This month marks the third anniversary for Rockstar Games’ Undead Nightmare, the bonus content released for Rockstar’s very successful Western video game Red Dead Redemption (2010). Released in late October of 2010, Undead Nightmare combined the Western genre with that of the supernatural as a plague brings the dead to life in the West of the early 20th century.
Playing as John Marston, the lead character of Red Dead Redemption, gamers must deal with zombies seeking sustenance from the living, attempt to rescue survivors and simultaneously try to uncover the source of the plague. There also sightings of undead animals and reports of mythical beasts. The game makes very strong use of mood lighting and camera angles to create an uneasy atmosphere as you ride across the landscape. Here is the trailer for Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare (note: mature images):
Of note to this writer is the very effective soundtrack that was created specifically for Undead Nightmare. That soundtrack, composed by Bill Elm and Woody Jackson, modifies songs from the original game into an eerier form and the original compositions for the second game include darker tones, melancholy and even “horror-whimsy”, if you will. The following track, “Showdown at Escalera”, has a mix of trumpet and guitar to strong – and fun – effect:
In addition to Red Dead Redemption winning the Game of the Year at the 2010 Spike Video Game Awards, Undead Nightmare won Best DLC (downloadable content) at the same awards. Within 8 months Undead Nightmare had retailed 2 million copies. The original Red Dead Redemption itself sold over 12.5 million copies in less than a year-and-a-half.
As a final note, Westernsreboot.com wishes everyone a safe and Happy Halloween!
(Copyright – Chad Beharriell)