Say what you will, but I didn't like this game because it was too damn hard.
As far as I could tell, you're kind of damned if you do, damned if you don't when it comes to getting reelected. You're balence sucks so much in the beginning (at least in the U.S. I didn't play anywhere else) that everybody will hate you if you don't fix it. But if you try to fix it by cutting costs and raising taxes, everybody hates you for that too. I guess that's realistic, but it made for damn annoying gameplay. And that's just assuming you don't get assassinated in the middle of your term because you're policies are too far left or right.
It could have been somewhat on me, because I'm not anylitical or poitical enough, and I didn'y put in many hours, but this game just doesn't seem that fun. I guess my main problem with it is that you don't get the feeling that you're running the country as much as just pandering to get elected. There wasn't much room for creativity, instead you have to make everything juuuust right.
10/10 realism. If you want 10/10 fun, try Tropico.