Considering how popular both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2 have been over the years, and with both games still standing strong years later, it seemed only a matter of time before we saw a sequel.
But last year, much to fans’ disappointment, Valve announced they were not working on a Left 4 Dead 3. Instead, they handed out a massive new update for Left 4 Dead 2. This featured a new campaign, along with a ton of other cool new updates.
Who Made Left 4 Dead?
Turtle Rock, who was acquired by Valve and renamed Valve South, back in 2008, created both Left 4 Dead and Left 4 Dead 2.
But 2 years later, Valve South spilt from Valve and formed an independent studio called Turtle Rock Studios. In doing so, retained many of the original developers from the Left 4 Dead series.
Who Made Back 4 Blood?
Back 4 Blood is made by Turtle Rock Studios too, but of course, this is where things get complicated. Due to Left 4 Dead being the IP of Valve, it’s not possible for Turtle Rock Studios to continue that series.
Thus they had to come up with a similar concept, but under a new name.
Has Much Changed in Back 4 Blood?
Apart from an obvious graphics boost that takes advantage of modern gaming equipment, much of the beloved gameplay mechanics from L4D still remains in B4B, with a few new tweaks and a fresh name.
Two of the most obvious changes are the new characters. These would have had to be changed due to copyright laws anyway. There is also a new card-based system, which allows players to pick new perks from a deck of cards at the end of each round.
While it can take a while to get used to the new card system, the new characters highly resemble the old characters from L4D. They have the same perky interactions with each other. This makes the new characters just as lovable as those from L4D, even if I do miss playing as Coach.
There are also new skins, for both weapons and character outfits that you can unlock via the card system. They can be unlocked with supply points, and do not need real money to purchase, which makes a refreshing change.
Is Back 4 Blood Worth Buying?
If you are considering buying Back 4 Blood, but don’t want to ruin the Left 4 Dead experience, I would personally say not to worry. Having the original developers means the game series was left in good hands.
While it does feel very different at first, it quickly becomes the L4D format you know and love, as well as one of the toughest games I’ve played this year.
If you’re looking for a new challenge, give Back 4 Blood a try.