Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive (PC CD)

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Brand: Atari

Binding: Video Game

Genre: strategy-games

Platform: Windows 95

Publisher: Namco Bandai

Release Date: 20-04-2001

Details: Taking the PC strategy game into the heart of the Wild West, Desperados serves up a selection of diverse characters, each of whom have unique skills to help you achieve your various goals. So far, so Commandos, right? Well, sort of. While the similarities between this and Eidos' tense strategy title are clear, Desperados has plenty of tricks of its own to keep you playing.

The structure is simple. You're faced with 25 levels, which you must shoot, sneak, talk, play and generally blag your way through. Yet, truth be told, the game isn't the easiest one to take on, with plenty of tricky hoops to jump through before a mission is complete. Suffice it to say, the in-built Quick Save function will be much utilised. But it's a credit to the clear, overhead 3-D viewpoint and fair learning curve that it's still a challenge worth taking up. The mix of Wild West setting (complete with saloons, jailhouses and good old fashioned shoot-outs) and a slowly evolving, involving storyline that gradually introduces more characters to play with certainly helps, and both the visual and audio work enhance the Old West feel. Sure, it can be frustrating, and you're bound to get stuck on your travels, but perseverance pays dividends.

Desperados might lack the graphical majesty of some of its rivals, but don't let that blind you. This is one of the smartest, most challenging strategy games of the year. --Simon Brew

Package Dimensions: 7.5 x 5.4 x 0.6 inches

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