By Alec Meer on November 17th, 2009 at 12:00 pm.
Obviously you’re salivating about the release of Left 4 Dead 2 today, but if you can’t wait to get home and play the much-ballyhooed thing, there’s a look at the splendid new Left 4 Dead game below. Waitagoshdarnminute – that ain’t L4D2…
Whee! It’s NES-style demake of Left 4 Dead, by one Eric Ruth. It’s due in 2010, it aims to recreate the entire L4D campaign, and it looks lovely. Here’s what Monsieur Ruth has to say about it, as filched from his Youtube page:
As you can see, it’s a standard top-down 4 directional action/shooter. Remade in the NES retro style, the resolution is at 256 x 240 and features 16 colors and a 4 sound channel soundtrack.
Now, let’s just get this out of the way….
Q: Is this just an animation or an actual game?
A: An actual game. It will be available for free download on PC around January 4th, 2010.
Q: I only see one “special infected.” Will there be more?
A: Yes. All 5 special infected appear in this game regularly.
Q: How far along are you currently?
A: As of November 15th, I am completed with the first “mission: No Mercy” as well as most of the core game play mechanics.
Q: Does Valve know about this? And would they approve?
A: No, Valve doesn’t know about it yet, but I’m sure (with their love of community creations) that they will find this mildly amusing at worst, and hilarious at best.
Q: Will this version have all of the campaigns from the original game?
A: Yes. All 5 maps of all 4 campaigns will be present in the final product.
Q: Like your other games, did you make this one all by yourself?
A: With the exception of a few friends backing me up in the QA area, yes, the coding, debugging, sound effects, music and pixel art are all original work of Eric Ruth.
If you actually want to know about what it’s actually like to play, you’re best heading off to the Gaf where someone’s actually played the bally thing. Definitely don’t go to the developers site, because there’s nothing there. But here’s a screenshot: