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Desperados 3 review: Quickest save in the West

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THQ Nordic and Mimimi Games have not been quiet about their return to the Desperados series. Desperados 2 came out in 2006 and feelings are mixed among players about it. For the first return of the series in 14 years, THQ Nordic went this time to Mimimi Games for Desperados 3. Mimimi is no stranger to the tactical strategy space. In 2016, they launched a similar style of game set in Japan’s Edo Era to solid acclaim in the form of Shadow Tactics: Blade of the Shogun. There may not be ninja stars and samurai here, but Mimimi Games puts their pedigree to work in Desperados 3 in fantastic ways. It’s not easy, and sometimes it’s downright cruel, but when a plan comes together in Desperados 3’s vast and varied Wild West, it’s supremely satisfying.

The origin of John Cooper & Co.

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Those familiar with the Desperados may also be familiar with its longtime protagonist and bounty hunter John Cooper and his gang of outlaws. Desperados 3 once again puts Cooper front and center in its story, but this time it takes a trip back to before Cooper became the hardened hunter fans may know. It tells the story of Cooper’s beginnings, following in the footsteps of his father’s trade and hunting the criminal mark that killed his dear old dad. It also shows the formation of and arrival of familiar partners in Cooper’s gang of outcasts.

Desperados 3 is an isometric real-time tactical strategy game like its predecessors in which you sneak or gun your way through a mission and often take on some special objectives in the process. It plays very much like similar real-time tactics franchise Commandos where you don’t have nameless units and types, but rather specific and limited heroes each with their own specialty and abilities. You start with the likes of Cooper, who has two revolvers, a knife that he can stab or throw at enemies (which he must then go collect), and throw fake coins to distract enemies. But then you get folks like Hector who can deploy a bear trap, whistle to draw in foes, carry two dead bodies around at once, and the like.

Desperados 3 is a good step in for fans and newcomers with the origin of John Cooper and the formation of his gang. Desperados 3 is a good step in for fans and newcomers with the origin of John Cooper and the formation of his gang.

Your characters’ abilities aren’t the only things at your disposal too. Each of Desperados 3’s levels from the dusty Colorado to backwoods river towns to the bayous of New Orleans is filled to the brim with colorful and myriad personality. In a town where a particular target likes tangling with the local bull, will you dispose of his men to get to him and kill him directly or piss that bull off enough to fatally wreck your mark for you? These are the kind of fun choices you make in addition to pursuing the objectives of Desperados 3’s vast and varied environments.

The more you play through the game, the more of John’s gang you collect, the more you can do at once with your growing and capable crew, and the more rabid of a challenge the game throws at you to strain your new expanded abilities. It makes for a good point after 14 years because new players of the Desperados franchise can just jump in here without being brought up to speed while people that have played through the other games and know what’s up will get to see something new as well. Players even get to see and use some familiar characters besides John Cooper himself in addition to some new and cool faces.

Bristling with bullets & bodies

Desperados 3's levels aren't just full of good narrative and strategy. They're also just kind of vast and beautiful. Desperados 3’s levels aren’t just full of good narrative and strategy. They’re also just kind of vast and beautiful.

At its surface, Desperados 3 offers choice in how you can play the game. Will you go silent or will you go loud? In reality, it truly depends on the situation. Every single level in Desperados 3 is overpacked with bad guys who will alert other bad guys if you get caught by them. And if there are a lot of bad guys left, they can quickly overwhelm you. It only takes one of your characters dying to fail a mission, so stakes are always kind of high. That means going silent is often the best choice until you can thin the herd or are close enough to finishing an objective to make a loud escape.

To the silent end, they have a cone of vision that can be manipulated by obstructions in the environoment (you can make your characters crouch behind small obstacles or in low light to avoid detection) or by character abilities like Kate O’Hara’s temporarily blinding perfume. What’s more, while most of Desperados 3 is played in real-time, there is also a “Showdown Mode” in which you can freeze time (except in the highest difficulty), and queue up actions for all of your characters. Even if you unfreeze time, they only act when you hit execute, meaning you can either do it right away, unfreeze time and wait for more favorable conditions, or even set one of your characters to do an active ability, and then execute your Showdown actions in coordination with them. We’re talking stuff like queuing Cooper to throw his knife at one opponent and queuing O’Hara to shoot another with her quiet derringer in Showdown Mode, and then setting Hector to whistle to lure them into range in real-time before activating the killing blows.

