Summary: Game has an interesting premise. And paradox has a great game engine. However this game is just like Europa Universalis/ It has no point - no end. Additionally the AI political engine is too one sided against the player and wars are also difficult.
Summary: I was a huge fan of the first Victoria, but this one is still unplayable due to a host of issues: --An AI that is hyper aggressive and, unlike almost all previous Paradox games, cannot be turned down. --A assimilation modifier that reduces far flung empires into the ethnic homogeneity of a country club. --Massive AI colonial armies that carry all before them. --etc.
Summary: Game is good when or if it works , patch 1.1 was ok, patch 1.2 made game machanics worse game is very buggy, if you're patient and loves game bugs, then this is the game for you seems like every or any country you pick to play has a specific bug due to event that comes along playing them (France being the worst by 500%(due to CTD's every few minutes) after 1885 which make it pretty much unplayable) next patch would be victoria 3 and would cost you another $39.99