Republic: The Revolution (PC)
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- Persuade, hire and recruit all manner of specialist characters (from army generals to TV films stars to archbishops) to your cause.
- Rise to power through the use of politics, business, crime, religion or military force. Behave as ruthlessly or as compassionately as you want.
- Order and orchestrate thousands of exciting and diverse actions from vast rallies and riots, to rigging football matches, to secret police 'hits,' to broadcasting news propaganda.
- Players may follow five different strands of play, allowing them to play as politicians, businessmen, criminals, religious leaders or generals.
- Revolutionary AI techniques will allow living and breathing individual citizens to inhabit the towns and cities in Novistrana.
Power is everything in PC strategy simulation game Republic: The Revolution. Following the fall of the mighty Soviet Union, dozens of autonomous states have sprung up from the crumbling remnants. One small republic, Novistrana, has become a hive of brutality and corruption. A ruthless dictator, Vassily Karasov, rules the country with an iron fist and a control based on fear and oppression. With a personal vendetta against him and seeds of discontent spreading throughout the nation, now is the moment to seize power and liberate the masses. Time to start a revolution.
Starting with a single loyal supporter you must create a powerful nationwide faction strong enough to oust Karasov. Using a combination of influence, wealth and force you must attempt to gain the allegiance of prominent public figures including members of the secret police, councillors, celebrities, priests and criminals. Hundreds of diverse actions enable you to order and manipulate the masses--from rallies and riots to constructing crime syndicates, holding charity galas, organising secret police hits or broadcasting news propaganda.
Revolutionary AI techniques create living and breathing individual citizens to inhabit the cities of Novistrana. Each person will have detailed daily routines and their own set of beliefs and loyalties that govern their behaviour, producing consistent and realistic reactions to situations that arise in the game.
Top Customer Reviews
Anyone still with me? Good. I can then tell you that THIS GAME IS FANTASTIC! And I dont mean that lightly.
This game explores a whole new genre to be developed for games - political strategy - which is much more complicated, involving and interesting than today's politicians show! This is active, revolutionary politics and it is totally engrossing.
The game takes place in a former Communist country loosely based on Ukraine. You play a man who has a personal vendetta against the corrupt, undemocratic President and the aim of the game is to overthrow the government and form a democracy. You achieve these aims by carrying out actions to increase your support and infomation in areas and also to attack other political factions vying for the top job. On the way you recruit other members and can direct their actions too. You can choose between three paths - Force, Influence, and Wealth - to achieve you aims and each path has its own advantages and disadvantages. The system works very well, and means there is plenty of replay value.
The graphics are beautiful. One annoying thing about the game is you do not carry out actions in the gorgeous game world, but you can watch your rallies, hitmen, and strikers from an eye-in-the-sky or at ground level.
The music is beautiful, inspired on Communist revolutionary songs, and helps create the deprived but hopeful mood of the game. The game is also huge. I have been submerged in it for two weeks now, and I still have not completed it!
Overall this is fantastic. As i said above it is not for everybody, but for an intelligent, informed person it is overwhelmingly good.
I'm not trying to knock the modern software market, but I can fondly remember a time when PC titles were engrossing, absorbing, thought-provoking, intelligent and utterly compelling, and probably considered boring by many. In many ways Republic: The Revolution marks a return to those classic values.
The bad press first: Yes, you DO need to spend a lot of time with the game, it's not an action-packed reactions test and it DOES require a lot of forethought and patience. However, if you're looking for a title that (unlike many other modern games) DOES try to do something new then look no further than Republic.
You'll also need a fairly hefty PC to run it with everything turned on, though the minimum specs are surprisingly lower than you might expect. Run it on a GeForce 3 Athlon and it'll be more than fine!
There are a lot of bad reviews for this game, not all of them entirely accurate. Micro-management and polictical scheming isn't going to be everyone's cup of tea. But for those of you who do take up the challenge you'll find nothing less than a fully engrossing game, full of subtle humour and deep challenges.
Two weeks on I still haven't got a clue about what I'm supposed to be doing. Yes the aim is to recruite people into your faction and blah blah blah - but that sounds much easier than it actually is.
I think the developers of this game have totally over-complicated it in their quest to break new ground. Unfortunatly the supporting manual is not much help and the supposed game 'tutorial' (just static pages of information - repeated from the manual).
I would have given this game just one star but I am not determined to give up on it yet. I've given it a second star as the potentail is there - you just need a hell of a lot of time and patience to figure it out.
Not for gamers who like instant fun.
Not for gamers who like to think too much whilst playing.
Not for gamers who rely heavily on the game manual or game tutorial.
Not for gamers with hair (you will be pulling it out after an hour's 'play')
Good points: If you want to be seen as someone who is 'in' on video game development it is good to be seen with this game.
There's so much about this game that seems interesting, but has been implemented in such a clumsy and ill thought-out way that turns out to be just frustrating.
Let's start with the lovely 3d screenshots banded about, and printed on the back of the box: Disregard them - they are merely eye candy. The 3d interface is not really used to interact with the game (contrary to what the manual states), instead you use a 2d map with pieces representing your faction members, much like a board game. You give your players orders (which are completed in a strange kind of turn-based/real-time fusion) and twiddle your thumbs while they get on with it. The 3d engine allows you to watch them do their chores, but they are pretty boring. This is not helped by the fact that the characters speak gobbledegook (ah, but with an Easter European twang), even in the cut scenes accompanying important events in the game there is no dialogue.
There are essentially two game elements - issuing a limited number of actions to a limited number of members every now and then, and a strange card type game to decide who wins arguments when they arise. The latter is a bit like top trumps, but er with only one stat, and no pictures.
The manual isn't that bad - it's got a tough job to do. Unforgivably though, there is no tutorial! Only a bunch of graphics that pop up every now and then labelling user interface elements - obviously tagged on at the last minute.
You get the feeling while playing that the game could have been really good. But it's not. Go find some friends and buy Diplomacy (the cardboard version) - does a better job without the need for a high spec PC.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Update for any gamers of 2006
In November 03 maybe you might have needed a good P.C. but I only got mine in the summer of 05 for £400 so any newish P.C. Read more
Many years ago I fell in love with a game called Shadow President. In it you played (no prizes for guessing) the President of the USA. Read morePublished on 31 May 2004 by Simon McMahon
I bought Republic in a 2 for £30 offer and I haven't been disappointed. when you see the screenshots etc and hear what the game is about you may feel that it is going to be very... Read morePublished on 27 Feb. 2004
As with many things in life not everyone will take a liking to everything.
Republic the revolution brings politics to the PC. And in fairness does a pretty fine job of it too. Read more
Yes, this is not the most accessible game. For about the first half hour I was constantly going "What?!" and flicking through the (admitedly poorly ordered) manual. Read morePublished on 9 Nov. 2003 by Mr. E. W. L. Parsons
This has to be the worst game I can remember playing. Although the 3d world is amazing all you do in it is watch. All the controlling is done on the map screen. Read morePublished on 29 Oct. 2003 by L. Brown
I agree with previous reviewers. From the way this game was hyped, and also that everyone I knew was talking about it, I was expecting something of the next generation of adventure... Read morePublished on 8 Oct. 2003 by Jay M
Did I mention this game was dull? Set tasks, twiddle thumbs, set tasks, twiddle thumbs. 2D map, with some dull 3D sequences. So thats about it - dull. Read morePublished on 1 Oct. 2003 by Strategy Gamer