- Summary: Created by the developers of Europa Universalis and Hearts of Iron, Victoria 2 is a grand strategy game set during the colonial era of the 19th century and is scheduled for release in Q3 2010. Gamers will guide their nation from the era of absolute monarchies in the early 19th century, through expansion and colonization in hopes of becoming a truly great power by the dawn of the 20th century.… Expand
Though a bit buggy when first released Victoria II is still a solid strategy game. Victoria II has a lot of detail, from tech trees, to POPs, trade, diplomacy, and a lot of historical data. While in other games of paradox this level of detail is usually accompanied by a steep learning curve which would make many people hate the series, but Victoria II seems alot more balanced and straight forward. Worried about the tech tree? Well don't worry it's literally straight forward at what you need for the next tech, and not all techs are available to you at once unlike HoI 3 which you literally could research everything way before you should, especially if you like to cheat. Diplomacy in Victoria II is a bit screwy, but is still manageable and usable. Sure, vanilla Victoria II doesn't allow you to kick out **** members of your sphere of influence but that isn't reason enough to not like or play this game. The political system seems to be well balanced on reality, with my only complaint being that's really really hard to try to get 1 party from 3% to 20+ unless it's the basic liberal or conservative parties aka really hard to create a Fascist, Communist, or anything else really nation. Now the economy system is not as straight forward as it could (ease of use), but is significantly easier when compared to other paradox games, where controlling the economy is important (I highly suggest looking into an online guide for this). Administration, is really easy to manage, make the tax levels for each of the 3 classes (lower, middle, upper), set tariffs, and decide what to spend on. (Education, Administrating, Recruits, Raw materials you need, etc.)
All and all Victoria II is a good game with some flaws, and a bit of a learning curve, but is still playable. Though I wouldn't pay more than $30 for it. 8/10… Expand
7Paradox games are generally only playable after their first expansion by which most of the worst bugs and imbalances are ironed out (EU 3 is an exception that took more than one expansions to be the great game it currently is). I think this is also true for Victoria II even though it was released much more finished than the horrible HOI 3. The good thing about Paradox interactive is that they actively keep updating their games even several months and years after their release. As of the current version the game still suffers from many small problems but it has an active modding community and an expansion on its way.… Expand
4Paradox has a habit of releasing buggy games. They have such a habit of releasing games in such a poor state I just cannot abide by getting any of their titles until a 5-6 month cooldown period has passed.
Case in point Hearts of Iron 3. What a mess this game was at launch. I wanted many many months and just got it for 8 dollars on Amazon. Now I feel that I will get my value out of the title. Europa Universalis complete is also 7 dollars on Amazon for the holidays so I will probably snatch that one up also.
Victoria 2 was a notoriously bad game. My suggestion? Wait and go for the AGEOD title Pride of Nations. A tried and true engine and I am sure that they will release a fairly stable product. In fact the only one I can think of that did not work out well for them was World War One. At least at first. Since its release it has been fixed.
Link here to Pride of Nations: http://www.ageod-forum.com/forumdisplay.php?f=250… Expand