An underrated sequel to D.C. True's Shadow President, CyberJudas is a solid sequel that is unfortunately inferior to its predecessor in terms of gameplay, although it is not lacking in gameplay options and other enhancements. |
The game offers three different ways to play, although all are similar. The first is just like Shadow President-- starting in 1993, run the United States as you wish as its Head of State. The second option is Hostile Cabinet. You have the same objectives, but with cabinet members who have their own agendas which make your job much harder. In this mode, you not only have to run the country, but also deal with Cabinet members who oppose your policies. It is, however, the third option that is the most interesting -- CyberJudas. In this one, you have a traitor in your Cabinet who is using his/her power to weaken the power of the US government and destroy you in the process. By hunting down clues and poking around their offices, you must stop these actions and eventually get enough evidence to charge them publicly with treason aganist the United States (punishable by death, although I know of no example in which this has been done) At the same time, of course, you still need to run the country and maintain your office and popular rating.
The interface is very similar to Shadow President, with a few new options. Graphics are nice, although the models for people look funny today. Voice adds a lot to the game's atmosphere, although their quality is low. The game is a little slow, especially when you are changing from advisor to advisor-- there is no way to toggle off transition screens.
The game gives too much power to the President of the United States, like Shadow President did. Granted, the President of the US is the most powerful person in the world, but he/she can't do all these things. Still, it's fun to say "gee, I would run the country this way.....". My usual policy is to grant MFN to almost all the nations in the world, thus rasing money to balance the budge, and still increase military/social programs and reduce taxes and raise foreign aid.
My personal advice? This game is fun, although not worthy of Top Dog status like Shadow President does. It's still a good game, though, and it's fun to play the CyberJudas option. If you liked Shadow President, pick up a copy of this. At Chips & Bits' rock-bottom bargain price ($7), you won't be disapointed.
Reviewed by: SoulBlazer