shooter, Back 4 Blood. Boy, that disguise is thin even by the usual standards, isn’t it. That’s like a uniformed policeman trying to go undercover by putting his hat on backwards. Valve it seems not being terribly interested in doing anything more with Left 4 Dead as it had kinda realised its full potential and Valve prefer to be innovators. Either that or they were all too busy playing that game where they fling a handful of cash at a stucco ceiling and place bets on how much of it will stick. But Turtle Rock were all like “What if, instead of Left 4 Dead making no more money, it instead made, some more money.” And thus was planted the seed of Back 4 Blood. The 4 in the name comes from there being 4 playable characters, you see. Which is a bit weird, since Back 4 Blood has 8 playable characters. Yeah, you can only have four playing at a time but if you’re into number puns there’s a lot you can do with 8.

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Yahtzee Croshaw
Yahtzee is the Escapist’s longest standing talent, having been writing and producing its award winning flagship series, Zero Punctuation, since 2007. Before that he had a smattering of writing credits on various sites and print magazines, and has almost two decades of experience in game journalism as well as a lifelong interest in video games as an artistic medium, especially narrative-focused. He also has a foot in solo game development - he was a big figure in the indie adventure game scene in the early 2000s - and writes novels. He has six novels published at time of writing with a seventh on the way, all in the genres of comedic sci-fi and urban fantasy. He was born in the UK, emigrated to Australia in 2003, and emigrated again to California in 2016, where he lives with his wife and daughters. His hobbies include walking the dog and emigrating to places.