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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 @ 2:26pm
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treadbolt020 Jun 3 @ 10:00pm 
"+ Lack of Jockeys"

What..?
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treadbolt020 Jun 4 @ 12:05am 
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
Ra_ Jun 4 @ 3:00am 
L4D Survival Mode is better balanced then L4D2's.
RainingMetal Jun 4 @ 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 @ 7:10am 
You can see your feet in L4D1.

That alone makes it better than L4D2.
KICK ME (dont actually lol) Jun 4 @ 12:57pm 
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.
Z.E.R.T Jun 4 @ 2:04pm 
L4D its mutch better of the L4D2 ... The new mutant ♥♥♥♥ the 2 ...
RainingMetal Jun 4 @ 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.
treadbolt020 Jun 4 @ 2:44pm 
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
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.
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treadbolt020 Jun 4 @ 6:43pm 
Well, really judging from the list this list really looks like L4D is better then 2
DIMEDROLL Jun 5 @ 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
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Faultron Jun 5 @ 12:43pm 
no, half life 2 didnt excelled half life
ThePangiaPL Jun 5 @ 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.
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