Geplaatst: 11 december
Victoria II is a grand strategy game from Paradox Interactive, the same company that created Europa Universalis, Crusader Kings, and Hearts of Iron. The game is easy to learn to play, but challenging to master. It features very complex inner-workings that can take a very long time to fully understand, but players willing to tackle the challnges this game brings will be entertained for hundreds of hours.
In a nutshell, Victoria II gives the player command of any country on earth in the century from 1836 to 1936. It is a game based on history, but it is not an historical simulation. Expect weird things to occur, like a communist revolution in Texas, a globe-spanning Greek Empire, or a fascist Brunei launching devastating wars of conquest in every continent.
The player's role in the game is to ensure their country's success or dominance. Like other Paradox games, you cannot "win" or "lose". There are no standardized goals, like "Conquer 50 provinces" or "Destroy Such-And-Such". Rather, you do whatever you want to see your country and its population thrive (or collapse into total anarchy and civil war, if that's your thing). You can use any number of tools to see your country grow, from cajoling other states into joining your "sphere of influence", to forcing them in at the tip of your sword; from encouraging immigration to your lands, to conquering more populated lands; from building titanic industrial machines, to dispersing protesting strikers dragging down your titanic industrial machine. Warfare forms the core of the game, with economic and political concerns filling in the peacetime. You'll often find yourself invading other territories to secure access to an important resource your factories need, otherwise those factories will go out of business and uppity, hungry workers will insist on throwing your Absolutely-Monarchical ♥♥♥ out on the street to watch in the cold while they establish a Dictatorship of the Proletariat.
The game is intricate and difficult to master, but the online community will help you overcome most of the impediments. There is also still something of a modding community, impressive after 4 years. The existing mods are quite fun to play, greatly enhancing aspects of the game or setting it in different eras. All in all, 9/10.