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Generally favorable reviews - based on 53 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 52 out of 53
  2. Negative: 0 out of 53
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  1. Jun 14, 2020
    96
    Mimimi Games delivers a stellar benchmark for the titles to come both in terms of gameplay cohesion and storytelling in the Far West. Brilliant map design, character synergies and a long-term support plan promise to keep you engaged for more than the initial 25 hours to completion. Make sure to check it out. Probably the RTS of 2020.
  2. Jun 12, 2020
    95
    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.
  3. Jun 12, 2020
    92
    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 they are here to stay for a long time.
  4. Jun 23, 2020
    91
    Desperados 3 is a sensational game that boasts challenging game design that is as equally rewarding as it is frustrating. With an engaging story, interesting characters, and a great setting, it’s easy to recommend this game to just about everyone.
  5. Jul 14, 2020
    90
    The return of Desperados should be maybe more accurately called “The return of Shadow Tactics”, but that’s not a bad thing at all. Desperados 3 hasn’t lost any of the sneaky charm of the previous game and it adds new stuff to do, too.
  6. Jul 10, 2020
    90
    Desperados 3 is a superb package. It's a clever, cunning game of stealth and tactical thinking that, thanks to a generous quick-save system and wealth of informative visual cues, entices you to tinker with all the toys it has on offer and fully explore the possibility spaces of its elaborate levels. There's no need for a do-over here; Desperados 3 is a dead-eye shot on the very first try.
  7. Jun 26, 2020
    90
    Desperados 3 is the latest addition to the niche real-time tactics genre and it succeeds in everything it promises. Complex stealth tactics, dynamic and diverse Wild West environments and playable characters, evoke the player’s imagination and poke him to think out of the box, utilizing the available gaming tools.
  8. Jun 23, 2020
    90
    Desperados III is a downright fantastic real-time tactics title. The gameplay is simple to understand and get started with and each stage puts players to the test. While each stage is contained in size, it provides a sandbox of open opportunity for players to experiment. Rarely does failing leave a bad taste in a player’s mouth. Instead, it simply inspires players to keep trying until they finally succeed. The utterly compelling gameplay immediately ropes you in and simply doesn’t let up. The real-time stealth tactics genre is back in grand fashion thanks to Mimimi Games and Desperados III.
  9. Jun 22, 2020
    90
    If you've played Shadow Tactics, the high quality of Desperados III will come to you as no surprise. This game checks off all the mandatory elements of the stealth tactics genre: lots of ways to complete a mission, an intriguing story (and less obvious than it seems initially), cool characters, and a difficulty level that motivates, but doesn't frustrate.
  10. Jun 17, 2020
    90
    Mimimi Games returns to the real-time stealth tactical genre with Desperados 3. Across massive levels, players will guide their magnificent five characters toward their objectives. Each hero has their own strength they bring to the team, and they're all essential to survive. Desperados is a game of trial-and-error, expecting quicksaves and quickloads to "solve" each level. There's some small muddiness in the controls and enemy perception, and occasionally the punishment for slight mistakes in character or item placement feels punitive. That said, Desperados 3 nonetheless remains a fantastic follow-up to the first game and another win for the developer.
  11. Jun 16, 2020
    90
    While the style of the game might not be for everyone, for those that enjoy this genre, they’ll be in for an absolute treat. Desperados III is an outstanding accomplishment and should not be missed.
  12. Jun 16, 2020
    90
    Desperados III feels natural as a new entry in the series while being an innovative and really good actual game. A game that, without much noise, results in one of the best recent stealth experiences.
  13. Jun 15, 2020
    90
    If you are craving a game like the original Commandos, this is the one to get: Great level design, likable characters, sleek mechanics and challenging missions make Desperados 3 every bit as good as Shadow Tactics, which is quite a compliment on its own.
  14. Jun 15, 2020
    90
    Desperados III is the prequel that this great franchise deserves. It's a game that completely grabs the player, from start to end: the moment I started the main story, I couldn't let it go until I finished it. Every detail on the map, every dialogue between the characters, everything about the game is enjoyable, almost to the extent that you feel just as another member of the gang.
  15. Jun 15, 2020
    90
    Desperados III is the ultimate expression of a game genre that initiated in 1999 with Commandos, and it's an immediate blast to play.
  16. Jun 14, 2020
    90
    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.
  17. Jun 13, 2020
    90
    If you like Commandos and the Wild West, this is your game. It is an outstanding stealth and real-time strategy game, with one of the best level design we’ve seen in the genre.
