I hate the pattern I see developing in Paradox games. I say this as tried and true fan of much of their work. What I see, unfortunately, is the company cashing in on establish game franchises while releasing games that are unplayable, unfinished or both. All the while they charge extra for expacs and DLC (Sprites, music) that should've been included in the first place. Their recent games have tended toward being, at best, seriously flawed. Instead of fixing them with patches, they release expacs and pass off needed changes as new content.
"A House Divided" continues this sad trend. Stay with me here while I explain myself. Acknowledging my own tendency toward hyperbole I just want to say that I get the same feeling from Vic2:AHD that I got from non-Paradox games "Master of Orion III" and "Civilization III". The game basically plays itself and you sit back and watch.
You have far less control over every meaningful element of the game than you did in the original Victoria and its expansion "Revolutions". I say this acknowledging that the first Victoria was deeply flawed in terms of its economic system, but these problems were largely addressed with the expansion. In Victoria II you have fewer diplomatic options, less control over pops, less control over the political system and frankly spend much more time sitting on your hands.
Being a history, computer and strategy game nerd I have always enjoyed Paradox games and have spent more that a year modding "Europa Universalis III: Divine Wind." I love EU3, can't say enough about it, but it now has four expacs and several DLC packs and it wasn't until "Divine Wind" that it came into its own. Being a modder, I just add my own new content to keep the game fresh while ignoring Paradox's newer offerings. I have both Hearts of Iron III and Victoria II and find them both sorely lacking. I already put this purchase off for months waiting for the price to drop far enough that I would not feel compelled to write a bad review if I did not like it, but here we are. Having spent $5... yes, $5 on this expansion for Victoria, I feel ripped off. No way will I even consider "For the Motherland" for Hearts of Iron III.
My opinion, for what it is worth, is that Paradox has lost its way. Instead of producing so many different titles may they need to do what the giant Blizzard Entertainment does and just concentrate on a few. At this point I cannot see myself buying any more Paradox games.
Final verdict, take the $5 out of your wallet and burn it instead. This expansion is not worth the money and Paradox is clearly not any more interested in keeping you and me and customers than they were my friends who stopped playing their games after HOI3 came out. Terrible, just a terrible expac.