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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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  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: 32 out of 47
  2. Negative: 7 out of 47
  1. Jul 27, 2020
    10
    Хорошая игра,инетерсно играть особенно с друзьями
  2. Jun 7, 2011
    10
    great game i loved it even though it had some bugs it was able to keep me happy due to the large about of countries and 100 years of game playgreat game i loved it even though it had some bugs it was able to keep me happy due to the large about of countries and 100 years of game play long live the Punjabi empire Expand
  3. 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
  4. Nov 11, 2020
    9
    This review contains spoilers, click expand to view. Lets be honest, this is not a game for everyone, it can be over complex and sometimes it feels like artificial difficulty, that is 1 of 2 reasons why I think its not perfect, you can play as almost every country, the game obtains mantain loyalty to real life, and at the same time it obtains to mix them with the ficticius things, every single thing is important to keep you empire, and the battles are very simple, contrasting with the rest of the game Expand
  5. Dec 11, 2011
    8
    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,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
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  6. Oct 25, 2011
    7
    Paradox games are generally only playable after their first expansion by which most of the worst bugs and imbalances are ironed out (EU 3 isParadox 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
  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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