Red Dead

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Red Dead
Official Red Dead logo.png
The logo of the Red Dead series, as of 2016[1][2]
Genres Action-adventure
Publisher(s) Rockstar Games
Platform of origin
  • PlayStation 2
  • Xbox
First release Red Dead Revolver
May 3, 2004
Latest release Undead Nightmare
October 26, 2010

Red Dead is a series of Western-themed action-adventure video games[3][4][5][6][7] developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. The first game, titled Red Dead Revolver, was originally released for PlayStation 2 and Xbox in May 2004. 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, is scheduled to be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26, 2018.


Timeline of release years
2004Red Dead Revolver
2010Red Dead Redemption
Undead Nightmare
2018Red Dead Redemption 2

Red Dead Revolver[edit]

Red Dead Revolver, set in the 1880s, follows bounty hunter Red Harlow, as he uncovers the plot that killed his parents and exacts revenge.[8] Originally developed by Capcom, borrowing elements from their 1985 title Gun.Smoke, the project was scrapped in 2002.[9] Subsequently, Rockstar Games purchased the game and expanded on it.[10] 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.[11][12]

Red Dead Redemption[edit]

Red Dead Redemption takes place in the year 1911, during the decline of the American Old West and the Mexican Revolution.[13] A spiritual successor to Red Dead Revolver,[14] 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.[15] A Game of the Year edition containing all additional content was released in October 2011.[16]

  • 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.[17] 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.[18][19]

Red Dead Redemption 2[edit]

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.[20][21][22] The game is a prequel to the 2010 title Red Dead Redemption and will be the third entry in the Red Dead series. It is scheduled to be released for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One on October 26, 2018.[23]

Common elements[edit]


List indicator(s)
  • 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.
Characters Games
Red Dead Revolver Red Dead Redemption Red Dead Redemption 2
2004 2010 2018
Buffalo Soldier Benton Greene Benton GreeneM
Red Harlow Robert Bogue Referenced
Robert BogueM
Annie Stoakes Carrie Keranen Carrie KeranenM
Nate Harlow Kurt Rhoads Referenced
Griffon Bert Pence Referenced
Javier Escuella Antonio Jaramillo Appears
Dutch van der Linde Benjamin Byron Davis Appears
John Marston Rob Wiethoff Appears
Bill Williamson Steve J. Palmer Appears
Edgar Ross Jim Bentley
Arthur Morgan Appears

John Marston[edit]

The main protagonist of Red Dead Redemption, Marston is a former outlaw who has left his life of crime who has been blackmailed by the federal government to bring his old gang to justice in order to save his wife and child.

Dutch van der Linde[edit]

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.

Bill Williamson[edit]

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.

Javier Escuella[edit]

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.

Edgar Ross[edit]

The main antagonist of Red Dead Redemption, initially an ally of Marston, he later betrays and kills him near the end of the game.

Arthur Morgan[edit]

The protagonist of Red Dead Redemption 2, which is a prequel to Red Dead Redemption, whom is a member of the Dutch van der Linde gang.



Aggregate review scores
Game Metacritic
Red Dead Revolver 73/100 (PS2)[24]
74/100 (Xbox)[25]
Red Dead Redemption 95/100 (PS3)[26]
95/100 (X360)[27]

The Red Dead series, particularly the second game, is critically acclaimed. Red Dead Redemption won numerous awards, including Game of the Year by GameSpy and GameSpot,[28][29] and is considered to be one of the greatest games of all time.[30][31][32][33][34]


As of August 2015, the Red Dead franchise has shipped over 14 million units worldwide.[35]


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