Discover the industry standard for geopolitical simulation of today’s world! In Masters of the World, the third incarnation of Geopolitical Simulator, play as the head of state of one or more countries and expand your influence across the globe.
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Release Date: Feb 5, 2014

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Includes 3 items: 2014 Edition Add-on - Masters of the World DLC, Masters of the World - Geopolitical Simulator 3, Modding Tool Add-on for Masters of the World

 

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85% – GamePire (Deutsch)

75% – Der Stratege (Deutsch)

“if you want to become a world leader and experience what it is like trying to manage every intricate detail involved in being in charge, then Masters of the World is the game for you!”
75% – JumpToGamer (English)

About This Game

Discover the industry standard for geopolitical simulation of today’s world!
In Masters of the World, the third incarnation of Geopolitical Simulator, play as the head of state of one or more countries and expand your influence across the globe.

A totally unique simulation engine

The game engine, Geopolitical Simulator 3, includes over 600 data elements for each of the 175 playable countries and calculates their changes in real time throughout the game based on players’ actions. Some examples include popularity ratings, political relations, and economic exchanges between countries. Various organizations, including NATO, use the technologies in the Masters of the World simulator for education and training.

Over one thousand playable actions.At the country’s helm, the player/head of state can act in many areas: budget, taxation (nearly thirty types of taxes), currency, economy (over 130 economic activities), foreign and domestic affairs, defense, society, labor, health, social security, education, environment, transportation, culture, and more.

For each of these areas, numerous laws can be proposed and must be voted on by the Parliament in order to pass. For example: setting social welfare benefit minimums, changing the retirement age, developing atomic weapons in secret, subsidizing the auto industry, hiring teachers, defining the powers of unions, setting speed limits on roads, regulating prostitution, creating an international film festival, etc.

The player can also construct elements on the world map, which will change accordingly: nuclear plants, wind farms, military bases, pipelines, high-speed train lines, airports, and many more.

Every action has its consequences. Lobbies, social groups, and leading national and international figures will intervene if their artificial intelligence finds it necessary to do so (interviews with the press, resignations, protests, strikes, roadblocks, wars...).

To prevent tension, the player can meet with any figure, or address the media (over 8 hours of dialog in the game).

Thanks to its intelligence services, the player also has an entire arsenal of spies and “special” ops. For example, he or she can - at his or her own risk - reveal scandals about another political party, dismantle terrorist networks, sabotage a foreign infrastructure, have an opponent assassinated, etc.

As the head of the military, the player can move all of his or her units around the map from their actual bases during military conflicts.

International organizations (over 50 organizations included) play an important role. At the UN, for example, the player can denounce a nation in order to obtain the Security Council’s authorization for a military intervention. The player can also create his or her own organization.Lastly, in order to stay in power, he or she must actively campaign to make sure he or she is elected.

Playable scenarios

Twenty or so scenarios are included in the game, such as “American Fiscal Cliff,” “Israel-Iran Escalation,” “Organization of Rice Exporting Countries,” “European Budgetary Golden Rule,” “Building South American Pipelines,” “African Economic Boom,” “Third World War,” “Triple A,” and “Famine in Southern Sudan.”.

Multiple integrated options

  • Network multiplayer mode
  • Multi country mode to play several countries at the same time
  • Game settings: terrorist activities, natural disaster probabilities, reactivity of the people, war triggering
  • Real-time online player ranking
  • Integration of your own photos, logos, and names to make the game even more realistic
  • Interactive tutorial and constantly accessible help during the game
  • Have fun learning geopolitics with the QUIZ mode, which has over 3000 questions
  • Text and dialog 100% in English


