The Political Machine 2008 Patch Adds Biden and Palin
News in the political world for the past few weeks has largely centered on the Vice President picks of John McCain and Barack Obama. Even the videogame scene is not free of these figures, though, as they’re about to become important characters in The Political Machine 2008. Stardock has announced that the 1.5 update has been released. Now players can see their pick for President make it all the way to the White House with their respective running mate.
You’ll also find a number of other new features added with the patch, including the promised matchmaking support that was part of the recent Impulse Phase 2 release. Multiplayer matches can now easily be joined directly from Impulse, making it the first game on Stardock’s platform to support the feature.
A new campaign printshop will allow you to make your own paper bobblehead, as well as print bumper stickers and campaign pins for custom candidates which, to me, seems like a good indicator that you might be taking this a bit too seriously. The online library feature will allow you to download and share your custom candidates which you can browse here. Dwight Schrute in ’08!
Perhaps the most important part of the update, though, are the new randomization options that will allow you to randomize various things throughout the game, including demographics and issue importance. If you’ve read 1UP’s review, you’ll know one of the game’s major shortcomings is the fact that — regardless of your political affiliations or any other factors — you can easily win elections by simply making general statements like how your candidate is against high gas prices and improving the economy. Simply being able to randomize options might not entirely solve the problem, but at the very least this should make things a tad different from game to game.