Desperados 3 – First Impressions

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Making a comeback from the original, but now to consoles too, Desperados 3 is taking me on a wild ride involving Cowboys in a strategic wild west world. Saddle up and get ready for my first thoughts on the game.

I recently got the opportunity to play Desperados 3 on Xbox One. I’ve been playing the game for the past 3 days now and this post is really all about my first initial thoughts around the game and how I feel going forward with it. With that in mind, let’s dive right into it!

What is Desperados 3?

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In short Desperados 3 is a real-time tactical game set within the beauty of the old west, based in Germany. The game is developed by Mimimi Productions. This may not be the first time you have heard of Desperados and you would be correct, in fact, the original Desperados was released on PC in 2001. The game itself has come quite a way since then, as would be expected 19 years later, with one notable difference being is that it’s now on consoles as well as being on PC. In short, you are on a quest to lead a merry band of Desparados with your lead man being the legend that is John Cooper. With your gang in tow, you must defeat the DeVitt company, a power-hungry group who will stop at nothing to get what they want.

Planning is key

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The first thing that I noticed about the game is the theme. I am a big fan of cowboys, the wild west, etc so this is definitely a stand out feature for me. Who doesn’t like playing in an old west world filled? This is a game where you need to have your wits about you and it requires a lot of thought. As with most tactical games, you really need to be thinking ahead about what your next move will be, and not only do you need to be thinking about that, but a lot of planning needs to be put into place regarding what that move will be and look like. Coming up with visuals in your head about potential situations will get you far in this game. There is a very handy system in the game too which keeps you informed on how stealthy you are being to the people around you, a great tool that will get you far in the game.

My thoughts so far

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So far I am impressed. I very much like the artwork and the instructions along the way on how to plan your moves. It’s certainly not an easy game, however, what is worth noting is that you can change the difficulty before jumping into the game itself, so if you’re feeling like you don’t fancy a tough challenge ahead of you…the option is there to make it an easier experience for you. I’m learning the best way in how to plan moves and the combat for me is really quite smooth, that being said I am playing it on a slightly easier difficulty. The story to me seems solid so far and even though it can be quite time consuming planning moves out (for me anyway) I’m enjoying what I’ve played so far. Would I recommend it just yet to people? Yes. Playing the game I have a handle on how it all works and I’ve picked up on the actions used in the game pretty quickly.

My full review of the game will be up in a few days and I’m looking forward to sharing with you all a more in-depth look at it. But in the meantime, if you’re playing the game then I would love to hear from you and you can reach out to me on either our forums or over at our discord!

In the meantime, keep safe and I’ll catch you all soon.

I'm Claire (AKA thatmummarocks), a mum of two and gamer. I am a writer who runs her own website as well as writing for MHG. I also stream over on twitch,

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