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Worth Every Penny!,
This review is from: Red Dead Redemption - Undead Nightmare (PS3) (Video Game)
This is a review I wrote for Undead Nightmare I downloaded from the PSN and is mainly focusing on the single player player content. The disc version features all previous multiplayer DLC Rockstar released for Red Dead Redemption hence the price difference in the review.
If you've been living under a rock this past year chances are you missed Rockstar's critically acclaimed open world wild west game Red Dead Redemption. Over the past few months Rockstar have been heavily supporting the game with multiplayer (yawn) DLC. The latest DLC, however, added in something that I find worth buying - more single player content.
The fact that you get a short but fun new campaign mode for £8 is a deal breaker itself but Rockstar decided to cram in a few extas just for the sake of it. Arriving just in time for Halloween, Undead Nightmare is set after John Marston has saved his family and headed back to his quiet life on his ranch. Everything seems perfect until Uncle arrives home one stormy night, bloody and acting wild, biting John's wife and infecting her with the same virus that is driving everyone crazy for human flesh and his son soon follows.
Yes, Undead Nightmare is a wild west zombie apocalypse. Its up to John to venture out across the open world in search of a cure. You'll visit all the previous towns you did in the original story only now all the towns are under attack from the zombie hordes. This means there are no businesses, so don't be expecting to buy any ammo or knock back a few drinks in the local saloon. This is a fight for survival meaning all shops are gone with their proprietors dead or long gone.
Old characters appear you will remember from the original story, and the cut-scenes return with their wonderful voice actors and well written script. It should take you about 5 - 7 hours to complete the story, depending on if you stop to do the side missions or help those in need around you. Instead of 'Stranger' missions you now get 'Survivor' missions where you can help people out with various tasks and bounties have been replaced with missing person missions. The random encounters can be quite fun. Finding a small camp where a guy has his zombie wife tied up while they both indulged in some cannibalism was quite a site and you can't help but raise an eyebrow at watching someone shoot a loved one that has turned, only to watch them turn the gun on themselves. But that just means more ammo for you.
On the point of ammo, when you venture from your ranch with nothing more then a shotgun and a pistol, it is quite daunting. The only way to find ammo is to loot the bodies of the undead you put down, which can only be killed by a head shot. This greatly adds to the dread of survival as you wonder if you have the ammo to survive another encounter with a zombie horde and I was very much involved. Sadly you'll find an abundance of ammo and guns quickly, taking away any fear you once had. Combat become repetitive once you find you can use your dead eye aim to take out a group zombies without even breaking a sweat.
Overall the missions are fun and creative in the zombie apocalypse scenario. You can ride around and save every town, which is worth doing for those that need their trophy's/achievements. There is also a new gun, the blunderbuss, which fires body parts of the undead and four new horses of the apocalypse to break in. Bigfoot finally appears after years of rumours of him being sighted in San Andreas and there is even a Unicorn to find.
The combat is repetitive, there's an interesting story that adds in a nice blend of survival horror and Rockstars comedy and nice handful of stuff you can do, including a new multiplayer mode where you can team up with your chums and hold off the zombie horde. All this for £8 or 800 MS points. What's not to love here?