Two weeks ago or so i gave you guys a preview for the Undead Nightmare DLC for the Playstation 3 and Xbox 360 game Red Dead Redemption. Well, i’m done with the single player campaign and i put in some time with its newly added online modes.
Story – Undead Nightmare takes place a few weeks after John Marston was reunited with his family. The bulk of the story revolves around you (John Marston) trying to find a cure for your newly turned zombiefied family as well figuring out how the zombie apocalypse started. During your adventure you meet a few old characters you have to help (again) as well some new characters.
For me, the story served its purpose and was good. Spoiler Alert……. John finds out the plague was started by that guy you helped get into power for Mexico’s Presidency. His name slips my mind at the moment. Anyways, the guy steals a mythical mask that started the zombie apocalypse. John Marston kills the guy takes the mask and puts it back in its proper tomb thus ending the zombie plague which saves John’s family.
Presentation – I give Rockstar big props on turning a huge sandbox realistic western atmosphere into a mythical zombie, sasquatch and mythical mounts (yes they are in this DLC). You could also capture and ride the four horses of the apocalypse. The latter is cool since i just got done riding one (Ruin) as War from Darksiders. The tone Rockstar created from the clouds blotting out the sun to the bats flying around overhead to the color of the menus, Rockstar done a great job on creating a different game within its original sandbox of Red Dead Redemption.
Graphics – This was actually a problem sometimes. I had bad pop up (worse than RDR). I didn’t experience a lot of glitches but i did notice many for a short game compared to the longer Red Dead Redemption. I also experienced slow down during heavy zombie killing fights. The game otherwise looks the same as RDR which is a great thing.
Sound – Once again Rockstar did a great job of creating a haunted atmosphere due to the eery soundtracks, thunder storms, zombie groans etc. After you complete important missions they play a zombie song (i don’t know which one it is but it must of been popular before my time. Overall, the atmosphere was set really good with the help of its audio/soundtrack.
Gameplay – Gameplay added just enough variety and zombie style missions. You do missions like clear out graveyards (to make sure no more zombies rise up). Also, if you want to sleep and stay at a safe town you have to clear out all the zombies in that town. I really liked the latter mission cause the town you cleared out could become overrun with zombies again. There is a catacomb mission that really brings a horror vibe to RDR that i enjoyed. So yea, you do have new fresh missions designed to fit what Undead Nightmare is about….killing zombies and having fun.
Replayability – First off, Red Dead Redemption has a huge online component in its own. Let me tell you what eat up all my online time today with Undead Nightmare Pack……”Undead Overrun”. Undead Overrun is like Gears of War 2 “Horde Mode” or Halo’s Firefight. Its a cooperative component added to RDR.
Bottom line, its fun. Its as fun as horde mode in Gears of War 2. Its very addicting. Basically, you face off in a graveyard setting with hordes and hordes of increasingly tough zombies (they range from all kinds). My first match playing with a group of strangers we got to wave 27.. fun fun fun.. Anyways, you can easily put 50 hours into just playing that mode alone.
Final Verdict- Undead Nightmare pack is a great add on that shouldn’t be missed for its zombie killing, mythical mount riding, Undead Overrun action and great ending should not be missed. Think about it, you get a 6 hour single player campaign with new multiplayer modes for 10 bucks. Pick it up on PSN or Xbox Live….GO…GO….GO!!!! My rating is based of a DLC/add-on scale not a full retail scale.