Red Dead is a series of Western-themed action-adventure video games developed by Rockstar San Diego and Rockstar Studios, and published by Rockstar Games. The first game, titled Red Dead Revolver, was originally released for PlayStation 2 and Xbox in May 2004, based on an earlier Capcom project that was scrapped in 2002. The second game, Red Dead Redemption, was released for PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 in May 2010 to wide critical acclaim, and is considered one of the best video games of all time. The third entry in the series, Red Dead Redemption 2, was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26, 2018.
Red Dead Revolver
Red Dead Revolver, set in the 1880s, follows bounty hunter Red Harlow, as he uncovers the plot that killed his parents and exacts revenge. Originally developed by Capcom, borrowing elements from their 1985 arcade title Gun.Smoke, which it was intended to be a spiritual successor to, the project was scrapped in 2002. Subsequently, Rockstar Games purchased the game and expanded on it. Changing the feel from that of an American Western to a Spaghetti Western allowed the developers to add more blood and over-the-top characters. The game reproduces a "grainy film" effect and uses music from various Spaghetti Western films, including those composed by Ennio Morricone.
Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption takes place in the year 1911, during the decline of the American Old West and the Mexican Revolution. A spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver, the game follows John Marston, a former outlaw, while he sets out to hunt down his former gang members. Marston's wife and son are taken hostage by the government in ransom for his services as a bounty hunter. Having no other choice, he sets out to bring his three former gang members to justice. Upon its release, Red Dead Redemption was met with high critical acclaim, averaging 95% on both review aggregate websites Metacritic and GameRankings, making it one of the highest rated video games for both the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 on both websites. It won several "Game of the Year" awards. Reviewers praised the visuals, music, acting, open world gameplay and the story. As of September 2011, the game has sold over 12.5 million total copies. A Game of the Year edition containing all additional content was released in October 2011.
Undead Nightmare is a non-canon expansion that follows the exploits of John Marston, as he searches for a cure for an infectious zombie plague that has swept across the American Old West. A standalone disc, titled Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare Collection, which does not require the original Red Dead Redemption game to be played, was released in North America on November 22, 2010.
Red Dead Redemption 2
Red Dead Redemption 2 follows the story of Arthur Morgan, an outlaw and a member of the Van der Linde gang in 1899, in the waning years of the American Old West and extinction of the age of outlaws and gunslingers. Among returning characters are John Marston and Dutch Van der Linde, the protagonist and an antagonist from the previous game respectively. The game is a prequel to the 2010 title Red Dead Redemption and the third entry in the Red Dead series. It was released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26, 2018.
This table shows the characters and the actors who have portrayed them throughout the franchise.
A dark grey cell indicates the character was not in the game, or that the character's presence in the game has not yet been announced.
A M indicates an appearance in multiplayer only.
The main protagonist of Red Dead Redemption, Marston is a former member of the van der Lind gang who has left behind his life of crime to become a rancher and has been blackmailed by the federal government to bring his old gang to justice, in order to save his wife and son.
Dutch van der Linde
The leader of Marston's former gang and one of the games major antagonists, Dutch has been listed as one of the men John has been ordered to deal with and is described by Marston as a man he used to look up to before leaving him for dead before the events of the game.
Another former member of John's gang, Williamson is the first major antagonist met in the game, first encountered occupying a fort in New Austin.
Escuella is another member of the gang who is encountered in Mexico. Escuella is the only one of the three with the option to capture and hand him in alive.
The main antagonist of Red Dead Redemption, initially an ally of Marston, he later betrays him, kidnaps his wife Abigail and teenage son Jack and kills him near the end of the game. In return, Jack arrives at Ross' home three years later and kills him.
The protagonist of Red Dead Redemption 2, which is a prequel to Red Dead Redemption, who is a important member of the Dutch van der Linde gang.
The Red Dead series, particularly the second and third games, are critically acclaimed. Red Dead Redemption won numerous awards, including Game of the Year by GameSpy and GameSpot, and is considered to be one of the greatest games of all time.
As of August 2015, the Red Dead franchise has shipped over 14 million units worldwide.