Nation Red is an ultra fast infinite play arena-based shooter providing an exceptional close-quarter battlefield experience. Fight thousands of zombie mutants and their bosses in frantic bloody gameplay while earning close to 100 perks. Fight in Barricade, Survival or Free Play mode.
User reviews: Very Positive (1,256 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 23, 2009

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Nation Red is an ultra fast infinite play arena-based shooter providing an exceptional close-quarter battlefield experience. Fight thousands of zombie mutants and their bosses in frantic bloody gameplay while earning close to 100 perks. Fight in Barricade, Survival or Free Play mode. Play On-Line in coop, in single player or in local coop!
August 17, 1977
Scattered groups of zombies infiltrate remote Midwestern towns. Incapable of using tools or weapons, the invaders are resisted until they retreat back into the desert. Special elimination posses are set up to hunt down any of the surviving undead. Six weeks after the squads started their search-and-destroy mission, the last known zombie was shot and killed.
Present-day
Over thirty years had passed when a truck driver traveling down a desolate Arizona road plows into a wall of undead. Before the driver's phone signal went dead, he reported some were carrying guns... They're back and now they are hunting us.

Steam Exclusive Features:

  • Local and On-line Coop — Take on the horde and earn perks together
  • Barricade Mode — Defend your base against zombie attack
  • Over 100 Steam Achievements and a dozen Leaderboards
  • 30 Additional Steam User-designed Perks
  • Xbox 360 Controller support for single or multiplayer
  • Steam Hammer — Rips the skin off your opponent (nice)
  • New Steam User designed weapons — Minigun, AA-12, MP5, Beretta 93R, Super Shorty and more
  • New Levels and New Enemies — Zombie patients and caretakers in a desert asylum, Brawler boss zombies, Suicide bomber zombies..
  • Pneumatic Destroyer — Detonates the Rammer they are surrounded by zombies

Key Features:

  • Ultra Fast Action — Fight armies of hundreds of zombies and their bosses in an exceptional close-quarter battlefield experience
  • Deadly Weapons — Use machetes, axes, jack hammers, dual Uzis, flame throwers, grenades, poison and a dozen more including a Steam Hammer, exclusive to Steam purchasers
  • Customize Yourself — 100 player modifiers combine with two dozen power-ups for limitless gameplay
  • Four Game Modes — Free Play, Survival, Barricade and 18 increasingly brutal missions await
  • Zombies with Guns — They wield axes, cut-off saws, AK-47s and more

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows® XP, Vista™, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Intel / AMD 2.0 GHz or higher CPU
    • Memory: 256MB RAM
    • Graphics: NVidia or ATI-based graphics card with shader model 2.0 support. NVidia GeForce 6100 or newer (6100-6800, 7100-7950, 8300-8800, GTS/GTX series), ATI Radeon 9600 or newer (9600-9800, X300-X1950, HD 2400 or newer)
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 600MB of uncompressed Hard Drive Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows® XP SP2, Vista™ SP1, Windows 7, Windows 8
    • Processor: Processor: Intel Core2 Duo / Core2 Quad, i7 or AMD Phenom CPU
    • Memory: 1GB RAM
    • Graphics: NVIDIA 8800GT / ATI 3850 512MB or better with latest manufacturer drivers
    • DirectX®: DirectX® 9.0c
    • Hard Drive: 600MB of uncompressed Hard Drive Space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0c compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
25 of 26 people (96%) found this review helpful
9.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Looking at the store page Nation Red looks cliché, yes, another zombie survival bloody shooter with nothing particulary new (or standout) in game design. It's a few years old & easy to overlook, but I am glad I tried it. It is reasonably priced & surprisingly looks & plays gruesomely well!

Imagine a claustrophobic top-down arena, twin-stick shooter with a bit of a Left 4 Dead flavor to it. No story, just a smörgåsbord of Power-ups & Perks, to accompany the never-ending horde of thousands of mindless zombies to slaughter "cooperatively" with your friends .. this is Nation Red!

It's simply addictive in its psychopathic repetition. This is accomplished by offering simple responsive controls, with unique classes that can be greatly modified with the perks, weapons & power-ups each session. Then combine this with inherent co-op multiplayer mechanics in reviving dead players, covering each other & the like, and you have a lot of variables to change the outcome of the game. It might be the same map you have played 100 times already, but every session has randomness & feels unique to a degree.

