Review: Red Dead Redemption – Undead Nightmare DLC


Marston will be doing a lot of this during his adventures in Undead Nightmare.

I don’t often (or ever) purchase DLC. But, when I first heard about Undead Nightmare DLC for one of my favorite games of the year, Red Dead Redemption, I knew I’d purchase it. But should you?

Short answer: Absolutely.

Long answer: if you enjoyed Red Dead Redemption, and are looking for a Halloween-y themed game with terrific graphics, a great story, and some of the funniest dialog this side of GLaDOS, then you should run to your PS3, go to PlayStation Store and download this game right now. It is completely and utterly worth it.

After you download and install Undead Nightmare, you’re greeted with probably one of the greatest opening cutscenes in history. I laughed out loud a couple of times. Undead Nightmare plays itself off as a B-movie parody, and it’s pitch perfect. The laughter continues during Marshall Johnson’s mission, when a cutscene has John Marston return to Armadillo, and have a conversation with Armadillo’s resident homophobic, antisemitic racist bigot, Herbert Moon. After Moon launches into a tirade about how “Jewish British Catholic homosexuals” are responsible for the zombies infesting RDR’s world, he then walks away, and is almost immediately attacked by three zombies is by far the funniest part of the game.

However, the missions are repetitive, and at the beginning of the game, it’s not clear that you should aim for the head. In the first combat sequence, I shot the zombie about sixteen times in the chest with a shotgun, yet it still kept getting up. It was only after I was about to shoot at the chest again, like the idiot I am, before something clicked and said “hey, why not a head shot?” Lo and behold, it worked. After that, I was sent roaming around New Austin and West Elizabeth (Mexico isn’t open from the beginning).

There’s a ton of new minigames to do, my favorite is retaking towns which have been overrun by the undead. You look for survivors on rooftops, climb up there with them, and begin sniping the undead with pretty much every weapon you have. You can also go into one of several graveyards in the game and “cleanse” them, by burning unburied coffins whilst zombies begin crawling out of their graves. At the end of these missions, bosses will climb out of their graves and attack you. These bosses are usually characters from the original game that Marston killed. Cleansing is a very challenging minigame, as you’re trying to balance Marston’s personal safety with destroying coffins while trying to kill a graveyard filled with zombies. There’s also “Missing Persons”, replacing Bounties from the original RDR. They work the same way Bounties did; you ride out to the area where the person is, except instead of taking down a horde of gang members, you have to take down a horde of zombies surrounding the person.

Another feature is multiple Bigfoots (Bigfeet?) roaming the forested region of the map, Tall Trees. Six of them roam, but you have to kill them for a Stranger Sidequest, “The Birth of the Conservation Movement”. Once you kill one of them, you’re rewarded with the Trophy “Six Years in the Making”, a clear reference to the unconfirmed Bigfoot sightings in Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas, which was released in 2004. Bigfoot isn’t the only mythical creature appearing in Undead Nightmare.

These horses ain't screwing around.

The Biblical Four Horses of the Apocalypse, Death, Pestilence, Famine and War, appear as mounts for the player to tame and use, each with their own special undead-fighting ability. Also appearing is the Chupacabra (sort of the Bigfoot of Mexico in real life) and a unicorn. Yes, a unicorn appears as a mount in this game. It’s next to impossible to find, but it’s there.

There’s a few new weapons; phosphorus bullets, bullets that light the undead menace on fire and provide for one-hit kills, the blunderbuss, a huge rifle-shotgun hybrid that obliterates zombies into a red puddle, and is great to use in close quarters, Holy Water, which lights zombies ablaze in blue fire, zombie bait, similar to animal bait from the original RDR, zombie bait is a concoction mixed by Nigel West Dickens which attracts zombies to a single location, providing for easy shooting as they’re all crowded around the bait, boom bait, which uses a bottle of zombie bait with a stick of dynamite inserted in the neck, for zombie-blasting fun, and the torch, which replaces the hunting knife from RDR. It’s not the most affective weapon, but useful as a melee weapon with a one-on-one fight with a zombie, as well as for cleansing graveyards.

You probably shouldn't use the torch when taking on a zombified cougar, though.

Several zombified animals have also made their way onto the map. Zombie bears roam Tall Trees, zombie cougars are everywhere, zombie wolves roam in packs of terror around New Austin, zombie coyotes in Mexico, zombie boars are around the MacFarlane Ranch and other areas of Hennigan’s Stead, zombie dogs are found in overrun towns and zombie bulls are seen grazing trailside.  All of these creatures are dangerous, and all of them are 20 times harder to hill now that only headshots kill them.

Undead Nightmare seems to borrow several zombies from another famous zombie shooter, Left 4 Dead. Bruisers, Bolters and Retchers are basically Wild West versions of Chargers, Hunters (sort of) and Spitters from L4D. They aren’t that hard to dispatch, as they’re susceptible to headshots just like the rest, but they will cause much more damage than the regular undead.

