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HonestGamers (Mar 12, 2009)
Supreme Ruler: 2020 is exactly what I adore: a strat title nearly unapproachable due to its level of depth, but promising months upon months of diverse enjoyment. I do so love a challenge.
Even though I hardly consider myself a strategy gamer, I’m blown away by the attention to detail that BattleGoat has produced with Supreme Ruler 2020. When I say, “it’s all here,” I mean it. Be a peaceful and benevolent leader, don spiked boots and kick down some checkpoints as a ruthless despot or find yourself somewhere amongst the everything in between. There’s a steep incline leading up to fluency to account for, but strat-gamers owe it to themselves to pick this one up.
Armchair General (Oct 09, 2008)
This game borders on greatness. The short scenarios are fast, clever and exciting. Campaign games require patience and thought. These long games can become tedious for the average player. Some of the problems may be fixed with future patches. If they are, Supreme Ruler 2020 should give insight into an uncertain, possibly bleak, future.
GamePlasma (Jun 24, 2008)
Supreme Ruler 2020 definitely isn't for everyone, least of all casual gamers and those with short attention spans. It doesn't really innovate either, its gameplay borrowing heavily from the Civilization series and shamelessly adhering to many conventions of the strategy genre. The things it does, however, it does well, and on a grand scale. If you're looking for a complex, realistic, epic strategy game, here it is.
78 (Jul 14, 2008)
Supreme Ruler 2020 on kunnianhimoinen yritys, ja monimutkaisuuden huomioon ottaen hyvin onnistunut. Peliä vielä vaivaavat pikkupuutteetkin on luvattu korjata. Valitettavasti peliin pitää perehtyä todella paljon, eikä kaikki sen parissa vietetty aika ole sitä laatuaikaa. Suurstrategian ystäville tutustumisen arvoinen peli, mutta älkää sanoko, etten varoittanut.
Absolute Games ( (Jul 10, 2008)
Supreme Ruler 2020 — серьезная, качественная, хотя и не идеальная геополитическая стратегия. Если вас волнуют перспективы ближайшего будущего — ничего лучше не найти.
76 (Jun 25, 2008)
Supreme Ruler 2020 ist ein Geheimtipp mit Einschränkungen. Das hyperkomplexe Strategiespiel bietet auf der einen Seite eine fordernde Machtsimulation sowie eine Vielzahl an Start- und Entwicklungsmöglichkeiten - wer es komplex mag, liegt richtig. Es hat auf der anderen Seite allerdings seine klaren Defizite, was Bedienung, Übersicht und Präsentation angeht, die all zu große Euphorie nicht zulassen - wer es komplex und ansehnlich mag, liegt falsch. Trotzdem motiviert die Spielmechanik: Ihr könnt den Präsidenten einer westlichen Demokratie ebenso mimen wie einen afrikanischen Diktator.
RealGamer (Jun 20, 2008)
Supreme Ruler 2020 offers a pretty different playing experience then your average strategy game, which tend to focus on military action. This game requires patience and planning. It’s also extremely complex and requires a lot of time to get to grips with, newcomers and the more casual gamer are likely to find too daunting to try and become Supreme Ruler whilst hardcore gamers should relish the challenge the game offers.
gameZine (UK) (Jul 22, 2008)
It’s a complex, intimidating, unforgiving and at times unhelpful game, but it’s also fantastically detailed, worryingly believable and (once you have the faintest idea what you’re doing) enjoyably involving. It’s a shame that many of the most obvious shortcomings would seem to be so easily solvable, but if you can overlook them then Supreme Ruler will offer you an absorbing if depressing glimpse of a possible future. This isn’t a game for the easily distracted or impatient among us (you know who you are!) but if you’re willing to invest the time and effort then Supreme Ruler 2020 is certainly worth a look.
Avid Gamer (Jun 11, 2008)
We really wanted to get into Supreme Ruler 2020, but it was difficult. IF you’re a fan of the promise, then there isn’t any reason why you won’t find your summer occupied. It’s definitely accessible, but whether you can fit it in is the key question. Factor in the multiplayer (if you can find 16 people equally interested at the right period of time and you’re onto a winner).
