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Hearts of Iron III lets you play the most engaging conflict in world history, World War 2, on all fronts as any country and through multiple different scenarios. Guide your nation to glory between 1936 and 1948 and wage war, conduct diplomacy and build your industry in the most detailed World War 2 game ever made.
Release Date: Aug 7, 2009
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Includes 20 items: Hearts of Iron III, Hearts of Iron III: Soviet Infantry Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Soviet Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: German Infantry Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Japanese Infantry Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Soviet Music Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: US Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Semper Fi, Hearts of Iron III DLC: German II Spritepack , Hearts of Iron III Semper Fi: Dies Irae Götterdämmerung, Hearts of Iron III: For the Motherland, Hearts of Iron III: Mega German Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: Dies Irae Stars & Stripes Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: US Infantry Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: Sounds of Conflict, Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour, Hearts of Iron III: British Vehicle Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: Japanese Vehicle Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: Italian Vehicle Pack, Hearts of Iron III: Axis Minors Vehicle Pack

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Includes 18 items: Hearts of Iron III: Soviet Infantry Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: DLC - German Sprite Pack, Hearts of Iron III: Soviet Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: German Infantry Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Japanese Infantry Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Soviet Music Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: US Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Semper Fi, Hearts of Iron III DLC: German II Spritepack , Hearts of Iron III Semper Fi: Dies Irae Götterdämmerung, Hearts of Iron III: For the Motherland, Hearts of Iron III: Mega German Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: Dies Irae Stars & Stripes Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: US Infantry Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: Sounds of Conflict, Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour, Hearts of Iron III: British Vehicle Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: Japanese Vehicle Spritepack

Reviews

"offers a challenge to most strategy die-hards"

— Dreamstation
"Paradox has done a tremendous job of making this complex design relatively easy to get into."

— Gamespot
"With incredible flexibility, freedom, and depth, this is a history buffs dream and should not be passed up if you are a fan of the genre."

— PCgameworld
"Serious wargamers are in for a real treat as the hardcore franchise returns for another go at the world's most terrible war."

— Gamespy
"Featuring a fully integrated combat model, a wide range of strategic and diplomatic options for your country, and an intuitive AI system, Hearts of Iron III is shaping up to be the best game in the series yet."

— Strategy Informer

About the Game

Hearts of Iron III lets you play the most engaging conflict in world history, World War 2, on all fronts as any country and through multiple different scenarios. Guide your nation to glory between 1936 and 1948 and wage war, conduct diplomacy and build your industry in the most detailed World War 2 game ever made.
Features:
  • Play as any nation from 1936 to 1948, more than 150 countries to choose from.
  • Control the oceans with aircraft carriers, submarines and battleships and use your air force to defend your skies, support your naval and ground forces, and to bomb your enemies
  • Thousands of historically accurate real-world military commanders and politicians.
  • Realistic military command AI with unprecedented levels of interaction
  • In-depth diplomatic and political system.
  • Historical accuracy combined with an unparalleled level of freedom of choice
  • More than 10,000 land provinces makes the game five times more detailed than HoI2 and the most detailed depiction of World War 2 ever made.
  • Customize your divisions in detail with more than 20 types of brigades
  • New economic system makes it possible to buy weapons from abroad.
  • Mobilization and reserves gives the option of surprise attacks, Blitzkrieg made real.
  • Government-in-exile makes it possible to continue to struggle from abroad with underground movements and uprisings against the oppressing power.
  • Strategic warfare system makes it more important to defend the skies and oceans against foreign attacks; leaving cities open to enemy bombing will now be devastating.
  • A completely new intelligence system, with several types of intelligence sources, makes it possible to get information about enemy reserves and troop movements.
  • Assign troops to "theatres" on the map to fight two-front wars more successfully.
  • The new AI system and more detailed map will allow for more strategic decisions.
  • Flexible technology system with hundreds of categories, where major powers get their own unique attributes.

