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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7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
3 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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6 of 6 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
82.0 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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
3 of 4 people (75%) 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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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
156.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
the elder scrolls online: remastered.... a truly amazing experience.....
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
36.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 26
Although i dont have too many hours in Vic 2 its a great game combat can sometimes be a bit overwhelming and the start of the game but when u know the basics of the game its amazing this game really makes u feel like a great power .In Eu4 i didnt feel like i had a lot of power and importance to the balance of the world but in Vic 2 u feel like u have a army worthy of the vaterland and also becoming a industrial powerhouse. In hoi4 u just produce units and rek the Ai easily but vic 2 has challenge and rewarding achivements.

Sorry 0/10 grammar but all in all vic 2 is my favourite paradox game so far i just hope they make vic 3 like vic 2 and update some systems
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
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
70.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 14
Intransparent interface, but very deep mechanics in terms of industry and politcs
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111.7 hrs
Posted: October 22
Waiting for v3
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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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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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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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