Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice

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Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice

Developer:Valve Genre:Action Release Date: Download Games Free Now!

About The Game

Reunite with the cast of the original Left 4 Dead—Bill, Francis, Zoey, and Louis—in Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice. This add-on is a prequel to another Left 4 Dead 2 expansion, The Passing, detailing the events leading up to the moment the characters from the first game cross paths with those from the second. The Sacrifice also contains a remake of a campaign section from the original Left 4 Dead titled No Mercy, which has players storm the subway entrance to Mercy Hospital. As the DLC pack’s name implies, one of the characters must die so the others can live: who will be your sacrifice?

Game Features:

  • • Two additional campaigns catering to fans of the original Left 4 Dead
  • • Uncover more of Left 4 Dead’s great story
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Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice Review

By Gus McZeal |

Left 4 Dead 2’s new cast of characters are pretty cool: Rochelle is always wise-cracking and wears a Depeche Mode t-shirt (awesome), Coach’s predilection for gastronomic treats even in the face of a zombie apocalypse is admirable, Ellis is adorably goofy, and Nick proved to be a remarkably complex character even though he seemed to be a whiny douchebag at the start of the game. Still, I found myself missing the O.G. survival squad from the original Left 4 Dead. Maybe it’s the combination of an electronics salesman (Louis), a Hell’s Angel (Francis), a Vietnam War vet (Bill), and a college student (Zoey), but I just found the original game’s group to be a lot more iconic and relatable, although every character in the Left 4 Dead series is pretty brilliant. It’s good, then, that all these survivors converge in The Sacrifice, a DLC package for Left 4 Dead 1 and 2. What’s bad is that one of the original survivors has to die.

The Sacrifice DLC adds two new campaign maps to the mix, “The Sacrifice” (duh), and the “No Mercy” campaign from the original Left 4 Dead. “The Sacrifice” bridges the gap—quite literally, as the campaign ends on a fucking bridge—between “Dead Center” and “The Passing,” where the two groups of survivors meet up with one another. According to the series’ canon, (SPOILER ALERT! SPOILER ALERT!), Bill the Vietnam war veteran is the true “sacrifice,” but this DLC lets you kill any of the four original survivors so that the others may live (END OF SPOILERS! END OF SPOILERS!).

The idea of a sacrifice is a great concept, but since someone has already officially died in the story, your actions don’t really make that much of a difference. The worst part is that at the end of the campaign, you’re not even rewarded with a heart-wrenching cutscene that shows your beloved team member dying while the others react to it. Instead, the screen takes on this golden-sepia tone, and the sacrificed character is simply overrun by zombies. That’s it. Considering how hard this series works to make you empathize with the survivors, the lack of pathos at the end of the campaign is pretty disappointing.

The Sacrifice doesn’t really add anything to Left 4 Dead 2 in terms of gameplay, even though it’s a lot of fun. The “No Mercy” campaign from the first game is vastly improved thanks to the addition of Left 4 Dead 2’s special zombie types, which were absent from the first game. There’s a new type of “uncommon” zombie called the Fallen Survivor, who wears full-on military garb and a helmet and carries valuable items like ammo clips and health packs. Unfortunately, they aren’t easy kills, as their name suggests: Fallen Survivors run around everywhere, avoiding your bullets and dragging you into areas where death awaits. They seem to like running into Witches a lot… Agh! Luckily, one of the new environmental features included in the game are exploding barrels, which can be used to blow up zombies en masse, perfect for these kinds of sticky situations. Just don’t stand too close, or you’ll catch fire.

The environment is greatly varied in The Sacrifice, combining terrifyingly tight spaces with fog-shrouded open areas that can be truly disorienting on your first playthrough. The “No Mercy” campaign has been changed slightly to accommodate for new enemy types, but it’s still pleasantly familiar and as fun as ever.

Overall, Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice is well worth the purchase for hardcore Left 4 Dead players, but if you’re looking for something to truly shake up the game’s formula, you probably won’t find it here. It’s great to revisit old campaigns like “No Mercy,” and “The Sacrifice” is pretty fun, even though it totally ends with a whimper instead of a bang. What’s weird about this DLC is that PC players get it for free, while Xbox 360 owners have to pay 560 Microsoft points for it. What gives? Regardless, it adds a decent amount of content to the game, even if some of it (“No Mercy”) is somewhat recycled. Overall, Left 4 Dead 2: The Sacrifice gets a Z-Score of 84/100.  

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