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...
User reviews: Very Positive (743 reviews)
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

 

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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
Helpful customer reviews
169 of 225 people (75%) found this review helpful
533.6 hrs on record
At first I thought this game was like Civ, then I realized I was horribly wrong. I lost my job at KFC, my dog had died under my computer and my wife had left me. But all in all, I think it was worth it. I mean I haven't touched Civ V all this time!
Posted: July 3
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46 of 51 people (90%) found this review helpful
71.0 hrs on record
You'll be hard pressed to find a better (let alone any other) game set during histories most exiting period. So your duty and plant the Queen's Colours in faraway lands, bringing glory to yourself and your country and civilization to the dark continent! Where Crusader Kings II can be called an assassination simulator, and Europa Universalis IV a map painting sim, Victoria II could very well be labelled as an economic game at heart, with conquest simply serving to supply your nation with what it needs to conquer more land for more resources for more land to gain more resources to...you get the picture. That is not to say it is stale in any way, far from it! Victoria II will give you hours upon hours of enjoyment. Heartily Recommended.

I will add that to get the most out of this game, both "A House Divided" and "Heart of Darkness" are absolutely necessary, they not only fix a great deal of issues with the game but make colonizing a much more immersive and challenging task and sure to bring all the more glory to your Queen and Country!
Posted: June 21
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28 of 34 people (82%) found this review helpful
402.3 hrs on record
A great experience, but sadly underappreciated. Its good on your own, but excellent with friends. The game also boasts quite a few mods, the most notable as of late being Victoria Ultimate, which really expands the gameplay and gives the game a breath of fresh air. Oh and before I forget: Deutschland über alles!!!!
Posted: April 15
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
819.2 hrs on record
11/10 would waste another life playing it.
Posted: June 24
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19 of 29 people (66%) found this review helpful
285.2 hrs on record
Another guide by Gaius Julius Ceasar

Well to start it off this game was on my wishlist for a little while, it seemed to be a game that I wanted the total war series to be like. Victoria II however exeeded all of the expectations it had.

The game is much more political than the total war series, the conquest is also different from the total war series, as I am still trying to master sending armies over seas! ( that makes playing as Great Britain impossible, shame but once I learn how to Britain here I come! )

You also can conquer ( sorry my English is not my strongest point ) more territory, with each country having around 14 or more provinces and the whole world being right there for the taking you will find yourself drawn into the game and struggling to get out!

Another thing is you do not find any settlements to take over, you just move a army into the province and wait, this is different from the total war series yet again.

I believe I should also mention that there is no end turn... Every country gets to make their choice of what happens at the same time you do, so if you are expecting a total war end button thing then do not, I was and it took me a while to realize that there is something in the top left corner with a pause button on it, once you click that you can use the + and - signs to change the speed of what happens, and because everything happens together it makes it much harder to plan something, because when you move to attack one army they could move to attack yours!

I hope you buy the game and enjoy it as much as what I did.

Yours Sincerly
Gaius Julius Ceasar
Posted: April 12
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492 of 526 people (94%) found this review helpful
253.6 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 doucһebag?"

"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 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 capitalism to 400 years of history, and vickymod, letting you experience all the epic reddit memes you can fit in your fedora.
Posted: December 1, 2013
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