Difficulty is very scalable, but with an experienced group it can feel like it becomes a 'war of attrition' sometimes (as in they can go for a looong time!). Controls you will understand after a min or two of gameplay, but as you last longer you need to start working on your crowd control & aiming, plus using the right power-ups or weapons for the situation. If you want go all 'hardcore survival nutter' into it, you will also need to learn to work closely as a team! All this can take a bit of practice, but does keep you wanting to come back for more to see if you can survive longer!

There are also an extensive list of achievements to challenge you - some really cool ones too, kudos to the devs for their creativity! Thankfully as well, the devs saw fit to let you Lock your favorite weapon so it doesn't get replaced by a new pickup you run over (Lifesaver!) - nothing worse than having your assault rifle replaced by a crowbar in the thick of taking down a boss! Something all new players should know about :).

There are really no in-game annoyances at all, its all well balanced & easy to distiguish visually amongst all the blood & guts. Meaty Metal/Rock riffs keep the adrenaline pumping throughout! Soundtrack & effects complement the style of game perfectly.

Solo mode offers a few more tailored challenges too in a series of missions. You can also play all the Multiplayer modes in Solo. Solo, I would argue, is harder than co-op but both have their merits. The pure Survival mode I found to be the toughest out of them all.

Even though the game is over 5 years old, I was still able to find some online games without too much trouble. Even if you don't see any games hosted, you can start a public match yourself, & others can drop in and out whenever. This makes online mode a breeze to use & keeps you from waiting in dreaded lobbies.

Nation Red reminds me of earlier times .. classic gaming days. Days when FPS weren't trying to be an action movies, when RTS (not MOBA) was popular & when 'simulation' in the game title actually meant the real deal. And most importantly, when shoot 'em ups were .. all about the survival & scores. Refreshing, addictive, simple & fun!

Let the power-up gods grant me my Mini Gun, my Machette & let's paint the Town Nation Red!
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13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
23.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 6
This game quickly became one of my favorite 'zombie games' It's just so satisfying to play! Partly because of the the SOUND! The guns sound great and powerful. Combine that with a great and well fitting soundtrack and it gives you those 'f*ck yeah' moments.
The game has a brilliant perk system. Not only you have a huge collection to choose from, there are also different modes. With Auto Perk Mode, you can predefine the perks you want to use during play and let the game enable them automatically when you level up within a game. You can use Strategic Perk Mode, to choose a perk yourself during play. And there's Random Perk Mode, wich gives you a random selection of perks to choose from. Besides perks there are also a lot of powerups you can pickup while killing zombies. These powerups last for a certain amount of seconds, while perks stay active until you die. You can choose between various profile classes, wich are different types of soldiers, each with their own strengths and weaknesses.
Because this game came out years ago, the multiplayer isn't as active anymore. However, a feature I particularly like is the ability to start a multiplayer game solo and let other players join you. In this way there are MP games available to join on a regular basis. So you don't always have to arrange a MP session with other players first. If you are a little lucky, someone will join you. But it's still a good idea to look on the forums for co-op partners. If there isn't anyone available, there's also enough to do in various single player modes. It's still a blast to play on your own.
Maybe you are doubting whether you should give this game a try after all those zombie games you've seen. Well yes, Nation Red is one of the older ones out there but still one of the finest in my opinion. If you like the genre, this game simply belongs in your collection. And you can always download the available demo and let that convince you.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2014
This game is super addictive and fun. Worth the 10 dollars they are asking let alone what it's on sale for.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,004.0 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
it's ok... it's that kind of game that you play for maybe an hour or two
and then never pick up again...
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
44.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 11, 2014
A fast-paced arena-style zombie shooter. Great time killer. Fun stuff. Kind of in the same spirit of kill-monty. It may not be for everyone and I'm sure that looking at some gameplay (single or multiplayer) videos will dictate to you whether such is the case for you.
I think this is a nice and solid action title for an indie collector to have.
Good number of characters, weapons, and modes all well designed and fun to play

The game-altering upgrades make it consistantly enjoyable to slaughter your way through zombies that get progressively harder, and therein more satisfying to avoid death at their hands. As you acquire new upgrades, you yourself will start to feel like a walking, zombie-slaying machine while you spit venomous darts and saw blades passively and friendly explosive strikes rain down on the zeds around you.

One of those titles that makes you want to beat that high score. whether it be a friend's, a stranger's, or just your own.

As far as negative aspects, I will say it can get repetative. It's probably not a game you'll be playing constantly or for more than a couple hours at a time, but I believe you'll be happy to have it at your disposal when the itch returns to slaughter something to cure a brief bout with boredom.

