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Desperados 3 is the modern Commandos game stealth tactics needs (PCGamesN)

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There’s a fine line between ‘inspired by’ and ‘openly derivative of’, and when a game stumbles into the latter, it normally takes the jam right out of my doughnut. Normally.

 

Desperados III is openly derivative of the 1998 classic Commandos: Behind Enemy Lines, a game I loved so much that my friends and I invented a real-life version in which we used a torch to represent enemy view-cones and took turns sneaking around my living room knifing each other. But after a few hours with a preview build of Desperados III, I don’t resent its open imitation of one of my favourite old PC games at all. In fact, I’m delighted it exists.

 

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Game Information

Game Title: Desperados III

Platforms:

  • PC (Jun 16, 2020)
  • Xbox One (Jun 16, 2020)
  • PlayStation 4 (Jun 16, 2020)

 

Developer: Mimimi Games

 

Publisher: THQ Nordic
    

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OpenCritic - 86 average - 93% recommended

Critic Reviews


Saving Content - 5 / 5 stars

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Whether you’ve played Mimimi Games’ prior game Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun, the earlier Desperado games, or you’re coming in fresh, you’ll find Desperados III is just an incredible experience. Every character’s ability is unique, and combining it with another’s in showdown mode for a synchronized attack is always satisfying to pull off. It’s rare you see a game utilize quicksaves as a core feature, though it works to great effect here. Mimimi Games’ touches on the real-time tactics genre for this once-dormant series are elegant and brilliant, and not to be missed. Desperados III is simply one of the best games of the year.


Windows Central - 5 / 5 stars

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Zoomg - Persian - 10 / 10

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Desperados III is the first game in Desperados Franchise that is developed by Mimimi Games. the studio behind the successful Shadow Tactics and they have once again proved themselves in tactical games. Desperados III offers perfect gameplay, beautifully designed worlds and amazing soundtracks and is the great example of a perfectly designed video game, no matter how you define this form of entertainment.


GamePitt - 9.5 / 10

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Desperados III is by far one of the best stealth-based games I’ve ever played, offering multiple ways to not only complete your objectives but also kill your targets. The brilliant Showdown mode further enhances the immersion and strategic gameplay by letting you simultaneously control all five protagonists in a synchronised string of events, single-handedly set up by the sole gamer. The very challenging badges, difficult goal criteria, and multiple routes will all have you replaying each mission numerous times until you know it like the back of your hand. Plus, once you’re done with the exciting and thrilling story, the Baron’s Challenges allows you to take on new mysterious and even more challenging missions – if you’re brave enough!


God is a Geek - 9.5 / 10

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Incredibly well put-together and intricately crafted by a developer at the top of their field, Desperados III is a genuine masterpiece of stealth, Stetsons, and steely-eyed heroics.


Pardis Game - Persian - 9.5 / 10

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Desperados III is another strong title from Mimimi Productions, and has managed to successfully revive one of the most beloved franchises. Every aspect of the game, from the character development to gameplay and graphics, has been painstakingly and meticulously designed, and the end result will without a doubt please longtime fans and newcomers alike. The developers have borrowed many of their mechanics from their previous title, Shadow Tactics, but it shows the strength of the framework they had created rather than being a testament of their negligence. All of these have turned Desperados III to one of the best Real-time Tactics games available, although its saving system could have been more reliable


Bazimag - Persian - 9.2 / 10

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From intelligent design and superb gameplay to good story and likable characters, this is exactly what we expect Desperados III to be and Mimimi Games has masterfully made another great Real-Time Tactics game.


The Games Machine - Italian - 9.2 / 10

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Mimimi Games did it again! Desperados III is a love letter to a genre of a long forgotten past, beautifully crafted in every single detail. John Cooper and his friends are finally back in action, and let's hope are here to stay for a long time.


Area Xbox - Spanish - 9.1 / 10

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Desperados III is a title based on the classic video game Commands, with a great strategic component and freedom of movement. Charismatic characters, good story, fun and engaging gameplay and many hours of gameplay.


33bits - Spanish - 90 / 100

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Desperados III is a must-have title for every lover of stealth and gaming in isometric perspective. Replayable, deep and with great attention to detail. Mimimi Games does it again, and if you liked the previous title of this developer, everything indicates that Desperados III will make you really fall in love.


Areajugones - Spanish - 9 / 10

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Desperados III feels natural as a new entry in the series while being innovative and a really good current game. A title that, without much noise, results in one of the best recent stealth experiences.


COGconnected - 90 / 100

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Critical Hit - 9 / 10

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Desperados III is an absolute hoot. The best strategy game of the year, cowboys and chaos never felt this good and this revival is one for the ages. It may be lethally challenging, but its gung-ho strategy is a masterpiece of design that's accentuated by lovable rogues, lively levels and a dedication to its genre that can easily outdraw any challengers to its throne.


