Parents' Guide to

Left 4 Dead

By Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Combines multiplayer shooter with gory survival-horror.

Game Xbox 360, Windows 2008
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this game.

Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 32 parent reviews

age 10+

Very fun 1st person shooter.

First of all. Some parents may hesitate to buy this game for their kid(s). You go to the store and your son asks for this game, you look at the back and see the "M" rating. Blood and gore, intense violence, and language. You say no. You go home and decide to look into it more. I'm telling you this. THIS GAME IS A ZOMBIE GAME. YOU CAN NOT KILL OTHER HUMANS. You use a variety of weapons such as Pistols, Shotguns, Assault rifles, hunting rifles, Malatov cocktails and pipe bombs. Yes it is violent but you have to remember you are killing zombies in self defense. YOU CAN NOT HARM OTHER HUMANS. There is some swearing. S**t and d**m are the worst. There is no f words. The only time I hear swears are when I accidentally shoot the other survivors. You can not harm them but they do get mad at you. This game may be scary for kids. You can hear scary piano music in the background and the muffled sobs and screams of a zombie witch. Blood and gore are not that bad you can blow off limbs but I don't see any blood because it is so dark most of the time. A very large zombie called the Boomer explodes in a cloud of blood and bile that attracts a horde of zombies when you shoot it. Some people may say there is drug reference because pain pills can be taken to boost the characters health... This game isn't bad and is one of the greatest zombie games. It is over rated. I think it deserves a "T" rating. Oh and there is no sensuality and no sexuality. The characters barely talk in the campaign.

This title has:

Great role models
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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

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (32):
Kids say (89):

Left 4 Dead will surely satiate fans of co-op shooters, such as Counter-Strike, Call of Duty and Halo 3, with its cooperative multiplayer modes, as well as provide some creepy moments for those who are into "survival horror" games. A co-op focused game isn't for everyone, but Left 4 Dead certainly succeeds in trying something new with this hybrid thriller.

For those wanting to give the online co-op play a try, consider the single player experience as a practice round. Another plus is that other game modes exist, too, along with nearly two-dozen maps, such as a "Versus" option that allows gamers to assume role of a "Boss Infected" enemy instead of a human survivor, which proves to be a fun alternative if you have some friends who are up for it.

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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