SuperPower 2 is the only global geopolitical simulation game which allows players to control entire countries. Players control countries in 3 major areas: political, economic and military, but this time, in a beautiful real-time 3D environment.
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Release Date: Oct 11, 2004
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“Creating a superpower from Haiti isn’t an easy task but it sure was a fun run, I recommend SuperPower2 to people that like world simulations or to people that wish they could run any country on earth in anyway they see fit.”
81 % – Gamer's Hell

“The number of options, the good graphics for the globe and almost limitless gameplay adds up a game that is worthy of United Nations attention.”
76 % – GameZone

“The world is beautifully rendered and is capable of giving a wide variety of thematic maps and the capability to drill down into any region.”
85 % – Warcry

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RULE YOUR COUNTRY, CONQUER YOUR ENEMIES, DOMINATE THE WORLD!

The Story:

SuperPower 2 is the only global geopolitical simulation game which allows players to control entire countries. Players control countries in 3 major areas: political, economic and military, but this time, in a beautiful real-time 3D environment. Players build up their own countries and increase their influence in the broader world while competing against sophisticated A.I. Along the way, gamers make use of economic sanctions, political alliances, and military actions to wage their battles. SuperPower 2 offers the ability to fine-tune each country's performance, from creating or breaking treaties, to making tactical decisions in particular military conflicts.

Key Features:

  • 193 real countries all playable & equipped with realistic data drawn from the CIA World Factbook, the United Nations and U.S. Military databases.
  • Sophisticated A.I. designed to realistically simulate each country.
  • Real-life combat situations, with multiple forces joining and leaving battles as the balance of power shifts.
  • Real-time gameplay and Modular units building.
  • Solo scenarios and "sandbox mode", as well as full Multiplayer support for up to 32 players in a variety of styles, including world domination, economic master, and many others

SuperPower 2 Steam Edition Features:

  • 14 steam achievements
  • New internet matchmaking library, and modified the UI flow in the multiplayer menus
  • Updated the code to support new OS
  • Widescreen Resolution support
  • Editor and Full SDK included

Gameplay Changes:

  • Capital ships needed for invasions from the sea. They need to be within 750km of the region you're trying to invade.
  • Enemy fleets must be further than 1500km of your invasion fleet when trying to invade a region from the sea.
  • The AI will take diplomatic relations into account and will decide whether or not to annex regions under it's military control now.
  • Economy: GTM limited to 30%, sectortax at 70%.
  • Diplomacy: embargo treaties result in a drop in relations.
  • Combat Radius has been enlarged to make frontlines easier to make.
  • AI: allies will make more rational decisions when there is war. If you can handle it yourself, they won't help.
  • Peaceful Annexation: depending on population support in both nations, you now have more or less chance of peacefully annexation a nation.
  • 95 and the nations involved need at least one religion or language in common.

System Requirements

    Minimum:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 1.5 GHz CPU Processor
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible graphic card with 64 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
    Recommended:
    • OS: Windows XP, Vista, 7, 8
    • Processor: 2 GHz CPU Processor
    • Memory: 512 MB RAM
    • Graphics: DirectX compatible graphic card with 128 MB
    • DirectX: Version 9.0
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66 of 75 people (88%) found this review helpful
11 people found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
PLAYING AS UNITED STATES

1. Built large amounts of ground units and annexed most of Mexico.

2. Canada doesn't like it so they send some military to attack me.

3. Begin massive invasion of Canada.

4. United Kingdom joins forces with Canada and attacks me.

5. Launch small nuclear strike on Canada and order them to sign an annexation treaty.

6. United Kingdom nukes northeastern United States.

7. Launch rest of my nukes at United Kingdom. millions die. United Kingdom utterly destroyed.

8. Most of Europe begins to invade me. I get nuked by Germany and France. Have no missile defense systems or nukes with which to retaliate.

