Desperados III Game Review
3 Step Game Review
About the Game
June 16, 2020
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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…)
Step 1: Playing Conditions
Read below the game basic characteristics. If it is something you see yourself playing, move on to Step 2: Graphics & Sound.
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
Watch 5 to 10 minutes of any video below. If you like what you see and hear, move on to Step 3: Game Evaluation.
Step 3: Game Evaluation
Build your expectations about the game by learning what it offers and how was The Partisan Spy’s experience.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.
Choices & Advice
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.
IF YOU WANT TO PLAY A GREAT RTT GAME, WELL POLISHED AND WITH +60 HOURS OF GAMEPLAY.
THE FIRST RUN CAN BE COMPLETED IN 25-30 HOURS AND EXTEND THE GAME LIFETIME WITH CHALLENGES AND ACHIEVEMENTS.
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