1883, SANTA FE. Peace in this town has been shattered by a shocking kidnapping. Gather your men and ride on a series of challenging missions to stop treacherous, marauding outlaws in this story of vile blackmail and revenge.
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Mixed (45 reviews) - 57% of the 45 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Apr 30, 2009

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1883, SANTA FE. Peace in this town has been shattered by a shocking kidnapping. Gather your men and ride on a series of challenging missions to stop treacherous, marauding outlaws in this story of vile blackmail and revenge. Capture a train load of loot, dodge through saloon fights, a jail-break, and shoot-outs! The stage is set for this Wild West Adventure. Will you live to tell the tale?
  • Wild West: Experience truly authentic Wild West locations on the PC, from a stormy rain robbery to bloody sunsets and beautiful old New Orleans, and more
  • Smart Enemies: 60 different enemies with tactical behavior driven by an advanced AI system
  • Multi-character game play: Play as six different characters, each with different specialist skills, abilities, and weaponry
  • Movie Mode: Record your heroic deeds!
  • Historical Weapons and Equipment: 6-shooter pistol, shotguns, rifle, bow and arrow, derringer, knifes, tomahawks and other weapons found in an 1880's arsenal
  • Technology: Switch between tactical view and actions view seamlessly, Bloom and HDR rendering, PhysXageia technology

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows© Vista/XP/2000
    • Processor: 2.0 GHz
    • Memory: 512 MB
    • Graphics: 128 MB of dedicated video memory
    • Hard Drive: 4 GB free disk space
    • Sound: DirectX 9.0 compliant
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63 of 67 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
5.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2012
A very nice, highly tactical game with an unusual difficulty curve (not really a curve), some patches are exceptionally hard and require pin point timing and planning where as some scenarios you can simply run in and punch. I got into the series when I got a demo of the 1st game "Desperado: Wanted Dead or Alive" free with a box a cereal (what a great promotion). I remember spending hours and hours silently knocking out every enemy in the one demo level and hiding their bodies in various outbuildings. This game still has the same great core game play with some less welcome mechanics bolted on such as the 1st person mode and movie export mode. This title improves upon the originals planning system in which you can set up satisfying combinations involving all your people silently taking down how a town. Some people may be put off by the large quantity of quick-saves and loading, but in this tittle I see it as slowly creating a masterpiece stroke by stroke. All in all I highly recommend this title or if you can get hold of it cheap, then "Desperado: Wanted Dead or Alive"
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46 of 54 people (85%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
12.7 hrs on record
Posted: January 22, 2014
Love this game! If you liked the first one in the series (Desperados) you will like this one too. It's not an easy game, sure, but it's rewarding, especially when you're not just shooting, but trying to outsmart the enemies. I recommend it to every strategy fan who have patience.
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35 of 41 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
27.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 24, 2012
Helldorado is the third game of the Desperados-series. First in the series we have "Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive" which basically was "Commandos" in a western atmosphere. Then came "Desperados 2: Coopers Revenge". And finally "Helldorado".. And you know what? IT SUCKS BIG TIME!

I Kidd, I Kidd! :-)

Via google I had a hard time making out if "Helldorado" just was another name for "Desperados 2: Coopers Revenge" or if it was new game. Luckily for me it was a totally new game that picks up where Desperados 2: Coopers Revenge left off.

The beginning of the story is somewhat cheesy and random but one improvement with this game is that the story takes different turns with timen and make the overall experience more exciting.

This game is partly different from the original. In the original you usually have objectives as a sidemission. On most levels you have to kill all enemies no matter what the mission is. But in this game some levels are more oriented on the mission. Do you finish the mission you don't have to kill everyone in sight or even two thirds of them. This fact make you look more for patterns and you can choose in a wider sense what you can and MUST do. The missions also have differnet styles. For example, one mission is purely action and is more like Hitman than the original game.

Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun
As this game (and Desperados 2) has the "option" of playing in first person mode the controls and change of camera angle bothered me quite a bit. I found myself using the first person mode more than the upper view even though I prefer the upper view (it just was easier not having to change the view all the time). The controls aren't horrible but they seemed very rushed and could have been alot more smooth and natural.

Difficult to Cure
The controls make this game a bit harder than it should be. Other than that the difficulty depends on the level you are at. I am not exactly sure but I think it was the second level of the game that took the longest time to finish for me. Meanwhile the "Hitman level" just went straight ahead.. And that is one of the later levels mind you. A level in one of these games is never "easy" but there definitely are different shades of grey.

