While I recommend this game, I can completely understand why so many dislike it. This is not a wargame. This is very much
not a wargame, although there is war in it. In fact, you would be better off playing Civ than this if you prefer a good war element. With that out of the way, I can understand one other major frustration: the bugs. The most annoying one (and the only one I have really noticed so far) is the building glitch. Don't expect that to get fixed, as the new version Masters of the World has already been released.
Now for why I recommended this. Quite simply, this game is addictive. Once you get the hang of it, you find youself so concerned for what happens to your country next that you find yourself thinking about it all the time. How will I finish this war? What am I going to do with my new-found funds? Should I subsidize my X industry or Y industry, if I can't subsidize both? Lots of decisions to be made. The spying is one of the best made systems I have seen from any game in a long time. It isn't 'wait X turns to have an 80% chance of stealing a technology.' It has much more to do with infiltrating terrorist organizations, assassinating others, political espianage, and more. There will sometimes be moles in your organization that will mess up everything, and you should have a decent amount of spies keeping an eye out for others trying to spy on you. The accounting/economics is a bit over my head, but they do a good enough job of explaining it for me to have half a clue what I am doing.
Overall, fun game. Looking forward to Masters of the World eventually.