Victoria II Review
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System: PC Review Rating Legend
Dev: Paradox Interactive 1.0 - 1.9 = Avoid 4.0 - 4.4 = Great
Pub: Paradox Interactive 2.0 - 2.4 = Poor 4.5 - 4.9 = Must Buy
Release: Aug. 13, 2010 2.5 - 2.9 = Average 5.0 = The Best
Players: 1-8 3.0 - 3.4 = Fair
ESRB Rating: Teen 3.5 - 3.9 = Good

Another aspect that is automated is trade. You don’t want to know how complicated this is, but you can always try it manually. Don’t say I didn’t warn you. Trade is not limited to the resources that are indigenous to your area. This is the age of factories, assembly lines, mechanization, and mass production. Whatever items you need for manufacturing can be imported from other countries. There are some 50 different items that can be bought, sold, traded, stolen, and manufactured, it’s overwhelming. Not to mention there are employees to recruit and train, factories to build, trade routes to establish, and tariffs to impose. That’s another game in itself, so just automate it and get on with your life.

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If you like feeling important, like getting all kinds of texts in real life, you’ll definitely get your ego stroked in Victoria II. Instead of texting your friends back about Lady Gaga’s new outfit on Fallon, this game will continuously seek your wisdom in matters such as approving a new technology, appeasing an offended world power, and how best to quell an impending communist uprising. It’s all in a day’s work and no roaming charges.

Oddly enough, a game such as this doesn’t have to rely on graphics, yet it is actually a great looking game. The maps are nicely detailed with topographic features and colorfully blue bodies of water. Historic scenes are presented in a classic, sepia tone that gives it an authentic vintage look. Ironically, it’s the text that suffers with small print that doesn’t always stand out. The icons are also tiny, and even when you can make them out, it can be confusing as to what they actually represent. Musically, the tunes are period specific, so expect a lot of regal, pompous classical music for the first half of the game. The soundtrack does cut out from time to time, but I didn’t feel as though I was missing anything important.

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Patience is a virtue in Victoria II, and if you have it in abundance, then you may want to try the multi-player component. The single-player is basically one huge campaign, and with so many choices and variables, how much longer do you want to drag this out? Enter the multi-player mode. It then becomes a board game, not unlike Life. Against the right opponent, under the right circumstances it works, but it’s long, involved, intense, and largely unrewarding. I much preferred playing against the A.I.

Victoria II incorporates challenging strategy and sim elements with enough flexibility to satisfy any weasel-beating gaming goof.

By Cole Smith
CCC Senior Writer

RATING OUT OF 5
RATING DESCRIPTION
4.1
Graphics
Victoria 2 has nice details with vintage looking photos and topographic maps.
3.7
Control
The interface is easy to navigate but text and icons can be difficult to read and understand.
4.0
Music / Sound FX / Voice Acting
The period music is accurate, if boring, . and the audio cuts out at times.
4.8
Play Value
It’s a different game each time.
4.3
Overall Rating - Great
Not an average. See Rating legend above for a final score breakdown.

Game Features:

  • Victoria II is a deep engrossing political simulation, with dozens of different types of governments.
  • Manage a detailed economy with over fifty different type of goods and factories.
  • Experience historical game-play on a large map covering the entire world.
  • Make use of an Advanced Technological system with thousands of inventions to be discovered.
  • Utilize the automation of various tasks, including trade and population promotion.
  • Gunboat Diplomacy means no need for negotiation, as a fleet outside a port may be a more persuasive argument.
  • Instigate the overhaul of education, where clergy educates people of the same religion, and each population has their own literacy levels.
  • Complete historical and dynamic missions, guiding your country through the history.
  • Partake in thousands of historical events and decisions.


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