PC System Requirements

    • Operating System: Microsoft® Windows® 2000/XP/Vista
    • Processor: Intel Pentium IV 2.4 GHz or AMD 3500+
    • Memory: 2 GB of RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 2 GB
    • Video Card: NVIDIA GeForce 8800 or ATI Radeon X1900 videocard
    • Sound: Direct X-compatible sound card
    • DirectX®: Direct X 9.0

Mac System Requirements

    • OS: OS X 10.5.8 or higher
    • Processor: Any Intel CPU
    • Memory: 128 MB VRAM, 1GB RAM
    • Hard Disk Space: 1.3 GB hard disk space
    • Video Card: GeForce 7300, Radeon HD 2400 (GMA cards not supported)
    • Internet: Broadband connection for Internet play
    • Registration: Internet connection for registration
Helpful customer reviews
68 of 71 people (96%) found this review helpful
84 products in account
5 reviews
89.6 hrs on record
This game is something for you if you are interested in history and strategy and have patience to "learn" how the game works.

Graphics are minimalistic and the musical score is ok.

But the true potential is the freedom this game offers you.

You can pick a nation beginning as early as 1936 and start to pave your way to world domination/liberation.
Through the game there are some scripted historic events that trigger some opportunities, but without pushing you too much in one direction. You have A LOT of ways to influence other nations and can slowly change their attidute towards you and other states.
The research option is plentiful and each mayor nation has some different "Wunderwaffen", but no "I-win" units.
You have a LOT of resourcess and units to manage in realtime and sometimes it gets annoying to adjust silders back and forth and micromanage the commanders of you million-man strong army, but once you know the drill it´s done quickly.

But the real deal is the fact that YOU are writing an alternate history as you play. In this game you can really explore all the possibilities of what if...

What if Hitler hadn´t attacked the Sowjet Union before conquering Great Britain?
What if France had not collapsed so quickly in 1940 and stopped the Blitz?
What if the USA had joined the war much earlier than December 1941?

It´s all in your hands!
Most historic strategy games drop you on a (often small) map and say: Reach that mission-objective with these units.
Here the whole world is your map and it´s up to you with what units you go where.

The main flaw is that you have to invest a LOT of time before you really understand how the game mechanics work.
The in-game tutorial is meh and as minmalistic as the graphic...
I watched several let´s play's and read a lot of Wiki-info on the game before I knew how to get the Panzers rolling.

This game is for you if you always wanted to life out your megalomanic world domination fantasys without limitation and have the nerve to learn a lot of stuff before you can get the game going.
Posted: February 3rd, 2014
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24 of 28 people (86%) found this review helpful
787 products in account
4 reviews
21.0 hrs on record
If you are looking for a complex WW2 strategic simulator this is your game! The game takes place between 1936 and 1948 and you can control any nation during this period and attempt to forge an empire whilst the world is at war. The complexity of the productive, technological and combat system is very high. The logistic system, especially,is more important and more detailed than in many other games. These all work to the game's advantage, since they make for a very good experience for players that want to deal with things complex and not just "produce units and rush". Terrain, weather, organization,morale, how many officers you have, who's in charge of what division/corps etc, means a lot in this game, and this will probably please more experience players looking for a challenge.

And of course like other Paradox games, it has a a bit long learning curve.
Posted: February 24th, 2014
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65 of 101 people (64%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
14.2 hrs on record
You follow in the footsteps of Philip Drinker and Louis Agassiz Shaw, Jr., professors of industrial hygiene at the Harvard School of Public Health inventors of the Iron Lung.

The goal is to create an artificial heart or more commonly known as a Iron Heart/Heart of Iron. This is your third attempt at the task after failing previously with the English scientist John Mayow and the Scottish physician John Dalziel.

