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.
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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
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4 of 5 people (80%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
13.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 5
combat may be broken most of the time, but it is still a better game than hoi3
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
Not Recommended
0.1 hrs on record
Posted: September 13
Do not buy; Does not run on modern displays.

This is a turn based strategy similar to Crusader Kings and so on, set during World War 2 in the European theatre.

Unfortunately, while the game was being updated up until 2010, it no longer runs properly on monitors with higher resolution than HD, making the game unplayable on modern PCs due to overscan issues.

Since Paragon are still holding their hands out for money for this game, and accepting it, but not updating the game so it runs properly, thumbs down is the only viable option.
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58 of 61 people (95%) found this review helpful
2 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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99 of 133 people (74%) found this review helpful
54 people found this review funny
Recommended
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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35 of 38 people (92%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
1,728.3 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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34 of 39 people (87%) found this review helpful
1 person found this review funny
Recommended
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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28 of 30 people (93%) found this review helpful
Recommended
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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24 of 26 people (92%) found this review helpful
Recommended
84.6 hrs on record
Posted: February 7
Very thorough remake of Hearts of Iron 2 - it is wider and deeper than original game, which itself is very wide and deep in terms of every fan of turn-based global strategies.
It was released not as mod but as a separate game due to significant amount of gameplay changes above the original HOI2 game. And it is still under development! Get me right - Arsenal of Democracy is a finished product, yet there are always room for some improvements and additional campaigns and stuff. And yeah, community is friendly, and welcome for any newcomers, but...

But I won't recommend you to start with Paradox games from this title. There are way too many options, details, charts and graphs to sink in... So you'll get by better starting from Europa Universalis 3 or even Victoria 2, than with Arsenal of Democracy.
So I do recommend the game - but only for prepared ones, who grown up above the basic things Civilization taught us, and ready to spend dozens or even hundreds of hours on single separate scenario, making his own history. There are so many scenarios and mods to prove yourself on... And if you'll be not getting enough, you can always make some of your own.

Finally, I must inform you that there are a major bug still troubling some players - a flickering screen problem. For some people the game works straight out of box, some have to go to Paradox forums and download patches (Steam is releasing 1.04 version now, and current patch on Paradox is 1.09 or maybe 1.10 already). And for some systems flickering goes on forever, like how it goes with my laptop. So I warn you! There is a possibility that this game will be unplayable, no matter how great it is...

My mark is 8/10. I'd like to give the game more, but flickering bug is still a big issue, even after 5+ years after game release.
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35 of 45 people (78%) found this review helpful
3 people found this review funny
Recommended
846.9 hrs on record
Posted: September 11, 2014
The best WWII grand strategy game I've ever played, great fun!
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21 of 23 people (91%) found this review helpful
Recommended
27.5 hrs on record
Posted: October 18, 2014
I come at this as one who originally played HoI3 followed by Darkest Hour. AoD focuses very much on domestic and economic issues (repairing provinces, civic investment as a means to alleviating dissent as opposed to simply cranking out consumer goods). It's really sliders galore. The implimentation of over-arching, nation-wide policies is also nice.
What this game could use, however, is a bit more UI polish. To use the technology tree as an example -- colors seem stark and non-period while useability refinements such as historical years within each tech's respective title should have been implimented. The AI also makes questionable ahistoric decisions, leaving history-minded players stuck. If you're open-minded and wanting unpredictablity though, that might be right up your alley.

All that being said, I recommend this to players wanting diplomatic and policy-heavy gameplay without losing military action.
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F4TheGold
286.4 hrs
Posted: September 18
Great game!

They only bad thing about it is the AI which i find a bit weak. Played a few campaigns with Germany but never got to finish it as i pretty much steamrolled Europe in the end. UK had most of it troops in Afrika fighting Italy while Germany held peace with Rusia leaving England total open for invasion(??). So no need to build up defenses for me, just Blitzkrig all over Europe until i had no real threats left, unless declaring my friends, Rusia, war or wait to see what US would do, still not being part of the war/massacre.

Still had alot of fun getting to that point in the game and you can play as any nation :)

(You can change resolution by edit the file Settings.cfg (in the root AoD folder) using Notepad.)
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Mattius
300.4 hrs
Posted: September 12
classic 4x
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mikaelyan
4.3 hrs
Posted: September 4
I have played all the hearts of iron games except for hoi4. This is by far the best overall. The ai is also the best. For me the pinacle of the series.
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Sarkoth
3.0 hrs
Posted: June 27
I'd rather play the original, but Arsenal of Democracy is a great branch-off of a great series all the same.
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Laðy Laмвðaðelтa
120.9 hrs
Posted: June 14
Hearts of Iron, the way it was meant to be played.

If you want to play a Hearts of Iron game,
this is the pinnacle of the series,
the last point before micromanagement became insane.

This is Hearts of Iron, the great Arsenal of Democracy.
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Madash
0.5 hrs
Posted: May 27
sad i missed this when it first came out as i would have spent much time on it but now we have newer bigger flashier versions to sink ones time into
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Ael
72.1 hrs
Posted: April 30
A very good take on the HOI2 engine/characteristics. The end date goes further 1964 and it put some other good mix of stuffs and techs on the play. It has a sister game Darkest Hour wich offers a faster gameplay. For those that Enjoy a good WW2 experience I can recommend both and even HOI3 or 4 nowadays. It's charming and appeal it's great that even today I keep going back to it.
Also another game I was able to make Brazil Great and what it should be after all these years without a corrupt government :)
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simregan
12.9 hrs
Posted: April 7
Everything down to the last detail, techtrees, weaponry, goverments are all so accurate. This is a great strategy game if you have plenty of time on your hands to spare. Easily over 100 hours of play with it.
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