9. United States in absolute ruins. Invaded by conventional forces from all directions.

10. There is no more United States.

PLAYING AS INDIA

1. Build big army and place it on border to Pakistan.

2. Gain nuclear capability.

3. Nuke the ♥♥♥♥ out of Pakistan and send in my army to clean up the mess.

4. Pakistan also has nukes.

5. Pakistan and India both destroyed.


I'm thinking next I'm gonna play as China and invade Russia. See how that works out.
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91 of 114 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
8.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 14, 2014
I picked Israel and declared judaism illegal 11/10
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32 of 33 people (97%) found this review helpful
119.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 9, 2014
I highly reccomend this! I love RTS strategy games and this one is quite interesting. I like the game for It's economic system and how the AI Doesn't completely fail in the economic side, unlike Supreme Ruler where the AI builds nothing but Tanks, jets, naval stuff, ect ect, this is quite fun. I have already put 44 hours into the game and in that amount of time, i managed to turn county's like the Congo and Israel into superpowers. It's not all about agression in this game, it's about getting on everyones good side. You can't just simply take a random country and just build tons of units and destroy the world. It takes time and i love the way it does it. You have to sometimes depend on other country's for aid and you have to work your way up bit by bit untill you can actually annex something.


I love how the resources work, I mean, you don't have to manage resources all the time. You can get that all privitised and let your people expand it. That doesn't work all the time, you need to put some money into it so you can help your resources grow and the people will carry that duty on. Let's say Canada was the leader in Dairy production and you take that place, Canada will start to hate you and I love how it works.

Nukes, oh how I love them. They are not too over-powered, but yes they do pack a punch in this game. Nukes are quite cheap, depending on what nation you play as,but they take a long time to build and are quite exspensive to maintain them. In packs, nukes can destroy populations and dammage your enemy's resources heavily and turn military's to dust. Think before you use nukes, cause using nukes will devistate your relations with other country's and if you use nukes in very small packs... Well, you will be better off throwing toothpicks at your enemy.

Here's where it gets bad. This game wasn't really made for Windows 7 or 8 and so it tends to crash a little bit. There are bugs in the game where some country's are nothing but luck to try and set up for becoming a superpower. Like the Democratic Republic of Congo, Rebles and some others. There's also a bug where you can't take certain land and so on. The game really does have some downfalls, sometimes to relations tend to mess up. I got nuked by Russia and instead of people hating Russia, they started to hate me more. I don't understand this much, but it doesn't matter aslong as you have a much more powerful military then your enemy's.


Is it worth the price considering the bugs? YES! You might get annoyed from the bugs, but indeed it's a fun game. Very easy to get used to and you will always find new ways to beoming powers. If it's from economic domination to just pure agression.
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38 of 52 people (73%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
6.3 hrs on record
Posted: November 18, 2014
Turned the US into a Monarchy that banned the english language and then nuked the uk 10/10 gotyay
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19 of 20 people (95%) found this review helpful
33.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 13, 2014
I got this game two days ago when it was on sale for $2.49. I thought it would be one of those games you get, play once, and then never touch it again, and I though; well I’d play that for two and a half hours so I guess it was worth it. I then went in and did the tutorial and then got into the game. Automatically I chose America, like most people who choose their home country, and at an instant I realized I was dead wrong, this game is absolutely amazing.

In this game you control one of over 150 countries; you manage their politics, economy, and military while dealing with debt, invasion, terrorism, natural disasters, and nuclear annihilation. Politics allow you to create treaties, change laws, and change your government (for instance democracy to communism). In your economy you will first have to get your country out of debt, then you have to manage your budget, inflation, interest, income tax, resource production, financial aid and agreements, and trade. Finally, military; your military can be either your life saver or your demise depending on your economy and diplomatic relations. In your military you can build, buy, sell, and deploy troops and vehicles. Besides that you can design your own units and research more technology for better stats on your designed units. If you are have a problem with another country why not strike them with your entire nuclear arsenal or send covert ops into their country and wreak havoc on their product and economy.

But this game isn't perfect. The games multiplayer doesn't run unless you open unsecure ports on your router. Your military can't invade a country unless your navy is 750 km away from your enemy’s shore, but if they have even a single boat within 1500 km of your navy you can't invade and occasionally the enemies ships don’t appear and you can't make a land invasion, which is beyond frustrating. But besides that I haven't run into to many other problems.
So is this game worth your $10? Yes. Would I recommend you wait until a sale? Not necessarily, it would be better if you did but this game is worth the full price. I've played this game for roughly 14 hours and t has become one of my favorites.
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18 of 21 people (86%) found this review helpful
9.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 20, 2014
I first played this game on disc back in 2004, and was super excited to see it rereleased for Steam. To be honest, there's still a ton I don't understand about it. But, when you have the ability to press a big red button and nuke your enemies to kingdom come, it's worth 9.99 in my book.
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25 of 35 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
25.6 hrs on record
Posted: November 23, 2014
Made food illegal 11/10
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
162.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 27, 2014
favorite game! They need to make a Superpowr 3! I would pay double the price of a regular game if they did.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
43.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 13, 2014
Very good game, a good balance between realism and fun. Every nation has the potential to take of the world if you know what you are doing.

