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.
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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
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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
34.0 hrs on record
Posted: October 11
Real-time/pause global strategy game, based on the events of the midst of XX century, which resulted in the biggest bloodbath in known history. HoI2 still (like the first HoI) using engine from Europa Universalis 2, but this time, it was actually reworked accordingly to the game's main plan: choose country and prepare it by economical and political means to the oncoming WorldWar. So, major point is - every game of Hearts of Iron series was made with waging wars in mind. Diplomacy... exists, of course, but mostly as a very short intermezzo between Wagner's Valkyries making another fly-by.

So far, the second volume of Hearts of Iron series is still the most successful and respected by all gaming community. I loved Europa Universalis 2, and of course, I was very happy with HoI2 when I first started it.
There are, of course, tech troubles - like flickering screen bug, which kills this game for so many people. Or even if you're lucky one, and haven't met any blink with HoI 2 - there are AI mishaps, questionable features like obtuse air support and spamming pop-up messages... And by all means, the game never looked all fresh and new aesthetically. The visuals are very basic and rigid, obviously.

So, the question: would I recommend the game now? If you're not new with Paradox games - sure, why not? The flickering bug seems fixed at moment (at least, for me). Newer HoI games presents different mechanics, especially the fourth volume - and while some features of the game were improved, others were messed badly. So, if you're up to to win WW2, but can't tolerate neither tons of micromanagement of HoI 3, nor cheating AI at HoI 4 - welcome back to the proven ground of world's nerds beloved warmongering grand strategy, Hearts of Iron, volume two.
However, I wouldn't recommend to buy the game simply to broad your collection - especially if you, like me, wanting every game working and proving satisfaction on every single day. There are too many chances that this game won't start, or will be too difficult to manage.

As of my personal overall rating, I'd say, 8 out of 10. Great game, still very interesting, if you're knowing the drill already. But it looks too plain, and seems too complex for the majority of nowadays players. So come prepared.
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78 of 85 people (92%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2015
I think I clocked over 400 hours into this game but it was back in 2006 and before I joined Steam.

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

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.

+ 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)

- 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)

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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100 of 134 people (75%) found this review helpful
79 people found this review funny
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
Conquered Germany as Poland. Poland can into space. Poland/10.
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44 of 53 people (83%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
240.7 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: December 3, 2013
i have put many hours into this great game and its series like DH and AOD. what i like:
>easy to mod
>many countrys to choose
>my time flys when i play
>so many options
>the game that started the other ones like Darkest hour or AOD
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61 of 85 people (72%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
33.9 hrs on record
Pre-Release Review
Posted: June 19, 2014
Top notch accounting simulation. Can you fill out enough spreadsheets to win the war for the Nazis? Will you requisition the wrong color tarp for your headquarters? Did you remember to leave an ice cube in the ambassador's tea?
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23 of 23 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1,136.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
10/10, great game. very addictive. but worthwhile
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29 of 34 people (85%) found this review helpful
26.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 9, 2013
This game is perhaps the best of the three in my opinion.
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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
329.1 hrs on record
Posted: October 7, 2015
My first ever Paradox game and I am glad that I got to play it and became a Paradox zealot!
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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
79.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 31, 2013
This game is an amazing stratagy game. Better than the third one in my opinion. It goes really in depth, like an advanced version of Axis & Allies. :)
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24 of 27 people (89%) found this review helpful
45.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 15, 2014
Best world war 2 strategy game out there. Steep learning curve, but worth figuring out. Also still "gamy" enough to be not too challenging.
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258.0 hrs
Posted: October 7
The overall experience this game has given me has been one of unparalleled joy, paired with occasional despair. This despair was caused not by the product itself, but instead by the quality of the Steam version. I had at least a three to four month period where I was incapable of playing Armageddon (the primary expansion). On to the review: (I'm typing in a car, with a phone, excuse clerical errors) Hearts of Iron has been a part of my life for at least six years, and I rarely tire of it. In ghose years, and to this day, I have never succeeded at weaning myself fully of cheats. Hearts of Iron is a difficult series, and not intended for an impatient and easily confused playerbase that lurks in many other games. HOI2 is accurate, but not outstandingly so. This title is, in my opinion, the greatest of all Grand Strategy games, and a gem in the category of World War Two games. Gameplay and graphics are really a matter of personal preference. A small bit of research into this matter will prove useful in determining whether this product is for you.
8/10- If you are an anti-cheat purist. The 8 is due to an extreme learning curve and lack of possibility.
10/10- If you lack the desire to eliminate cheating as a whole.
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16.3 hrs
Posted: October 5
Very good game. Love it
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82.8 hrs
Posted: September 15
start as italy in 1938
dont join axis
gets land from yugoslavia win
invades greece and bulgaria world domination
steamrolles turkey
1941 vichy government realese syria and lebanon soon they will fall to the empire
syria and lebanon gets destroyed by 21 v1 rockets and tank land invasion
persia freaks out and declares war on me soon to be battered with 41 reserved v1 rockets and infantry invasion
switzerland is next
gather my italian guard on the swiss border
italy declares war on switzerland
switzerland is gone withing 8 months
afghanistan declares war the italian army in persia wrecks the afghan militia
thats where i am in 1943
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Sotajumala666 [GaDr]
10.8 hrs
Posted: September 13
Very good game, sadly i updated to windows 10 so it doesnt work anymore and i have tried every compatibility mode and have tried to change resolution and downloaded resolution editor but no. Doesnt work anymore :(
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 11
The game doesn't work on my Win7 system and the stuff on Steam, and internet, that was suppose to "fix" it didn't work for me. Steam has ignored my requests for a refund so don't waste your money.
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0.1 hrs
Posted: September 2
Dosen't work on windows 10
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Clint Eastwood
5.4 hrs
Posted: July 3
Now this game is amazing the Best In the Series by far Old But far superior to HOI IV the only thing this game does worse than HOI IV is the Production of individual units and The graphics
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346.3 hrs
Posted: July 1
better than hearst of iron 3 much better game
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29.8 hrs
Posted: June 15
A true masterpiece of complexity.
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