Bonus points if you can complete your invention before the death of the Führer at the hands of B.J. Blazkowicz in the Castle of the Wolfensteins.
Posted: February 17th, 2014
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18 of 19 people (95%) found this review helpful
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4 reviews
335.6 hrs on record
There's no doubt that this is an incredibly complex game and a fair degree of perseverance alongside trial and error is required to gain a proper grasp of the 'in and outs' of it so to speak. None-the-less once the game mechanics have been learned HOI 3 provides fantastically enticing gameplay, with enough historical units and generals to make a history lover weep, and only gets more fun with repeat playthroughs!
Posted: February 18th, 2014
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24 of 31 people (77%) found this review helpful
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You can be Hitler
11/10
Posted: June 13th, 2014
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253 of 259 people (98%) found this review helpful
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15 reviews
105.6 hrs on record
In the world of gaming, where modern games tend to become ever more colourful, faster and action-packed, and even complex strategy titles like the Total War or Civilization series offer more and more eye candy, this grand strategy game is the ugly duckling. It's not one of the cheerleaders but the geek you choose to learn math with. It's like an encyclopedia among hollywood movies. Instead of stunning effects and pretty graphics it has statistics and maps.

It presents itself with minimalistic visuals and sounds. But this is not what this game is about so I leave it at that.

HoI3 lets you take control over almost any nation that existed from 1936 to 1948 and lays its destiny during this difficult time in history in your hands. This is your chance to rewrite history, depending on your actions historical events like Japans attack on Pearl Harbor can occur earlier or later (or never) than they did in reality. Let's say you start a game in '36 with the U.S. You will have some time before Japan decides to attack. Will you prepare for war in the Pacific or build strong trade relations with Japan to make a war with you undesirable? And when all hell breaks loose in Europe, will you join the allies against the German Reich or do you have other goals? Or maybe you long for a real challenge, want to stay away from the major powers and try your luck with one of the smaller nations? How about playing as Brazil, joining the axis, trying to conquer South America and hold your ground against the U.S.A. The possibilities are unlimited.

You are given an enourmous amount of freedom when organizing your military. You can even put together your own divisions with three to five brigades to combine different types of units to tailor them to your particular needs. Set up chains of commands to influence supply lines and and combat strength or let the A.I. play individual commanders (and with them all units under their command) for you.

Not only do you command your troops but you are also responsible for reconnaissance, diplomacy, espionage, domestic politics, technological research, industrial production and infrastructure. All these elements are important and influence each other. For example: If you use your entire industrial capacity to produce troops you will not be able to produce enough consumer goods to maintain the approval among your civilian population and you will have to deal with uprisings (in totalitarian nations) or a power shift towards opposition parties (in democratic nations). The same goes for your A.I. controlled opponents: Use spies to influence their domestic political climate to your advantage and weaken their war efforts. Every one of these tasks can be delegated to the A.I. but its highly recommended to do at least the most important jobs yourself. The A.I. is not totally incompetent, in fact it does a pretty decent job, but a reasonably experienced player will still make the better decisions. And besides, why would you want to spend your time watching a game play itself?
Only new players might want to concentrate on one gameplay element at a time to get used to it before taking over complete control.

The size of the world map is immense, it is divided into 15000 (!) areas and maintaining the overview can become a difficult task, especially when you're playing as one of the big nations, with a huge army, war on several fronts and try to handle as much as possible without the help of the A.I.

HoI3 is played in real-time but lets you adjust the speed to your liking or pause any time during the game.

If you like a game to take you by the hand and tell you what to do, Hearts of Iron is not for you. It is difficult to learn and difficult to master, the six short tutorials are not overly helpful. It doesn't even lay down objectives for you. You won't miss them because there's always a lot to do and take care of. But if a strategy game with an impressive depth that puts all other representatives of the genre to shame in terms of complexity is what you want and if you have the patience and time to get over the initial steep learning curve, you can have fun for years to come with this title.

A few words about the DLCs (HoI3 has a lot of them): Semper Fi, For The Motherland and Their Finest Hour are the must get expansions, all the sprite packs... not so much. You will most likely not want to use the option to replace the nato symbols with new fancy sprites, as they provide more information about the units at a quick glance. The three aforementioned larger expansions on the other hand come with a great many features that really enhace the gameplay a lot. These include but are not limited to: New types of units for many nations, A.I. improvements, an extended espionage system, enhanced economic diplomacy, a strategic warfare screen that visually displays important combat information, improved, more in-depth naval warfare and more realistic amphibious assaults, enhanced character development of your commanders, additional combat tactics, balancing adjustments of unit attributes and many more.
Posted: December 8th, 2013
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