Arsenal of Democracy: A Hearts of Iron Game
Taking place from 1936-64, Arsenal of Democracy lets you play as any nation during the era of WW2, complete with detailed models for economics, diplomacy, research, and intelligence. Warfare is also fully represented with all three branches of operations: land, sea, and air.
User reviews: Very Positive (77 reviews)
Release Date: Feb 23, 2010
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Taking place from 1936-64, Arsenal of Democracy lets you play as any nation during the era of WW2, complete with detailed models for economics, diplomacy, research, and intelligence. Warfare is also fully represented with all three branches of operations: land, sea, and air. The game builds on the experience and community input of the successful Hearts of Iron titles.

Developed by BL-Logic, a development studio made up of fans of the series and active members of the modding community, Arsenal of Democracy is the ultimate World War II simulation. It is described by Project Leader Lennart Berg as "Hearts of Iron II on steroids!"

  • Rewrite history as the head of any nation during World War II in a variety of single-player and multi-player scenarios
  • Use advanced combat mechanics based on historical research and the work of military theorists to destroy your foes on land, sea, and air
  • Master the most detailed and flexible economic and production systems of the series
  • Keep your war efforts operating smoothly with realistic logistics and trading subsystem
  • Engage in espionage, intelligence, diplomacy, and global trade to give your nation a decisive edge
  • Determine your country’s national identity, social policy, and ethnic culture
  • Create your own campaigns, units, countries, minister traits, and national ideas with extensive modding capabilities
  • Experience classic Hearts of Iron gameplay, improved with a fine-tuned technology tree, refined balance, advanced statistics, and polished graphics
  • Removed Province Limit: build your own maps without limitations

System Requirements

    Minimum:

    • OS: 2000/XP or better
    • Processor: 1.0GHz Athlon/Pentium 3 or better
    • Memory: 256MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 1.5GB free hard drive space
    • Graphics: Windows/DirectX Compatible videocard
    • Sound: Windows/DirectX compatible soundcard
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0 or higher

    Recommended:

    • OS: 2000/XP or better
    • Processor: 1.6GHz Athlon/Pentium 4 or better
    • Memory: 512MB RAM
    • Hard Drive: 2GB free hard drive space
    • Graphics: Windows/DirectX Compatible videocard
    • Sound: Windows/DirectX compatible soundcard
    • DirectX®: DirectX 9.0 or higher
Helpful customer reviews
13 of 14 people (93%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
74.8 hrs on record
Posted: December 12, 2014
this the absolute best game in the hearts of iron series, while darkest hour is the most stable and have a lot of nice features, the logistics, combat and other mechanics simply make this the best game in the series
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10 of 12 people (83%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
34.5 hrs on record
Posted: January 11
If you like Paradox games, World War II, history, RISK or a combination of some of that, you will love this game.

It may need more hours than other simplier strategy games to understand (not even dominate) the game but when you do, it brings you hundreds of possibilities.

What about a world where France leave the Allies, join the Axis, and a strong French-Germany alliance dominate the world?

