[Mini Review] Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Posted: November 3, 2010 by Tim Utley in Reviews

I was hoping to have this mini review out before Halloween, but extenuating circumstances prevented that from happening, so here it is now.  Undead Nightmare is Rockstar’s third DLC offering for Red Dead Redemption and hands down its best.  Undead Nightmare embodies (no pun intended) what DLC should be all about.  The new DLC offers 6+ hours of story re-imagined in New Austin where a zombie outbreak has occurred.  You reprise your role as John Marston and your mission is to find out what is happening in New Austin.  Along the way you will save towns, cleanse graveyards, and loot zombified animals all while running into familiar faces from the original story.

The graphics, gameplay, and physics all remain the same from the original game which is a good thing.  Some of the mechanics however have changed, but nothing too drastic.  The zombie apocalypse has fallen upon New Austin and in the wake of such an event stores and other merchants have disappeared.  Money is completely devoid in this experience and it actually didn’t bother me while romping through this new adventure.  It is left up to you to find ammo and complete certain side-quests to ascertain new weapons and upgrades.  One of my favorite things from the original experience as sad as it sounds was hunting and looting.  Every animal from RDR is in UN, but zombified so i can still scratch that hunting itch.  And when looting undead bodies you will receive precious ammo or undead parts which in return are used to make ammo for your blunderbuss.  Also if you were one of those players who thought picking flowers in the original story was stupid, think again because those stupid little flowers can be used to create some very powerful concoctions that will save your sorry ass in a bind.  Also if you are wondering about transportation in the game, fast travel still exists between towns (only if you have discovered them and saved them) and the addition of a few unique mounts have become available (I don’t want to spoil it).

Lasting Comments:

Undead Nightmare is a great expansion to an already fantastic title.  It will take players who have already put RDR down and re-immerse them back into the mysterious world that is New Austin.  The amount of content you get for the price is truly incredible.  Get back in the saddle and kill some zombies, you will be glad you did.

Score: 10/10

Recommended Buy Price: Full Price $10 or 800 MSP

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare was purchased by me for 800 MSP ($10) for the Xbox 360.  I invested 10 hours into the expansion and completed 75% of it including the main story.

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