Victoria II [Download]
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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 II 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 colonization.
Experience an in-depth political simulation where every action you take will have various consequences all over 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.
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Platform: PC Download | Edition: Standard
Top Customer Reviews
Victoria 2 is a Grand Strategy game in which you take over any country in existence at the start of 1836. You control the armies, research and some of the politics of your nation, making treaties with other nations, competing for influence, economic power, or just conquering them. It's complex at times, but if you pick the right country (I recommend Belgium), it's easy to learn. The tutorials are also very enlightening, and a strategy guide is available free at the Paradox forums for registered owners of the game.
Vicky 2 offers an amazing variety. Texas and Tripoli start the game in wars of independence which are tough to survive. Japan has not yet westernized, but once she does, she's a powerhouse. As you improve in the game you can take on more challenging countries, can Krackow free Poland? Can you form Italy as Sardinia-Piedmont? Germany as Hannover? Most players will start as Great Powers early on, France, Russia, Britain, the USA. As I play any game I see a dozen other countries I'd like to try.
You can delve into the details of your people, your "Pops", are their taxes too high? Are imports too expensive? Or you can recruit soldiers and conquer your neighbors. If you become one of the top 8 powers, you can also exert influence diplomatically, adding countries to your Sphere of Influence, which can be a huge boost to your economy, since nations in your SoI buy from you before anyone else.Read more ›
Interface-This is much more aesthetically appealing than the original Victoria, but somewhat less intuitive. A few hours of playing makes it second nature, although it can be overwhelming at times. The tutorials provide great help to climb the steep learning curve, but other research is required to fully enjoy Victoria II. (See below)
Economy-A much more realistic simulation of goods production and factory construction, Victoria II also added several new classes of POPs to use. Rather than an "all-or-nothing" manufacturing system, it gives you the option of using Artisans to simulate a cottage industry, as well as traditional Capitalists to build factories and railroads. It is no longer necessary to micromanage all construction, but you have the option of doing so if state-controlled economy is your style. I love being able to let the economy grow naturally, without too much input from the user, but again, that is a question of style.
Diplomacy-Arguably the best part of the game, diplomatic relations between countries are now far more important than wars of conquest. Unlike its predecessor, diplomacy in Victoria II revolves not only around a "relations" rating, but also the Great Powers' attempts to influence nations into their "Sphere of Influence" which is then used for unification events, military advantage, or economic leverage. A wide range of options are available, from discrediting other nations to banning their embassies, creating a realistic diplomatic simulation.Read more ›
Another example: I'm playing as Japan, which, in real life, was a feudal society with no concept of liberalism or equality back in the early 19th century when the game starts. Almost immediately, I start getting Jacobin rebels. JACOBIN REBELS? IN MEDIEVAL JAPAN? Japan should not even be able to get rebels based on western ideals until the Meiji Restoration event occurs, since the Japanese had no major contact with Westerners until Emperor Meiji began the process of modernization in the latter half of the 19th century.
This game has the potential to be great if they fix everything with patches, but on the other hand, they never should half released an unfinished product like this. Of course, game developers release half finished products all the time these days, so it doesn't surprise me that Paradox did.
--An AI that is hyper aggressive and, unlike almost all previous Paradox games, cannot be turned down.
--A assimilation modifier that reduces far flung empires into the ethnic homogeneity of a country club.
--Massive AI colonial armies that carry all before them.
The good thing is, these issues shouldn't be too hard to resolve, but then Paradox has been extremely lax in this regard of late (e.g. Hearts of Iron 3, which is still a trainwreck more than a year after release), and their response in the forums to issues like mass assimilation is basically denial and the bizzare insistence that half of India turning into cultural Britons is WAD.
Message: Come back in a year one an expansion is out, then see what people are saying.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
game is good but too short if yall put it never end will be betterPublished 10 days ago by Joshua hernandez
The game was purchased and downloaded successfully. Upon starting the game on two separate computers which had the minimum requirements necessary the game proceeded to freeze and... Read morePublished 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
So many glitches and errors, constantly ad to uninstall and reinstall. Terrible.Published 4 months ago by Amazon Customer
I don't have enough time for a game that takes 2 weeks to learn. Games worthless to me.Published 4 months ago by TL Myers
I think the time period presented in Victoria and now Victoria 2 is one of the most intriguing historical eras - 1836-1936. Read morePublished 11 months ago by C. Monk
Can be redownloaded if my PC has to be cleared, so that's good, but I'll probably buy the expansion packs included at the Apple Store for $30, when i get my macPublished 19 months ago by Tom Beddoes