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.
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Release Date: Aug 7, 2009

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Buy Hearts of Iron Collection III (Jan 2014)

Includes 20 items: Hearts of Iron III, Hearts of Iron III DLC: German II Spritepack , Hearts of Iron III Semper Fi: Dies Irae Götterdämmerung, Hearts of Iron III: Axis Minors Vehicle Pack, Hearts of Iron III: British Vehicle Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: Dies Irae Stars & Stripes Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: For the Motherland, Hearts of Iron III: German Infantry Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Italian Vehicle Pack, Hearts of Iron III: Japanese Infantry Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Japanese Vehicle Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: Mega German Spritepack, Hearts of Iron III: Semper Fi, Hearts of Iron III: Sounds of Conflict, Hearts of Iron III: Soviet Infantry Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Soviet Music Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Soviet Pack DLC, Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour, Hearts of Iron III: US Infantry Sprite Pack, Hearts of Iron III: US Pack DLC

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Includes 4 items: Crusader Kings II, Europa Universalis IV, Hearts of Iron III, Victoria II

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Buy Hearts of Iron 3 DLC Collection

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

 

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 This 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.

System Requirements

Windows
Mac OS X
    • 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
    • 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
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Mostly Positive (82 reviews)
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[GER] yox
( 7.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 23
Better than HOI4 by a long shot
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Filipsss
( 21.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
>Start game as USA
>Invest into industry so i will be ready for war
>♥♥♥♥ starts happening
>Fall of france
>k
>We must help UK against nazis
>k
>Meanwhile i keep building my pacific fleet
>Italy has anexed United Kingdom and its now part of their country
>wtf.png
>look at the map
>half of the world is now green
>USA still neutral
>For the motherland
>Send lend lease to Soviets
>1941
>TORA TORA TORA
>Come at me you filthy japs
>add wargoal
>wait a second.jpeg
>Install comunism
>USA is commitern
>Rulling party is Democrats
>10/10 would become communist democracy again
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Clay Antilles
( 99.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 21
Great game, amazing for World War 2 military enthusiasts. However, since upgrading to Windows 10, it is utterly unplayable. The game crashes without fail after 5 - 10 minutes of play, and no fixes I have tried seem to work. Such a shame, because it really is brilliant if you can get it to work.

Recommended for Windows 7.
Not recommended for Windows 10.
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Gnossienne
( 26.6 hrs on record )
Posted: July 20
By far one of the most in-depth grand strategy games I have played. I am impresssed with the detail put into each nation, such as the various parties and individuals of national cabinets.
Overall, everything seems to have a good amount of detail in it, from tech to diplomacy, even the map with varried terrains and climates affecting troop movement and success in battle.

I highly recomend this game.
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Robodestruct
( 18.1 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
Great game, Loving the stragety course into this game, DLC's are great except it crashes whenever I try to load my ave game before I bought the DLCs

9.6/10
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vitraramadhan12
( 11.5 hrs on record )
Posted: July 18
- play as luxembourg
- build many factories and army
- declared war against germany
- defeats germany in 1940
- restore poland to glory
- divides up germany
- declare war on the soviets
- crushed by the soviets because of troops encirclement
- capitualted in 1944

11/10 would make luxembourg great again
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BRINGITSISTA
( 14.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
WW2 Strategy Euphoria
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SVK PETO
( 4.4 hrs on record )
Posted: July 17
Product received for free
too old (maybe it was GG before)
try Hearts of Iron IV+ instead

-very long loading times
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Voodoo
( 23.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 16
23 hours in and I still don't know how to select a unit 10/10 would get trampled by Italy again.
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nerhood.jeffrey
( 26.9 hrs on record )
Posted: July 15
Not a fan of this iteration of HOI. I was turned off by the lack of information in the tutorials and hesitated even starting a play-through. My first foray into this newest version of HOI was as Switzerland simply to learn the game mechanics/dynamics. I did gain some understanding about those elements, but I also didn't gain as much knowledge as I was hoping. Not a fan of the "new" graphics; tech development; intel gathering and diplomacy aspects.

The command structure overhaul is a good representation of an Army's TO&E and peanalties for being beyond effective command and control range are about the same as HOI II.

Tried to use a few of the mods out there as well. The result: CTD repeatedly.

Here's to hoping HOI IV is better than this one
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Most Helpful Reviews  In the past 30 days
12 of 12 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
255.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 28
One of the most engrossing games I've ever played. It's fantastic. I've seen other reviews that say there is too much complexity and micromanagement, but I love it. I think you've just got to commit to it and it becomes clear after a few hours (or less). It's not as simple as Hearts of Iron 4, but you're able to do more with it. I've sunk so much time into this game, it might be my absolute favorite. It plays like a few different games as well. Play as Germany and you've got your hands on just about everything and a game could take you many, many hours. Play as a little guy like Romania and you've not got a lot to do, but maybe you can influence the outcome of World War 2 if you're careful and clever. It's wonderful. I love Hearts of Iron 4, but I'm starting up another campaign in 3 today, I think.
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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
5 people found this review funny
8 of 9 people (89%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
99.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 21
Great game, amazing for World War 2 military enthusiasts. However, since upgrading to Windows 10, it is utterly unplayable. The game crashes without fail after 5 - 10 minutes of play, and no fixes I have tried seem to work. Such a shame, because it really is brilliant if you can get it to work.

