Quality strategy game that follows on chronologically from it’s forerunner Europa Universalis II. This game focuses on the late 19th and early 20th century, and has basically the same game engine and interface as EUII, but is a little more complex. The problem with this is perhaps the time in which it’s set. Gone are the days of Kings and Empire building - in this game, it’s not so easy to make an impact on the world – one feels one has only a limited influence on events. Add this fact to the game’s increased complexity, and that makes ones goals a little less clear and the gameplay a little more like work than fun. Like EUII, this game has high value and game play ratings. Also, as EU, the graphics are not special. The use of contemporary classical music scores compliment the game well, although some contempory secular music wouldn’t have gone amiss. Victoria is a good way to develop one’s knowledge of the interest and complex political history of Europe at that time, since the scenarios, events and people are all based on real world ones. I’m glad Paradox dared to bring out something like this, but I wouldn't recommend it unless you have an interest in the period of history it covers, and a lot of time on your hands! Other strategy games pale in comparison to the Paradox series.
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