Year of release: 2010
In terms of making a sequel, Rockstar Games looked at Red Dead Revolver and deduced how to create a follow up that felt cannon, but retained an identity all its own. Red Dead Redemption is to Aliens is to Revolver's Alien.
The sequels share much with the original source material, but ultimately are defined by their much louder, much more explosive unique personas. Red Dead Redemption may have initially been written off as Grand Theft Auto on a horse, but the game offered something much more profound and spase than another GTA title. The Old West sandbox Rocsktar provided was one of the most gorgeously rendered environments a revenge story could have been set against. John Marston was a man that commanded loathing, compassion, and respect in equal measures and a character we hope to see return to consoles sooner than later.