Video Game Review: Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Details: Originally released in 2010. Spent about eight hours playing through it. Official site is http://www.rockstargames.com/reddeadredemption/dlc/undead

Score: 6.5/10

Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is a stand alone expansion to Red Dead Redemption. That means you don’t need to buy the base game in order to play this. If you loved the base game, then you should play this. Otherwise, you won’t miss anything by skipping this expansion.

Undead Nightmare takes place right before the very end of Red Dead Redemption. A zombie plague breaks out and John Marston must travel the land to figure out what’s wrong and save his family. As you travel the land you meet up with old characters, both alive and dead. Suffice it to say, if you haven’t beaten the base game, you’ll see a lot of unfamiliar faces.

It’s a short experience with little story and lots of repetitive tasks. The majority of the experience is simply going somewhere and killing a bunch of zombies there. Then rinse and repeat. You have to collect a few items through the main quest. Otherwise, this is a short, repetitive experience.

The same issues that plagued the main game are present here. Controls are wonky and not as responsive as in other games. While the open world is large and pretty (as pretty as a barren wasteland can be), it is mostly empty with little to do. In the base game, a stronger story helped cover up the weaknesses in the gameplay. In this expansion, the story is weaker so the gameplay weaknesses are more exposed.

Overall, this wasn’t that great of a game. I’d only recommend this game to people who love this franchise and the base game. Otherwise, skip this repetitive reuse of the base game’s assets.

Score: 6.5/10

 

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