Generally favorable reviews - based on 36 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 32 out of 36
  2. Negative: 0 out of 36
  1. Oct 25, 2022
    Victoria 3 is a video game that existed as a hope and a meme for so long that it’s hard for any real-world product to satisfy every fan. But the game as it stands on launch, with its focus on pops, its economic model, and its diplomatic plays concept, should satisfy most newcomers and long-term fans. Some mechanics feel a little undercooked but will surely be built upon via expansions. I really want to see more depth for internal politics and diplomacy. The launch version of Victoria 3 still delivers a great grand strategy experience that allows players to engage with an exciting historical period, as long as they invest time and energy.
  2. Oct 24, 2022
    What is here though is a deep simulation where every aspect of your nation interweaves with itself telling a story that you built. I’ve never been this in love with a strategy game before. I finally found the one for me, and I won’t need another one for quite a long while.
  3. Nov 16, 2022
    Victoria 3 hides its light under a bushel, but once you invest enough time to get acquainted with all of its mechanics, you’ll realize it’s one of the best, most engaging grand strategies ever.
  4. Oct 31, 2022
    Victoria 3 is a game that has captivated me now for weeks. I love the level of granular detail Paradox Games allow me to dive into, and Victoria 3 has this in droves. But my favorite parts of Paradox Games are the alternate history playthroughs. I found myself talking to friends and family about the quirks of the countries in my playthrough as if it were real geopolitical news. Every second in Vicky 3 I was hooked, sometimes finding myself sitting at my desk for hours into the night, losing track of the time yet never getting tired of the simulation. I craved more. And for me, that is high praise. As someone for who it takes quite a bit to really hook me, Victoria 3 certainly has in a big way. In fact, I think I’ll start my next campaign right now.
  5. Oct 24, 2022
    Quotation forthcoming.
  6. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 is an excellent addition to the Grand Strategy genre that I think will very much live up to expectations. There are a few issues but it does many more things right than it does wrong. Victoria 3 is a highlight amongst strategy games released this year, and I’m extremely impressed by the developers making peace just as fun and engaging as war. This is a must play for anyone who likes grand strategy titles, but wants to play something a little different compared to its competitors.
  7. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 is an incredibly detailed strategy game that’s as laborious as it is rewarding. You’ll need to put in the work and be prepared to spend a lot of time busying yourself while waiting for things to complete.
  8. Oct 26, 2022
    Victoria 3 finally arrives after years of incessant requests from the Paradox community and grand strategies, and it does it in style. The team responsible for the new chapter has managed to implement what fans were hoping for: expand, innovate and simplify a system of social and economic simulation without sacrificing the complexity that had so amazed already in the second title of the series. Victoria 3 is not a game for everyone but all those who want to play it hard will see this "investment" highly rewarded.
  9. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 is very complex. You'll need a lot of your time to get it up and running, but once you do, it's very entertaining. With some graphics and loading time deficiencies, but still almost a gem.
  10. Oct 26, 2022
    This game should be used as a training tool for politicians worldwide. A harsh, uncompromising simulation of global socioeconomic power struggle.
  11. Oct 25, 2022
    A deep and well-crafted economic simulator, not without flaws or room for improvement, but still immensely fun and faithful to the spirit that made the series great.
  12. Oct 24, 2022
    If not the most complex socio-economic simulator out there, Victoria 3 is certainly the most fun and user-friendly. Another hit and another "nextgen" strategy game after Crusader Kings 3.
  13. Oct 25, 2022
    Victoria 3 is a complex grand strategy game, however Paradox Development Studio went above and beyond to make it accessible to anyone with enough patience to learn the basics of how it works.
  14. Oct 24, 2022
    If you’d like a chance to lead millions and create a nation to rival all others, then this is the game for you. Just be careful what you wish for. The role of a leader can be fickle and overwhelming at times.
  15. If you're a fan of strategy games, the big society simulation Victoria 3 offers very high quality dynamics that will take you to other lands.
  16. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3's attractive historical sandbox is filled with potential, but it's on you to unlock it.
  17. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 is a well-done, amazing, deep and potentially infinite grande strategy, exactly what we expected from Paradox.
  18. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 is a fantastic business simulation game. But unique and unusual as it is, it will not please everyone.