Note about the DRM: it uses an automatic and seamless activation at the first launch, then it can be played off-line if needed. It allows unlimited activations on three computers at the same time, plus if needed to migrate for free to other computers. So you'll never have to pay twice for the same licence of the game. The system allows future and backward compatibility with game add-ons plus upcoming upgrades to sequels of the game and access to our newsletters subscription. This also offers possibility to players having bought previously on other sites to migrate on steam and keep their add-ons.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, Xp
    • Processor: 1.6 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows 10, 8, 7, Vista, Xp
    • Processor: 2.4 Ghz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or AMD with 512Mb RAM
    • DirectX: Version 9.0c
    • Storage: 2 GB available space
    Minimum:
    • OS: MACOX 10.6 or higher
    • Processor: 1.6 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
    Recommended:
    • OS: MACOSX 10.6 or higher
    • Processor: 2 GHz
    • Memory: 4 GB RAM
    • Graphics: Nvidia or AMD with 512Mb RAM
    • Storage: 3 GB available space
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BramblestarTCL
( 103.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 23
This game is not for Waging Wars, and Destroying countries, its about doing whats best for your country and your people and keeping them happy.

I dislike the fact if you lose your done and thats all, if you have the modding tool, there is a way to disable it, create a mod, Changing nothing, go to the mod settings and click "Disable the Option of Losing" That way you can keep playing, even if the army overthrows you.
Strongly recommend God and Spy and modding tool to ensure more freedom.

Pros:
-Great Simple interface
-Great for People into Politics
-Shows you a minor portion of what its like a rule a country
-People react accordingly to your changes.
-The UN Security Council
-Meetings and Trade Requests

Cons:
-Horrible on Frames at all times, I get 5-10 FPS constantly and I have a good computer.
-If you lose you lose, unless modded
-Hard for Beginners
-China Rejects all UN Permanant Security Council requests (Can be solved with God and Spy)
-Enemy AI, and Friendly AI always bombs Civilan targets.

Overall I think this game is alright, not the best buts it great overall
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devondogUSMC
( 13.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 21
This game does not work. Its telling me error 102. What does this mean how do I fix this problem?
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Bobthebuilder
( 18.9 hrs on record )
Posted: May 17
Not worth 50$ its more lick 20-30$ worth it is fun for a little bit but gets boring pretty fast. I have had some fun with it like getting my nuke codes and bombing the us while im north korea
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richardvonpanda
( 21.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 14
I wouldn't reccomend buying this game even with discount.
I don't really care that it is overpriced or have some drawbacks with minor countires as the concept is pretty neat - it is so bugged and eventually you wiill encouter crashes. You might think the game runs smoothly while in peace - maybe, but when I tried to choose reactive rocket launchers, it constantly crashed. I can't envade or defend - the game is ruined. Pretty sure there are much more bugs.

Also, I like achievemnts, but this game is totally lacking

If you are interested to try - download it on torrents, the devs didn't earn your support
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Båf-Lover
( 128.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 11
The game is NOT worth all the money.

There are alots of bugs, and things that could be better.
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croxall
( 27.2 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
This game is pretty much Democracy 3, but on a level of depth and complexity that old Paradox games don't even touch this. That is fine but this game suffers from a few major problems, one being the tutorial teaches you pretty much nothing, also this game is pron to crashing and it loves to have your leadkilled or have a military coup, and the problem with that isn't so much that it happens but because it dosn't tell you why. This game has so much potential that I got sucked into it but between the glitches and me having no idea what half the buttons due or how to even play the game I cannot recomend this to anyone. In all don't buy, but try to get the next game to be actualy proper and really good because this franchise needs to exist.
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Mao-Zedong747
( 324.0 hrs on record )
Posted: May 8
Don't buy the game, if you do, please don't get coaxed into buying its 'expantions' they do nothing to improve the game's obvious lack of development quality. Truly is a shame, it had so much potential, but bugs are ever present and there is rarely an update to fix it. It is an unfinished game, a cash grab, theft...
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Nova Gamer
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: May 1
It's ok once you get the hang of it but other then that I'd broken, other then that I would still recommend it if you want to try it! Not worth $50 at all!!!
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errick1
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 29
Clunky interface, not enjoyable to play.
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Gonzalez
( 17.4 hrs on record )
Posted: April 23
The game is alright it but its definitly not worth that much money i spent in it... I can definitly see alot of things that need to be improved on.. The game has potential but it feels like its not finish.
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mbogart
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: April 7
Do not buy it just crashes right away
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apexrocker
( 55.6 hrs on record )
Posted: April 5
I'll try to keep this rather short...

