Narcos: Rise of the Cartels

Rating Summary

Based on 36 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

52

Top Critic Average

26%

Critics Recommend

Based on 36 critic reviews
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May 9, 2020

When Fire Emblem: Three Houses released in the second half of 2019, it thrust tactical RPGs into the spotlight once again. Named in many Switch owners top three games of the last 12 months, fans new and old enjoyed all that Fire Emblem had to offer. It’s only natural then to see interest rise in similar titles that are subsequently released. Queue Narcos: Rise of the Cartels.

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6 / 10.0
Jan 9, 2020

An inadequate tie-in game for the Netflix series Narcos that pales in comparison to its source material.

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6.5 / 10.0
Dec 26, 2019

A fun, but simplified take on the turn-based strategy genre, think "baby's first XCOM" and you're on the right lines. Its flaws are obvious but easily overlooked for newcomers to the genre. If you're a die-hard strategy fan, consider giving Narcos: Rise of the Cartels a pass, it won't have much to offer you.

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5 / 10.0
Dec 19, 2019

Your enjoyment of Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is going to be heavily based on whether you can accept its strategy game conceit.

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6.5 / 10.0
Dec 13, 2019

Overall, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels offers some unique strategy mechanics to help distract you from the game's slow nature.

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4.5 / 10.0
Dec 8, 2019

Rise of the Cartels presents some interesting ideas, but so far it isn't a title worth buying, especially not for the full price. Of course there are some pluses like great soundtrack or familiar faces from Netflix's show. Unfortunately, the game fails with terrible and irritating combat system, additionally, it gets boring faster than it should.

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8 / 10.0
Dec 6, 2019

While making a few adjustments to a tried-and-true formula, Narcos: Rise of the Cartel is a surprisingly enjoyable tactical strategy game that does its job well with the Narcos license.

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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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5 / 10
Dec 4, 2019

If you are a fan of the Netflix's series, the game should suit you for a few hours before all of its flaws eventually spoil the party. Narcos : Rise of the Cartels lacks depth and is not a very interesting tactical game.

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Dec 2, 2019

If anything, Rise of the Cartels shows that doing turn-based games in which every unit moves in its own turn instead of the traditional team-based mode is a bad idea. Tactical battles turn into a back and forth between two or three units, it lacks depth the genre is known for.

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