"I am surprised - nay, elated - to see how well Hearts of Iron 2 came out." - FiringSquad.com
"if you're interested a day-by-day re-creation of what is arguably the most dramatic decade the world has ever known, presented in a staggering amount of detail using a complex and sophisticated simulation that affords all sorts of freedom for hypothetical situations, then you won't want to miss Hearts of Iron II." - GameSpy.com
Includes Hearts of Iron II plus the two expansions, Doomsday and Armageddon
When Germany is defeated in 1945, the Allies and the new Soviet alliance fight for supremacy. World War III is drawing closer.
Play as the ruler of one of 175 countries through World Wars II and III. As the Allies and the Soviet Union clash in Europe, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Hearts of Iron II Features:
Detailed diplomacy and production systems with help functions to avoid micromanagement.
Movement-is-attack combat system making warfare more realistic.
Mission-based Air and Naval system, giving options for logistical strikes and targeted bombing.
New political system with possibilities to change the political base of your country during the war.
Fifteen battle scenarios optimized for an evening or two for gaming. Historical scenarios like Case White, Operation Barbarossa and alternative history scenarios like Operation Watchtower and Case Green are included in the game.
Co-operative multiplayer, enabling players to share the same country while playing.
Doomsday Expansion Features:
World War III scenario with an alternative historical outcome. Play the Soviet alliance, the United States or any country of your choice as new superpowers rise to power on the global stage.
Expanded tech trees with considerable detail in a new decade of warfare, allowing you to develop tactical nukes and other kinds of nuclear warfare as well as helicopter squads, Escort carriers and much more.
Improved Diplomatic/Intelligence System reflects the increased political tension of the 1950s.
Armageddon Expansion Features:
New attachments for Naval units; do you scrap or upgrade those old ships.
Land units can now be built with brigades already attached.
An Air Naval combat system that radically alters the combat balance.
New damage algorithms for the Air combat system, making organization more important and allowing air units to fight longer.
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I agree with other reviewers, this is probably the best of the series. Over 400 hours into it, and still haven't tried all the options. Even though it lacks some of the nice features of HOI3, and some of the polish, it has other really interesting options that make up for it. The ability to start before 1936, the option to continue play until the 1960's, all make for really interesting alternate history options. Add in Doomsday and Armageddon and it just gets better. Try playing as the Confederate States of America. Not a game for the faint of heart, and definitely not a 'Build more tanks and throw them at the enemy base' type of game. There are about 300 different things to keep in mind, and you can lose an entire war because you forgot to check the terrain or weather. But if you like indepth historical strategy, this is definitely a must have. No other series comes close.
this is the best of the series so far. HoI3 was a complete disappointment for the strategy community. HoI2 interface is simple and effective, no 3d animation but still good graphics. the game works flawlessly and responds quickly to your input. HoI3 lags because of the awful unit sprites and 3d vectors. stick with Hoi2 !
Hearts of Iron has always been aimed at hardcore strategy gamers, and so was its sequel - Hearts of Iron II. The complete edition of the game includes Doomsday and Armageddon - two expansions to the game, and is still preferred by many gamers over the later Hearts of Iron III. Thanks to simpler graphics it may feel less cluttered and better streamlined, so whoever cares less about visuals than gameplay may actually appreciate it. It is also much less computer-resource-hungry, which allows it to be run on older computers. It is still a very interesting and demanding strategy game, one of the best of World War II strategies. As close to being a simulation of this conflict as it gets!
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