Includes Hearts of Iron II plus the two expansions, Doomsday and Armageddon When Germany is defeated in 1945, the Allies and the new Soviet alliance fight for supremacy. World War III is drawing closer. Play as the ruler of one of 175 countries through World Wars II and III.
User reviews: Very Positive (105 reviews)
Release Date: Jan 6, 2006
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Includes Hearts of Iron II plus the two expansions, Doomsday and Armageddon

When Germany is defeated in 1945, the Allies and the new Soviet alliance fight for supremacy. World War III is drawing closer.

Play as the ruler of one of 175 countries through World Wars II and III. As the Allies and the Soviet Union clash in Europe, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.

  • Detailed diplomacy and production systems with help functions to avoid micromanagement.
  • Movement-is-attack combat system making warfare more realistic.
  • Mission-based Air and Naval system, giving options for logistical strikes and targeted bombing.
  • New political system with possibilities to change the political base of your country during the war.
  • Fifteen battle scenarios optimized for an evening or two for gaming. Historical scenarios like Case White, Operation Barbarossa and alternative history scenarios like Operation Watchtower and Case Green are included in the game.
  • Co-operative multiplayer, enabling players to share the same country while playing.

Doomsday Expansion Features

  • World War III scenario with an alternative historical outcome. Play the Soviet alliance, the United States or any country of your choice as new superpowers rise to power on the global stage.
  • Expanded tech trees with considerable detail in a new decade of warfare, allowing you to develop tactical nukes and other kinds of nuclear warfare as well as helicopter squads, Escort carriers and much more.
  • Improved Diplomatic/Intelligence System reflects the increased political tension of the 1950s.

Armageddon Expansion Features

  • New attachments for Naval units; do you scrap or upgrade those old ships.
  • Land units can now be built with brigades already attached.
  • An Air Naval combat system that radically alters the combat balance.
  • New damage algorithms for the Air combat system, making organization more important and allowing air units to fight longer.

System Requirements

    • OS: Windows 2000/XP
    • Processor: Pentium IV 1200 MHz
    • Memory: 256 MB RAM
    • Graphics: 4 MB video card DirectX compatible
    • DirectX Version: 9.0 or higher
    • Hard Drive: 600 MB
    • Sound: DirectX compatible sound card
Helpful customer reviews
41 of 45 people (91%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10
NOTE 1:
I think I clocked over 400 hours into this game but it was back in 2006 and before I joined Steam.

NOTE 2:
I'm well aware that this game has a great sequel (Hearts of Iron 3) and some people suggested I give it (Hearts of Iron 2) a thumbs down because of its age. In my opinion this is unfair. During its time, this was one of the most advanced grand strategy games around, thumbing it down because of its age is like denying that it ever existed. So why would you buy an older title? Don't know, its ultimately your money and your call. =)

TL:DR? See Conclusion

INTRODUCTION:
Hearts of Iron 2: Doomsday / Armageddon is a grand strategy political war game developed by the grand strategy masters from Paradox Development Studios and published by Paradox Interactive. Unlike its siblings (Europa Universalis, Victoria, Crusader Kings etc.) in this niche genre, the Hearts of Iron franchise covers a more modern timeline by covering the Second World War and the early parts of the Cold War (if playing the expansion Armageddon).

Players can take command of ANY of the 175 playable Nations and rewrite history as it unfolds. The game features major historical events, world situation and military leaders, and most importantly, historically accurate technologies and armies.

PROS:
+ The World Map is your playground
+ Historical Accuracy on leaders, events, technologies and provinces that allows players to...(see below)
+ Make their own alternate history
+ Very complex and in-depth economy and resource management system
+ Very complex and in-depth technology tree
+ Brutal difficulty levels
+ Extensive replayability (over 175 playable nations)
+ Easy to mod (specially if the player wants the historically accurate flag of 1936 Germany)

CONS:
- Resolution locked at 1024x768 (No HD support)
- Very steep learning curve
- Tutorial, though extensive, does not cover even half of the game's mechanics (you'll have to learn the other half through trial and error)
- Some historic events sometimes do not trigger properly
- AI can be dodgy
- Hotkeys can't be rebound (you can see a hotkey list from the manual)

CONCLUSION:
GREAT GAME if you're the type of player that likes long term strategic planning and don't mind occasional wars of attrition. The game features a historically accurate 1936-1964 world with appropriate nations, their technologies, economy and historic leaders. The empire management system is very detailed, in-depth and complex that may require some time to learn and master. The graphics of the game are very simple but the easy to install mods that are available will certainly improve your experience.

Grand Strategy games have a very niche audience and even among this audiences, each has their own preference of timeline. Some people like the Victorian age, Feudal Japan, Medieval Europe, Ancient Rome etc. Hearts of Iron 2 caters for those who like to play with the 20th century theme of World War 2 and the Cold War.

This game is best purchased when it is on SALE. Its easier to learn than Hearts of Iron 3 in my opinion and it makes for a good collectors item for Grand Strategy players.

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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
27.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 28
I have play this so many times that I had to buy the Steam Complete edition. I tend to start in 1936 and have played every major power, but also some of the minor powers. Want to conquer Europe as Spain? Maybe the Americas as Argentina? Loads of replayability and much easier to get to grips with than HoI3.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
123.9 hrs on record
Posted: March 5
Takes forever to actually understand this game but rewards to patient learner with one of the best grand strategy games ever made
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
133.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 17
Amazing game, even if it's old, still get people asking to play multiplayer. Worth it.
10/10
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.5 hrs on record
Posted: March 16
Thanks to ice_world I can now recomend this game since I found a way to change the countries. By right clicking on the flags you can choose who and what to play as. I will updte this again once I have actually gotten some time in the game!
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