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 (2,123 reviews) - 89% of the 2,123 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 30, 2010

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Buy Victoria Collection

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

Buy Paradox Grand Strategy Collection

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

 

Reviews

“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
110 of 115 people (96%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: August 26, 2015
Meticulous & flush with detail // Recommended for strategists looking to simulate absolutely everything

+ Complete freedom in virtually every facet; there are few, if any, historical retraints placed upon the player
+ Access to seemingly hundreds of countries, across every continent, to choose from; each nation is detailed with alarming care and accuracy
+ Player is able to control virtually everything, from encouraging certain professions over others (over time) to myriad diplomatic fineries
+ Streamlined and accessible interface; everything is well-placed and competently organized
+ The amount of detail beneath the surface is staggering, down to info on small communities of people in single provinces or towns
+ Full economic freedom (consequences notwithstanding)
+ Realistic political restraints
+ Richly detailed map
+ Almost no observable demand on hardware; engine feels efficient and runs smoothly
+ Due to the open nature and sheer volume of detail, there is practically unlimited replayability
+ Easy to mod, and boasting a healthy modding community
+ Classical soundtrack is both uplifting and encourages concentration; a choice inclusion

- Very steep learning curve
- Tutorial hell; the tutorial is lengthy, dense in information, and can take anywhere from 1-2 hours to complete with any hope of remembering everything
- AI suffers occasional pitfalls; sometimes it seems too complacent, other times enemy countries will form vast coalitions against the human player, at great expense to themselves, and with little provocation (feels too random to be considered a boon or challenge)

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83 of 85 people (98%) found this review helpful
47 people found this review funny
188.7 hrs on record
Posted: August 23, 2015
Passed History class yet again.
Thanks Victoria 2.
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58 of 59 people (98%) found this review helpful
39 people found this review funny
448.1 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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52 of 53 people (98%) found this review helpful
29 people found this review funny
370.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 22, 2015
200+ hours in and I still don't understand a single basic concept.
12/10 would invade USA again
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28 of 28 people (100%) found this review helpful
17 people found this review funny
20.6 hrs on record
Posted: October 24, 2015
Step 1: Start as Belgium
Step 2: gather some tiny colonies on the other side of the world
Step 3: get invaded by Austria, UK, France, and etherlands because I was too infamous
Step 4: become incredible industrial power because im not allowed to have an army
Step 5: hey switzerland looks pretty weak, lets invade
Step 6: entire army and reserves get anihilated in the alps by an army half its size because i didnt understand the game
Step 7: give up and restart as someone else

great game
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