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5.0 out of 5 stars This is how DLC should be done!, January 2, 2012
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This review is from: Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare - Playstation 3 (Video Game)
Originally released as downloadable content (DLC) for the amazing Red Dead Redemption (see my earlier review of this game), Undead Nightmare has made itself more accessible for widespread consumption via this retail disc release, and this is a great thing. In an age where many publishers are releasing/using DLC in controversial ways, Rockstar has proven this generation to be ahead of the pack in releasing substantial, meaningful post-release content, and Undead Nightmare is no different.

You step back into the shoes of John Marston, one of gaming's great characters, and plunge back into the Old West in an apocalyptic adventure that is darker and more grim than Red Dead Redemption. Flesh eating zombies have infested the landscape of early 20th century Southwestern America and Mexico, and when his wife and child become infected with the plague, John sets out to find out what has happened and to eradicate it once and for all. Undead Nightmare has something of a survival-horror feel to it. Since stores and basically the entire economy of the Old West have disappeared in the face of this plague, the only currency that matters is bullets. Naturally, with hordes of zombies everywhere, you do a lot more shooting in Undead Nightmare than you did in Red Dead Redemption, and this works out very well for the gameplay. You gain access to your weapons much quicker, and ammunition proves to be a very important element in not just your own survival, but in the survival of other survivors you meet along the way. Characters from the main game return (sometimes in various forms) and the game has a surprisingly intriguing story, which is something I wasn't expecting. Like the great zombie movies of the past, there is strong satirical commentary (one woman blames the plague on the USA's refusal to "close the border"). The sharp humor from the main game is still here, as are many moments of suspense and terror that bring a new element to the game world.

All the great gameplay from the original game is here. The entire game world is still here, albeit transformed to appear much more ruined. Your dead eye gauge (which slows down time to let you get more accurate shots) fills much faster to help you deal with the undead hordes everywhere. There are some excellent moments with the native wildlife, who have also become stricken with the plague, and new mechanics are introduced, as well as new weapons. Altogether here, there is about 8-10 hours of additional content, not including every side mission as well as added multiplayer content. Rockstar has set a great example here on how to add content to a game that really breathes new life into it and gives excellent value for the money. If you enjoyed Red Dead Redemption, this is really something that should not be missed.
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