Create your ideal society and build a better tomorrow!
Paradox Interactive is one of the leading companies when it comes to brilliant strategy games. With the likes of Cities: Skylines, Stellaris, and Crusader Kings III, they certainly know a thing or two about the genre. Their upcoming title — Victoria 3 — looks to be one of their most ambitious titles yet, but what exactly is it?
First off, this is a sequel to 2010's Victoria II — something fans of the series have been asking for to no avail, until now. But don't worry, you don't need to have played the previous titles, as you can just jump straight into this one!
In this grand strategy title played from an isometric viewpoint, players are tasked with building their ideal society, leading one of over a hundred real-world nations to prosperity between the years of 1836 and 1936. You’ll be keeping an eye on a whole variety of statistics to ensure your country's growth; things such as how many citizens are in employment, goods manufactured, and immigration numbers. It may sound overwhelming, but thanks to Victoria 3’s clean, intuitive user interface, it won’t be too difficult to keep track of everything you need to watch your country grow.
The main focus of Victoria 3 seems to revolve around two very important aspects: the economy and a country's society, with smaller facets branching off from both of these main areas. Are you a country focused on exporting luxurious goods created in your many factories? Great, but don’t forget those workers need to eat, so have a good relationship with a ruler whose main export is food produce and get those trade routes set up, unless you want the quality of life for your citizens to rapidly decrease!
Alliances with other nations can quickly deteriorate however, so those of you with a mind for all things military will be right at home in waging war on those who stand against you. Again, it’s a fine balancing act, as sending your citizens off to war will reduce the amount of labourers you have employed, thus lowering the amount of goods you’re producing. It’s also worth mentioning that a revolution is also a possibility; changing laws and favouring one class over another will quickly lead to those you’ve wronged rising up against you.
Victoria 3 is shaping up to be a powerhouse in the strategy genre, but is welcoming to newcomers to the series as well as veterans. Don’t be put off by the many menus or the deep systems at play; it’s all well balanced and will ease new players into its engrossing mechanics. The many choices available could lead you to becoming a powerful nation at the centre of the global economy, or perhaps a country fallen victim to poverty and war. However you decided to rule over your country: good luck!