Anytime I hear zombies and video game in the same sentence, I get a stiffy. Undead Nightmare was no different. The events of Undead Nightmare take place toward the end of Red Dead Redemption with John Marston returning home to his family, only to fall victims to a zombie outbreak. Marston’s wife and son are both bitten and change into the undead. Oddly and funny enough, John’s solution is to leave them both hog tied and inside the Marston home until John can make sense of this ordeal. This isn’t some bullshit expansion, it almost feels like you’re playing the whole game all over again just with a different theme and different objectives.
Going out and killing some zombies with the auto-aim sounded really easy and I was convinced that I would blow right through this in a few hours. Nope. What they don’t tell you right away is that the zombie hordes are crazy. You may run up on you in groups of 5 or 6, but as soon as you dispatch them, there are 5 or 6 more running around the corner. This can get a little intense at times. I love playing ANY zombie game in the dark with the volume all the way up and this was no exception. I won’t give it away, but there was something about these zombies that just ran up and grabbed me. What makes for a bigger pain in the ass is the ammo situation. With each town overrun by zombies, there are no more shops to buy or sell stuff. In fact, money is completely worthless in the game. Instead of townsfolk giving you money for saving them, you get paid in ammo or you just have to find it by searching each individual zombie corpse that you lay out. THAT can become very time consuming, so watch your ammo. Even more messed up, even the animals in the game are amongst the undead. They die just the same and you can still harvest their undead parts, but not for selling. That’s a bit of freshness you’re gonna have to just play to find out for yourself. Even your trusty steeds are dead-ish. The cool part about that is now you don’t have to worry about your horse’s energy or stamina. You do however need to pay close attention to what you’re doing when riding because these assholes have no sense of direction and will veer off into a random direction. This will tighten up your butt hole a little while traveling across bridges and railroads over water. I have died twice because of this, so my advice, just walk across. It’s not all bad. If you’re lucky, just like in Red Dead Redemption, there are a few special breeds you may come across during the game, each with its own special attributes. You also run into a lot of familiar faces from before, like Mr. West Dickens, The Macfarlanes, Seth and more, all dealing the zombie epidemic. I’m not going to ruin the ending for ya’ll, but let me say that it is VERY dope to see how things turn out.
For you multiplayer buffs, no worries, there’s some freshness for you too. I haven’t played much of it, but there are several zombie characters that you can use, and a handful of survival style games that you can play including one called “Undead Overrun”, where you and three other players work together to blast on multiple waves of zombies in a graveyard.