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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“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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🎜LiQuId.BaRdS🎜 Ginzu
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dope af
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I'm Moe Bradberry
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made scotland great 12/13
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Awesome game if you learn it! Even still in 2016!
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31.5 hrs
Posted: September 24
Pretty decent game actually, 9/10 would definitely be contained repeatedly by Britian again
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Highly recommended! :)
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Mao Lucifer Stalin ☭ [Commie]
48.2 hrs
Posted: September 17
>starts out as Russian Empire
>kicks ♥♥♥ as the Russian Empire
>kicks more ♥♥♥ as the Russian Empire
>creates Communist Revolution in early 1900s and forms Soviet Union, throwing the remainders into a mess
>manages to industrialize the USSR and get it back into the great powers in less than 50 years

I have become Father Stalin.

>finishes the game with a war where I ally with France and the U.S. against the U.K. and Italy, and we're winning

Though in all honesty, I would seriously recommend this game.
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156.2 hrs
Posted: September 17
This game is a great streategy game probably one of the best to come from Paradox. The gameplay is fun and nice with good 19-20th century music and a fun research tree, it's also quite easy to grasp and allows you to build a colonial empire in a span of 100 years. The only thing I would say is definitely download some mods and play around with them because they add flavor to the game! I recommend you try this game out and see if you like it or not, it's definitely worth the $20 dollars and the DLC that comes with it too!
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0.4 hrs
Posted: September 17
I could see how someone could really enjoy Victoria II. I got about 20 minutes into the tutorial, had covered less than half the material, and my head was spinning. It seems like "Total War" on steriods: you know when you start a game as a big nation and spend your first few turns getting your feet under you, consolidating and getting a feel for what's going on? From what I can tell, that's basically the whole game. Micromanaging everything. It's just too complex, and not my thing. But if you're into super in-depth grand strategy, go for it.
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34 of 42 people (81%) found this review helpful
43 people found this review funny
72.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
>Be me, play as Prussia, hoping for a nice, quiet game of unifying Grobdeutschland and slowly assimilating the cultures of Europe
>Look at my network of spherelings
>Good thing I took geometry
>Look at Austria's network of spherelings
>Undying hatred of South Germans achieved
>"Prussia desires your territory: Bohemia, Moravia, all others"
>Justify humiliation war
>Prosecute humiliation war
>Win humiliation war
>Saxony = mine
>Want to click North German Federation button
>Game **** blocks me
>I guess Wallonie looks nice
>Take Wallonie
>Oh, 20 industrial score, sweet
>Realizes its 1841
>I'm #2 in world
>Still want NGF tho
>Realize that I can't form it cuz I need holstein
>Holstein now has no holstein
>NGF is realized
>It's 1890, I was busy conquering South German minors, assimilating cultures, and building a colonial empire off of Sokoto and Indonesia while I discovered Holstein existed
>I only need Alsace-Lorraine
>Or should I say, Elsass-Lotharingen
>Grobdeutschland is realized
>Happy birthday WW2
>Infamy scammed before Grobdeutschland
>Take Bohemia and Moravia
>Russia is ♥♥♥♥♥♥, allies Austria
>Operation Barbarossa 50 years early
>Baltic states are mine
>Owns Heligoland and Niger
>Full annexes Belgium in next war
>Wait, what's that 26 in the top of my screen next to the red flag...
>Europe DOWs me
>All the GPs except USA are at war with me
>Hey Japan
>Silly fools. You cannot harm death.
>Japan and I break through the Russian like a glass of Vodka
>France runs away
>The Ottomans... never got to my lands
>Britain mobilizes
>I slaughter their ranks
>Their economy is ruined
>I build the atlantic wall
>Since Japan is here, it is a Great War
>I take all of the land behind the Volga, the French Atlantic coast, and most of Africa
>Mitteleuropan dream is mine
>Become fascist
>Cackle because you're fascist
>Spend rest of the game conquering rest of Europe
>It's 1936
>All right, let's use our final year doing World War 2
>Oh wait
>It's already done
>1836/1936 would forcefully purge the rest of Europe for leibenschraum again
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
458.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Victoria II is the least blobby game of all Paradox Grand Strat titles. You can quite happily form a small country and be extremely happy with the result. Very in depth Industry and Trade mechanics that allow for a lot of tweaking, and nice little half-hidden details to go with it. Would recommend.
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14 of 17 people (82%) found this review helpful
8 people found this review funny
88.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Played as Austria and crushed Prussia.