The DLC is not without it’s faults. There’s the occasional framerate drop that plagued the original RDR, and twice during cutscenes, all the character models became clunky and cartoony, as if they had just walked out of a PlayStation 1 game with terrible graphics, even by PSOne standards. The game corrected those glitches both times after only a few seconds, however, and didn’t affect the game very much. The zombie horses also are much more difficult to control than regular horses, but this publicized during the promotion of Undead Nightmare.

There’s also two new multiplayer modes, “Undead Overrun” and “Land Grab”. I haven’t spent any time with Undead Nightmare online, but I haven’t tried either of them yet. Apparently, “Undead Overrun” is a mode where you and a few buddies face off never ending waves of the undead, and “Land Grab” isn’t even zombie related, but has a group of players fight for control of locations in the major towns on the map, facing an onslaught of not-undead enemies.

Undead Nightmare is short, fun, addicting, and a great excuse to get back into RDR. Overall, I give the Undead Nightmare DLC a 95 out of 100. Pick it up off PSN for $9.99 ($7.99 for PlayStation Plus subscribers) or combined with the other DLC packs (Liars & Cheats, Legends & Killers and Outlaws to the End) for $19.99. It will also be released on a disc on November 23, costing around $30.

This review is based on a retail copy of the PS3 version of Red Dead Redemption provided by Rockstar Games.


Written by: MAINEiac4434 - News Contributor


  1. #1 by EdEN on October 29th, 2010 [ 141871 Points ]

    My boss owns RDR and I’m seriously considering buying the DLC bundle so he can lend me the game in december. $20 for $20 worth of content is ALMOST 50% which is my ideal purchase point for anything on PSN sooo…

  2. #2 by Oly on October 29th, 2010 [ 132235 Points ]

    “with terrific graphics”.. You should have said Terrorific!! lol

    Great review.. although I have yet to play it myself, my son and his 2 best friends are raving about it.

    I did see the opening and Marston in pj’s FTW.. lol

  3. #3 by Luke on October 29th, 2010 [ 27382 Points ]

    AHAHHA I love how he ties the zombie wife up and his zombie kid and gives them their dinner on a plate and tells them to play nice and he runs off to save the world!

  4. #4 by Josh on October 29th, 2010 [ 190 Points ]

    Now this game is my cup of tea

  5. #5 by UbeRamza on October 29th, 2010 [ 915 Points ]

    This is what great DLC is all about, they did such an amazing job and its worth every penny. FrenchK and I along with one of his friends played Undead Overrun and we had a blast and I can’t wait to get another posse and play it again. As for Land Grab, I didn’t enjoy it at all but then again I’m still at a low level and don’t have alot of the best weapons so that may be a good reason why.
    Undead Nightmare is a must buy.

  6. #6 by donifar on October 29th, 2010 [ 890 Points ]

    just got back to the us in the original story of rdr. now sure how much time i have left in the campaign, but this sounds like a good thing to pick up when i finish to main campaign.

  7. #7 by MAINEiac4434 on October 29th, 2010 [ 3494 Points ]

    EdEN: My boss owns RDR and I’m seriously considering buying the DLC bundle so he can lend me the game in december. $20 for $20 worth of content is ALMOST 50% which is my ideal purchase point for anything on PSN sooo…  

    Buy it. Definitely. Take my word, Undead Nightmare is awesome. Buy the original RDR when you get the chance; the single player in that is worth it.

  8. #8 by LOKO117 on October 29th, 2010 [ 2940 Points ]

    Great review. Everything is on point. Undead Nightmare is a definite must buy.

    Rockstar claimed the “zombie experience” would be much better being set in an already existing world and they were oh so right. Seeing familiar characters from the original and how the plague has affected them and their families is quite enjoyable.

  9. #9 by Yourgor on October 29th, 2010 [ 940 Points ]

    yeah this game was great, if you like RDR you will like this if you dont then you were never a fan of RDR even if you say so. I like the fact its a new map not as big as RDR but its new and very cool, RDR zombie land lol but yeah I had lots of fun on this game.

  10. #10 by MAINEiac4434 on October 29th, 2010 [ 3494 Points ]

    Oly: “with terrific graphics”.. You should have said Terrorific!!lolGreat review.. although I have yet to play it myself, my son and his 2 best friends are raving about it. I did see the opening and Marston in pj’s FTW.. lol  

    Lol! I probably should have. Your son and his friends have excellent taste, my friend.

    It’s funny, his pajamas are actually a usable outfit in the game. I guess it’s RDR’s response to the crazy outfits in Dead Rising 2?

    Josh: Now this game is my cup of tea  

    That part truly had me laughing out loud. Rockstar sure has some funny guys writing their games.

    donifar: just got back to the us in the original story of rdr.now sure how much time i have left in the campaign, but this sounds like a good thing to pick up when i finish to main campaign.  

