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Hearts of Iron 3 - PC

by Paradox
Everyone 10+
2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews) 77 / 100

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Platform: PC
Edition: Standard
  • Play as any nation from 1936 to1948 with more than 150 countries to choose from. More than 10,000 land provinces makes this game five times more detailed than Hearts of Iron 2 and the most detailed depiction of World War 2 ever made.
  • Control the oceans with aircraft carriers, submarines and battleships. Use your air force to defend the skies, support naval and ground forces, and bomb your enemies.
  • Customize your divisions in detail with more than 20 types of brigades.New economic system makes it possible to buy weapons overseas. Mobilization and reserves gives the option of surprise attacks.
  • A completely new intelligence system makes it possible to get information about enemy reserves and troop movements.Assign troops to "theatres" on the map to fight two-front wars more successfully.
  • Thousands of historically accurate real-world military commanders and politicians. Realistic military command AI with unprecedented levels of interaction. In-depth diplomatic and political system.

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Product Details

Platform: PC | Edition: Standard
  • Domestic Shipping: Item can be shipped within U.S.
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  • ASIN: B00273Y7V6
  • Item Weight: 1 pounds
  • Media: Video Game
  • Release Date: August 4, 2009
  • Average Customer Review: 2.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (82 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,307 in Video Games (See Top 100 in Video Games)
  • Discontinued by manufacturer: Yes

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Platform: PC | Edition: Standard

Hearts of Iron 3 lets you play the most engaging conflicts of World War 2 as any country and through multiple scenarios. Guide your nation to glory between 1936 and 1948. Wage war, conduct diplomacy and build your industry in the most detailed World War 2 game ever made.

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117 of 136 people found the following review helpful
2.0 out of 5 stars This game won't appeal to many people August 18, 2009
By Kiwi
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 2.0 out of 5 stars   
The latest version of Hearts of Iron puts you in control of a country either before or during World War II. You control everything from diplomacy, politics and intelligence, to technology, production and most importantly, warfare. You can play as any one of more than 150 countries (including New Zealand - as a Kiwi, that was fun for me as New Zealand rarely shows up in any games in any meanngful way), all of which are populated by historical figures. All countries are broken into regions (there are more than 14,000 provinces in total) and each is accurately depicted in terms of available resources. Start as New Zealand, for example, and your cabinet will be composed of such contemporaries as Michael Joseph Savage and Walter Nash (bet you've never heard of them....). You'll find yourself short on crude oil but with an abundance of food to trade (and that's about as realistic as a WW2 scenario gets for New Zealand).

As almost every other reviwer has pointed out, with good reason, the campaign map's geography leaves something to be desired (i.e., it sucks). Only Western European cities are placed with any thought to accuracy. New Zealand, Australia and Japan, amongst most others, are sadly bereft of urbanisation. New York is in New Jersey. Los Angeles is missing. Fiji is due east of New Zealand. Go figure. Each nation has a shifting and shiftable political ideology literally triangulated between democracy (Allies), fascism (Axis) and communism (the Comintern). As the appeasement of the mid-thirties evolves into the cold war of the mid-late thirties and, eventually, total war through to the mid-forties, you'll find yourself gravitating toward your natural allies. Unlike other real-time strategy sims, Hearts of Iron III puts great emphasis on historical "accuracy.
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101 of 121 people found the following review helpful
1.0 out of 5 stars Simply flawed and practically unplayable August 14, 2009
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 1.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm also a seasoned wargame player, and I wanted to add my voice to the criticisms by other users here. I have played every previous version of Hearts of Iron. They all had their share of problems, and I was hoping HoI3 would be a leap forward. Despite some small welcome improvements, overall I was grossly disappointed. Unlike what favorable reviewers claim, this game has fundamental problems that can't be fixed with just "some patches". Die-hard fans aside, I'm running out of patience with Paradox's approach, for a number of reasons.

