Left 4 Dead

Game review by Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Common Sense says

age 18+

Combines multiplayer shooter with gory survival-horror.

Parents say

age 13+

Based on 32 reviews

Kids say

age 12+

Based on 88 reviews

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Community Reviews

age 10+

Kid safe mode along with a very good game

These two things combined can be the game of a lifetime. I tried this out and made me feel like a kid again.

This title has:

Great role models
Easy to play/use
age 14+

Amazing zombie survival game has constant gore!

Left 4 Dead is the first entry in the zombie survival genre that the game company "Valve" has created! Its packed to the brim with amazing campaigns, missions and game modes, but your question may be "Is it packed to the brim with mature content?". In this review I will answer that question in 3 categories (since sex, drugs and alcohol aren't present". VIOLENCE: In Left 4 Dead, players are usually tasked with one thing: To shoot everything in sight and make it to the safe room. When a zombie is shot, their heads can pop off along with their arms and legs, and their body can be shot into causing gapes and holes. This is always shown with an overwhelming amount of blood, and depending on the weapons the gore and blood will raise and lower. In the opening cinematic, stylized and more intense violence is shown in more quick and realistic way. The enemy called a "Boomer" will explode into massive bloody pieces on impact. Overall, the violence is pretty strong, which I wouldn't say about many games. LANGAUGE: Infrequent use of "Shit" and "Damn", which can be hard to hear whenever it shows up. FRIGHTENING SCENES: The game is very creepy in atmosphere, and the zombies are quite scary especially witches. OVERALL: 14+ is recommended

This title has:

Too much violence

Game Details

  • Platforms: Xbox 360, Windows
  • Available online?: Not available online
  • Publisher: Valve
  • Release date: November 17, 2008
  • Genre: Survival Horror
  • ESRB rating: M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Language
  • Last updated: November 4, 2015

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