Left 4 Dead 2’s Demo is available as of yesterday (If you didn’t know already) and you can play it only if you have it reserved. There were codes given out to the people who reserved a copy that have to be activated through XBL or through Steam.
The demo allows you to play through the first two levels of “The Parish” and of course all 4 characters are available. Also the demo allows you to play co-op with a friend for some Zombie Run-and-Gun. I have to say I’m impressed with Valve’s sequel so far. I didn’t expect much from the game at first, but they quickly won me over with a load of changes.
First off there are new guns and a there are a lot of them. Ak-47’s Combat Rifle, Assault Rifle, Long-Barrelled Shotgun, Combat Shotgun, Magnum ( Infinite ammo since it’s a pistol), Sniper Rifle etc. Also there are a bunch of Melee Weapons to replace your pistol if you so choose to. From what I gather, they all perform the same action and damage so your free to choose the one to your liking. I prefer the Electric Guitar. A new addition to the throwables is the Boomer Bile. I absolutely love the addition of this as when you throw it, The explosion acts like the Boomer’s vomit from the first game. Hit a Tank with it, and watch the tank get mauled by zombies. It’s awesome.
Add the fact that you have the 3 Special infected from the first game, and now 3 news ones, and you have a game that is much more a sequel then a cheap cop-out of an add-on. The Spitter is all about launching an acidic attack from long rang, with AOE effects. Charger will run at you and grab a character and then pummel them mercessily until stopped, and lastly is the Jockey who jumps on a character and then gains control of their movements. Usually he will take you into the fray and force your group to chase after you.
All in all, this demo is good. All the nay-sayers out there might change their tune once they play. It may not be for everyone, but with the game being much different than Call of Duty Modern Warfare 2 I think this game has a real decent shot this year considering what its up against.
The Demo goes live for everyone else on November 3rd.