One of my favorite games this year is Rockstar's Red Dead Redemption—a sandbox title that takes the gameplay and irreverent humor of Grand Theft Auto and shifts it to the old west. Rather than carjacking, players spend their time rustling cattle, ripping people off horses, and deciding whether to be an avenging angel or black-hatted bad guy.

Since the title has no real horror element at all (aside from a supporting character who loves the dead a little too much…), I never got to post about Red Dead Redemption here. That changes now, with the debut of the official trailer for Undead Nightmare, a new downloadable add-on that finds main character John Marston trying to find a cure for the zombie outbreak sweeping across the frontier.

While Red Dead Redemption is hardly the first title to shoehorn zombies into a game where they seemingly have no business being, I think this one has a great chance of succeeding. A zombie western sounds cool enough, but imagining the undead in Red Dead Redemption's unique universe has me pretty excited. And, as anyone who's played through the original game knows, the idea of the dead coming back to life could have some very interesting implications within the title's main storyline.

Check out the trailer and read about some of the new things Rockstar has in mind for Undead Nightmare.

Rockstar unveiled the trailer for the new content yesterday (that's it below…). The company promises a fairly lengthy single-player adventure as well as new gameplay mechanics, zombie animals (zombie grizzly bears! I'll start stocking up on Depends now, thank you), mythical creatures, and even a brand new location.

The company has yet to reveal when this new material will be available for download (is it too much to hope it's out before Halloween? Spending the night of October 31st putting myself into a diabetic coma while watching horror movies and killing cowboy zombies sounds damn near perfect to me…), but we do know that it will retail for $9.99 on the PS3 and 800 Microsoft Points on the Xbox 360. Yeehaw! Let's rustle up some zombies!

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken

Mike Bracken is a 43-year-old writer and bohemian living in Florida with a mountain of movies, books, and video games.

A film critic by trade, specializing in Euro-horror, cult exploitation, and Asian action cinema, Mike has written reviews for a diverse group of print and online publications. He covers horror news, movies, books, and games at TheHorrorGeek.com and Horrorsquad.com and spent two seasons as The Horror Geek on Comedy Central's pop-culture game show, Beat the Geeks.

Mike's childhood was spent playing videogames any time he got a chance. His parents had a Pong console and his grandmother had an Atari 2600, where Mike cultivated his skills by playing hour upon hour of games like Space Invaders, Berserk, and Asteroids. From those early experiences Mike learned one thing: he loved games.

In 1999, Mike became a staff reviewer at Cinescape Magazine's website where he spent a year learning the craft of game criticism. After internal changes led to Mike leaving Cinescape in late 2000, he joined up with RPGFan in 2001 and spent several years writing reviews for them. Happy, but looking for an opportunity to expound on a wider variety of titles, Mike joined GameCritics.com and hopes to help Chi, Dale, and the rest of the GC staff bring a higher level of respect to the field of game criticism.
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