The official game manual for Left 4 Dead 1. (XBOX Edition)
All Survivors possess the same abilities and speed. However, your in-game personality will vary depending on which character you play.
Cocky, loud, and pretty sure he’s indestructible,
Francis acts like the zombie apocalypse is the
world’s biggest bar fight. When the virus hit,
everybody else stockpiled food and looked for a
place to hide. Francis found a gun and had some
fun. No cops, no laws, no order—if it wasn’t for
all the zombies, he could almost get used to life
Louis had been working up the courage to quit
his job as Junior Systems Analyst at his
company’s IT department when a virus showed
up and downsized the world. Now Louis has a
new set of goals (live long enough to succeed)
and a new set of tools (guns, sharp objects) to
help him achieve them. With any luck, he’ll figure
out how the new management operates before
they get a chance to murder him.
It took two eventful tours in Vietnam, a handful of
medals, a knee full of shrapnel, and an honorable
discharge before the unthinkable happened: Bill ran
out of wars. But now an army of infected undead has
declared war on humanity. After decades of aimless
drifting and dead-end jobs, Bill’s finally gotten back
the only thing he ever wanted: An enemy to fight.
After spending her first semester holed up in a
dorm room watching old horror movies, Zoey
was given a choice: Stop fooling around and get
her grades up, or drop out. Now that the planet’s
overrun with murderous zombies, and all of her
professors are dead, Zoey at least has the cold
comfort that she’s been studying up on the right
subject after all.