GameZone (Jun 25, 2008)
Supreme Ruler 2020 is a solid turn-based strategy game that will appeal to the hardcore strategy fans for which it was made. However, everyone else will be immediately lost.
GamingExcellence (Dec 17, 2008)
There is a game buried beneath all of the menus and statistics, but only the truly patient and dedicated will have the time or will to find it.
65 (Jul 30, 2008)
Particulièrement rébarbatif dans un premier temps, Supreme Ruler 2020 dévoile sa richesse au fur et à mesure qu'il se laisse apprivoiser. Les plus persévérants découvriront finalement une simulation géopolitique efficace doublée d'un wargame passionnant. Un titre à réserver exclusivement aux spécialistes de la gestion et aux fanatiques du genre.
GameStar (Germany) (Apr, 2008)
Eigentlich ist Supreme Ruler 2020 kein Spiel mehr. Und eigentlich gehört es in eine Zeitschrift namens ZahlenStar. Denn so komplex und realistisch dieser Brocken ist, so sehr schämt er sich, ein Spiel zu sein. Dabei steckt hinter dem knochentrockenen Äußeren so viel Sprengstoff, dass man locker zehn spannende Strategietitel daraus machen könnte: Krieg um Rohstoffe, bröckelnde Bündnisse, realistische Militäteinheiten. Wenn Sie richtig viel Zeit zum Einarbeiten (nicht Einspielen!) mitbringen, dann kann ich Ihnen Supreme Ruler 2020 empfehlen. Aber wirklich nur dann!
Game Shark (Jul 31, 2008)
The game needs better user feedback and a much more transparent UI. There are no pop ups when somebody declares war. There is no long term tracking of economic indicators – stuff that would come in handy as you learn the system. As it stands Supreme Ruler 2020 is mostly a system in search of a game, with no sense of mission or urgency to push you from day to day. Whatever rewards it has are doled out too sparingly for most gamers, even serious strategy nerds.
50 PC Gaming (Sep 29, 2008)
Supreme Ruler breaks down and winds up becoming a chore because the developers took mounds of totally unnecessary detail and buried their game in it, and then tried to abstract it through ineffective AI. Playing the game is a frustrating exercise in trying to understand all of the dizzying array of systems that govern every aspect of the game’s progression while simultaneously attempting to figure out how much of it is important, and how much you can rely on the AI to take care of. The developers thought they could accurately scale the detail and allow every player to decide for himself how much of it he could stomach, but their entire approach breaks down because the AI can never be relied upon to do as good a job as the player would. Then, of course, the player is left either sitting in his chair while the AI basically runs his country or sweating bullets over every tiny statistic.
Supreme Ruler 2020 is geen spel voor casual gamers, maar zelfs hardcore strategiespelers dreigen de vingers te verbranden aan de extreme ambities van het spel. Alle troeven van dit spel worden immers bedolven onder een stortvloed aan onlogische beslissingen en een spelsysteem dat je dwingt te kiezen tussen cruise control en micromanagement.
GameSpot (Jul 10, 2008)
Supreme Ruler 2020 should be consigned to a hardcore strategy game ghetto where casual players fear to tread. Despite the game's tremendous ambitions, all of the game's potentially positive features are buried beneath an avalanche of nonsensical politics and gameplay that forces you to choose between cruise control and tedious micromanagement. Let's hope that the entire game engine gets a serious overhaul before Supreme Ruler 2030.
PC Games (Germany) (Aug 27, 2008)
Öl ist der Motor der Weltwirtschaft. Auch im Jahre 2020 werden wieder Kriege um das schwarze Gold geführt. Im Wettstreit um die schwindenden Ressourcen übernehmen Sie in Supreme Ruler 2020 die Kontrolle über eine von etwa 250 Nationen. Das Problem dabei: die Kontrolle selbst. Denn dieses Spiel ist derart komplex, dass es sich kaum von Feierabendstrategen bewältigen lässt. In überbordenden Menüs leiten Sie die meiste Zeit auf grafisch niedrigem Niveau die Wirtschaftsprozesse Ihrer Nation, um Militär, Forschung und Sozialsysteme zu unterhalten.