Reviews for Hearts of Iron III: Collection DNS

82

I do not regret the purchase

mutsuriini | June 7, 2013 | See all mutsuriini's reviews »

Just started playing HOI3 after years of playing HOI and HOI2 including the expansions Doomsday and Armageddon. I own the original vanilla HOI3 but never really got into it as it appeared to be very daunting and having little time to play was a little overwhelmed at first by all the features that are so different from the earlier versions.

Obviously my procrastination was both good and bad. Having read many player reviews of the vanilla version made me decide to hesitate playing it but with the new expansions from Paradox and a couple from end users this has changed greatly how the game plays and my hesitation to try HOI3 was unfounded. I recently purchased the HOI3 Collection and also the expansion TFH (Their Finest Hours)and have played a few games to get a feel for it. SO on to the review;

Since I am still in the learning stages I have to say right off that this is by far the best version of the HOI series to date. The most impressive thing I noticed right off the bat is the COM (Chain of Command) which is also every units life line for supply and that you can detach units from corps, corps from armies and armies from army groups and so on. No longer do you waste time building HQ units which rob you of valuable IC and time in the production menu. All HQ's are instantaneous and all they need are supporting brigades to be attached. Their is a more natural and realistic feel in regards to creating your order of battle.

Each division can be constructed either by selecting the default in the production menu or by creating your own variation. IE a typical German Infantry Division has 3 brigades and you can delete all of them or one of them etc and add supporting battalions/Brigades depending on your current level of research. The construction of individual brigades is also available and can be added to existing divisions that have the space to add them or HQ units. their is a lot to experiment with in developing well balanced units or specialized units.

Technology development has been changed greatly and just as your armies need officers so does the R&D and is offered as a slider to allocate IC's towards building your officer pool, as well as Diplomatic points, espionage/spy points and of course allocated IC's for research and development of units.

At this point I have not played controlling Diplomacy or Intelligence areas but this seems to be far more intricate.I let the AI play these parts and even delegated the AI to Slider control of Technology all I had to do was select the areas I wanted research in. I also use the AI to fine tune production while I select what I want produced then delegate the AI to maintain control so I don't waste valuable IC. Although you have to keep an eye on the AI in regards to production so it doesn't try to build units you don't want.

I look forward to trying the MP (Multiplayer) option as I have read it makes the game even more enjoyable

I will update this as I progress

80

Worth it on a sale

Gh0st233 | Aug. 21, 2012 | See all Gh0st233's reviews »

Hearts of Iron III: Collection is a collection of the base game, the two expansions (Semper Fi and For the Motherland), and all the spritepacks for the game.

Hearts of Iron III is a strategy game of war, diplomacy and economy, set in World War 2, published by Paradox, and developed by the same. There are a lot of countries (factions) to choose from, and get a different point of view on one of the biggest wars of human history.

Hearts of Iron III: Collection is definitely worth checking out, especially on a sale, and knowing Paradox, it will be pretty cheap on the next Paradox sale. Worth getting!