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  • 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,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
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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 17
  2. Negative: 0 out of 17
  1. Saying that it stands head-and-shoulders above all of the scant competition for grand-strategy kingship almost goes without saying.
  2. Victoria 2 proves that "games for brainiacs" can be accessible and fun. It doesn't have enough strength to steal spotlight from Civilization V, but you won't get a better game this year if you prefer more serious entertainment.
  3. PC Gamer
    76
    A few too many minor annoyances gang up to keep Paradox's most polished release from reaching greatness. [Nov 2010, p.76]
  4. PC PowerPlay
    Oct 27, 2010
    70
    Addictive, nerdy and totally epic strategy. [Dec 2010, p.56]
  5. As impossibly complex as it is deep, but running your own empire proves to be hugely engrossing for those that put in the man hours.
  6. LEVEL (Czech Republic)
    50
    Extremely patient gamers with a soft spot for 19th Century strategies are welcome here to enjoy the Golden Age. No other human being should try this title – by no means. [Issue#195]

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 23 out of 37
  2. Negative: 7 out of 37
  1. Apr 19, 2011
    10
    I consider myself well read of history. I love to read about the period which this game takes place and have always done the 'what if'I consider myself well read of history. I love to read about the period which this game takes place and have always done the 'what if' senarios in my head. What if the CSA won the Civil War? What if Germany never unified? In this game I set out to play those what ifs. I played as the House of Lippe (a german province) never unifying with the rest of germany. Instead I conquered it. conquered parts of poland and later became a great power. I ended the game colonizing africa and being a super power. This game is full of those what ifs. Expand
  2. Aug 31, 2015
    10
    This game is still rough around the edges, but without doubt the best one made. The only thing Paradox should be ashamed of when it comes toThis game is still rough around the edges, but without doubt the best one made. The only thing Paradox should be ashamed of when it comes to this game is just compeletely abandoning it while going on the add tonnes of expansion and bug fixes to the inferior Europa Univeralis, and just completely dedicating all work to the RGP (not even real strategy) Crusader Kings. The company has a backward investment policy. As naive as I sound, hopefully they can one day turn back and actually pay more attention to this title, and make the other titles more like this one. This game is like the misunderstood child at school, that one day grows up to become a genius. Unfortunately this day hasn't come yet. Expand
  3. Jul 31, 2012
    10
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. This game has lots of depth and really impressed me! But I think it was kind of falsely advertised, as from first glance I thought is was part of the total war series, or at least something similar. When I got it home I had a shock but in many ways a good one! This Game was memorable, but not as good as the total war series. Close though Expand
  4. Jan 3, 2016
    8
    Good game. Everything is pretty much covered. You even have a little history.

    The only downside is more often than not, there ain't any
    Good game. Everything is pretty much covered. You even have a little history.

    The only downside is more often than not, there ain't any World War I in the game unless you launch that scenario. WWI never happens for me.

    A good buy at 10$ or less.
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  5. Jun 4, 2011
    8
    I quite enjoyed it although it has it's share of issues including a persistent problem with the world market and a few other pesky bugs. TheI quite enjoyed it although it has it's share of issues including a persistent problem with the world market and a few other pesky bugs. The game has tremendous potential though. I think with a strong expansion pack, it'll become a classic. Expand
  6. Oct 9, 2010
    6
    Where to start with Victoria 2, it at its heart is just plain inferior to its predecessor, Victoria Revolutions. It's sad to say but what thisWhere to start with Victoria 2, it at its heart is just plain inferior to its predecessor, Victoria Revolutions. It's sad to say but what this game improves is utterly out shadowed by what it loses and this is the same for Hearts of Iron 3. Here's what the game does right this, fantastically improved military system making war actually entertaining, the tech tree isn't limited to a few arbitrary techs, the addition of secondary powers, and a easier to follow capitalist system. Now for what hampers this game, the new graphics make the game run slower which may not sound like a big deal but honestly you never do much but sit in Victoria so now you're just sitting longer which is tedious, The AI upon the games release don't do anything weakingling AI in Hearts of Iron do more than these guys, Nearly every historical event was flushed down the toilet which makes the game feel like its meandering and without historical wars or events NOTHING HAPPENS, Colonization is totally stupid now since only major and secondary nations can do it (Sorry Argentina) and your ability to colonize is based on national focus which is based on pop so it only allows you to colonize 3ish provinces at one time, finally the game is disturbingly buggy which is shameful for a game just released since it means they barely product tested it. All and all the original is just a better game doesn't make this game horrible it just isn't worth the money yet since the first is mega cheap. Expand
  7. Sep 13, 2011
    0
    Paradox games is one of my most disliked game companies. Victoria 2 is a pile of jetsam, the game just don`t got what it takes. I keep askingParadox games is one of my most disliked game companies. Victoria 2 is a pile of jetsam, the game just don`t got what it takes. I keep asking myself why did I buy this game, I will never get another Paradox game again. Expand

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