The evolution of first-person shooting games has taken the gaming industry by storm. While there are many outstanding FPS games out there, none have a fan-base like the Left 4 Dead series. For a long time, we have been waiting for a perfect sequel for the series or something that can fill the void after the series was abandoned by the studio.
But the latest venture from the studio behind the Left 4 Dead series seems to have found their Apple of Eden. Their new title the Back 4 Blood, a co-op first-person shooter is setting out to be a more than worthy successor. Though the game is supposed to be launched next year on console platforms, some lucky souls got to enjoy the game before the actual release (oh, how I envy them). Turtle Rock Studios launched the Back 4 Blood closed alpha and gave the lucky users a chance to get a taste of what’s waiting for them.
The test allowed players to play the game’s first Act, offering a taste not only of gameplay but also of story.
A parasitic outbreak has killed most of the human population or turned them into infected monstruosities called Ridden. It is up to the Cleaners to get rid of them and save the world. Or die trying, at the very least.
Once users pick their Cleaner, who by the way comes with unique skills and traits that make him or her more effective with certain weapon types and in certain situations. Users then start in a safe house where it is possible to purchase additional items for their character, like grenades and healing items, before the mayhem begins.
The feedback received from alpha testers leaves a positive remark about the game. the movement mechanism is pretty smooth, shooting feels weighty and satisfying. The Ridden are also divided into several different types the Snitch, who alerts the horde of your presence, and the Bruiser, a giant, powerful Ridden that can deal a lot of damage with a single attack. Also included in the closed alpha was the Ogre, an extremely powerful boss that appears at specific points of the map. Level design is varied and quite solid, allowing players to come up with effective strategies that take the environment into account.
Back 4 Blood lets players put together a deck of cards that grant a variety of bonuses to both the player and the entire team. Users will be able to pick not just the top card, but some additional cards selected at random from the deck. The card system is the same one featured in the Left 4 Dead games that dynamically changes the game’s pacing and difficulty adds a roguelike element that can potentially be a real game-changer. The cards empower certain combat styles over others, so it will be very interesting to see how the system will be implemented in the final release and how it will influence the experience.
The Back 4 Blood is still in its infant stage, and we hope that the mechanism will improve even more until the game’s final release. The game will launch on June 22th, 2021 for Xbox Series X|S, Xbox One, PlayStation 5, PlayStation 4, and PC.