Red Dead Redemption

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Red Dead Redemption is a Western themed action-adventure video game set in an open world environment like the Grand Theft Auto series. It is developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It was released for the PlayStation 3 and Xbox 360 consoles on May 18, 2010. It is the second title in the Red Dead franchise, and is a spiritual successor to 2004's Red Dead Revolver.


The game is set in the year 1911, and follows John Marston, a former outlaw whose wife Abigail and son Jack are taken hostage by the government in ransom for his services as a bounty hunter. Having no other choice, Marston sets out to bring the three members of his former gang to justice.

John Marston, and in turn his son Jack, can be related to the GTA Online protagonist if chosen by the player.

Jack Marston at one point did in fact become an author as he had aspired to be. He is the author of Red Dead

Character
John Marston
Appearances Red Dead Redemption
Full Name John Marston
Status

Deceased

Gender Gender::Male
Date of Birth 1873
Date of Death 1911
Age at Death 38
Nationality American
Home Beecher's Hope, Great Plains, West Elizabeth
Family Abigail Marston (wife)
Jack Marston (son)
Protagonist (GTA Online) (possible great-grandson)
Vehicles Horse
Voiced by Rob Weithoff
Character
John Marston Jr
Appearances Red Dead Redemption
Full Name John Marston Jr
Aliases Jack
Status

Deceased

Gender Gender::Male
Date of Birth 1895
Age Now 119
Nationality American
Home Beecher's Hope, Great Plains, West Elizabeth
Family John Marston (father)
Abigail Marston (mother)
Protagonist (GTA Online) (possible grandson)
Vehicles Horse
Occupation Author
Voiced by Josh Blaylock

References with the Grand Theft Auto series

GTA San Andreas
  • There is a direct reference to Carl Johnson in the French version of Red Dead Redemption Undead Nightmare. The trophy for killing a Sasquatch translate roughly to "Don't seek it anymore CJ", a reference to people looking for Bigfoot in San Andreas.
GTA IV and Episodes from Liberty City
  • The commercial for the televeision show Spittoon is all shot with ingame footage from Red Dead Revolver.
  • Johnny Klebitz is similar to John Marston. Both have a rough voice and background, both rode in a gang, both of their significant others (Ashley Butler and Abigail Marston) had slept with one or more of their gang members, and both were betrayed by their gang's leader (Billy Grey and Bill Williamson) after they had gone insane and lost their ways. Both characters are blind in one eye. Both are also seen wielding a Sawn off shotgun on their covers. It is possible one character is based on the other.
GTA V
  • John Marston, Michael De Santa, and Max Payne all have the ability to slow down time while shooting. It is called BulletTime in Grand Theft Auto V and the Max Payne series, however it is known as "Dead-Eye" in Red Dead Redemption.
  • In Strawberry, under the freeway, there is a lot of graffiti on the walls. One of them resembles a silhouette of John Marston riding a horse at night time, with a full moon.
  • Jack Marston's book, Red Dead, can be found in Franklin Clinton's home, and in the home of the GTA Online protagonist.
  • There are two roads in Sandy Shores referencing towns in Red Dead Redemption, Cholla Springs Avenue and Armadillo Avenue.
  • There is a Rent-A-Car agency named "Escalera ". Escalera was a town in Red Dead Redemption.
  • Michael De Santa shares the same surname (although fake) as a Red Dead Redemption antagonist Vincent De Santa.
  • Strangers and Freaks were first introduced in Red Dead Redemption, in Grand Theft Auto IV they were called Random Encounters.
  • Landscape shots of areas in Red Dead Redemption such as West Elizabeth are shown in a Pißwasser commercial, suggestion that the fictional areas in Red Dead are within the same universe. John's seemingly random presence as a GTA Online relative also strengthen this theory.
  • A hunter tasks Franklin Clinton to find Bigfoot much like in Red Dead Redemption: Undead Nightmare.

Game mechanics