Date posted: 4/27/2010
By popular demand, the heroes of Left 4 Dead 2: Nick, Ellis, Rochelle,
So I hear they killed off Bill in some DLC pack? Well, there goes my
last shred of regret for not buying the sequel...
Date posted: 4/9/2009
If there's one thing I cringe to see in a video game - since they seem to
pop up in every single one - it's zombies. For this reason, the
zombie-shooter genre (or "survival-horror" if you will) has never really
appealed to me. Despite the existence of my Resident Evil minifigs, I've
never owned an RE title (I've only played them at a friend's house, and
the minifigs were also made for a friend). So why Left 4 Dead? One simple
reason: It's co-op.
I was a little disappointed that Left 4 Dead had basically no storyline
except "there are zombies everywhere and you must escape." There were four
different campaigns with this same basic story in different settings, but
all of them were a bit too short. Nevertheless, these were the game's only
major drawbacks, and otherwise it's great fun while it lasts (and a great
The building in the background is my custom "post-apoc" version of the
theater from the LEGO 50th Anniversary "Town Plan" set. The minifigs are
just random figs with some new zombie face decals. Oh, and please ignore
how weirdly mismatched Louis's face decal looks. It actually matches much
better in person. It's just the weird lighting in the photo...
When I first saw screenshots of Left 4 Dead's early build, I was turned
off by the fact that all of the characters looked like bums. Thankfully
they later revised the appearances and made it look less like they'd
been surviving in zombie-land for several years already.
Personally, I think the assault rifle is the best weapon in the game.
You can snipe zombies almost as good with it as you can with the hunting
rifle, provided you have a good aim and fire in quick bursts. And it's
just as good at laying low mobs as the shotgun if you aim for the head.
The biggest advantage of the shotgun is that it deals obscene amounts of
damage to the Tank.
My back decals. From behind, each character is still distinctive while
in the heat of battle... well, except Louis. That's why when I
accidentally shoot him and he screams "Do I LOOK like one of them?!" I
feel like answering, "Well, yes, actually, you kind of do." They should
have given him an outfit with a bit more color so he'd stand out more...
Yes, Bill has a cigarette on his face decal. Please note that I think
smoking is a disgusting and unhealthy habit, and I do not support it.
However, it just wouldn't have looked like Bill if he didn't have the
cigarette in his mouth, since he ALWAYS does. That is one slow-burning
cigarette. Still, Bill is my favorite character. I always play Bill,
Maegan plays Francis, and Ryan plays Zoey... which is unusual since I
typically pick the girl whenever we play games like this together. I
think that precedent was established with Baldur's Gate: Dark Alliance
for the PS2...
I made a yellow version of Louis as well, but I figured no one would
like it in the slightest, so I decided to just give it up and use the
brown one for most of the pics. Oh well.
NOTE: All weapons are from
www.brickarms.com. If you decide to buy something there, be sure to
tell 'em that Saber-Scorpion sent you. ;-)
NOTE: The minifigs above are made using custom decals (stickers) that I
designed myself. I now offer a printing service for my decals at
- be sure to check it out!