The Political Machine 2008

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The Political Machine 2008
Thepoliticalmachine2008 box.jpg
Box art
Developer(s) Stardock
Publisher(s) Ubisoft
Platform(s) Microsoft Windows
Release date(s)
  • NA June 17, 2008
Genre(s) Government simulation
Mode(s) Single-player, Multiplayer
Distribution CD, digital download

The Political Machine 2008 is a government simulation game from Stardock and the second game in the Political Machine series, in which the player leads a campaign to elect the President of the United States. The player accomplishes this goal by traveling from state to state and engaging in a variety of activities to either raise money or raise poll numbers. It is the sequel to The Political Machine released in 2004. The Political Machine 2008 features new characters such as Barack Obama and John McCain. The game focuses on much more current issues and the constant need for money.[1]

The game also features 3 more scenarios, election in the American Civil war, an election taking place in an alternative European Union, and an alien world.

The developers have said that they will add new content into the game before November 4 (the election) and will update the issues as they change in importance. New candidates are also planned once minor bugs are ironed out.[2]

Presidential candidates[edit]

Democrats[edit]

Republicans[edit]

A screenshot of the main screen, showing candidates Barack Obama and John McCain.

It is not possible to run as a third-party or independent candidate.

Reception[edit]

Reception
Aggregate scores
Aggregator Score
GameRankings 75.75% (20 reviews)[7]
Metacritic 73% (19 reviews)[8]
Review scores
Publication Score
GameSpot 7.5/10[6]
GameSpy 3.5/5[5]
IGN 7.3[4]

The Political Machine received mixed reviews, with a Metacritic average of 73%. IT Reviews said that "the gameplay is sufficiently engrossing and varied to keep your interest".[9] Gamespy called it "a really solid 'beer & pretzels' strategy game".[10] 1UP.com complained that "with more focus on the real-world conflicts and unpredictable events that plague campaigns, running for office might be a bit less tiresome".[11]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Stardock. The Political Machine 2008 lets gamers run for President
  2. ^ The Political Machine forum post (about halfway down the page)
  3. ^ George Washington was an independent, but the game only allows for a two-party system
  4. ^ "The Political Machine 2008 Review". IGN.com. Retrieved 2012-08-19. 
  5. ^ "The Political Machine 2008". GameSpy. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  6. ^ "The Political Machine 2008". Gamespot. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  7. ^ "The Political Machine 2008". Game Rankings. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  8. ^ "Political Machine 2008, The". Metacritic. Retrieved 2012-07-01. 
  9. ^ IT Reviews
  10. ^ Gamespy
  11. ^ 1UP.com

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