Carefully guide your nation from the era of absolute monarchies in the early 19th century, through expansion, colonization and social upheaval, to emerge as one of the great world powers by the dawn of the 20th century in Victoria Complete.
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Mixed (80 reviews) - 67% of the 80 user reviews for this game are positive.
Release Date: Aug 20, 2010

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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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Carefully guide your nation from the era of absolute monarchies in the early 19th century, through expansion, colonization and social upheaval, to emerge as one of the great world powers by the dawn of the 20th century in Victoria Complete. Gather the wealth and strength required to stay ahead of your enemies, gain invaluable prestige and honor, and reform the nation into a free democracy. Or, drive your people down the grim road of tyranny, corruption, and anarchy...

Experience an in-depth political simulation where every action you take will have various consequences all over the world. The collection focuses on six different aspects of governing a nation: Diplomacy, Warfare, Economy & Industrialization, Colonization, Technological Research and Politics. The main game is hailed as the ultimate World Domination and Empire-Building simulation and allows continuation of the game in “Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday”.


  • Historical and Dynamic missions guiding your country through history
  • Advanced tech tree covering the entire period including the Interwar period
  • Experience a global map with more than 2800 provinces
  • A military system linked with the player's policy decisions
  • Deep engrossing political simulation and detailed economic system
  • Multiplayer with up to 32 players
  • A Doomsday converter with possibility to export a save game at the end of the game into Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday VICTORIA is all about recreating world history according to your wishes. While the game strives to simulate the unique conditions and prerequisites of the time period as closely as possible, it leave all the decision-making to you, the player.
  • Developed by the team behind Europa Universalis and Hearts of Iron.
  • Play any country from the time period.
  • Play multiplayer with up to 32 players in LAN or over the Internet.
  • More than 2 hours of quality recordings of music from the period.
  • This real-time game can be set to pause at any given point or event, allowing players to plan and strategize in a "semi real-time" environment.
  • Set on a global map with more than 2800 provinces and sea zones

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 98SE / 2000 / XP (Does not support Vista / Windows 7 / ME)
    • Processor: Pentium III 450 MHz
    • Memory: 128 Mb RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 600 MB Free Hard Drive Space
    • Video Card: 4 Mb Video Card DirectX Compatible
    • Sound Card: DirectX® compatible
    • CD ROM: DirectX 9 or higher
    • Controller support: 3-button mouse, keyboard and speakers
    • Special multiplayer requirements: Internet Connection for multiplayer
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
25.2 hrs on record
Posted: September 21
A great game! It will run on every pc without any problems. This game is one of the best I played in years. But you will need to invest some to to learn it (2-3 hours). I think this is one of the best strategy games ever made. Many diplomatic and economic options.

Just buy it and see it for your self!
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64 of 69 people (93%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
132.0 hrs on record
Posted: April 23, 2014
I have to say, this isn't an easy game, it is also quite time consuming (time literally flies when you are playing) but when you start winning it is highly rewarding (kinda the way Demon's Souls and Dark Souls are). It is made in order to make difficult for the player to prevent the history repeating over again (or going worse for the country you are playing with).

While instructions would be nice, the internet is vast and has quite a few explanations and tutorials.

Yeah, it's an old game, graphics are not impressive at all, but really, who cares? it's not the point of this game. Also as your processor doesn't work much, you can play quite a few hours on your laptop before running out of battery, which is nice.

I totally recommend it, it's worth every dollar and you get tons of hours of gameplay due to it's almost infinite replayability.

Only advice: don't get frustrated if you get your ♥♥♥ kicked several times, you'll learn more and more each time.
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34 of 37 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
349.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 2, 2013
Victoria 1 complete is a game which I only aquired through the Victoria bundle and was not the reason for which I choose to buy the bundle. However since buying this game I am happy to say it was not a waste of time or money to do so. The first thing I would like to point out is the fact this game is not ment for the casual gamer there is deep stratagy involved within, economically and also in the combat system.

A strong feature of this particular game is the combat system it is complex however simple to grasp at base level for a better understanding some games will have to be played, or articles and tutorials will have to be delved into. However don't depend upon your militaristic skills for global domination the game might have a few nasty suprises in store for 'badboys' as it is known in game. The greatness of this game is that econimic management can be done quickly if required but fine tuneing is applicable whenever you are not amist a conquest so there is allways something to do.

However I will admit that the diplomacy compared to Victoria 2 is much weaker and not as intresting to undergo and power difficult to obtain through the system in place, also some may find the graphics ugly and old fasioned which they are but I assure you you will get used to them and find a unique appeal if you give it time.

The ability to play as any nation in the world across 4 diffrent starting points adds a lot of replayabilty into this game from either remaining a global power or starting from scratch and building a new economic and military superpower for the world to fear.

Militarist or economist? New or old power? The world can be your oyster but can you make it?
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27 of 28 people (96%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
787.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2014
WOW. That is all I can use to describe this game. The depth, the strategy, the CHALLENGE! It's basically a strategy gamer and/or history lover's dream!

Fancy playing as the supreme power of the UK? No problem. Watch your colonial empire grow, take on the French for Africa, and crush the Chinese in the Opium Wars.

Or how about Prussia? Fight of the pesky Austrians and French and unify the glory that is the German Empire.

Looking for a bit more, "FREEDOM"!?!? Play the Yanks and have them whip Mexico into submission over Texas, emancipate the crap out of the Confederate States of America, and "liberate" Cuba from the control of the Spanish.

