Narcos: Rise of the Cartels

Rating Summary

Based on 35 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

52

Top Critic Average

26%

Critics Recommend

Based on 35 critic reviews
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No Recommendation / Blank
Nov 21, 2019

The hit Netflix show becomes a fun, if functional, turn-based strategy.

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41 / 100
Nov 20, 2019

A mediocre XCOM-like in the form of a deeply worrying depiction of militarised police.

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6 / 10
Nov 27, 2019

Turning the Netflix series into an XCOM clone is a bold choice, but the dumbed down tactical options and lack of polish are destined to disappoint fans of both franchises.

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Polygon

Top Critic

Unscored
Nov 22, 2019

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels succeeds completely at just one thing: It makes me interested in watching the Netflix series. The game had a lot of potential, and at least superficially it looked like something that may be better than the standard advertorial we’ve come to expect from this kind of tie-in game.

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7 / 10
Nov 19, 2019

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is a decently executed turn-based strategy title. Sure, sometimes it's a bit too easy, but when the enemy moves efficiently it become a dangerous game of cat and mouse. Just be warned that you'll grow attached to your squadmates, and hate if you lose them. This is for you, Ruiz!

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65 / 100
Nov 19, 2019

Narcos is a simple "tactics" game, which some fans of the Netflix series will enjoy because of an interesting use of the official license. After a few hours it gets repetitive, because of its lack of different maps.

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5 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2019

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is a strategic turn-based combat game that simply doesn't work. Despite a high-sounding name, the managerial part and the strategic depth are lacking; moreover, the variants to the classic X-Com gameplay are strange and poorly designed.

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3 / 10.0
Dec 1, 2019

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is the perfect example of one decision ruining any chance a game had of being reasonable.

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63 / 100
Nov 22, 2019

Licensed games still get a bad rap these days and Narcos: Rise of the Cartels probably won’t convince the naysayers. But buried beneath the murky graphics and presentation is a pretty decent and entertaining turn-by-turn tactical game.

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3 / 10
Nov 19, 2019

Bland, boring, and uninspired, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels isn't quite the tie-in product that fans of Netflix's series would want to see. It's bogged down by flawed fundamentals, a repetitive campaign, and unengaging gameplay.

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