Bill dies. Just about anyone who knows anything about the Left 4 Dead franchise is aware of this and while it doesn’t carry the same weight as Aeris dies did over a decade ago, it nonetheless is an important part of the original survivors’ story. The canon was established in a pretty long comic that was completed with the release of The Sacrifice, which is well worth the read if you’re a fan of the originals: lots of gore, dialogue true to the characters and some back story on each of the four characters.
Everything based around and leading up to The Sacrifice was perfect, so what about the game play? The last section of the campaign is from The Passing, though with a distinct twist. Rather than forcing whoever is controlling Bill to make the sacrifice, the players are given the opportunity to do it themselves. If you’re playing on single-player just to learn the lay of the land you’ll be forced to jump down to restart the generator by your lonesome, however there is an achievement for adhering to the story and having Bill sacrifice himself.
For one reason or another people are more than happy to jump off of the bridge in the last section to sacrifice themselves, to the point where several campaigns came down to who could get themselves killed for the team first. It’s tons of fun to see who, amongst friends, is going to be the one who sacrifices themselves for the team. The amount of tanks that show up at the end match the comic perfectly, which also gives the impression that on the hardest difficulties it probably is very likely to find your hero dead before they can restart the generator if they’re not experienced.
The Sacrifice’s campaign is stretched out across three chapters: the dock, the barge and the bridge, which took a novice roughly 30 minutes or so to complete on normal difficulty, which seems in line with a campaign of that length. Long enough to be worth the time spent playing and short enough to do it again until you’re sick of it, which is exactly what a L4D campaign should play like.
Steadily approaching a full year after the release of L4D2, The Sacrifice shows that the game is still going strong and if for some reason you left the game to pursue other avenues, its well worth the return to play with a few friends.