Carefully guide your nation from the era of absolute monarchies in the early 19th century, through expansion and colonization, to finally become a truly great power by the dawn of the 20th century. Victoria II is a grand strategy game played during the colonial era of the 19th century, where the player takes control of a country, guiding...
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Release Date: Aug 30, 2010

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Buy Victoria Collection

Includes 11 items: Victoria I Complete, Victoria II, Victoria II: A House Divided, Victoria II: A House Divided - American Civil War Spritepack, Victoria II: German Unit Pack, Victoria II: Heart of Darkness, Victoria II: Interwar Artillery Sprite Pack, Victoria II: Interwar Engineer Unit, Victoria II: Interwar Planes Sprite Pack, Victoria II: Interwar Spritepack, Victoria II: Songs of the Civil War

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Includes 4 items: Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, Hearts of Iron III, Victoria II

 

Reviews

“This is a wonderfully deep game, and its sandbox nature is much more open than Hearts of Iron III was and so it's much more enjoyable at the beginning.”
8,5/10 – Strategy Informer

“Victoria II incorporates challenging strategy and sim elements with enough flexibility to satisfy any weasel-beating gaming goof.”
4,3/5 – CheatCodeCentral

“Saying that it stands head-and-shoulders above all of the scant competition for grand-strategy kingship almost goes without saying.”
9,5/10 – CPUGamer

About This Game

Carefully guide your nation from the era of absolute monarchies in the early 19th century, through expansion and colonization, to finally become a truly great power by the dawn of the 20th century.

Victoria II is a grand strategy game played during the colonial era of the 19th century, where the player takes control of a country, guiding it through industrialisation, political reforms, military conquest, and colonization.

Experience an in-depth political simulation where every action you take will have various consequences all over the world. The population will react to your decisions based on their political awareness, social class, as well as their willingness to accept or revolt against their government.

Key features:
  • Deep engrossing political simulation with dozens of different governments.
  • Detailed economy with over fifty different types of goods and various production factories.
  • Over 200 different countries can be played, during the era stretching from 1835 to the onset of WWII.
  • Advanced Technological system with thousands of inventions to discover.
  • Improved graphics and interface, as well as multiplayer support.
  • A streamlined interface makes the game easily accessible.
  • Automation of various tasks including, trade and population promotion.
  • Advanced spheres of influences system, where the great powers battle over the control of the world.
  • Cottage production simulating pre-industrial economies.
  • Gunboat Diplomacy, no need for negotiating as a fleet outside a port may be a more persuasive argument.
  • Historical and Dynamic missions guiding your country through the history.

System Requirements

    Recommended:
    • OS: XP/Vista/Windows7
    • Processor: Intel® Pentium® IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 Gb RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB Available HDD Space
    • Video Card: NVIDIA® GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon® X1900
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible
    • Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers
    • Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection for multiplayer
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Sir Walter
66.8 hrs
Posted: August 27
this game crashed on initial start will not move beyond map logic Paradox should send a fix or stop making games that require you to go to a computer shop to get it to run. Cost too much for a game that crashes
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Jake Pratt
166.5 hrs
Posted: August 27
beep beep
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GamingGeneral
96.0 hrs
Posted: August 27
Love the history
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By Clame
32.3 hrs
Posted: August 27
You dont have to cheat in this game.....just pick russia!!!
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=H= Xavis
9.0 hrs
Posted: August 26
If you want some convoluted garbage that constantly crashes, then this game is for you.
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HAL 9000
9.7 hrs
Posted: August 26
Fantastic Game!
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Cholo Boy 420
334.4 hrs
Posted: August 26
Crazy good game.
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Nipaa~
144.9 hrs
Posted: August 25
I united the North American peoples under one flag as the Confederate States of America.

Also Scandinavian Africa, Communist Germany and Luxembourg is a great power.
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DicksOutForHarambe
173.0 hrs
Posted: August 25
-Play As Mexico
-White Peace Texas
-Feels Like a P,ssy (you are what you eat)
-Take Texas away from CSA
-Bring in more immagrants than Merkel can even imagine
-Anex Korea
-Anex Brunie
-Fail Colonizing Africa *i cri evyteem
-Reach GP 6
-Build the lagest Navy (beat it brits)
-Slowing Turn Facsist
-Invade US of A
-Half of the World Declares war on me (infamy to high)
-Fight to the last man

rate 10/10 #IwantItAllOrNotAtAll
would Self Destruct Mexico Again
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zdenan
68.3 hrs
Posted: August 25
Didn't buy the expansions and it's still pretty good.
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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
Recommended
123.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Story Time

>I start as Prussia because "Blood and Iron" ♥♥♥♥
>Annex Johore
>Annex Vietnam
>Ally with mother♥♥♥♥ing Sweden after becoming it's daddy
>Annex South America
>Becomes North German Confederation
>Austria ♥♥♥♥ing the only two nations I need to become German Empire
>idea.jpg
>Insult Austria nonstop for war
>Austria declares war on me with his allies; France, Russia, and Great Britian
>oh_♥♥♥♥.jpg
>All of North German Confederation mobolizes
>Fighting on three fronts
>Win when Mother♥♥♥♥ing Sweden kicks Russia and Great Britian's assess
>Become German Empire
>Annex Russia
>Annex Austria
>Annex Great Britian
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>I am now Europe
>Turn Facist
>Annex Sweden two years later
>Commits Genocide on the Swedish people

