Left 4 Dead's seven scariest moments

Left 4 Dead is a very scary game. Scary enough to turn four grown men (alright, four videogame journalists) into yelping, squealing hysterical wrecks, even when surrounded by the hubub and spot-lit, brash environment of a games show event. The following report details our experiences at this frontline of fear - videogaming's scariest moments, all of which come from Left 4 Dead.

The zombie ambush

We've introduced you to The Director before - the AI overlord that dictates the flow of enemies during Left 4 Dead's four five-part campaigns. It creates endlessly terrifying moments of orchestrated horror. Like this one: bloodied, beaten and pursued by enemies, our party bursts from a city-block building and into an empty street. We know this place!

"The exit is just around the corner! Run, everyone, run for the exit!" we shout, pounding ahead toward safety, hurtling around the corner... and smack into the heart of an oncoming horde of screeching zombies, surrounding us on all sides, clawing us to the ground. This is Left 4 Dead's ultimate brilliance - an unerring ability to create new and unforeseen scares.


  • Forsakenday - April 16, 2009 10:39 p.m.

    My scariest moment was when I was playing with some friends on the No Mercy finale on Expert. We went up, and a Tank was up the hallway so I ran back to the safehouse while my teammates battled the Tank. Two of them dead, they said to me "Go, go help the last guy!" I go up only to find a flaming Tank pounding my teammate into the ground so then it starts chasing me. I run backwards and shoot at it with my auto shotty. I jump down the stairs and close the safehouse door. I say "Wow, that was freakin close." Then the Tank comes down the stairs, still on fire, and smashes the safehouse door down. I let out the loudest yell, almost pissing myself in disbelief and shock, my dead teammates laughing as I give my last effort to put it down. I did survive but ran up the stairs only to find a smoker waiting for me.
  • Braindog117 - February 23, 2009 2:29 a.m.

    Thinks guys im trying to get this game for by B Day so im hoping after my parents hear how good it is theyll buy it PS:First!!!!

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