The story of Red Dead Redemption is about former outlaw John Marston . He's tracking down the remaining members of his former gang. It's the the early 1900's in America and federal power is encroaching on the frontier and a new era is on the horizon. You play as John Marston, who is being blackmailed by federal agents who want him to track down the remaining members of his former gang. If he refuses they will murder his family. Red Dead Redemption features an open-world environment for players to explore, including frontier towns, rolling prairies teeming with wildlife, and perilous mountain passes, each packed with an endless flow of varied distractions. Along the way, players will experience the heat of gunfights and battles, meet a host of unique characters, struggle against the harshness of one of the world’s last remaining wildernesses, and ultimately pick their own precarious path through an epic story about the death of the Wild West.