Left 4 Dead

2008 cooperative first-person shooter arcade-style video game by Valve Corporation

Left 4 Dead is a first-person shooter video game made by Valve Corporation for Mac computers, Windows PCs, and the Xbox 360. It was released in North America and Australasia on October 18, 2008, and on October 21, 2008 in Japan and Europe. There are four game modes available: a single-player mode, where the player controls one character and the 3 other characters are controlled by the game; a four-player, co-op campaign mode; an eight-player online versus mode (4 humans and 4 mutated zombies/"Special Infected"); and a four-player survival mode. Left 4 Dead was named the Best Multiplayer Game of 2008 by IGN,[5] GameSpy,[6] BAFTA,[7] Spike TV,[8] and NoFrag.[9] The sequel, Left 4 Dead 2 was released on November 17, 2009.

Left 4 Dead
Developer(s)Turtle Rock Studios / Valve South[1]
Valve Corporation (2008[2])
Certain Affinity[3] (Xbox 360 assistance)
Publisher(s)Valve Corporation
Designer(s)Mike Booth
Writer(s)Chet Faliszek
Composer(s)Mike Morasky
SeriesLeft 4 Dead
Platform(s)Microsoft Windows
Xbox 360
Mac OS X
October 2008
  • Windows: (download)
    October 17, 2008
    Windows & Xbox 360:
    Mac OS X: (download)
    September 27, 2010
Genre(s)First-person shooter, survival horror
Mode(s)Multiplayer, single-player



There are four characters to choose from (gameplay is not affected with character choice):

  • Francis (voiced by Vince Valenzuela), a tattoo-covered biker.
  • Bill (voiced by Jim French), a Vietnam war veteran.
  • Zoey (voiced by Jen Taylor), a college student and horror movie enthusiast.
  • Louis (voiced by Earl Alexander), an IT manager.

The Green Flu, a virus that turns victims into rabid zombie-like beings called the Infected, breaks out in the USA. Some Infected mutate into stronger Special Infected. The 4 characters try to reach a rescue vehicle throughout each campaign, except in the final campaign The Sacrifice.


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  5. "IGN PC: Best Multiplayer Game 2008". Archived from the original on 2008-12-20. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
  6. "GameSpy - Multiplayer Top 10". Archived from the original on 2008-12-22. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
  7. "Video Games Awards Winners in 2009 - Video Games - Awards - the BAFTA site". Archived from the original on 2011-02-19. Retrieved 2012-05-23.
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  9. Noddus. "Deceit est sorti en version finale sur Steam - NoFrag - Page 28".

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