Our guide to Desperados 3 will help you finish all campaign missions and complete the game in 100 percent. The tips and tricks contained in this guide are addressed to both less experienced players as well as those who have played the previous parts of the series and Shadow Tactics. Since Shadow Tactics and Desperados III were developed by Mimimi Games, a lot of gameplay mechanics and controls will work very similarly.
The tutorial is divided into two large parts, and the first of them is the game guide. It primarily offers starting tips where we describe various important things you should know before playing the game. Other pages have detailed information on stealth and exploration, Showdown Mode (stopping time and planning a move), the differences between the available difficulty levels, or the rules for using the heroes' abilities.
The chapter dedicated to playable characters and their abilities is very important. Each of the available characters has their own abilities and inventory items, and this significantly affects their usefulness in certain situations. The guide also has an FAQ chapter where we answer various questions. You will find out e.g. how long does it take to complete Desperados 3, how to heal a wounded character, is it possible to finish the game without killing anyone, and why a character refuses to perform the command. The guide ends with the trophy/achievement guide which contains detailed descriptions of all achievements. We have also included information about the controls and system requirements.
The second major chapter is a detailed walkthrough for all the story missions. We have combined it with world atlas - each mission has a high-quality map where you can see e.g. important locations and places where you can find chests with valuable loot. Our guide tells you how to complete mission objectives, how to complete additional challenges (Badges), and how to play on hard where the opponents' senses are sharpened.
Desperados 3 is the long-awaited installment of the popular series started in 2001. The game is set in the Wild West. Our task is to command a group of heroes and perform various dangerous missions. Proper gameplay is best described as a combination of logic, stealth, and real-time strategy. We must carefully plan all the moves and try to avoid detection, as this can often lead to heroes' rapid death or failing a mission goal.
The game also puts great emphasis on the cooperation between the characters. Each playable character has their own equipment and skills, and it is up to us to decide how we use them. We can also combine the abilities of heroes and, for example, to eliminate a few enemies at the same time. The action is presented from the isometric perspective.
However, the game's environment is completely three-dimensional. Desperados III allows you to freely rotate, zoom in and out the camera to spot as many important things and characters as possible.
A few quick tips for beginners
- Don't select the highest difficulty level right away. It may seem encouraging if you are looking for a great challenge, but in fact it will cause a lot of frustration when exploring unknown locations. Setting a high level of difficulty is the optimal choice - the game will still be quite demanding, but not excessively painful. So, it won't be that troublesome to complete a mission.
- Frequent quick saves will often save your heroes. In Desperados 3 you can save a game whenever you want - there are no saves limits. What's more, you can save the game manually by using the menu or use the quick save option. We advise you to save the game before entering each new location and before attacking each new opponent. When attacking an enemy character, there is always a risk that something will go wrong.
- The game can highlight characters and important objects in the area. This may be considered as an exaggerated cheating, but it is still a feature that makes it much easier to progress through subsequent missions. First of all, the game can mark and highlight your opponents. Other marked objects like bushes, ivy walls, ladders or items that can be collected are also very helpful.
- When the game is paused, a large mission map is displayed. It is by far the most helpful feature in tracking progress and identifying opponents' positions (they are symbolized by red dots). It's a very good idea to take a peek at the map every time you pause the game in order to save a game.
- Showdown Mode will make it easier for you to get through difficult locations. This is a unique mode and you can use it to plan all actions and moves of your characters that will be performed in the future. After setting up an action, just press a key to launch it. This has many uses - you can plan synchronized attacks or combine the skills of different heroes.
- Tie up the bodies of stunned enemies and always hide them somewhere. Every stunned opponent may wake up if they are not tied up quickly enough and there is a high risk of triggering an alarm. Never forget about that. Hiding bodies in bushes or throwing them into the chasm is equally important. Get rid of the bodies not only of stunned enemies, but also of those you have murdered.
For more tips and tricks, check the Starting tips page of our Desperados III game guide.
All missions of Desperados 3
In this guide we have included a detailed description and walkthrough of all missions available in Desperados III.
- Walkthrough of Mission 1: On the Hunt - This is one of the shortest stages and it is also quite linear.
- Walkthrough of Mission 2: Running Late on Payday - our description of this mission consists of 3 parts. We describe separately how to reach McCoy, how to approach the collapsed tunnel and how to blow up boulders with a dynamite.
- Walkthrough of Mission 3: Troublemakers in Flagstone - Our detailed description of this mission consists of four parts. Each part describes how to murder a separate mission target - Jarvis, Wild Marge, McBane and The Duke.
