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Hearts of Iron 2 - PC

by Paradox Entertainment
Windows 98 / 2000 / Me / XP
4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews) 83 / 100

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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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  • ASIN: B0006FZUFY
  • Product Dimensions: 7.8 x 5.5 x 1.2 inches ; 7.2 ounces
  • Media: CD-ROM
  • Release Date: January 4, 2005
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (43 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #19,992 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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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147 of 149 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic Strategy Game January 15, 2005
By JasonR
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
This will be another wonderful strategy game that doesn't sell as many copies as it deserves.

The bad:

The graphics are lacking, there's no denying that. Being able to change the resolution would be a nice option as well. The sound is functional, a few more chimes for events would be nice. Being able to reconfigure some things on they keyboard would be very helpful as well, I have to disable the F-lock key on my keyboard to use the pause key; if I could move it to something else that would be keen.

The manual is a bit too conversational. The fact that they include a manual is nice, many games just give you PDFs. There were a few things that weren't explained well in the manual, but overall the explanations are reasonably good. Some things, like the formulae for industrial capacity should be put into the manual. It's nice to have in writing the base number of resources required for industrial capacity. There is no table of contents and the index is in page order at the back of book instead of alphabetical order by topic.

A game of "grand strategy" shouldn't come in a grand paper sleeve, a jewel case would be nice.

The good:

The players are allowed to choose any sovereign state at the time of their scenario. You aren't restricted to playing only major powers. For interesting games, try some of the regional powers like Brazil, Italy, or even Spain (extremely complex with the revolution throwing off your plans). Plus, playing these other capable, but extremely limited states helps you improve your efficiency since you cannot merely squander any resources. Every country plays in its own unique way, you cannot merely use a one-size-fits-all strategy.

The political model is very good.
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73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Not a RTS but a RSG (Real Strategy Game) February 21, 2005
Fun: 4.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm evaluating the game out the box with no patches. There IS, however, a patch available.

If you play games like Civ, M:TW, R:TW, etc then this game is probably not for you. If you like RTS type games, then this game is also probably not for you. HOI 2 has much closer kinship to boardgames as do most games released by Paradox (CK, EU 1, EU 2, Vicky, HOI 1 are the games I have played of theirs previously and I still play every single one of those games, except for EU 1, now).

Lets talk about the target audience for the game first before I give my review. If you are interested in graphics, snazzy user interfaces, or rock-paper-scissors kinds of unit relations, then this game is not for you, there are plenty well-made games on the market that cater to this.

Now, lets take a look at what the game has to offer.

1. Replayability - 4.5 ****1/2 - The game has many, many options and decision points through the various scenarios to ever play exactly the same way twice. I deduct 1/2 star for almost hard-coding tech paths. The penalties for researching "out of order" are too severe to do other than blinding follow along by year. The decoupling of tech tree research with the economy and limiting concurrent research to a max of 5 items was all that was necessary to fix the problems from HOI 1. Further limiting options by imposing penalties for researching "early" are not necessary.

2. Playability - 4.5 ****1/2 - Compared to other Paradox games, this one makes the micro-management far easier. Automating most aspects of convoys, for example, is a huge step forward. The integrated Production screen is another great advancement. I can manage all aspects of production right here including build orders.
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39 of 42 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Why am I wasting time... January 12, 2005
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
Why am I wasting time writing a review...
when I could be playing Hearts of Iron 2 (HOI2)?
The answer is the one "thumbs-down" review I read. You know which one; I really don't think there can be a second similar review.

To tell you the truth, I am a fan of Paradox games. I like micromanagement; I like the historical aspects of their games and I REALLY like the fact that they have taken the term "modability" to new levels.

HOI2 has all the advantages of the original HOI, very few of the disadvantages and numerous new features.
The new diplomatic options are great: No more, easy & instant tech-exchange with every friendly country. You can exchange blueprints with your allies but you have to research the tech.
You need to influence a nation? With HOI2 it has become much more realistic because you (may) influence its policies towards your own views. You won't take a country "closer to Axis" per-se, but will do it in a subtle way influencing its politics: You will make them more Authoritarian, their ideology more Right-wing and then MAYBE they will come closer to the Axis.
The new production/consumption/trading system is incredible. No matter what country you play you will find yourself trying to achieve that "delicate balance" for countless hours.
Research? Well, I had my doubts on the new simplified research system but they have disappeared ever since the first game of HOI2. The new system gives you much better control over the technological status of your country and your army, without emposing hundreds of "the 40mm or 50mm gun?" useless questions.

And if this is not enough, the new war system is SO good that I found myself wondering "why hasn't someone else had this movement-is-attack idea before?".
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic WWII Game
I can spend hours playing different scenarios. It's a challenging game and if you don't use cheats, you will enjoy this more.
Published 14 months ago by DAVID
4.0 out of 5 stars Hearts of Iron II
A vast improvement over the first "Hearts of Iron", this game is still fun to play after years on the market. Read more
Published on October 23, 2011 by Larry Shawn Hampton
3.0 out of 5 stars Great game. Takes time to learn.
Plan on devoting some time to learn this game. From what I played of this game it is fun. I would recommend this seller. Received it the time promised.
Published on September 5, 2011 by MIke
5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent Strategy Game
I've played HOI 1, HOI 2 as well as the follow on additions and I am now on HOI Arsenal of Democracy, which can be found at places like Gamers Gate. Read more
Published on January 13, 2011 by C. Monk
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the Best
I've had this game for a little over a year now, and all I can say is: wow. The game may have a seemingly very steep learning curve, but once you play a few games, you'll easily... Read more
Published on August 26, 2010 by Justin P.
5.0 out of 5 stars A metiocously detailed and entertaining strategy game
Hearts of Iron 2 is a difficult, but highly addictive, real-time strategy game. But this isn't an Age of Empires or Warcraft RTS game, it is more like civilization but without the... Read more
Published on January 8, 2010 by biafra
4.0 out of 5 stars Hearts of Iron 2
WW II simulation, war time strategy. goes past WW II and into the cold war.
Almost to indepth, slows the game play. Read more
Published on December 17, 2009 by Michael J. Cherochak
5.0 out of 5 stars STOP SEARCHING.....Best WW2 game ever......played for over 2 years...
This is indisputably the best WW2 game ever (although i have not had a chance to buy the most recent one) but if you are looking for hard core historical accuracy and hours of... Read more
Published on June 25, 2009 by Cody Blackburn
3.0 out of 5 stars Deep grand strategy game but flawed.
This is the best and perhaps the only serious grand strategy game for people interested in the WW2 era. Read more
Published on September 22, 2008 by M. Wang
5.0 out of 5 stars Great Game: Neither Hard or Easy
This game is by far one of the best war games out there. There are several nations a player can choose, and a wide range of technologies to help improve the capabilities of the... Read more
Published on December 26, 2007 by Juan J. Novoa
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