Showdown Mode feels like a symphony of glorious action when you do it well. But this is also a game of best-laid plans. You will fail. A lot. And some of it feels technical, some of it cruel, and some just downright frustratingly unfair. Sometimes an enemy spotting their killed or tied comrade and starting their randomized patrol just doesn’t put them in the place you need them to be. Sometimes you miss an enemy cone of vision that has an extremely far range and puts the hornet’s hive right on your butt, and sometimes the game just doesn’t react the way you think it should for any random number of other reasons.

That last one feels particularly troublesome with Showdown Mode. See, even if you hit Execute to start your Showdown Mode actions, if you activate the freeze in Showdown Mode again afterwards before your characters finish their actions, they will not complete the action they were told to execute. This can be embarrassing (or enraging) when you activate O’ Hara to blind a foe, then activate Showdown Mode again to put Cooper into play before she does it. Suddenly, she’ll stop her action and leave Cooper out in the open, alerting guards, and taking bullets to the chest when he goes for his move. Even the slightest mistake can ruin you in Desperados 3 and there are a million and one ways to fail that are a fair share of logical and upsetting to discover. It makes success when you finally get past a particularly difficult chokepoint in a mission all the sweeter.

How the West was quick-saved

Desperados 3 features a ton of fun environmental options in levels. Wanna blow enemies up with their own dynamite as they wire it? You can. Desperados 3 features a ton of fun environmental options in levels. Wanna blow enemies up with their own dynamite as they wire it? You can.

It’s worth noting, Desperados 3 also offsets its insanely lopsided opportunities for error with one of the easiest-to-access quick-save features I’ve ever seen in a game. Press the quick save key and you lock a snapshot of your exact moment. Press the quick load key and you’ll go right back to it. You can also make manual saves, but the quick save system remembers up to three previous quick saves and even reminds you of how long it’s been since you last saved your game in a mission – a notification that you can turn off anytime, but very much comes in handy in the thick of things because this is a game where you do not want to forget to save if you’ve just completed a difficult part.

It can be said that Desperados 3 knows exactly what it is asking of you when you pit your one to five gang members up against armies of outlaws that will swarm you the moment you make even the slightest flaw. It dares you to be loud when you shouldn’t. It demands that you be methodical to the degree of a mad man, and defeating it’s challenge gives you a brief moment to turn your cries of anguish into sighs of euphoric joy as you press forward. And if you really feel like taking yourself to insanity, Desperados 3 packs on higher difficulties and level challenges (everything from not quick-saving at all to completing an objective a certain way or in a certain amount of time) to ensure there’s almost always a harder task you haven’t conquered. The quick save system doesn’t make things trivial, but it does save this from being an otherwise endlessly frustrating experience if heaven-forbid you had to rely on predetermined checkpoints.

It’s us against the West, gang

Showdown Mode can feel like Desperados 3's most janky feature at time, but it's still beautiful when you orchestrate a perfect series of actions against your enemies. Showdown Mode can feel like Desperados 3’s most janky feature at time, but it’s still beautiful when you orchestrate a perfect series of actions against your enemies.

Desperados 3 was gone for so long, folks have had a while to get any bad taste about Desperados 2 out of their mouths. Even then, THQ Nordic going to solid strategists like Mimimi Games was arguably the right call. Desperados 3 is nail-biting tough, yet with enough depth and accessible cushion to make the journey more than worth it. Its characters are fun to utilize alone and in tandem, its story is an engaging romp, and its environments are chock full of good reasons to explore them in full. Whether you’re new to John Cooper and his bounty-hunting gang or an old hand on the quickdraw, Desperados 3 may be one of the most fleshed out mixes of challenging, accommodating, and satisfying tactical strategy experiences around, Western or otherwise.


This review is based on a digital retail copy provided by the publisher. Desperados 3 is set to release in the US for Steam on PC, PlayStation 4, and Xbox One on June 16, 2020.