All and all, this a game that you can play from all fronts; from the great and powerful United Kingdom to the feeble but determined-to-reach-glory Chinese. GET THIS GAME!
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17 of 20 people (85%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
382.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 15, 2014
This may be a very old game, but it has many qualities that it's sucessor lacks.
  • Better colonial system
  • Can demand individual provinces
  • Slightly historicaly acurate
  • Troop system
  • Economic system
  • OP Rebels
  • The flags don't change when the government does
  • At the start armies aren't fully manned
  • Harder to mod than Victoria 2
  • Lack of a large community
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
75.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2013
Very good game. Not many strategy games cover this time period. Indepth control of your country/Empire on a socio-economic level.

Potential to export your game save into Hearts of Iron 2 to carry on playing after 1935.

I can't compare it to Victoria 2 as I haven't got that title.

Well done Paradox

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16 of 22 people (73%) found this review helpful
25 people found this review funny
15.7 hrs on record
Posted: May 18, 2015
This game appeals to Capitalists and Communists alike.
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9 of 10 people (90%) found this review helpful
425.4 hrs on record
Posted: August 10, 2015
A great grand strategy game for those with a laptop. If you are a fan of any other paradox game this one is a perfect adition to there rapidly expanding game library.

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8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
58.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 14, 2014
This is a great game, but sadly I started already with victoria 2 and when I tried playing this the lack of the better UI of the newest game made my approach not that enjoyable. But the game is a gem and lots of people recommend it, but I find the newest more charming ;) I really recommend you try this first them the second if you can. Or start directly on the 2 and enjoy all it's goodies!!!
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10 of 13 people (77%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
Victoria, I played this game (have an old disc) for many hours back when I didn't have a good gaming PC, but when I had a ♥♥♥♥♥♥ PC. This game taught me how to enjoy classical music, real classical music, not modern classical music.

This game also taught me that you have to forge Germany out blood and sweat and then forge the world into the Germans by blood and sweat.

This game is a classic Paradox game and is a great game to play.

Great game.

Very great.
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Robert Locksley
5.7 hrs
Posted: October 13
As of mid-September 2016 this game no longer seems to work on any OS from Win7 upward because of a Steam update that has also killed off "Arsenal of Democracy", "Hearts of Iron 2" and "Europa Universalis 2: For the Glory". There is no sign of any support from the manufacturer, and Steam is still selling a product that doesn't start on "initialising graphics" because of what appears to be sprite rendering problems, and they don't seem to have bothered to offer any help either. DO NOT buy this game unless you are absolutely sure that this game will run on your system.
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1.8 hrs
Posted: September 10
Great game gives great memories but I hated it at the end of the great war scenario as when you lose as Germany and it crashes when the demilitarization event occurs.
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Arcanum Watcher
80.5 hrs
Posted: September 6
The game is great but steam needs to fix this game so that its compatable with modern OS. The game crashes a lot as well. If they patch this game I will gladfully recomend it. Just not right now.
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1.3 hrs
Posted: August 22
Worked fine at first but then quit working.
Steam will not refund. Be aware
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53.0 hrs
Posted: August 9
I lost twice the money when I brought this game twice, waste of good money I could have spend, I give it a 3/10, I recommend not buying it.
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0.4 hrs
Posted: July 19
Good luck getting it to start!
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1.0 hrs
Posted: July 12
Can someone help me figure out how to play this game?
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0.2 hrs
Posted: July 10
Tried playing this old game, couldnt get the graphics to work and got insulted in the forums when I tried to get help, and then got banned for defending myself against a forum fanboy with 1000s of posts. Way to lose customers Paradox!!!
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42.0 hrs
Posted: July 5
This is a fun game for those who like the grand strategy genre of games. For those who dont care for them, or want to ease into them to see if they like them, this probably isnt the game for you.

The game shows its age in 2016, but having just got it on sale with Victoria 2, for only a dollar in a bundle, I thought Id give it a try. Now I wish I had found this game when it released, well over a decade ago judging by its win XP requirement.

The interface is clunky, to put it lightly. There is no manual (except online), so be prepared to do a lot of trial and error, and wondering about what stuff actually does.

The graphics are dated and sprited based, but manageable.

The AI is actually pretty good, and will present a very strong challenge to any new player on below normal settings.

A single campaign can take more than 40 hours to complete, to get through just 100 years, day by day. This is one of those games where you NEED to be into the genre to find it pleasurable or youll end up quiting very, very fast.

Be prepared to micro manage.

Some tips:

First, if you have windows 10, go to the executable and set compatibility mode to Win XP SP2. Not 3. SP 2. Otherwise the game crash. If you are asked to install direct 3D, just say yes, otherwise the game wont run. Second, if running win10, the game may crash on shutdown, or reloading a save after you have already been in a game, exited to main menu, and then tried to load the game again. Due to this youll lose all recorded hours you played the game (as recorded by steam) if it crashes on shutdown. I have about 60 hours, but crashed twice on shutdown after 2 very long sessions.

Do not let the computer run your trading, ever. Set it up manually.

The windows that pop up, you can right click them, and select when and how they pop up. Turn off spam like third party diplomatic deals, railroad completions, etc, or it gets very frustrating, very fast.

If you lack manpower and wonder why, it means you need to convert some farmers into soldiers. Your soldier pop is low.

Starting off in Europe is going to be tough. There are a billion tiny provinces everywhere and the user interface is not very good at sorting out useful information for you at a glance. The internet Ive seen recommends Brazil as a good newbie nation. I had decided to go with Prussia, and it was a tough learning curve, but can be exciting if you like a challenge right off the bat.

This website: will explain everything about the games mechanics, so have it handy when you have a question.
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