Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare

Game review by
Marc Saltzman, Common Sense Media
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Parents recommendPopular with kids
While not for kids, this zombie shooter is well-made.

Parents say

age 12+
Based on 9 reviews

Kids say

age 13+
Based on 27 reviews

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A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this game.

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 & Representations

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."

Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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.

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
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 w... Continue reading
Parent of a 14-year-old Written bygamerdad13 February 3, 2013

not sexual, not many swears, zombie violence

Could not see any sexual aspects to this game, its mainly about killing zombies which is ok as not actual people. some swear words but not many. fine for a 14 y... Continue reading
Teen, 14 years old Written bypappabear2010 May 15, 2011
How does killing zombies not make you a good role model? He saves the world from certain annahilation.
Kid, 10 years old March 15, 2017


It was a great game with a amazing open world feature. Your wife and son turn into zombies at the beginning and there is a lot of gore throughout the game. You... Continue reading

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.

Talk to your kids 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
  • Price: $29.99
  • 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
  • Last updated: June 19, 2019

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