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Hearts of Iron II (PC)

by Koch
Windows 98 / NT / Me / XP
 Ages 12 and Over
4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
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  • Play any World War II front of your choice--over 175 playable countries
  • Four major campaigns letting you play the full course of the war as well as 15 battle scenarios including D-Day, Operation Barbarossa and The Ardennes Offensive
  • Real Time gameplay with the capability to pause at any time
  • Intuitive tutorial and manual for easy access to the gameplay features
  • Co-operative multiplayer gameplay allowing up to 32 simultaneous players to share countries
  • play against each other through a LAN or over the Internet through the Valkyrienet matchmaking service
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Game Information

  • Platform:   Windows 98 / NT / Me / XP
  • BBFC Rating: Suitable for 12 years and over Suitable for 12 years and over. Not for sale to persons under age 12. By placing an order for this product, you declare that you are 12 years of age or over.
  • Media: Video Game
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  • ASIN: B0006Q2U5G
  • Release Date: 4 Mar 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (15 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 18,905 in PC & Video Games (See Top 100 in PC & Video Games)

Product Description

Product Description

World War II Grand Strategy--to secure peace, prepare for war... You are the supreme ruler of a country of your choosing during World War II. Guide your nation through warfare and diplomacy, and take part in the battles that changed history.

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45 of 45 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitive WW2 Grand Strategy 17 Jan 2006
Hearts of Iron 2 is a game of Massive scope that is suited more to older players and armchair generals;
The game spans from the start of 1936 to the end of 1947 (with an expansion due later this year to bring it into the 50s).
You can play the game as most countries (including small nations such as luxembourg and Albania aswell as the major warring nations) the game also includes a huge number (1000's) of Military and political figures from all nations who affect the game in different ways.
While the game mainly revolves around battles a great deal of game time can also spent dealing with resources, production and research.
The combat itself is large scale and abstracted, although nowhere near the risk like abstraction of other titles on this scale;
players expecting to see individual tanks duelling it out at kursk will be disappointed.
To get the most out of this game you have to put in the time and effort, planning ahead is a necessity of the game.
Hearts of Iron 2 is a truly excellent game, but it caters for a small section of the game market,
I would reccommend downloading the demo from the makers website [...]
before buying this title (the demo covers only a tiny segment of the game but is better than nothing).
I feel the game has recieved undue critisism due to gamers expecting something more mainstream and action oriented who then, daunted by the scale of the game, post a bad review and scare off people who would love it!
Try out the Demo, and if you decide to buy it, download the patches, which add quite a lot of extra content.
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28 of 28 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Goodbye life... 17 Nov 2005
By J. Reed
If you are a Paradox fan, or love complex detailed strategy games and are single or would like to get divorced then this is a must own game. It is has many options for difficulty levels and scenario dates allowing you to jump right in in 1939/41 or plan your build up from 1936. You can play 'what ifs' for ever and you're always left wanting to play just one more month... It is enormously time consuming (on the longer scenarios 30 hours+), but highly rewarding and with a huge fanbase of highly professional mods available you're always left thinking, I'll try that again but this time I'll be the Russians / Brits / Yanks / Germans etc etc. Enough writing, I wonder what would happen if the Germans invaded Sweden.....
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21 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Once you begin playing your social life is over 20 Mar 2006
By S. Cobb
This is a game that is totally dedicated to strategy and game play and low on graphics. It is not easy and takes you though the Second World War and you decide which side to take. Fairly complex to start with, but once you get the hang of it you will end up playing this for hours and hours completely losing track of time in an absorbing game where you will be constantly facing “the next challenge” and not able to switch off.
Looks like the expansion pack will solve one complaint and that is to win as the axis powers is virtually impossible by the end of 1947. The other complaint would be that it is a little too easy as the UK or Russia to defeat the Axis Powers (Not a big problem because playing as the Germans or Italians makes the game VERY, VERY hard to win).
With regards to the review below, I like the realism of the political state of Europe at the time. If Hitler had invaded Poland in 1936 then he would have been embroiled in a war with no allies and no chance of success – The complexity is added by another level of game play where Politics plays an integral part! For instance countries can offer each other a “guarantee of independence” that will force one country into the war if the other is attacked. This makes it a true meld of Politics, Industry (Supply and Manufacturing), Tactics, War and providing your army with the manpower and latest technology to defeat the enemy.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Churchill would have played it 8 April 2005
An absorbing WW2 strategic game, complex and complete, but not at all complicated and so intuitive that it becomes very very easy to play. Its historic realism is so amazing that you actually feel you are back in 1939. Can you believe that it includes pictures and profiles of all the leaders, ministers, and most famous officers of that time? and this goes for more than one hundred countries?
You will manage your economy, increasing your industrial capacity in order to have the means to build an army, investigate new technologies and raise funds for diplomacy and trade. You will dismiss ministers, change your national policies, puppetize other countries, declare war and negotiate peace.
You will give different orders to your military units and decide what, when and how they shall attack. Supplies and reinforcements are essential but you will never have to micromanage these aspects.
Although battles are automatically sorted they may become a little bit confusing, but you can always slow down the game, or even pause it, and give your orders without stress.
The graphics are adequate to this kind of game and the music is beautiful.
If you like the genre this one is a must.
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21 of 22 people found the following review helpful
This is not really a new game. I get the impression that the developers had to rush Hearts of Iron 1 a bit and this is the original game as they wanted it to be. Highly playable and the research dimention has been completely overhauled and is much better! It is an absorbing game and can be very involved. To give an idea of the time it can take, I'm currently playing as Germany and 1936-1941 has taken about 10 hours of game play. But then the real war lasted 6 years - you'd lose all the detail if you crammed it into an hour and a half!
The game does not lose its playability very easily. Other major improvements over the original include the improved map terrain, much improved naval combat and improved attention to detail for the minor countries. Peru, Warlard China and a host of other countries were not worth playing before because the developers hadn't bothered to give them any military leaders - not so now.
Stage Trotskyite takeovers of the world, fight a war with the Axis in South America, kick the Europeans and Japanese out of China to re-establish the Empire - or pour all your efforts into advanced technologies from jet aircraft, advanced subs, ballistic missles to microcomputers and the nuclear bomb. If you liked Hearts of Iron 1 or Victoria, you'll love this!
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
2.0 out of 5 stars Much better than EU2, but still crap
The game has been designed by the same people who made "Europa Universalis II". That should have made me suspicious. Read more
Published on 16 April 2011 by Printul Noptilor
2.0 out of 5 stars Wasn't for me...
I loaded this game and gave it a half-hearted bash but after the joys of the Total War strategy games then this was too complex to get struck into immediately and I rather lost the... Read more
Published on 24 Sep 2010 by Mr. J. Fuller
4.0 out of 5 stars devotion required
Wow, does this game make itself hard to love!