The idea of this game is vast and quite exciting at first... yeah there's a but coming... BUT after spending over 50 hours trying to find ways around all the bugs, the complicated dynamics and gameplay, I'm comvinced there is no hope for this game. It's $50.00 and it wasn't worth $10 simply because of the constant bugs. I tried and tried but I'm done with this game. The devs haven't seemed to care or drop the price in light of all the issues, so I'm out. Stay away from this game if you value your money.
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Pound~Sterling
( 27.5 hrs on record )
Posted: March 29
This is an excellent game with superb depth into geopolitics. I have yet to come across any bugs, so I guess they have been fixed in different patches.
While the game looks like it was from 2005, if you like the genre of politics, this will surely satisfy you.
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Cilumbia
( 401.6 hrs on record )
Posted: March 22
I really enjoy this game, don't get me wrong. And i've put a lot of hours into it, because the concept of the game is absolutely amazing. However I cannot give this a positive rating at this time. The game is riddled with bugs, sometimes game breaking. It could be a bug causing your country to go bankrupt, or maybe it'll cause you to have excessive inflation, or causes a breakdown in the correlation between the decisions you make and the ingame economics.

Instead of fixing the game crippling bugs, the developers ignore all the issues and have created Geopolitical Simulator 4. Because they've done this instead of fixing their game (which should really be in beta release, not published as a completed game), It has caused this 'game' to not feel like a game. Instead it feels like I have been robbed of my money.

I feel like I gave this game a fighting chance by paying full price, hoping that by supporting the developers it might encourage them to fix the bugs. I was wrong. Save yourself the money and don't buy this broken game.

I'll change my review if the developers ever release a patch that fixes even half the issues of the game.
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Protesting Guy
( 40.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 15
For a game about geopolitics, save for the horrible graphics, the unintuitive interface, the rubbish AI (but then again who really needs AI in geopol sim?), and a heap of other problem - this game comes together to form a coherent mess that is suprisingly enjoyable to play.

I've had a lot of fun selling overpriced paper to USA. The only things missing is the ability to set interest rates and print money. I recommend this game.
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Thatpyrodude
( 72.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 12
It's a fun game when it works, the problem is it usally doesnt work
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KieranDa
( 127.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 5
It's an okay game but this game is NOT worth the price!! This game should only be a few dollars or free. The graphics is bad the game is glitchy and the people who made the game isn't going to fix this game but instead going to make another one! If you want to spend your $80 spend it on something others then this game!
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nabilasghar8
( 0.1 hrs on record )
Posted: March 3
Files Are Missing XVID COdec. Not working at all.
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Zboy12302
( 8.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 17
Bad game dose not start do not buy
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President.Ashford
( 14.2 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
Way to many bugs, seems like the Devs dont careabout their fan base opinion with issues with the game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
18.9 hrs on record
Posted: May 17
Not worth 50$ its more lick 20-30$ worth it is fun for a little bit but gets boring pretty fast. I have had some fun with it like getting my nuke codes and bombing the us while im north korea
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
21.6 hrs on record
Posted: May 14
I wouldn't reccomend buying this game even with discount.
I don't really care that it is overpriced or have some drawbacks with minor countires as the concept is pretty neat - it is so bugged and eventually you wiill encouter crashes. You might think the game runs smoothly while in peace - maybe, but when I tried to choose reactive rocket launchers, it constantly crashed. I can't envade or defend - the game is ruined. Pretty sure there are much more bugs.