Its all up to you.
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
177.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 3
Never Cared Much for the Hears of Iron games. But this version of Hearts of Iron 2 is spectacular. Choose a country you want to be. Most that existed are in the game. Go grab a co-op buddy or buddies and fight out world war 2...If you are good enough you can do just about anything you can imagine. 8/10 it's good for what it is. but it's not without its bugs or glitches. in the 100 hours played my game has crashed about 5 times but it has a good autosave system.
*i have now played a bit of Darkest hour, the other major mod for hearts of iron 2. I enjoyed AoD a lot more. but another thing to note is this game has not been patched in some time where as darkest hour is still getting updated. if you want world one gameplay then i would recommend darkest hour. if you just want a world war 2 grand strategy then this game is the way to go.*
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
1,044.4 hrs on record
Posted: January 8
Needs just a smidge more detail. A little historically inaccurate, but AMAZING!!!!
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6 of 7 people (86%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
591.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 26
558 hours of gameplay over 4 years perhaps the best grand strategy game all round ever made so simple yet engrossing
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
0.7 hrs on record
Posted: December 17, 2014
Better than New HOI3 get it!
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
294.8 hrs on record
Posted: February 18
I enjoyed planning production, waging campaigns on multiple fronts, amphibious assaults, launching ICBMS, choosing to play as any nation of the time era, researching tech, and making an alternate history over the course of many hours. Out of almost 200 games in my library I always keep this one installed just incase I feel the need to turn the Netherlands into a nuclear power in 40's. 10/10 plus using cheats is very fun too.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
50.5 hrs on record
Posted: February 9
Pre-Release Review
Excellent WW2 strategy game.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
311.9 hrs on record
Posted: December 22, 2014
fun.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
3.8 hrs on record
Posted: April 5
With Iron Cross (or without it as well, I don't know) you can't change land doctrine. Also, the forums won't let me sign in.
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3 of 5 people (60%) found this review helpful
4.2 hrs on record
Posted: May 25
Ok, the game bugs/crashes after the initial video. Waiting for solution, until there, if I were you, I wouldn't buy it... Unfortunately, it seems be a nice game, but you can't play.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
2.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 24
I wish they make a remake on the HOI3 engine...
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
154.2 hrs on record
Posted: December 5, 2014
This game is awesome.
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6 of 11 people (55%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
1.8 hrs on record
Posted: March 21
You can't lower music in game = headphones exploded

10/10
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57 of 78 people (73%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8, 2014
Here you can make an alliance between Stalin and Hitler and plunge the world into an abyss of orthodox communist-fascism. Heil Comrade Stalin!
10/10 Cossacks in India.
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26 of 28 people (93%) found this review helpful
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12, 2014
If you play Hearts of Iron III, you just might find this version more fun if you're playing by yourself. Being able to escape the confines of history by going into the 50's and 60's gets crazy with the Cold War gone hot. Plus the tech tree is much more fleshed out, and you can more easily (with time and patience) play as micro powers. Politics are also a tad more interesting. Overall I was very surprised by this little gem.
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24 of 25 people (96%) found this review helpful
54.0 hrs on record
Posted: December 6, 2013
Similar to it's fellow HOI2 mod Darkest Hour, AoD is HOI2 with some pretty nice improvements. While DH added more actual game content (including WW1), AoD focuses more on improving upon what already existed in HOI2. The result is that the WW2 you fight in this is a better experience than the vanilla game, and that was an excellent game already. With that said, I prefer Darkest Hour to this simply because there is more stuff there even if it is not quite as well-polished as it is here.

Strategy nerds and fellow psychos will find much to like here. It's old, but still good. :)
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32 of 40 people (80%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
824.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
The best WWII grand strategy game I've ever played, great fun!
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
1,500.3 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
on the negative side:
- It is a bit hard to learn if you are not familiar with hearts of iron series of games. it has some kind of tutorial, but that is nowhere enough to understand all the features.
- no fancy graphics [well, you may even say no graphics at all, as you will turn out the animated sprites after a fer hours of gameplay and use counters to represent units/armies as they are much more informative at a glance. - a game can take very long from start to finish But if you don't mind a long learning curve, and have a lot of time this is easily one of the best strategy games you can find. It is a big improvement over HoI2 in all areas. If you liked HoI2 you will love this.
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20 of 21 people (95%) found this review helpful
133.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 19, 2014
WW2 Grand Strategy at it's finest. It's hard to change the course of history, compared to some other games of this type - but it's possible.
What else to say - hundreds of different types of authentic WW2 units, events, research tree, leaders. So many different tactics and strategies you can adopt.

C.O.R.E. Mod is highly recommended, it just makes everything better, expands the game, adds a ton more historical events, makes all the unit and research options, combat system more authentic.
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