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  • Summary: As the German war machine falls, two great nations rise to claim power. In the West, there is the United States, leader of the allied nations, and in the East lies the Soviet Union under communist rule. As both nations attempt to claim superiority, a new war is waiting around the corner; this time, the conflict will decide who will be the remaining superpower. 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 2: Doomsday includes the original game and improvements requested from the previous title’s worldwide audience. World War III – Decide the remaining superpower to claim domination in world politics and warfare. 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 escort carriers and much more. Improved Diplomatic/Intelligence System reflects the increased political tension of the 1950s. Significantly improved AI. Tradeable Weapons – Equip your allies with the latest technological advances or get other nations to surrender their secrets to you. Complete scenario editor. [Paradox Interactive] Expand
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  1. Positive: 18 out of 22
  2. Negative: 0 out of 22
  1. Oh my fudge, this game is well worth the price if you or anyone you know is big on A: History (WWII Era), B: Control Freak or C: Gets a kick out of screwing with said history. If you like Risk you will enjoy this. Seriously.
  2. We’d be tempted to give the game another editor’s choice award, actually, but what holds us back most is that the expanded timeline and the cataclysmic war between the Allies and Warsaw Pact is really only for those who love the burden of taking on such a massive conflict.
  3. Another solid, old school war strategy simulator - a war gamers ice cream sundae.
  4. Doomsday is a lot of game for 20 bucks. [Sept. 2006, p.71]
  5. It feels a bit too much like its big brother, but all of the speculative history, nuclear tension, and Cold War spice make it a great addition to Paradox's stable of strategy games. It's also a great bargain when you consider the sheer amount of game you get here for less than $20 and the extra hours you'll get out of what modders will undoubtedly create with the scenario editor.
  6. With Doomsday, you get the original game along with the improved mechanics and the extended Doomsday campaign. To top it all off, the game is bargain-priced and definitely packs a lot of play for your dollar.
  7. Verdict for Churchills? If you already own HoI2 then think long and hard before coughing-up for Doomsday's jumble of minor enhancements and questionable alterations.

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  1. JohnD.
    Jun 5, 2006
    Excellent GS game.
  2. PeterR.
    Sep 9, 2007
    It took me a long time to warm up to this game, due to its steep learning curve and complicated mechanics, but the sheer level of historical accuracy and depth kept bringing me back. Now I consider it the best strategy game ever designed. To call it an advanced game of Risk scarcely does it justice; no game, WW2-themed or otherwise, has so accurately emulated the actual conditions of war on this scale. So accurate are the mechanics that you will often find yourself in the same predicaments that faced the major powers: Germany running out of men and oil, the Soviets without good leadership after Stalin's officer purge, or the USA unable to intervene due to the isolationism of its citizens prior to Pearl Harbor. The game is set up so that events happen as they realistically should, though you can choose to diverge from history and create your own World War. You can also play as any nation in the world, and while many of them aren't very fun or interesting, it gives a great deal of variety and lets the player be creative. There is little I can think of to complain about this game, other than the fact that its complexity might prove to be too much for casual gamers. Most of the outstanding complaints I have of the original game have been addressed in this most recent version. (For those of you who do not already know, Doomsday is a standalone expansion and includes the original Hearts of Iron II.) Any fan of strategy, or any player with a lot of ambition, would do well to invest in the game, as it will give them hours and hours of fun and replay value. Expand
  3. EliasO.
    Jan 14, 2008
    It's a great game, and any History/strategy gamer will just love it.. And there are several superb mods for it too, in particular Hearts of Iron2: Doomsday Armageddon Fallout mod It's awesome. Expand
  4. Twelvefield
    May 17, 2006
    A very deep, very engrossing political war game that happens to let you research and build pretty much every WWII weapon from a partisan with a pitch fork to an atom bomb, with everything in between. That, and it's half the price of the original game! Unimpressive, utilitarian graphics and sound, and a debateably enjoyable soundtrack based loosely on martial music from war movies and classical music, are coupled with a very clever AI system and some very well-polished options for international diplomacy. Too bad the game gets a bit crashy at times, but you could do a lot worse for the money. Complicated and addictive, this game is a winner! Expand
  5. J.S.
    Jul 30, 2007
    Like the most complicated game of Risk ever. Or just a really good RTS. None of the goofy rock-paper-scissors gameplay that many others have and the pausable real-time engine is a great idea for this type of game. Expand