>mfw I start WW1 in 1865 and later annex and the genocide the nation that saved me and made me king of all of Europe

I rate this 9/nein mein Fuhur
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
Recommended
681.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I once had a life, then Victoria 2 happened.
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12 of 14 people (86%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I'm not smart enough to play this game.
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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I literally won the game by selling coffee and t-shirts as Hati. Never had to go into battle. GG
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7 of 8 people (88%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
486.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Its fun game. But you become Hitler at least 85% of the tiem
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
51.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 19
Otto von Bismark: The Game.

Victoria II is a game about careful economic planning, diplomatic maneuvering, colonial expansionism, and trying your very best to prevent Germany from forming.
You take control of a nation and guide them from 1836 to 1936, and your goal is to become the world's foremost economic and military power.

The control you exert over your nation is, however, indirect at best and tenuous at worst: you can't just "make" more factory workers, for instance. Instead you have to manipulate conditions - taxation, education, employment opportunities - to encourage people to go into that line of work. Similarly, you don't get to decide what form of government your nation adopts, but are often at the whims of revolution. All of this is underpinned by a detailed economic simulator based on supply and demand that acts in mysterious ways to dictate the fate of the powers. Coupled with a diplomatic system based around alliance blocs and the concept of influence, this makes Victoria II feel like a realistic simulation of the long nineteenth century. This doesn't mean that you have no control over your own fate: only terrible players get swept along with the simulation. Once you're able to see the way things tie together, you can spend hours carefully crafting your plans to then spring everything together as soon as an opportunity is presented - which is exactly how 19th century realpolitik functioned. Because of all this, the stories that come out of a game of Vicky often feel engaging and realistic, and you can actually imagine reading about them in a history book somewhere.

The game's not perfect, of course, and the simulations can often break down or be gamed around by clever players. As the oldest still-current Paradox title, it's also starting to show its age a bit, with launcher issues and the occasional silly bug. More subtly, because it's a strategy game about a historical period that had a very definite, very tragic and very recent ending, Vicky can be a little deterministic in its interpretations of history. Thus, for example, Prussia tends to industrialize rapidly, grow its military power, hammer Austria and unify Germany - exactly as happened in reality. Only in reality, it happened as a result of specific actions taken by certain people in positions of power across the continent, so it would be natural to assume that those people acting differently would've created a different outcome. Yet because Paradox (and the rest of us) know how things turned out, the mechanics feel tipped in favour of that outcome.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
156.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Victoria 2 is easily one of the best games I have played to date. To begin, the military system is brilliant, bringing manpower in to the fold of the amazing population mechanic in the game brings an interesting and favourable change to the more generic systems that you would find in ck2 or eu4 and each unit is unique in it's own way, I love the names given to each unit, the fact that their stats change throughout the game and how eventually you can even recruit tanks and planes into your by then massing armies, this system also ties into trade requiring different materials to complete each and every unit, I would wish that you could sign trade agreements with individual countries like in other paradox games however Victoria 2 compensates for this by introducing an interesting and ever changing global economy. Research is also one of my favorite parts of this game as you must choose to sacrifice certain technologies for others and unlike eu4 with only 3 platforms to research on with 1 researchable item on each this has several platforms with several items on each. Your internal politics is again a great part of victoria 2 with parties forming coalitions and popularity largely based off of population. The party in power can often limit what you can do within the game, such as building factories and negative parties that limit your control can often come about if you extort you population. Even if you are lucky enough to have a government that allows you to choose the party in power, it may often fail to stop parties coming in power through revolution. In my opinion diplomacy can sometimes be lacking but again the choices you make internally and externally can bring about the birth of nations and the fall of others, perhaps even your own. Yet there are negatives. The world crisis mechanic can often fail to even create a large war, and often it can cause the same war to happen again and again if it does start a war. Moving on, the civil war mechanic used to kick off the american civil war is honestly wasted compaired to it's potential, this mechanic can only influence the american civil war not any other possible civil war meaning that any possible 'civil wars' will only come in the form of rebels. Lastly colonization is also somewhat bad, though it is fun to colonise much of africa and asia governing the new land can often just be a hastle.

TLDR: This game is good, very good and you should play it. 10/10.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
One of the best games that spans the end of the Napoleonic Era and the global depression of the 1930s. I hope that they make a Victoria 3.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
23.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 30
It's such an easy game to learn and it's fun because you keep learning new stuff what helps you. I never search forums or strategies for games but with this one i do! It's a fun game, full what strategy and fun to play with friends to form teams and eventually betray them >:).
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 18
It's not a game for the faint of heart. There is a great deal of complexity to this game. Frankly, I still don't understand everything going on. But if you want a deep strategy game, I've never found one better. Every move matters, and there are so many different directions you can go. Plus there's a fascinating level of realism in its models of populations and economies. It's an all around enjoyable game worthy of being called a masterpiece.
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