The plot of the game surrounds John Marston, a retired outlaw, is snatched from his wife and son by angry government agents who order him to kill former gang members he had previously worked with in his past. If he completes the task, he will be granted permission to return home. Thus, John goes forth and confronts Bill Williamson but is shot almost immediately. The head of MacFarlane Ranch, Bonnie, finds him wounded and gets him treatment.
Throughout the game, John must fulfill his promise by capturing various thugs and previous gang members, however, somewhere along the line, he is swayed and joins the side of a rebel group who are rivals against his previous gang. Much like the government, the head of this new group will not allow John to go home till he has killed the previous leader of his old gang, Dutch. Much of the game involves John hunting Dutch, who always manages to escape until finally Dutch kills himself by jumping off a cliff.
Finally, John is allowed to go home to his wife and son, but a vengeful attack causes devastation in their home and John is killed. The game ends years later with an angry, bitter, and vengeful Jack standing in front of his father’s grave.
Red Dead Redemption allows players to play in a large, open-world environment. You can walk, kill, shoot, run, and interact with the environment. Because of this environment players have the chance to really create their own adventure and choose how they want to play the game. The storyline will progress depending on what decision you make the time for tasks to be completed will also hinge on the places you go and the things you decide to take on. Aside from the main storyline of the game, you can also take part in different Western style events that will allow you to experience the wild wild West in a way never before done. You can attend public hangings, witness ambushes, and see or experience dangerous and life threatening animal attacks. You can also partake in gambling and hunting animals for meat and hide.
For points, Red Dead Redemption, uses a morality system where you can gain positive or negative honor points depending on what you decide to do. If you decide not to kill an outlaw, you will get positive honor. Contrastingly, if you kill someone that is innocent or perform various crimes, you will get negative honor. This system works in conjunction with the fame system, in which people will treat you differently in the game depending on your moral honor status.
If you have a thrill for weapons to use on non-real people, then this is the game for you. Gunfights are plentiful in the game, and allow you to take cover, target someone, blind fire, and then shoot with free aim. You can also shoot legs or arms to get people down but not dead. The main character, John, as a slew of weapons such as rifles, knives, lassos, gatling guns, cannons, and shotguns, as well as many revolvers.
The game allows for a Dead-Eye targeting system, in which the player can slow down and place a precise shot or multiple shots on an enemy. Everything goes in slow motion until he shoots and then the speed picks up again. This makes for your shooting experience to be more efficient.