Red Dead Redemption will be undoubtedly the measure by all cowboy and Western games to come. I can’t blame them for taking this familiar world that we all know and tweaking it with a sort of “what if” scenario of B grade zombie apocalypse. After all when spaghetti westerns have Samurai’s in them, I can’t blame Rockstar Games for coming out with a just in time for Halloween monster mash add on game to they’re mega hit game.
Downloadable from Playstation Network or Xbox live for a small fee, and after a roughly 2 to 3 hour wait time for downloading is this almost 2 GB large add on game to Red Dead Redemption that gives John Marston another trip back in the saddle to not only save his family, but the world.
There is a lot of clichéd moments in the game. Not just a zombie infestation but with your neighboring town being boarded up with graffiti like “UNCLEAN” scrawled around but you’ll also go into other towns where the zombies have invaded with citizens with frayed nerves and paranoia running wild. Some people are sure it’s Mexico that is up to no good and good ol’ Herbert Moon think it’s everyone who is gay, Jewish, Catholic or anyone who isn’t him. The sky is in perpetual twilight or the sun is just creeping out through the cloud layer for that bleak and hopeless feel. Shotguns are your best weapons and you even get a torch to wave around to as a great melee weapon to stop the rampaging hordes of zombies. The game play is identical to the regular RDR with you getting on your horse and going from place to place only this time to battle zombies and rescue towns while putting pieces of a puzzle together to find a cure for what has happened to the World.
A lot of your old friends come back from the main plot line of the game like Marshall Leigh Johnson the old time Sheriff, snake oil salesman Nigel West Dickens and even bonny Bonnie MacFarlane who you meet to help save her ranch among others. Whats new includes new horses. Undead horses are boney nags that have a lot of stamina but don’t always come when called and steer badly. Mythical horses include….Death, War, Pestilence and Plague which when tamed give you great abilities. One sets your enemies on fire as you ride past them. One is almost unkillable, one rides like the literal wind and another kills zombies it rides past. You got to feel awesome having tamed these killer beasts. New weapons include the aforementioned torch, but also holy water which is a proximity bomb for your zombie foes, zombie bait that attracts your monster foes away from you to throw it and oh yes, a Blunderbuss. Stuff it with the remains of defeated zombies, point and shoot and enjoy the killer red paint job on the wall from a zombie you just pooched.
Zombies too have four classes. Regular lurchers, fatties that can knock you out, wreched out ones that move fast and low and the retchers that hork acid on you and blow up into a vortex of green light. You will definitely want to have your dead eye meter ready to go to take them out since a headshot complete with bloody viscera is your only way of keeping the freaks down for the count.
Saving other towns include gathering ammo for the survivors and giving it to them so they can fight the zombies and racking up as many headshots as you can to fight back. After reaching a certain kill point, you are awarded a new weapon and a moment or peace, but don’t rest on those laurels since towns can become re-overrun and overrun towns don’t have safe beds to save your progress at.
You still have encounters in the wilderness with other survivors though many aren’t friendly. Theres a guy sitting at a campfire chowing down on….SOMETHING and if you join him, he’ll probably try and make you his dinner too. Many times you’ll come across people running from the zombies or other people who don’t feel too good and themselves become zombies. Give them a dose of your medical revolver. The few times you do good for someone, you will be rewarded with more ammo since money is pretty useless nowadays.
There aren’t many creatures in the wilderness, but it’s made up for by zombie cougars and bears. Yeah, the regular bears and cougars weren’t annoying ENOUGH. Whats more is that you may be called upon to hunt strange creatures like Unicorns and Bigfoot…and Bigfoot talks. If RDR was a traditional western with some corny touches here and there then RDR UN is truly a spaghetti western with some bad acid thrown in.
Multiplayer does get a kick with this release with the Land Grab game where your posse protects a certain part of town and then the Undead Overrun which makes use of the old churches and cemeteries in the game to have you and your friends fight back against waves of zombies. Get a dead comrade back on his feet or you could end up fighting him off too.
There are no more bounties to go after, now there are missing people to track down. Find the wanted poster in a safe zone like Fort Mercer where the army has set up and learn the victims last known whereabouts. Get there and save them from the zombies and take them home again for your ammo reward.
I can see some people not too keen on this addition since RDR was such a great cowboy and western experience and now it’s got monsters in it. Thankfully for those concerned, it’s completely stand-alone from the main game and after downloaded at the title screen you will be prompted as to which game you want to play since UN follows it’s own plot structure and nothing from UN goes into the main game. For the price, I think it’s a great add on and has a nice flavor to the game that I already love. That flavor is blood and brains.
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Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is the fifth downloadable content (DLC) pack released for Red Dead Redemption. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and for Xbox 360 on 26 October 2010. Undead Nightmare follows the exploits of John Marston, as he looks to find a cure for an infectious zombie plague that has swept across the American Old West.
A standalone disc titled Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection which does not require the original Red Dead Redemption game to be played, was released on 22 November in North America and 26 November in Europe. The disc includes three DLC packs: Legends and Killers, Liars and Cheats & Undead Nightmare Pack.