Strategy games are easily the broadest genre of computer games there is. Some strategy games let you win a war with a show of force. Others let you conquer the world using trade or diplomacy. And there are those that let you build little guys that hit buildings until they catch on fire. Then there’s Republic: The Revolution, a distinctive strategy game that will let you play as a single citizen of the small, volatile country of Novistrana. Unlike most of your countrymen, you’ve got plans to take over the nation by means of political intrigue, manipulating the press, and with good old-fashioned brute force. We’ve only seen Republic a few times at various trade shows, like E3, but each time we’ve seen the game, it’s seemed more and more intriguing. Republic’s characters actually resemble those of the smash-hit life simulator The Sims, in that they speak an expressive (but unintelligible) gibberish language and move and speak with equally expressive gestures and body language. However, Republic’s subject matter is considerably more gritty and stark than Maxis’ lighthearted game–we’ve seen demonstrations of the measures you can take to seize power in Republic, which include applying beatings to noted members of the… Read full this story
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