Review: Desperados III (PlayStation 4)

Desperados III is a story-driven, hardcore tactical stealth game, set in a ruthless Wild West scenario. Play smart if you want to succeed. A good plan can make the difference between survival and finding yourself at the business end of a pistol.

Pros:

  • Decent graphics.
  • 34.77gb download size.
  • Platinum trophy.
  • Graphics mode-performance or resolution.
  • Colorblind support.
  • Control layout-default and four custom profiles you can rebind and customize.
  • RTT (real-time tactical) gameplay.
  • Four difficulties-Beginner, normal, hard, and desperado. Difficulties affect enemy setups/player health/player ammo/detection speed/amount of saves and pause during showdown mode.
  • Subtitles-on/off.
  • Save when you want.
  • Tutorials pop as you play can be re-read/watched in the menu.
  • Quicksave-binded to the touchpad which is a godsend.
  • Full camera control. Can have it set to auto-follow if you like.
  • Showdown mode-pauses the game and lets you plan one action per character, this action can be done straight away or save it for later.
  • Click a button to show enemy cones.
  • Prequel to the Desperados games.
  • Unlock new characters as you play through the game.
  • Pop up as when you last saved.
  • Stealth elements.
  • Beautiful locations.
  • End of level, badges awarded and stats but it has this cool feature where you see all actions by you and the enemy on a map. It’s saved as a replay and can be watched.
  • Baron challenges-take on already completed levels but with unique events and variations.
  • 3 chapters with 16 levels.
  • Five challenges to unlock and play.
  • Badges-8 per level and are awarded for doing certain actions, think of them as bonus side objectives.
  • A lot of fun to play.
  • Slick animations.
  • It plays like a solid stealth tactical game.

 

Cons:

  • Small text.
  • Camera control is tricky even with auto-follow.
  • Slow starter as it details the mechanics and game flow.
  • Long loading between levels.
  • It can be hard to see enemies/interactions.

  • 8/10
    Graphics - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Sound - 9/10
  • 9/10
    Accessibility - 9/10
  • 8/10
    Length - 8/10
  • 9/10
    Fun Factor - 9/10
8.6/10

Summary

Desperados, a game that blends stealth with a tactical game set within the wild West. Just reading that sentence encapsulated the game and what you can expect. In reality, the game is a really good robust game that you can play in many many ways and get so much fun from. It starts you off slowly which I appreciate by running the game with a bit of hand-holding, I loved the tutorial text and how it popped up on the screen, I loved the music the way the game played and just how open it all felt without you losing yourself or getting carried away, it was organized chaos of brainpower and gunplay. I mean the devs proved their worth with their last game and all they have done here is proof that this model can work in any setting, I felt like I was playing an RTS but had the freedom of a straight-up adventure game. I stopped paying attention to the story, to be honest as I just wanted to Cowboy, I never felt like this was detrimental or anything, gameplay would get mixed up with combat, puzzles so it never really tired itself out. Desperados 3 is a welcome and successful return. To a strong franchise, prepare yourself, your going to lose many hours to this gem.

Jim Smale

Gaming since the Atari 2600, I enjoy the weirdness in games counting Densha De Go and RC De Go as my favourite titles of all time. I prefer gaming of old where buying games from a shop was a thing, Being social in person was a thing. Join me as I attempt to adapt to this new digital age!

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