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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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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“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
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11 of 11 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
898.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 2
After playing the game without mods for about 500 hours, I decided to download the HPM mod. I have never turned back. Here is my expierence:

- I decided to play a game as Finland. I started out with a relatively high literacy rate, at about 65%, however they were a puppet under Russia
- Even though my pop was low, at about 300k, I trained as many troops as I could, I only had about 10 I could train altogether.
- I started to increase my relations with Prussia, in hopes that they would support me in an independence war.
- I began to research military tech out of my ♥♥♥ to get ahead of Russia, which usually has a very hard time researching tech.
- The year 1852 rolls around, it's about mid August. I decided it was time to declare independence. Unfortunatley for me Prussia didn't want to support me when I declared independence.
- Frustrated, I moved my only army of about 30,000 into St. Petersburg. For about 3 months I was met with no resistance.
- Late November 1852, the Russians attack my soldiers in St. Petersburg with more than 100,000 troops. As the epic Battle of St. Petersburg rages on, the Russian start sending troops into my territory. I decide to mobilize all I could, which was about 60,000 troops. I manage to fight off most of the invading Russians.
- I begin to feel good about myself, that is until I lost the battle in St. Petersburg. I lost about half of my troops while inflicting about 40,000 casualties on the Russians.
- About 4 years later and some couple hundred thousand casualties later, Sweden rises as a great power, and decides to join my war. The war continues on for about another year and half, resulting in my independence and the conquest of St. Petersbug.
- Because of this victory, I was able to quickly conquer southern China, East Africa, and a fair amount of Indo China.
- Then, in 1920, my empire collapsed due to Sweden declaring war on me and dismantling me.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
82.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Highly rewarding and complex grand strategy. However, its age and steep learning curve can put people off... (inflexible mechanics, lack of information/detailed tooltips)

  • Time period
  • Unique POP system
  • Great Power and crisis system
Mild annoyance
  • Infamy system limits expansion
  • Broken mechanics/bugs
  • Sphere of Influence mini game
  • Basic Diplomacy
  • The fact there's no Vicky III
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
8.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
Game is great and all but do not, I repeat, DO NOT jump into the game without doing the tutorial. If you don't know how to play and don't do the tutorial, it pretty much ends in a flaming pit of despair.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
51.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 20
>>Start as Königreich Preußen in 1836.
>>Ally with USA ASAP while developing nationalism, sphering half of Europe and getting Madagascar as a foothold in Africa from a quick war.
>>Get into a fight with Russia while allied temporarily with Austria.
>>Intentionally lose to Russia's liberate country wargoal on Hungary.
>>Break alliance, Assert Hegemony on Austria. France joins war on Austria side b/c ♥♥♥♥♥. I rampage and beat them up with 'Murican help.
>>Occupy Austria and wait for the year to turn so they lose GP status.
>>Austria is now Prussian SoI, as are other German states inc. Luxembourg and even Denmark--ALL of it. I have Kaiserliche Elsaß-Lothringen from France, and tore Catalonia off of them as my puppet because ♥♥♥♥ you France.
>>Form Deutsches Reich.
>>Watch as Austria becomes mine.
>>Feel Fatherland glory.
>>Develop industry, army, and glorious Kaiserliche Marine technologies.
>>Win Scramble for Africa.
>>Rebuild armies.
>>DOW Britain and Mother Russia.
>>Carve Finland, UBD, Lithuania, Poland, Poland-Lithuania, and Ukraine off of Mother Russia. Take some of Britain's colonies.
>>Shout in German while wearing Kaiser Wilhelm moustache and pickelhaube cosplay.
>>Get DOWed by Britain.
>>Help 'Murica annex Canada.
>>Get DOWed by France.
>>Take France's colonies.
>>Feel Prussian glory of beloved Fatherland. End game in 1936 after an Weltkrieg (Britain, France, Mother Russia vs. Deutsches Vaterland, my puppets, and 'Murica, resulted in carving up the UK and neutering France and Russia) as master of the world with my best friend the US of A.

