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 (52 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
22 of 29 people (76%) found this review helpful
10.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 8
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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10 of 11 people (91%) found this review helpful
822.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
The best WWII grand strategy game I've ever played, great fun!
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4 of 4 people (100%) found this review helpful
27.3 hrs on record
Posted: October 18
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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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
1,408.7 hrs on record
Posted: September 11
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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3 of 4 people (75%) found this review helpful
22.8 hrs on record
Posted: October 16
i have played the core game (HOI II) since around 2004/2005 i didnt remember exactly. but i never boring with this game, although ive uninstall, and reinstall it for a bunch of time. even there's HOI3, im back to the HOI2!

a must have wide map strategy world war game. 8.5/10 from me
the only bad thing is game crashes after you played the game too long~

i liberate india etc from british empire. wwwwwwwww
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
151.4 hrs on record
Posted: December 5
This game is awesome.
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1 of 2 people (50%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: December 17
this game has broken for me numerous times this time there are little boxes that appear all over the map that makes the game unbearably laggy this game has also crashed at random with my pc spec much higher then the recomended settings this game sucks so much it would be a good game with out the bugs and the crashes at the game looking as if it were made in the 1980s DO NOT BUY THIS GAME
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22 of 23 people (96%) found this review helpful
73.4 hrs on record
Posted: June 12
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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20 of 20 people (100%) 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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17 of 17 people (100%) found this review helpful
133.1 hrs on record
Posted: June 19
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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8 of 8 people (100%) found this review helpful
125.3 hrs on record
Posted: January 10
I learned to play this style of game on Hearts of Iron I. It was difficult to navigate at best. My friend, who is a code monkey, and I had discussed adding changes to the game that we would find helpful. The next thing you know, most of them did happen in HOI2. I was hooked. Darkest Hour and Arsenal of Democracy are both fantastic. If you appreciate a top-down strategy game, this is for you. It can be a pain in the butt to learn (~10 hours), but it is well worth it.

Disclaimer: I am a history teacher.
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24 of 41 people (59%) found this review helpful
3.1 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
crush hitler with the power of spreadsheets!
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7 of 9 people (78%) found this review helpful
210.2 hrs on record
Posted: January 4
Although I love Arsenal of Democracy, buy "Darkest Hour". It has all the gameplay elements of Hearts of Iron 2 and Arsenal of Democracy.
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3 of 3 people (100%) found this review helpful
35.5 hrs on record
Posted: December 27, 2011
This is arguably a better game than HoI3, which supposedly "replaced" the AoD/HoI2 engine. Graphics arent as nice and political gameplay is lacking, but it's a funner overall strategy game and less mind-bendingly complex.
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2 of 2 people (100%) found this review helpful
185.1 hrs on record
Posted: February 19, 2011
Greatest WW2 Grand-Strategy game I've ever played.. What it lacks in graphics it makes up for in depth!
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15 of 28 people (54%) found this review helpful
140.4 hrs on record
Posted: May 31, 2013
Arsenal of Democracy: A Hearts of Iron Game. The hint is in the title, a Hearts of Iron game. This is not really a game however, Arsenal of Democracy is a free mod available to all Hearts of Iron 2 players and this retail version only has a few minor advantages over the free version.

If you want to know whether this game is for you then you should not be reading this review, rather you should find a review for the regular Hearts of Iron 2, everything said in there is true for this game. With one notable exception however, none of the Hearts of Iron 2 mods will work for this.

It is a strange sense, to pay money for the retail version of a mod only to be denied access to, what is otherwise one of the strongest modding scenes around. Arsenal of Democracy does have some mods available made specifically for this game but they are few and far between and none have the scope or polished quality that is readily available for Hearts of Iron 2.

All in all, do not buy this, simply don't. If you are such a big fan of the genre that you must play every incarnation out there then save yourself some money, go get Hearts of Iron 2 instead and download the Arsenal of Democracy mod free of charge, you won't be missing out on much and should you want a slightly different total conversion of the World War 2 Grand Strategy experience, you simply download another mod.
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1 of 1 people (100%) found this review helpful
22.2 hrs on record
Posted: October 26, 2012
Arsenal of Democracy is a community-made, improved version of Hearts of Iron 2. If you enjoy Hearts of Iron 2 and grand strategy games in general, you'll enjoy Arsenal of Democracy. If you're not a fan of either, then the extremely steep learning curve will and the endless micromanagement inherent to this game will probably turn you off quickly.

Personally I'm not a big fan of Hearts of Iron 2. Where the grand strategy genre---which is effectively dominated by Paradox Interactive---is concerned, I recommend Europa Universalis 4 or Crusader Kings 2 instead.
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
1.9 hrs on record
Posted: April 25, 2011
Pain in the ♥♥♥, MP doesnt work. Crashes alot. 6/10
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2 of 3 people (67%) found this review helpful
38.9 hrs on record
Posted: August 30, 2013
По сравнению с DH она выглядит попроще, но это только внешне. Да, с виду AoD не привнес ничего нового по сравнению с предыдущими версиями Hearts of Iron 2: карта осталась та же, кампании те же, добавились только новые бригады, новые задания для войск... вроде все.
Но зато следует отметить, что в AoD ИИ гораздо умнее, чем в DH. В смысле от него можно ожидать больше сюрпризов типа внезапной высадки американцев не в Нормандии и даже не в Алжире, а в Конго. Поэтому я играю и в ту, и в другую.
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4 of 7 people (57%) found this review helpful
55.2 hrs on record
Posted: March 10
Over all, fun but buggy. Second, kinda bad, but HIGHLY addictive. Everyone has their fav contries, and in this game you can play as them, and even conquer the whole damn world, and that is fun as hell.

Good things:
-Historically accurate, but still can change the history if you wanted.
-Hyper realistic, maybe littlebit too much, since it takes FOREVER to make a one single division of Infrantry.

Bad things: -Many bugs
-United Kingdom,France, much annoy
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