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Narcos: Rise of the Cartels – Review

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels – Review

NArcos: Rise of the Cartels follows the events from the hit Netflix TV show, Narcos, and puts you in control of both sides of the infamous drug war. You can play as many of the main characters from the show, and visit various locations from the show as well. You can play as Primo, Pena and other characters. The game actually looks kinda really nice. There’s a lot of detail to take in, and fighting across rooftops, or slowly creeping up towards the enemy feels satisfying. It’s top down isometric, and plays out like an Xcom game, with a decent amount of depth and strategy.

The enemy AI can be a bit weak, and the gameplay loops flows in a way which only allows only character to move per turn, and then the enemy moves, so at times it can feel like only one character is getting to take part in most of the action. So, don;t expect full on Xcom levels of gameplay, and Narcos can be a fun game to play.


Looks great
Fun gameplay
Interesting story beats


Not too deep
A bit slow

Score – 7/10


Welcome to Colombia, 1980’s – the fires of El Patrón’s empire have been lit, its influence spanning borders, and expansion unabated. Influence and corruption is rife; cops, guards, politicians and those in between are falling into the pocket of the Medellín Cartel, and after years of production, America is finally taking notice.

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels tells the story of the hit Netflix TV series, of the rise and fall of El Patrón. Choose your side and ally with the DEA or conversely side with the Narcos. Explore recognisable locations from the show and take a role in pivotal world-altering events and battles that will define and shift the war on drugs.

Form your team from a variety of class-specific roles, join leading characters, upgrade your skills and take part in brutal turn-based combat, where your actions will have consequence.

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