Red Dead Redemption - Xbox 360

Game Description:Developed by Rockstar San Diego, as a follow up to the 2004 hit game, Red Dead Revolver, Red Dead Redemption is a Western epic, set at the turn of the 20th century when the lawless and chaotic badlands began to give way to the expanding reach of government and the spread of the Industrial Age. The story of former outlaw, John Marston, Red Dead Redemption takes players on a great adventure across the American frontier. "The team at San Diego have massively exceeded our expectations with the sheer depth of experiences in Red Dead Redemption," said Sam Houser, Founder of Rockstar Games. "The seamless combination of breathtaking beauty and intense action, all woven together with strong plotlines in a massive vibrant, rural environment is mind-blowing. We think this game helps to push the limits of what an open-world gaming experience can be." Utilizing Rockstar's proprietary Rockstar Advanced Game Engine (RAGE), Red Dead Redemption features an open-world environment for players to explore, including frontier towns, rolling prairies teeming with wildlife, and perilous mountain passes - each packed with an endless flow of varied distractions. Along the way, players will experience the heat of gunfights and battles, meet a host of unique characters, struggle against the harshness of one of the world's last remaining wildernesses, and ultimately pick their own precarious path through an epic story about the death of the Wild West and the gunslingers that inhabited it.
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Red (Un)Dead Redemption DLC Preview

Red (Un)Dead Redemption DLC Preview

By Harold Goldberg - Posted Oct 08, 2010

It’s a gross night in the unruly Wild West. You’re stuck in a miserable downpour in a rundown cemetery, the kind with above-ground coffins. It’s raining so hard with such vehement intensity that you can barely see. But you know there’s hell in those wooden boxes, so you take a torch and start to burn the evil that lies within. You think that if you set the creeps in their coffins ablaze, eventually, you rid the world of zombies. But the Undead don’t like it, so they attack you. It’s up to you to rock this Casbah by taking these nasties out.

So begins the New York ComicCon demo of the Undead Nightmare campaign, the eagerly awaited downloadable content for Red Dead Redemption (Xbox 360 and PS3). According to Rockstar spokespeople in the booth, the add-on will be about six hours long. It features all new music and old and new characters who are now zombies, which John Marston must kill. Some zombies move slowly, some move with gruesome alacrity like hell on wheels. Don some headphones and you hear them roar, boisterous yet somehow mournful, like lions seeing their cubs massacred.

All the zombies seemed superfast, perhaps because it was my first encounter. If you try to outrun them, they catch up. In my first go round, I kept running in a circle, trying to aim my gun and avoid being eaten. But the zombies completely caught up. After Marston died, I tried again, this time, aiming the blunderbuss more carefully and moving backwards in an effort to keep the evil dead in front of me. This worked better. At the end of the level, a powerful boss leaps from his coffin and a group of zombies whales on you.


According to a Rockstar spokesperson, you’ll travel to various familiar locales during your trip to Undead Nightmare. “This is sort of our chance to do a B-movie style, over-the-top game,” said the spokesperson. “Your horse is a zombie, too, and he’s not that easy to control. He kind of moves this way and that, swerving because he doesn’t have a lot of musculature left. And you’ll deal with a lot of zombie animals, too, like bats. We’ve come up with some native American myths that come alive and manifest themselves as creatures during the game. It’s pretty scary.”

The campaign features reimagined towns, some of which are burning when you ride into them. So, for instance, the town of Armadillo will appear very different in the new campaign. And if you were to fit this DLC into the Red Dead Redemption timeline, it would generally fit into the Home portion, but before the big finale. The overriding question is, is this Marston’s awful dream or is it really happening?

There’s a passel of new weapons, but only two were playable. The melee weapon shown was a torch, which burns zombies to a satisfying crisp. (Not shown was Holy Water, which manifests itself as a blue flame that burns the many mauling cretins that come at you.) As I played, I ended up falling onto a burning coffin, and Marston’s whole body went up in flames. But when I bumped into a nearby zombie, he was all afire and I was no longer being burnt.

Marston’s weapon is a blunderbuss, a ball-firing rifle with a thunderous report which originated back in the 1700s. But Rockstar riffed on the ammo. It now can shoot zombie parts. And when the blunderbuss blasts a zombie in the head, man, it drizzles zombie arms, legs, ribs, marrow and pieces of unrecognizable zombie meat. For moments, the cemetery becomes reddened with the rain of blood. At the end, you’re breathless.

