Summary: To call Victoria II dense would be a gross understatement. It's a pound cake, with each ingredient -- the tangled politics, vast wars, and simulated economies -- adding greater depth and increasingly complex, interweaving systems. Even for those who consider themselves to be an experienced Europa Universalis player, as I do, it can be a daunting grand strategy title.
Summary: Victoria II: A House Divided adds 1861 as a new starting point to Victoria II . This puts you right at the beginning of the American Civil War, meaning you can pick the Confederate States of America as your faction. This expansion is about more than just the Civil War, though. It also gives us a new user interface, better revolutions, new ways to initiate wars, and more reasons to play as an uncivilized nation.
Victoria II gets out of the house, goes into Africa
20 May 2013
Excerpt: Today is Victoria Day. No joke. It’s a holiday they celebrate in some countries. I’ve never heard of a Europa Universalis Day or Crusader Kings Day or Hearts of Iron Day. Just a Victoria Day. Fitting. Victoria is one of the most Important strategy games ever made. Victoria II presents history as something that happens because of populations rather than something achieved by individuals or mandated by governments.
Excerpt: Colonialism is a touchy matter, especially when it comes to video games, but the development team at Paradox Development Studio has chosen to make it one of the core elements of the second big expansion for Victoria II, suggestively called Heart of Darkness.Fortunately, the studio understands how to sanitize its gran...
Conclusion: Victoria 2 is one of those games where it's easy to expect more from it than it can actually give. Giving its dedication to history, depth, strategy etc... fans can get a bit carried away. Newcomers to the franchise may find it hard to get to grips with at first, but the tutorials do a decent job of easing you in, and as we said, the more you play the more you learn!
Excerpt: This expansion mainly focuses on the American Civil War, but also adds a few more features and upgrades. Strong Points: Very re-playable and open-ended campaign, more events and national decisions, easy navigation in the GUI Weak Points: repetitive soundtrack Moral Warnings: None
Pros: Very re-playable and open-ended campaign, more events and national decisions, easy navigation in the GUI
Excerpt: While some strategy games place you in command of a general/hero in relatively fast-paced action, Victoria 2 helps you create the bigger picture, by giving you the opportunity to create or change a country’s history during the Victorian time period.
Excerpt: Victoria II is the sequel to Paradox Interactive Victoria: An Empire Under the Sun. Keeping of course in the same vain, Victoria II is another detailed historical strategy game. It is much like some of those classic tabletop board games but with OUT the huge set up time involved. The game has a rather user friendly interface, so players will be friendly rulers and tyrants in no time.
Excerpt: rand strategy titles attract visionaries but often satisfy only micromanagers. Statecraft is a tricky simulation: too few levers of power and one may as well play combines depth and delegation, allowing armchair viziers to focus on objectives spanning decades while zooming in, as they want, on a micrometric level.