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"Thanks to a friendlier interface and tutorials, Victoria II is a lot more playable and enjoyable than its predecessor." - Gamespot.com
Rule by Iron, Conquer through Blood...
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 2 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 colonisation. Experience an in-depth political simulation where every action you take will have various consequences over all 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.
Eight types of governments.
Detailed economy with over fifty different types of goods and various production factories.
Historical gameplay on a large map, covering the entire world.
Over 200 different countries can be played, from the era stretching from 1835 to the onset of WWII.
Advanced Technological system with hundereds of inventions to be discovered.
Victoria 2 reviewm0rogfar | June 11, 2014 | See all m0rogfar's reviews »
Victoria 2 is a good game. It's a grand strategy by Paradox Interactive focusing on economics and politics. It also has war and technology but these are not the focus. I have a few major issues with the game. One is that you have to spend a lot of hours to learn the game. This could be helped by having better tutorials. Also the game is very unbalanced and can get stale. The last two issues were fixed in expansions. I recommend getting the bundle.
Great, complicated and lots of funbl00dshooter | Jan. 4, 2014 | See all bl00dshooter's reviews »
Victoria 2 is an interesting type of game: some people will be easily frustrated by it, while others will love the fact that it doesn't hold your hand. Yes, the economy is a bit tricky and it takes some time to learn, but once you do...it's a very rewarding experience. There are still a few things here and there that need to be polished, like the late game economy, but it's most certainly worth it. On the other hand, if you're looking for something that is easy and doesn't require as much planning, I'd suggest going with civilization V instead. Also, don't forget to check out the great mods, like the New Nations Mod or the /gsg/ mod.
Excellent!rslancer | Sept. 29, 2013 | See all rslancer's reviews »
Great game. Would highly recommend if you are willing to spend a lot of time trying to learn the game. I have played other paradox games and this I think is the most difficult to learn.
Its essentially an economically oriented game with some warfare/colonization as well. Warfare easy enough to understand...the economy not so much. Also you need the DLCs...makes the game much better.
Great but takes long time to understandblofeld | Aug. 19, 2013 | See all blofeld's reviews »
I really enjoy Victoria II. The setting in history is one of the more interesting in my mind, which makes the setup ready for some great real time strategy.
But, as for all Paradox games, be warned that the learning curve is steep. Look at several youtube videos before you decide. Also since the DLC policy of Paradox is the way it is, consider that you will need the DLCs to ensure you have a fully patched game.
A newbie tip is to star with a strong nation the first times you play, since this gives you the possibilities to play around with more of the games features than with a small nation.
If you have the time to invest, this game will give you plenty of hours of fun.
Complex but excelentOdedFire | Aug. 12, 2013 | See all OdedFire's reviews »
Vicky 2 was a surprising hit for Paradox. Based on the less than successful Victoria: And Empire Under the Sun, Paradox managed to retool their Grand Strategy title into a worthy brother to Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings and Hearts of Iron. A grand strategy title, this game will see you lead a nation from the aftermath of the Napoleonic wars until the 1930s, through wars, industrialization, colonization and shrewd diplomacy. This isn't the easiest of titles, and the lackluster tutorials don't help much, but if you can find the time to sit down and learn the mechanics, this game is fantastic.
Just be sure to grab the expansions as well, the game isn't complete without them.