To say this game is 'in-depth' doesnt do it justice, if you're looking for a quick 'pick up and play' game then go look at... Read more
Published on 10 Nov 2008 by An avid reader
5.0 out of 5 stars Throw all the other ones away
Well finally a war game that hits the nail on the head.This game has absolutely everything that a top class war game should have. Read more
Published on 17 Mar 2008 by Mr. P. G. Mckeown
5.0 out of 5 stars So deep, so complex. My wife hates it.....
Read the first review on this game, and it should tell you if you will like it or not. For me the game is so compelling that for the first time in years i find myself lying in bed... Read more
Published on 3 Jan 2008 by Mr. Adrian R. Hannam
5.0 out of 5 stars The most comprehensive strategy game I have seen
This is an excellent strategy game. I actually enjoyed the period before 1939 more than the war itself, as winning is all in the build up. Read more
Published on 4 Jan 2007 by A. Chalklen
2.0 out of 5 stars Seriously flawed
I'm a fanatical player of Championship Manager, Civ4 and many other strategy games, so I was delighted to discover another turn based game for the thinking player. Read more
Published on 18 Feb 2006 by Shane
5.0 out of 5 stars Nice work paradox!
4 sure one of the best games ever, shame it didnt have the same historical event scope as Victoria but thats since it runs from 1936 to end of 1947, though it can include the... Read more
Published on 24 July 2005 by R. Fryer
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