TUCSON, Ariz. — It would have been the easy way to answer fans clamoring for more “Left 4 Dead” by giving them a simple remaster.
Turtle Rock Studios decided to do a massive reimagining. This included taking the bones that made the cooperative zombie-slayer work and adding modern accouterments.
The result was “Back 4 Blood.”
The original dev team which created the sensational Left 4 Dead series and failed to deliver on the promising, but ultimately unfulfilling, asymmetrical combat game called “Evolve” is back in its old form.
Sometimes the form is too old. Visuals can sometimes be a little too old to fully take advantage of the latest and last-gen hardware.
Granted, there is often so much going on — with scores of monsters swarming from all corners of the map and teammates frantically racing around to maintain barriers, slaughter opponents, or come to the rescue of their buddies — that the sloppiness can be excused.
Expectations are that there will be a steady stream updates and new DLC to improve the experience for all players, not just those who spend more. The four months Turtle Rock spent polishing the game likely paid off. No matter if you like PvP best of three matches or PvE collaborative campaigns, your bloodbath is sure to be memorable.
Selecting from among eight heroes -dubbed Cleaners — you ward off the alien-spawned undead threat that has overrun Fort Hope, resulting in a wasteland of horrors.
The replayability of the Cleaners can be greatly increased by mixing and matching them.
For particularly difficult missions, it can be the difference of success or death.
Evangelo can be gotten rid of a tank for you. He thrives in lone-wolf situations and is skilled in getting out of grabs and rebuilding stamina.
With a card-based system, you can manipulate and increase perks. This is sure to help you get more money for content drops. Turtle Rock will need to insist that drops don’t offer pay-to-win benefits in order to maintain the integrity of competition.
Cross-play and Xbox Game Pass’s launch have provided a large player base for the game to begin with. A strategy to foster a vibrant community is key to its success.
There is plenty of blood in the water to awaken the spiritual successor of the famed undead franchise.