A quick perusal of Steam-tracking sites indicates that playe

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imageA quick perusal of Steam-tracking sites indicates that players returned to Left 4 Dead 2 in droves following the October 12 launch of spiritual successor Back 4 Blood , so much so that the older game is now more popular than the newer one.

Advertisement Helmed by original Left 4 Dead developers Turtle Rock Studios, the similarly named Back 4 Blood is considered by many to be a straight-up continuation to the company’s earlier co-op shooter.Back 4 Blood follows the winning Left 4 Dead formula, tasking a team of four players with traveling from Point A to Point B in long, involved levels filled to the brim with procedurally generated zombie hordes both mundane and special.The new game is okay, if maybe too complicated and stat-heavy by half.

Back 4 Blood ( YouTube ) Left 4 Dead 2 , on the other hand, is so good that it continues to enjoy a robust community nearly 12 years after its original release.According to SteamDB, the playerbase dropped off a little bit after Back 4 Blood hit the scene but has since come roaring back, surpassing the newer game earlier this week.

I’m no statistician, but looking at this chart , it’s almost as if Back 4 Blood ’s release directly led to a resurgence for Left 4 Dead 2 , with the former’s numbers dropping dramatically as the latter’s picked up speed.

As of this writing, 23,816 folks are playing Left 4 Dead 2 as opposed to the 17,474 logged into Back 4 Blood .

While a special Halloween sale dropping Left 4 Dead 2 ’s price down to just $1.99 for the weekend may have something to do with its recent rise in players, the last year as a whole has been pretty good for the game.GitHyp reports that Left 4 Dead 2 ’s playerbase has been more active throughout 2021 than any time in the last six years, though it should be noted that this weekend’s 80% off sale wasn’t the first it’s enjoyed this year.

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Back 4 Blood was always going to live in the shadow of Left 4 Dead 2 , a legacy that Turtle Rock was apparently comfortable leaning into when it came to naming its new project.That said, there’s no ignoring that something is just fundamentally off with Back 4 Blood .What could have been a wonderful continuation of Left 4 Dead ’s legacy is instead saddled with a bunch of superfluous junk—like comparing stats between guns and deck-building—that too often brings the action to a grinding halt.

Advertisement During my brief time with Back 4 Blood , I often found myself wondering why I wasn’t just playing Left 4 Dead 2 instead.

I guess I wasn’t alone.

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News DISCUSSION By j-rose LOL.This was my personal experience over the weekend.I had a friend over who never played Left 4 Dead so I downloaded Back 4 Blood on gamepass, fired it up, and then realized it had no couch coop- which was my favorite feature of the original.That was discovered after I gave him the warning about “yeah, there’s like these cards for stats and stuff but we won’t worry too much about that”.Once I realized there was no couch coop, I went and grabbed Left 4 Dead 2 off the shelf, popped it into my Xbox and we played that together instead.

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