The Political Machine 2020, Win the hearts and minds of America’s voters and take the 2020 presidential election by storm in Stardock’s popular political strategy game. Choose a candidate and run against a computer opponent or a candidate controlled by another person over the Internet.
About The Game
Let me preface this by saying what a massive fan I am of this series. I’ve played at least several dozen games in the previous versions and dozens of hours. This was a day 1 purchase for me no question. Sadly I regret to say that this newest edition is really quite bad, easily the worst of the series.
First of all it is extremely stripped down in terms of features. The Political Machine 2020 Gone are the three main currencies of the previous game, now there’s just the one, cash. Staff are now bought with cash, and there are only 5 staff options available (was it 9 or 12 in the previous game?). Endorsements are gone completely. There are far fewer campaign issues to discuss, only one form of advertising, and one type of campaign building you can build.
But the worst thing by far is the pacing. There is only one game length option, 21 weeks. It’s nowhere near enough time for a proper campaign. Whereas previously a good strategy would involve building your awareness and infrastructure across the country before going in for the kill, now you simply can’t do that. It’s all just one mad scramble for points.
The game just generally feels cheaper and gamier than its predecessors. The lack of options, small number of candidates, no animations (candidates just stand still, statue-like in campaign images whereas previously they were at least animated like bobble heads). Gone is the strategy aspect that made the previous games so compelling. I hate to say it as a huge fan of the series, but this is just a mess.
OS: Windows 8 / 10 64-bit
Processor: 2 GHz Dual Core Processor
Memory: 4 GB RAM
Graphics: Nvidia GeForce GTX 650 / Radeon HD 3600 or better
DirectX: Version 11
Storage: 500 MB available space