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A Downed Tank Infected

A Downed Tank Infected

Its been a while since the last post, being lost in Gaming season will do that. Left 4 Dead met all of my expectations and more. The AI is superb, the graphics are great and the gameplay is top notch.

For those who don’t know, Left 4 Dead is a survival Co-Op game where the object of the game basically is to get from point A to point B without dying. But the AI won’t make it easy for you. The “AI Director” is the driving force behind the zombies. It monitors your progress and will even push you along (with zombies) if you stall for too long. Lagging behind your friends is also not a good idea since the AI has a knack for sending a super infected after you. Super infected are these special zombies with certain abilities.

Each campaign plays like a movie and none of them are connected to each other story wise. The game also sports a Verses Mode where 4 player survivors fight through 4 infected players and their AI brethren.

A Beautiful Day In Africa

A Beautiful Day In Africa

The other game I’ve been playing recently is Far Cry 2. This game is a different beast. A single player shooter where you play as one of many predetermined aliases. The other aliases eventually become your buddies in the game. Certain buddies become your rescue and even give you help in completing missions.

This game did take a while to get into and has a couple of drawbacks. For one, the enemy vehicles will spawn relentlessly at times when you just want to move forward. They become a constant hindrance until you get more explosive weapons that can take them out in one shot.

The other seems to be an oversight, but no patch has corrected it yet. It takes several rounds to down an enemy. Unless you aim straight for the head for a quick kill, they just get up like the Terminator until they absorb enough lead that would kill a cow. Other than those issues and a few others, the game is a great experience especially if you have a machine that can run it.