Wednesday, May 2, 2012
May Monster Madness: Left 4 Dead
I'll admit when I first heard of Left 4 Dead, I was skeptical. There isn't much story and the main campaign is very short. But then I played it, and it quickly became one of my favorites. Some of the best memories I have of Xbox Live come from countless matches. I prefer to play as one of the survivors, not the infected.
Through never ending hordes of infected, you and three others must make it from safe house to safe house. Sounds easy enough, right? Nope. It seems everything works against you. If a car alarm goes off more infected swarm, if you get separated from the group you're as good as dead.
And then there's the special infected. If you're not careful, a Hunter might pounce on top of you. For what ever reason, Hunters like me very much and it's a running joke here that I'm Hunter bait. Or a Smoker will grab you with his tongue. Hell, you may even get puked on by a Boomer. As Boomer bile clouds your vision, the horde comes out to play. Of course, when the Tank's music starts, everyone in your party scrambles into action.
But, my favorite special infected is also the most unassuming.
Imagine shooting your way through infected, only to hear what sounds like a girl sobbing. As you track down the noise, you see the image above. From the back, she looks sort of harmless. But look at those claws. If you upset her, she shrieks and runs after you. Next thing you know, you're on your ass. Without your teammates helping you, you're done for. The only way to avoid feeling her wrath is to turn off the flashlights and sneak past her very quietly. Or you can do what my son does and crown her.