The best game you missed in December 2020: Suzerainty

December has offered a lot of games with the long-awaited horrific year of death, but its biggest and most unexpected treasure is already obvious to me.

Suzerainty is the modern successor to the hidden agenda, an ancient political simulator that I once described as “probably the best political simulator of all time.” May a fictional nation still bleeding from the civil war defeat the dictator and lead it to the future you think is right, just as the world began to brighten with countless devastating proxy wars of the 1950s. I chose you. That’s excellent. The game, that is. It’s not a war. They are very bad.

Your main concern seems to be a hidden agenda: reconcile communist and nationalist factions in your masses without causing either superpower as the strategic importance of the region rises. .. Withdraw the economy from the recession, decide what to do about decades of infrastructure neglect, and all in such a way that you are reelected. It’s a big order.

All this is done in a very detailed world, both Codeland and its neighbors have detailed history and politics, and dozens of characters make up the government. The suzerainty is actually a visual novel-like RPG as much as a sim, so you need to be familiar with many people.

The downside is that you lose these proactive sandbox options, but the deal is worth it because the suzerains become personal in a way that is hardly a political game. Each character has a detailed biography and has a personality and opinion strong enough to shine through the turmoil of fictional history. Factions are not only represented as numbers on the chart (actually, there are few stats screens, so some things may sneak up on you), but also by parliamentary ministers and Supreme Court judges. Represented. Enacting lasting change. And that means winning the individual. It’s a game about deciding who to trust, who to soothe, and who to pretend to reveal the card.

And oh, do some of them have cards? By the time you start to understand which one, you’re probably already forming loyalty. I didn’t expect to see a fictitious government adviser as a “bad guy,” and after accomplishing the impossible together, I didn’t really shed tears about how my story ended. We avoided the civil war, passed a radical yet balanced new constitution through hostile courts, and turned the war into an alliance through full diplomacy. In that excellent fake UN scene, a country blamed the entire parliament, but clearly picked my country as an honest and noble exception. Because of me. For what I did.

This is a game in which you are disappointed with betrayal, cover your mouth, cross-examine some laws and win, and say aloud to a fictional millionaire. “Please threaten your son again. Nationalize your shit“.

The media lie. Congress calls on you to sign a bill with a misleading title. People inspire a song called “My electorate is a stupid pig.” Your principle may be your strongest weapon or your downfall. This is politics. It is the suzerain.

Suzerain is available on Steam, GOG and Humble for £ 11.40 / € 15 / $ 12.50.

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The best game you missed in December 2020: Suzerain

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