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Many games companies see expansion packs as a way of cashing in! Usually by adding many features that are nothing more then gimmicks with the hope it will generate high sales. However, for me an expansion pack should be all about offering fans of the game value, which with Global Crisis, Battlegoat has certainly achieved adding hours of gameplay and longevity to Supreme Ruler 2020, making it a great addition.
The computer opponents are more competent this time around, actually putting up a fight and able to mount a coordinated naval attack. While the addition of more futuristic technologies and units that use these technologies is welcome, the result is more research to worry about, and the tree was confusing enough as it was before; Global Crisis needs to ability to automatically research prerequisites in order to make the research tree at least somewhat manageable. The inclusion of random events is nice (including the ability to alter how frequently they occur), although it’s hardly unique. Add in some minor interface improvements and extraneous battlegroups and we have a decent but underwhelming package. I would feel better about Global Crisis if it was half the price, but such is the standard $20 tag of expansions. People who extensively played Supreme Ruler 2020 will be able to justify getting this expansion, but Global Crisis lacks that key new feature that makes it a must-have.
Prior to Global Crisis I’d occasionally boot up 2020 in my downtime and mess about to refresh myself in the ways of dominion. There’s no harm in keeping frosty should I be thrust into a position of leadership at a moment’s notice, right? Yet if you are one of the hardcore who have a dedicated PC set aside running a game, you’ll find satisfaction and money well-spent here.
This game is like modern art. To one man it’ll be a masterpiece, and to another it’ll be a meaningless pile of …stats. You can take as much or as little away from it as you’d like. It’s really up to you. It’s a difficult game to recommend. If you’re anything like me, it’ll be like slogging through a 6,000 page history text book when you’re only interested in finding the pictures of the tanks. As an expansion pack, Global Crisis does its job well, and without fuss. BattleGoat studios have crafted this additional content specifically for the fans. If you liked the original game, then buying this expansion is something I recommend strongly. (...) If you played the original and didn’t like, then Global Crisis won’t be your ticket to the Promised Land of gameplay happiness.
Overall I think this offers a great expansion to an already great and popular game once you get your head around it. I guess it certainly offers you value you for your money with the amount of new content in it and the endless hours of fun you could have.
Thus, while Global Crisis is of increased academic interest, it remains merely more of the same, and this makes it difficult to decide how to grade as a game. Really, Global Crisis doesn't do anything wrong by any definition, very competently building on the strenghts of the core game and bringing more toys and scenarios to the mix. But neither does it add anything really new that shakes up the gameplay, and I confess to a bit of disappointment at that. Still, I can't fault BattleGoat for sticking to their guns with this expansion. If Supreme Ruler was your cup of tea then Global Crisis is easily worth picking up.
Supreme Ruler 2020: Global Crisis is truly as complex and micromanagement-focused as I would ever hope to see a game. It is definitely not a game for everyone. That having been said, the Global Crisis expansion does give gamers more of what they got in Supreme Ruler 2020, so if you are one of those armchair-dictators and you're looking for a way to log more hours in a country simulator, look no further; Global Crisis may be just what you're looking for.