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 (140 reviews) - 87% of the 140 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 (140 reviews)
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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
( 87.3 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
( 333.6 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
( 873.8 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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Scientologist
( 1.1 hrs on record )
Posted: November 8, 2015
Nope.
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Ael
( 59.4 hrs on record )
Posted: October 25, 2015
A great game. This game bring back many memories, but nowaydays if you are not adjusted with the older graphics I recommend the new ones. If you would like the HOI2 feel tho take a loot at it's sisters games Arsenal of Democracy and Darkes Hour, the gameplays is very improved and most like it. I can only recommend the Paradox Grand strategy titles and made sure to purchase them all just for trying new and old stuff!
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arokys.jerdno
( 53.1 hrs on record )
Posted: October 17, 2015
There is no problem ... a classic that entertains and truly entertained for a very long ... 10/10

EDIT: Next plus of this game is moding ... a prefer Danube Kingom

In 1936, after the elections restored monarchy Danube kingdom led by the Czechoslovaks . Including Czechoslovakia , Austria and Hungary . Building strong armies and industry. In 1938, stay everything that has legs and hands on the borders in armored unions. After the rejection of the Munich Agreement, the Germans not attacked and I could still occupy the whole of Poland . Yugoslavia and Romania were annexed by me in 1939. In 1940, i out of boredom fired Berlin . In 1942, Paris fell , and the same year and London . In 1945, my armored unions on the border with the Soviet Union ... SAVED like ANTI - RUSSIAN SAVE :) that was on the easiest difficulty . Luxury fun . Better than HOI 3 because it is more arcade and not so much complicated. Just good balanced game

Tady není co řešit ... klasika, která baví a zabaví opravdu na hodně dlouho ... 10/10

EDIT :další plus jsou samožřejmě mody ... doporučuji mod Podunajské království

V roce 1936 po volbách obnovena monarchie Podunajské království vedené čechoslováky. Zahrnující území Československa, Rakouska a Maďarska. Budování silné armády a průmyslu. V roce 1938 na hranicích vše co mělo ruce a nohy v silných pancéřových svazech. Po odmítnutí Mnichovské dohody si němci nasrali do kalhot a já mohl v klidu zabrat celé polsko. Jugoslávie a Rumunsko byly mnou anektovány v roce 1939. V roce 1940 sem z nudy vypálil Berlín. V roce 1942 padla Paříž a na podzim téhož roku i Londýn. V roce 1945 stojí mé pancéřové svazy na hranicích se Sovětským svazem ... ULOŽENO jako ANTI-RUSSIAN SAVE :) tohle bylo na nejlehčí obtížnost. Luxusní zábava. Lepší než HOI 3 protože je to více arkádové a né tak moc komplikované. Prostě vyvážená kvalitní hra.
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Siddyus
( 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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Svabo
( 97.1 hrs on record )
Posted: October 4, 2015
Play as Yugoslavia and and watch the world burn!!!
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QcOdin
( 586.8 hrs on record )
Posted: October 1, 2015
awsome game theres so much you can do. i just wished it had more provinces tough
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Hiidenhirvi
( 343.0 hrs on record )
Posted: August 30, 2015
Great old game. It takes time to figure out all the aspects of the game, but in the end this game is really rewarding.
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Ambert
( 151.0 hrs on record )
Posted: August 29, 2015
Its my best game i've ever played.
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dma
( 65.3 hrs on record )
Posted: August 15, 2015
cheats please or
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Masakazu222
( 77.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 27, 2015
I hate this game. Its too addictive.
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JSantos
( 71.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 5, 2015
JSantos approves.
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Hellfire Shinobi
( 88.0 hrs on record )
Posted: June 20, 2015
10/10 would fap again.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
333.6 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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Recommended
873.8 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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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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119 of 149 people (80%) found this review helpful
66 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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58 of 63 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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41 of 49 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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59 of 83 people (71%) found this review helpful
14 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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25 of 27 people (93%) found this review helpful
4 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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20 of 20 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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26 of 31 people (84%) 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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21 of 23 people (91%) 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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20 of 22 people (91%) 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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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
57.7 hrs on record
Posted: February 17, 2014
The Game is pretty awesome, after you learn how to play it. It took me some time (and the help of a friend), but if you look for a strategy game that can possibly go on for like 2 days, here you have it.

The only thing I don't really like is with steam. When starting the game per "Play"(I think its called that in english, I'm german) you can choose between the standard game without the Addons and the "real" complete version. Starting the game any other way always starts the standard game.
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14 of 14 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
38.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 30, 2014
Takes a while to understand, but once you grasp the basics, you become addicted. The possibilities are endless, allowing you to pick any nation during WW2 is a real plus. Wanna conquer China as Japan? Go Ahead! Wanna Invade California as Germany? Sure! Wanna conquer South America as Brazil, Go for it!

The AI still functions well, and the option to change the game speed from very slow to very fast really helps when you are waiting for units to finishing building so that you can continue your world domination. However, the graphics are outdated, and you may encounter some unexpected crashes. I am running Windows 7, and I have encountered a few crashes, so definitely make sure that autosave is on. Also, the multiplayer match making service is down permanently.

Overall, I highly recommend this game to anyone who is looking for a good WW2 Grand Strategy Game, but I recommend waiting until it goes on sale.
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21 of 27 people (78%) found this review helpful
18 people found this review funny
Recommended
52.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Pfffffft geography tests.... HA!
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15 of 17 people (88%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
217.6 hrs on record
Posted: April 17, 2015
Amazing game, even if it's old, still get people asking to play multiplayer. Worth it.
10/10
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12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.8 hrs on record
Posted: June 2, 2014
much more simpler when compared to HoI 3, because of that, more enjoyable imo and more "playable"
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15 of 18 people (83%) found this review helpful
Recommended
39.9 hrs on record
Posted: February 4, 2014
Scray real scary my utter love for this game. It took me a bit to get used to the game as modern games have serioulsy dumbed me down but i thank god that by chance i came across this little gem!!!! This game is for anyone who likes it slow and steady but with an hidden addictive streak. Totally love it.
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10 of 10 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
19.6 hrs on record
Posted: June 7, 2014
This game will immerse you in the realities of WWII-era politics in the ultimate "what-if" scenario game. Re-write history as it should have been and step into the shoes of 1930s and '40s commanders from almost any nation on the globe. This game may not be as pretty as Hearts of Iron III, but it gives a deeper sense to diplomacy than vanilla HoI 3 by including more diplomatic options and starting the game with historic treaties that will make you think before you act from the very beginning.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
137.3 hrs on record
Posted: March 5, 2015
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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