  18. Jun 12, 2020
    90
    From its effective narration to the depth of its gameplay, through its replayability and its challenges, Desperados III achieves almost flawlessness, and, if you are fans of the genre, we can only advise you to go for it.
  19. Jun 12, 2020
    90
    Everything it does, it does incredibly well. Whether you’re looking to hop into stealth tactics for the first time or you’re an old pro, I would wholeheartedly recommend you check out Desperados 3. It is, without question, one of the best games I’ve played all year.
  20. Jun 12, 2020
    90
    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.
  21. Jun 12, 2020
    90
    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.
  22. Jun 12, 2020
    90
    Mimimi Games puts their pedigree to work in Desperados 3 in fantastic ways. It’s not easy, and sometimes it’s downright cruel, but when a plan comes together in Desperados 3’s vast and varied Wild West, it’s supremely satisfying.
  23. Jun 29, 2020
    89
    With some interesting backstories for each of the characters, some cool abilities - particularly with Isabelle, and some lovely settings, Desperados III is an enjoyable, albeit slow, puzzle-solving experience. But it is that same methodical experience that won’t suit all gamers, especially those who want some quick-fire action.
  24. Jun 17, 2020
    88
    It’s pretty pricey so you may want to wait for a sale… but there’s a lot of enjoyment to be had here and the credit for using certain methods to get through obstacles will give completionists a reason to go back and replay levels.
  25. Jun 17, 2020
    88
    Desperadoes III is one of the best surprises this year. Maybe it is not a game for everyone, but if you like the genre, or if you are a fan of the Wild West, this is a game that you cannot miss.
  26. Jun 12, 2020
    88
    esperados 3 is simply staged staggeringly: The Western atmosphere is tight for editing, I can experiment tactically with the five characters, sneak through almost completely or occasionally incite shootings. My heroes comment on the action, and with a few exceptions, the behavior of the opponents is logical and understandable. I even fail because I always know what was wrong and can optimize accordingly. This is what modern real-time tactics must look like. Be sure to play it.
  27. Jun 16, 2020
    87
    Fully polished and perfectly crafted, Desperados III feels like the master work of an artisan long involved in their craft.
  28. Jun 12, 2020
    87
    After Shadow Tactics, Mimimi Games gets another big hit in the real-time tactics genre with Desperados III.
  29. Jun 12, 2020
    86
    Desperados 3 turns the Wild West into a brilliant tactical playground that will fill you with lead over and over again.
  30. Jul 12, 2020
    85
    Desperados 3 revives ancient times - and not just those of the Wild West. Developer Mimimi successfully breathes new life into a long-lost series from a dying genre. Desperados 3 puts your tactical insight and ability to improvise to the test time and time again, making every win feel like your own. As icing on the cake, the game looks and sounds perfectly atmospheric. You'll love putting a fistful of dollars on the table here - or even a few dollars more.
  31. Jun 22, 2020
    85
    Fans of the Desperados franchise can crank up the difficulty and bring out a stopwatch to time their actions. Newcomers will enjoy the game even if they have no idea of who John Cooper is and what he did before. Either way, you’re in for 20 glorious hours.
  32. Jun 22, 2020
    85
    Desperados III is a great tactical stealth game with five diverse characters traversing through large open levels with alternate routes that enhance replay value. Picking off patrols and executing multiple actions works marvelously through both the swamps and the frontier towns. And with high quality presentation, this is one entry that fans of the genre shouldn't miss.
  33. Jun 18, 2020
    85
    Shadow Tactics developer Mimimi games strikes again; Desperados III is a real time strategy that totally deserves your time and money.
  34. Jun 15, 2020
    85
    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.
  35. Jun 13, 2020
    85
    A proper sequel to the original Desperados, and a tried-and-true tactical puzzle from Mimimi, the new masters of the genre.
  36. Jun 12, 2020
    85
    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.
  37. Jun 12, 2020
    85
    With Desperados III, Mimimi brilliantly relaunches the license by going back to the roots of the genre. We would have appreciated a little more variety in the opposing ranks and more polished cinematics. However, the western atmosphere of the title, its seductive scenery, the constantly renewed gameplay and the perfectly tuned level design quickly make us forget these little details. In addition, the multiple challenges offer a great replayability.
  38. Jun 12, 2020
    85
    Desperados 3 brings the franchise hooting and hollering back to life — and maybe better than ever.