TJ Denzer is a player with a passion for games that has dominated a lifetime. When he’s not handing out beatdowns in the latest fighting games, exploring video game history, or playing through RPGs with his partner, he’s searching for new food and drinks in the constant pursuit of good times with good people inside and outside the South Texas area. You can also find him on Twitter @JohnnyChugs.

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The Similarities Between Day Trading and Gambling

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Most stock traders hate being compared to the gamblers in Las Vegas. However, there are a lot of similarities between gambling and day trading. Understanding these similarities will help you excel in any of the fields you’d like to specialize in. Trading is all about generating cash flows for an enterprise. You shouldn’t confuse it with long-term investment. Understanding how gambling works will help you understand the art of day trading. Therefore, whether you are a day trader or a gambler, this article is for you. Here is how gambling and day trading are similar to each other.

Probability and Odds

The first thing that you should keep in mind is that you’re always dealing with probabilities and odds. Regardless of the conditions in the market, you can always find a favorable situation in aspects like currency exchange. A weak commodity market will improve your odds. However, you won’t be guaranteed huge returns despite the market imbalance.

If you’ve ever walked into a casino or visited no deposit bingo sites in UK and exchanged cash for chips at the tables, you are familiar with the idea of putting your money on the line to cover accommodations and travel costs. Of course, all the casinos and facilities available at Las Vegas weren’t built by winners or skilled new players. Online gambling sites will always ensure that the odds favor them. To become a successful trader, you’ll need to learn how to have the odds in your favor. Having the odds in your favor requires skill.

Having the odds in your favor

Some people consider gambling to be a profitable business while others, a risky activity. The same applies to day trading. To win loads of cash in both fields, you need to have the right system, tip, or an inside trick. The more people gamble or trade, the more they lose money. How can you put the odds in your favor?

You need to be the house

Every casino cannot offer a game if the odds aren’t in their favor. The same principle is the same for day traders. You need to take trades that have the highest odds to make profits. Casinos have built value by having minimum and maximum amounts in betting. Without these requirements in place, some gamblers would place extremely low wagers. And the effort wouldn’t be worth it. However, if a player goes home with one million dollars, it can be devastating for the casino because it might end up wiping out other profits.

Casinos cap bet sizes to limit such devastations. Day traders should never rely too much on one transaction regardless of how confident they feel. There’s always a risk that the trade won’t favor you. You need to mitigate this risk to succeed. As an avid gambler, you probably know what bankroll management is. In day trading, it is called capital preservation. Your goal should be to leverage favorable opportunities. You shouldn’t rely on one transaction only. Otherwise, you’ll be in danger of going bankrupt. Casinos do whatever they can to maximize their revenue and profitability. When they offer bonuses and stay open every day, they keep fattening their wallets. As a day trader, you need to focus on lots of transactions to improve your value.

The day trader vs the gambler

How is the average day trader similar to the gambler in Las Vegas? You now know that casinos only participate in areas that are advantageous to them. Successful day traders tend to focus on a few trades that have a high potential. A disciplined day trader focuses on protecting their seed capital to have an edge over their competitors. The casino emphasizes profitability by staying open every day.

Conclusion

Is gambling day trading or vice versa? The answer is no. However, the two have a lot of similarities. To make money in both areas, you need to be skillful. Just like casinos, you need to focus on activities that generate revenue and profits while protecting your seed capital. Risk management is key if you are to succeed in these fields. To trade successfully, you need to focus on a few trades that have an edge and low volatility. Finally, you need to be disciplined in the long run. Small profits over a long period are way better than losing everything including your seed capital.

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BMW Esports creates ‘Heroes of Rivalry’ manga, presents OG Esports as new partner

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BMW Esports, the esports division of german automotive company BMW, has unveiled ‘Heroes Of Rivalry’, a manga series featuring its United in Rivalry team partners.

BMW Esports’s United in Rivalry partners include Cloud 9, FNATIC, FunPlus Phoenix, G2 Esports and T1. However, the announcement also revealed that European organisation OG Esports has been announced as its latest addition.

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OG Esports, well known for its time in Dota 2, is BMW’s first United in Rivalry partner that isn’t a League of Legends-focused organisation. 

