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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“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 12 people (92%) found this review helpful
21 people found this review funny
638.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
ethnic cleansing has never been so much fun
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
348.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 27
Victoria 2 is a next level of depth for a game that I had no idea was possible. Everything from encouraging a certain type of job in some far off tiny colony in Africa to managing your country's economy is possible along with everything in between. This is not just a map simulator, but more of a world simulator. Not appeasing the public's will will bring rebellions and will shift the balance of your government. You can go from having a war-happy nation to one that cuts itself off from the world because your population drastically shifted their vote due to you gaining too much infamy or not passing a policy reform that 2+ million people wanted. This game is for people that love to do nothing but micro-manage on a large scale. The conquering of countries and waging wars is the fun side of this game, but what really creates another level of realism is managing your country like a true president/dictator/king would.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
67.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 28
Awesome game, best one of the franchise if Vic 3 is ever a thing I will buy it and hopefully it will grant me as much enjoyment as Crushing the US of A with Britians ludicrous power did. Britania rules the seas for ever!
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
896.4 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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645 of 681 people (95%) found this review helpful
581 people found this review funny
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
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.
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589 of 630 people (93%) found this review helpful
24 people found this review funny
609.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
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 doucһebag?"

"How can I have 6 million rebels every year when I have a population of 5 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. Constantly 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 fuϲkups 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.

Overall: 10/10, it's decent

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

P.P.S. I forgot to mention the many amazing mods there are for this game, including the infamous Pop Demand Mod, which adds great features such as three different kinds of shoe factories, the amazing-and-totally-not-broken Victoria Ultimate which tries to apply 19th century politics and economics to 400 years of history, and vickymod, letting you experience all the epic reddit memes you can fit in your fedora.
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368 of 380 people (97%) found this review helpful
136 people found this review funny
984.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
You can play as communist Texas. 10/10.

But seriously:

Victoria II isn't the prettiest grand strategy game that's ever come around. The economic system in particular requires about seven PhDs and consultation with the Elder Gods to understand, and sometimes it feels like you don't really have any control over the politics of your country beyond slight nudges. Some would argue that's the entire point, but I digress.

Where Victoria II will grab you, and hold you, is the sheer diplomacy system. Whereas in EU4 one country will simply superblob, Vicky has a very nice system of balance. Countries rarely blob, and even when they do, they're only one catastrophic war away from being knocked down to size. And just like other Paradox games, Victoria II is incredibly easy to mod. Don't like your flag? Change it! Want to rename a political party? Change it! Feel like modifying a few provinces to balance out the economy? All that's needed is a few corrections in a text file.


- Combat feels the most balanced of any Paradox game. Even Art of War.
- Politics system will always have you coming back for more
- Incredible attention to detail. Every country has its own republican, monarchist, fascist, and communist flag.
- Great power mechanic makes it actually feel like you're actually playing as one state among many, instead of just one human vs the same computer wearing different hats


- Economy system is an absolute mess.
- Since Heart of Darkness, sieges take far, far too long.


First off, I do NOT recommend this to anyone but gamers who have a grand strategy game or two under their belt. Anyone else is just going to take one look at the industrial and demographics screen and uninstall the game. But for those who learn its mechanics, Victoria II will pay back in dividends.
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373 of 392 people (95%) found this review helpful
436 people found this review funny
129.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 26, 2015
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
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346 of 370 people (94%) found this review helpful
354 people found this review funny
155.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 4, 2015
> 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.
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210 of 218 people (96%) found this review helpful
144 people found this review funny
452.9 hrs on record
Posted: October 1, 2015
I started playing as the United States, because freedom. After clicking around the interface, I realize that I can release the Cherokee as a nation. That sounded cool so I did it. So right there I had a lifelong ally that always had my back. Not bad.
A very successful war with Mexico later, the United States looks much like it does today, stretching from sea to shining sea. My economy is kickass, and I have been using my national focuses (Foci?) to make my upper house more liberal, so I have some half-decent safety regulations and retirement pensions going. I’m all set to become a prosperous and peaceful nation minding it’s own business for the rest of the game. However, I realize that the UK really hates me for a variety of reasons this is bad news because my military is basically a joke. I simply don’t have the manpower to field a force capable of turning back a hypothetical invasion by the UK.
Hey, China has like TONS of manpower, right? Plus they aren’t Westernized and they are currently suffering some pretty intense civil unrest. If I were to say, step in and “secure” a piece of China, well then I could “protect” it’s many citizens from the horrors of a civil war and if some grateful Chinese people should happen to join the United States military… well then everyone wins.
60 years have passed since I decided to declare war on China over a small coastal province. I now own Manchuria, Mongolia, parts of Japan and almost all of China. The war with the UK never happened. I am now the greatest power in the world by a wide margin. What started as an attempt to play as a peaceful and prosperous America ended with me sitting on most of Asia and fighting of numerous wars of “containment” launched by jealous European powers. Peace is boring.
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157.1 hrs
Posted: October 20
Queen Victoria simulator 1836
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51.1 hrs
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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13.4 hrs
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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150.0 hrs
Posted: October 18
the elder scrolls online: remastered.... a truly amazing experience.....
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67.3 hrs
Posted: October 17
Now, this is a great game and all, and my negative is not me hating the game, its just whenever i click single player, the game crashes. Go figure. Now Paradox has several options here: Fix it and actually do stuff, charge me 29.99$ for a DLC, for the game i can't play, or charge me 9.99$ to talk to someone, then 5.99$ to pay some dude in India, and 19.99$ to get the game again.
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1.7 hrs
Posted: October 16
This is a rather accurate playable representation of the 19 th century. It is a kind of a sandbox in which it is not told what you are supposed to do, achvievements could have been handy though... ...But I guess it is rather fun to attempt at becoming the greatest empire in the world and conquer everything while taking care of your people. It's almost impossible to conquer everything though as the game is rather short.

And it also has a lot of interesting historical information build in if you are into that.
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564.4 hrs
Posted: October 14
This game is very complicated, hard to learn, and even once you get the jist of it you don't quite ever figure it out. Amazing :)
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70.1 hrs
Posted: October 14
Intransparent interface, but very deep mechanics in terms of industry and politcs
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Herr Lag
149.5 hrs
Posted: October 13
Very great stategy game..... though right now its have little bit out dated / old engine....
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59.0 hrs
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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