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Why Red Dead's Undead Nightmare co-op is as good as Left 4 Dead or COD's Nazi Zombies

Undead Nightmare’s single player is a big deal. Hell, if you’ve read our hands-on, which features zombie cougars, flaming Horses of the Apocalypse, and a rumoured six hour story (which sees you shooting the hordes of the dead with a goddamn elephant rifle) you won’t be too surprised.


Above: Safety in numbers is a good idea... well, until zombies start to eat your face off

What you probably don’t know, is Red Dead: Redemption’s latest DLC also has a four player co-op mode, called Undead Overrun. And it just happens to match Valve’s zombie masterpiece and World at War’s stupidly addictive mini-game for amazing multiplayer mayhem. We were lucky enough to play a few matches with Rockstar at its London offices last week. All the details below.


It’s Left 4 Dead… with a time limit

Imagine if you could take the open environments and tight, tactical co-op from Valve’s title. Now, add World at War’s escalating system of throwing endless waves of ever more bloodthirsty zombies at you, but stick in a tight time limit, and you’ve pretty much got Undead Overrun. Alright, you’d have to throw in a couple of cowboy hats and a few sticks of TNT in there, too.



In Overrun, the only way you can buy yourself more time, and just as crucially, more ammo, is to reach coffins around the map. One of these randomly spawns after every wave, and at least one of your four player posse has to reach it before the timer ticks down to keep your zombie-slaughtering shenanigans going. The trouble is, there’s usually loads of rabid undead between you and said burial box.


Above: Ah, there's nothing like bonding over the wholesome glow of gunfire

If that sounds as exciting as it looks typed out on your screen, then you’re in luck. Because it absolutely is that exciting. Hugely tense and frenetic, Undead Nightmare’s co-op is an absolute riot when you get a team running around graveyards (converted from parts of Redemption’s map), reviving each other and generally putting an end to anything without a pulse.


Red Dead’s undead make COD’s zombies look as intimidating as Nazi kittens

We love World at War’s goose-stepping, rotting Hitler-followers. When you’re trapped in a small room with a crowd of them, and the game’s lucky weapons box keeps spitting out the rubbish farmer’s shotgun, they’re scary as hell. But they ain’t got nothing on Rockstar’s zombies. Split into different categories (like Left 4 Dead) they’re frighteningly fast and utterly nails to deal with in large groups.


Above: Retchers are toxic, and also annoying good at spitting the contents of their stomachs all over you

Now, while your average undead bank teller or cowboy isn’t too bad, it’s the special buggers they’re backed up by that’ll really give you nightmares in co-op. Bruisers are hefty hulks that often shoulder barge you to the ground and are damn effective at splitting up your posse. Overrun’s Bolters (skittery so-and-sos that sprint on all fours like L4D’s Hunters) and Retchers (toxic zombies who spit at you) also mean you have to constantly think on your feet and adapt your tactics depending on the type of undead enemy you’re facing.


The Old West is an awesome place to get your zombie murdering on

We love the claustrophobic houses you battle World at War’s rotting Nazis in. Y’know what we love more, though? Fighting zombie hookers in church, using gravestones for cover and camping on a balcony in an old fashioned saloon to waste the undead hordes. Red Dead’s Wild West adds hugely to the experience. And our time on a map (based around the church and graveyard in Blackwater) was an ace location for all out zombie warfare.


Above: The Old West really is a picturesque place to slaughter the living dead in

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30 comments

  • VTheSystemV - October 23, 2010 4:47 p.m.

    I wasn't going to get this on release day and just wait until the Noble map pack for Halo Reach comes out and get them both at the same time, but this trailer has convinced me that OMFG THIS IS A DAY 1 PURCHASE! Didn't know if there would be co-op, thank God there is. The co-op missions were great, and more is always welcome. This along with single player will make my 26th October.
  • BigDikMurphy - October 23, 2010 1:32 a.m.

    Man, there's no doubt. Zombie hordes are some scary shit. But zombie hordes without modern day weapons to fend them of is just terrifying. I'm so into this.
  • Smeggs - October 23, 2010 1:28 a.m.

    This is the whole reason I borrowed RDR from my buddy again. I'm playing up to the point right before the campain missions for Undead Nightmare are supposed to enter in. I'm just about halfway through the Mexico missions. Co-op is gonna be BEAST.
  • sleepy92ismypsn - October 22, 2010 10:57 p.m.

    HOLY FUCK! I can't fucking wait. Left 4 Dead is one of the few games that actually make me want a 360. I haven't played WAW at all but I'm getting black Ops hardened edition so I can play nazi zombies. I'm getting this DLC day 1.
  • CreedKotetsu - October 22, 2010 7:24 p.m.

    I'd be infinitely happier if it didn't have a time limit. I hate time limits so much. That's pretty much why I never played Dead Rising one or two. If it has the option to turn it off, I'm sold.
  • DF344 - October 22, 2010 7:18 a.m.

    One reason it's not, NAZI ZOMBIES! Wait... Nazi Cowboy Zombies!!! OH NOESSS!!!!
  • Spybreak8 - October 22, 2010 5:51 a.m.

    The 26th has soo much going for it, man this is going to be one epic day.
  • PipBowl420 - October 22, 2010 3:05 a.m.

    SERIOUSLY yo! I can't wait to get this shit! It's gunna be some kinda badass!!
  • Sy87 - October 22, 2010 2:38 a.m.

    This looks so awesome. And you know whats awesome about it. THEY LOOK LIKE REAL ZOMBIES. Now some so called infected. Lets hope that they are zombies and not just out to punch you in the face. If I wanted to get punched I go to a bar and get drunk. Anyway looks good and its coming out "in time for Halloween." Any future zombie games should take note. Looking at you Capcom RE6 developers!!!
  • Rattlehead - October 22, 2010 12:44 a.m.

    I dunno, I was told Liars and Cheats would be wort hit but it was dissapointing
  • AznNguyen72 - October 21, 2010 11:34 p.m.

    Why can't other developers make dlc like this? I'm looking at you MW2 and AC2
  • Yingsin - October 21, 2010 11:05 p.m.

    haha i like the tombstone at the bottom of the first page
  • Yeager1122 - October 21, 2010 10:03 p.m.

    This looks awsome dont know where im going to find the time to play though with teverything else.
  • abbottfrizzell - October 21, 2010 9:36 p.m.

    FUCK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Fable 3 This Venture BRothers season 4....same fucking day ..Give me something to pause time with plz it's to much to handle
  • shadowreaper72 - October 21, 2010 8:35 p.m.

    HOLY FUCKING SHIT!!! I WAS ALREADY EXCITED FOR THIS BUT NOW I CANT FUCKING WAIT!!!!
  • TheComedian823 - October 21, 2010 8:10 p.m.

    oh, and zombie co-op rhyme ftw
  • TheComedian823 - October 21, 2010 8:02 p.m.

    as good as it sounds i think you were fan boying on the zombie types. They might be good and challenging but i don't think my WHOLE strategy will come to an abrupt halt if one of them show up out of the blue. The tank, on the other hand.....
  • MadMan - October 21, 2010 7:38 p.m.

    doesn't it make you feel like your getting jewed when you can buy a DLC like this for $10, But then bungie goes and sells three new multiplayer maps for the same price? lol
  • Evil_AppleJuice - October 21, 2010 7:28 p.m.

    ok, now I want it even more. Ive been disregarding the release date and checking PSN daily anyway just in case it decided to come out early. CO-OP FTW!!!!
  • oneshotfinch - October 21, 2010 6:49 p.m.

    I hate it when you guys contradict yourselves. Is RDR's multiplayer worth a damn or not?

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