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L4D1 vs L4D2 comparison
I am going to give reasons why l4d2 is better than the first and vice versa.
I will NOT compare atmosphere or characters as they were imported into the second game
also
I will NOT include the community of either game as an upside.

Left 4 Dead:
+ No Jockeys
+ Balanced versus
+ Feet
+ Infinite shove (I like it)
+ Stronger tank
+ Smoker insta-kills
+ Higher FPS
+ No chaos crescendos (Gauntlets that cannot be turned off)
+ Last Stand
+ Coordinated special infected
+ More skins + more detailed skins for commons
+ Ragdolls


Left 4 Dead 2:
+ Spitter and Charger
+ Melee weapons
+ Mutations
+ New campaigns (With old ones)
+ Workshop
+ New gamemodes (But nobody plays those)
+ More weapons
+ Stronger smoker
+ Gauntlet crescendos
+ Unpredictable director
+ Uncommon infected
+ Adrenaline rods

I like both games equally. So I wanted to say why I enjoyed them both. If you think I should add something here, please let me know.
Also feel free to judge my choices if you will.
Last edited by KICK ME (dont actually lol); Jun 24, 2014 @ 2:26pm
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Shooteroid Jun 4, 2014 @ 3:00am 
L4D Survival Mode is better balanced then L4D2's.
RainingMetal Jun 4, 2014 @ 4:48am 
L4D2 has the ability to alter the gamemodes.txt file, which easily allows people to make Bots smarter and adjust ammo capacities.
Tarpet Jun 4, 2014 @ 7:10am 
You can see your feet in L4D1.

That alone makes it better than L4D2.
Originally posted by treadbolt020:
"+ Lack of Jockeys"

What..?

Unlike the spitter and charger, I actually hated the addition of jockeys. So I gave the left 4 dead the advantage of not having them.

Originally posted by treadbolt020:
Also hey I'm not trying to start any flame wars or anything but if your not going to compare the atmousphere of both The Atmousphere makes the Game itself,

Also something you forgot to add in L4D2

Dumber bots

In terms of survivors, the only difference was weapon preferance. In terms of SI, I think you make a good point. I will add that.

Originally posted by Epochal_Sleeper:
L4D Survival Mode is better balanced then L4D2's.

Survivor mode is not versus. I wouldn't really call a cooperative gamemode "balanced".

Originally posted by RainingMetal:
L4D2 has the ability to alter the gamemodes.txt file, which easily allows people to make Bots smarter and adjust ammo capacities.

Kind of goes with workshop.

Originally posted by Tarpet:
You can see your feet in L4D1.

That alone makes it better than L4D2.

That is already on the list. But I do agree that it makes a huge difference.
L4D its mutch better of the L4D2 ... The new mutant ♥♥♥♥ the 2 ...
RainingMetal Jun 4, 2014 @ 2:27pm 
Originally posted by jimjersy:
Kind of goes with workshop.

Or with l4dmaps.com (now gamemaps.com) download addon files. But it CAN be done in Left 4 Dead 1, you just need to enter some launch options first. Somewhat inconvinient, but at least a way exists.
Originally posted by treadbolt020:
I find the left 4 dead survivors more likable and funnier the l4d2 survivors were trying to hard to be funny no matter what they would joke around

I already said that I would not include the characters from either game. Since they are in both.
Last edited by KICK ME (dont actually lol); Jun 4, 2014 @ 5:57pm
Dmitriy Jun 5, 2014 @ 6:09am 
The impression from 1st L4D was much stronger then from 2nd. 1st was gently scary and it was something new and exciting. 2nd version is an amplification of the first one, its features didn't excel the 1st part. The addition of few new common and special infected, melee weapons and guns was not enough.
For example, in movies Terminator 2 excelled Terminator 1. Aliens 2 excelled Alien. Half-life 2 excelled Half-life. But L4D2 didn't excel L4D.

My point. Cheers
Last edited by Dmitriy; Jun 5, 2014 @ 6:11am
Ypulse Jun 5, 2014 @ 12:43pm 
no, half life 2 didnt excelled half life
Pangia Jun 5, 2014 @ 2:27pm 
I wouldn't call AID smarter in L4D2: played yest with friends Hard Rain and 1st time I saw Tank in a f♥cking elevator. Also unbelivably often he spawns Tank right after you pass that broken door in Dead Center 3 so if you won't predict it and set a chair near them so you can get back through that point, you're in deep sh♥t.
Other than that, seems about right. Good job.
Originally posted by ThePangiaPL:
I wouldn't call AID smarter in L4D2: played yest with friends Hard Rain and 1st time I saw Tank in a f♥cking elevator. Also unbelivably often he spawns Tank right after you pass that broken door in Dead Center 3 so if you won't predict it and set a chair near them so you can get back through that point, you're in deep sh♥t.
Other than that, seems about right. Good job.

Thanks.

I guess what I meant to say was that he was more unpredictable, which i found more fun.
I will be sure to correct that. Thanks!

Originally posted by Faultron:
no, half life 2 didnt excelled half life

I agree. Half life one was much better.
Science facility > Urban city
Cap Jun 5, 2014 @ 2:56pm 
Jockies aren't in L4D1. You might of got mixed up with the Hunter. Another thing, I do like L4D2, I just don't like that it's mostly sunny on maps. I know it's supposed to be in the South, but L4D2 misses the darkness of L4D1 (In Dead Center, Swamp Fever finale, Hard Rain missions 1 and 2, and The Parish). Personally, if they had a darker tone to L4D2 like L4D1, (With infinite Shove and feet), I would enjoy it more.
Cap Jun 5, 2014 @ 2:59pm 
Originally posted by treadbolt020:
Also hey I'm not trying to start any flame wars or anything but if your not going to compare the atmousphere of both The Atmousphere makes the Game itself,

Also something you forgot to add in L4D2

Dumber bots

Ummm...... I actually think that's Bull. On my first time playing the Blood Harvest finale (Before the giant Wheat field or whatever it was), I was attacked by a Smoker right beside the bots, and they just stood there. I think the L4D2 bots and L4D1 bots are equally stupid.
Originally posted by Golden:
Jockies aren't in L4D1. You might of got mixed up with the Hunter. Another thing, I do like L4D2, I just don't like that it's mostly sunny on maps. I know it's supposed to be in the South, but L4D2 misses the darkness of L4D1 (In Dead Center, Swamp Fever finale, Hard Rain missions 1 and 2, and The Parish). Personally, if they had a darker tone to L4D2 like L4D1, (With infinite Shove and feet), I would enjoy it more.

I agree.

On the subject of jockies... "lack of" means there is none. Since you and 2 other people haven't understould this, i will replace it with "no jockies".
A lot of these reasons for L4D1 are weak, imo. The Versus is much more balanced in L4D2, there was always a advantage to the survivors in that game, hence why the probably was addressed with adding Spitter, Charger and Jockey into the 2nd game.

The campaigns in L4D1 are much more memorable and iconic. L4D2's level design is much superior, though. L4D2 as a whole is a much better game all over aside from characters and atmosphere.
Last edited by ✘GreedoShotFirst✘; Jun 7, 2014 @ 4:54pm
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