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 (955 reviews)
Release Date: Aug 7, 2009

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"Hardcore historical strategy geeks, this game is for you. Be warned, though: it does not do any hand-holding."
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October 10

Today we present: Hearts of Iron IV - Developer Diary #10 - Naval Combat

Hello Admirals, Generals, Amphibious creatures and others...

I am proud to present the 10th installment in Podcat's Developer Diary series for Hearts of Iron IV. Today's topic: Naval Combat!

http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/content.php?2013-Hearts-of-Iron-IV-Developer-Diary-10-Naval-Combat

If you wish to read the previous chapters in this saga of technology, warfare and big big tanks as well as our Developer Diaries for our other games, please visit http://forum.paradoxplaza.com/forum/list.php?category/46-Dev-diaries

Best Regards
Björn - Community Manager @Paradox Interactive

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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

PC
Mac
    • 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
7 of 7 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,754.3 hrs on record
The most in depth and beautifully complex war simulator I've ever seen. This game taught me what "Grand Strategy" truly means, and the Hearts of Iron series has been the standard by which I judge every other strategy game since my BFF introduced me to it.

Let's put it this way- I've logged easily 10 times the gamehours on HoI3 alone then the entire Civilization series combined- and I showed up to get the Civ5 collectors edition 2 hours early to ensure I got a copy.
Posted: September 29
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
139.0 hrs on record
  • Australia 1935- All is well peace Reigns supreme.......
  • Aus 1936-peace remains but i now Reign supreme and my policy to keep peace is to prepare for war......
  • Aus 1937- still preparing for war..........
  • Aus 1938- New Zealand seemed very threating so we invaded and swifty eliminated the threat......
  • Aus 1939-Europe is at War and England has requested Aus join the Allies-we refuse...
  • Aus 1940-Aus has realised that Europe can no longer look after there colonies, Aus declares was on netherlands and the Allies and joins Japan and the Axis in the liberation of south east asia and the pacific from the Allied Tyranny....
  • Aus 1941-Papua, Indonesia are liberated with out opposition and French indochina invasion has begun.....
  • Aus 1942-Indochina, Siam and islands have been Liberated only Singapore and the phillipenes remain, the war in Europe is going well and USA joins the fight........
  • Aus 1943-We begin creating defences and a fleet, singapore has fallen to Japan and they have begun there invasion of the Philpenes, Russia is about to fall...
  • Aus-1944-We have taken pearl Harbor and invaded the US mainland it was a huge fail, India has fallen to the Japs, Russia holds on........
  • 1945-Aus- Everything has gone to hell US have invaded france,Russia is beating back Japs and Germany.
  • 1946-Aus-''They have taken the Germany and the Japan. We have barred the gates but cannot hold them for long. The ground shakes, drums... drums in the deep. We cannot get out. A shadow lurks in the dark. We can not get out... they are coming.''..........
  • 1947-Aus-pearl habour has fallen to the US, Brits press indochina.
  • 1950- Aus - we have held them at bay for 3 years game ends AUSTRALIAN EMPIRE REMAINS !!!!
  • 11/10 would be Australian Dictator like Tony Abbott again.
Posted: October 5
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.4 hrs on record
If you think Europa Universalis is hard, try this one. Spent 2 hours in game, still have no idea how to play it. 10/10
Posted: October 11
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
61.3 hrs on record
Honestly, I really like this game. The gameplay is great and is really realistic. The only downside is, if you dont have a computer that isn't recently made (2008-2014), It will stop working entirely. At first point the game wont load entirely, if you reinstall it, it crashes while loading a save or scenario. If you reinstall it again, it bugs out at the loading screen. And nothing else happens a few reinstalls more. I would reccomend it for people with up to date computers.
Posted: October 6
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
50.3 hrs on record
Gib Clay
Posted: October 16
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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
0.6 hrs on record
I was so bad on my first try as Germany.

Poland kicked my ♥♥♥.
Posted: October 6
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
18.2 hrs on record
As a strategy game, it's wondrous; as a piece of software, I'm finding it to be problematic. The gameplay is deep; running through a year of wartime often requires dropping the speed several steps. Taking care to keep forces equipped with the latest weaponry and in supply range is difficult, but nowhere near impossible; if anything, it's almost pleasing to be both general and logistician.

The real issue, however, is stability. It's rare to be able to complete a whole game in one sitting, even as a neutral power that never gets involved in a war. Particularly when playing a major power, the game is unstable and prone to crashing. Monthly autosaves alleviate some of the frustration, but long load-times compound the problem and rob it of some of the entertainment value. The fun is bulletproof, but only so long as it remains stable.

Crusader Kings II might prove to be a better option for someone looking for a general strategy game; Hearts of Iron IV is listed as in-development, so I might consider that a better option if it turns out to be stable.
Posted: October 21
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
211.6 hrs on record
made me stop cutting, 10/10
Posted: September 27
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
28.4 hrs on record
The learning curve is pretty high but once you get the hang of it it can be quite fun.

Some problems is that it's insanely predictable and the game tends to crash when you try to do too many things.
Posted: October 18
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
4.3 hrs on record
Tutorial is narrated by Hitler.

10/10 Would be entertained by typically useless paradox tutorial again.
Posted: October 18
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
98.3 hrs on record
Very hard but fun at the same time
Posted: October 2
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
62.2 hrs on record
Crashing Simulatior 2014
Posted: October 18
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3 of 7 people (43%) found this review helpful
3.2 hrs on record
Mixed feelings on this one. First time player, but not new to the concept. Fine game but frequent crashes that are not adressed by the developer. Also not able to load mods at the beginning of the game. Crashes much too often, making the game unplayable. Good thing I bought it in discount but still feels like a waste of money.
Posted: October 6
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2 of 5 people (40%) found this review helpful
1.2 hrs on record
Most Skilled Shooter/MMO
Posted: October 4
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1 of 3 people (33%) found this review helpful
16.5 hrs on record
You don't really have to know what you are doing to have fun! You can be Hitler 11/10
Posted: October 4
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
79.0 hrs on record
Can't genocide anyone 5/10 breddy gud
Posted: October 6
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
734.3 hrs on record
best game of all! deep and real gameplay .
Posted: October 2
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
5.8 hrs on record
I recommend this game.
Posted: October 8
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0 of 1 people (0%) found this review helpful
4.0 hrs on record
good strat game, but feels a bit boring.
8.3/10
Posted: October 7
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1 of 4 people (25%) found this review helpful
912.4 hrs on record
I bought this game, and loved it. I played so many hours on it. So much that I got all the expansions, and many custom units... etc. Welp after the newest expanision I got, it would no longer work. Actually none of my Paradox games work anymore. So while i would recomend this game, I can't. Its a giant waste of money. Easily my favorite game, gone like that.

I will not be getting HOI4. In order to play HOI 3 I have to dig through a lot of my files, and not start in Steam. I can't save if I do choose to play this way, meaning fast forward is the only way to do it.

DONT WASTE YOUR MONEY ON A GAME THAT DOSENT WORK. I HAVE NO MODS, ONLY WHAT I BOUGHT THROUGH STEAM.
Posted: October 8
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