Also, I like achievemnts, but this game is totally lacking

If you are interested to try - download it on torrents, the devs didn't earn your support
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
128.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 11
The game is NOT worth all the money.

There are alots of bugs, and things that could be better.
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 90 days
17 of 18 people (94%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
401.6 hrs on record
Posted: March 22
I really enjoy this game, don't get me wrong. And i've put a lot of hours into it, because the concept of the game is absolutely amazing. However I cannot give this a positive rating at this time. The game is riddled with bugs, sometimes game breaking. It could be a bug causing your country to go bankrupt, or maybe it'll cause you to have excessive inflation, or causes a breakdown in the correlation between the decisions you make and the ingame economics.

Instead of fixing the game crippling bugs, the developers ignore all the issues and have created Geopolitical Simulator 4. Because they've done this instead of fixing their game (which should really be in beta release, not published as a completed game), It has caused this 'game' to not feel like a game. Instead it feels like I have been robbed of my money.

I feel like I gave this game a fighting chance by paying full price, hoping that by supporting the developers it might encourage them to fix the bugs. I was wrong. Save yourself the money and don't buy this broken game.

I'll change my review if the developers ever release a patch that fixes even half the issues of the game.
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
40.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 15
For a game about geopolitics, save for the horrible graphics, the unintuitive interface, the rubbish AI (but then again who really needs AI in geopol sim?), and a heap of other problem - this game comes together to form a coherent mess that is suprisingly enjoyable to play.

I've had a lot of fun selling overpriced paper to USA. The only things missing is the ability to set interest rates and print money. I recommend this game.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
17.4 hrs on record
Posted: April 23
The game is alright it but its definitly not worth that much money i spent in it... I can definitly see alot of things that need to be improved on.. The game has potential but it feels like its not finish.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
72.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 12
It's a fun game when it works, the problem is it usally doesnt work
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 180 days
50 of 57 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
98.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 20, 2015
The concept is good. The gameplay can be enjoyable and interesting, and sometimes hilarious. However the reason I cannot recommend this game is simply because it is flooded with bugs and ambiguity. "Everyone is protesting your lax policy" - thats nice and all but wtf is a lax policy?

"-1% popularity: Scientific Discovery" - why am I losing popularity for discoverying something and publishing it after it made everyone happy? And why is it happening repeatedly for 1 week?

"£25Bn on Foreign Policy" - thats nice...how do I cut it? Where do I cut it? Can I even adjust it? The Foreign aid I give comes no where close so where is the rest cuz its going over budget by more than 15%


As for bugs, the game is riddled with them. Always has been. For instance, my AI general sends a tank to take a city, but my ally takes the city first. But my general REALLY wants that city so continues the attack. Boom. Instant war with my ally. UN hates me. EU hates me. My people hate me. I get diposed and start WW3. Thats just one really annoying bug which I have to reload to fix.

If Eversim had continued working on GPS3 and fixed bugs and actually responded to feedback, hell if there was a SINGLE update, I'd be able to recommend this game. But I don't recall any updates/bug fixes. Instead they released an "add-on" which allows you to mod the game. And an expansion which allows you to start in 2014. Then moved onto their next game, ignoring the player's woes, bugs and issues.

If you can accept the bugs, and get used to the ambiguity in the game, then I'd recommend it for aspiring politicians or people who just like to start world wars, or like long-lasting, complex micro-managing games (like me). Otherwise I cannot.
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35 of 43 people (81%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
37.3 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2015
Too many buges in the game!!!
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
130.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Very sharp learning curve, addictive once you grasp the concept.
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661 of 754 people (88%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
There's a double DRM, that limit your activation to only two graphic card, CPU, HDD, SSD, Windows change...
So basicly, you change a part or start the game with an HDD not connected but it was before, you lose an activation.

Say goodbye to your game if the company go bankrupt.

