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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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

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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
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markrobison85
( 21.7 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
I generally like strategy games, and I thought I would like this game but I really can't take it anymore.

Part of the reason I tried this game is because it had a more complex economy, but the economy makes no sense. When there is more demand than supply on the world market instead of the price increasing until supply meets demand, the game gives the countries with more "prestige" the products. As a result, if you are a smaller country there are certain products that you can never access on the world market. To build certain units like artillery, you need liquor and I waited for over fifty years trying to get liquor but I could never get it.

There are only a handful of levers you have to control your country (although you have full control of the military) which makes some sense, but the levers you have available are very limited and kind of strange. You get bombarded by events that happen in your country that that you get to choose a response that will nudge your country in a certain direction, but the choices often make no sense and the same choices pop up again, and again, and again, and again. You get constatnly bombarded by silly questions so often that it drives me nuts.

The tech tree is pretty dull, but I like that when you research a new tech, there are technologies that will be discovered later as a chance discovery.

In a nutshell, playing it just made me want to beat my head against a wall or go play Civilizations.
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Frappson
( 335.2 hrs on record )
Posted: July 29
I cant get the damn game going because it wont load past ''initialising map logistics'' it has been like that for hours now. SHAME
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Falcon
( 1.3 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
Starting playing this game
thought should i learn how to play?
nah i got it should be pretty easy
I pick america of course
mexico pisses me off for no real reason
wage war on mexico
lose within 10 days
america is dead
I have failed the american people
My name is Donald and this is my story

10/10 Best Donald Trump sim out there
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El Paradise.
( 24.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 28
♥♥♥♥ing liberals making my country better
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tlozdp
( 66.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27
Everything about Victoria 2 is excellent with all the major expansions, except for the cancer of a rebel system
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Secen
( 25.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 26
If you do not like micromanaging an entire nation from every point of view, do not buy this.
If you love atmospheric games, then buy it.
This game really made me feel like I was the king of Brasil.
Best Startegy Game Ever
GOTY
MUST BUY!!
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Désaix
( 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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smcgarrity719
( 137.5 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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<Insert Clever Username Here>
( 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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175.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
I was only 9 years old.
I loved strategy games so much.
I prayed to Paradox every night, thanking them for the games I'd been given.
"Paradox is love", I would say, "Paradox is life".
My teacher hears me and calls me a delinquent
I know she's just jealous of my devotion to strategy
I smile and call her uptight
She suspends me and sends me home
I'm crying now; and my grades hurt
A warmth is moving towards me
I feel something touch me
It's Victoria II!
I'm so happy!
It whispers into my ear: "You're now a slave to Paradox" as it forces me onto my computer with its powerful strategy gameplay
I'm ready.
I open my wallet for Paradox
They penetrate my bank account
It hurts so much but I do it for Paradox
I can see my credit score drop as my eyes begin to water
I push against its force
I want to play Victoria II
Paradox roars its mighty roar as it fills my library with games
The download is complete
The loading screen looks me straight in the eye and says "Creating the world"
The game loads to the main menu
Paradox is love.
Paradox is life.

10/10
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Posted: July 5
Played it for a little bit , seems like a nice game .
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Posted: July 7
Victoria III GO?
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Recommended
423.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
ahh, i remember my first game

> pick MURICA, because MURICA

>doesnt understand that if you build troops is a province, and that joins a different country, those troops are the enemies

> builds as large as a army as possible

> take back all the cores from mexico

> uh oh, civil war, and since i had lots of troops, the south had a bunch to start with

> mamage to win, but the war takes several years.


fast forward a few monthes irl

> decide to play MURICA, because MURICA

> understands how the troops work

> take a ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ ton from mexico and canada

> civil war approches

> move all southern troops to the middle of africa so they cant fight

> crush the south in a few monthes

10/10 Would make the south lose again
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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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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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
Recommended
22.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Can Paradox be bad?
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252.4 hrs on record
Posted: July 3
A great game for anyone interested in a bit of political manoeuvring mixed together with a couple of great wars and a lot of map starring. Shorter than most Paradox grand strategy games and while some countries are more viable than others all are playable. Be warned however if you buy this game you should also buy the expansion packs as the game is very broken without them.
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50.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 8
A very complex game. Demands that you read and/or watch videos just so you can play, but gives a lot back in return.
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