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 (92 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
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27 of 27 people (100%) 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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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,030.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 29, 2014
10/10, great game. very addictive. but worthwhile
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13 of 13 people (100%) found this review helpful
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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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
48.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Pfffffft geography tests.... HA!
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
161.1 hrs on record
Posted: January 17
Love the game!!!!!! Best WWII game out there that I have found in along time.
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71 of 88 people (81%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
0.8 hrs on record
Posted: July 29, 2014
Conquered Germany as Poland. Poland can into space. Poland/10.
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37 of 42 people (88%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
240.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 3, 2013
Pre-Release Review
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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55 of 77 people (71%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
33.9 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
Pre-Release Review
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 31 people (84%) 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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20 of 22 people (91%) found this review helpful
44.1 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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21 of 24 people (88%) found this review helpful
56.8 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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18 of 20 people (90%) found this review helpful
34.3 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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13 of 16 people (81%) found this review helpful
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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15 of 20 people (75%) found this review helpful
63.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 7, 2013
For the best Hearts of Iron experience, play Darkest Hour. Still great, but not as great.
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9 of 9 people (100%) found this review helpful
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
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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18 of 28 people (64%) found this review helpful
60.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 31, 2014
Legendary game
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11 of 16 people (69%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
44.0 hrs on record
Posted: July 25, 2014
8/8 m8
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
32.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 16, 2014
I love this game.

The gameplay is hard and innovative. I can't wait to jump face first into some of the options, which is amazing, because there are just so many options! I've played (unsuccessfully) as Sweden and Argentina. But the losing was amazing, to see exactly where the issues with my strategy were and how things can fall apart. Each loss (I've gone down hard twice as Sweden and thrice as the Argentine) has left me annoyed, but at myself rather than against the game itself.

A must have. The only things that get me down are a few technological issues given the age, mostly that I can't re-size it properly to my liking. It shows fine on my primary screen, but being unable to adjust the resolution means being unable to actually use my second screen and multitask properly. Despite this, I can't not give it at least two thumbs up. Intoxicatingly addictive.

Now, to conquer the world as Canada...
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
496.2 hrs on record
Posted: November 10, 2012
Hearts of Iron II is one of the best Grand Strategy games I have ever played. It's deep and detailed yet easy enough to learn. Keep in mind though, when I say easy, I mean easy for a Grand Strategy game, for the usual RTS player it still is quite a hill to climb.

The big strategic elements are well made and fulfilling with lots to do in building your country up, fine tuning your army and position it just so. The expansions add tons to that with an expanded diplomacy system and a espionage system both of which, although not as good as the actual warfare, works fairly well.

The tactical elements is where this game really shines. Spearheads, encirclements, it's all at your fingertips. Think you could have held off the German onslaught as France? Go do it.

The music is of the usual high Paradox quality and the sounds and graphics does what little is needed.

A great buy for any fan of Grand Strategy. A game that needs to be played.
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