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Video Game Back 4 Blood Review
Back 4 Blood (2021) is a multiplayer shooting game where a team of four players work together to survive zombie-infested areas.

Our examiner, Andy Robertson, first checked Back 4 Blood 2 years ago. It was re-examined by Jo Robertson and updated 4 weeks ago.

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Play OverviewPlay Overview

Back 4 Blood is a multiplayer shooting game where a team of four players work together to survive zombie-infested areas.

The game is the spiritual successor to Left 4 Dead, a highly popular zombie survival team game from 2008. It is developed by the creators of that game and features the same style of cooperative teamwork that made the original so popular.

In teams of four, you play through missions fighting off infected—living humans. Your goal isn't to beat the enemies, but to reach the next safe area alive. The game tracks the players' location and scenario so it can add or remove items and enemies to make survival tricky.

You can play against enemies in the campaign, or against other teams in competitive matches. Yes, the Back 4 Blood campaign can be played solo with 3 AI teammates, and includes online drop-in and drop-out cooperative play with up to 3 friends.

Although it looks like a simple shooting game, the focus is much more on cooperation and teamwork. To aid this aspect of play you can see coloured outlines of teammates through walls, and resuscitate downed comrades.

New to this game is a card system. You choose a deck of cards at the start of each level. As you play them each card adjusts various elements of gameplay, such as modifying the player's health, damage, and stamina. The game can play Corruption cards to hinder your progress by spawning extra enemies, activating a fog effect, and increase the size of the horde.

Play StylePlay Style

This is an Action and Shooting game with Simulation elements. You can play this by yourself or as a 8-player online game.

 
You can play this game in the following styles:

DurationDuration

Play Time: It takes between 5 minutes and 15 minutes to play a round of this game.

Age RatingsAge Ratings

Content Rating

Rated PEGI 18. The developers state, "This Game may contain content not appropriate for all ages, or may not be appropriate for viewing at work: Frequent Violence or Gore, General Mature Content"
 
Users Interact: The game enables players to interact and communicate with each other, so may expose players to language usually associated with older rated games.

Account Rating

  • You need be 18-years-old to to subscribe to Xbox Live Gold for online play, but can then configure family accounts for younger players to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
  • You need be 18-years-old to subscribe to PlayStation Plus for online play, but can create sub-accounts for younger players of 7-years or older to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.

CostsCosts

Back 4 Blood usually costs £11.99 to £99.99.
 

Back 4 Blood

XBox Store Xbox One £59.99
Steam Store PC £49.99

Back 4 Blood: Deluxe Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £89.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £89.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £89.99

Back 4 Blood: Expansion 1: Tunnels Of Terror

PlayStation Store PS5 £11.99

Back 4 Blood: Standard Edition

XBox Store Xbox One £49.99
PlayStation Store PS5 £59.99
PlayStation Store PS4 £59.99

Back 4 Blood: Ultimate Edition

There are the following additional costs associated with this game:
  • In-Game Purchases: Additional in-game purchases are offered for items that enhance the experience.
  • You need a subscription to play online:
    • You need to purchase a PlayStation Plus subscription to play online with PlayStation 4 or PlayStation 5.
    • You need to purchase a Xbox Live Gold subscription to play online with Xbox One or Xbox Series X|S.
 
It's important to set up your accounts and devices appropriately. More information is on our Financial Resources page.
 

DetailsGame Details

Release Date: 12/10/2021

Out Now: PC, PS4, PS5, Xbox One and Xbox Series X|S

Content Rating: PEGI 18

Players: 1 (8 online)

Genres: Action, Shooting and Simulation

Accessibility: 37 features

Components: 3D Third-Person

Developer: Turtle Rock (@TurtleRock)


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