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Rockstar Game Tips: Surviving the Hordes in Undead Overrun Multiplayer (Undead Nightmare)


(Behold the power of Undead Nightmare's Holy Water in one of our most recent community matches...)

In Undead Overrun, the explosive, bloody and gooey new co-op multiplayer survival mode in Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare, players online work together to fend off relentless waves of infected zombies rising up from the ground in graveyards and a bit hungry from their dirt nap.  Kill zombies to fill up the horizontal meter at the top of the screen.  Each time it gets full, a new wave begins, bringing more zombies than before that are both stronger in their attack and their defense - including some of the more pesky breeds of undead in the game.

To begin, start Red Dead Redemption multiplayer, press Back/Select to open the playlist and choose 'Undead Overrun'.  The game will load one of these five maps:

  • Blackwater - 'Dead Man Walking'
  • Coot's Chapel - 'High Brains Drifter'
  • Odd Fellow's Rest - 'Bury 'Em Deep'
  • Sepulcro - 'Undead Django'
  • Tumbleweed - 'Undeadwood'

Once the game has loaded one of the above locations, choose a class:

  • Long Shot (Long Range) - High Power Pistol, Bolt Action Rifle and Double-barreled Shotgun
  • Mauler (All Purpose) - LeMat Revolver, Semi-auto Shotgun and Henry Repeater
  • Overkill (Close Range) - Double-action Revolver, Pump-action Shotgun and Dynamite
  • Ravager (Medium Range) - Mauser Pistol, Sawed-off Shotgun and Dynamite

Once the game begins, you'll have some new items in your inventory with which you'll want to be familiar.  Holy Water, when thrown, will cause a series of lightning strikes that rain down on the targeted area.  Undead Bait is the best way to gather a large amount of zombies in one area to use the Holy Water (or Dynamite).  Throw bait in an open area and many of them will cease attacking and head for where the bait ended up.  It won't actually begin to work until it does land.

And now that we've laid down the basics of how to get started, let's get into some pro tips and strategic things to be aware of straight from the developers at Rockstar San Diego who created the mode on how to become a zombie hunter par excellence in Undead Overrun:

  • Undead Overrun is a team-based mode - so work co-operatively.  Opening coffins should be your number one priority.  Opening a coffin gives everyone ammunition - but the person who opens the coffin gets twice as much ammunition as the other players.  Also, when getting Shotgun slugs for opening a coffin, the person who opened it will get them for 60 seconds while everyone else will get it for 30 seconds.  An effective team is one that shares and shares alike by not having teammembers being greedy about snatching them up for themselves every time.  It's in your co-operative best interest to make sure that there are no strong versus weak links, so take turns with these spoils - every player should run toward the coffin in each wave and protect the person opening it.  As always: communicate, coordinate, use headsets.
  • Each time you open a coffin, one minute of time is added to the timer.  When the timer runs out, Sudden Death begins, and no more ammunition or items are provided.  If this happens, stay alive as long as you can...
  • Save Dynamite, Holy Water and Undead Bait until you absolutely need it.  Waste not, want not.
  • Phosphorous bullets take time to kill, but they always incapacitate zombies and always kill said zombie.  You only need to shoot the zombie once with the bullets.  Once it's lit, leave it alone.  Switch to high capacity, high refire rate weapons like Repeaters and Pistols to maximize your damage.  Obtain these bullets by earning a 10 kill combo breaker, or by being the last man standing.  You can only have these bullets for 30 seconds at a time.
  • Shotgun slugs give the ability to do massive damage from long range, and are randomly given out to the player that opens a coffin, or in some ammo boxes that appear as a green blip on the map after obtaining the Semi-auto Shotgun.
  • The player that opens the coffin on every third wave (3, 6, 9, etc.) will get one bottle of Holy Water.  Use it wisely.
  • Dead Eye is not just an option... it's crucial.  Line up head shots and fire away.


(Aim for the head with Dead Eye when you see a group of zombies headed your way...)

  • Climb to high ground for safety, but only temporarily to regain health.  You need to help the other members of your posse rack up kills quickly on the ground.
  • Look for a green icon on the map that will lead you to a new weapon.  An Evans Repeater, Semi-auto Shotgun or Blunderbuss will be waiting inside.  Running to get the new weapon might not always be worth the lost seconds on the timer.  Designate only one posse member to run and get it, and then get back into the thick of killing zombies.
  • You will always begin the next wave with at least 15 seconds of time.  This time starts counting from when the "Wave X starting" flash appears.
  • Leaderboard stats will not update if you have casual targeting on, or if you turn it on during Undead Overrun.
  • Zombies can't climb.  Use fences to your advantage.
  • Always be very careful when planning to revive a teammate.  It's never a bad idea to throw dynamite right on a downed player (since you can't inflict any further friendly-fire damage on them) to clear the area of zombies before moving in.  Just make sure the dynamite detonates first before you head over there of course.  Also - chuck the dynamite from far away or the zombies will charge you.
  • When you get the "Kill remaining zombies" screen, the timer stops counting down.  It's advantageous to take your time here and conserve ammo while killing these zombies, since you aren't up against a clock.  Perfect time to break out the torches and go to work. 
  • An essential strategy when being ganged up on by a horde - rather than trying to run and turn around and get a shot off at them, run towards one (or a bunch) of your teammates and have them take out the zombies on your tail.  As mentioned before, communication and coooperation are essential!
  • Watch each other's backs.  You might be busy getting a Bolter off your arse, but someone else in your posse could also be busy... dealing with five Bolters, four Retchers and six Bruisers.  Look around, look around.
Finally, playing Undead Overrun is the best way to get better at Undead Overrun.  Develop your own strategies, find a good solid crew to play with and set goals to get to a higher wave than before.  
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