Stardock Software has released the 2012 edition of The Political Machine. Political Machine 2012 is a strategy games that lets players choose their favorite past and present political candidates in a bid to win the most prized position in U.S. politics: the presidency of the United States. Players can choose to play as President Barack Obama, Republican presumptive nominee Mitt Romney, or former Republican primary candidates Rick Santorum, Ron Paul, Newt Gingrich. If you think all those choices are horrible you can create your own candidate from scratch.
The Political Machine 2012 also offers updated political issues such as the war in Afghanistan, the economy, Obamacare, income inequality, gun control, gay rights and the national debt. Regional issues are also in play during the game and will require candidates to walk the tight rope between appealing to the widest range of voters and appearing to "flip flop."
Players can make their run at the presidency against a computer controlled opponent or a human challenger over the Internet.
Finally, the 2012 edition of the game includes a number of new features such as a new user interface Facebook sharing, Steam achievements (yes the game is available for the first time on Steam), graphical improvements, new gameplay features and more.