The Idea that you can design new units to your liking is also very nice.

Economy is easy to get a hold of in this game, Putting taxes at 80% and adjusting the spending sliders will get almost any nation to be debt free ina matter of years ingame.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
327.1 hrs on record
Posted: November 21, 2014
Bwee. This be similar to the grand strategy titles made by Paradox, except it is set in the present day and has no real time limit. Like those Paradox games, you can pick any country you choose and you more or less choose your own objectives. Unlike the Paradox games however, SP2 is chiefly a multiplayer game since the AI isn't very good and either brings countries to ruin or become completely outclassed by player-controlled countries to such a degree that there is little real challenge in solo games. Therefore if you are no fan of multiplayer, I would probably avoid this game.

But... the multiplayer can be pretty good in this game when you get a good group of players together, and there are enough people still playing this that you can get good games fairly often. However, if you are looking to play this game online, extensive knowledge of the nations you play and the modern world in general is pretty much required. Hosts for this game tend to be elitist and have few qualms about kicking and banning people who play 'unrealistically' in their games. While this may sound obnoxious (and it sorta is), this also helps keep games interesting rather than just devolving into world war nukefests that, while fun the first time, rapidly loses its appeal after that. In other words, the multiplayer for this game is ideal for people with in-depth knowledge about the modern geopolitical scene and are able to apply that knowledge to their gameplay.

The game itself is pretty solid and does not take too long to learn, but there are numerous issues. Aside from the AI being generally bad, runtime errors can ruin your fun and crash your game with virtually no warning. The world economy tends to destroy itself after a few decades, though mods try to fix this and are almost always used in multiplayer games. The game does send "mails" about high-priority events like economic problems or the use of nuclear weapons, but other events, such as when other nations start a nuclear program or even when wars break out, can slip by almost totally unnoticed.

Lastly, the game is lacking some critical elements that are major parts of the modern world, such as the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty that keeps almost every country in the world from building nuclear weapons. This is something that would be particularly useful for multiplayer games, where too many people build secret nuke stockpiles that can end up ruining games because the lack of information the game gives about them. This can result in a small nation building a giant nuke stockpile, and then using it, without anyone else having the faintest idea this was going on until it was too late. From my observations, secret nuclear stockpiles and their usage are a major cause for multiplayer games ending early, with few people wanting to play after a nuclear apocalypse.

Overall, SP2 is a competent and deep multiplayer strategy game that, nevertheless, has enough glaring issues to lead me to suggest that anyone looking to buy this game should think carefully about it (and probably wait for a sale). When played right, it is an excellent game with endless amounts of replay value. But since these good games rely on every other player in the game not acting like a complete ♥♥♥♥, patience and a willingless to put up with some annoyances is also necessary to enjoy this game. But if you are able to endure all the irritants that this game and its players can throw your way, then you will find an often very fun experience awaiting you. :)
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9 of 13 people (69%) found this review helpful
303.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 9, 2014
SuperPower 2 is pretty much eRepublik on your desktop without having to go on a browser. The game itself is pretty much that game you'd play if you want a political simulation roleplay. Pretty much, this game is more of a simplified Summer 2001 version of eRepublik. The modding in the game can be pretty hard if you don't know how to use the GL Editor right (since its full of errors) and the game can be quite laggy even on single player. However, if you want a good roleplay Poltiical simulator, this is the game for you, and honestly, I can't wait for more patches, and wait for the upcoming Superpower 3. This is pratically the only game that makes you in command of a country in real life.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 29, 2014
Good:
Took over 90% of the world
Banned every religion and language except english
Population is 70% satisfied.

Bad:
Aspect ratio is dead.
Wherever you click will click somewhere else nearby (which sucks, kind of breaks my game).

