"The Wild West game took a huge step forward in the storytelling of video games, crafting characters who were expertly written and who add significantly to the story. The brilliant writing ensured important characters in RDR were never entirely perfect or dull, meaning that the characters feel more human and relatable.
Ultimately of course, it is the protagonist John Marston who is RDR’s strongest character. By travelling with him, understanding his difficult position and empathising with his frustration at the government, the player grows to adore him.
But as much as John is the reason for the player’s connection to the game, it is important to acknowledge the other characters John encounters on his travels, and how important they too are. These characters help to bring to life the world of RDR and provoke a wide array of different responses from the player, sometimes on an emotional level."