Enemies and Friends
This has the same characters as the second game. They are still entertaining to play and as fun to watch as ever (between missions) but I would have liked to try one or two new faces with some different abilties. If only for a few missions. The enemies is a bit smarter in this game as well. Some will make you scream naughty things. They might respond in different ways at different times. Which make it harder to make the right response.

Nobody's Fault..
But the creators of the game. One thing that shouldn't be is the fact that some levels must be played again and again with different objectives. Which just drags the game down. Each level takes quite a bit of time if you hare not really, really good. Do you then want to replay basically the same thing again? NO, you wouldn't. This game would get one grade higher from me if just all levels was different.

Personal sidenote
I long for another game in the style of Commandos or Desperados (or one of them). The style of these game might not be for the biggest market (aka. Grand Theft Auto, World of Warcraft or Fifa) but it is for me! If one is ever made.. You have a customer right here mate!

Grade: 7 / 10
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25 of 31 people (81%) found this review helpful
46.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 2, 2015
The third in the Desperados series, and in my opinion, the best. Criminally underrated and overlooked strategy title. Be warned, the difficulty in Helldorado is a lot higher than the other games.
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28 of 38 people (74%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 9, 2012
A solid tactical strategy game in the spirit of Fallout Tactics or Jagged Alliance 2. Helldorado offers depth and rewards the patient player willing to invest the time to create the perfect group combat strategy. While the graphics are decidedly average and the Steam Overlay does not work, the addition of a first person action view, in addition to the overhead zoomable tactical view give the player a variety of choice when planning the attack. This game is worth the bargain price for players who don't mind a high learning curve and are patient enough to carefully strategize.
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52 of 97 people (54%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 5, 2014
Jesus christ...... This game is horrible.

Ever time you launch it it tries to install some ♥♥♥♥ 3rd party crap you have to cancle.

There is about 1000 commands you can give with no tooltips on anything. You dont know what anything freaking does untill you try it out. You dont know anything about the terrain... like can I shoot over this rock? or will the dyamite just hit the rock and kill me?

The controlls are just clunky. Half of the moves require you to click 10 different things hold down 2 buttons and eventually you can get something done.

The story is boring and who cares. You are supposed to be saving your friend and I am not sure if I missed a game or something but I dont know who he is nor do I give a toss about him.

The auto save function doesn't overwrite itself so with each quicksave you will create a new save file.

The characters wont shut the hell up. The talk whenever you click anything and the voice action is alright at best.

Do not buy this game. Its just not worth it.
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14 of 24 people (58%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
56.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 3, 2014
Back to the Wild West. If you loved the strategy game Commandos, you need this game. Prepare, it is harder than Commandos, but not impossible. I recommend you to start on a hard level to enjoy the game for lot of hours.
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24 of 48 people (50%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 18, 2014
The first game was a jewel, sadly it doesn't run well on recent operating systems. This sequel is an outrage, with poor story, terrible level design, abysmal AI, uninteresting gameplay, and shallow graphics.
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4 of 13 people (31%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
0.2 hrs on record
Posted: April 13, 2013
fun old school similar to jagged alliance but in the old West, obviously, wee!
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1 of 10 people (10%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 13
- Not so subtle old timey racism
- Cutscenes and voice 'acting' are terrible
- Story is nearly impossible to follow (due to terrible cutscenes/voice acting)
- Levels and combat drag on and on
- Gets boring really fast

- Terrible cutscenes and voice acting made me laugh

Only get if you want a (cheap) laugh
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19.0 hrs
Posted: November 30, 2015
I played all 3 Desperados games; they all never failed to disappoint but I just wish they were as challenging as the first game in 2002.
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0.7 hrs
Posted: August 15, 2015
This is a pretty cool stealth game where you play a group of people trying to overcome groups of enemies by sneaking up on them and taking them out. It's rather detailed, which I love. I got this in a bundle, so it was definitely worth it.
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Uncle Sam
0.1 hrs
Posted: February 21, 2015
Oh boy, oh boy. I guess this is my fault. I thought this was a third person game like Gun, little did I know it was some weird turn based-ish game. I wish Steam had that refund system Origin does.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: August 25, 2014

Meh, it's a decent enough isometric tactical game... but I didn't find it nearly as fun as others, like Commandos 2... The AI is also pretty dumb in this game. Meh, it's a pass for me.
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0.5 hrs
Posted: January 29, 2014
This game was terrible and quite racist towards Mexicans, not all Mexicans are fat, have mustaches and wear sombreros. Being part Mexican i find this quite offensive.
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