Writing this compilation of Victoria 2 modifications is like travelling through time. For all of your Victoria II modding requirements, you should visit ModDB, along with the Paradox forums. Steam Workshop has spoilt us with its convenient collection and seamless integration, but despite being accessible on Steam, we have no similar success here.
Even though Victoria 3 has been announced as the next grand strategy game, Victoria II has never had the same popularity as its younger brothers. Despite the devotion of some, we are dealing with an over ten-year-old game. Numerous broken links and forgotten webpages have rendered untraceable a huge number of valuable modifications.
What follows is a comprehensive tutorial on installing Victoria 2 mods, troubleshooting those same mods if you’re experiencing difficulty (which you definitely are), and a list of some genuinely outstanding mods that add a new dimension to this classic strategy game.
1) Less Infamy
Less Infamy is a mod that decreases the impact of infamy in the game, making it less of a hindrance to the player.
In the cases, the player receives 4.4 not 10 infamy when declaring war with the “acquire state” war objective. You are less impacted by notoriety in this case.
2) Flag Tweak Mod Pack Conversion
Another basic graphic modification, this time focusing on national flags. Modder unmerged designed flags to more accurately depict the various sorts of governance in various nations. Yes, he is also aware that the basic game contains flags representing democratic, monarchical, republican, communist, and fascist administrations.
However, he believes there is space for progress (like most modders). This is the consequence. Some unmerged flag designs feature small modifications to increase historical authenticity, while others have increased quality for a more aesthetically pleasing appearance overall.
3) Kwizzle’s Utility Mod
Kwizzle’s Utility Mod is another modest utility mod that makes minor adjustments and provides you greater control over the game. It is a utility mod that enables you to circumvent some constraints of the game.
Among its characteristics are the direct management of craftspeople, the release of puppets with just their core provinces, and the reduction of infamy. It is also very compatible with other modifications, since it modifies none of the basic game files. Therefore, you should investigate this!
4) New Era Mod
Bringing Victoria II into World War II seems risky under the best of circumstances. However, there is a method to this madness. Victoria II is more equipped than others to deal with the escalation of events in the 1920s and 1930s, despite the fact that purists will moan about the leap from “aeronautics” to “subsonic jets” In several respects, NEM need improvement.
A start date of 1920 and 1936 is welcomed, however it is quite unsettling to discover a Germany in the 1920s with around 300,000 armed soldiers and no Versailles Treaty. This is the type of topic that requires extreme caution. Grab it here.
5) Danevang’s Map Fertilizer
If we’re going to improve the color-coding for nations and flags, we may as well spice up the globe map, too. In Victoria 2, you will spend an inordinate amount of time on the globe. Why would you not want it to appear better?
This patch adds a great deal of detail to the map, displaying additional topography and land mass textures. Also updated are the oceans, which now display geography and ocean depths.
As you may anticipate, this tweak will tax low-end computers. Danevang also offers us with a low-resolution version if you believe your current system cannot support the original. It may not be as detailed as the standard mod, but it still looks superior than the default.
6) Divergences of Darkness Mod
An foreboding name masks a very diverse, everything-at-once alternative historical style. What if China had continued to explore the surrounding seas? What if Burgundy maintained its autonomy? What if Scandinavia remained a single country? The outcome is anarchy, which, in the greatest Paradox fan tradition, has been given much consideration. The numerous enhancements of the Pop Demand Mod discussed later are concealed behind.
If you’re absolutely sick and tired of Prussia and Austria fighting over and over again (and let’s face it, who isn’t? ), DoD may be worth your time.
7) Modestus’ Vic2MapMap
Another map modification that focuses mostly on enhancing land topography. Vic2MapMap by Modestus adds a great deal of topographical information in order to make the map resemble a real map.
Vic2MapMap brings the landscape to life. Forests, mountains, snow, and fields may now be seen from a macro viewpoint. Some users also remark that this patch improves unit visibility and general performance, which is also wonderful. Try it out and see what you think.