Of course this is a monster game, even more so than its predecessors; people who love wargames have a lot of patience, if the game proves rewarding. The scale essentially moved from strategic in HoI2 to operational in HoI3, which would understandably add detail and complexity. But there is a big difference between complexity and unplayability. Paradox's attitude is to keep adding all kinds of convoluted junk and then give the player the option to either (painfully) figure it out or let the AI (poorly) automate it. You often end up micro-managing all kinds of tedious things. A good simulation needs a level of abstraction that will make it beautiful and functional. With every new release, Paradox is feeding into the crowd that is more interested in gadget-fantasy than historical simulation. Can we separately "research" every nut and bolt that went into a German panzer? Can we order around every single US submarine or Soviet spy? We probably can, if we have six years and one day to replay WWII. I, personally, would like to play it over a week, or better, over a long weekend. Think you wanna try letting the AI take care of some things automatically? Great. Soon the AI informs you that it has declared war (on your behalf, without consulting you) on China.
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37 of 43 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Good concept, still rough around the edges September 18, 2009
Platform for Display:PC|Edition:Standard
Fun: 5.0 out of 5 stars   
I'm a big fan of the HOI series, and I have spent a lot of hours in the last month playing HOI3. So I have gotten my money's worth. One of the troubles with Paradox games is that people get disgruntled after a hours and hours of gameplay without thinking how low the actual cost per hour is compared to a game that you play once in a weekend and then never touch again. So I think it's fun with all the new innovations, like the AI controlling units, the new research, the new brigade system, and so on.

Now, another problem is that PI releases games that are poorly tested because they are a small company, and they rapidly patch and fix from there. There is also a substantial pool of talented modders that are hard at work. So there are a lot of bugs and some design flaws. But there are workarounds to a lot of them. If someone is playing a PI game without mods, well, then, they don't really know what they are doing. Ignore the arguments about getting what you pay for and the ideal world of software development. This game, and other Paradox titles, are designed to be used with mods and constantly getting patches, like it or not.

So, if you can deal with the bugs, and keep up to date with the mods which change every week or so, this is a very fun game. If not, then you should probably wait a few months, maybe Christmas time or January. It will be worth it for these reasons:

1 - It is already far better than HOI2, even Arma, because the battles are much better designed and more challenging. No more wiping out 30 divisions with a handful of Tac and CAS planes. No more stacks of a million panzers ranging deep into Russia without fear of supplies. No more knowing the exact date when the AI will attack you. And so on and so forth.
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3.0 out of 5 stars Great concept but needs some TLC
Great concept but falls short on certain aspects.

the tutorial only shows you the UI screens and does not show you how to combat. Read more
Published 2 days ago by Auto Transport
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Arrived in good condition and works well.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great for the history buff. Elaborate in details. It can be difficult managing resources and various, research trees.
Published 7 months ago by Thorn73
2.0 out of 5 stars Hearts of Iron 3? Masters of Orion 3 is more like it.
Where to begin? Compared to HoI2 games (including Darkest Hour) Hearts of Iron III takes forever to load. The controls are balky at best. Read more
Published 8 months ago by James Gillen
1.0 out of 5 stars Buyer beware
Downloaded it, and it would not' run. Checked all sites I could find for fixes, and found not one worked for me. This is the second product from this company with similar issues. Read more
Published 10 months ago by Christopher Hoggard
2.0 out of 5 stars Not for the casual gamer
The downloader didn't even work on my computer. 2/10 would not buy again. I ended up buying it on Steam. Also it's the most complicated game I've ever played in my life.
Published 11 months ago by Randall J. Knox
4.0 out of 5 stars Very Involved
If you like strategy this game is for you. The levels of strategy are extinsive, and it ius going to taske awhile to learn all of it.
Published 11 months ago by Leo Berger
2.0 out of 5 stars Too Much Going On
I was a huge Hearts of Iron fan from previous releases. It seems that they tried to take and build off of that success with even more 'controls' but for me it was just too much... Read more
Published 12 months ago by C. Masters
2.0 out of 5 stars On my system I cannot play it so that is my fault, but?
When this game downloaded it put a lot of Microsoft stuff on my laptop, I had never seen one do that before. And later my computer went down so I don't know about that. Read more
Published 12 months ago by SS/BdmFuhressSavannah
2.0 out of 5 stars Failure to coordinate with Allied and Axis makes HO3 extremely...
You cant implement coordinated attacks with with Allied or Axis members against AI which makes this game extremely disappointing.Game has a lot of potential.
Published 13 months ago by NANCY MARCIANO
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Platform: PC | Edition: Standard