John Marston is a fictional character in the 'Red Dead' video game series by Rockstar Games. He is the main playable protagonist of the 2010 video game 'Red Dead Redemption', wherein he must deal with the decline of the Wild West while being forced to hunt down the last surviving members of his old gang in exchange for the safe return of his family by the federal government.

John is also the protagonist of Undead Nightmare, a non-canonical, zombie apocalypse-themed expansion pack, and the secondary protagonist of the 2018 prequel, 'Red Dead Redemption 2'. The latter game depicts John's life in the gang prior to its demise, and later his attempts to start an honest life with his family.

'Red Dead Redemption' is set during the decline of the American frontier in the year 1911 and follows John Marston, a former outlaw whose wife and son are taken hostage by the government in ransom for his services as a hired gun. Having no other choice, Marston sets out to bring three members of his former gang to justice.

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