When you have a game that you love, it’s hard to find another that gives you the same satisfaction and excitement that you feel. Left 4 Dead as a series has been able to captivate fans through its gameplay, amazing level design, game modes and much more.
With no announcement for a third installment in the franchise, you’ll have to find something else to play that resembles the popular zombie-killing game. While every game on this list doesn’t play exactly like Left 4 Dead, you can be optimistic that it will give you the same joy you have when facing endless waves of undead.
10/10 World War Z
What World War Z brings to the table is endless hordes of zombies constantly coming at you, a variety of weapons that can have attachments added, customization options and a 4-player co-op system.
There are also a number of special infected that can really mess up a team if they get the jump on you. The game itself is chaotic as your screen is constantly filled with undead creating tense and anxiety-filled moments. While you might be able to solo a level in Left 4 Dead, trying to do the same will put you in the grave early. Teamwork is necessary to succeed here.
9/10 Deep Rock Galactic
If you really think about it, Deep Rock Galactic is what you’d get if you took Left 4 Dead and gave it a space theme. This title is a horde shooter game as you play as dwarves fighting for your life while fighting against different types of monsters.
A nice feature of Deep Rock Galactic is that a class system adds variety to the gameplay, allowing you to create a diverse team. As you dig out different cave systems, everything in the game is destructible, so how you reach your goal is up to you.
8/10 State Of Decay 2
Instead of trying to complete a level to advance through a level, State Of Decay 2 lets you use your quick wits, resilience and strategy to survive the zombie apocalypse. While zombies don’t always come at you here, there are moments when you find your back against the wall as they surround you.
There’s something exciting about creating a community at the end of days and going out and scavenging that makes State of Decay 2 so much fun. You can play as anyone you meet, and the title has a 4-player co-op feature, so you don’t have to worry about going it alone.
7/10 Warhammer: Vermintide 2
Picture Left 4 Dead, but this time it’s fantasy themed. If you have, you’ve probably just imagined Warhammer: Vermintide 2. You and 4 other people can team up and take down hordes of Skaven together as you try to fight your way through the hellish fantasy world.
The main difference between Left 4 Dead and Vermintide 2 is the content and customization options. There is so much variety that you will rarely find yourself bored, especially if you decide to play with others. No matter what type of weapon or magical item you want to use to take down your enemies, there’s nothing but good fun to be had here.
6/10 Strange brigade
Strange Brigade is different from the other games on this list as it feels like it plays at a slower pace than the rest of the titles on this list, but that’s not a bad thing. In Strange Brigade, you’ll go up against enemies in Egypt as you solve puzzles and face an undead Egyptian army.
While you don’t want to have the screen covered in enemies like in Left 4 Dead, it’s nice to take things in at a slow pace. It gives you time to think and strategize with your teammates, especially during the puzzle parts of the game.
5/10 Dead Island
Everyone remembers Dead Island right? Considering the second main line is dropped over the horizon, if you haven’t played the original, you should get straight to it. Dead Island has you fighting on, well… an island inhabited by the living undead. Trying to survive while trying to help other survivors is no easy task.
From the combat system, the skill tree, and the number of weapons at your disposal, you’ll rarely get bored while playing. You can also play with three other people if you want to spice up your gaming experience a little more.
4/10 Dead Rising series
Throwing another oldie up on the list, we have the Dead Rising series. There are four titles that have been released, so when it comes down to which one you should play, why not try them all? In terms of gameplay, things get better as the series progresses, but everyone can retain an enjoyment factor.
Hacking and slashing hordes of zombies has never been better, as you can craft a variety of unique weapons to inflict punishment on the undead. The story itself in all the titles will have your full attention as well. While it can be disappointing to only bring one other friend, you can both still goof around as much as your hearts desire.
3/10 Dying Light 2
There’s something about doing Parkour from various rooftops and through city streets that Dying Light 2 captures perfectly. The combat also ups the excitement factor as it has been greatly improved since the release of the first game. The progression tree also feels very rewarding as you unlock new moves and ways to craft weapons.
You will never feel tired or feel repetitive as Dying Light 2 finds a way to keep you engaged with everything that is happening, making you not want to put down the controller. There is also co-op in the game which is always a nice touch on any game you play.
2/10 Back 4 Blood
Back 4 Blood is one of the games on this list that is most reminiscent of Left 4 Dead, and that’s probably due to the fact that some of the lovely people who were on the Left 4 Dead team helped out with this title. Although it plays similarly to the popular zombie-killing game, there’s enough here to set it apart.
Unlike Left 4 Dead, there is a card and perk system that can give you different buffs during battles or some that have a give-and-take effect that can make things more difficult for you and your team. It’s a unique twist compared to the usual zombie-killing genre, so you should try it out and see if it’s for you.
1/10 Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies series
As strange as it may be to see it on the list, the Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies series has been notorious for having one of the most engaging and exciting zombie modes. Not only do things get harder after each round, but the perk system along with being able to upgrade your weapons just makes everything more exciting than it already is.
If you need advice on which Call of Duty: Black Ops Zombies you should play, then it would be best to go with Black Ops 2 and Black Ops Cold War as they prove to be the ones with enough content.
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