Our walkthrough of the main story campaign (the world atlas section) contains detailed maps of all Desperados 3 missions.
- Map of Mission 1: On the Hunt - We have marked on it the route by which James and his son John are traveling.
- Map of Mission 2: Running Late on Payday - We have marked on it all important locations around the train and ammunition crates.
- Map of Mission 3: Troublemakers in Flagstone - We have marked the whereabouts of the main targets and all important locations in the town of Flagstone.
I have a question and I'm looking for answers
In the FAQ section of our game guide, we have provided solutions to common problems that may occur during the campaign:
- Can you complete Desperados 3 without killing anyone? - You might be interested in this if you like to sneak around many locations without killing any enemies you encounter.
- Why the enemy is not leaving his post? - Enemies who do not leave their post, for example, after noticing a medical bag lying on the ground can be very problematic to eliminate.
- Why does my hero refuse to do something? - Team members may, for example, refuse to climb ivy wall or enter the water. This makes it difficult to play the game.
- How to save all civilians in mission 2? - This is probably one of the first more difficult challenges (badge) you will encounter during the campaign.
Controls and the most important key bindings in Desperados 3
Below you will find an overview of the most important controls and key bindings for the PC version of Desperados III. The full controls list can be found in a separate chapter of our guide (Controls), where you will also find information about additional controls settings available in the game.
Crouch - This is also a sneaking mode in the game, allowing you to avoid generating noise and avoid being detected by enemies over longer distances.
Select skill 1 (active) of the currently selected hero.
Select skill 2 of the currently selected hero.
Select skill 3 of the currently selected hero.
Select skill 4 of the currently selected hero.
Select skill 5 of the currently selected hero.
Skill 1 (inactive) of the currently selected hero. This is usually a non-aggressive version of the skill, for example, choosing the option to stun in close combat instead of using a knife.
Mode of use / interaction. After activating it, you must also select the object (or character) you are interested in with the cursor.
Activate Showdown Mode. On all difficulty levels except Desperado, this mode stops the time temporarily. You can plan out (record) a sequence of actions and then perform them by pressing ENTER. This is very useful, especially when two or more heroes are attacking together.
Switch between available characters.
Activate Showdown Mode. You need to plan some actions before by pressing the SHIFT key.
Single click - select a character. You can do that on an enemy to check their field of view.
Hold down the button and draw a rectangle to highlight several characters.
Alternatively, you can do the above to cancel the action and deselect a skill.
Display the field of view of the selected opponent. You can also click RMB on any spot and determine who is watching this place.
Movement. Double-clicking the button will make the character run.
Interact with objects and characters (press CTRL first).
Activate previously selected skills (A, S, D, F, G, Y keys).
In addition, you can also move the cursor to the edge of the screen.
Rotate the camera freely - you must hold the key.
NumLock 4 and NumLock 6 allow you to rotate the camera left or right.
Zoom in / out. It's worth zooming in, for example, to pick up a small item or when you do something in a small area. Zooming out is useful in large areas to, for example, detect opponents and check their field of view.
Quick save. You can also open the pause menu to create manual saves.
Zoom in the mini-map. An even larger version of the mini-map is displayed on the pause screen.
Highlight interactive objects and characters in the environment. This is a very useful feature for finding items that need to be collected or used. It also helps you detect enemies faster.
How to choose more than one character?
Selecting more than one team member can be useful, for example, if you want to quickly move your heroes to another place on the map. In the PC version, you can do this in two ways:
- Press the slash button (\) to select all available heroes in the mission.
- Hold down the right mouse button to draw a rectangle. All heroes in the area of the rectangle will be selected.
Are there any other characters from previous installments of Desperados 3?
Unfortunately, no, Desperados III doesn't feature characters like Sam, Sanchez or Hawkeye - fan-favorite characters from the first and second parts of the series. One can only hope that other characters will be added with DLC for Desperados 3 or in subsequent parts released in the future.
How to pick up a corpse or collect an item?
Picking up bodies and collecting items in Desperados 3 is not exactly that intuitive process or action. It's a two-step action:
- Press the CTRL button to activate interaction mode.
- Hover the cursor over the body or item you want to pick up. Press the left mouse button to perform this action.
The same way you can interact with objects that cannot be picked up or collected. This includes, for example, opening doors and crates or activating various mechanisms.
Can you stop the time in the game?
Yes, there is such an option and it is available on all difficulty levels except the highest - Desperado. You can stop the game time by pressing the SHIFT button on the PC version, that is, by activating the Showdown Mode. Stopping time alone is obviously not the only useful feature of this mode. You can use it to plan your heroes' actions and activate them at a convenient moment with one key press. Showdown Mode has been described in more detail in our game guide.