Anyway. I liked it.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
It is a great game if you want to kill a lot of things
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
189.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 9
Ahh the joys of the zombie apocalypse.

Get your guns and thumbs ready because hell is coming straight for you. I loved this game and even having completed all missions find that there is still much playability.

Mastering the perks is also part of the fun, but don’t think that just because you can add and upgrade your abilities that it will save you from the onslaught of infected that are “coming right for you”!
Rams, grenades, miniguns – these are just a few of the weapons that the zombies will wield against you, in return you do not have to worry about the bullets you waste as all guns are unlimited, that said reloading can be your undoing.

I found that or such a straight forward game a lot of strategy was involved as there are movement penalties for going backwards, using heavier guns and the upgrade decisions will affect your game all the way through.

Absolutely loved it – so when you get a copy feel free to invite me to a game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
116.0 hrs on record
Posted: January 19
Great time killer. Picked it up during the winter sale. Think it was worth it. Great co-op fun and a great way to shoot some zeds.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
Addicted !
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
23.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 23
Nation Red is a high octane top down zombie shooter that I personally have grown very fond of. Unlike many games, you can always jump right in and have a blast without the pressure of getting to a checkpoint or planning, etc. Tons of action and seemingly endless replay value are huge factors for this game. Although joining an online multiplayer game is kind of a hit or miss for the most part, if you have friends you can play online with...this shouldn't be an issue. If you're looking for a really fun zombie shooter with relentless waves to destroy, look no farther. I recommend this game to any fan of the genre or fast-paced games in general. You can't go wrong,

Final Verdict- 9/10
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 26
I feel like if this came out on Early Access people would trash it for the way it presents itself. Tutorials have pop-ups telling how to shoot after you've killed 10 zombies already. I think I may have seen a typo at one point. That's not some huge earth-shattering deal, but presentation is everything, and I think this game gets a pass for it's amateurish look because it happens to be modestly fun. Most people don't give games that look like this the time of day, let alone 10 dollars out of their pocket.

Modestly fun, mind. I still feel like my money could have been better spent elsewhere.

Two out of five Lennys
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
8.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2014
pretty good and fun :D
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
11.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2014
For a quick and dirty top down, wave based, survival mode shooter, this game is surprisingly fun. Unfortunately after a dozen hours the redundant gameplay mechanics and lack of susbstance start to show. For a quick game of an hour or two once a month this game is a great addition to the library, but for a full fledged title it ranks much lower in my opinion. 6/10 Buy at your descretion.
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6 of 12 people (50%) found this review helpful
456.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
The developer and his *co-op elite* goons hack players who play online. It's so pathetic.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
43.6 hrs on record
Posted: January 23
I bought this game on sale for some ridiculously cheap price during a sale expecting I might get an hour or so enjoyment out of it. 40+ hours later and I still get the itch to play it occasionaly.

In Nation Red you stand in the centre of what is essentially a killing field and hordes of zombies approach from all directions. Your job, survive as long as you can. As you kill the zombies you'll earn experience and get to choose 'perks' as you level up. You can upgrade yourself with zombie seeking bombs that fire periodically, darts that fire out killing zombies, increase your reload speed, improve your fire rate and many more upgrades.

Plenty of fun to be had experimenting with different perk/weapon combos to try and delay your inevitable death. Buy this game, it won't break the bank and you're sure to have a few hours fun*.

*disclaimer: can't be held responsible if you don't have fun you joyless son of a ♥♥♥♥♥.
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60 of 69 people (87%) found this review helpful
48.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
I can't fault this game for support, the devs are on the Steam forums daily checking for problems or keeping us up-to-date with what new features/changes are coming with the upcoming patch. It is the best supported indie game I've seen on the Steam forums!

The game is a top-down zombie shooter and fast-paced play but lots of fun too. I've put a lot of hours into this game and it never gets boring, the constant updates which include 4 player co-op, weapon upgrades, perk upgrades and new achievements. Keep the game fresh.
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63 of 75 people (84%) found this review helpful
1,366.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 19, 2013
Not only is Nation Red my favorite game, It offers a wealth of game play. From a brainless shooter game, to a hardcore tactical game, NR has it. Its a game that takes time to master, and as soon as you think you mastered it, theres more. From hours playing solo, to a epic coop game, the fun never ends. If you dont have this game, stop reading and go buy it now. If you have this game, what are you waiting for, go bloody the fences.