    Yeah, there are some spoilers in Undead Nightmare. People should definitely finish the original game’s storyline before diving into this DLC.

    LOKO117: Great review. Everything is on point. Undead Nightmare is a definite must buy.Rockstar claimed the “zombie experience” would be much better being set in an already existing world and they were oh so right. Seeing familiar characters from the original and how the plague has affected them and their families is quite enjoyable.  

    Agree entirely! I sort of wish they came out with a zombie mode for GTA IV, but Undead Nightmare more than makes up for that.

    Yourgor: yeah this game was great, if you like RDR you will like this if you dont then you were never a fan of RDR even if you say so. I like the fact its a new map not as big as RDR but its new and very cool, RDR zombie land lol but yeah I had lots of fun on this game.  

    Actually, the map is exactly the same, except with a new location added in Mexico. It’s just that Mexico isn’t open from the beginning of the game. You’ll be able to go into Mexico after the last of Nigel West Dickens’ missions.

  11. #11 by dave on October 29th, 2010

    MAINEiac4434: Lol! I probably should have. Your son and his friends have excellent taste, my friend.It’s funny, his pajamas are actually a usable outfit in the game. I guess it’s RDR’s response to the crazy outfits in Dead Rising 2?That part truly had me laughing out loud. Rockstar sure has some funny guys writing their games.Yeah, there are some spoilers in Undead Nightmare. People should definitely finish the original game’s storyline before diving into this DLC.Agree entirely! I sort of wish they came out with a zombie mode for GTA IV, but Undead Nightmare more than makes up for that.Actually, the map is exactly the same, except with a new location added in Mexico. It’s just that Mexico isn’t open from the beginning of the game. You’ll be able to go into Mexico after the last of Nigel West Dickens’ missions.  ^

    ok cool thanks, I was wondering

  12. #12 by UbeRamza on October 30th, 2010 [ 915 Points ]

    MAINEiac4434 I also wanted to say that your review was excellent. I was very impressed from start to finish and I can’t wait to read your next review.

  13. #13 by MAINEiac4434 on October 30th, 2010 [ 3494 Points ]

    UbeRamza: MAINEiac4434 I also wanted to say that your review was excellent. I was very impressed from start to finish and I can’t wait to read your next review.  

    Thanks man! I have a very tight budget on which to buy games, so my next review my not be for awhile, though :/

  14. #14 by Gibb on October 30th, 2010 [ 2415 Points ]

    Excellent review.. bought it.. still have to play it.. damn that Fallout 3 game!

  15. #15 by Moatasim on October 30th, 2010

    Very Nice Review!! I Cant wait to play it!! Did you know that R* is launching a New RDR Edition which will include all the DLC of RDR in one disc. No need for downloading content! I am waiting for the Disk!

  16. #16 by MAINEiac4434 on November 1st, 2010 [ 3494 Points ]

    Gibb: Excellent review.. bought it.. still have to play it.. damn that Fallout 3 game!  

    Haha, Fallout 3 is addicting, and probably a better game in most respect than RDR. I just think that RDR is the best non-PS3 exclusive game to hit the market this year (Heavy Rain is the best game to hit in general this year).

  17. #17 by MAINEiac4434 on November 1st, 2010 [ 3494 Points ]

    Moatasim: Very Nice Review!! I Cant wait to play it!! Did you know that R* is launching a New RDR Edition which will include all the DLC of RDR in one disc. No need for downloading content! I am waiting for the Disk!  

    Thanks bud. Yeah, I knew that. It was the last thing I wrote in the article. Hitting stores November 23 and should cost around $30. None of the other RDR DLC interests me, so I decided just to download Undead Nightmare off PSN, and forget the disk.

  18. #18 by Richard on November 3rd, 2010

    Do I have to finish the regular RDR campaign before I can play UDN? As I have have paid and downloaded it from PS store, but in RDR, I see it, but cant play it?

    Please help

  19. #19 by Richard on November 3rd, 2010

    Dont worry…region DLRs. figured it out.

  20. #20 by donifar on November 3rd, 2010 [ 890 Points ]

    Richard, i highly recommend you finish RDR. i did so last night, and then fired up UDN. There are some spoilers in UDN. also, RDR is fricking amazing.

  21. #21 by isaiah on February 18th, 2011

    this game is soo much fun i bought it on disk and iv finished the game :). p.s dont read this bit its a spoiler when u finish the game u turn into zombe marston its cool.

  22. #22 by MAINEiac4434 on March 6th, 2011 [ 3494 Points ]

    isaiah: this game is soo much fun i bought it on disk and iv finished the game :) . p.s dont read this bit its a spoiler when u finish the game u turn intozombe marston its cool.  

    I knew that before I bought the game, but people on here might not. Don’t just say “a spoiler is coming” or something, actually put a spoiler tag in, like this: http://www.ps3blog.net/2010/02/12/spoiler-alert-spoiler-alert/


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