First of all, I applaud Stardock for creating another installment of this game. It is one of the best election simulation games out there and I am looking forward to what Political Machine 2012 has in store. I am hoping for some new features and additions that will make the game play even more enjoyable.
There are a few new features that I would like to see (although I dont think it will make much difference now)
-First, I think it would be cool to add some third party candidates. It would shake up the game play and make everything more interesting. Of course, historically, no third party candidate did not win the presidency, neither has any threatened to win, but they presented some umique challenges to candidates of major parties. Some good third party (or independent candidates) would be.... Ross Perot, John Anderson, etc.
Along with that, it would be cool if created candidates can have more party options, like Libertarian, Green, Constitution, Reform, or Independent. It would just be cool.
- I really enjoyed the scenarios from the 2008 game. The one from the alien planet was fun. More scenarios equals more fun. I expecially like the 1860 scenario, very fun. Some scenarios I would like to see would be.....
1824- Four way race between Henry Clay, Andrew Jackson, JQ Adams, and William Crawford. Dont know how to do that one, but it would be a fun one.
1844- Clay vs Polk (just a personal favorite)
1860- Dont leave out a good one just becuase it was in the last one. Would suggest some historical candidates ready for this one, like Stephen Douglas, John C. Breckinridge, and John Bell. Perhaps making them unlockable when you beat the scenario??? (which could work for other scenarios too)
1896- Bryan v McKinley
1912- Roosevelt v Taft v Wilson
1960- Nixon v Kennedy
2000- Bush v Gore
Maybe it can work that new scenarios can be downloadable from the web or that there is a scenario creator.
- I miss the longer campaign scenario from the first game. It was sad not unlocking some of my fav candidates like FDR (which I didnt understand why he wasnt in the ladder). My choice for ladders.
10. John Adams- 2nd Pres- 1 term
9. George W Bush- 43rd pres
8. Ulysses S. Grant- 18th pres, civil war general
7. Henry Clay- 3 time presidential candidate
6. Dwight Eisenhower- 34th pres
5. Theodore Roosevelt- 26th pres
4. Richard Nixon- 37th pres (lost 1960, but came back to win 1968 and landslide in 72)
3. Ronald Reagan- 40th pres (won 80 and 84 by landslide)
2. Abraham Lincoln- 16th pres
1. George Washington- 1st pres
others- George H. W. Bush, Rutherford B Hayes, Gerald Ford
10. James Madison- 4th pres
9. James Carter- 39th pres
8. William Jennings Bryan- 3 time pres candidate
7. Andew Jackson- 7th pred
6. William J Clinton- 42 pres
5. Lydon B Johnson- 36th pres
4. Woodrow Wilson- 28th pres
3. John F Kennedy- 35th pres
2. Thomas Jefferson- 3rd pres
1. Franklin D Roosevelt 32nd pres
other candidates- Grover Cleveland, James Polk, Adlai Stevenson, Harry Truman
- Finally, perhaps a primaries series. One can contend for their party's nomination seperate from or with the game scenarion itself. Dont know how it will work but eh, its worth a try.