Postat: 22 iunie
NOTE; I play a lot in offline mode so my hours may not properly relfect how time I have spent playing this game
Victoria II is an alternate history strategy game taking place from 1836 to 1936, covering a century of some of the most drastic change in human history. It has deep politcal and diplomatic systems, but its economic system is the most relalistic I have ever seen in a strategy game. This game is not going to please everyone, but for those willing to master the difficulty curve will find an incredibly fun Expirence.
]Graphics and Sound
The graphics are pretty average for when this game came out. (2010) They are not beautiful but they clearly convey what is going on. The map clearly shows all sorts of information, depending on what veiw you are in, and the simplicity of the graphics allows you to grasp what is going on at a glance.
The music is entirly subjective. If you enjoy grand classical music, you will probably love the sound track. Even though I am not a huge fan of classical music, I found myself huming along. However ,if you hate this kind of music, you may just want to play something else. The music will however will be enjoyable to most. It fits the the theme of the game very well and definalty adds to the gameplay, especially when you the music changes when you are at war. Sound effects are average for the genre.
This game is similar to other Paradox strategy games such as Crusader Kings and Europa Universallis, with a number of big changes.
This game has one of the best economic simulations that has ever appeared in a strategy game. It very accurately simulates rises and falls in prices of consumer goods, raw materials and militiary goods., and how they effect everyday people. It very well ties this into the rest of the gameplay, with your industries, farms factories, tax income, citizen's happiness and even your army depending on how well you manage your economy. This of course leads to wide variety of different strategies for managing it, and lots of realistic gameplay. However, it has a steep learning curve, and it can be a struggle for new players to figure it out.
The political system is also interesting as it requires the player to balence the need to have a specific party in power to acomplish his goals, and the fact that has the people become more conscience to the world around them, they vote more often for the party they believe in. THis can hinder reforms or industrial growth. Elections are an interesting to guide your citizens toward certain parties and ideas. You can even become a communist, fashist or anarchist government if they get elected, or rebel and take over your captial.
One of the most interesting features of diplomacy is the sphereing system. It leads to competition over the third world which can get pretty hetic. The crises and sphereing systems can convince superpowers to act on a smaller countires behalf which makes this the most interesting Paradox grand strategy game to play as a small country.
Military is probably the weakest part of Victoria II. You can research a number of different technologies several different units to give you an edge. However, massive conquests are few and far between. It is much more difficult than EUIV or CKII to capture and keep territory. The AI is fairly good at diplomacy, but has horrible strategy during wars. They tend to break their armies into tiny units and pursue hit and run attacks. The most important thing to remember is that in Victoria your army and conquests are there to fuel your industry and economy, unlike a lot of stradegy game which are the other way round. The point is that miliary is not the biggest focus although it is still an important one.Finally if you are are really agresive and repidly take over territory you will quickly be routed by the world powers. You have been warned.
Some Other things to mention
I highly recomend getting the two expansion packs, Heart of Darkness and A House Divided. They improve the gameplay quite a lot, improving colonization, war and palying as the U.S, among other things. The other DLC can improve your play expirence depending on how hisorically acurate/detailed you want your game. They do not change the actual gameplay so pick them up if you really enjoyed the game and they are on sale
IMPORTANT This game is hard. If you are new to high strategy games. I recomend you try Europa Universallis first, simply becuase it has a better UI and much simpler systems.
This is one of the best strategy games availible on steam right now. It is wonderfully complex and those who enjoy learing how the game works or who simply want to expirience an alternate history of the Victorain era should pick this up.