Metascore
69

Mixed or average reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 70
    Admirably ambitious, yet also a victim of its own ambition, suffering from information/feature overload and a less-than-stellar interface.
  2. Despite the excellent manual, the cumbersome interface and maze of data make it seem more like a first draft of the future than mission accomplished. [Sept 2005, p.56]
  3. This is a game that requires so much studying and preparation, that only those hard-core RTS gamers that really enjoyed SimCity or Civilization may want to give this everybody-wants-to-rule-the-world strategy game a try.
User Score
8.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 24 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 9
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 9
  3. Negative: 0 out of 9
  1. sdb
    Jun 5, 2008
    10
    Deepest-Strategy-Evarrr. Reviewers tend to score this game in proportion to the I.Q. they show in their writing. Part of that is the learningDeepest-Strategy-Evarrr. Reviewers tend to score this game in proportion to the I.Q. they show in their writing. Part of that is the learning curve. Read the forums if you have trouble. Payoff is one of the best games you will ever play. Great for systems with decent CPU but mediocre graphics card. Or wait for 2020 in a couple weeks! Full Review »
  2. Daxon
    Aug 14, 2006
    10
    This game is extremely engaging. It actually takes intelligence to play.
  3. AndyC.
    Aug 4, 2005
    10
    There's a LOT in this game - wargame, politics, resource/production, diplomacy, and more. A very well done UI and design given the There's a LOT in this game - wargame, politics, resource/production, diplomacy, and more. A very well done UI and design given the amount of things that can be adjusted and managed. A system of advisors to help and keep micromanagement under control. Great battles! Full Review »