4 out of 4 people found this review helpfulwrite a review of this game
read more reviews by Nathan Pannbacker
read more reviews for this game
SummaryFor Anyone who's Ever Wanted to Invade Kuwait
The Good1) There's so much to do! I convinced China to give up it's nuclear weapons arsenal, but only after I instigated a capitalist revolution within Russia. I pestered Ethiopia to improve human rights, and eventually they responded by attempting to assassinate me, so I killed their leader in response. I stopped the Gulf War by turning Iraq into a free society. Then I annexed Kuwait for myself.
2) My wonderful allies With more than twice the influence of any other country, when I did something, everyone else followed suit. When I launched a flurry of peace envoys, so did everyone else in the world, eventually. I dealt with human rights by focusing on the big offenders and eventually every country started promoting human rights and doing pretty well for their own citizenry.
3) The power to remold the world If I gave it enough time and effort, I could change any society in the world, forever.
The Bad1) There's so much to do! It was impossible to keep track of everything. The middle-eastern nations were at each other's throats, and it was all I could do to keep them from tearing into each other. Especially Iraq, which hated me more than Russia, and was the most common aggressor. In addition to all that, there were a dozen conflicts in Africa and Iraq was spending some serious money on nuclear research.
2) My eternal enemies In spite of my vast influence, all the countries that started out enemies to me seemed to stay enemies eternally. No matter how hard I worked to improve diplomatic channels, they seemed to forever stay hating me.
3) The difficult of remolding the world. It took a lot of effort. A dozen peace envoys doesn't do it. You've just made the society very peaceful, but it's fundamentally the same society - and if it didn't like you to begin with, it probably still doesn't. Try two dozen peace envoys. Now you've just spent a month making one country more peaceful. It's probably pretty ethical and unambitious by now. It still doesn't like you. Did I mention that a month is a long time in this game? Sure, you have the power to do all these things, but at an hour every other second or so, it takes a long time. Since you're constantly interrupted by events, speeding up the clock doesn't help that much. Also, the vast amounts of money demanded in foreign aid are worthless, they just go down the drain. As far as I could see, economies don't improve permanently, but temporarily. When the year ends, they ask for more money, and you're still sending what you sent the year before. In other words, poor countries insisted on staying poor. Grr...