Whitney Walmer
Associates Arts & Culture Editor

If you’re a non-gamer like me, no worries, there is a game where you can find enjoyment and be a killer at it. “Back 4 Blood” is a four-player co-op first-person shooter where the player advances through different acts with various challenges and surviving among the dead. The game being cross-compatible was released by its developer Turtle Rock Studio and published by Warner Brothers interactive entertainment on October 12, 2021.

For starters, there are different characters (“aka cleaners”) that you can choose from that each have different abilities, such as Mom, who gives her team extra revives, and Jim, who has the advantage of aim down sight speed, a sniper. There are also decks that the player can customize to suit their playstyle, giving the game more of a strategic approach. The way the cards are arranged is how they come into play throughout your task in making it through the hordes of the ridden. Unlike Left 4 Dead, the creatures you are defeating were once humans roaming the earth like yourself that have been taken over by a mutated parasite taking out any left of them leaving.

On the topic of Ridden, there are different mutations that you need to be aware of:

  • Stinger- They hide in the shadows, prowl for their victims, and pin with their phlegm, causing critical damage.
  • Snitcher- Just as the name sounds, telling other of your presence when it becomes “aggro’d” or aggressive after being shot at as it screeches callings hoard of Ridden to attack.
  • Tallboys- Massive type of Ridden that has a club-like arm that swings and also charges at its victims.
  • Reekers- Explosive when shooting, shooting its sticky acid-like puss, but  slowly traveling. Don’t let the slowness deceive you.

In the post-apocalyptic world of the Ridden, the bounds are endless, even for those who are new to the scene. I found the game easy to learn and engage in when critical thinking and survival come into play. And if you die in the game, no worries, you can be revived by your colleagues. I had kept first aid kits or bandages because you never know when a Tallboy, Reeker, or Stinger would find you. Last but not least, don’t forget to have enough ammo.