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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...
Release Date: Aug 30, 2010

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Buy Victoria Collection

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

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 the 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 125 people (88%) found this review helpful
101 products in account
2 reviews
442.0 hrs on record
Genocide, colonization, exploitation and nationalism. What isn't to love?
Posted: February 19th, 2014
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74 of 77 people (96%) found this review helpful
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55.8 hrs on record
This is one of my favorite strategy games of all time. It is fun and addictive and is a very historically accurate game (if you find games like Risk and Civ V long, I don't recommend it). Unlike other Paradox games, however, this one focuses a lot on internal improvements instead of war (thanks to the extra-restrictive infamy system). All land not available for colonization in the EU series is colonizable here. This makes for an even better game if you convert from CKII to EUIV to V2 as you get a near full historical timeline for one country. It is always interesting to see how the scramble for Africa plays out in each game (especially if you're involved in it). This game also characterizes the time period very accurately. It is full of many interlocking alliances/spheres with smaller countries along with great power intervention. The crisis system also demonstrates how many near-wars occured during this time over foreign affairs, but were solved through dipolmacy. You have the great powers oppressing the rest of the world taking over land from Asian and African nations for resources and strategic positions, as well. Also, the industrialization process makes up for the lack of war. However, this game does have some flaws. The infamy system restricts expansion greatly which is not exactly accurate to history. Perhaps if infamy was only gained when waging war against great powers or secondary powers. It really shouldn't cost 22 infamy to annex Haiti, Cuba, or other lesser civs. Also, there shouldn't be infamy for LIBERATING a county, something usually regarded as a moral action. Things like the Spanish-American war can't occur due to large infamy gains. Also, the in game tutorials are awful and teach you very little. It will take a long time to learn. Another thing is that, don't be fooled, unlike most other Paradox games, there are only two start dates. There is no full range of date choice. While this seems really stupid at first, it does make sense as if you could just start the game at any date, you will miss the whole industrialization process which is one of the main features of the game. Despite these flaws, this game is great. If you put the time in to learn it, you will love it.

*This review is for the full game with Heart of Darkness expansion
Posted: March 2nd, 2014
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this game made want to kill myself I only know pain, suffering and a hate of minorities 10/10
Posted: March 3rd, 2014
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Posted: February 15th, 2014
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Incredibly detailed historical economy/politics simulator. Great game if you enjoy being constantly bombarded with complaints from every part of your society and growing grey hair from stress.

Features:
- Communist dictatorship of Texas.
- Fascist Republic of Australia.
- Greece defaulting on loans every 2 days.
- Germany winning WW1 and 2.
- Top hats.
Posted: February 12th, 2014
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338 of 356 people (95%) found this review helpful
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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.

10/10

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 lovely mods there are for this game, including the (in)famous Pop Demand Mod, which adds great features such as three different shoe factories, and the amazing-and-totally-not-broken Victoria Ultimate, which drags the game's 19th century mechanics kicking and screaming into the modern age! Fun!
Posted: December 1st, 2013
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