5/5
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
33.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 28, 2014
I played as Israel and occupied everyone. 70/70
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
11.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Nuked North Korea with litterally 70 thousand nukes, killed 780 million people 90898089/10
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
105.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 28, 2014
If you want to control a country to greatness or just to see it's demise, this is for you. 193 countries... Think about that for a second. Thats 193 countries to control, and 1 for you to conquer with.
Great game, 9/10 strategy
only bad thing, is that the AI is kinda noobish, and when you invade a country it'll send all its military into that one battle. This doesn't happen ALL the time, but at some times it does.
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
3.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 16, 2014
after playing half of the first tutorial I set out on my journey to conquer the world.
1. picked the USA cause USA stronk
2. tried to ally with north korea. they said no
3. cried
4. declared war on mexico
5.nuked mexico
6 conquered mexico within 5 minutes
7. set my eyes on Canada
8. all of europe declared war when i launched my nukes on Canada
9. I nuked back firing all of my nukes
10. need more nukes to nuke China and Russia
11. lose first game within 2 hours because I ran out of money trying to build 55,000 nukes
11/10 would play again (and will)
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6 of 8 people (75%) found this review helpful
123.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
The pretty Game to run a Nation How you see fit
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18 of 32 people (56%) found this review helpful
0.9 hrs on record
Posted: November 8, 2014
There are very few games as ambitious as super power 2, it must be lauded for its efforts to deliver a somewhat accurate (from a statistical standpoint) simulation of global geopolitics.

Honestly the engine, interface, and even some of the mechanics are pretty good. The problem is in the execution of how the systems work: the ai is horrible, the economy, government, and diplomacy are shallow. With more engaging domestic government and economy decisions, better ai, and a more interesting diplomacy system where the actions of various nations make sense (vietnam will abruptly invade mexico), this could be a great game.

As it stands it is a piece of gaming history chasing that holy grail of a grand strategy game set in the information age.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
10.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 19, 2014
It should first be noted that this game is ten years old, but still manages to perform and satisfy excellently.

Superpower 2 allows the player to take on the role of any nation that exists in 2001 (Yes, even Vatican City/The Holy See) and guide it on its path to become a world superpower. It styles itself as a geopolitical simulator, and that is exactly what it is, although it plays more like a grand strategy game akin to Europa Universalis IV or Hearts of Iron III or a mixture of every Paradox Interactive grand strategy game ever made (although it should be noted that one cannot simply assume the role of a dynasty or a character like in Crusader Kings II). It has a very fleshed out diplomacy, military, economic and politics system, and one can even create organisations like NATO or the UN through a treaty system. It is also possible for said treaties to collapse (In one game played hours before this review was written as Britain, NATO collapsed after America withdrew). The AI is very interesting and games are random (in the aforementioned game Pakistan ended up nuking India and invading, for example).

The one problem I have with this game is that there is a constant runtime error crash as of a recent update (I believe), and I am hoping that said crash will be fixed or a workaround found. I also want to congratulate Nordic Games on getting this great game on Steam.

All-in-all, I would recommend this game to anyone who has the money - it's an excellent purchase.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
79.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 22, 2014
I have the first Super Power on disc. It's a simple game where you get to essentially pick a country and rule the world. There is really no way to fail other than
  • Unexpectedly get invaded by every other nation on earth because you are growing too powerful
  • Get nuked by every other country that has nukes, without warning, because once again you have grown too powerful.

In Superpower 2, you could say that the difficulty has been ramped up exponentially.
NATO, controlling over 1/3 of the countries, is extremely powerful and pissing them off will have you bombarded with assassination and espianage attempts every fifteen seconds. If you try to invade a NATO country, this is exactly what will happen to you. It is very annoying.
Additionally, you have to really, really work hard to manage your resources as they will be the determining factor of economic growth. And thusly, how much stuff you can research and churn out of your factories.

If you are ethnically anything other than American or Chinese, and you want to see your ethnicity rule the world (or at least part of it) this game will be excruciatingly hard for you. You will definitely want to save after every invaded country. I have yet to make it past invading Slovenia as Hungary, simply because I'm getting roughly 50 messages every minute because of either the US, Germany, England or France throwing as many covert ops units as they can at me simply because I decided to redraw some borders.

Like I said, it's very, very hard.
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