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.
User reviews: Very Positive (2,461 reviews) - 82% of the 2,461 user reviews for this game are positive.
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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Buy Paradox Grand Strategy Collection

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

Buy Hearts of Iron III: Semper Fi

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
Helpful customer reviews
170 of 184 people (92%) found this review helpful
135 people found this review funny
50.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 23, 2015
-Be me
-Be on Holiday
-Just had lunch one day and decide to play Hearts of Iron 3 for a while before doing some work
-Start playing
-Currently playing as Germany and Invading of France
-Tell myself I'll take Paris then quit
-Take Paris, but the Soviet Union declares war on me immediately after
-I should really stop now, but I've only been playing for 20 minutes, what the hell I'll just see how this goes for a bit

-Take Moscow, Commitern Surrenders
-#Pride
-It's been a really hard fight, with lines moving back and forth through Poland and Western Russia from 1939 to 1943
-Look outside
-It's pitch black
-WTF? I've only been playing for an hour at most
-Check watch
-It's 3:30 am
-I've been playing non-stop for 14 hours
-No Regrets
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253 of 312 people (81%) found this review helpful
422 people found this review funny
4.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 12, 2015
-0/10

played as greece and got out of debt.

worst history simulator ever
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57 of 64 people (89%) found this review helpful
6 people found this review funny
15.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7, 2015
Sophisticated & immersive // Recommended for intense micromanagers

+ Huge selection of nations to choose from; each have historically faithful features and statistics
+ Map is meticulously detailed; it may look somewhat sparse at first, but when zooming in the detail fills the space
+ Notations can be made upon the map; this is a massive quality of life feature, and it becomes integral when planning offensives and operations
+ Myriad map layers and filters available; this works with the other features of the map to make for planning troop movements and developments down to the tiniest detail
+ Diplomacy is robust and detailed; one of the easier features to get a knack for, and meshes eloquently
+ Period-appropriate soundtrack; works very well with the game in that it fades into the background comfortably and doesn't distract form the gameplay or player's concentration
+ Research, like the other aspects of this title, is staggering in its depth
+ Building and deploying troops offers a massive pool of information, and units can be custom-designed to work as the player intends

- Tutorial is a slog to get through, and doesn't do well to help the information sink in
- Massive learning curve, largely due to the length one must go to in order to sift through so much detailed material

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46 of 49 people (94%) found this review helpful
20 people found this review funny
704.5 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
things were going good until i reached the eastern front
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45 of 49 people (92%) found this review helpful
36 people found this review funny
94.4 hrs on record
Posted: November 26, 2015
-Win the 2nd World War as Germany.
-Invade the USA as the British.
-Get a Nazi elected President of France.
-Nuke New York as the Japanese.
-Invade India as the Soviets.
-Bomb New Zealand as Australia.
-Install a Communist Government in the UK.
-Take over south America as Brazil.
-Start the 3rd World War

10/10 would Nuke Paraguay again.

(also has a very good WW1 mod)
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