  19. Nov 7, 2022
    A grand strategy simulation game depicting the global situation from Belle Époque era to interwar period. Though the game managed to embody a big world with amazing details, it is still quite boring in visual-wise since pretty much all design is focused on diplomacy and economy system. I'm sure you will have fun while playing it after getting used to it, but the process to it is quite tough.
  20. Jan 19, 2023
    Be patient, work through your failures. If you do, you’ll get to enjoy a truly fascinating simulation of the 19th century world with all its diplomacy, trade and social developments. War is secondary. And it’s for the best.
  21. Nov 16, 2022
    If you are a grand strategy fan, and you are one of those people who avoids war whenever possible (I know you’re out there), Victoria 3 is the game for you. What it lacks in breadth it makes up for in depth. There isn’t a more sophisticated nation simulator around, and the game will only grow in time. Much like The Sims before, Paradox games tend to have dozens of expansion packs. I will probably leave Victoria 3 installed in anticipation of those. This is a gigantic, excellent strategy game and for some people (nerds), it’s going to be a fave.
  22. Nov 4, 2022
    Victoria 3 deserves high praise as a very good title. Building and changing a society becomes really engaging. The only worrying part is the plans to expand the game through small, but potentially expensive DLCs.
  23. Nov 2, 2022
    Victoria 3 is a game that requires patience and homework, but once you get the hang of things can be tons of fun. The game offers so much variety both in terms of ways to play and succeed along with unique challenges in the array of nations to choose from to play with. Victoria 3 definitely has some things it can improve on and can be a lot to ingest for new players. However, we already know there are more updates and content coming in the pipeline so there will be continued support and Victoria 3 can only get better from here.
  24. Oct 28, 2022
    Victoria 3 is like a giant, complex machine where each gear affecting all the other gears. It just needs some more maintenance though.
  25. Oct 26, 2022
    Victoria 3 is a complex and deep global strategy game that can pull you in for hundreds of hours. But attempt to make it accessible to beginners isn't successful.
  26. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 is the kind of game that sucks me in and doesn't let me go, whether I'm trying to turn Hawaii into an anarcho-communist utopia or make Afghanistan the centerpiece of the global economy by monopolizing the opium trade. The scope and depth of its simulation is remarkable. I would need to double the length of this review just to explain the enormity of it in full. And that's only outdone by the fact that it actually runs well. I wish there was a fair bit less overall jank and weird AI behavior taking me out of the illusion, and the warfare system feels very work-in-progress. But that hasn't stopped me from playing it until the sun comes up more than a couple times in the last few weeks. It's a great first step, with an even more promising tomorrow.
  27. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 is an excellent game. Despite its complexity and intransigence, it is a real pleasure to play. A game that we can only recommend to history lovers.
  28. Oct 24, 2022
    Quotation forthcoming.
  29. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 is a grand strategy game with perhaps too much depth and complexity for genre newbies, and genre veterans might find the simplified warfare a turn-off. That said, I am wholly invested. It’s the most sandboxy of the Paradox lineup so far and I’ve been enjoying my time with it immensely. It is gorgeous, impressive, and absolutely worth the time it takes to learn. Now onto my fourth playthrough. The World Welsh Order will rise, mark my words.
  30. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 returns in all its glory and does not tune down its difficulty level. It's not a game for all, but once mastered it shows a depth that only a few other titles can boast.
  31. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 is a political and economic simulation of unparalleled depth, complexity and indifference to you. Stumble upon a narrative hook and it can reel you in, even if it struggles to maintain a human connection.
  32. Oct 24, 2022
    An ambitious, beautiful, and obsessively detailed society simulation that still needs to iron out a few rough edges.
  33. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 does a brilliant job of bringing this era of global politics alive. Its brilliant law systems create a truly enigmatic power struggle that will keep us playing for many hours to come. While there is a lack of flavour for some of the smaller nations and a handful of other problems that stop Victoria 3 being as good as it could be, there’s a vast myriad of strategies available to players, and many ways to plot out a successful campaign. And ultimately, that’s all that we want from a strategy game: the freedom to make credible choices.
  34. Oct 24, 2022
    So will Victoria 3 end up like Stellaris, which released to middling reviews but received years of updates that transformed it into a sublime experience? Or will it suffer the fate of Imperator: Rome, which launched in 2019 but had its support cut last year, leaving the game functional but tantalizingly unfinished? There are no shortage of directions for Victoria 3 to go in, but whether it fulfills its own economic goals remains unknown. I wasn’t always satisfied with it, but I am rooting for it.
