Victoria II (Windows)

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Victoria II is a strategy game set in the 19th century, more exactly between 1836 and 1937. In comparison to other Paradox strategy games like Hearts of Iron III the focus lies less on warfare (which is still important, after all the time period covers World War I) and more on domestic politics.

The core gameplay takes place in menu screens. There the player analyzes numbers and adjusts them. He has to take care of the five main pillars of a state: army, naval, industry, trade and culture. Each of those sections has multiple subdivisions, e.g. research, diplomacy, budget or production. Trading is fully automated but the player can still things. It is also important to note that all these settings are interconnected and have long-time consequences.

The world map is important for warfare. Here the player moves his armies from one province to another. Of course there are multiple factors to keep in mind, e.g. tactical troop movement for offense and defense, replenishment lines or morale. The game is played in real-time, but it can be paused or accelerated. There are about 200 nations available for play (depending on the starting year); ranging from big players like Great Britain or Austria to small countries like Texas.


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Absolute Games ( Aug 16, 2010 86 out of 100 86
Girl Gamers UK Aug 31, 2010 8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars8.5 Stars 85
Cyber Stratege Aug 24, 2010 8 out of 10 80
Impulse Gamer Sep, 2010 7.8 out of 10 78
Electronic Theatre Aug 30, 2010 78 out of 100 78
GameStar (Germany) Aug 16, 2010 75 out of 100 75 Aug 17, 2010 7 out of 10 70
GameZone Sep 10, 2010 7 out of 10 70
Hooked Gamers Aug 18, 2010 6.8 out of 10 68
Gamers Daily News Aug 16, 2010 6 out of 10 60


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Patrick Bregger (133132) added Victoria II (Windows) on Jul 06, 2011
Other platforms contributed by Kabushi (134433)