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  • Summary: The Political Machine is a strategy game that takes the real world mechanics of political campaigning and uses it to create an award-winning strategy game. Raise money, hire spin-doctors, win the endorsements of important groups, go on TV interviews, take out ads, fight off smear merchantsThe Political Machine is a strategy game that takes the real world mechanics of political campaigning and uses it to create an award-winning strategy game. Raise money, hire spin-doctors, win the endorsements of important groups, go on TV interviews, take out ads, fight off smear merchants and much more in your quest to win the 270 electoral votes you need to get into the white house. [Stardock] Expand
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 0 out of 19
  1. 90
    Political junkies will almost certainly find themselves sucked in, along with those who have only a smattering of knowledge about the American political process.
  2. PC Gamer
    81
    PM08's sense of humor, topical subject matter, and discount price ($19.99) make it a candidate I'd happily endorse. [Sept 2008, p.75]
  3. PC Format
    79
    Occasionally veers on gimmickery, but it's genuinely a smart, novel strategy game. Well worth a turn on your rig. [Sept 2008, p.112]
  4. 73
    For twenty bucks, The Political Machine 2008 isn't necessarily a bad deal, but it's a one-note affair that inhabits that misty gray region between comfortable familiarity and dull predictability.
  5. 70
    A really solid "beer & pretzels" strategy game.
  6. Aligning yourself with special interest groups, hiring different political aides, and participating in television interviews add even more depth to the already somewhat convoluted experience, but without these options it wouldn’t really feel like politics.
  7. 50
    With more focus on the real-world conflicts and unpredictable events that plague campaigns, running for office might be a bit less tiresome.

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  1. Positive: 1 out of 3
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 3
  3. Negative: 2 out of 3
  1. CharlesLentz
    Jul 28, 2008
    9
    For a $20 political game, you get quite a lot of gameplay. The single player experience is pretty cool and the 3D bobble heads and map areFor a $20 political game, you get quite a lot of gameplay. The single player experience is pretty cool and the 3D bobble heads and map are nice updates from PM2004. The candidate editor is great. There's more replay-ability than before with the campaign mode and a few different scenarios. Then you can play LAN or online multiplayer. Since release, the developers have added some features, tweaks, bug fixes, and more candidate body parts. Updates are always appreciated.

    I'll give it a 9/10, because there's always room for improvement.
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  2. Sep 16, 2011
    3
    The Political Machine 2008 is, sadly, the one awful game (beyond its predecessor) to come from Stardock, a blemish on an otherwise goodThe Political Machine 2008 is, sadly, the one awful game (beyond its predecessor) to come from Stardock, a blemish on an otherwise good company history.
    It's graphically ugly: The interface is atrocious and the bobbleheads hardly look like anyone they're supposed to.
    The game mechanics are clunky and at times confusing, there's some horrible balance issues, the candidate creator is terrible...
    All together this feels like an alpha for a game we never got. I refuse to believe this is really a finished game.
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  3. Andrew
    Jul 23, 2008
    3
    This is a game that has great potential. The first version of the game was pretty simplistic, but still a lot of fun. This time around,This is a game that has great potential. The first version of the game was pretty simplistic, but still a lot of fun. This time around, everyone expected a more refined version, with deeper features.
    Unfortunately that didn't happen. The game is (somehow) a resource hog - largely because of the "patriotic glow" on the map, and the animated bobble heads. I have no idea why they would demand so many resources, but regardless.
    Secondly, the game dynamics are pretty much exactly the same. The same endorsements, the same political hires, mostly the same issues. The determinations as to who is "strong" on what issue are still very arbitrary.
    There are no debates. There are no primaries. There are very few questions on the "TV Interviews" that you can have. There are no independent happenings or events that impact the campaign.
    This game had great potential, but they didn't bother to actually act on it. Sad.
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