DualShockers - 9 / 10

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Desperados 3 brings the goods in this reimagining of the classic tactics series.


FingerGuns - 9 / 10

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It may seem daunting at first, but stick with it and a massively varied stealth and tactics game opens up over time.


GameMAG - Russian - 9 / 10

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Desperados III is an excellent tactics with a deep gameplay, interesting features and references to the cowboy movies, which successfully revives the original series and continues the ideas laid down by the developers in Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun. An exciting gameplay, built like a puzzle, makes you think ahead and improvise on the go. A convenient save system and fast loadings help to minimize annoyance even if your risky plan fails. If you like real-time tactical games and you like westerns, it is not recommended to skip this game.


GameSpew - 9 / 10

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Gamerweb.pl - Polish - 9 / 10

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Desperados III will be great for Commandos and Shadow Tactics fans. It will absorb them for many hours, there are many strong points here - great gameplay, beautiful graphics and good written story. It's the same level as the iconic Commandos 2, or the first Desprados - worth buy.


GamingTrend - 90 / 100

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Desperados III feels both familiar and fresh at the same time. A great deal of the muscle memory and character interactions we learned in Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun are at play here, but a whole host of improvements, and a brand new character in Isabelle, make it all feel brand new. A true refinement of an already excellent formula, Desperados III is a masterclass in real-time tactical stealth, and I simply cannot recommend it highly enough.


Niche Gamer - 9 / 10

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Desperados 3 is a strong contender for one of my favorite games released so far this year.


PlayStation LifeStyle - 9 / 10

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The good news is that most players will find something to enjoy in Desperados III. Mimimi Productions has learned from the few mistakes they made with Shadow Tactics to make a real time tactical strategy/stealth blend that works incredibly well on console. There are enough choices and replayability to suit both newcomers and veterans to the genres. The game is a worthwhile addition to your collection.


PlayStation Universe - 9 / 10

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A fiendishly clever and enduringly charming Wild West take on the stealth strategy formula that Mimimi Games previous effort Shadow Tactics did so well, Desperados 3 does a fantastic job of cloaking what is a supremely clever stealth puzzlebox as a narrative driven tactical effort that everyone should try.


SECTOR.sk - Slovak - 9 / 10

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John Cooper is back with some old and new friends and another story from wild west. Still deadly, hard and charming.


Shacknews - 9 / 10

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Whether you’re new to John Cooper and his bounty-hunting gang or an old hand on the quickdraw, Desperados 3 may be one of the most fleshed out mixes of challenging, accommodating, and satisfying tactical strategy experiences around, Western or otherwise.


WayTooManyGames - 9 / 10

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Desperados III is an extremely polished, smart, and engaging tactical game that deserves to be in the library of any fan of the genre.


Wccftech - 9 / 10

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Following on from Shadow Tactics, Mimimi Productions have continued their excellent form with Desperados. While the maps can be a little dull and the game arguably slow, the level of tactical nuance and environmental storytelling, as you progress through engaging and challenging missions, is second to none. Desperados III is an undeniably great game, the best in the series and arguably one of the best in the genre.


Wolf's Gaming Blog - 4.5 / 5 stars

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Desperados 3 is not a case of the good, the bad and the ugly. It’s a case of the awesome, the great and the good. There’s a few weak points here and there, but overall this is a sumptuous piece of real-time tactics. It’s rewarding and satisfying to play, doesn’t hold your hand and makes you feel like a badass when you pull off the perfect plan. And when everything goes wrong and the bullets are flying it’s always your fault. You can see where you went wrong, and so you just reload a save and tweak your plan a bit. We’ve already had some terrific tactical games this year, but this is the best of the bunch. Utterly, utterly brilliant.


NoobFeed - 88 / 100

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Attention to detail that extends past its strong tactical core makes Desperados III a must-play, despite its niche appeal.


PC Gamer - 86 / 100

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Desperados 3 turns the Wild West into a brilliant tactical playground that will fill you with lead over and over again.


AusGamers - 8.5 / 10

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Cosmetic switcheroos aside, the idea is the same: sweet, sweet puzzle-violence.


Cerealkillerz - German - 8.5 / 10

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For that what Desperados III is trying to be, it gets the job done. Mimimi Productions knows how to craft probably the best games in the real time strategy genre. The western setting was beautifully done and the characters are mostly amazing. If you are a newcomer to the series, you should stick with Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun because Desperados III will mainly please veterans.


Cultured Vultures - 8.5 / 10

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Featuring a beefy campaign, charming characters, and a daunting yet captivating difficulty, Desperados 3 brings the franchise hooting and hollering back to life — and maybe better than ever.


Game Debate - 8.5 / 10

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It may not be a western classic like the old spaghetti westerns, but Desperados 3 stands tall as a great western tale not of redemption, but of brilliant tactical strategy. There's nothing more rewarding than pulling off the perfect synergy of puzzle-violence (after loading up a quicksave 2, 3, or 18 times), and the amount of challenges to complete after missions is just begging to be replayed for the most passionate of perfectionists. Now if you'll excuse me Pilgrim, I got a horse to catch.


