Pubblicata: 17 maggio
I love this game so much. And yet at the same time I hate it with intense passion. It's amazing - the way it breaks you. I started playing it thinking it would be a fun romp through the Nineteenth century, conquering and colonizing every bloody ♥♥♥♥♥♥♥ who looked at me the wrong way. Yeah, right. In that sense it reminds me of Silent Hunter III - the only game that, I'll admit, beat me.
This game put me into my place, slapped me around, and said: "Right, now THIS is how you're going to play." And I did, Expect to read a lot of guides because starting Victoria II requires preparation. And when you know how it works, well... Then you can start innovating, trying out new daring strategies.
The most important thing I found out was that, though it may seem a small victory on a grand scale, it's still as important as any other. Alliances are always shifting: one decade I (as Belgium) was buddy-buddies with France fight a Dutch-Prussian coalition, the next - Germany helps to repel French invaders from my soil. The great nations themselves might suffer crippling bankruptcies rearranging the power system.
It's a very hard, very fun and VERY rewarding game when you get down to it. I never thought I would be able to play it much less enjoy it. Victoria II does require determination, and study if you're not familiar with the grand strategy genre, as I was, but in the end it's worth it.