`10/10 would play again.
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
13.4 hrs on record
Posted: October 19
For the price, this is an excellent game. My dissapointment was that the one great power who's capital is outside Europe, the United States, is not given much chance to influence factors outside of it's own continent. Expansion into the western portion of North America is heavily simplified and doesn't give you the feeling of manifest destiny that I was hoping for. Europe appears to be fine though, so if you're planning on uniting Germany under Prussia, it's probably A-OK and you won't have much trouble (An AI did it in my game).

Although it adds tension, making every great power want to expand their influence at every opportunity can lead to scenarios where the tiniest infraction on someone (in my case, developing a reason to declare war on Hawaii as the U.S.) leads to situations such as a Great Britian who decided to ally mexico, declaring war on me. During that conflict, I had to fight a war on two fronts and Jacobin rebels spawned with about four times the army the Confederates fielded during the civil war. There was no hope to win after that.

Overall, I wish it focused more on history and less on these strange scenarios that pop up every so often. On the other hand, if you're a fan of alternate history, you'll probably love this game. If the game is on sale, I recommend buying it with the DLC. Thanks for reading my review and have a good time.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
59.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Overall my favorite Paradox title: more balanced gameplay than CK2 and better economic simulation than EU4, but you can actually do things besides war, unlike HoI. The two main DLC, Heart of Darkness and A House Divided drastically improve the game, and many concur that they are effectively mandatory to make the game enjoyable.

Also, with mods, you can genocide people - and everyone loves genocide!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
258.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
This game is awesome
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
14.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 9
more building a nation (industrial revolution) rather than war still would recommend eu4 over this but this is a different experience eu4 now (10/10/2016) has unlimited timeline which is helpful to new players this meaning you can start at the 1792 start with a complete powerful nation.

victoria 2 starts at 1836 and ends in 1936 not as bad hearts of iron 4 which ends after ww2 you can play on but it isn't even playable because there's no new content\events.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,170.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 25
It is OK so far, I should probably play it more before I can review accurately
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40.6 hrs
Posted: October 27
Is this game Bot promoted or why does it have so many UPVOTES?

Its just a buggy mess unreliable at best.

Just ate my second game several hours in, corrupted the saves from years start on and took me 3 hours before i gave up on fixing it. Sadly I have it too long to have it refunded.
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54.7 hrs
Posted: October 25
Easier to get into then Vic 1. (all expansions added for both)

Better experiance overall. Micromanaging is minimised, But all of the deep strategy is still there.
Takes a while to get into, learn and absorb. But, it's easier to grasp then Vic 1.

Overall a great game. Spent hours getting a handle on things. Then ran two types of dictatorships over the course of two full games as Federal Republic of Central America one game was a liberal dictatorship and the best one was the presidential dictatorship. BUt easily both are viable. Including staying a democracy.

Vic 1 took me a couple of years to master and much research and videos and strategy guides.
Vic 2 took me a few days to master, with very little research.

I think vic 2 plays better then vic as a multiplayer as there is much less to individually focus on, thus less pausing and stuff.

Which makes for a better faster game.
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Vladimir Putin (P.S.S.G)
46.2 hrs
Posted: October 25
Having owned this game for some time now, as well as several other paradox games, I feel Victoria II is one of the best examples of grand strategy done right. The game gives the correct amount of depth and complexity while still in my opinion being able to attract new players. Although to be enjoyed to its full potential the base game does need both exspansions, that isn't to say the base game isn't enjoyable, quite the opposite it is, however the exsapansions and more character and feel to the game. Overall the game by todays standards is looking quite dated this, however, doesn't detract from the game as a whole which is today still as enjoyable as on release. I personally couldn't reccomend this game enough.

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336.0 hrs
Posted: October 24
This game is near perfect.

I liked the way it handled the in-game economy...but there could have been more goods.

The map is okay,but some areas feel like they need more provinces(the western usa,the Congo,and south america all feel...empty).

And making mods for this game is easy,its very strange that this game does not have workshop support.
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157.7 hrs
Posted: October 20
Queen Victoria simulator 1836
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bhutanese napoleon
176.2 hrs
Posted: October 18
the elder scrolls online: remastered.... a truly amazing experience.....
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