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Left 4 Dead's seven scariest moments

Your heart in their mouth

Zombies aren't always aware of your presence, and sometimes that can create the most tension, the most stressful holding-your-breath events. After countless mini-zomb attacks, our party had got cautious and twitchy. Stray shots had been accidentally loosed into friendly heads. Nerves were afray.

So, when we entered a new room to discover more than a dozen Infected, we froze instantly. They trudged around, obvlivious to us. Like this, the zombies are sitting ducks, but we were alone and some way from the others, and this many nasties could easily kill us all. So, heart thudding in our larynx, we inched slowly out of the room, closed the door behind us and crept away, nerves on edge the whole time. "You don't want to go in there" we said, simply, to our fellow survivors.


United we're lunch, divided we're appertifs

When you go down - either under the weight of zombie numbers, or because a Hunter is playing piano on your bloody ribs - you need your buddies to save you. And you will go down. The scariest thing, though, is being the one survivor left standing, as your bullish but fragile teammates head off on their own and succumb to attack.

You've only a few seconds to act. We were protecting a near-dead buddy, sending the others into a dangerous room first, when he was jumped on by a Hunter. Halfway up a ladder, we had to leap down and save him, then drag him away to safety. But before we could stand him up, the other survivors went down at the top of the ladder.

While we knew that downed survivors can blast away with their pistols, it was clear that the two colleagues overhead would soon be overwhelmed. We also couldn't bet that the survivor down here would be safe if we went to rescue the others. This are Left 4 Dead's scariest (and generally final) moments - working out who to save. Because you know that if you don't save anyone you'll be all alone, with only the greedy, hungry mass of killer zombies for company...

2 comments

  • 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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