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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sterju3
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 25
just no
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AzTeC EcLiPsE csgotraders.net
12.8 hrs
Posted: September 25
After nine hours of playing this game, this is one of the most fun games I've ever played. The game is extremely detailed, from sending spies on covert missions, to propoganda to lower your neutraility. One og the only problems I have is the alliances; you can't leave them like you can in Making History; The Calm And The Storm. And, personally for me, the game has never crashed. If you like Grand Strategy games, this is one of the best.
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Erwin Schrödinger's Dash
180.4 hrs
Posted: September 25
Wanna change the history?You'll make it while playing this.
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Worm Charming Badass
28.7 hrs
Posted: September 20
Hitler was even worse at explaining this game than he was at invading the Soviet Union.
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Vulpes
20.0 hrs
Posted: September 20
buy, install, play..
crash after crash after crash
deleted
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mouseman490
31.3 hrs
Posted: September 18
Amazing Game
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PisangGoreng
0.2 hrs
Posted: September 16
It won't start at all
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Lets-Draw-Da-Prophet-Muhamad
64.7 hrs
Posted: September 15
Yes, i love Hearts of Iron 3 and you should check it out if you are into stratigic game play. Every move must be thought out, kind of like a big game of chess.
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35 of 43 people (81%) found this review helpful
42 people found this review funny
Recommended
706.8 hrs on record
Posted: August 31
I spent nearly 700 hours playing as Germany alone. And I'll play as Germany for another 700 hours!






I should really try another country...
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14 of 16 people (88%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.0 hrs on record
Posted: August 29
I just started getting into the Paradox games, but I'm not new to strategy games by any means. I've only played HoI3 for about 9 hours, but it is already one of my favorites. This game is centered around the war aspect of strategy, while the other Paradox game Victoria 2 (another really good one) is more centered around the economic aspect of strategy.

So I'm still on my first campaign and of course I picked Germany because I knew it would be the most fun. I started in the year 1936 and I've just conquered Poland and am about to take France with the "Fall of France" Decision. I am going for the historically-accurate game on my first playthrough and it is turning out very well.

I very much recommend you read the manual and look at the Noob's Tutorial series of video's that can be found on Youtube. There's about 13 videos that cover basically everything you need to know to get playing. The only thing it doesn't really get into is in-depth strategies, but if you are a strategy game veteran then you will be just fine. The built-in tutorial on the game is only good to get familiar with the game's interface in the most basic way possible and isn't very helpful. I recommend doing the built-in tutorial, then read the manual, then watch the Noob Tutorial video series, in that order.

I highly recommend this game!!!

Also, I should add that you shouldn't hestitate to let the AI take over some aspects of the game for you. You don't need to micromanage absolutely everything, although in important situations feel free to. The AI does a good job at whatever it is tasked with.

UPDATE: I feel like adding more now that I've gone through quite a bit of my first campaign, though I'm not done yet. Some things I've noticed from playing and from mistakes I've made:

- Every country starts out with a different amount of different resources and a different amount of income of those resources. For instance, Germany starts out having a lot of energy and they also receive about 300 income of energy per day.Some other of their resources they start out by having quite a bit of, but have a negative income. Therefore, trade away that energy for other resources you need. If you plan on gonig to war with a country, then don't trade with them if they ask because they are your future enemy. Don't help them out.

- In the beginning. depending on the choices you make, you probably won't be gonig to war for a few years. As Germany, I'm trying to play very historically accurate, so war started in 1939. Spend you Leadership points on basically only technology and don't spend production on upgrades or reinforcements until war starts looming around the corner. This will help you get a headstart on tech and production knowledge points early on.

- Make sure to bolster your infantry with artillery, engineers, and other support units for maximum effectiveness of your military divisions on the front.

- Make sure to have a decent stockpile of supplies (for the whole military) and fuel (for tanks and airplanes) on hand before war starts. War drains these supplies quicker because your guys are moving around and fighting and what not. Also, know that fighting a two-front war will drain supplies and fuel much quicker than a one-front war, so be prepared for this with a large stockpile before war starts.

- When you build new military divisions and brigades, make sure to attach a General to them. I forgot to do this in the beginning when I started.

- Also, probably most importantly, go in with a strategy. What I mean is, don't overspecialize or overgeneralize your military. Having a focus on too many different units (what I did since I was giddy about building everything) spreads your production knowledge points and tech levels too thin. At the same time though, going only with infantry isn't going to work very well either. Maybe have a larger focus of light infantry/medium tanks for land, strategic bomber planes for air, and light cruise ships (to protect convoys) and battleships (for fighting) for the sea. Or maybe you could focus on rocket technology and nuclear technology with a smaller fighting force. It all depends on what you want, but have a defined strategy that isn't too broad nor too thin.

Your first playthrough you might make some mistakes, but you will learn from them. Hopefully this helps some people get into the game.
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5 of 5 people (100%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
109.5 hrs on record
Posted: September 16
Do you like...
-making giant battleplans for big armies made up of faceless numbers and NATO counters?
-seeing said battleplans go to sh** the moment the enemy thinks of actually fighting back?
-messing around with unit organization tables to build the ultimate "mountain infantry with armored cars" division?
-turning Albania or Bulgaria into a conquering superpower?
-trying in vain to get supplies reach an overstretched frontline?
-pulling sliders to get bigger numbers?
-waiting for production timers to get even biggerer numbers?
-licence-producing great numbers of historically obscure tanks and planes?

Then you should get help! In the meantime though, you can play Hearts of Iron III to satisfy your perverse desires to build cavalry divisions with Ansaldo tankette and marine brigades.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Recommended
17.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 2
After following this tutorial: https://steamcommunity.com/app/25890/discussions/0/616199347852373784 of how to stop the game crashing, i have found the game to be very enjoyable, the tutorials give you an idea of what to do. I am still learning but so far this game is definitely worth the £2 i brought it for, however if you are paying full price £7 i still think its a good idea to buy, just to test the game out before spending lots of money on hearts of iron 4
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
125.4 hrs on record
Posted: September 1
Hearts of Iron 3 is a very good in depth ww2 RTS game, besides for some features in diplomacy that are a litle enh. This is a very good game and would recommend it to any who enjoy this genre of game and subject 4.3/ 5
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4 of 6 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
641.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Now this, is a quality game.
You can start as any nation in 1936 and then take over the world. Vanilla game may not be so good, so i suggest you to install BlackIce Mod. You won't go back to vanilla game after that. Only con is that this game may crash sometimes when saving your progress, corrupting the save file and if you had only 1 save, you need to start over again.
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
149.0 hrs on record
Posted: September 3
Is a great game takes time to get used to it but it fastly became my most played game
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5 of 8 people (63%) found this review helpful
Recommended
865.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 7
Great game... much better then the "updated" version HOI4
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
113.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 24
As a crash simulator I give this game 9/10, deducting one point because it hasn't caused me to blow my brains out just yet.

As a WWII simulator I give it a 8/10... for the few parts that aren't ruined by constant crashes while in a vanilla game.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
Recommended
9.6 hrs on record
Posted: September 4
fix the mulitiplayer
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