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In the past few years, Victoria 3 has become a meme and urban legend in the strategic world, as people guess when it will get the proper sequel to the 2011 Victoria 2. Located between Universal Pictures Europa and Iron Hearts, the series simulates the technological leap, ideological movement and political transformation that shaped the modern world from the Industrial Revolution to World War II. From what I have seen so far, it looks worth the wait.
Although many of Paradox’s other strategy games have become more like board games (“Europa Globe” IV) or RPG (“Crusades 3”), “Victoria 3” sees itself as a kind of depth and less abstraction. Historical simulation. Using the POPs system (a part of the population), it represents all one billion people who lived on the earth in 1836, from subsistence farmers in rural China to loyal soldiers in Prussia to wealthy industrial leaders in Pennsylvania. Most grand strategy games tend to focus on conquering as many territories as possible. As we said in Biz, it is “map painting”, but Victoria 3 hopes to make you pay more attention to the economy, internal politics and international diplomatic.You can play as any of more than 100 countries/regions, from heavy hitters like Britain and the Qing Dynasty of China, to local and regional powers like Siam or Switzerland. They have eliminated the problematic distinction between “civilized” and “uncivilized” on Victoria 2; on the contrary, smaller countries outside the sphere of influence in Europe are “not recognized.” This basically means that the great powers of that era would not treat you as equal and could bully you without causing too much diplomatic trouble.
However, you won’t be inherently worse at discovering new technologies or winning wars because of this label. The situation in your country, such as a self-sufficient economy that is mostly rural and limited bureaucracy, may make it difficult for you to keep up with and compete with big men. But you will not face any arbitrary, additional challenges. One exception is what Victoria III called “decentralized nations”, such as the tribal society of the Inner Sahara. They will not be playable when they are released, but Paradox hopes to change this situation in the future when it can provide them with unique mechanics and unique game styles that they deserve.
The internal politics of Victoria 3 will be handled by interest groups, and the various persistent organic pollutants in your country will come together to pursue a common goal. For example, wealthy capitalists often join industrialist factions, which will lead to a reduction in government spending and the privatization of institutions such as education and healthcare. At the same time, pious people will oppose any laws and policies that run counter to the traditional religious morals of your society. Inviting these groups to join your government will be the main way to change the country internally, allowing you to do anything from a ruthless absolute monarchy to an anarchist commune ruled by workers.
Victoria 3 screenshot
Another important addition is the new diplomatic game system, which borrows from Victoria 2’s Crisis system. If you want to obtain something from another country, such as a piece of their land, or let them open a market for your goods, you can make this request to them through a diplomatic declaration. They will then be invited to make the concessions they wish to you. At this point, you have entered the mobile phase, where you can provide loot to other countries to enable them to support their claims, or mobilize the army to show strength. One side will choose to back down, the opponent will get what they ask for, or the timer will run out, the war will be declared, and potentially many different countries and targets will be on the table.
Paradox does not want every minor border dispute to evolve into a world war. They are balancing this function accordingly. However, the more concessions you ask for, the more your competitors and major powers will see you as a threat and consider supporting your opponents to maintain balance. However, you don’t even need to invest in Victoria 3’s world stage. People call it a game in which your country’s “Training Garden” can be participated and effectively carried out, and it can also be used to industrialize and modernize your land, while creating a prosperous and free society and attracting immigrants. Investors and profitable trade transactions.
However, there is always the possibility of danger internally. If you cannot make powerful interest groups happy, or your workers begin to receive education and reading from people named Marx and Engels, then you may usher in a complete revolution. However, because everyone likes losers, Victoria 3 will keep you on the side when such conflicts occur. You can fight to maintain the status quo, or you can seize the means of production with the workers.
Victoria 3 has no release date yet, because Paradox wants to really spend time and only ship it when they feel complete. Considering the errors and unsatisfactory status of some of their recent DLC releases and 2019’s “Imperator: Rome” (Imperator: Rome), this seems wise. But you can already check the trailer and our summary of all the big news from PDXCon Remixed!
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