Left 4 Dead 2 will be one of the most popular games this holiday season when it comes out on the PC and Xbox 360. However, a select group of gamers won’t be looking forward to the sequel to one of the best games last year. Left 4 Dead 2 doesn’t sit too well with them. Here are a few reasons why some gamers are dreading the release of Left 4 Dead 2 on the PC and Xbox 360.
Lack of Content in First Game
Despite being one of the best games released in 2008, Left 4 Dead did come with some flaws. The biggest of which is the lack of content with only four playable campaigns. While the game contains high-replayability thanks to the Director system and numerous difficulties, gamers wanted more from the first game.
In fact, Left 4 Dead shipped as an incomplete game as two of the campaigns in versus mode were missing. Fortunately, developer Valve later patched it in the game. Still, the first game needs plenty of content. Unfortunately, Valve is now putting much of their efforts on Left 4 Dead 2 for the PC and Xbox 360. This is frustrating to fans of award-winning company as their other top-notch multiplayer game, Team Fortress 2, regularly receives free upgrades and enhancements.
Lack of Significant Upgrades
For some, Left 4 Dead 2 is nothing more than an expansion pack to the first game. The sequel offers five brand new campaigns, an expanded Director system, new melee weapon and a mystery new mode. However, the core gameplay remains essentially unchanged from Left 4 Dead to Left 4 Dead 2. Because of the small improvements, many fans of the series don’t feel that the sequel is worth the full price of admission.
Because of the above reasons, many gamers felt that Left 4 Dead 2 is coming out too soon. The original Left 4 Dead on the PC and Xbox 360 was released in late November in 2008. The sequel would arrive exactly a year later. Many gamers feel that one year is too short for a proper sequel to be produced.
Ironically, Valve is known for taking their time with developing their video games. Even the sequels take years to developed as Valve wants to polish their product as much as possible. So it is uncharacteristic for them to release a sequel so soon for Left 4 Dead.
Even with all the negativity, Left 4 Dead is still widely popular. It just isn’t as highly-anticipated as it should be.