Reviews for Hearts of Iron III: Semper fi
Whole new layer of detailmahon | Aug. 2, 2013 | See all mahon's reviews »
While I am not a huge fan of purely cosmetic expansions, I enjoy the ones which add something new to gameplay or refresh and remake old concepts. Semper Fi is one of such expansions for Hearts of Iron III that adds a whole new layer to the game: a great new twist comes from hidden victory conditions defined by each country at the very beginning.
Now technological development can benefit from your allies' participation and offer benefits to them as well. AI-controlled commanders can have different settings depending on the type of arms they command and operations they participate in. Diplomacy gained some more details, as now you can request particular actions from your allies, but so can they.
It introduces easy way of defining and managing theatres of war. Command hierarchy is now tweaked and improved - easily managed and visible on the map, managing air superiority became easier thanks to a special map. Naval warfare, so important to the American participation in WW2, was upgraded with new options, including ships that are prides of their nations and fleets. Having such a ship confers bonuses, but loss of her is even more painful now.
Add to this a new scenario, events, and (supposedly) improved AI, and you have nearly complete picture of the expansion. I didn't notice the AI improvement as it was already challenging for me before. If you are unsure if it's worth buying, I wouldn't hesitate.