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Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare



While not for kids, this zombie shooter is well-made.
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What parents need to know

Positive messages

The purpose of the game is to kill flesh-eating zombies. Sure, they're "undead" (and at times, eating other people), but killing is the name of the game.

Positive role models

The "hero" of the game, John Maston, who is a former outlaw himself, vows to protect his family from the undead until a cure can be found. While his intentions may be noble, he kills thousands of zombies with a myriad of weapons, making him not a good role model.

Ease of play

Those who played Red Dead Redemption will pick up on the game controls quite intuitively, but even those who have not should find this action/adventure fairly easy to learn. Many online gamers are skilled, however, so be sure to tackle the single-player campaign first.


An extremely violent game that has you killing thousands of zombies, "undead" animals and other creatures. This shooter lets you wield shotguns, rifles, dynamite and holy water -- to name a few weapons -- and you can see body parts fly and blood spray when killing enemies. Some slow-motion sequences, such as head shots, add to the gory drama. In one scene you will see a zombie eating blow-up body parts.



Some sexual references in dialogue include "I'll give you a quickie later" and "You're a voyeur."  Some female characters are dressed suggestively, but there is no nudity.


The game has some occasional but strong language, including f--k and s--t, as well as words such as "bitch," "hell," "damn" and "bastard."

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Drinking, drugs, & smoking
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Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is most definitely not for kids. Gamers can kill enemies with many different kinds of weapons -- usually resulting in bloody and gory battles with zombies; blood spurts out of fallen enemies and at times, body parts can be severed or seen strewn on the ground. Players will hear strong profanity and sexual references, too. The game is very online-centric, which opens up other concerns such as interacting with strangers and hearing profanity spoken by other players.This bundle includes previous downloadable add-ons to Red Dead Redemption,
including the "Legends and Killers Pack," "Liars and Cheats Pack" and
the "Undead Nightmare Pack," along with a new single-player story and other extras. This is a stan-alone game  -- you do not need to own the original Red Dead Redemption.

What's it about?

You play as John Marston, a former outlaw who awakens at his farmhouse to see hoards of the undead have taken over towns and outposts across the American frontier. Marston traverses the Old West to find and kill these zombies with every weapon he could find. RED DEAD REDEMPTION: UNDEAD NIGHTMARE includes previous downloadable add-ons to Red Dead Redemption, including the "Legends and Killers Pack," "Liars and Cheats Pack" and the "Undead Nightmare Pack," along with a new single-player story, bonus multiplayer maps and various co-op and competitive game types to tackle online against human opponents.

Is it any good?


Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare is a good game, but it certainly isn't for kids, tweens, or young teens. This gory shooter offers a lot of "bang" for not a lot of bucks ($29.99), including a thrilling single-player campaign featuring undead frontiersmen and animals (and mythical creatures, such as The Four Horses of the Apocalypse), explosive events, new weapons and areas, and much more. The multiplayer component is really where this game shines, though, with many different kinds of games to play -- including an all-new co-op survival mode called Undead Overrun, a new free roam mode called Land Grab and even a fun game of online poker. You can also play as characters from Red Dead Redemption and Red Dead Revolver in the various online games. While bloody and gory, this game is well made, looks great, and offers a ton of gameplay.

Online interaction: The game can be played online, with full unmoderated speech support, therefore players can interact verbally (and virtually) with strangers and listen to profanity. This game supports multiple online modes, including co-op and competitive missions. There is also an online poker game.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about the fascination of zombies in pop culture. Dozens of movies, TV shows, books, games, comics and other entertainment mediums feature zombies these days. What's the appeal?

  • In video games, is killing zombies less controversial than killing

  • other humans? Do you feel more gratification killing the flesh-eating

  • undead?

Game details

Platforms:PlayStation 3, Xbox 360
Available online?Available online
Developer:Rockstar Games
Release date:November 23, 2010
Genre:First Person Shooter
ESRB rating:M for Blood and Gore, Intense Violence, Sexual Themes, Strong Language

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Adult Written byGameemom April 4, 2011

Reviewed by the overprotective, fine for 13+

I am 36 with two 14 year old boys who love the game, at first I was against it, but after they showed it to me when I allowed them to rent it, I was wrong. The violence is constant, but nothing too awful, like call of duty zombies, some words that I hat are used such as s***, I did not hear the f word throughout the game, there are also hardly no sex references in the game, anyway, nothing real world mature kids can't handle.13+
What other families should know
Too much swearing
Educational value
Great messages
Great role models
Parent Written byThegamingguy November 25, 2012

Great alternative for original game.

Let's start wth the basics. This game is based on the popular Rockstar game, Red Dead Redemption. But, this game is much less mature. There is violence, as you can shoot, stab, and light zombies (and humans) on fire. Many zombie games, however, get MUCH more gruesome. the language is also questionable, as you may hear the occasional curse and 1 or 2 f bombs. But, you spend the majority of the game by yourself, so you may not even here vulgar language once. Now, on to sexual content. There is no sex going on at any point in the game, and I have yet to hear any sexual references. There is drinking, but nothing too bad. I think this game is good for ages 11 and up.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Parent of a 8 year old Written byKD43thunder July 11, 2013

Perfect for 13

This game ids definite for a 13 year- old they do swear once in a while but not that much there also isn't a lot of violence but there is a little if you wont let you 13 year old get this your waaaaaaaay over protective or whatevs
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing


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