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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Very Positive (142 reviews) - 87% of the 142 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Very Positive (142 reviews)
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Sarkoth
( 29.8 hrs on record )
Posted: June 15
A true masterpiece of complexity.
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CMDR Herne
( 48.2 hrs on record )
Posted: June 11
Product received for free
Good wargame that includes all the expansions. Using the included Armageddon expansion you play a campaign from 1936 to 1964 rather than it ending in 1947. It also gives you more gameplay options than just regular Hearts of Iron 2 and Doomsday such as Intelligence operations. So I prefer to play with that.

If you have the Victoria Revolutions you can export your game save from that into this. So that gives a possible game spanning from 1835 to 1964.

I would also recomend turning off the game sprites to use counters. These use the standard NATO symbols for unit types. It just looks so much better I feel and makes the not look dated.

You can play as any nation of the time but it is in the context of a coming world war between ideologies. Perfectly possible to play as a minor nation allied with a major power. "Winning the game" is a case of wheter the Allies, Axis or Comintern win. Of course just play completely sandbox and just survive as a neutral nation.

This game works alright on Windows 10 x64bit
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issssk
( 73.6 hrs on record )
Posted: May 12
Like most paradox games, this has a completely idiotic set of rules...30 armies will lose against 1 enemy unit because of the organization modifier...troops don't get supplies even when in allied countries...long range submarines have a shorter range than transports...and so on...most of the game consists of "Why the f.... am I not allowed to do this ?!" moments.
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TrolleyCB
( 88.0 hrs on record )
Posted: April 6
If you want a game where you can have some fun, change some history, plan some battles, and all the while think up the ways history could be changed, this is a great game to do so. I've played this off and on since I picked it up originally in high shcool, and I still come back to it, because it is a fun little game that the hours just seem to tick by. It's kinda fun to see what happens if Italy was actually competent in WW2 (With you in charge) or how a unified South America can impact the world stage. With editing that isn't to dificult, you can even write your own scenarios, or make whole new countries. Worth getting if any of that sounds fun.
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Squashbuckler
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: March 17
This is the best grand strategy game of all time, and one of the most in depth games that I have ever played. I have a lot of respect for this game. It stole many hours of my life!

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henry.e.jesionowski
( 407.2 hrs on record )
Posted: March 16
after playing over 250 hrs on this awsome game, it broke... every time i go into single player it crashes, not sure what is going on, I do know i was getting ready to invade german controled europe with nearly 200 divisions in 1942 but that shouldn't break my game as far as i know. if having a large number of saves breaks the game i would like a way of deleting old saves to make room. however i dont think that is the problem so i an clueless as to what is going on, any suggestion would be helpfull and nice. thx

Its an awsome game that broke, other than that i like it.
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GRATUR
( 992.9 hrs on record )
Posted: March 8
I could have join the army instead! Saw hours of my life pass by!!!! I even learned 1*2*3*4*5*6*7*8*9 things of history! Great startegy game!
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Tickles
( 145.3 hrs on record )
Posted: February 13
A classic that is still well worth a run.
Great value on sale on Steam.
I have been replacing old CD and DVD games with the Steam versions. No more patches, no disc problems. Hooray !!!!!!
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Merciful One
( 32.3 hrs on record )
Posted: January 22
Liked it, don't care about others opinion.
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Jorce
( 54.6 hrs on record )
Posted: December 6, 2015
Best of the Hearts of Iron series thus far.
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
48.2 hrs on record
Posted: June 11
Product received for free
Good wargame that includes all the expansions. Using the included Armageddon expansion you play a campaign from 1936 to 1964 rather than it ending in 1947. It also gives you more gameplay options than just regular Hearts of Iron 2 and Doomsday such as Intelligence operations. So I prefer to play with that.

If you have the Victoria Revolutions you can export your game save from that into this. So that gives a possible game spanning from 1835 to 1964.

I would also recomend turning off the game sprites to use counters. These use the standard NATO symbols for unit types. It just looks so much better I feel and makes the not look dated.

You can play as any nation of the time but it is in the context of a coming world war between ideologies. Perfectly possible to play as a minor nation allied with a major power. "Winning the game" is a case of wheter the Allies, Axis or Comintern win. Of course just play completely sandbox and just survive as a neutral nation.

This game works alright on Windows 10 x64bit
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124 of 156 people (79%) found this review helpful
71 people found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
Conquered Germany as Poland. Poland can into space. Poland/10.
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61 of 66 people (92%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
2.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 10, 2015
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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42 of 50 people (84%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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62 of 86 people (72%) found this review helpful
15 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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22 of 22 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
1,119.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
10/10, great game. very addictive. but worthwhile
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28 of 33 people (85%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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23 of 25 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
78.0 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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