Back 4 Blood Preview
Posted: 2 weeks ago.
The game is the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, a highly popular zombie survival team game from 2008. It is developed by the creators of that game and features the same style of cooperative teamwork that made the original so popular.
In teams of four, you play through missions fighting off infected—living humans. Your goal isn't to beat the enemies, but to reach the next safe area alive. The game tracks the players' location and scenario so it can add or remove items and enemies to make survival tricky.
You can play against enemies in the campaign, or against other teams in competitive matches. Yes, the Back 4 Blood campaign can be played solo with 3 AI teammates, and includes online drop-in and drop-out cooperative play with up to 3 friends.
Although it looks like a simple shooting game, the focus is much more on cooperation and teamwork. To aid this aspect of play you can see coloured outlines of teammates through walls, and resuscitate downed comrades.
New to this game is a card system. You choose a deck of cards at the start of each level. As you play them each card adjusts various elements of gameplay, such as modifying the player's health, damage, and stamina. The game can play Corruption cards to hinder your progress by spawning extra enemies, activating a fog effect, and increase the size of the horde.
You will need PlayStation Plus (must be 18 to create, then create sub-accounts for younger players who need be set as 13 or older) to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
You will need Xbox Live Gold (must be 18 to create, then configure family accounts for younger players) to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
The game has a provisional PEGI 18 rating. We expect it will get PEGI 18 and ESRB MATURE 17+. The developers state, "This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content"
The ESRB rating for Left 4 Dead was MATURE 17+ for Blood and Gode, Intense Violence and Language. Player-Survivors use realistic pistols, submachine guns, shotguns, and assault rifles to kill hordes of zombies throughout the game; chainsaws, machetes, axes, and baseball bats can be used in frenetic close-quarter combat (i.e., melee attacks). In most cases, large sprays of blood shoot out of injured zombies, and they can stain the ground, walls—players' screen; for example, the "Boomer"-Infected explode in a shower of blood and bile when shot, which clouds players' view of the impending zombie swarm.
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.
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