JMR Luna, CEO of OG Esports, commented: “I grew up with a poster of a BMW motorcycle on my wall… Many years later… being able to work with them, it’s a dream come true,”

“BMW is a wonderful brand and company, and they entered Esports partnering with five of the biggest esports organisations in the world and it is an honour for us to be part of this prestigious group now. Once again thank you to our fans for continuing to believe and support us, and OG and BMW will now work hard to bring many more incredible moments to you all.”

The initiative will feature all teams together in a manga series illustrated by Japanese artist Acky Bright, with the concept and storyline coming from German agency Jung von Matt.

The manga will display the organisation’s professional players in an Isekai scenario, which is a genre of manga where real-world characters are dragged into a fantasy world. The preface is that the players, generally facing each other as rivals in matches, will be ‘United in Rivalry’ to achieve their goal. 

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“The superheroes in our manga not only develop great power in their adventure, but they also inspire the imagination of every single person,” added Stefan Ponikva, Vice President Brand Experience BMW. “There is something magical about manga; it touches peoples’ hearts. That is the crux of the matter. Manga follows our goal of wrapping brand messages in emotions – with great finesse for images, language and symbols – and entertaining people. In pop culture like the esports scene, this is far more effective than another display ad.

“Through manga, we are communicating on the same wavelength with a target group that does not actually respond positively to advertising, and we are there, where they are – on their mobile devices.”

United in Rivalry was an initiative set up by BMW in April 2020 to promote esports and gaming culture. The project saw BMW announce partnerships with five esports organisations. 

Esports Insider says: BMW’s idea of mixing manga with esports it’s an unexpected but nice approach. Manga and esports have a lot of crossover appeal, even if the fans themselves don’t consume it. Plus, having a well-known artist behind the project showcases the commitment of BMW Esports in delivering a top tier experience for fans. 

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SCCG MANAGEMENT AND SHANK MARKETING ANNOUNCE STRATEGIC PARTNERSHIP FOR IGAMING AND SPORTS BETTING

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LAS VEGAS, NV, USA, April 8, 2021 /EINPresswire.com/ — SCCG Management and Shank Marketing are pleased to announce a strategic partnership to create a bridge between land-based casino marketing strategies and sports betting, online gambling, and social casino products available in the SCCG Management suite of services.

Stephen Crystal, Founder of SCCG Management, said, “We are committed to working with category leaders that create powerful synergies for our client partners. Shank Marketing will work with our affiliate marketing partners, SEO digital marketing providers and clients to ensure successful product launches and marketing strategies. The mutually beneficial partnership will provide a much-needed bridge between online and offline marketing initiatives. Shank Marketing joins LRI Media Group, Stack Digital, Riviera Sports Marketing, and MediaTroopers as part of this initiative.”

Justin Shank, Principal at Shank Marketing, said of the announcement, “We are excited to work with Stephen and the team at SCCG. They’ve been doing great work, and we look forward to a promising partnership.” – Justin Shank, Principal at Shank Marketing.

ABOUT SCCG MANAGEMENT

SCCG Management is a consultancy that specializes in sports betting, iGaming, sports marketing, affiliate marketing, technology, intellectual property protection, product commercialization, esports, capital formation, M&A, joint ventures, casino management, and governmental and legal affairs for the casino and iGaming industry.

Website: https://sccgmanagement.com

ABOUT SHANK MARKETING
Shank Marketing provides operations-driven marketing solutions for tribal and commercial casinos throughout the United States of America. The Shank Marketing team consists of proven casino marketing professionals who understand casino gaming, hospitality, and entertainment. The Shank team develops brand and marketing strategies, including social media marketing initiatives, digital advertising programs, social media promotions, local SEO, reputation management, innovative digital marketing approaches, and project management for mobile app and website development.

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Some Online Casino Dealer Games That Are Perfect for the Beginners

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It’s vital for online casinos that they keep introducing new games daily to remain successful. Online gamblers are continually searching the internet to play new games. They often select the places that have the most up-to-date and thrilling casino games. Gaming developers strive diligently to create innovative titles, ensuring that the online casinos have all the resources they need to keep their customers satisfied. With too many options, picking a favorite online casino dealer game may be difficult. However, certain games have stood the test of time thanks to their usability, payouts, and extra features.

