With its brilliantly-written characters and gritty re-telling of the Colombian drug wars, “Narcos” has quickly become one of the Netflix’s most successful and celebrated shows. Narcos: Rise of the Cartels re-creates the first season of the award-winning TV series on Xbox One, with two campaigns each told from a separate side of the fight. Should you help build the Medellin Cartel’s quickly-expanding drug empire, or fight against them tooth and nail as the DEA?
Combining traditional turn-based strategy with brutal real-time combat, Rise of the Cartels’ two campaigns offer vastly different perspectives on the infamous 80s drug war. If you choose to enter the criminal underworld, form a team from a wide variety of class-specific roles and attempt to take over Colombia one block at a time, all under the watchful eye of El Patron himself. Choosing to side with the DEA, players will team up with Agent Steve Murphy as he fights to bring El Patron to justice and stop his ever-growing empire in its tracks.
Each campaign has its own iconic locations taken directly from the show, from Colombia’s impenetrable sun-drenched jungles to the damp streets of Medellin itself. Favourite characters such as El Mexicano, Peña, and Primo are ready and waiting to back you up – and each have their own unique perks to help turn the tide in battle.
Turn-based gameplay is fast, brutal, and satisfying, but just like the show itself, actions in Rise of the Cartel have lasting consequences. If you lose a member of your team during battle, they’ll be gone for good. As units on both sides of the war can move simultaneously, players will need to act quickly and change their tactics on the fly to stay in control of the battlefield.
In Narcos: Rise of the Cartels, there are no right choices. Join the Cartel and see your empire expand or fight with the DEA and stop the spread of terror – either way, there’ll be tough choices along the way.
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