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

Buy Paradox Grand Strategy Collection

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
Helpful customer reviews
160 of 172 people (93%) found this review helpful
109 people found this review funny
705.0 hrs on record
Posted: November 5, 2015
things were going good until i reached the eastern front
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147 of 160 people (92%) found this review helpful
121 people found this review funny
115.2 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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113 of 119 people (95%) found this review helpful
101 people found this review funny
10.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 30, 2015
The tutorial is taught by Hitler. 10/10
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113 of 124 people (91%) found this review helpful
80 people found this review funny
134.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
> Being watched The Man in the High Castle.

> Played as USA with Very Hard difficulty.

> The Great Depression was so deadly.

> Early 1939: Oriental Superpower, Japan won 2nd Sino-Japanese War.

> Late 1941: Tora Tora Tora, declared war with (Greater) Japan.

> Japan had 8 CV, 8 BB with higher tier in Naval and Aerial tech.

> My ICs were just a sitting duck (poor FDR).

> Late 1942: Pacific Dawn, all of my Pacific fleet was fallen in Wake island.

> My convoys were raid by both Japanese and German SS wolfpacks, 50% left.

> Yeah, finally more ICs for mechas and tanks spamming in 1943. (F*ck sending IC to Brits and Russian.)

> Late 1944: Operation Babarossa, winter can't help, Russian finally gave up. Ceded many territories to Germany (and also ninja'ed by Japan).

> India and Middle East were under controlled by Japan and Italy. (Brits noobs.)

> 1945: It's time to make the D-Day.

> Got 3/4 of France from Germany, but now our supplies were cut by mega Axis SS wolfpacks.

> Was sending troop to North Africa, disrupted by Yamamoto (CV/BB spamming) Fleet.

> Supplies were finally ran out, our troops beated back to the sea in 1946.

> 1947: 0 manpower left...

> 1948: Operation Sea Lion, Olympus...er...London has fallen. Powered by German atomic bomb.

> 1950: Great Eurasian War, Germany and Japan declared war with weaken Russia.

> Late 1950: RIP Communism. Germany and Japan shared the new ownership in Siberia.

> 1951: All of my ICs were used in building armies and new ICs, but no enough manpowers to use them.

> 1953: South America, Caribbean islands and Mexico were invaded by Japan.

> 1954: Canada and British remnants were invaded by Garman, thanks to Japanese Naval tech sharing.

> 1955: The Sacrifice, used atomic bombs on Japanese and German troops in Allied lands. But the Axis Siege Tank Rush was still be King.

> 1957: USA was the only one left in the world of Freedom.

> Our goverment, a number of armies and people were being tried to flee in Alaska, intercepted by Mikawa and Yamamoto Fleet.

> Early 1958: Rommel and Manstein Armies were invading North West from Canada. Kuribayashi and Yamashita were invading West Coast from Mexico.

> Late 1958: FL, DC and NY got nuked by Japan and Germany, no more enough unity (and manpowers) to run this country.

> 1958: USA gave up with conditional surrender.

> Freedom is just a name. East USA was ceded to Germany and West USA was ceded to Japan.

∞/10 "San Fransokyo, Japanese Pacific States"
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39 of 41 people (95%) found this review helpful
27 people found this review funny
10.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 21, 2015
4th game in

-Played as Germany again
-Was a noob and produced tons of infantry which drained manpower
-Waited until 1939 while producing tons of infantry
-Attacked France and Poland
-Took Poland and bordered with the Soviets
-Took France
-Felt unstoppable
-Attacked Nationalist Spain
-Took Nationalist Spain
-Desperate for conflicts
-Took Portugal
-Attempted at using the Navy to take the UK
-Accidently destroyed all of my Navy
-Sad
-Wanted to avenge the fallen
-Attacked the Soviets
-Pushed them a few places outside of Moscow
-No manpower
-Watched for 2 years as I was brutally pushed back and spammed with lost Provinces
-Had a Stalemate with Russia just outside of Berlin for a year due to my defending forces
-They had MANPOWER so they broke through
-Watched hours of hard work get stolen
-Held out at Frances west coast with a few exhausted, but battle hardened troops
-Soviets broke through with overwhelming odds
-Endgame

This is the only game where I'd happily watch myself get defeated. It's such a great game, and I would definitely recommend getting it! So many fun moments.
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