"it has enough depth to make you want to come back for more." - Destructoid.com
The first expansion to Victoria 2 focuses on American Civil War era and enhances the political and economical aspects of the 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.
New starting point in 1861, allowing players to experience the US Civil War from the start
Manufacture reasons to go to war with other countries, all in the name of the great game of power
Civilize your country with various new reform paths to ultimately become equal with the western nations
A new system of popular movements that can be appeased or suppressed, but if ignored, will become the revolutionaries of tomorrow
Improved interface, with more information easily available and improving gameplay
A House Divided is the first expansion to Victoria 2. It adds some nice features. There is the new American Civil War start date (1861) that feels different. The CSA are great fun forcing you to try things and see if they work. You also have to think about the future because no matter how you look at it even if you survive the USA is still very threatening to you. It is a very fun playthrough that can be fun to try. The new UI allows you to get the information you want faster and not waste time and that is always nice. Also the game feels much more balanced and does not get stale that often. This makes the game feel much more complete and that is a great thing. Buy it!
Victoria 2 is a fun game with certain flaws. Its first expansion, A House Divided, fixes many of these flaws and makes the game finally feel complete. AHD offers an improved interface, a new starting point, and some much needed diplomatic and political options that help to flesh out the parts of the game that felt unfinished. The first thing you'll notice is the 1861 starting point. This is extremely welcome, as the American Civil War often showed up in weird ways in the base game. With this new starting point for the grand campaign, you can finally play the Civil War with its historical setup. The new diplomatic options also allow for multiple ways to create casus bellis, or reasons for war, and give you more peace options. You can even end up with great wars, if you're not careful... while encountering something akin to World War I was almost impossible in the base game, with the expansion, it can (and does) happen. The expansion offers various other tweaks, too, including some economic rebalancing. A House Divided is a must-have for anyone who has enjoyed Victoria 2.
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