Electronic Theatre In-depth Review: Narco Terror

Shoot anything that moves. It’s a simple premise, and one that used to dominate the videogames industry in a variety of forms. Interactive entertainment has evolved to the point where the dominant action genre – first-person shooters – no longer has to revolve purely around […]
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Electronic Theatre ImageShoot anything that moves. It’s a simple premise, and one that used to dominate the videogames industry in a variety of forms. Interactive entertainment has evolved to the point where the dominant action genre – first-person shooters – no longer has to revolve purely around shooting bad guys, but that doesn’t mean there isn’t room for an old school blastathon every now and then, and this is exactly what Narco Terror provides.

The storyline is pure 1980’s action movie tripe: an agent on the hunt for drug dealers given a licence to kill thousands and cause untold destruction in pursuit of your goals. If it had Sylvester Stallone on the front cover this would have been AAAElectronic Theatre Image material twenty years ago, but today it’s more than likely to be a misunderstood experience. Many berated Stallone’s actual vehicle, The Expendables 2, suggesting that it was a one note action experience, and those same criticisms are likely to be levelled at Narco Terror. To do so however, is to simply not understand the genre.

This is a retro flavoured brain-dead top-down shoot-‘em-up. It never gets more complicated than that. It’s disposable gaming for a couple of friends on an otherwise boring Saturday night, and the high-octane is certainly enough to change the fortunes of that discouraging evening. Grab a pad, move with the left analog stick and shoot with the right. It does get slightly deeper than Electronic Theatre Imagethat of course, but it is wholly possible to enjoy a couple of hours of no-nonsense gameplay equipped with only that knowledge.

Players begin with only a pistol but will soon find themselves carrying grenades, shotguns, incendiary ammunition and much more besides. Weapons can be upgraded and environments can be lit up like bonfire night with all the explosives littered around the environments. There’s mounted guns available at specific moments and a wide variety of enemies for you to vary your shooting strategy with. Vehicle mini-games, mini boss fights and other variations of the traditional top-down shoot-‘em-up gameplay make Narco Terror an adrenaline rush videogame that’s certainly worth investing a few evenings in, if nothing more.

Narco Terror is a reasonable looking title throughout. The variety of enemies are easily identifiable and the constant explosions would surely significantly impact the speed of a lesser title. The amount of invisible walls the player willElectronic Theatre Image encounter is a disappointment, an undeniable blemish on the otherwise faultless face, and the aural quality is generally high despite the overly zealous passion for swearing.

Though far from amazing, Narco Terror is a hugely enjoyable action experience worthy of your attention. It’s utterly forgettable, of that there is no doubt, but the time you invest in player the videogame will not be wasting as it’s an entertaining, ride for as long as it lasts. Not every videogame has to be a masterpiece, nor even an intelligent design. Sometimes all we need is some idle escapism; a challenge entertained for the sake of the challenge itself. Narco Terror fits this bill snugly, and you can’t fault it for being direct in its approach.

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