Red Dead Redemption is undoubtedly one of the big contenders fighting for the crown of this years' best. With the game's fresh take on the Wild West, gamers flocked to check out the open world on horseback. Since the release, the successful title has launched three of four announced DLC packs with the goal to keep the gameplay new and updated.
After the Outlaws to the End update was released, which brought online co-op to the game, we got the announcement of the four upcoming DLC's. Legends and Killers brought in tomahawk projectiles, nine multiplayer map locations, eight new characters and new achievements. The Free Roam Pack, which was ultimately grouped with Legends and Killers, unlocked the ability to do as you please in multiplayer as you would between missions in single player. Liars and Cheats brought a lot more to multiplayer with the addition of poker and dice games, horse racing, gang hideouts and hunting grounds. They also threw in a bonus unannounced free DLC (out today!) called the Hunting and Trading Outfits Pack, which gives you more outfits for Marston with their respective bonuses and the elusive Jackalope as a new animal for hunting.
The DLC packs so far have received varied feedback from the gaming community, with one more confirmed DLC left to 'redeem' interest in the game.
Enter the fourth pack: Undead Nightmare.
Undead Nightmare brings a new dynamic to the Western game with the addition of zombies. John Marston must cleanse the town of a zombie outbreak by making the undead dead again. We've heard the details about the pack already, however we had the chance to get hands-on with the wild west zombie apocalypse at New York Comic Con.
The DLC brings in two new weapons, the torch and the blunderbuss. The torch is a melee weapon that allows you to set zombies on fire, strike them or stab them in the head with it when in close quarters. The blunderbuss is extremely powerful, and its ammo consists of zombie parts. You earn the parts by looting zombies, but you can't loot them if you took them out with the blunderbuss because they actually explode from its power.
The demo mission Rockstar Games showed us took place in a small cemetery. There is a coffin in the middle that you must light on fire with the torch in order to start the mission. Upon lighting the coffin, the zombies start to rise and reveal their appetite for your brains. As you take them out and maintain survival, you have to light the rest of the coffins in the cemetary to stop them from rising. Once the coffins are lit, you have to clear out the rest of the remaining zombies to complete the mission.
There were different types of zombies in the demo of the DLC as well. Aside from the classic lumbering zombie, there is a heavy-set charger that knocks you over and there is a fast-crawling zombie that catches up to you with ease, so you'll have to be quick to dodge or trigger that dead eye aim.
The overall gameplay was entertaining, and it was definitely a new experience to have mobs of undead chasing you around, rather than other gun-wielding enemies who maintain cover or attack while horseback.
There were no zombie animals in the demo, but we know they will be included based on released screenshots of the Undead Nightmare pack. Other game modes are also yet to be revealed within the zombie realm, though I'm sure we can expect a healthy serving of zombies in the Wild West - and just in time for the Halloween season.
When asked about the criticism from the gaming community about "jumping on the bandwagon" of the zombie genre, Rockstar stated that they built this DLC by fan request.
Also, with Undead Nightmare being the last of the announced DLC packs for the game, we asked if there are plans to push out any more. All focus was put on the Hunting and Trading Outfits Pack as new DLC, and Rockstar did not comment on releasing anything else additional.
In the meantime, and until we get confirmation on what other plans are to add to Red Dead Redemption, we'll have to keep the West cleansed of the rising dead. This has the opportunity to be the better of the released DLC packs. Undead Nightmare could bring you to throw on that duster coat yet again, and give Halo: Reach a break while you make your return to New Austin.
The Undead Nightmare Pack is set to rise from the ground very soon for Xbox 360 via XBLA and PS3 via PSN for $9.99/800 MS points.
Are you Ranters looking forward to the Undead Nightmare DLC for Red Dead Redemption? What else are you hoping to see out of it? What other types of DLC would you like to see for Red Dead Redemption?