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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...
Release Date: Aug 30, 2010

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

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 the 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
Helpful customer reviews
228 of 242 people (94%) found this review helpful
117 products in account
8 reviews
111.3 hrs on record
A deep and sophisticated grand strategy/gommunism simulator from Paradox Interactive, Victoria II poses several fascinating questions, such as:

"Why is Britain such a lazy ♥♥♥♥♥♥bag?"

"How can I have 5 million rebels every year when I have a population of 6 million?"

"Why does Fascist Tibet have a better economy than me?"

"How is Fascist Tibet even possible?"

"Why is everyone leaving my country?

"Britain help Tibet is invading me!"

"How is that a game over??"

In addition to creating endless possibilities for such believable worlds, Victoria II features a robust and realistic world economy that's too complex for any mere mortal to comprehend. Bail out bankrupt factories and watch your country spiral into debt, just like real life!

The political aspect of the game is also breathtakingly realistic. Watch as your pops do the exact opposite of what you want them to, always be upset with your decisions, and rebel at the worst possible time. A basic guide to politics is that just like in the real world, communism is always the answer. With it, the only one you have to blame for your ♥♥♥♥ups is yourself, not incompetent AI.

Diplomacy is an important part of the game, especially alliances. If a country is even slightly favorable towards a great power, you can expect them to always intervene against you, ruling out any conflict with that country. Your own allies will constantly call on you for aid, but won't have any problems with leaving you on your own when you need help. There's also the great infamy system, which supposedly prevents blobbing but really just creates artificial difficulty.

The game might seem way too complex at first, but after an hour or 50 you'll see that it's just as complex as you thought it was, but at least you sort of understand it now. If you stick with it long enough to git gud, the game will be a lot of fun.

10/10

P.S. Expect to have fun with massive yearly Jacobin rebellions unless if you're the USA or Gutter Germany. Although, if you're Gutter Germany, you should probably just kill yourself.

Edited for grammar.
Posted: December 1st, 2013
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89 of 93 people (96%) found this review helpful
95 products in account
2 reviews
118.1 hrs on record
When I first started playing this game, I thought it was incredibly boring and that it will take hours to finish in one campaign.
After playing couple of hours, I started to get into it and it took me into an amazing journey with couple of countries.

GAMEPLAY:
Victoria II provides you with a great and simple UI that you will easily remember. It's looks beautiful and simple though some things should have been put into the top bar to make it quickly accessible but with DLCs such as A House Divided it will fix it. The game starts at 1836. You get a wide range of countries you can play as. It took me a while to choose which country I should go as and after a while I picked Prussia. Diplomacy is quite important in the game because if you don't have any allies and you start a war, multiple Great Powers might take the chance and annex you. You have a couple of categories in your top bar such as Budget, Diplomacy, Research, Population, Military, Production etc. You're gonna have a lot of fun improving your country's production, doing some research and seeing your country go up on the list of top countries and even one day, becoming a Great Power. Being in war is enjoyable, not like in some games, it can take a lot of years for countries such as Germany vs. France (it took me up to 15 years once) but it still makes you wanna write down the big battles of 100k soldiers dying for your country and your dictatorship. Winning wars, annexing countries, taking their regions, humiliatin etc. is so satisfying that you'll feel great! When I humiliated France and took most of their regions in 50-60 years, it felt amazing. When the game ends, 1935., you might feel sad if you didn't complete your goals but ofcourse Hearts of Iron III is there for you.

MULTIPLAYER:
Multiplayer felt dissapointing when you couldn't connect to any server and play with your friends. After some time I found out that you must use Hamachi or Tunngle to play with your friends which was rather dumb. I tried the multiplayer with my friends and I enjoyed a lot. Having you and your friends plan for massive Great Wars against your enemies is awesome.

THE VERDICT:
Victoria II will take you to an amazing journey that will last dozens of hours and even hundreds of hours. You will enjoy the amount of countries and possibilities, you won't be able to Quit the game. Having no servers for multiplayer was dissapointing but programs as Hamachi and Tunngle will fix it. After playing for some time, you WILL want the DLCs and they won't dissapoint you, they're not like CoD or BF DLCs, they will give you a wide range of NEW possiblities and scenarios.

GOOD:
+ User Interface
+ Possibilities
+ Addictive
+ Long Campaign
+ DLCs
+ Fun Multiplayer

BAD:
- Having to use Third-Party software to make MP playable

OVERALL:
9/10
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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48 of 52 people (92%) found this review helpful
151 products in account
4 reviews
126.0 hrs on record
V2 is like crack for nerds, at least in my book. It being a grand strategy game you have to be careful you don't melt your brains out.I would recommend not picking this up until you at least played ck2, but lets say you did and now your here, reading a review of V2. Well your in luck my brave friends because V2 is a great game. With a in depth and robust political,economic, and colonization systems in place as well as fun and at the same time challenging warfare. Pick any country in the whole world to play as and go to town I say! I could go in depth and waste your time, but instead just take my word, one gamer to another, that this is a great game once you understand it and even better with friends.

95/100
Posted: November 25th, 2013
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57 of 73 people (78%) found this review helpful
20 products in account
4 reviews
1,160.5 hrs on record
Great game for the Stratigist in you.
Posted: December 16th, 2013
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35 of 44 people (80%) found this review helpful
72 products in account
1 review
203.7 hrs on record
Great political and historical game! One of the jewels from Paradox! a definite 8.5 out of 10!
Posted: November 27th, 2013
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