8) Historical Project Mod
Significantly, HPM’s enhancements are modest. The objective here is to keep Victoria II’s principles while upgrading a number of internal components. The enormous rise in the amount of options accessible to players is perhaps the most visible difference. After been spoilt by Paradox’s earlier titles for so long, Victoria II, particularly at first appearance, might begin to seem barren.
According to this author, the most significant addition is the inclusion of serfs, who were crucial to the experiences of some of Europe’s most prominent figures. If you believe Victoria is missing a little detail, the Historical Project Mod is a fantastic place to start.
9) Victoria 2 Advisor (a.k.a. Lint)
Other than aesthetic enhancements, there are a few utility modifications that might be helpful in unexpected ways. Victoria 2 involves a considerable amount of statistical analysis. The sheer volume of information that must be processed might be quite intimidating. Even though it is more user-friendly than the first Victoria game, it may still be somewhat intimidating for novice players. The Victoria 2 Advisor seeks to address this issue.
You provide the Advisor with a save file, and it provides you with a wealth of useful information, like missing research, clergy and leader values, naval overviews, and much more. It will help you get up to speed fast, whether you’ve been away from the game for a long or are just having trouble recalling what happened when you last played.
10) Blood and Iron
Appropriately, BAI stands out due to the modifications it introduces to warfare. While new units are included in the other modifications described, BAI’s addition of Stormtroopers better reflects the changes World War I brought than the majority of mods evaluated, where 19th century armies represent the beginning and end of things.
This is just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to the multitude of new changes that certain complete conversion mods should take notice of. War is not the only topic covered by BAI, as several event chains and other enhancements exist. Blood and Iron is a kind of compromise between the expansiveness of PDMU and the constraint of HPM.
11) Napoleon’s Legacy Remake
This mod is an upgrade of Victoria 2, set in an alternative history in which Napoleon’s France dominates Europe. Napoleon’s Legacy Remake is a remake of the multiplayer-focused Napoleon’s Legacy mod.
It takes place in an alternative Europe of the 19th century in which Napoleon’s France is the dominating force on the continent. Despite the mod’s concentration on multiplayer, it functions well in single-player, giving it a fantastic option for those seeking an alternative tale.
12) Save Game Economy Analyzer
As previously said, Victoria 2 attempts to shift the emphasis away from combat and towards economic improvements. Consequently, the Save Game Economy Analyzer will be quite useful.
As the game progresses, you will need as much knowledge as possible to make smart judgments for your country, as the situation becomes more complicated. Comparable to the War Analyzer, the Economy Analyzer presents key data such as products consumption, export and import charts, demographic statistics, and unemployment rates at a glance.
13) Age of Enlightenment
Age of Enlightenment transports players to the previous century, like Victoria 2’s base game does. This modification is an upgrade that recreates the 18th-century environment in Victoria 2.
There are several new features, including a customizable tech tree, new troops, new philosophies, and new gameplay. It is the ideal modification for those seeking for something special.
14) Player’s Enhancement Mod
When it comes to modifications that improve the quality of life in Victoria 2, the Player’s Enhancement Mod is the best. It tries to increase user accessibility without significantly altering the normal gameplay.
It has improved information panels that no longer block the map view. In addition, topographical characteristics are now visible on provincial photos, and the influence slider has been updated so that distinct colours make it simpler to estimate the quantity. A few sound improvements are also added for revolts, building, and research completion.
15) Mish Mash Map Mod
We did not anticipate adding new modifications to this tutorial, but the Victoria 2 community is still quite active and developing new projects for this classic strategy game. The major feature of the Mish Mash mod is that it employs some clever wizardry to give the 2D Victoria 2 campaign map a 3D appearance. This is as near to 3D as this game will ever come.
Currently, the patch mainly affects mountains and hills, but the developer has future plans to expand the heightmaps across the game, maybe adding water effects as well.