Double DRM on Steam help no way the devs other than killing the sale.

Avoid the game, say NO to double DRMs.
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322 of 373 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
26.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 6, 2014
Considering this game was released March 2013 I dont see how they can justify the price of £39.99, despite the updates this game has recived (even though they were quite spaced out), there are still many flaws and odd bugs that will crop up during gameplay.

If your into political / management games then its quite fun but dont even think about attacking anyone as your country will automatically hate you and you will lose the game.

The game still feels unpolished and slow especially when having played a country for 3+ years and as I said odd bugs will creep up like France having 99% of the worlds GDP?

This game does have it charms, I like playing as Equatorial New Guinea and trying to claim Africa but the games forces me to stop and start from scratch, It is fun when its working properly but those moments come rarely.

Wait for this to come cheaper, 75% off before you buy then try it. Otherwise just give it a miss, which is a real shame as I love these kinds of games. I got my fingers crossed for Supreme Ruler 1936 to be nice and polished for release this spring.
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223 of 281 people (79%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 7, 2014
Its an OK game and once they get this updated and remove double DRM then I will rerate.
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111 of 128 people (87%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
16.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 2, 2014
Game concept is great. Game execution not great. Anything more than $5-10 Game price: Not worth it. Now that I won it, I'll keep playing it, but it is really not as polished as it should be. I bought the add-ons. Examples: South Korea has a Vietnamese city called Saigon. US outstanding Debt is about half that of Germany. In reality US is about 17 trillion to Germany's 5-600 billion. The AI for war/conflicts is horrendously bad. Never leave the direction fo your troops to your general. Even when a country no longer exists your AI thinks the conflict is continuing. If a NATO member is attacked (i.e. Russian invasion of Poland), NATO doesn't mobilize. The number of interactions capable with leaders/advisors is extremely limited. Again, this is a great concept for a game. If it was polished and had more features I would rate it 4.5 out of 5 or higher. As it is right now it is like a 1.5 out of 5. The concept keeps you engaged, the gameplay doesn't. STRONGLY suggest you don't buy.
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87 of 102 people (85%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
256.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 5, 2015
The game is awesome, probably the best strategy game i've ever played.
One of the probles on the game are the bugs, for exemple: When the high speed train arrives in 46,000 km, when i'm going to cunstruct more, the game crashes, or when the game arrives in 23:00 p.m the game crashes too.
I lost 2 in 2023 and 2025.
Another problem is the lack of updates, we are already in June and there isn't any update, to fix any bug that is since 2013.
I woud recommend the game to my friends if doesn't had so many bugs that spoils the game.
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167 of 221 people (76%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 8, 2014
Doesn't work. Access Violation on startup. Hope I can get a refund.
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55 of 62 people (89%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
40.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 16, 2015
This game has several game breaking bugs that can just stop you from playing a game, forcing you to start again. For example I was kicked out of my country for having a defecit, when i was still shown as having surplus, my income was more than my expense, yet I was kicked out. Several other people have similar problems. The devs seem not to care about their fanbase at all.

Price is too high for the quality of the game, and the price was not dropped in time like most other games.

If you have 50 dollars to throw around, I would buy this game, as it is still the best domestic and internatiol political simulator out there, but dont expect to get too much out of it.
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97 of 127 people (76%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
46.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 3, 2014
This is my review of the game after being first scared off and close to not trying it. I enjoy it alot.

This is a Marvellous game for those people who are interested in Geopolitics, aren't looking for a quick Command and Conquer-styled game and enjoy running a simulated nation from top-down. It is important to emphasise that this is more of a simulator than a game. People who enjoyed Superpower 2 or are interested in a geo-political simulator will enjoy this game, but the game has a steep learning curve, and having an education helps.

