RDR: Undead Nightmare – review
Zombies, mythical creatures, paradoxically grotesque situations and exceptional ending. The above sentence describes the newest DLC to Red Dead Redemption titled Undead Nightmare. This review aims to cover the story, some new items and weapons, and all of the changes in comparison with the basic version of RDR. In terms of graphics, sound and gameplay there is no difference, so I do not describe these aspects, but if you want to read about them read my Red Dead Redemption review.
I shall start from the plot which does not belong to the official canon,but represents an outstanding quality. We have a widespread plague of zombies, the return of John Marston as the main character and most of the supporting, charismatic characters (not always fully alive) have also returned. If you don’t care for some spoilers, you will fine a description of the beginning of the story at the end of this review. The main plot alone provides about four hours of fun.
New weapons, such as the Blunderbuss (shotgun loaded with the remnants of undead bodies), torch, holy water and exploding lure for zombies were added. As well as four horses of the Apocalypse (famine, plague, war and death) that have special abilities. Animals were turned into zombie versions and creatures like a unicorn or the Sasquatch (with a sad story related to it) can be found. In addition some of the items can be made through the inventory as soon as we there is the right amount of ingredients. About the new outfits, treasures, side missions, I will say only that they are present and are doing well.
With regard to the gameplay – it is rather hard to die. Escape from opponents is as simple as that. Yes, there are different kind of undead (including one very fast) but with a little help of the Dead Eye system there is no problem to shoot straight into the skull of a most of the enemies. The key to success is to avoid being overrun by opponents. The game map is the same as in the main game, but cities are boarded up and defended by the last living groups of people. For help in defending they award you with ammo, which is the most valuable item because stores do not work, and there are tons of zombies to kill.
Multiplayer in this DLC allows you to play, for example, the Undead Overrun mode which relies on the joint fight against waves of incoming zombies. As most of similar modes known from other games, the Undead Overrun mode is very addictive. They also added some new characters to choose from, as well as new titles, trophies and achievements.
Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is a 10 out of 10. It is an ideally shaped DLC that should be treated as a model to follow. A full-fledged, albeit grotesque story, great multiplayer mode and a bunch of new items, weapons, and things to do.