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Xbox 360: Left 4 Dead 2 Gameplay Modes Defined

by: Carla Michelle ; edited by: Michael Hartman ; updated: 4/17/2012 • Leave a comment

Find out what the eight different gameplay modes are in Left 4 Dead 2, Valve’s newest Zombie Apocalypse video game and what the difference is between each one.

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    Left 4 Dead 2 Single Player

    Ellis Left 4 Dead 2   Single Player is just what it sounds like. This gameplay mode allows you to play Left 4 Dead 2 offline, by yourself to kill some time or hone your mad zombie killing skills. You have all 5, Left 4 Dead 2 Campaigns to choose from with 4-5 chapters each with the four difficulty options: easy, normal, advanced and expert. Unfortunately there is no Realism mode for Single Player.

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    Left 4 Dead 2 Campaign Mode

    Team up on Xbox Live or through a system link for some intense, campaign play. In Campaign mode you have the choScreenshot Left 4 Dead 2   ice of all 5 Campaigns with 4-5 chapters each. Whether you choose to start at the beginning of a campaign and work your way to the end or choose a specific chapter to learn the maps you can have a fun filled challenging time. Plus with the huge variety of 20 new weapons, new special infected and new horde events you will never tire of this game!

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    Left 4 Dead 2 Realism Mode

    Xbox 360 Left 4 Dead 2   Left 4 Dead 2 Realism mode is for those of you who just can’t get enough of the realistic teamwork needed in the Zombie Apocalypse. No more in game help tips guiding you to the next pipe bomb, Molotov or weapon stash. No more are the days of knowing where your teammates are by simply looking around. If your buddy has a Hunter on him right around the corner, unless you are using mics or are sitting in the same room you will never know.

    The green glow that you used to see around your teammates is now gone! There are rumors on Xbox Live abounding that Realism means fewer supplies, but this is not the case. However, the zombies are harder to kill, torso and limb shots do little damage whereas head shots are the way to go. The zombie to survivor ratio remains the same depending upon the difficulty you choose and all of the supplies are still there. The great thing about Realism gameplay is that you now HAVE to work as a team.

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    Left 4 Dead 2 Survival Mode

    If you downloaded the Survival Pack for Left 4 Dead then you are familiar with the idea of holding up and surviving through the relentless hordes that never cease. The point of Survival is just that – Survive for as long as you can! 4 minutes earns you a Bronze medal, 7 minutes a Silver and 10 minutes garners you the Gold medal to show off on the Survival Leaderboards.

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    Left 4 Dead 2 Verses Mode

    Verses Mode on the Xbox 360 is still the same ruthless survivor’s verses special infected mode that we grew to love in Left 4 Dead. Only now there are more special infected, more weapons, and a new scoring system! The special infected include our old favorites: Hunter, Boomer, Smoker and Tank as well as the new: Female Boomer, Spitter, Charger and Jockey.InfectedLineup Left 4 Dead 2  

    The Spitter is a sniper type infected that shoots a glob of noxious acid at the survivors. The Charger is similar to a very angry line backer and the survivors are the quarterbacks. Charging at them like a bull on speed knocking everyone aside, then upon reaching his target he garbs them and pounds them into the pavement. A charger can quickly incapacitate someone and he has the highest hit points of any of the special infected. Thankfully he can easily be killed due to the fact that while he is beating up your buddy he is stationary. The Jockey pounces on a survivor, covering their eyes while he steers them into danger. If a jockey jumps on you, pray there is no Spitter acid anywhere nearby, because he will surely steer you into it, or off the side of a building.

    The new Verses scoring system in Left 4 Dead 2 is based mainly on distance traveled and provides a fairer score for both Xbox 360 teams. Each member of the team gains 100 points for completing a chapter and 25 for 25% progress, etc. The infected team earns 10 bonus points for each survivor incapacitated. Unlike Left 4 Dead, survivors do not gain points for having health kits on them when they reach the safe room.

    Verses includes all 5 Left 4 Dead 2 campaigns as well as the all new Team Verses option. Have you always wished you get your buddies together and prove your team is better than everyone else’s? Now you can! Set up your team of 4 players then search on Xbox Live for an opposing team, then prove your worth!

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    Left 4 Dead 2 Scavenge Mode

    Scavenge adds a whole new dynamic to Left 4 Dead. In this Xbox 360 gameplay mode 2 teams face off in a best 2 out of 3, or best 3 out of 5 timed verses showdown. If you do not have a team set up, have no worries, because the Xbox Live "wait for a lobby to fill" option is there as well as the Team play.Nick Left 4 Dead 2  

    The Scavenge Gameplay mode on the Xbox 360 is a fast paced, give it all you got, quick version of the regular verses mode. The great thing about Left 4 Dead 2 Scavenge is that it is timed and there is a goal. When first starting out as the Survivor team your goal is to fill an item with cans of gasoline, such as generators, cars, etc. Gameplay begins with 1 minute 20 seconds on the clock, if no one gets a can in the time runs out and it switches to the other team. Each gas can added to the tank adds 30 seconds to the countdown.

    It is the infected teams’ job to do anything and everything possible to stop the survivors from adding gas to the tank. The maximum number of gas cans is 16, so if your team is able to get all 16 cans into the tank, then you switch teams and fight for the best 2 out of 3, or 3 of 5 placement. If you happen to tie with the opposing team on number of cans poured in a single round then the winning point will be added to the team that took less time. Scavenge gameplay allows you to choose from 6 different maps. If you need a quick fix of Left 4 Dead 2 zombie killing then this is your gameplay mode!

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    Left 4 Dead 2 Gameplay options

    All Xbox 360 Left 4 Dead 2 gameplay modes give the options of Quick Match where you can join into a game in progress, Xbox Live Custom Match where you can choose which campaign you want to play and Play With Friends which searches for games your friends are currently in or lets you create a Friends Only Lobby on Xbox Live.

    Additional options such as Team Play are only available for Verses and Scavenge Gameplay Modes. While the only Left 4 Dead 2 Leaderboard option is for Survival Mode.


    Sources: All research comes from owning and playing the Pre-release version of Left 4 Dead 2. (Some things may be different in varying versions of Left 4 Dead 2.)

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