The year is 2052 and the world is a dangerous and chaotic place. Terrorists operate openly, killing thousands; drugs, disease and pollution kill even more. The world's economies are close to collapse and the gap between the insanely wealthy and the desperately poor grows ever wider. Worst of all, an ages old conspiracy bent on world domination has decided that the time is right to emerge from the shadows and take control. No one believes they exist. No one but you.
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One of the greatest and most influential games of all time. No, it’s not “good for its time”. It’s good then, now, and for all time. Game play, replayability, plot, is all top notch. That covers the surface level review of it being a game. Now for the deep stuff. This game is a crystal ball. Keep in mind that it’s pre 9/11/2001 so it’s absolutely mind bending how many situations that this piece of art had predicted. It completely predicted the modern “progressive/leftist/moderate” landscape. Sure, there were silent talks of things like “global community”, “one world government”, and rampant political correctness and censorship before 9/11. But that’s all it was then, talk. The attack on 9/11 scared the people and paved the way for not only the American government, but for all governments to take and take and take liberty all in the name of safety. Shoot, it even actuality predicted what the EU would become-- an oppressor. It did get things wrong of course, such as California being opposed to the oppression or American democrats being opposed to it. These two are actually spearheading the call for stripping freedoms (In America, other countries have their equivalents of course). I’ll finish this by listing some of the predictions this game made that fall in line with what the modern progressive leftist movement is. Mead selling out to UN/Globalists (Obama/Merkel/ect.), A terrorist attack happening (liberty bombing=9/11) which starts the steady climb toward absolute control, even predicted the “meme war” that freedom loving peoples’ are currently using to combat platforms such as the BBC and CNN!!, freedom fighting groups being formed after civilians are stripped of arms (hasn’t happened in the U.S but the leftists don’t let a day go by where they don’t try), re-education camps (“counseling" being required for “troubled kids” is becoming more and more common all throughout the west), UNATCO being against borders (this is the very staple of modern leftist rhetoric), Soy based foods everywhere (Soy boy), assisted suicide being legal (already starting to happen, starts as being for mercy then it will be encouraged for “the betterment of all”), newspapers making claims with no evidence and twisting everything, Unisex bathrooms. There are more than what I bothered to write down, but it turns your stomach to see so many things once considered “conspiracies” then are now our reality. Makes you think, which “conspiracies” of today, will be our reality tomorrow?