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

 

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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

    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
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Weepynium
54.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
One of the best strategy games, still even in 2016 ! Strongly recommended.
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landmanym
35.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
a very good game well done
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Adjourne
152.1 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Paradox Development Studio's flagship bourgeois dictatorship simulator.

10/10 would enlighten savages again
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Yubuj Haiwan
58.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 23
Product received for free
This game is so awesome I really want Victoria III to come out some day!
What they can improve is Budget panel, Diplomacy between mayor countries, and ad military planning of frontlines like in HoI4.
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CmdrHoopla
376.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
What can be more fun than the age of European imperialism?
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Comrade Anarch
40.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Prussia most rule everything.
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Shads
8.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 22
Im hear to dennouce the rumour because of blatent lying from Paradox. There is only 1 Victoria in this game. Disgusting.
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Otto Von Kawaii
70.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Victoria 2 is a monster of a game and a very good one at that but it can be a bit off putting just like most of the other paradox grand strategy games. Every single time I boot it up, I find myself on the wiki trying to understand some complex feature that completely went over my head before but which could actually help me as I try and try to make a nation (usually Venezuela) into a great power.

How well your country is doing relative to others all depends on your ranking which is decided by a combination of your prestige, industrial strength and military power, all of which will grow as you research new techs and watch the industrial revolution happen in front of your eyes. To top it all off, crisis can start to bubble up which involve the most powerful nations and may end up with a WW1 style great war happening, where nations are called into battle who might not even want to but who basically must due to the complex politics of the time and potential ramifications.

At its heart, Vic2 is all about population management. You citizens all have ideologies which change over time and it is up to you to try to get them to support the best policies for your current situation. One moment you might find yourself trying to get reactionaries in power to bring about a social revolution to bring in immigrants while the next you might be desperately trying to keep the status quo to avoid more restrictive policies. It's all very engrossing and the fact that the game has this incredibly tightly designed economic and political system that doesn't exist in a vacuum is incredible.

The game however can be brutal though in a fun way if you are a masochist like me. Not all countries are the same and finding yourself under the watchful eyes of a much more powerful nation is madenning (I'm looking at you USA). These powerful nations already have a headstart on you and have tools to compete with one another to ensure first dibs on the resources produced by the small nations. As such,It is very easy to accidentally find yourself fighting an enormous monster like Britain, France or Russia because they decided to get involved in your minor spat with a tiny nation that produces some rare resource.

I really can't recommend this game enough. It is unforgiving but so enjoyable. Several times now I have noticed the time just fly by and have had to force myself to stop and head to bed at 4am.
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golan
134.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 21
Vic2 has the best combination of features for a grand strategy game, apart from the battle system which is just as simplistic as for any Paradox game except the HoI series. The level of details you get to oversee for your faction are just amazing.

You'll control nation states and will have to manage your multi-national state, ideologies (religious or political) and parties that are allowed by law. You have to manage your government, army, diplomacy (Pdox style) and you can play whatever GS fantasy you want (let's be honest, most of us go for world domination) and you have to do it in a flavourfull rulset that is quite immersive in the victorian era context, imo (how fast and what tools do you have to expand and what happens when you break the rules, won't reveal too much to avoid spoilers). The things you can control at home depend on your government system.

The cherry on top is the most detailed economical simulation of any video game with multiple resources and things you can produce in the context of the industrial era and the beginning of capitalism, socialism that blends into a basic supply-demand economy sim. Add jingoism and nationalism to the mix. Stir it, don't shake it and take it with a pinch of salt.

There are obvious problems with gameplay. The economy system is so complex that it has some serious bugs to how things work and cash managing vanishing from your economy amplifying the inflation you experience in the game. But it is so huge and complex, you'll most probably won't notice and be bothered by it, it'll feel like part of the problem you have to stay on top of. Ultimately, it does a good enough job at letting you feel that you can control some things and if you think you like sims and haven't yet played Vicky2, what are you waiting for?
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Maj"TankSlayer"Pain
281.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 20
>at war with Russian Empire as German Empire
>war is going well, no breaches in German lines and the sacred soil of the Fatherland is free of Russian dogs
>defeat huge Russian army in a battle royal
>few thousand Russians retreat into my territory
>no big deal, easy pickings for my reserves
>Russians manage to retreat from every engagement
>Russian army that is compleatly cut of from friendly lines and deep in Germany somehow maneges to reinforce and resupply
>Now 60k strong Russian army rampaging through the Fatherland defeating any men I can spare