Blackjack
Multihand
Multihand blackjack differs little from the basic form of the game. In this variant, the only difference is that it is possible to occupy several positions within a table and therefore make more plays.
Pontoon
Pontoon is the English variant of American blackjack. Here, after the initial bet, it is possible to bet a second time after viewing the first card, then concluding the hand in the same way as the original.
Atlantic City Blackjack
This is also a trendy online variant, in which the online casino dealer plays with an up card. In case this is an ace, or its value is equal to 10, it is possible to see the other. Players can raise at any time, but they cannot fold.
Spanish 21
The main difference between Spanish 21 from the original game is the use of 6 or 8 decks of Spanish cards or decks without tens. Their absence increases the online casino dealer’s chances of winning. For this reason, bonus winnings are usually awarded to players.
Double Attack
Double Attack does not come directly from the original version of the game but derives, in turn, from Spanish 21. In Double Attack, the player is allowed to double his bet after having seen the first card and leave the game at any time.
Double Exposure
Double Exposure blackjack is one of the less popular variants, also because it is the one that allows easier wins. Players can see the online casino dealer’s cards in advance and make their bets accordingly.
Super Fun 21
Super Fun 21 Blackjack is the only variant that involves using a single deck of 52 cards, thus benefiting the players over the online casino dealer. For this reason, the payouts are lower, although it is possible to double the stake even after seeing the cards.
Free Blackjack
Free blackjack is aimed at those who do not like to bet their money or want to gain experience and learn how to play without risking their resources.
Roulette

European Roulette
European roulette is the oldest variant and also the most widespread in the old continent and at the real money online casino. To characterize this game is the possibility to bet on 36 numbers, on the color, even or odd, and low or high. The online casino dealer only wins if the ball lands on 0.
American Roulette
The American version of roulette was born in Las Vegas casinos. Unlike the European one, American roulette includes an extra box, with 38 total numbers, offering lower chances of winning than the other variants.
Multi-wheel Roulette
On multi-wheel roulette, the player can bet on several reels simultaneously, up to a maximum of eight. The bets can also be all different, with identical winning rules to the European version.
Without Zero
An exclusive variant of online casinos is Zero Zero Roulette. In this case, the player has a better chance of winning since there is no 0 on the wheel. The other rules do not vary from the European version.
Free Roulette
If you want to try the roulette game for free, it will be possible for you to do it on one of the many sites we offer without putting your funds in danger. Learn the tactics and have a great time without taking any risks!

Live dealer online casino games
Live Dealer Roulette
Playing roulette with a live online casino dealer gives you sensations that the simple digital version cannot offer. Watching the ball spin along with the wheel, anxiously waiting for it to stop on its number, has an entirely different effect. Try it now!
Live Dealer Blackjack
Blackjack is not only the favorite game in land-based casinos. It is also in its digital version. The introduction of online casino dealer games has only improved the game quality and the visual experience.
Live Dealer Baccarat
Like other games with an online casino dealer, playing live baccarat is a great advantage for all lovers of this game. Seeing the croupier handle the cards, thus increasing the tension waiting for a lucky hand, involves the players seated at the table more.
Casino Hold’em with Live Dealer
In the game of Texas Hold’em, unlike other casino card games, being able to look your opponents in the eye is a considerable advantage. For this reason, we believe that playing with an online casino dealer makes the game more exciting.

How to find the game that’s right for you
The Casino team is well aware of the problems that most players encounter when they decide to gamble online for the first time,. One of the main difficulties is precisely that of finding the site and the right game to bet on and, in the best of cases, to win.
Nowadays, with the variety of online casinos available, players might feel overwhelmed, not knowing which one to choose. That’s why we have compiled, especially for our users, a list with the top casinos like 888 Netherlands, where you can bet or have fun for free at the best games ever and where you can take advantage of the best possible bonuses, in addition to a host of other benefits.
On our casino recommendations, you will find games such as slots, poker, roulette, baccarat, blackjack, and many others, which will allow you to take the big winnings home really from real money games. In addition to many fun and good titles, the sites on our lists offer high payouts, quick and easy deposit methods, and the most reliable security systems.

Conclusion
Regardless of their specific flavor, online casinos are the go-to places for easy online gambling pleasure and entertainment. As the interest and popularity of online casinos continue to grow, they will inevitably find new ways to captivate their audience. With the vast amount of online casino games to choose from, how do you decide what game is right for you?

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