As many of us are aware after the onslaught of reviews from the open Beta of Back 4 Blood, the game just wasn’t what we were expecting. Many of the Back 4 Blood gamers are former fans of the Left 4 Dead franchise, who were expecting a game similar to Left 4 Dead, but with a new cover face.
Playing the demo was fun, as long as you took the game with a bit of salt. This is not the game we all thought it would be, especially those of us who were looking to the horizon for a new Left 4 Dead type series. The game itself is well polished since the Alpha test in December of 2020. There’s a lot to Back 4 Blood, as it’s its own game outside of Valve and Turtle Rock‘s history with one of the most fun multiplayer zombie smash games.
Many will have you believe that this game mirrors that of Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 which offered gamers a decade worth of gaming, and honestly Left 4 Dead 2 would still have people in public servers if they hadn’t been shut down. Now people play on private servers, which really speaks for how well this game was accepted by the community.
Now with Back 4 Blood, the initial standing was that it was similar to Left 4 Dead in its gameplay and mechanics, which may still stand true for the mechanics but not so much for the gameplay. As we’ve learned from the Beta and some announcements that have surfaced, this game will not have that same style of cooperative campaign that we all loved. No couch Co-Op chances, which they’ve said is something they would look into, in the future. There is still the cooperative campaign online that you can use to play with friends, as well as a PvP between 8 players.
Back 4 Blood is also introducing a ‘card system’ so veteran players and players who like a challenge can customize their experience. Now, this piece does sound pretty cool, but with all the nostalgia for Left 4 Dead, will a couple of new game mechanics make up for how little they paid mind to the couch players? I don’t know about the rest of you, but Left 4 Dead was such an experience with Couch Co-Op and LAN Parties. Even if LAN Parties aren’t much of a thing anymore, couch co-op is still very important.
As half of a gaming couple, it’s hard to find games that we could enjoy together without having to be online with a ton of other people. For this reason, the lack of Co-Op consideration is making me very wary of this game.
The demo was a lot of fun, bringing back some vibes of Left 4 Dead, but nothing that screamed originality. The card system is fun to add some difficulty to, but nothing a difficulty modifier could have done.
We are looking forward to seeing the future of this game, and hope that it brings everything back to its Left 4 Dead roots.
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