Red Dead is a Western based series that currently consists of two games, Red Dead Revolver and Red Dead Redemption. There is also a stand alone expansion for Red Dead Redemption, called Undead Nightmare. Both games in the series were developed by Rockstar San Diego, who also developed the well known and critically acclaimed Midnight Club series, and were published by Rockstar Games, who have published an array of highly successful games.
Red Dead Revolver was originally developed by Capcom as a spiritual successor to its 1985 arcade game Gun.Smoke, designed by Yoshiki Okamoto. Capcom never completed the project and cancelled it in 2002, before Rockstar purchased and expanded on the game to give it a more Spaghetti Western feel (in contrast to the more American Western style of the original).
Red Dead Revolver
Original Release Date: May 3, 2004
Platforms: PS2, Xbox
Main Article: Red Dead Revolver
Red Dead Revolver was developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games, expanding on Capcom's incomplete prototype. The first game in the Red Dead series tells the story of main protagonist, Red Harlow, an orphaned bounty hunter. While being a third person action shooter it told a story of revenge in classic Spaghetti Western style.
Red Dead Redemption
Original Release Date: May 18, 2010
Platforms: PS3, Xbox 360
Main Article: Red Dead Redemption
Red Dead Redemption was also developed by Rockstar San Diego and published by Rockstar Games. It is the second game in the Read Dead series and is a spiritual successor to the first game, despite being considered a sequel. Red Dead Redemption tells the story of main protagonist, John Marston, who left a former life as an outlaw to live a crime free rancher's life with his family. However, he is blackmailed by government agents into hunting down and killing his former partners in crime in order to see his family again.
Red Dead Redemption is similar to Grand Theft Auto IV in structure as well as gameplay. The game is still a third person shooter but includes a cover system. It also has several online multiplayer modes as well as a Free Roam mode that allows a large lobby of players to explore the entire game world at their leisure.