10/10 Made the Habsburgs great again
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
628.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 22
ethnic cleansing has never been so much fun
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5 of 7 people (71%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
51.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
good, but needs more genocide.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 19
This is the story of the once great nation of Sweden.
Its the early 1840's, Sweden is in crippling debt and the people are on the verge of revolution.
The new king is crowned and begins to reform the goverment, becoming a conservitive party.
Sweden begins to thrive under the rule of this new king, with the United Kingdom taking notice.
Over many decades Sweden finally becomes a great power leading in both prestige and industry.
After on and off war with Norway and Denmark, Sweden abandones it's desire for expansion.
Over the years Sweden had its fair share of rebel uprisings, none the Swedish military couldn't handle.
Breaking News hits the papers, Swedish patriots storm the capital of Finland, causing them to surrender.
The Swedish king then annexes most of Finland, leaving one tiny province.
Sweden begins a new golden age, becoming one of the most respected nations in the world.
Germany, Sweden's neighbor down south becomes a democracy and allies with Sweden.
While Russia becomes the Soviet Union and puts troops on the Swedish Border.
1904, the great war starts.
The UK and Germany fight together against the French and Austria
Sweden joins the war and sends their best men to help out on the Magniot.
Germany pushes hard into Austria while Sweden protects them from the french.
The people of germany, tired from the war, rise up.
The entire country is at war with itself, with millions of rebels helping the French-Austrian Alliance.
The 1st Swedish Royal army, Sweden's best and most prestigious army comes under fire from the German Rebels.
The battle lasts for many weeks untill the Swedish army is slaughtered by the Rebel Tide.
Thousands Die.
The Second Swedish Reserve Army is trapped in Austria.
Led by Sweden's best general, they manage to fight their way through the remaining Austrian army and the Rebels to the last bastion of the German Military.
The German Military covers the swedish escape to the last port.
Millions Die.
The Reserve army finally escapes europe and returns home.
Germany and the UK both fall to rebel uprisings.
The Great War ends and Sweden is surrounded by the Russians and the French.
Fighting a war on 2 fronts the Swedish people are slaughtered by the thousands.
After many years of fighting Sweden falls.
The king is killed and Sweden is annexed to The Soviet Union.
Even though the goverment and the country has fallen, the Swedish resistance still fights their Soviet Masters to this day.
Some say you can still hear the echoes of the brave men who fell in defense of their homeland.
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3 of 6 people (50%) found this review helpful
1,076.8 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Great game, love everything about it.
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645 of 681 people (95%) found this review helpful
580 people found this review funny
53.2 hrs on record
Posted: July 6, 2015
I begin with the United Kingdom, quickly releasing all nations that it holds such as that of Australia, Canada, Ireland... Ireland...This shall be my empire, this shall be where I forge my glorious ideals of a world wide state, dominated by guiness and whiskey. I began expanding, I was making a lot of money, so much infact that I had begun taking over the world's market, despite the fact I was only a small nation. I needed raw materials, Ireland as an island, was not quite enough. My military slowly grew, soldier after soldier poured out of the gates of the Dublin Military Academy. I tried begging France to join me on my righteous crusade. I built boats as to carry my army, now I shall leave the greatest cities of Asia but smouldering piles of rock and ash. I landed in Johore, a small country in the Malay area. The many armies, 1st of Cork, 3rd of Derry, all fought hard in the jungle and despite disease and famine pulled through, it was now mine, it was now Ireland's.

I begun developing this hell-hole into a place where an Irishman could hop off the steamboat and expect a pint waiting for him by the beach. Sadly, the Ottoman Empire decided we were getting too big for ourselves, too cocky. They landed in Galloway, forcing up to Dublin through the few troops that were left behind after the conquest of General O'Doherty in Asia. I quickly negotiated peace, they demanded we disarm, we had little option. I began to rebuild the country, look to other places for inspiration. Maybe Africa? What about Western America? As I gazed off into the sea from my cosy office in Dublin I got news of Portugal declaring war? What for? I haven't got the slightest idea. And then again, Britain had now declared war on me! What was I to do? My navy was still half way around the world attempting to frantically sail back to the homeland, disbanding the colony in Johore dismantling that pub that had become so popular with the plantation owners.

The British army quickly crossed from Wales and Belgium, my closest ally at the time, refused to aid me in my most finest hour. I quickly negotiated peace with Britain once again, however Portugal was more stubborn. By calling my peasants to arms I managed to fend off the assault from Lisbon and just as the troops were recovering, awaiting supplies and reinforcements from Asia, the Netherlands declared war. I once again quickly negotiated with Portugal to face my new oponent, the sky was looking dark for Ireland and her dreams of imperialism. The Dutch landed in Derry, I couldn't fend them off, all other nations had put me under mandatory disarmament - I couldn't call any more units to arms, it was a disaster! The Netherlands thankfully backed off, supposedly seeing some dim light in my attempts of peace. Now under four consecutive disarmament orders and being passed pillar-to-post by nations like a puppet state, Ireland sits thoughtfully on the side of Britain - its empire decimated, its people sat in sadness and its cities burning from the cannons of Europe. Not much to do now but bide our time in hopes of another day...

Such is the life of a potato farmer with big dreams.
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589 of 630 people (93%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
608.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 1, 2013
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 6 million rebels every year when I have a population of 5 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. Constantly 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 politics and economics to 400 years of history, and vickymod, letting you experience all the epic reddit memes you can fit in your fedora.
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368 of 380 people (97%) found this review helpful
135 people found this review funny
977.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 25, 2014
You can play as communist Texas. 10/10.

But seriously:

Victoria II isn't the prettiest grand strategy game that's ever come around. The economic system in particular requires about seven PhDs and consultation with the Elder Gods to understand, and sometimes it feels like you don't really have any control over the politics of your country beyond slight nudges. Some would argue that's the entire point, but I digress.

Where Victoria II will grab you, and hold you, is the sheer diplomacy system. Whereas in EU4 one country will simply superblob, Vicky has a very nice system of balance. Countries rarely blob, and even when they do, they're only one catastrophic war away from being knocked down to size. And just like other Paradox games, Victoria II is incredibly easy to mod. Don't like your flag? Change it! Want to rename a political party? Change it! Feel like modifying a few provinces to balance out the economy? All that's needed is a few corrections in a text file.


- Combat feels the most balanced of any Paradox game. Even Art of War.
- Politics system will always have you coming back for more
- Incredible attention to detail. Every country has its own republican, monarchist, fascist, and communist flag.
- Great power mechanic makes it actually feel like you're actually playing as one state among many, instead of just one human vs the same computer wearing different hats


- Economy system is an absolute mess.
- Since Heart of Darkness, sieges take far, far too long.


First off, I do NOT recommend this to anyone but gamers who have a grand strategy game or two under their belt. Anyone else is just going to take one look at the industrial and demographics screen and uninstall the game. But for those who learn its mechanics, Victoria II will pay back in dividends.
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