After playing Left 4 Dead versus like an addict for the last couple of months, I’ve started thinking about what makes it so fun. I mean, it’s not all that different from a game like Halo or Gears of War, right? At its core, it’s still just one team versus another team, so why am I enjoying it like crazy?
To be honest, the more I thought about it, the more I realized that it is, in fact, different. While most games rely on the “kill-or-be-killed” mentality, Left 4 Dead, even in versus mode, is a co-operative beast.
As the humans, you are forced to work together, and it really isn’t about killing the other team so much as it is about being a super-efficient survivor death squad, intent on annihilating the zombie minions. Likewise, the infected have to pull off picture perfect ambushes in order to hope for a chance against the meatbags that are running through their now zombified streets.
I think that multiplayer modes like this are refreshing, innovative, and sorely needed in the video game industry. Something beyond 8 man slayer types. Deathmatches. Capture the flag. Yawn.
Take Splinter Cell: Chaos Theory’s co-op campaigns, or the spies versus mercs gametypes, which put a spin on classic objective games. Or Team Fortress, which gave players specific roles to play in a battle unit that, if working together, is nigh on unstoppable. All of these things rang among some of the better multiplayer gametypes out there in a way that is not stale or over-done.
So, what are your favorite, most unique multiplayer gametypes? Give us your top 5 (and why), and answer away!