A Narcos Video Game Has Been Officially Announced, And It's Coming Soon
Narcos - the hit Netflix show that my fat brain reads as "Nachos" every time I see it written down - is getting a video game adaptation in the style of XCOM, which is to say that it's a turn-based strategy game, not that it'll have the Mexican Cartel engaged in an epic war with aliens. Be pretty sick if that was what the game was about, though.
Announced over the weekend, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is coming out "Autumn 2019" for PC, Xbox One, Nintendo Switch and PlayStation 4, and looks far better than a licensed game based on a show about the story of drug kingpin Pablo Escobar has any right to look, frankly. Developer Kuju describes the game as a "brutal turn-based action strategy game based on the hit Netflix TV series", in which we'll be able to "explore the entire first season from two sides each with their own unique story. Join the narcos and expand the drug cartel empire, or take up arms with the DEA and bring it crumbling down."
Obviously it's unclear at this point just how much impact what side you choose will have on the game's overall story, but I'd hope that your experience playing as the DEA (and presumably busting the cartel) will make for a massively different experience to playing as the narcos, who I'm pretty certain have very different goals and motivations to that of the DEA.
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While it looks pretty solid at this point, and developer Kuju does have strong, similar experience in the genre thanks to its work on the excellent Batallion Wars, I can't help but remain cynical until I play the game for myself. After all, we've already got one game based on Narcos and it was, to put it kindly, a steaming pile of dog muck. If you've never seen or heard of Narcos: Cartel Wars, then you've lived a rich and full life. While I don't advise you go seek it out, I can tell you that it's yet another generic base-building mobile game in which you play as the DEA on various missions.
It had almost nothing to with the Netflix show, and was a massive disappointment. Thankfully, Rise of the Cartels looks like a solid premise that had more than five minutes of thought put into it. If nothing else, I can already state with some confidence that it won't be the worst Narcos game of all time.
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