Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Undead Redemption

Being that today is the Day of the Dead, I thought I would play a game fitting the season. But what to play? I want to play a Zombie survival game that is free roaming with an expansive area to wonder and run from the undead. Something like that awesome free roam western game, Red Dead Redemption...Hmm...What's this?

Oh My God, Yes!
My prayers have been answered. Rockstar Games has heard my plea and has given me a glorious thing. Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is a short horror game available for download on the Playstation Network and Xbox Live Arcade. Set within the storyoriginal game, this DLC's story takes place shortly after John Marston returns home from his adventure in the regular game. A terrible storm is brewing, and all across the land, the dead are rising from the grave to feast on the flesh of the living. Marston rides out to find an answer to "why?" Along the way, he runs into familiar faces from RDD as he battles with the unholy demon hordes of undead.

The controls handle exactly the same way as in the regular game, however, there is a less abundance of weapons and ammunition. Hundreds of zombies roam the land, and only a few dozen survivors can be found holed up in the once thriving towns. Not only are the recently deceased humans on the rampage, but the skies are filled with cursed bats, and the wilderness is home to undead animals seeking to devour anyone who still lives. You can even ride on undead horses.

The ambiance is amazing, and really fit the intended mood. A dark haze blankets the land, and the sun is rarely seen, with frequent rains and overcast days. And you never know when you'll run into a legion of undead. You need to stay on your toes at all times. Just because you can't see them, doesn't mean they're not there. Many times I found myself standing over the last zombie's body, when all of a sudden there's another fifty or so, springing up out of the ground!

Marston must roam the country, saving towns and helping the survivors. There is plenty to keep the player occupied, from fending off the zombie hordes to hunting down the elusive sasquatch, searching for buried treasure, and even breaking in the four horses of the apocalypse. Each with its own special power. War has the ability to smite your trampled enemies in hellfire, Pestilence is nearly impossible to kill, Famine never tires, and Death causes your trampled enemies' heads to explode!

With new weapons and outfits to find, the zombie apocalypse is a fun ride to enjoy, but be careful, because you might become a zombie yourself!
This game had me terrified and at the same time, reveling in its awesomeness.
It's a bit glitchy, but so was RDD. A great buy, $9.99 on PSN. Totally worth it. 10+ hours of gameplay; and as always with Rockstar Games, the ability to continue to free roam after the story mode ends, and that's always a good thing. It is possibly the best zombie game out there. Now, if only it were a full length game.

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