  35. Oct 24, 2022
    Victoria 3 is, without a doubt, grand in scale and scope, and it's downright gorgeous, too. Sadly, the countless mechanics mean that there are too many moving parts, which lead to more questions than answers. The automation and streamlining of battle is, likewise, a baffling change. Even as a veteran of Paradox Interactive's games, this is still one series that I can't get behind.
  36. Jan 23, 2023
    Overall, Victoria 3 offers a lot of play for those interested in grand strategy, with a number of detailed and complex systems to learn over time. It’s also a solid entry point for people newer to the famously complicated genre, but experienced vets looking for engaging wars or more historically-focused titles should either keep an eye on future updates or look elsewhere.
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  1. Oct 24, 2022
    An extraordinarily detailed economy and range of interlinking systems make Victoria 3 a grand strategy to rival some of Paradox's best. [Eurogamer Recommended]
  2. Oct 24, 2022
    Even the world itself is a bummer. Victoria 3's map is beautiful, even more than Crusader King 3's, a globe bristling with colour and variety and an ever-changing landscape as cities and railroads expand over the decades. But you rarely, if ever, actually use it. This enormous 3D recreation of the entire planet is sitting in the middle of your screen for almost the entire time you play the game, taking up huge amounts of real estate, and you almost never (there are a few exceptions) have to click on it, since the game’s primary interactions are all more quickly and easily handled via sidebars and buttons. It’s a real shame!
  3. Making entertainment media rooted in the recent past is never easy. The interactive nature of games makes that even trickier, and Paradox is no stranger to certain groups deciding that presenting historical reality is equal to endorsement. Victoria 3 succeeds at rendering a tumultuous chapter in world history with a straightforward grace that educates as much as it entertains, encouraging reflection and empathy in the process.
User Score

Generally unfavorable reviews- based on 101 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 35 out of 101
  2. Negative: 49 out of 101
  1. Oct 29, 2022
    2/10 likely to be another Imperator. Even if you look beyond the RNG mess of Warfare its not that "good" a game.
  2. Oct 28, 2022
    As a veteran Paradox gamer (Began with HOI2 and played all of Paradox's main titles since) I had very high hopes for V3, until I saw theirAs a veteran Paradox gamer (Began with HOI2 and played all of Paradox's main titles since) I had very high hopes for V3, until I saw their shockingly bad and empty war system. Victoria 3 had the depth of a free online browser and its gameplay consists of clicking on what to build in a specific order to increase your economy so you can build more stuff and keep the pops happy. It's a browser type button clicker with no strategy, no tactics, no personal direction - nothing. You just click what to build so you can build something else, so you can then build something else. It's painfully boring... My main gripe is with the system of war. Firstly, you build barracks, employ generals and choose the basic area you want their forces to attack. The rest is in the hands of the AI. This means that there is almost ZERO strategy involved, it all depends on what you were able to build coupled with some luck... In previous Vic titles and other paradox titles, you could win wars with the odds stacked against you using your own strategy, such as holding back your forces and keeping them in good order until the enemy was impacted by attrition and you could join with a friendly army to defeat a larger enemy army. You could place your army at an advantageous position and win a battle. Leave the enemy grow tired of trying to storm your forts... Vic 3 has NONE of this. NOTHING. The main part of Vic 2 and other PRD titles was engaging in wars with a healthy economy, industry and politics. So when you go to war you can feel like a general, a strategist, whatever. This has no indepth war mechanics. It's insane. I honestly feel very angry its so bad. THANKFULLY I got to play this for free, personally if this game was 10e I'd prob still give it as pass. Don't waste your money. It's getting 2/10 and the only reason is for the map graphics and the clicky clicky part of it... Full Review »
  3. Oct 26, 2022
    Long time paradox fan and player, since 2006, I've always supported most games but also called out Paradox when they made a mistake or a badLong time paradox fan and player, since 2006, I've always supported most games but also called out Paradox when they made a mistake or a bad game. This is a mistake. Warfare is terrible, the game is unpolished and is a rip off for $ 50, especially when we live in times when people have little spare cash. Fix the game. Full Review »