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Back 4 Blood Closed Alpha Impressions - 3 min read

Back 4 Blood

Back 4 Blood, the spiritual successor to our long-loved co-operative zombie shooter, has garnered quite a hype train.

Back 4 Blood is a thrilling cooperative first-person shooter from Turtle Rock Studios, the creators of the critically acclaimed Left 4 Dead franchise.

The team has completely revitalized its recipe for greatness with their previous games from Valve and have amped up its potential to create what a modern Left 4 Dead should feel like.

Bringing back the FPS perspective and scripted map layouts, Back 4 Blood not only aims to please its veteran players but also entice a newer generation who might not have been so lucky to experience co-operative zombie bashing in its heyday.

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Image: Turtle Rock Studios

If you’ve played the original Left 4 Deads, you’ll feel a rush of nostalgia with how similar its gameplay is to what we have known to love. However, you’ll also find yourself intrigued about the newer mechanics and obstacles that the devs added to breathe life into an already established formula.

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Image: Turtle Rock Studios

You’ll learn more about the characters and the world around you with the character dialogue that is identical to that of the Original Left 4 Deads as well as players outlines being highlighted and weapons being found throughout the map.

Amping up the action, This game is very much a shoot and survives kind of game, your objective is to fight your way through the hordes of infected “Ridden” while also surviving the special infected that can really ruin your day.

Back 4 Blood introduces both cards and an item shop

You and your teammates must work together to power through, and keep one another alive. I hope they are playing with a full deck because in this new iteration, cards are their key to staying alive.

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Image: Turtle Rock Studios

Ranging from support cards to ability cards, this new system brings new factors into your strategy. Being able to equip new functions and abilities allows players to heal in a pinch or deal more damage according to the card selected.

This game also introduces an item shop system, which allows players to use copper as a currency which they find throughout the map to purchase support items and ammo. Players also now have the ability to buy attachments for their weapons to customize how you’d like you to slay your undead effectively.

This game inherits the procure on sight mentality with weapons and sometimes as well as ability cards to add to your deck. This really changes how your teams can get pass each horde and help each other in combat.

This spiritual successor adds elements that make a personal loadout mean more to the player, by adding attachments for weapons and buying upgrades for your ability cards. This game is truly a survival horror multiplayer experience.

Back 4 Blood has a 2021 release date and even in its alpha stages, looks super promising.

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Matt C. creates content for the BHd YouTube while not streaming on his own page, TheMarvel.


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