It Might not seem an obvious comparison, as one is a simulation of managing the beautiful game, the other a simulation of a game far from beautiful, but SuperPower 2 is very much the Championship Manager 2 (or, should that be Football Manager 2004?) of global real-time strategy. Or, at least, that's what it aspires to be.
Based on a wealth of outdated CIA and US government statistical data (much of it no doubt outdated when it was in official use -going by recent events), the game allows you to take charge of any world nation and transform it into a global superpower, whether by economic, political or military means. You can elect to play as the benevolent democrat, or a power-mad dictator, bring about revolution by hiring terrorist thugs, or go all Christian Fundamentalist Republican and nuke any slimy sonofabitch who doesn't bend to your whim. Anything goes, really.
The problem, much like with the original, is that whilst all the elements are there to have a fine old time, the game lacks any real frame on which to hang your ambitions. What scenarios are present act as simple tutorials, and unless you set yourself clear objectives, it's all too easy to coast along until you can take no more and then resort to Armageddon in the hope that genocide will liven things up.
Sadly, even when you do put some effort in, the game either rewards you with terse interpretation or streams of useless information, and navigating the sinuous menus often leaves you at confusing dead ends.
Simply put, the game is far too layered, the structure too woolly, and the mechanics just too simple to offer any tangible feeling of involvement - but, hey, that's realism for you.
Download SuperPower 2
- PC compatible
- Operating systems: Windows 10/Windows 8/Windows 7/2000/Vista/WinXP