Victoria II

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.

Genre: Strategy Released: 13 August 2010


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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 industrialization, 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.


  • Deeply engrossing political simulation with dozens of different governments.
  • Detailed economy with over fifty different types of goods and various production factories.
  • Over 200 different countries can be played, during the era stretching from 1835 to the onset of WWII.
  • Advanced Technological system with thousands of inventions to discover.
  • Improved graphics and interface, as well as multiplayer support.
  • A streamlined interface makes the game easily accessible.
  • Automation of various tasks including, trade and population promotion.
  • Advanced spheres of influences system, where the great powers battle over the control of the world.
  • Cottage production simulating pre-industrial economies.
  • Gunboat Diplomacy, no need for negotiating as a fleet outside a port may be a more persuasive argument.
  • Historical and Dynamic missions guiding your country through the history.
  • Multi-Player up to 32 Players!


Minimum System Requirements

Operating System(s): Windows® XP/Vista/7™
CPU: 2.4GHz Intel® Pentium® IV / AMD 3500+
Video: nVidia® GeForce™ 8800 or ATI Radeon™ X1900
Sound: DirectX compatible
Hard Drive: 2GB free
DirectX: 9
Multiplayer: Internet required
DRM: None/Serial (Non-Steam Version!)


Additional Information

Game Language(s): English, French, German, Italian, Spanish

Updated to Version 1.2

Game Details

  • Title: Victoria II
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Release Date: 13 August 2010
  • File Size: 485.6 MB
  • Rating Descriptor:
    ESRB: Teen for
  • Rating: Esrb_teen

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August 26, 2010 Victoria II

Good title, if you like political and economic simulations. I prefer more of a build base and go kill game, but this was not bad -- worth a try.

I heard the Paradox CEO shaved his head at E3 because if this title... kewl

August 26, 2010 Victoria II

By 1860 everyone's country in the world breaks down into jacobin revolts and the world economy collapses. Both game-breaking bugs that were known about when they released the game. Those are just the tip of the iceberg. Paradox is incapable of releasing a game that isn't infested with bugs because they do not have testing and quality control. They just program up to release day, promise everyone that there are no bugs even though they know for a fact that the game is eaten up with them, and then release a completely bug-ridden game, every time. HOI3, which they released last year at this time, still isn't playable. Do yourself a favor and wait for the first expansion, and then the first patch for the expansion, before picking up this game. Better yet, wait 3-4 years for the third expansion. EU3 with HTTT is a good game. Finally. If you buy this now intending to play a game, rather than fool around like a beta-tester, than you will be sorely disappointed and frustrated.

August 26, 2010 Victoria II

Much better and improved from the first release.

If you've ever wanted to run a country in the 1800's to just before World War 2, then this is a game for you. This isn't a warmongering game where you send your armies to conquer everything in site, instead this is more of a political and economical simulator. You make many political decisions during the course of your country's existence, from events that pop-up, controlling taxes, change governments, appeasing your lower/middle/upper class citizens, manipulate the system to get certain political parties into power, use gunboat diplomacy, and much more. Basically, it's a giant historical sandbox game that you can do anything you want in.

The only drawbacks to the game are there are some bugs that *can* hamper your gameplay a bit. For instance, there seems to be a giant iron shortage in late game which can really bring your nation to a halt (if your not playing a great power - even then it may slow a bit). On top of that, there are rebellion problems in late game as well. From what the developers on the Paradox forums are saying, is that they are looking into it, so on the bright side it is very likely that those issues will be addressed relatively soon.

I'm giving this game a solid 8.0/10, and if the bugs and gameplay issues were fixed I would give this a solid 8.5/10. The game itself is a lot of fun, and it gives you a refreshing feeling of playing something different than what the mainstream video game market provides. The game is easier to get into than the original Victoria, yet it may intimidate some people who are new to the genre due to it's size and complexity. On the bright side, due to it's depth and complexity it has a lot of replay value.

Will you take a uncivilized nation and turn it into a great power of the 19th century? Only time will tell!

August 25, 2010 Victoria II

This isn't a Sim City style game. It's very detailed. I haven't gotten through it all yet, because it's long. "Ruling a country" is well thought out, even to the citizenry revolting if not controlled. Pretty intense really, can't be done in a weekend. So far, my fav era is pre-industrialization.

August 25, 2010 Victoria II

Awesome! Stats and charts, rebellions and world domination? Can't get better than this!

August 24, 2010 Victoria II

Victoria is so overwhelming and complex that you might feel as if you'd been hit by a locomotive

August 24, 2010 Victoria II

The endless complications involved with even apparently simple tasks will put off all but the most committed. Warfare is usually oversimplified, but this game makes it awkward.

August 24, 2010 Victoria II

one of the most open ended games u will ever play! Learning curve its insane n unlike Victoria I paradox included lots of tutorials.very addictivE

August 24, 2010 Victoria II

Great tutorials and very addictive. Really intricate and challenging. It takes a lot to run a country! So much fun to play.

August 24, 2010 Victoria II

@jpeasy QFT!

Best paradox game I've ever played -- PLAY AS THE DUTCH.

August 24, 2010 Victoria II

While this isn't revolutionary enough to win over those who have found Paradox's grand-strategy efforts too grueling in the past, Victoria II is a more accessible version of this demanding style of game. That said, this remains a challenging, intricate experience that won't be for everyone.

August 18, 2010 Victoria II

WhizBang! This is a scootin goody! World Domination isn't as easy as it looks. Fast download, though. First time buying here and it seems good so far, NPs. I like the new II edition.

August 18, 2010 Victoria II

This is my favorite period of history. I love being a world leader and guiding my country through the Industrial Revolution to world domination. I'm already thinking about what country I'll rule next.

August 17, 2010 Victoria II

Victoria 2 is an incredibly complex game. This is, in part, the magic that is Paradox’s strategy method. If you should figure it all out, there is a wealth of gameplay here that few other games can rival. Paradox has done it again; a round of applause for this release.