Desperados 3 extended gameplay trailer shows the importance of being sneaky

Desperados 3, as Fraser explained last month, is "a western-themed tactical stealth affair where you'll need to direct your gang across a series of sandbox maps primed for creative murders." You can stay sneaky and cause all kinds of Hitman-style accidents, or you can skin that smoke wagon and try your luck with a guns blazing approach.

A new gameplay video released today by publisher THQ Nordic explains why the former approach is probably better overall than the latter. Each member of your gang possesses unique and dangerous abilities, but you'll be heavily outnumbered throughout the game, and reinforcements are ready to jump into action if you draw too much attention to yourself. It's possible to hide and wait them out, but while their alert levels will eventually drop, meaning that they won't be actively looking for you, they won't go away, and your journey will be that much more difficult as a result.

On-demand quicksaves will help deal with those troubles, but teamwork is more important for monitoring enemies, distracting them, and eventually dealing with them. It's possible, but probably not easy, to complete most missions without killing anyone, while the new Showdown option—essentially real-time with pause—makes action-oriented approaches more viable.

Desperados 3 is available for pre-purchase on Steam for $50/£45/€50, and is set to come out on June 16. Find out more at

Andy Chalk

Andy has been gaming on PCs from the very beginning, starting as a youngster with text adventures and primitive action games on a cassette-based TRS80. From there he graduated to the glory days of Sierra Online adventures and Microprose sims, ran a local BBS, learned how to build PCs, and developed a longstanding love of RPGs, immersive sims, and shooters. He began writing videogame news in 2007 for The Escapist and somehow managed to avoid getting fired until 2014, when he joined the storied ranks of PC Gamer. He covers all aspects of the industry, from new game announcements and patch notes to legal disputes, Twitch beefs, esports, and Henry Cavill. Lots of Henry Cavill.