The first two seasons of Netflix’s Narcos were excellent, giving us a partial idea of just what an incredible asshole Pablo Escobar actually was, so having the option to fight for him in a tactical strategy game feels very wrong.
Developed by Kuju, Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is a tactical, turn-based strategy game that takes place during the events of the first season of Narcos. It must have Netflix’s blessing, because the main characters all look like the series actors. There are two campaigns and you can play either as the DEA or as Escobar’s Medellin cartel, which is what makes this game rather problematic.
Choose your side? What psychopath actually wants that narcissistic monster to win?
It’s one thing to make a game like this about fictional crime cartels going up against the equally fictional law, but these were/are real people (this only happened in the 80s). Although, it would be pretty amazing if, when choosing to play on team Pablo, you SPOILER ALERT inevitably get shot on a roof while running like a coward.
Narcos: Rise of the Cartels is set for a digital release in “late 2019” for the PC, Xbox One, PlayStation 4, and Nintendo Switch.