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Gaming: Red Dead Redemption 2 goes big, Mutant Year Zero’s ducking fun gameplay, and yikes — a zombie Mario!

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Oct 18, 2018, 7:06 PM EDT

With the release of Red Dead Redemption 2 only a week away, Rockstar is pulling out all the stops to make sure there’s no one left in all tarnation who hasn’t heard about the new adventures of Arthur Morgan and the Van der Linde gang.

Just to whet our appetites one last time for the game’s sprawling wild west setting, spanning a map that’s said to be even larger than that of Grand Theft Auto V’s San Andreas, the studio has revealed a new launch trailer that goes heavy on the theatrics. If you like grizzly bears, bridge explosions, outlaw executions, train heists, and good old-fashioned swearing, this trailer — like the game itself — is definitely your jam:

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Gang loyalty provides the moral high ground for RDR2’s group of criminals and renegades, and the trailer highlights how important it is to hold the organization’s internal structure together. There’s a lot of lawlessness in the frontier west, and a band of criminals that can keep itself from spiraling out of control lends a sense of stability and order not easily come by even among the game’s law-abiding citizens.

Clocking in at close to 100 GB and sporting enhancements to just about every weapon, gameplay mechanic, quest line, and skill seen in its highly praised 2010 predecessor, Red Dead Redemption 2 will saddle up for the PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on Oct. 26.

And now for something completely different: a hybrid stealth-tactical RPG from a Swedish studio that stars a weapons-toting, duck-billed dude alongside a team of mutated sidekicks who wander through the post-apocalypse together in search of a fabled sanctuary.

Set to hit stores in December, Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden mixes up gaming genres while interjecting a visually arresting artistic style to deliver what looks to be a wholly unique take on survival. Here’s a clip from developer The Bearded Ladies, featuring both gameplay and insights from the creative team:

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Based on the series of pen-and-paper Mutant Year Zero RPGs, Road to Eden unfolds in the same Swedish wasteland, but with a story line that seeks to unravel the mystery of the Elder — an enigmatic human survivor who seems to know far more about the world than everyone else. With an orthographic third-person view and a bevy of customizable weapons and skills, it looks like a neat blend of old-school RPGs and new, voice-acted narration. 

Mutant Year Zero: Road to Eden arrives for PlayStation 4 and PC on Dec. 4.

And now for something completely, completely different: a ghoulishly reanimated and totally playable Mario, just in time for Halloween.

Nintendo’s just revealed a new look for the plucky plumber that takes him out of the world of the living to walk among the undead. That’s right — if you’ve got the patience and the will, you can now navigate his signature Switch adventure as Zombie Mario.

Players who’ve conquered Super Mario Odyssey at least once can download the green-skinned, hatchet-adorned mustachioed one by hitting up the nearest in-game Crazy Cap shop to download a pair of skins (a hat and an outfit) that’ll let them replay the whole game as a zombie. The downloads are free, but you’ll need 3,000 coins for hat, and another 5,000 for the outfit. 

Call us crazy, but this is actually one case when we’d be overjoyed to learn our princess is in another castle. Mario may have to cough up 8,000 coins to achieve this look...but the chance to play Nintendo’s main mascot in zombie mode is downright priceless.