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The Political Machine 2012 [Online Game Download]

by Stardock Entertainment
Windows 8 / 7 / Vista
Steam
3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews) 54 / 100

Price: $3.99
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  • Make your run for the White House as a famous politician or create your own.
  • Take a stance on the issues, stretch the truth, or smear your opponents!
  • Travel around the United States in your bid to win electoral votes.
  • Outwit interviewers and win the favor of voters.


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  • ASIN: B00BITEPCQ
  • Release Date: July 31, 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (6 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #25,982 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
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Product Description

Do you have what it takes to be president?

Play as more than 20 candidates including Barack Obama, Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich or create your own candidate from scratch.

Players take to the campaign trail against a computer controlled opponent or a human challenger over the Internet. The goal: win the hearts and minds of America's voters to achieve victory in the 2012 presidential election.

The Political Machine 2012 features updated political topics from across the United States. Issues such as Afghanistan, the economy, Obamacare, income inequality, gay marriage, and the national debt have been integrated into the game's election database. Regional issues require the candidate to walk a tight rope between appealing to the widest range of voters and appearing to "flip flop."

Make your run for the White House as a famous politician or create your own. Take a stance on the issues, stretch the truth, or smear your opponents!

Travel around the United States in your bid to win electoral votes.

Outwit interviewers and win the favor of voters.

This product requires a Steam Account


System Requirements
  Minimum Specifications:
OS: PC - Windows 7 and Vista
Processor: 2 GHz or 1 GHz
RAM: 1 GB
Hard Drive: 450 MB
Video Card: 64 MB DirectX 9.0c Compliant w/Pixel Shader 2.0 128 MB DirectX 9.0c Compliant w/Pixel Shader 2.0
Additional Info: Broadband Internet Connection for Multiplayer

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4.0 out of 5 stars A Lot of Fun December 30, 2013
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This game is a lot of fun to play. You can choose from a bunch of major players from the 2012 election, with a few historical faces thrown in. You can also create your own candidate. From there, you can create ads and give speeches in different states to win votes. There's a lot of other stuff to do as well. It's surprisingly challenging in some ways but that only adds to the fun.
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3.0 out of 5 stars I Love It, Except For A Few Things....... May 29, 2014
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'The Political Machine' is a great program, with its fun graphics and awesome gameplay, but I have to admit that there were a few quirks in my mind that I could have done without. For starters, I am not a large fan of Steam. I have used the program in the past for other games through other sites. Downloading this engine, for one thing, takes forever, and when it does finish, it still takes a millennium to get anything started and the updating is ridiculous. Another is that Steam does not seem to be a fan of Windows 8.1. It bogs the system down and the updates take a very long time. I also had a lot of system crashes with this platform, so my guess is that the drivers on the program are either too outdated, or my system simply does not like it. In either case, this is definitely a program that would work better on Windows 7 or lower. Windows 8.1 will work most games, but you have to be very careful. Make sure that your system can handle Steam before you spend the money and go through the painstaking process of getting this other platform.

As for gameplay, the only thing that I had a complaint about is that you simply did this: 'click', 'click' and 'click again'. You went to states, spoke, and so forth. It gave you somewhat of the feel of an actual Presidential race, but not like you were in it. I still felt like a spectator from the sidelines even though I was doing things such as setting up outreach centers and earning promotions. It wasn't that the system wasn't simple. It was just a little clunky and fell flat.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Really Fun Simulation June 1, 2014
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This game is a must buy for people who've always wanted to run for the highest office in the nation. I am one of those people. When I bought this game, I laughed at the zany graphics and character models. But soon it sucked me in. Fundraising, hiring political operatives to improve your poll ratings in a state, makings speeches in front of the nation on national television, and following the national polls religiously will eat up your time like, well, actually running for office. But the best and most addicting part of this game was the feeling one gets when one looks at the electoral map, then the standings of both candidates in different regions of the nation, and plans their strategy, hitting just the right pressure points to achieve electoral victory. Playing this game feels like being on the cutting edge of politics, with the eyes of the nation focused on YOU. Build your political beliefs, target certain issues, make money, win the presidency. At this price, that is a winning deal for anyone interested in the science of political campaigning.
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