In this campaign you will visit the fictional city of Dawn, visit Anna's house, and of-course arrive at a carefully recreated Crossroads mall where an ever charming CJ will send you on a wild zombie hunt with custom created events and crescendo's optimized for a fast paced left 4 dead experience.
To my shame, I haven't seen the movie this is based on. But now I must- this is one epic campaign. Tons of scripted events and cool details, and even fully-voiced (tho never seen) characters to guide the story along. I'll definitely need some more run-thrus to fully explore the maps- each stage is enormous, with plenty of side-paths to get you distracted and lost. And the mapwork is indeed brilliant- loads of details, great lighting (or in some cases, the lack thereof), good atmosphere, and a frantic but manageable pace with enough gear to get a team to the end.
My only quarrel is that some sequences are nearly impossible in solo mutations (like Single Player Realism). Several sequences require one to sit and hold an activator, and these sequences usually involve hordes. Without at least a bot or two for cover, you simply can't complete the objective.
Nevertheless, worth the big DL. This is a fun run, and should be even more fun once I rent Dawn of the Dead. :P
Finally got to play the whole campaing. What can I say?
The leveldesign is superb. No other word on that. The atmosphere is creepy - I really liked it. Also the finale is great! What I dislike is that I sometimes didn't knew where to go / what to do. I also disliked the "nightmare"-thing. I found that pretty weird and out of place somehow. 8 out of 10.
I played the complete campaign several times, especialy with Players from my friendlist and we have a lot of fun the hole time. The gamplay is strong and I don't know, if it is possible to finish Dead Before Dawn too in expert Modus, because it is an ambitious Challenge. It is a very special campain stand out from the crowd. Many thanks to the Developer! Hope you will release some other stuff like this.
+ high qualitiy campaign
+ new sounds
+ good balancing
+ nice quests
+ new grafics
+ very diversified
+ need teamwork
+ astonishing final
+ intelligent level design
+ surprising effects
- only one little bug with one car in one parking deck