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Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive





"Desperados – Wanted Dead or Alive" is the first strategy game ever to combine a movie-based and story-driven atmosphere of an adventure game with the intellectual challenge of a real time tactic game.

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"I loved the fact that the characters know how to hide behind corners, pop out to shoot and then return to cover immediately, and the fact that you have to calm your hand for some time before you can fire a sniper-shot." - Actiontrip.com

"Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive" is the first strategy game ever to combine a movie-based and story-driven atmosphere of an adventure game with the intellectual challenge of a real time tactic game.

In this western-style title, discover a game of strategy and tactics played out in exceptional real time. You're in charge of a team of 6 mercenaries and must find a way to complete your missions, be it infiltrating an enemy fortress, saving a team member or escaping an ambush... Combine the different skills of your 6 heroes to lead them to victory.

The Story:

El Paso, a typical Wild West town in the southwestern United States near the Mexican border. It is the year 1881. For the last few months, the trains belonging to the famous railroad company, Twinnings & Co have been the target of a whole series of hold-ups and ambushes. The management of the company has decided enough is enough and they have to put an end to the raids. It has offered a reward of $15,000 for anyone who captures the leader of the gang responsible.

But no one in and around El Paso has the courage to take on the might of the bandidos, so the outlaws just keep on robbing train after train. Even the local Marshal is keeping well out of it.

It’s only when a stranger rides into town that things start to change. Bounty hunter John Cooper pays a visit to the local Twinnings & Co manager offering to end the railroad company’s problems once and for all. He gathers together a gang of his old partners and declares war on the bandidos. But during his pursuit, which will take him through half of the southwestern United States, Cooper soon discovers that on this mission nothing is quite what it seems...

Key Features:

  • More than 20 enemies with different profiles, from the lazy and cowardly bandit, to the fearsome mercenary.

  • A team of 6 characters, each with their own very distinct characteristics, to manage in real time.

  • 25 different levels provide nail-biting intrigue, with cinematic transition scenes and landscapes that will take your breath away. Amazing artificial intelligence!

  • Each enemy is ranked on 10 different criteria, including intelligence, courage, marksmanship, resistance to alcohol, etc.

  • An array of different settings: day-time, night-time, storms, dusk, villages, ghost towns, fortresses, gold mines, saloons, prisons, boats 6 training levels to allow the player to really get into the story

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THQ Nordic
Action, Strategy
Monday, July 23, 2001
English, French, German, Italian, Russian, Spanish
Digital PC Download
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Minimum Requirements
  • OS: Windows XP/7
  • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
  • Memory: 256 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7.1
Recommended Requirements
  • OS: Windows XP/7
  • Processor: 1.4 GHz recommended
  • Memory: 512 MB RAM
  • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9

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When i'm rolling to the wild wild west!


Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive is one of my favorites games when it comes to the stealth genre. The game is basically a Commandos clone but instead of World War II scenario we get wild wild which is an amazing idea since for some reason there are less and less games placed in this magnificent period. Not much to say, as the game plays almost the same, you have isometric view and bunch of characters who each have their own special abilities to use when solving problems. An amazing game when it comes to my judgment.

Great old school game


Many Commandos fans were more than happy when Desperados had been announced as spiritual successor of legendary game. From the war affected Europe we go to american west and follow the story of cowboy Cooper and his interesting crew. Desperados picked up all great quailties from Commandos franchise and even raised some gameplay parts to upper level. Every character of course has its own unique set of abilities, and in most cases for successful completion of the level you need to use all of them, sometimes even in certain time order. Level/map design is small masterpiece and music, voice acting and sounds are more then excellent. Desperados of course like Commandos has substancial difficulty, and requires a lot of nerves and time, but after every completed mission you know that it was worth it. To sum up great game for every Commandos fan, great gameplay and story and of course every recomendation!

Commandos of the West


There was a time, when you couldn't publish an isometric tactical game, without being compared to commandos, or downright called a clone. Many game deserved it for sure, but there were a few shining examples as well, like this one. Desperados is a nice looking, easy to control, yet at times frustratingly hard game, just like it's WW2 brother. Unlike though, this one actually has a story, and characters(it kinda needed one for sure). Each of your team members have unique skills, and none of them feel redundant, at any mission, which are again, insanely hard at times. Even the first one can take hours to complete if you're unlucky.

Are you a patient person?


Do you mind spending time with small details? Are you more into setting perfect strategy than quick action? If you answer yes to theses questions, then you probably love this game. With beautiful graphics amid a fascinating setting of the Old West, this game challenges you to overcome difficult odds to complete every mission. This game is not easy. One small mistake and your going to "Boot Hill". Yet, if you are willing to explore every possibility, and set a well-planned strategy, you will be rewarded with a great gaming experience. If strategy games are your "thing", the you owe it to yourself to get this game. If you are not a patient person, and prefer quicker gameplay, you might want to stay far away from this game.

An excellent western strategy game


Desperados Wanted Dead or Alive is an excellent strategy game in the style of the Commandos series or Robin Hood The Legend of Sherwood. John Cooper is a bounty hunter who has taken a new job and begins the game attempting to find three of his old friends to help him, he finds each of them when they are in trouble and they join him in return for his help. You later acquire two additional companions. Each of the game's six characters has a different weapon and different abilities and equipment, you might have a stronger character who can carry heavier objects, someone who can seduce enemies, poison enemies, throw a knife for a silent attack, use a gun as a sniper rifle, tie up unconscious enemies, etc. Each mission will require to complete different objectives while using a combination of stealth and brute force to get through it. There are some fun additions to the game for a player that wants to try a more action oriented approach such as rolling out of cover and taking shots at enemies, marking enemies to shoot after activating a command to quick draw your gun, or even jumping out of a window and landing on the back of a waiting horse. Very fun game with a lengthy campaign, easily worth the price.

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