Narcos: Rise of the Cartels

Rating Summary

Based on 36 critic reviews
Weak Man

OpenCritic Rating

52

Top Critic Average

26%

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Gaming Boulevard
Timmy Adriaens
8.5 / 10.0
Dec 2, 2019

In conclusion, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels may be the best TV/movie turned game I played in a very long time. I consider it to be detailed and highly intricate in its design. Keep your head cool or your team will take some hits though...

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8.3 / 10.0
Nov 21, 2019

If you’re looking for a Tactical RPG game which stands out with unique features, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is for you. Having the ability to only move one unit at a time both increases the difficulty and strategic element of the game, forcing you to think ahead and plan your moves effectively if you don’t want to permanently lose the units you’ve been training up. Similarly, the manual Overwatch ability ensures that if you miss during a crucial pre-emptive attack, it’s most likely down to you and your ability at being accurate and fast. The game will clearly appeal to fans of the show, but newcomers are also welcomed and kept well informed as you proceed through the story. It’s certainly a game which all TRPG fans should try out.

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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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Noisy Pixel
Tiago Rocha
7.5 / 10.0
Nov 19, 2019

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is a credit to its namesake, despite not offering significant challenging AI. The game aims to please a broad audience, and more importantly, to bring new players into the strategy genre.

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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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7 / 10.0
Nov 20, 2019

Narcos: Rise of the Cartel is a solid turn-based strategy title that fans of the show and fans of the genre in general will enjoy.

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Nov 19, 2019

Narcos: Rise of the Cartels doesn't really offer anything new in the turn-based genre, but it's still a polished good time.

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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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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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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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