Summary: I played Allegiance way back in 1999-2001 during beta/retail. It had a really responsive group of developers (Microsoft Research) and a vibrant community. All these years later and the game is still just as fun, while the community (with the help of Microsoft's release of the games source code) has continued to expand the game and develop its potential. 12 years on and this is still a must play... check it out at http://www.freeallegiance.org!
Summary: I spent a lot of hours playing with the game....trying to figure out how to keep it from crashing all the time. It might have been fun if the game was actually functional....even with the patches the game is not functional and should have never been released. who ever is responsible for releasing it should be tried and hanged.
Summary: Unrealistic---battle scenes are on a graphic equivelant with my first Atari game--control over conquered countries is very limited---an attack on any city in the world can be launched from any other city in the world, never mind that in real life an army in Beijing can't just fly to Los Angeles for a battle. The unrealism makes this game a waste of time.
Summary: . Superpower should be avoided - do not buy it. Despite its quite fascinating concept of geo-political and macro-economic strategy where you lead a nation, Superpower however delivers a quite frustrating and unrealistic game in all of its strategic and tactical aspects. I thus agree with all other critical reviews. To begin with, the initial set of international relations is always randomic and absurd.
Summary: The game is great for students of the modernworld. You can lead the mighty US or try to stay in power and hold on to Zaire. You can keep a democracy or start a dictatorship. You can sell and buy resources esential for your countries survival. You can keep a powerful army and destroy all rebels that threaten your rule. You can develope nuclear and biological weapons and take on the world.
Summary: Honestly, if there was a "Superpower II" released I would buy it, but this game has several problems to allow me to enjoy it. You basically control any nation in the world. Thats right. In the WORLD. I've played as America, China, Japan, New Zealand, Czech Republic, Vietnam, Italy, and Romania. The list of possibilities goes on. You can declare war and have trade between countries.
If you get it cheep, then fine, but do not pay full price.
Alain Moreau "cineaste3765", amazon.ca
22 October 2003
Summary: I got this game a week ago. I was surprised by the fact that a game with such detail, has NO MANUAL. What is up with that? Maybe I got a bum copy, but it was a gift, so I was not all that upset. The game needs a lot of help. The buttons and everything do not have the little pop up things to tell what they do, and in a game like this, the knowledge is everything. First off, I had a heck of a time trying to get the thing installed.