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Hearts of Iron 3 (PC DVD)

by Ascaron
Windows XP / Vista
 Ages 7 and Over
2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
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  • Platform:   Windows XP / Vista
  • Media: DVD-ROM
  • Item Quantity: 1

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  • Release Date: 21 Aug 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (37 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 19,732 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

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16 of 17 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Did they lose their minds?? 2 Sep 2009
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Fun: 3.0 out of 5 stars   
I liked HoI I, I loved HoI II and with great pain I must admit I bloody hate HoI III.
I really don't understand why the game has changed so much since the the last version...I mean, HoI II had some points that had to be adressed but these were really little tweeks compared to the changes they have done to the game now.
To start off, the loading time is horrific (and no, my system is not outdated), I sit there while I get messages like 'generating trees'(!?!), generating the world (yawn) and after maybe a minute or two I'm finally where I have to be, the game interface.
It LOOKS the same as HoI II but is definately different. They have increased the amount of provinces to an impossible number (like there weren't enough in HoI II). The units are just counters with the military symbols of each branch of the army, so any wargamer will find this comfortable but many, many people liked the graphical representation on the screen (HoI II) where you could really see your armor units move across the map; now you see a counter with a green arrow moving from one province to another.
The technology tree has been dismembered and you have to research each part of your unit separately (eg. not only do you have research 'medium tanks', but also it's main gun, the armour, the engine and the reliability). I miss the point why this could be an improvement because I don't think anybody is going to develop a 1944 medium tank with a gun of 1960 and an engine of 1926...
This is true for all assets (land, sea, air). For crying out loud, you have to develop (bigger) fuel tanks for your bombers. What did they fly on? 2 gallons of fuel???
Other aspects of the game like diplomacy and economy are in some ways the same as in HoI II so I'm not going to comment on that.
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26 of 30 people found the following review helpful
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
In their quest to update the HoI2 series, which was brilliant, the target was initially missed by a country mile.

The first and major annoyance is the glacial speed at which the game progresses, making it much more difficult for me to play, as it runs at about a tenth of the speed of HoI2 in its fastest setting - and that is if you're lucky, the wind is blowing in the right direction and the game temporarily does not decide otherwise. I do not mind a slow initial loading (like in Rome) but the debilitatingly slow gameplay is a real issue. And I have a farily fast computer, with plenty of RAM, good graphics, etc., where computing intensive FPS games run without any problems whatsoever. While the 1.04 Patch has alleviated the problem somewhat, the game is still pretty slow if you play one of the majors and borderline acceptable for a smaller country.

As others have commented, the game has serious issues with historical accuracy as well and events have mostly been removed. I tried twice to play as Germany and in neither of the games could I fulfill the requirements for a Rhineland re-occupation in March 1936, as it happens historically. Again, some improvements appear obvious in the later patches, with the 1938 and 1939 scenarios in particular giving a reasonably historical development, while 1936 leaves everything up in the air.

Another major gripe - as also mentioned is the automation of everything within a category, versus micromanaging everything. In HoI2 a fairly effective AI support for convoy creation, trade, and production existed, which could be switched on individually, according to preference, and where no wastage happened.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars Not quite what I was looking for 30 Sep 2009
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
Having been blown away with the simplistic quality of Hearts of Iron 2, I was looking forward to the third install of the series. Having read the reviews commenting on the extended detail included into the new game I was really excited, this ment that there was more to do in the game instead of waiting around for either units to be built or technology to become avilable.

On getting the game within the first hour I am scratching my head in awe at the scale of changes, this kind of details is exactly what I was looking for, such as districts now cut up into smaller towns, expanded technology such as the detail to weapons and defences for infanty, tanks and even the navy.

However it is here when I started to get a bit worried when events were not popping up such as the Spanish Civil War, only to find that political events are now under politics and do not occur on a historical basis. This caused a few problems at first, and when the war started for real, unlike in HoI2 were there is little choice when it comes to political events, now you can opt out of history and make it up as you go along. For some this can be annoying, but at the end of the day you are in more control of your nation then ever before.

There are bugs in the game and there are somethings I don't like but I am slowly getting used to things. However the game can't be rated past 3 stars because i think that the creaters have made the game a little to complicated and have over-reached reality a bit.

But decent effort all the same.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
What my teenager wanted. Quick delivery
Published 1 day ago by Heather
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Was a present, no opinion
Published 2 months ago by t.
3.0 out of 5 stars Three Stars
Good detail but gets tedious after a while
Published 4 months ago by Stuart McFarlane
3.0 out of 5 stars It's not good as Hearts of Iron II
In my humble opinion, I Think that Paradox made a good game by is ruined by unfixed events, cities, units,
If you are looking for a great game as HoI II, this is a bad choice. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Manuel
1.0 out of 5 stars Why did they change it!!!!!!
I just cant understand why Paradox Interactive messed up on Hearts of Iron 3. Hearts of Iron 2 was excellent all it needed was a few minor changes but what they did with Hearts of... Read more
Published on 19 Sep 2012 by sim
2.0 out of 5 stars No way near as good as HOI 2
No where near as good or enjoyable as HOI 2.
Being able to form divisions and choise their brigades is an improvement, as are some of the political/production etc interfaces,... Read more
Published on 26 July 2011 by PB
5.0 out of 5 stars Steep Learning Curve, but Well Worth It
I remember first picking up Hearts of Iron 3 in around early 2010, and I found it extremely difficult to get my head around the interface used in the series. Read more
Published on 20 Jun 2011 by JOR
4.0 out of 5 stars Finally patched up properly
Hearts of Iron 3 at release was something of a disappointment. See the many negative reviews right here on Amazon for the details - slow, crash-prone and with a tendency to go... Read more
Published on 19 Jun 2011 by David W
5.0 out of 5 stars Haters gonna hate
HoI3 is very complicated and yes it does take a little getting used to but if you want a GRAND stratergy sim this is the one.
Published on 25 Mar 2011 by A Jax
Published on 22 Feb 2011 by YANKEE420
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