Overview

Masters of the World - Geopolitical Simulator 3 is a simulator first and foremost. Whilst the simulator can be a game of tactics, it is much more than that. In this game, knowledge of the world and how government's run will help you understand how this simulator works. In the simulator you can play as any country in the world and run its affairs. The game has the nations as of 2013 and 2014, and the governments that run them with comical mimicks of the real-life leaders. Once you enter the simulator, you will have to face that country's problems head-on.

The game has 5 major areas: Politics, Economy, Military, Diplomacy and Trade. Each part is interesting and has different challenges and positives. You really need to balance each of them as each strain is interlinked with the other.

Positives

There are heaps of positives in this game that make me enjoy it, but here are my favourite 3:

- Depth of the simulator. The developers really made this so you have to think about the simular from an educated perspective. The simulator has 5 major areas has alot of you to go through, lots of details and statistics. For example, in the Economy you have to manage taxation, debts, budgets, and trade in order to make a better economy. Each of these are in even more depth, from tax on alcohol to organising trade contracts with different countries for profit, and to the economy split into Industry, Services, Agriculture, etc so as to represent your country's production. This is replicated in the areas of Politics, Military and Trade, but not really in the diplomacy field. You change these statisics by the actions you take.

- Simulated world events. The news really gives you an overview of what is happening in the world. The simulator simulates the status of the world's economy, politics and wars and this is always interesting in my opinion. I find even protests within country's I control represent to me issues that the nation faces (welfare dependency, police numbers, etc). This is a very interesting dynamic to the game.

- Cause and effect. Everything has cause and effect. For example, raising taxes makes more money but affects your popularity, the purchase power of your people, unemployment and other factors. Going to war can allow you to colonise, annex or integrate a country, but costs heaps of money (transporting soldiers, or sailing navies in reality isn't cheap!) and relies on positive public opinion.

There is much more, but those are my favourite three.

Negatives

There is quite a few downsides to the game that need improvement. There has been alot of criticism for Double DRM in this game, but I never had any problems with it (as I can play it offline and no issues c/f Ubisoft games). Double DRM exists in heaps of games, where Steam protects the game from copying but the game producers also try to have it. This issue is a wide-ranging issue but I haven't had any issues with it. The other widely-criticised issue is only being allowed to install the game so many times. This isn't too much of an issue if you don't delete your games, and has been around for ages. If you have any problems, its been said that you just have to contact the company for remedy.

To be honest, much of the criticism of the game Re DRM and other hasn't been an issue at all for me. In terms of gameplay, here are the worst bits:

- Learning Curve.One of the hardest things for people in this game is the learning curve. My first 7 games were tragedies, I was either assassinated, kicked out of government or fled overseas because my people hated me. This, if you read the other reviews, is why others have then rated this game badly. Just because you might play a few games and fail doesn't mean its unplayable, it means you need to understand things better.

But this difficulty, while a reflection of the reality of making difficult policy decisions, is also something that may scare some people off who just want a quick game.

- Conflicts. Unlike other games, there are conflicts that erupt all the time across the globe. 90% of these conflicts are just skirmishes (North Korea bombing a South Korean island, city, etc) that doesn't erupt into a bigger war and stops at the skirmish. The other 10% is a major war, which results in either the colonisation/annexation/integration of another region, or a ceasefire. For example: I was in a big war besides USA, France, Mexico and Brazil v Venezuela. Venezuela blew up a US Nuclear Reactor on US islands in the Mediterranean. After much military manouvering and many failed US landings, 5 months later a ceasefire was signed.

This part of the game is 50/50. While it produces alot of fun to watch/be part of a war and brings a combat dynamic into the game most of the time, it can be quite tricky and doesn't really correctly simulate how often conflicts erupt.

- Broadcasts. The game could do without it, but it adds a comical feature to the game. Events allow your leader or others to give you briefings, tell you about events, United Nations speeches, etc. This is fun to listen to your advisors/other world leaders, but can be a bit repetative. You can turn this off though.

