Left 4 Dead Trailer

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What is Left 4 Dead? - Left 4 Dead is a multiplayer cooperative survival horror shooter in development by Turtle Rock Studios and

Valve Corporation based on the Source engine to be released Spring 2007 on the PC and Winter 2007 on the Xbox 360.

Cooperative survival horror shooter? - You play as one of four Survivors that must work together to survive. Most levels have your

team of 4 trying to go from point A to B, during which you will be attacked by an onslaught of the Infected (zombies}. The pacing has

been described as like Counter-Strike Source. Teammates will need to work together by not only just shooting enemies, but by having

the ability to heal each other, help each other climb up ledges, pick each other up when one gets knocked down, etc.

Zombies? - The Infected. Early reports claim that they are not slow hulking movie-type zombies, but fast (think 28 Days Later). In

addition to the hordes of AI controlled zombies (reports say up to 40 can be seen at once), there will also be four "boss infected"

characters that will either be controlled by AI or by real players, depending on the number of people on the server. These four are

the Boomer, Hunter, Smoker and Tank.

What is the setting/story? - From Turtle Rock's Michael Booth in an interview with Gamespot: "Imagine that you live in a major city

during a time when a new and highly virulent strain of the rabies virus emerges and begins spreading rapidly among the human

population. Those infected become dangerously psychotic and attack all noninfected on sight. You are one of the lucky few who seem to

be immune to the virus, but are trapped in a city teeming with thousands of extremely violent infected. Banding together with a few

other survivors, you try to escape."

"Left 4 Dead is set contemporary America. Although we've pushed the fiction a bit for the sake of gameplay (such as including the

"boss infected"), the basic idea of a catastrophic pandemic and the collapse of civilization makes for great survival horror because

it is quite plausible. We wanted our environments to remind you of home--but a horribly changed and tortured version of home.

The initial four campaigns of Left 4 Dead include both urban areas and rural areas, with lots of dense architecture and challenging

landscapes. Each campaign also ends with an elaborate "finale" where the survivors must make a stand while waiting for a rescue

vehicle to arrive and take them to apparent safety."

Turtle Rock Studios? - Most recently they've done a large number of the Counter-Strike Source maps, along with Counter-Strike:

Condition Zero and the Xbox version of Counter-Strike.

Price/distribution? - It will be released via Steam on PC. No confirmation on retail. Compared to the release of CSS and DODS,

expected to be $29.99 (speculation).

Cooperative survival horror shooter? - You play as one of four Survivors that must work together to survive. Most levels have your

team of 4 trying to go from point A to B, during which you will be attacked by an onslaught of the Infected (zombies}. The pacing has

been described as like Counter-Strike Source. Teammates will need to work together by not only just shooting enemies, but by having

the ability to heal each other, help each other climb up ledges, pick each other up when one gets knocked down, etc.

How many players can play? - The game is designed for 1 to 8 players. You can play solo and have everybody else be controlled by the

AI. During the course of a map players will be able to drop in and out without having a profound impact on gameplay.

How long will maps last? - Large maps are said to last upwards of 40 minutes to an hour.

Are there any noticeable signs of injury? - When a player gets low on health his/her movement slows down.

What happens if you die? - As a survivor, if you get to 0 HP you are dead. It is possible for your teammates to rescue you from

boarded-up closets located around the map (on certain maps), but you will start with basic equipment. As for the Infected, currently

there is a wait period that can be around 30 seconds. It has not been confirmed whether or not people will be able to control the

basic Infected. The respawn timer on the Tank boss Infected is significantly longer than any other due to its power.

How are zombie AI spawns handled? - Spawns will vary each time you play. It is unknown whether they are completely random or if

there's a certain amount of combinations on each map. Zombies will come from behind.

Difficulty modes - Survivors may choose from 4 varying levels of difficulty, which affect the health and power of enemy zombies.

Badges/Achievements - No details have been released, but currently there is a system whereby you can receive medals and badges for

completing certain objectives. They are considering offering rewards such as guns and other equipment.

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