Posted: June 27
Victoria 2, yet another Grand Strategy Game produced by Paradox Interactive, however unlike Hearts of Iron taking you through the second world war, Victoria 2 takes you through the Victorian era, a period of colonization, nationalism, industrialization, and westernization. You play literally as any country from 1836, from the United States of Central America to the Free City of Kraków, and guide it through the Industrial era and the Victorian era.
Forge your destiny as you guide your nation through 100 years of industrialization, war, and colonization, vie for Great Power status and sign Alliances that at a split second, could be aimed at you, survive anarcho-liberal uprisings and anti-western partisans as you try to westernize as Japan. Along with nations that already exist, there are some that are relasable or formable; defeat the Russian Empire as Sweden and form Scandinavia, release Scotland from the United Kingdom and form your own Empire. Play as Prussia and Form The North German Confederation, and then Germany, play as Two Sicilies and form Italy, play as France and become a giant blob, the choice is yours, for 100 years you are free to achieve your goals, and watch the world change, not even the AI choose the same path each time.
Will the Communist Rebels in France take Paris and install their own government? Will the Anarcho-Liberal anarchists take power in Russia? Will America spread burgers throughout the world? Will the Soviet Union fall to Democratic Germany, will Fascist France continue its rivalry with Communist Britain? Will Australia become a Communist Global power and vie with Democratic New Zealand? Or will the Democratic Rebels in the West stutter the Aussies' Chances? Will the Irish Rebels beat back the British units and declare independence? Will Liberia colonize all of Africa before the scramble even starts? Will Texas annex Mexico? Will the California Republic invade Hawaii? Will the CSA end the Civil war with a Stalemate? Will the CSA come begging to the USA again for Union? Will Poland into space? Will Bolivia into Coastline? Will Switzerland sit on its bum and watch the world go by? Will China industrialize and defeat the Western industry? Will Russia keep Alaska? Will Jews elect a facist party in Israel? I'm not certain, but all of this is possible in Victoria 2.
+Balanced combat, as well as a nice amount of units (not too many, not too little) and provide nice costumization of forces
+Great powers and secondary powers make the game feel more real
+ Neat political system (upperhouse, elections and reforms)
+ Factory system
+ Attention to detail: Each country has its own flags for Monarchy, Republic, Fascist and Communist. And most countries have flavour events.
+ You can change history
- Steep learning curve
Overall rating: 14/15 (Must own for history nerds and strategy gamers)