Left 4 Dead

Left 4 Dead (DirectX 9)



Developed by a new team of Valve’s, Left 4 Dead is a single or multi-player game that encompasses the most automatic story for a shooter: zombie apocalypse.  The team aspect of the title, based on Valve’s Source engine, really makes this a unique gaming experience that I think all PC gamers should be required to play.

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  Left 4 Dead settings

The Valve: Source engine supports in-game demos that can be played back as fast as possible (fixed frame count) or in real-time (variable frame count) to simulate a more real-world experience.  I chose the last stage of the Farm House “movie” and played through the cornfield section to get the majority of the level in the FRAPS run through. 

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The aging but still impressive Source engine from Valve still looks pretty good and performs great on both of our graphics cards.  NVIDIA’s GTX 260+ definitely gets the win here as it is able to push out a 34% faster average frame rate at the 2560×1600 resolution with a better minimum frame rate as well.

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