X360 Tuesday, November 18, 2008 | 5:44 PM

Interview: Left 4 Dead

Interview: Left 4 Dead

EA will get some spotlight too with Valve's Left 4 Dead, which is released this week. The interview was done by Microsoft's XCN, and the questions were submitted by the members (us and other sites in Europe). Chet Faliszek, writer at Valve, answers the questions covering game mechanics, AI, weapons and much more.

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Commented on 2008-11-18 21:47:46
Recently downloaded the demo and I gotta say I'm disappointed. The combat isn't very satisfying and I never really felt threatened.
Commented on 2008-11-18 21:54:05 In reply to broman
Posted by blmbox
Recently downloaded the demo and I gotta say I'm impressed. The combat is very satisfying and I always felt threatened.
Seriously, I love this game.
Commented on 2008-11-18 23:03:36
i agree, its a shame although that we cant play the demo any more :(
Commented on 2008-11-18 23:06:25
From watching the vids, I'm just not getting the game. I was going to try the demo, but...alas.

How long was the demo up for anyway? Seeing as silver users have to wait a week, there must not have been much opportunity to download the damn demo for us...weird.
Commented on 2008-11-18 23:08:24
Well, you can still play the demo if you downloaded it prior to it being taken down.
Commented on 2008-11-18 23:09:31 In reply to blmbox
Oh that's fine then...oh wait...no it isn't. It still means I can't play it. ;p
Commented on 2008-11-19 00:06:03 In reply to broman
Posted by broman
Recently downloaded the demo and I gotta say I'm disappointed. The combat isn't very satisfying and I never really felt threatened.
Play on expert..
And for the record, the full game is horribly difficult even on Advanced, during the later stages of the chapters :O

Its an absolutely amazing game, the feeling you get from the total chaos when 50 zombies run at you, while your friends are being pulled back by giant tongues, while the music intensifies and the distant whimpering of a witch requires you to have your flashlights off in order to not alert her...

Not much else comes close, the only other game delivering the same feel would be Dead Space <3
Commented on 2008-11-19 00:17:12
Why do people moan about games when they clearly haven't played them? beats me...

Game is in a class of it's own! buy it!
Commented on 2008-11-19 01:30:03
"See, the game is about these four survivors who aren’t military, who aren’t trained. It’s kind of like you or I." I wish this was more the case, but its pretty obvious they're you're usual unimaginative sterotypes .. you've the old "kernel" (doesnt he have a military background?), the bad boy come good, the token black guy, and the token pretty girl. If they wanted it more like "you and i" they should of had us playing as obese spotty virgins right?

I liked the demo, i'm sure it'll have legs online on the 360 in the campaign. But i think the playing as the zombies will be nothing more than a cheap novelty.

Hopefully the AI director will live up to its promise..you dont really get a good idea of it in the demo. And when playing online you're bound to end up playing the same chapter thats favoured on the servers like any map, so the AI director really needs to keep things random and fresh there.
Commented on 2008-11-19 06:06:13
This game's awesome. I've played through the demo at expert many times. You really have to stick together; otherwise things may end up really bad.

When I played it online, my entire group was knocked down once and I ended up alone. Of course I wanted to help them up, but they were pretty far away. Suddenly a huge horde of zombies came out of nowhere and I ran to a small dark room to hide. I closed the door and turned on the flashlight while the zombies started breaking down the door in front of me. I quickly switched from pistols to my Uzi hoping that I just might survive this. Just as I got the weapon up ready to face the zombies I realized that I was out of ammo..
Commented on 2008-11-19 06:07:18
only 4 "episodes" that last a half hour each (source : IGN.com) ??? Replay value is high, but 4 half hour levels sound way to short for me. And they could have made it with better graphs as well. This will be the first Valve game i don't get. Shame.
Commented on 2008-11-19 11:21:07
Do not listen to those idiots over at IGN, i played No Mercy (first episode) last night on Advanced and got to the last bit where you wait for the helicopter. We got pwned 3 times by the Tank and it ended up with the other 3 team m8's leaving lol!

Anyway i hadn't noticed the time untill i realised the wife/kids had gone to bed, it was 23.00! i started at 21.00 and got so engrossed in the game i didn't even know what was going on in my own house lol!

So first ep took us 2hrs and we didn't even get to complete it! im guessing those divs over at IGN only played it on Easy and ran through the game without checking out the complete map.

Also im on PC so im betting it will take you longer on 360 what with the controller slowing you down?
Commented on 2008-11-19 12:10:44
Brilliant demo! When you get a whole load of the bastards coming at you, you really do get frantic, trying to bash them down with your gun so you can get a few shots in.

I haven't tried multiplayer yet, but will do tonight! (thank god for Steam)

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