Desperados 3 also offers the opposite feature - you can speed up time by pressing the X key while playing the PC version. This option is useful, among other things, to shorten the waiting time for the mission target to appear in a particular spot on the map.
Can I repeat completed missions?
Yes, this is possible and absolutely necessary if you plan to complete all badges (challenges) of a particular mission. This is the only way to complete the mission in 100%. The mission selection screen is displayed after a certain level was completed and is also available from the main menu.
When repeating a level you don't have to be afraid of losing your previous progress in the aspect of completed challenges (badges) or the fact that you have already completed a mission at a high level of difficulty.
Are there any collectibles in the game?
No, there are no classic collectibles / secrets in Desperados 3. You don't have to find documents, recordings, audio logs, paintings, artifacts or any other such items. Challenges (badges) can be treated as secrets, as they are only discovered after a mission is completed for the first time. They can also force you to carefully explore the maps, for example, to search for NPCs in order to eavesdrop their conversations.
Are there important choices in the game?
No, Desperados 3 doesn't offer any important choices. All missions have a fixed and imposed storyline. However, the game gives you a lot of freedom in completing mission objectives - you can choose different paths, use different heroes and equipment, and select your gameplay style. For example, you can remain stealth or engage in direct battles with enemies.
Why can't Cooper use a knife?
The answer to this question is very simple - Cooper has only one knife at his disposal and he can lose it temporarily. This will happen if you have decided to throw a knife at an opponent and forgot to approach his corpse in order to retrieve the weapon. You won't find any more knives during the game, so you have to 'take care' of this basic one.
A similar restriction also applies to some of the other heroes' gadgets, such as the bear trap used by Hector. It should also be collected from the ground after it catches an enemy or loses its usefulness.
Can you lie down on the ground?
No, the authors of Desperados III didn't implement such an option. A controlled character can't start crawling. However, the heroes can crouch and move in a crouching position. This is very helpful in avoiding detection - the cones of the enemy's field of view are different for a standing hero (longer) and for a crouching hero (shorter). Moving around while crouching doesn't generate any additional sounds.
Is there a fog of war in the game?
No, there is no fog of war in the game - the whole map is immediately visible and this also applies to forbidden zones and interiors of buildings. As a result, you can plan your route and how to eliminate / avoid your opponents from the first minutes of playing a certain level.
Some enemy reinforcements may arrive during a mission. This can happen after an alarm has been triggered or as a result of progress in the plot by focusing on the main objectives of the mission.
Why doesn't the game mark challenges as complete?
You can't complete challenges in Desperados 3 if you play on Beginner. You have to play at least on normal. The same goes for replaying missions to get the remaining challenges.
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Desperados III Video Game
- genre: Strategy
- developer: Mimimi Games
- publisher: THQ Nordic / Nordic Games
- platform: PC, PS4, XONE
Desperados III is another entry in the popular series of tactical strategy games inspired by Commandos series. The new entry wasn’t developed by Spellbound, the creators of previous installments. Spellbound was replaced by the German studio Mimimi Productions, which previously worked on well-received game based on similar principles, Shadow Tactics: Blades of the Shogun.
The game continues the story from the previous games. The main protagonist of Desperados III is John Cooper, a gunslinger known from previous entries in the series. He takes command of a group of outlaw specialists. Together with them, he completes the most dangerous missions on the Wild West.
Desperados III remains faithful to the basic principles of previous entries, especially the first game in the series. It is a tactical real-time strategy game in which the players command a group of five specialists. They complete missions on rather small maps. The enemies are usually having great advantage in numbers, so winning requires a stealth approach and cleverness. While the players remain undetected, the enemies are patrolling the maps, and avoiding detection is made easier by the interface that presents the sight range of the guards.
Each member of the squad features a different specialization, unique equipment, and special skills. In addition to the gunslinger Cooper, the players can control, among other characters, a sniper and a woman that can distract guards. The players must learn how to take advantage of the talents of the characters and they must learn how to make the characters cooperate with each other well.
Desperados III offers a great tactical freedom. The missions can be completed quietly, without killing anyone, or by participating in spectacular shootouts. Players can take advantage of gadgets and skills to balance the advantage in numbers of the opponents. Each problem and obstacle can be defeated in various different ways. Because of that, missions can be completed a few times, each time with a different approach and on a different difficulty level.
The events are presented with an isometric camera. The graphics are three-dimensional and they can impress with a high level of details and the atmosphere of western movies.