Hearts of Iron III is, literally, the most complex strategy game ever developed. Created by Paradox Interactive, the game starts in January 1936 with your selected nation from the Allied or Axis, and win dominations of your choosing. Want to play Germany? Go ahead and research technology before everybody else and invade nations before they can stand a chance. Play as the United States? Declare war against Japan before they can strike against your interests and prevent them from dominating Asia before Japan can even start conquering them. These scenarios are one of the very few that has an endless of possibilities, bringing up the replay value with maximum outcome. What surprises me the most is how complex the game is, like diplomacy, research, production, and a whole lot of other factors that you can think of for a strategy game. Regardless of the game's strong presentation, Hearts of Iron III has its flaws...particuarly of game crashes, little patches that brings little outcome, and a very steep learning curve with a failure of basic tutorials that cannot teach or instruct well. In addition, the game is ONLY recommended to those who are interested in general history, military history, political science, and/or in social sciences. Reason is mainly because many gamers are not interested in these subjects and the game only appeals to small audience (mentioned in the previous sentence). It is not a discouragment, but an understanding of how tolerant that you are willing to play the game since the main gameplay element is seeing "boxes" move around the global map with a strong emphasis on military tactics, like coordinating strategy in a military map. I would not be surprised if anyone would say the game sucks because of ignorance and expect a lot of action (because of the stupidity of the Call of Duty generation). Again, this game is NOT for everyone and those who actually play a good amount of othe strategy games like Total War series, this game is very different from the others. If you are actually interested in the game, I strongly suggest for you to watch Youtube videos on the gameplay to see if it is suitable to your game interest. If not, then it is not for you. Only recommendation is for gamers with strong interests in social sciences and military.