I enjoy playing political simulator type of games, even though most of them are not really complex and don’t offer a flawless experience (I am mainly talking about the Democracy series here).
But this type of game is still extremely addictive and nice to play, especially because everybody believes that they can do better than the current leadership, no matter where they are in the world. Or at least so I assume. Well, Government Simulator gives you a chance to give it a try, albeit just virtually. Still better than nothing.
Created by Austrian-based studio Ambiera, Government Simulator seems to be a really complex text-based game that is definitely not suitable for all gamers, but for those who enjoy playing deeper simulations or strategy games, it could offer countless hours of fun.
The official statement tells players that “the game simulates a whole country: Population, debt, GDP, economic growth, unempolyment, crime, life expectancy, birth rate, mortality rate, state of the infrastructure and so on. The player can adjust budgets, taxes, laws, and see what the outcome is.”
This would be what makes it or breaks it, depending on the simulation models and how true to real life they really are and how everything else ticks in the game.
There are military options as well, so you can start a war with any country in the world, and adjust its operation mode while the conflict is active. But be sure not to let it run out of control. Some countries for example also have a nuclear option, of course.
The game also includes a media and public relations system, where you can read the most interesting headlines, and try to influence the media with PR stunts, interviews, and similar.
When the game launches, you’ll only be able to play USA, Germany, Russia, France, and Austria – but more scenarios and countries will be available for download and I am sure that the modding community can’t wait to start working on improving the game even further once it’s out.
So yes, this seems to be a really big game with a huge level of depth, which is exactly what you need from a political simulator and what few games (if any) actually deliver. Now we just have to wait and see if it really pays out in the end.
Well, I guess we’ll see for ourselves pretty soon, as the game is set to be released on December 4th, 2017 for PC only on Steam. If you want to find out more and keep an eye on its progress, visit its official website here.