Just when you think you are starting to understand the game it kicks you in the groin.
10/10
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57 of 57 people (100%) found this review helpful
56 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 24
This game is absolutely insane. Europa Universalis is for people who dream of becoming generals, Crusader Kings is for people who dream of becoming lords, and Victoria is for people who dream of becoming accountants.
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21 of 22 people (95%) found this review helpful
19 people found this review funny
Recommended
123.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 7
Story Time

>I start as Prussia because "Blood and Iron" ♥♥♥♥
>Annex Johore
>Annex Vietnam
>Ally with mother♥♥♥♥ing Sweden after becoming it's daddy
>Annex South America
>Becomes North German Confederation
>Austria ♥♥♥♥ing the only two nations I need to become German Empire
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>Insult Austria nonstop for war
>Austria declares war on me with his allies; France, Russia, and Great Britian
>oh_♥♥♥♥.jpg
>All of North German Confederation mobolizes
>Fighting on three fronts
>Win when Mother♥♥♥♥ing Sweden kicks Russia and Great Britian's assess
>Become German Empire
>Annex Russia
>Annex Austria
>Annex Great Britian
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>I am now Europe
>Turn Facist
>Annex Sweden two years later
>Commits Genocide on the Swedish people

>mfw I start WW1 in 1865 and later annex and the genocide the nation that saved me and made me king of all of Europe

I rate this 9/nein mein Fuhur
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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
636.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 8
I once had a life, then Victoria 2 happened.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
5.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 13
I'm not smart enough to play this game.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
298.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Victoria 2 is one of my favourite games of all time. It's fun, has a high learning curve and shows huge potential. Some things are lacking and should be improved upon though.

+ Great soundtrack
+ A lot of countries to choose from. You can even play as Luxemburg...if you want.
+ Fun and addicting gameplay.
+ supports Mods that offer even more content
+ High learning curve with a lot of payoff

- The crisis system, the political parties and the decisions needs to be worked on
- The economy is somewhat broken.
- No family tree
- Annexing regions cost should be scaled and depend on each region's worth. Right now it isn't. Also, annexing remnant parts of a region should cost less if you already own other parts of it.
- Recruiting and maintaining your unit stacks is a chore. This needs to be changed urgently.

I definitely recommend buying this game: 8.5//10
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
12.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 14
I literally won the game by selling coffee and t-shirts as Hati. Never had to go into battle. GG
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
146.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 25
Victoria II, even at over 6 years old, still holds up the test of time. The game may appear difficult to new players, but after tinkering with the mechanics of the game it is easy to get the hold of. The vanilla version of the game is adequate, but the expansions, such as "House Divided", add a lot to the game, with new scenarios appearing. Again, Victoria II allows for so many possiblities with its vast variety of playable nations. Definitely worth a try.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
486.5 hrs on record
Posted: August 12
Its fun game. But you become Hitler at least 85% of the tiem
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
44.6 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
One of the best games that spans the end of the Napoleonic Era and the global depression of the 1930s. I hope that they make a Victoria 3.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
155.2 hrs on record
Posted: August 16
Victoria 2 is easily one of the best games I have played to date. To begin, the military system is brilliant, bringing manpower in to the fold of the amazing population mechanic in the game brings an interesting and favourable change to the more generic systems that you would find in ck2 or eu4 and each unit is unique in it's own way, I love the names given to each unit, the fact that their stats change throughout the game and how eventually you can even recruit tanks and planes into your by then massing armies, this system also ties into trade requiring different materials to complete each and every unit, I would wish that you could sign trade agreements with individual countries like in other paradox games however Victoria 2 compensates for this by introducing an interesting and ever changing global economy. Research is also one of my favorite parts of this game as you must choose to sacrifice certain technologies for others and unlike eu4 with only 3 platforms to research on with 1 researchable item on each this has several platforms with several items on each. Your internal politics is again a great part of victoria 2 with parties forming coalitions and popularity largely based off of population. The party in power can often limit what you can do within the game, such as building factories and negative parties that limit your control can often come about if you extort you population. Even if you are lucky enough to have a government that allows you to choose the party in power, it may often fail to stop parties coming in power through revolution. In my opinion diplomacy can sometimes be lacking but again the choices you make internally and externally can bring about the birth of nations and the fall of others, perhaps even your own. Yet there are negatives. The world crisis mechanic can often fail to even create a large war, and often it can cause the same war to happen again and again if it does start a war. Moving on, the civil war mechanic used to kick off the american civil war is honestly wasted compaired to it's potential, this mechanic can only influence the american civil war not any other possible civil war meaning that any possible 'civil wars' will only come in the form of rebels. Lastly colonization is also somewhat bad, though it is fun to colonise much of africa and asia governing the new land can often just be a hastle.

TLDR: This game is good, very good and you should play it. 10/10.
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