Reviews for Victoria Complete
A very good older game, but probably too complex for mostDaiMonPaul | April 24, 2013 | See all DaiMonPaul's reviews »
This is an older grand strategy game from Paradox, but it's still a good one. Victoria lets you play as the driving force behind any nation on the globe in the 19th century. You are given a virtual sandbox and can do anything you wish, whenever you wish: conduct diplomacy, fight wars, establish colonies, industrialize your nation, trade resources, and so on. The amount of freedom you have is staggering, and that's part of what makes the game so complex; combine this with historical event chains, economic numbers that you have to deal with, and managing a diverse range of viewpoints and classes from your citizens, and the game can be overwhelming at times. It's certainly not easy, but it can be very enjoyable if you take the time to learn how to play.
That's one of the major issues with the game, though; it's very difficult to learn how to effectively play. There isn't really a good tutorial included with the game, so your best bet would be to watch a Let's Play on YouTube (at a considerable time investment). The other major issue here is that the sequel, Victoria 2, simply does the same thing, and it does it in a more effective way. The two games play differently, with this game focusing on more of a historically-guided sandbox, but the sequel is easier to learn and has a much better interface. This game's graphics are charming, but they are dated, and it's not always easy to find what you're looking for.
This is a very good game, but only if you're really interested in taking a considerable amount of time to learn it, if you enjoy very detailed and complex strategy simulations, and if you don't mind micromanaging economies, politics, industry, and military units. If you've never played a grand strategy game from Paradox before, I'd recommend starting with either Europa Universalis or Crusader Kings to get your feet wet, or with jumping ahead to the sequel, Victoria 2, which is much more beginner-friendly. Vicky 1, though, remains entertaining, fun, and challenging, if a bit dated, and it's worth picking up if you like the genre.