- UI. The Game's UI isn't very good. It is manageable, but because the game has alot of depth it can be difficult to easily switch from normal view to military view, to zoom in and to get the information you want on your screen quickly. It just takes a little more time and hence patience in my experience.

Conclusion

For a game made by indie developers, this is a great game. It is not made by a major developer, these guys have a small team but bring quite a big simulator that is overall enjoyable. Sure it isn't Europa Universalis 4, but it is a geo-politica simulator that does what in my opinion, is a good simulation. The geo-political simulator that is alot of fun,and very interesting It is especially enjoyable if you know your stuff (such as the Russian invasion of Georgia in 2008, what made the Global Financial Crisis happen, what a tax actually is, etc etc). Definitely, coming from a university background, this game makes alot of sense and allows me to enjoy a global simulation where I can be any country. This game is more for the grand strategy gamer with some intellect, rather than the "where is my artillery and explosion" gamer.

I came to this game very skeptical, and was close not to buying it. I read the negative Steam reviews and thought, well, why should I try it if its -so- bad? I contacted the developers and told them that I'm uncertain about the game. I decided to buy it and haven't regretted it as someone who is interested in geo-political issues and likes grand strategy games. As one of the original purchasers of Superpower 2, this game reflects the fun I had in that game.

Furthermore, success in this game is in the eye of the beholder. One of my most successful games was playing as Australia, where I was able to make a budget surplus, and start to pay off my debt. With surplus I built stadiums, theatres, airports, and a larger army that I used to take over different Pacific islands and colonise them.

Overall, I would give this game 8/10. Contact me if you have any questions :)

It isn't the best game out there, but in a limited market for these types of games its good.
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63 of 81 people (78%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
6.2 hrs on record
Posted: February 9, 2014
Ok, first things first, this game is fun. Since political simulation games are a rare species, and this is one of the few of them, I normaly would recommend it to everyone who likes this type of games. You really have to work to have your plans work out, no matter if it's economic grow, demographics or military expansion. Especially the latter is hard to achieve, since you have to fight bad publicity both internationaly and intern. The gameplay is very deep and it's very challenging to achieve your goals.

The graphics are decent. Not good, not bad, but still enough for this type of game. As for sound, that's ok too. I dunno if it's a bug, but I hear the music of other games while playing this one (Distant Worlds).

The only reason why I don't recommend it is the simple fact that it has DRM. So you're not only limited to buy it on Steam here, but also have limited activations and... hell, I just hate DRM. Way to go, thank you Eversim. Unfortunatly I haven't read it, else I wouldn't have thought about buying it.

So, summerized:

Decent Game, a little buggy, but fun. I'll give it a 7/10, because I like the genre and since this game is a rare specimen... and subtract 7 points for the DRM. That's 0/10 for you, until the DRM is patched out. As soon as that is done, I'll make a recommention.
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52 of 67 people (78%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Not Recommended
4.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Pretty terrible. Besides basic graphical elements missing like mouse scrolling of the map, the economic modeling/decision making is aweful. Interest rates and trade contracts? Really? That's essentially it? Sure it's fun to buy essetentially useless tanks and power plants for a decade while you watch your economy/budget freefall every time. Even the IMF is unrealistic--as Turkey they forgave me 300m in debt just because I was running a budget surplus. Their message was basically here's your reward for balancing your budget...what? The IMF in reality will only forgive debt they know they're never get back anyway. If you can pay, they'll take every bit they can get. Lastly, political instability is a joke. Playing as several African nations in sequence, I was overthrown by the healthcare syndicate (WTF?!?,) forced out of office while I had 100% popularity, had two military coups, and was conquered by Ethliopia (granted playing a Somolia) ALL WITHIN THE FOR 30 DAYS OF GAMEPLAY!!! Well, wasted $50 here writing this only so others can avoid the same thing. Go buy a Paradox Interactive game for a lower price and get a polished, fun game...and not have a bunch of doctors run you out of office when you have all the guns...
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