Parents' Guide to

Left 4 Dead 2

By Brett Molina, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 18+

Intense, violent shooter with zombies requires teamwork.

Game Windows , Xbox 360 2009
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Community Reviews

age 13+

Based on 40 parent reviews

age 13+

Amazing game 10/10

It's a really good game if you're in shooting zombies an stuff, I would recommend you to download it even tho it's old there's still a lot of people playing it it has mods that keeps it fun to play around with, custom campaigns etc etc even multiplayer which makes the game even more fun to play with I would totally recommend that you download it it's the best zombie shooter in my opinion.
age 13+

Second entry in amazing zombie series has gore, language!

Left 4 Dead 2 is a great zombie survival game in total with amazing game modes, more than a dozen campaigns and more! But is it appropriate for your child? In this review I will tell you, sorted into 3 Categories: VIOLENCE: In this game you constantly run around shooting and blasting zombies apart as their limbs fly off, their bodies are blown to bits and more. You can use chainsaws, machetes, bats and guitars to bash zombies in and also use guns to show some more gore in general. However, The violence isn't so brutal that it's disturbing like the first game. The opening scene shows stylized and more graphic violence than the actual game does. This game, like the first, has pretty strong violence in total. LANGUAGE: Constant usage of "Shit", "Bitch", "Damn". The language is much more frequent than the first, although the F word is never used. FRIGHTENING SCENES: The zombies can look scary, but the scenery is much lighter than the first and the game is filled with comic relief. OVERALL: 13+ Recommended

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (40 ):
Kids say (142 ):

The follow-up to last year's Left 4 Dead adds plenty more options in terms of weapons and enemy types. Players not only battle generic zombie hordes, but zombies with special powers. The Spitter, for example, spews acid. The addition of new weapons -- and especially the debut of melee items -- adds a greater level of variety to the action. The locales also feel fresh, taking players through various environments including an abandoned carnival and a shopping mall. While there are only five campaigns to choose from, there are plenty of modes available to enjoy, including Scavenge Mode, during which survivors must keep energy generators running while zombies attempt sabotage. Left 4 Dead 2 is also great at leaving the player feeling overwhelmed by throwing dozens of zombies in their direction. It's this kind of tension and thrill that makes it one of the year's best games for mature players.

Online interaction: Players can freely speak with each other in open chat, which means there is potential for inappropriate words, ideas, and information to be shared. Common Sense Media does not recommend open online play for children under age 12.

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