Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Common Sense Media says

While not for kids, this zombie shooter is well-made.





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.

Parents say

Kids say

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:Xbox 360, PlayStation 3
Available online?Not 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 (PlayStation 3, Xbox 360)

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Parent of a 15 year old Written byIans father January 15, 2011

Good for teens

This is a game that try's to accurately depict a very violent, and unstable period of time. Let it be known that there are messages hidden under the violence (of which there are admittedly large amounts) some of which have to do with the gray line between right and wrong, as well as the way that the government, and the general population view reformed criminals. If you take time to explain some of the deeper meanings to your child there are undeniable benefits to letting them play this game. The Undead Nightmare DLC is an excellent look at how, in reality the actions of most people are little more than that of a reanimated corpse. Beyond this it is an excellent way to have your children overcome some preconceived notions about different types of people. By letting them play any game where social statuses are severely redefined allows an excellent chance to show that under all the societal boundaries that we put up we are not all that different. There are still things that you need to consider when allowing your children to play this or any other game, mainly being is your child able to look at a game and see beyond what is at face value, and if not are they at least able to handle what is present to them and put it to use in a beneficial way. Overall, I feel that after the age of 15, it is permissible to allow any children to play this game, as long as they are able to see deeper meanings, or understand that the actions that are permissible in video games are not necessarily accepted in real life. Despite how I feel, it is ultimately based upon the maturity of the child that you have raised.
What other families should know
Too much sex
Educational value
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
Teen, 13 years old Written byJC0203 December 30, 2010

e.g. Perfect for teens

i love this game, sure its violent but no kids will go on a massacre. if your kid is mature enough for this content, i recommoned it. 14 and older.
What other families should know
Too much violence
Too much swearing
Too much drinking/drugs/smoking


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