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Bier808
(NRCE) Nation Red Coop Elite
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34 of 41 people (83%) found this review helpful
37.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2013
Nation Red is an addictive 'twin stick' (or keyboard and mouse) shooter with a zombie aesthetic. However, as realistic as the weapons and characters may lead you to believe, you'll soon be summoning clones with shotguns, calling down orbital lasers and splitting the Earth in two with a wide variety of power ups and perks fuelled by your killing spree.

Nation Red has a wide variety of maps and modes for players to try, ranging from no-perks single player to a holdout mode with four players desperately defending an encampment of minigun weapon stations from an ever increasing horde. For what's more or less a one-man-band project, Nation Red has grown massively since its 2009 release and continues to do so even now, with new achievements, maps and perks being added at somewhat irregular, but extremely welcome, intervals.

Average Game Length? Depending on skill, games can range from a few minutes to over an hour.

A Bit Like? Crimsonland, Smash TV

Is It Fun? The perks make this game beyond entertaining, and four-player modes add a chaotic atmosphere like few others.

Worth The Price? £7.99 may seem a bit steep for those looking at the screenshots and video, however playing the game is completely different and provided you like other similar games, you will certainly get your money's worth.
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30 of 39 people (77%) found this review helpful
2.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 16, 2014
Here is a game i have had for quite some time and played it and then put it down due to other games i wanted to play more and well you know how it is i just forgot about it.
I will be honest picked it up again due to it getting "TRADING CARDS" (very sad reason i know) and found that i really do like this game.
Play this game in short bursts and it is really is fun to play and quite a challenge on some levels on your own (played it a little in co-op and i must admit i prefer to play it by myself as i found it more challenging this way and therefore for me it was a much more intense and enjoyable way to play the game).
The graphics are ok and do their job adequately with the zombies shuffling around in true zombie fashion (except when they run at you for the kill as in 28 days later),the story is really not important (and there isnt really one to speak of-except kill the zombies sergeant to get to the next level of even harder zombies) and the music is quite cool and suits the game and the action thats going on,on screen (guitar riffs anyone).But its when you come to play that it gets quite addictive and thats where the fun lies ("I WANT TO BEAT THE NEXT WAVE AAARRRGGGHHH AND I WILL DO IT YOU ZOMBIE SCUM").
The survival mode is very challenging (and was my favorite part of the game to be honest) and even with the experience you build up (through out the course of the game) and use the perks you can choose from help a little but not much as the HORDE gets bigger and "BIGGER" (more play time i think to get better at this game needed).
I really do like this sort of pick and play game style and will come back to it again just to see if i can get that liitle bit further in mission and survival mode's and thats where this games appeal is,"JUST ONE MORE GO I CAN DO IT,I WILL JUST HAVE ANOTHER 5 MINUTES" (but it allways ends up being a couple of hours and not just another 5 minutes know what i mean AARRGGHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH).
If you like this sort of game and are not yet sick of "ZOMBIES" then i would still say buy it but get it in a sale or bundle deal,if you dont then i understand as we have had a lot of zombie games of late and like they say "TOO MUCH OF ANYTHING JUST ISNT GOOD FOR YOU".
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19 of 23 people (83%) found this review helpful
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
Ah, zombies. We're all sick of them in games, aren't we?

Nation Red is a game with a simple premise. You're one of four classes each with their own perks and you have to fight off the zombie horde! That's basically what this game boils down to, it's almost exclusively a horde mode. Even the "Mission" mode is just fighting off a series of hordes except the match changes after you hit a certain amount of kills.

What makes Nation Red unique and rather fun is that it's very comparable to twin stick shooters/shmups. The zombies keep coming at you and your goal is to stay alive. Like most shmups, as you kill zombies there are weapon drops, perk drops, and you successively upgrade your character to help you defeat the horde of zombies. There are a couple of maps and modes and the game is excellent fun solo, but when you have four people on your fireteam, that's where the game shines.

This game is excellent for killing some time and the style (twin stick shooter) is a style I particularly enjoy. If you enjoy shmups, if you enjoy zombies, and if you enjoy testing yourself to reach a high score, Nation Red is an interesting twist on tried and true gameplay experiences. It's fast paced and has a couple of modes and maps to make you want to come back.

As a caveat, I cannot really suggest it at its full $9.99 pricepoint, but if it hits a sale/bundle and the style of game is up your alley, you may find Nation Red is just your ticket. I'd also suggest playing with a controller, because, well, its a twin stick shooter and you're far more lethal with a controller in this kind of game than you are with a mouse and keyboard.
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