Third party DRM: SteamThis game requires a free Steam account to play.
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
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.