Blast From the Past: Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

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Last year, I spent way too much money on video games, so this year, I’m looking for any reason not to buy new games.  The best reason?  Work on the backlog of games I’ve acquired over the years.  Red Dead Redemption was one of my favorite games for the PS3.  At the time of this writing, it is one of only 3 games that I have completed on PS3.  During my first play through, the DLC Undead Nightmare hit the console.  I didn’t want to play it until I finished the main game, so I waited to buy it.  After a while, Rockstar decided to release Undead as a retail release.  For me, if there’s an option to buy a physical copy of a game instead of downloading it, I’ll go for the real thing.  As these things seem to do, though, I never did play Undead Nightmare.  Now it is time to remedy that.  How does this DLC adventure fare in regards to the real Red Dead?  Let’s find out.

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As a big fan of AMC’s The Walking Dead, I figured I would enjoy the zombified universe of RDR.  Turns out, I was right.  The game play hasn’t changed from the core of RDR, but what did change made Undead Nightmare really stand out.  There are zombies everywhere and you’ve got to find a cure for your wife and son, if there is one to be found.  That’s the main storyline of Undead Nightmare.  You travel from town to town clearing out zombies and making it safe for survivors…and for you to search for ammo.  Ammunition is a precious commodity in Undead Nightmare…or so the game would like for you to believe.  You get the torch early on and after using it a few times instead of drawing your guns, it is possible to build up a good supply of bullets.  I’m probably halfway through the game, though, so maybe I’ll need all these bullets sooner than I think.

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The humor, beauty, and delightful open world game play from RDR makes a reappearance in Undead Nightmare and I can not be more excited to finish it.  The world of Red Dead has grabbed me again and I’m not too sure I won’t go back to the main game again after finishing this zombie-fest.  If you have not tried Undead Nightmare or the original PS3 release, Red Dead Redemption, do yourself a favor and track down a copy.  Rockstar made it easy by packaging both RDR and Undead Nightmare into a Game of the Year edition that can be found online for around $20.  Each game is worth every penny.  Personally, I think each game is better than GTA4 and I hope Rockstar returns to the wild west soon.

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