Back 4 Blood: Turtle Rock Studios Are Finally Making Their Own Co-Op Zombie Shooter

Left 4 Dead remains a popular game series despite not seeing an entry since 2009. The first two games launched to critical success and quickly achieved cult status. Now the original developers behind the game are creating their own spiritual successor, Back 4 Blood. We recently looked into the appeal of Left 4 Dead and many failed spiritual successors since whilst looking at promising indie title Pandemic Express. This year also saw another AAA  attempt in World War Z, but that mantle remains untouched. Instead, here we’ll be looking at the story of Turtle Rock Studios and their occasionally strained […]

Why Left 4 Dead Will Never Die

It’s hard to believe that the original Left 4 Dead was released back in 2008. Even though it spawned a sequel that came out shortly after the original, the Left 4 Dead franchise has always felt less like a series and more like a refinement of the original project that was set into motion. After all, the entirety of Left 4 Dead is included in Left 4 Dead 2. It’s astounding just how good the game has held up. Sure, you can download higher res texture packs and mod the hell out of the game, but the core gameplay is […]

Pandemic Express May be the Closest we Ever Get to Left 4 Dead 3

Pandemic Express is the latest offering from acclaimed indie developer tinyBuild Games. The game is a veritable feast of market trends mashing together several popular gaming models from the past few years. Pandemic Express is asymmetric horror meets open world survival with a small dash of battle royale. It’s also got zombies, and it could be the closest thing to Left 4 Dead 3 that we’ll ever see. Left 4 Dead and Valve’s Fear of Three    Amazingly Left 4 Dead is now 11 years old, so the latest generation of gamer will likely have missed this gem. For those […]

Early Access: Empty Promises?

Early Access is a great idea for developers and gamers alike, but is it working in practice? In 2013, Valve launched the Early Access program through the immensely popular digital distribution platform Steam. The idea was to create opportunities for developers to fund their existing projects and invite players to test and shape the game as part of the development process. It was by many regarded as a win-win, giving developers money at the same time as players could experience new games quicker. For indie developers, Early Access is the substitute for publishers and the relationship between the studio and […]