  39. Jun 12, 2020
    84
    This is a significant step forward compared to the already excellent Shadow Tactics, from which the formula is taken in full and finally refined in many ways.
  40. Jul 3, 2020
    80
    Desperados III is more than a worthy successor to the name - it's undoubtedly the best game in the series. It marks the return to form that fans have wanted for so long, as well as a great entry point for new blood. Some might be tempted to say that it's too derivative of Shadow Tactics, but one only needs to play it to experience the differences. For anyone with an interest in real-time tactics (or anyone who wants to see what it's about), Desperados III is the game that keeps on giving.
  41. Jun 29, 2020
    80
    Desperados III marks a triumphant comeback for the classic real-time tactics franchise. Helping Cooper and his gang of misfits distract, assassinate and sneak their way past countless enemies is highly satisfying, as you slowly learn to unleash their skills with perfect timing and precision.
  42. Jun 16, 2020
    80
    Desperados III is a very good real time stealth game that succeeds in reaching the top of the genre delivering a flawless and deeply engaging experience in a credible (if a bit stereotypical) western world.
  43. Jun 12, 2020
    80
    A challenging real-time tactics experience in the old Wild West, Desperados III pulls no punches in its quest for old-school magic.
  44. Jun 12, 2020
    80
    I was already a big fan of the series when I started playing Desperados 3, but I've been so taken with how well this old series lives up. The real-time tactics genre was big in the '90s and '00s, with games like Commandos and Syndicate being well-known names on PC, but they largely disappeared in the last 15 years. It's a real joy to dive into a wholly new game that shows how engaging a style of play it can be. Hopefully this won't be the last of its kind.
  45. Jun 12, 2020
    80
    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.
  46. Jun 12, 2020
    80
    Desperados 3 is an uncompromising tactical stealth game that tests your patience and rewards your willingness to experiment. Playing with a charming team of toy soldier-sized assassins in a series of deadly and detailed dioramas is tough and requires a lot of trial and error, but success is more rousing than a whiskey chaser. Dormant for 14 years, in Desperados 3 the series enjoys the most triumphant comeback in the Western genre since Clint Eastwood made Unforgiven.
  47. Jun 12, 2020
    80
    Desperados III is like a decadent cake. It’s very rich in detail and design, and highly recommended, but that richness is for a certain palette that won’t appeal to everyone. Yes, it can depend on trial-and-error and the loading times can be unsavory. But it’s been awhile since a game plagued my thoughts like Desperados III. Getting a plan to work is a blast, and some excellent characterization prop up the mechanics nicely. Mimimi Games is a worthy successor to the Desperado franchise, and III will convert skeptics.
  48. Jun 12, 2020
    80
    Desperados 3 is a much-belated sequel that strikes the right balance between classic gameplay mechanics and modern sensibilities.
  49. Jun 12, 2020
    80
    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!
  50. 80
    Desperados III is a worthy successor to the previous games in the series, and a welcome return to a genre I’d long thought dead and buried. Now, how about a new Commandos?
  51. Jun 25, 2020
    75
    If you’re a fan of this genre or just have an intense itch for a good story set in the Old West, then this is probably an easy recommendation. Otherwise and unless you really just don’t enjoy this sort of game, I think it’s still worth picking up the next time it’s on sale.
  52. Jun 18, 2020
    75
    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 clearly indicates that this genre hasn't developed as much as other mainstream genres.
  53. Jun 13, 2020
    74
    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.
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  1. Desperados III may dismay profanophobes and Commandos 4 devs short of confidence, but it’s hard to imagine anyone else not warming to it swiftly. I can’t wait to see where Mimimi take the engine next. With WW2 spoken for, I’ve got my blistered quicksave/quickload fingers crossed for Medieval Nottinghamshire. [RPS Bestest Bests]
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 487 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Negative: 55 out of 487
  1. Jun 16, 2020
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click full review link to view. Wowwww amazing game !! I perform to all of the gamer as play desperados 3.
    Thank you Mimimi company for beautiful game
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  2. Jun 17, 2020
    10
    This game is pure awesomeness, it have all the good things that made the first Desperados great
    well made missions, great gameplay, and i
    This game is pure awesomeness, it have all the good things that made the first Desperados great
    well made missions, great gameplay, and i love the replay sequence after end of the mission. highly recommend this game for anyone who loved the first one
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  3. Jun 16, 2020
    10
    The last time I experienced Western epics with running times like these they were written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. 10/10