About the Game

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Released

June 16, 2020

Platforms

PC | PS4 | Xbox

(REVIEWED WITH M/KB)

Developer

Mimimi Productions

Price

US$ 49.99

(MAY VARY PER LOCATION)

Game Description

Desperados III is a story-driven, hardcore tactical stealth game, set in a ruthless Wild West scenario.
In this long-awaited prequel to the beloved classic Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive, John Cooper will join forces with the runaway bride Kate, the shady hitman Doc McCoy, the giant trapper Hector, and Isabelle, a mysterious… (continues…)

Game Links

Website
Fanpage
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Stores: Epic | GOG | Steam

Step 1: Playing Conditions

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Read below the game basic characteristics. If it is something you see yourself playing, move on to Step 2: Graphics & Sound.

Genre

RTT | RTS


 

Mode

PVE


 

Victory Condition

Complete story missions.

Gameplay Overview

Desperados III is a COMBAT PUZZLE SOLVER played from an isometric perspective. In other words, you see everything from above and can freely angle around your view. The game has 16 missions, 5 different characters, each one with their own set of abilities, and a lot of enemies to kill without being seen. This is not a game to go mayhem with guns and knives blazing. YOU WILL THINK BEFORE YOU ACT.
Identify enemy patterns, calculate timings, analyze environments, learn characters’ strengths… You will be constantly juggling these variables to complete the missions’ objectives.
Think of yourself as a coach in the sidelines of the action. But, you have players that will do exactly what you ask. You find fun on Desperados III not by shooting bullets, but by setting the conditions of how, when, and where they will be shot.

Step 2: Graphics & Sound

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Watch 5 to 10 minutes of any video below. If you like what you see and hear, move on to Step 3: Game Evaluation.

Desperados 3 Let's Play 10 minutes
Desperados 3 Gameplay Session During Game Review Process
Desperados III Story Cinematic Cutscene | Chapter 2
Desperados 3 Gameplay Session During Game Review Process

Step 3: Game Evaluation

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Build your expectations about the game by learning what it offers and how was The Partisan Spy’s experience.

USER INTERFACE

Game UI Rated as Traditional

The UI FOLLOWS THE RTT GAME MODE STANDARDS, added some small visual and graphics optimizations. Game functions and characters’ abilities are all key labeled which helps you play more efficiently and focus the mouse on moving characters and selecting enemies.

STORY

Game STORY Rated as Game Basis

The story is told in a NONLINEAR NARRATIVE and gives a reason for every mission objective. A small segment is focused on the past of the main character and the rest is in the present. The link between both storylines is unveiled during cutscenes before and after every mission.

COMMUNITY POTENTIAL

Game Community Potential Rated as low

Desperados III is possibly the biggest reference on this RTT game mode as Commandos franchise last game release was in 2003. Regardless of that, RTT + offline PVE games don’t get a lot of attention from the community when compared to other genres and modes.

GAMEPLAY MOOD TRACKER

Deseperados III 25 hours Mood Tracker

MOOD ANALYSIS

Game Mood rated as eager

​​The first half of the 25 hours of gameplay were really intense. My mood improved as the hours went by, reaching levels of CAN’T STOP PLAYING IT. In the second half, my mood settled between ENTERTAINED and EAGER, as I got used to the gameplay.

GRIND FEELING

Game Grind Feeling Rated as Absent

​It’s always about killing the bad guys, but the STRATEGY AND TACTICS APPLIED TO IT VARY GREATLY, so the feeling of repetition is not there. Missions can be one to two hours long and you can get tired of thinking on how to crack the puzzle but that can’t be attributed to grinding.

LOVED THE MOST

The showdown mode gives more time to plan and make coordinated plays with all characters.


 

DISLIKED THE MOST

Badges are not shown in missions’ first run. It could show the ones that don’t contain spoilers.


Reserved Space for Supporters

EVALUATION SUMMARY

 

​​Everything Desperados III proposed to deliver is there and well polished. It keeps alive a classic RTT game mode and SETS AN EXAMPLE OF HOW AAA SHOULD BE RELEASED.

 

During +25 hours of gameplay, there were no bugs, performance issues, or the feeling that the game wasn’t 100% finished. Every mission brings within itself the essence of this RTT game mode; there are multiple ways to “solve the puzzle” but none are that obvious.

 

A game trait that makes replayability enjoyable and Desperados III really explores that. After the first run there are not just different difficulty levels, but also achievements (missions’ badges) and challenges to complete.

 

Desperados III is not cheap, but the PRICE TAG IS FAIR, content quality and quantity easily pays off.

Review Summary: Cons, Neutrals and Pros for Desperados 3

Choices & Advice

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DON’T BUY IT


IF YOU ARE NOT INTO STRATEGIC THINKING GAMES AND “PUZZLE-SOLVING”.

 
 

WAIT TO BUY


IF YOU BELIEVE THE GAME IS NOT AT YOUR PRICE POINT AND PREFER TO WAIT FOR A SALE.

 
 

BUY NOW


IF YOU WANT TO PLAY A GREAT RTT GAME, WELL POLISHED AND WITH +60 HOURS OF GAMEPLAY.

 

SPY ADVICE

GAME LIFETIME


THE FIRST RUN CAN BE COMPLETED IN 25-30 HOURS AND EXTEND THE GAME LIFETIME WITH CHALLENGES AND ACHIEVEMENTS.

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