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  • Summary: As President Rayne, lead Sordland into ruin or repair during your first term in this text-based role-playing game. Navigate a political drama driven by conversations with your cabinet members and other significant figures. Beware or embrace corruption; shirk or uphold ideals. How will you lead?
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  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. Dec 7, 2020
    96
    A riveting politico-economic drama that seamlessly turns into a journey of self-knowledge. Political Sim games fans, Choose-Your-Own-Adventure enthusiasts, as well as those who crave strong narratives, should definitely check it out.
  2. Mar 23, 2021
    90
    This is a brilliant political strategy game, very well written and full of gut-wrenching decisions. Only you will decide the fate of the Republic - and its embattled president.
  3. Jan 4, 2021
    85
    Suzerain is unlike most things you can play that’s out right now. The choose your own adventure stylings are fascinating, with rabbit trail upon rabbit trail to investigate. Because of this, you’ll be able to play it again and again, and because they do such a great job with the setting and people you’re going to want to. While some sections can be long in tooth, they only make me appreciate what Suzerain is doing, creating a riveting narrative of what it’s like to be President.
  4. Dec 3, 2020
    80
    Suzerain is an interesting game with some serious quality behind it. Those who want more machinations in their strategy games, particularly when tied to some characters with genuine depth, will find a lot to love.
  5. Jan 11, 2021
    80
    Suzerain is a compelling political drama/simulation and if you have the patience for great walls of text and often punishing decision-making, this is the game for you.
  6. Dec 6, 2020
    80
    Suzerain is basically West Wing in game form, which is as awesome as it sounds. A game more akin to 80 Days than Civilization, Suzerain is a surprisingly compelling narrative that allows players to run a country with their own ideas about how things should be done to see if they’re right. I got to test out my theory of crime being a symptom of failings in other areas, pushing education and healthcare to the forefront; I was happy to see crime decrease as a response to increased access to necessary services. Suzerain may not seem exciting upon first glance due to its limited mechanics, but within minutes you’ll be hooked on Sordland’s history with a desire to shape its future. If you think you can run a country, prove it — grab Suzerain today.
  7. Suzerain is not a game with action dynamism. You mostly encounter text walls and you read it all the time. Suzerain is a game that can be developed with updates and attracts strategy lovers like me.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 12
  2. Negative: 2 out of 12
  1. Jan 12, 2021
    10
    What a Great Game is a good mix of a visual novel and a simulator i just love it is a great game I LOVE IT
  2. Jul 30, 2021
    10
    Spent many hours and many playthroughs exploring the game. Absolutely incredible. High marks in storytelling, plot, characters, socialSpent many hours and many playthroughs exploring the game. Absolutely incredible. High marks in storytelling, plot, characters, social commentary, etc...but what makes the game special is how responsive the narrative is to the player. Strong start for Torpor games. Excited to see what they do next. Expand
  3. Jan 16, 2021
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Truly a masterpiece, really makes you think about your existence and role on society, I really liked. Expand
  4. Dec 12, 2020
    9
    Excellent game.A mix of visual novel and president simulator, lots of interesting text, your choices affect the story.
  5. Nov 23, 2021
    8
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. I originally reviewed this game on January 31, 2021 via GOG:

    Sordland needs a wise strongman.

    To this end, I sided with the Old Guard, enacted emergency powers, banned extremism on the both the left and right, and suppressed ethnic separatism. I rejected any and all bribes from corporate special interests and promoted austerity for myself and for those in my administration. I refused to bail out businesses or give out temporary stimulus, instead I sought long-term goals — investing in rail infrastructure and agriculture.

    I also invested heavily in education and healthcare, especially in rural areas, while at the same time, introducing privatization to those sectors to make them more competitive and reduce budgetary strains. I reformed the education system to enhance academic freedom and remove political indoctrination. I promoted women's rights for meritocracy, so that citizens of any sex can prevail if they are smart and willing enough.

    I created an anti-corruption agency, boosted the powers of the police while separating them from the military, and greatly increased the strength of the army.

    I would also jail the corrupt oligarchs indefinitely without trial, nationalizing their industries and limiting the power of the media. I lowered taxes for small business, increased taxes for larger ones, and passed laws to protect fair competition and workers' rights. I managed to recover the economy with a balanced budget. I made two trade deals with minimal concessions and tightened border security to keep away refugees.

    I reconciled with and united minorities, and ensured all schools taught a common language while protecting religious freedom. Women and minorities strongly supported my reign by the end. I had consistently promoted peace worldwide and domestically.

    Due to my tyranny however, my cabinet resigned at the end, so I decided to resign as well and let a new leader take my place — lest I stay in power too long and become another Soll.

    Good game, but its file size and performance requirements are unnecessarily large.
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  6. Jan 28, 2021
    8
    So, let me preface by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the game. Atypically well written, immersive, and consequential. The motivationalSo, let me preface by saying that I thoroughly enjoyed the game. Atypically well written, immersive, and consequential. The motivational complexities are a true strength, and that is of the utmost importance in a political game. Frankly, Suzerain should have been a 10. What's preventing that? 2 things, primarily.

    Although your choices do matter, the range of these choices is illusory. Meaning, mechanically it's much closer to a visual novel than a real political game. For example, I wanted to do things to tweak the economy throughout, but had to wait for the opportunity in a linear fashion. My cabinet had to present options, and only then This applies to basically everything in the game.

    Secondly... the ENDING. Not only was it anticlimactic, but I felt the game was only half way done. You finish a total of one term no matter what happens. There should really be at least two terms, especially considering all the work you put into minor changes for your country, only to barely or never see these changes in true effect. Many options are presented as long term solutions, but what's the point of choosing anything long term when it's a short-term game?

    It's still worth playing, I actually highly recommend because it's strengths are exceptional. And I suppose it speaks for the game when you only want more content when it's over. But not at the price of feeling incomplete.
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  7. Oct 9, 2021
    0
    Very unique president simulator in lovely fictional world. Very immerse and interesting, especially for people interested in politics.

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