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...
User reviews: Very Positive (1,866 reviews) - 89% of the 1,866 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 30, 2010

Sign in to add this item to your wishlist, follow it, or mark it as not interested

Buy Victoria II

AUTUMN SALE! Offer ends December 1


Packages that include this game

Buy Paradox Grand Strategy Collection

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

AUTUMN SALE! Offer ends December 1

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


Recommended By Curators

"Politcal movements, tech of the time and with grand strategy gives a huge sense of immersion. For a history buff like me it's tear jerkingly perfect."


“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

    • 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
Helpful customer reviews
437 of 459 people (95%) found this review helpful
362 people found this review funny
49.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 6
I begin with the United Kingdom, quickly releasing all nations that it holds such as that of Australia, Canada, Ireland... Ireland...This shall be my empire, this shall be where I forge my glorious ideals of a world wide state, dominated by guiness and whiskey. I began expanding, I was making a lot of money, so much infact that I had begun taking over the world's market, despite the fact I was only a small nation. I needed raw materials, Ireland as an island, was not quite enough. My military slowly grew, soldier after soldier poured out of the gates of the Dublin Military Academy. I tried begging France to join me on my righteous crusade. I built boats as to carry my army, now I shall leave the greatest cities of Asia but smouldering piles of rock and ash. I landed in Johore, a small country in the Malay area. The many armies, 1st of Cork, 3rd of Derry, all fought hard in the jungle and despite disease and famine pulled through, it was now mine, it was now Ireland's.

I begun developing this hell-hole into a place where an Irishman could hop off the steamboat and expect a pint waiting for him by the beach. Sadly, the Ottoman Empire decided we were getting too big for ourselves, too cocky. They landed in Galloway, forcing up to Dublin through the few troops that were left behind after the conquest of General O'Doherty in Asia. I quickly negotiated peace, they demanded we disarm, we had little option. I began to rebuild the country, look to other places for inspiration. Maybe Africa? What about Western America? As I gazed off into the sea from my cosy office in Dublin I got news of Portugal declaring war? What for? I haven't got the slightest idea. And then again, Britain had now declared war on me! What was I to do? My navy was still half way around the world attempting to frantically sail back to the homeland, disbanding the colony in Johore dismantling that pub that had become so popular with the plantation owners.

The British army quickly crossed from Wales and Belgium, my closest ally at the time, refused to aid me in my most finest hour. I quickly negotiated peace with Britain once again, however Portugal was more stubborn. By calling my peasants to arms I managed to fend off the assault from Lisbon and just as the troops were recovering, awaiting supplies and reinforcements from Asia, the Netherlands declared war. I once again quickly negotiated with Portugal to face my new oponent, the sky was looking dark for Ireland and her dreams of imperialism. The Dutch landed in Derry, I couldn't fend them off, all other nations had put me under mandatory disarmament - I couldn't call any more units to arms, it was a disaster! The Netherlands thankfully backed off, supposedly seeing some dim light in my attempts of peace. Now under four consecutive disarmament orders and being passed pillar-to-post by nations like a puppet state, Ireland sits thoughtfully on the side of Britain - its empire decimated, its people sat in sadness and its cities burning from the cannons of Europe. Not much to do now but bide our time in hopes of another day...

Such is the life of a potato farmer with big dreams.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
166 of 175 people (95%) found this review helpful
155 people found this review funny
82.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 26
This game really taught me a lot about history. Like that one time in 1897 when the Germans invaded Lithuania and the Australians helped the Lithuanians from their colony in south-eastern Romania, only for some Mexicans to invade the mainland without the Australians noticing, but thankfully the Zulus were able to rout the Mexicans and save the Australian Capital. Truly a masterpiece
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
110 of 121 people (91%) found this review helpful
94 people found this review funny
124.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 4
> Decides to play as a "cool" country
> Selects Greece
> Annexed in 6 months
> Starts new game; selects Dai Nam (Vietnam)
> Annexed in 4 years
> Starts yet another game; selects Iceland
> Muahahaha I cannot be invaded
> Annexed by Canada in 10 years

11/10 would reccomend.
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
63 of 66 people (95%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26
Meticulous & flush with detail // Recommended for strategists looking to simulate absolutely everything

+ Complete freedom in virtually every facet; there are few, if any, historical retraints placed upon the player
+ Access to seemingly hundreds of countries, across every continent, to choose from; each nation is detailed with alarming care and accuracy
+ Player is able to control virtually everything, from encouraging certain professions over others (over time) to myriad diplomatic fineries
+ Streamlined and accessible interface; everything is well-placed and competently organized
+ The amount of detail beneath the surface is staggering, down to info on small communities of people in single provinces or towns
+ Full economic freedom (consequences notwithstanding)
+ Realistic political restraints
+ Richly detailed map
+ Almost no observable demand on hardware; engine feels efficient and runs smoothly
+ Due to the open nature and sheer volume of detail, there is practically unlimited replayability
+ Easy to mod, and boasting a healthy modding community
+ Classical soundtrack is both uplifting and encourages concentration; a choice inclusion

- Very steep learning curve
- Tutorial hell; the tutorial is lengthy, dense in information, and can take anywhere from 1-2 hours to complete with any hope of remembering everything
- AI suffers occasional pitfalls; sometimes it seems too complacent, other times enemy countries will form vast coalitions against the human player, at great expense to themselves, and with little provocation (feels too random to be considered a boon or challenge)

If you enjoyed this review, please follow my curator page. Feel free to join my group, LockeProposal's Big Day Out for discussion and announcements, and I also have a budding YouTube Channel for those interested. Thanks for reading!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny
66 of 78 people (85%) found this review helpful
40 people found this review funny
52.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
Poland can into space!
Was this review helpful? Yes No Funny