Recommended for Windows 7.
Not recommended for Windows 10.
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6 of 6 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
130.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 9
Ah another World War II real time strategy game? What could this one have in store? Lets find out! Get your Comrades together, grab your commander's baton, and put on a monocle! Were gonna take over the world!

Pros:
+ Amazing Detail in the combat, some of which I've yet to understand even to this day!
+ Great Soundtrack, it really sets in the mood that the world is at war and that you're fighting for a big cause.
+ The AI is pretty intelligent, I mean its not unfair amounts but its atleast self aware... unlike other games.
+ Each nation can play a part in the war, even small countries like Bulgaria, Denmark, Belgium, ect.
+ You can change history in many different ways, making this game a playground of new alternate scenerios.
+ National and Global events give you multiple choices that impact the world and history it self! Choose wisely commander!
+ You can sit down and create your own battleplans; now hear me out... what if I told you that sitting down drawing arrows and lines in this game can some how... boost the fun? I know I know, its weird right? Well you can draw out strategic battle plans across the many nations and continents for your amusment and of course strategy.

Neutral:
/ Creating armies and going through the logistics is tedious and often VERY hard to micro manage but on the flip side it feels SO good to sit in the boots of a real Commander's job of working with the huge military forces of WWII.
/ The Military Research is bland you go from "Infantry I" to "Infantry II" and so and so on. However its easy to understand and grasp, so its not exactly all bad.

Cons:
- DLC out the rear end, I could understand like... one big pack for the Sprites and multiple for the bigger DLCs but the Sprite Packs are all seperate for different nations such as Germany, America, Italy, Russia, ect. Which is ridiculous.
- Diplomacy is a joke; Diplomacy is useless unless you're allied or friendly with the nation you're speaking to its practically a waste to even use it as most responses otherwise are "No" even if you present a gift.
- Politics is also similiarly a joke; politics boils down to one of two things, you're either replacing ministers to give better stats, or you're creating puppets/liberating puppets. Thats it, no massive change to certain ideologies or anything.
- Naval and Air combat is a bit lack luster, nothing is really gained nor is there a sense of urgency when using the navy or airforce.
- Some nations are ungodly powerful two that come to mind are the US and Germany; don't get me wrong both were super powers but they seem unrealistically buffed and over powered; for nation that suffered greatly under the great depression.

DLC Specific Parts:

Pros:
+ Their Finest Hour's additions are quite great with the Custom Mode being my favorite; you can litterally rebuild a nation from the ground up as you see fit!
+ New units and abilities! Fun Fun Fun.

Neutral:
/ Some of the content from "For the Motherland" and "Semper Fi" I don't even use often, but the abilities are there I suppose.

Cons:
- ♥♥♥♥ tons of Skin packs that really don't add that much to the game.
- They could've just bundled Semper Fi, For the Motherland, and Their Finest Hour

Conclusion:
I love Hearts of Iron III, great game for the Commander in you! I give it a 7/10 without DLC and with all major DLCs a 9/10. Its just simply a game any WWII History Buff or hardened RTS Commander needs.
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8 of 10 people (80%) found this review helpful
7 people found this review funny
Recommended
0.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 2
30 minutes into the tutorial and I can't even move my units yet 10/10
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
4 people found this review funny
Recommended
11.5 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
- play as luxembourg
- build many factories and army
- declared war against germany
- defeats germany in 1940
- restore poland to glory
- divides up germany
- declare war on the soviets
- crushed by the soviets because of troops encirclement
- capitualted in 1944

11/10 would make luxembourg great again
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5 of 6 people (83%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
Recommended
9.7 hrs on record
Posted: June 30
Не осилил, игра классная с удовольствием смотрел прохождения на ютубе, но сам нешмог , очень много непонятных кнопочек , в дереве исследований не разобрался , пытался вникнуть во все это , но потом вышла четвёртая часть , там уже совсем другое дело , там и графон графонистый и все кнопочки понятные приятное оформление разобрался с этой механикой авиации ,флотом и тд . Планирование очень упрощенное , можно перечислять до бесконечности, но что касается именно третей части, то это действительно клевая игра , тот случай когда игра четкая но ты слишком тупой что бы осилить управление)
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
26.6 hrs on record
Posted: July 20
By far one of the most in-depth grand strategy games I have played. I am impresssed with the detail put into each nation, such as the various parties and individuals of national cabinets.
Overall, everything seems to have a good amount of detail in it, from tech to diplomacy, even the map with varried terrains and climates affecting troop movement and success in battle.

I highly recomend this game.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
23.9 hrs on record
Posted: July 16
23 hours in and I still don't know how to select a unit 10/10 would get trampled by Italy again.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
18.1 hrs on record
Posted: July 18
Great game, Loving the stragety course into this game, DLC's are great except it crashes whenever I try to load my ave game before I bought the DLCs

9.6/10
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