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"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.
Release Date: Jul 23, 2001
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Includes 2 items: Desperados 2: Cooper's Revenge, Desperados: Wanted Dead or Alive

Reviews

“An incredibly fun and stylish game.”
8.1/10 – IGN

“An engaging storyline, high-quality cut-scenes, a cast of unique heroes and a whole stampede of missions make Desperados a shining silver star.”
83 % – GameSpy

“More than twenty missions guarantee nice and long fun.”
8.9/10 – ActionTrip

About the Game

"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

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP/7
    • Processor: 1 GHz Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 7.1
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP/7
    • Processor: 1.4 GHz recommended
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 3D graphics card compatible with DirectX 9
Helpful customer reviews
33 of 47 people (70%) found this review helpful
13 products in account
2 reviews
0.3 hrs on record
Dont buy this game not working on windows 8/8.1
Posted: April 19th, 2014
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21 of 28 people (75%) found this review helpful
687 products in account
118 reviews
8.0 hrs on record
Simply a Gem.
The best of the trilogy.
a Good old Game.

Il migliore della trilogia. Lingua italiana presente.
Posted: March 9th, 2014
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13 of 18 people (72%) found this review helpful
628 products in account
45 reviews
27.0 hrs on record
Probably the best in a genre. I loved it when it came out and loved it now after buying and replaying it on steam. Graphics still looks very good, sharp and clear. Controls are bit clunky at times but it doesn't break the game. The worst thing is that the game crashes sometimes. Had maybe 5 crashes in whole walkthrough. You can use different characters for different aproach doing the misson. It's really hard, especially some levels, i don't know how i completed it without any walkthroughs back then, i coudn't do this now :)
Nothing to tell more - just buy it, it's worth it :)
Posted: May 19th, 2014
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
363 products in account
148 reviews
0.2 hrs on record
A real gem from the Germany-based Spellbound from 2001! It plays exactly like the Commandos series except this time we find ourselves in the Wild West! You can control 6 characters throughout the 25 missions the game offers. Some are pretty hard (again, a similarity with Commandos) and quite long. The characters of course are not present in all missions - the game gives you a different variety all the time.

This was one of my favourite games more than 10 years ago! The game still looks decent as the levels are quite detailed and I'm sure there are a lot of people who can appreciate 2D graphics these days. If you liked Commandos and instead of replaying it you want something new feel free to pick this one up. It's only 1,24 EUR at the moment.
Posted: June 14th, 2014
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8 of 11 people (73%) found this review helpful
46 products in account
4 reviews
0.6 hrs on record
This is a great game. However this steam version even does not have the qualification to be called as a game. When it run under windows 8.1 the game just like a rubbish. Also it has a terrible resolution problem. I recommend the game itself, but not this steam version.
Posted: April 16th, 2014
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101 of 107 people (94%) found this review helpful
173 products in account
9 reviews
0.4 hrs on record
This game is epic but DON'T BUY IT if you have WIN 7/8 x64. The game uses directdraw which dissapeared when Direct X 8 came out. Unless you have an old PC running windows XP I don't reccomend you to buy it. Apart from the compatibility issue the game it's simply epic, very long story line and hard missions that will keep you busy for a long long time. Have fun.
Posted: February 24th, 2014
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