IGN Italy - Italian - 8.5 / 10

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A proper sequel to the original Desperados, and a tried-and-true tactical puzzle from Mimimi, the new masters of the genre.


MMoinGame - Spanish - 8.5 / 10

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My recommendation is total and unquestionable for anyone who likes the strategy


TechRaptor - 8.5 / 10

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A solid real-time strategy experience that provides a fair challenge for players of all skillsets


Worth Playing - 8.5 / 10

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Desperados III is a solid and enjoyable RTS. The fun of setting up combos in Showdown mode can't be underestimated, and the variety in level design keeps the game feeling fresh long after its basic mechanics become repetitive. If you're looking for a Wild West-style game that's more about subtlety than shootouts, Desperados III fits the bill.


Attack of the Fanboy - 4 / 5 stars

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Desperados III is definitely worth seeing through to the end, whether it be for the fun western tale it tells or the deep tactical stealth gameplay it offers.


GameSkinny - 8 / 10 stars

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Desperados 3 is a much-belated sequel that strikes the right balance between classic gameplay mechanics and modern sensibilities.


GameWatcher - 8 / 10

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What's a Western Without Revenge?


Gameblog - French - 8 / 10

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Desperados III is a success both artistically and in terms of gameplay. The many references to Sergio Leone's films are awesome. You can definitely put a fistful of dollars on it.


IGN - 8 / 10

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Desperados 3 is a Western that's as wily as it is wild, and well-suited to anyone after a serious stealth challenge.


PC Invasion - 8 / 10

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A challenging real-time tactics experience in the old Wild West, Desperados III pulls no punches in its quest for old-school magic.


Slant Magazine - 4 / 5 stars

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While the plot and characters in Desperados III may be familiar, each scenario feels distinct.


TheSixthAxis - 8 / 10

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Desperados 3 is a fun jaunt through the Wild West on a classic tale of revenge. Mixed with stealth strategy with a diverse roster of badasses this real-time tactics game gives rise to a lot of cool gameplay moments. Yeehaw!


BaziCenter - Persian - 7.5 / 10

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Desperados 3 is a very good tactical strategy that reminds us of the good old days of PC gaming, but it lacks something new and fresh, and celearly indicates that this genre hasn't developed as much as other mainstream genres.


Spaziogames - Italian - 7.4 / 10

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Desperados III won't be the glorious return of the franchise, but it's certainly a great game for the fans of this peculiar subgenre.


GamingBolt - 7 / 10

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While its structural, environmental, and contextual inconsistencies hold Desperados 3 back, its ability to facilitate clever and crafty strategies in its best moments kept me coming back for more.


Hobby Consolas - Spanish - 70 / 100

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Mimimi Studios stays true to the genre. Desperados III has some outdated mechanics, and the game progression is based on trial and error, which is something the fans will love, but can be frustrating for newcomers.


Push Square - 7 / 10

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Desperados III's Wild West setting makes for a charming backdrop, and the well-balanced, varied cast of bounty hunters means that each mission can be seen off in multiple, equally rewarding ways. But while the blend of refined real-time strategy mechanics and ever-escalating challenge will surely appeal to fans of the genre, novices could be perplexed by the often unforgiving difficulty and occasionally finicky rules.


Sirus Gaming - 7 / 10

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While the HUD is another challenge in itself for the poor of sight, it’s a small bump to its otherwise dramatic storyline and fun gameplay. It’s one that really asks you to take your time, don’t rush, enjoy, and exercise those brain cells.


VGChartz - 7 / 10

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Sometimes the try, die, retry system can grind your gears, but more often than not you’ll be enjoying the myriad scenarios in which you stealth kill your way to another victory.


ACG - Buy

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"An outstanding title in the genre with amazing music, crisp gameplay, and a replay feature that is both useful as well as incredibly comical."


Expansive - Loved

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Desperados 3 is easily one of the best tactical games I’ve played this year and is one you’ll find yourself coming back too – often through gritted teeth – because you’re determined to see it through.


Rock, Paper, Shotgun - RPS Bestest Bests

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It’s hard to imagine anyone else not warming to it swiftly.

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13 hours ago, Bloodporne said:

This looks really cool but I'm not familiar with this genre (sub-genre I guess?) at all. Is it more of a point & click strategy type thing or do you actually control a character fully and switch between them or how does this work in practice?

You control each individual character and switch between them.

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On 6/17/2020 at 10:44 PM, Emperor Diocletian II said:

You control each individual character and switch between them.

I ended up trying the Shadow Tactics demo recently and yeah, this seems like a really cool genre I'd really get into. The camera was unruly as fuck but the demo level was really fun so I'll probably pick that up before Desperados III.

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