But you’d better gird your loins. There’s a nasty zombie plague out there in Marstonland, and you’ve got to battle these creatures until you discover a cure for humanity. There are pockets of survivors in various towns and they’re running out of ammo. Residents have no idea what caused this epidemic. Yet you’re the key to ending it all.

There was no multiplayer available to play. In fact, not much was said about the multiplayer aspects except that it’s survival of the fittest against waves of zombies. You’ll have to work together as a team to survive the teeming hordes of undead.

While this was a mere snippet of 10 minutes of play, you feel both panic and terror as these sickening, reanimated corpses attempt to bite off more than they can chew. Can Rockstar keep up this unbridled, heart-palpitating frenzy throughout the rest of this downloadable content? Will you feel sheer horror in addition to melee-like terror as the story unfolds? How new and fresh will multiplayer aspect feel? And when, oh, when, is Rockstar going to make an open world horror game? Stay tuned.

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  • CondemnedS8nt

    R* you a$$, i downloaded the new update for red dead, and now when you got to start the game it asks if you wanna play red dead or undead nightmare, but when you click on the undead, it just takes you to the dlc page, why R*, why would you tease us like that.

    Posted: October 24, 2010 3:06 PM
  • awmace5

    Awesome. Just pure awesome!

    Posted: October 10, 2010 5:56 PM
  • kyo2775

    Oh and EMINUS116.... Zombie themes only get old if they're called Land of the Dead or if they're REALLY CRAPPY ZOMBIE SHOOTERS.... THIS is a zombie add on done RIGHT FOR A CHANGE... It's only old if it's done horribly wrong. This is Rockstar, they're not going to eff this up. But I really REALLY want this done for GTA 4... even if it is too little too late.

    Posted: October 10, 2010 11:18 AM
  • kyo2775

    Hey QUTTER..... it's spelled "SPELLED" not "spelt" you ignoramus.

    Posted: October 10, 2010 11:14 AM
  • SomeSortofLazer

    What OP said.

    Posted: October 10, 2010 1:15 AM
  • dirty_glasses

    Awesome! Now just gotta wait til they offer the ALL the DLC as a single package deal...then I get all o 'dem HAR HAR! Still trying to finish Advanced Co-op anyways :)

    Posted: October 9, 2010 10:45 PM
  • eminus1116

    i see..so everything has to be...ZOMBIFIED????this premise is really getting old.

    Posted: October 9, 2010 6:04 PM
  • SirCitadel

    aaaaahh why the hell did i sell this back to gamestop... oh because i paid off MOH for 14 bucks. still. im seriously thinking about buying it again just to play this dlc. sounds awesome.

    Posted: October 9, 2010 12:11 AM
  • Angelicsin87

    His last name is "Marston", not Marsten. Sorry, jus wanted to point that out as I read.

    Posted: October 8, 2010 11:59 PM
  • GunslingerD7

    wow this sounds like a ton of fun!

    and an open world horror game would be awesome!

    Posted: October 8, 2010 7:28 PM
  • Qutter

    Marston. His name is spelt MARSTON, not MARSTEN. Come on, guys, this is pretty bad. You're better than this.

    Other than that, good read. Can't wait!

    Posted: October 8, 2010 7:19 PM
  • Mystical_Knight

    Finally, the single-player dlc, been waiting for this. I don't do MP at all, so I've been waiting patiently for this to come out after the 2 MP dlc's. I thought they were releasing another MP dlc and then this single player one was going to be the last of the 4. I guess the other MP one will just be coming along with this one, as opposed to being separate like the first 2.

    Posted: October 8, 2010 6:31 PM
  • ARCHER99

    An open world horror game......Would be fantastic!!

    Posted: October 8, 2010 4:57 PM
  • StayPuft

    This is dlc is going to be amazing!

    Posted: October 8, 2010 4:48 PM
  • camaro72toy

    do the zombies regenerate or die off, and when they do die, do they dissapear?, or do they stay there? and can ya skin a zombie?

    Posted: October 8, 2010 4:47 PM
  • Rudolph24

    aaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaawwwwwwwwweees ssssoooooooooooooommmmmeeeeeee ee
    hopin they make multiplayer :)

    Posted: October 8, 2010 4:29 PM