Parents' Guide to

Victoria 3

By Dwayne Jenkins, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 12+

Strategy game makes sloppy work of economics and politics.

Game Windows , Mac , Linux 2022
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age 11+

Based on 1 parent review

age 11+

Viktoria 3 is an economic and diplomatic simulator for your kids to immerse in and learn new things. From 12 because the game is extremely complicated.

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In the "grand strategy" subgenre of games, the most important thing is keeping players engaged for hours at a time. Victoria 3 has many good ideas, such as its focus on economical prominence rather than war-based goals and gains of similar titles. There's a certain level of satisfaction to a long-term political machination paying off, earning your lands more money and influence as a result. The game almost perfectly simulates the red tape involved in a bureaucracy where you may have to make moral concessions in your policies or decrees to placate powerful political groups who may stoke the flames of open rebellion should you not comply with their demands – or you make big social/cultural shifts too soon and risk losing a lot of money. All that being said, it's that focus on middling, dull politics and resource micromanagement that makes this a hard sell to grand strategy newcomers. Absent from this experience is the personal attachment to your lands or any characters you interact with. The bulk of Victoria 3 is watching progress bars increase or decrease with the occasional "event" popping up in an attempt to fill the dead air between negotiating with other countries or plotting to take over another country by force.

Again, Victoria 3 turns one of its unique qualities into a negative. The act of going to war with another country isn't painted as a luxury or a senseless means of conquest. Here, war is a player's absolute last resort. War means massive financial losses that could not only leave you in debt, but it could also make your citizens question whether or not you're fit to lead them, potentially leading to a revolution. But Victoria 3 also has a few frustrating bugs where it's entirely possible to enter into a never-ending war because the game randomly decided that your troops can't enter into a neighboring country. When that happens in a session that can take multiple hours to find your footing, it's very inconvenient to have all your resources, finances, and hopes plummet. Victoria 3 may have a lot of growing to do to find its own rhythm as an experience for new or old players to the grand strategy subgenre, but as it stands, Victoria 3 is a dull disappointment that drowns in a sea of better alternatives.

Game Details

  • Platforms: Windows , Mac , Linux
  • Pricing structure: Paid ($49.99)
  • Available online?: Available online
  • Publisher: Paradox Interactive
  • Release date: October 25, 2022
  • Genre: Strategy
  • Topics: Activism , Adventures , History
  • ESRB rating: T for Mild Blood, Mild Suggestive Themes, Mild Violence, Partial Nudity, Use of Drugs
  • Last updated: December 1, 2022

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