After many years since the latest release of the series in 2006, it is finally time to get the new part, and fortunately, the developer of this game is considered the best currently in this kind of games. And it is the German studio Games. The German studio is an expert in this genre, and it was he who developed the game Shadow Tactics (originally inspired by Desperados) that got very positive reviews from critics and players.
Desperados are a real-time strategy stealth game with a top-down camera set in a Wild West scenario. John Cooper embarks on an epic journey across the United States and Mexico in the 1870s, and John Cooper (the protagonist of the story) will have to take responsibility for mistakes made in the past in his pursuit of salvation. Cooper will be joined by runaway bride Kate, Dr. Arthur McCoy "the Doc", the giant hunter Hector and a mysterious lady from New Orleans, and they will all try to make their way from the mountains of Colorado to the heart of Louisiana, and then finally to New Mexico, where Cooper will face his past. New players in this series will not face problems in the story because this part takes place before the first part.
The game method is very similar to Shadow Tactics, where you must hide from sight and infiltrate between enemies to carry out assassinations or try to make your way between them, the enemies have a specific field of vision where you have to move away from your apparent field of vision, hiding in the weeds is the most important way in this game to hide from Enemies' field of vision, you can distract in many different ways, depending on the character used. Your steps and actions also have sounds and appear as a circular wave of character. There is an option to stop the time and send a ghost for the character to try a specific path without being detected by the enemies, but on the difficulty level, the time will not stop.
Similar to the Hitman games, many things in the environment help you get rid of the main objectives such as poisoning a drink, shooting down a rickety wooden building, or provoking the anger of a bull to kill an enemy to appear as an accident without being detected. There are many paths to finish the stages in different ways, and this encourages the repetition of the stages more than once. And there is a nice addition in the game, which is that you will see the stage map and your steps during the whole stage quickly after each stage you finish, and replays can be saved and shared. You can also modify the difficulty characteristics, for example, you can adjust the speed of the enemy noticing you, or adjust the player’s life rate or the number of enemies on the map.
Each of the five characters has special skills and strengths, so the leader of the group Cooper can quietly kill with his knife in the near term, throw him at the enemy, or get rid of enemies with his Revolver, and his distraction is throwing the shark to attract the attention of the enemies, according to Hector. He carries a huge trap placed on the ground to hunt the enemy, and he can kill the most difficult opponents with his powerful ax, and his dispersal tool is whistling to attract enemies towards him, and bounty hunter Dr. McCoy likes to use the tools of alchemy such as the dispersive tool he uses; Gas puts in a bag to be opened by enemies and they are temporarily blind, as well as poisonous needles, and a dedicated long-range pistol. As for Kita, the fleeing bride, she can deceive the enemies by disguising himself with clothes that do not raise suspicion, and she has many ways to disperse the enemies, such as perfume that affects the vision of the enemies, or by flattering anyone and giving the escort a chance to pass. As for the last character, Isabella, from New Orleans, who has the best skills among the five characters, in my opinion, she uses supernatural powers with mysterious herbs and black magic to control enemies and hit each other and the distraction tool is her cat Stella.
I chose the middle level during my story game, however, this level presents a great challenge, the artificial intelligence is excellent and the guards watch each other which causes difficulty in killing one of them. You will die a lot at each stage, so it is better to watch the movement of enemies and ponder the shape of the map to search for the best ways to overcome obstacles, and fortunately, the preservation system is free, you can save anywhere in the stage, and there is a timer in the center of the screen to remind you of the last time you saved The game, a clever idea to keep the game constantly, and you will not have to return from far away.
Technically, the game features beautiful graphics and details and offers a varied environment for the Wild West. Some objects are scanned in detail, but it is difficult to notice them because of the camera. The design of the maps is excellent, and you will not see a character in an illogical place on the map, and there are many ways to finish the stage and use the environment to get rid of targets.
Desperados provide excellent voice acting performance for the main characters and excellent performances with the same game engine and many varied dialogues between the characters during the missions, but I found that the voices of the enemies are annoying because of the repetition and similar voices. The game has many varied musical tunes throughout the stages of the story, and each region has its own tunes, and some melodies seem to come directly from Clint Eastwood's films, and since I am a fan of this type of music, I consider the melodies one of the strengths of the game. The playing time is approximately 25 hours, and the age can be increased if you think about repeating the stages to get the highest points in each stage.
- The variety of ways to complete the missions, the game offers a great challenge even at the middle levels, the artificial intelligence is distinctive, the graphics are beautiful, the voice performance of the main characters is excellent and the music album is beautiful, the game life is long and the stages are varied.
- The audio performance of the enemies is the same and it repeats a lot, the tires fall off during some playing times, some surfaces are poorly detailed.
- For fans of real-time strategy and stealth games, Mimimi studio used all its past experiences to deliver a quality product worth buying.