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  1. Oct 3, 2012
    9
    An excellent World War 2 simulator that can be co-operatively played (Multiple players control the same country), multi-player orAn excellent World War 2 simulator that can be co-operatively played (Multiple players control the same country), multi-player or single-played. You control a country's spy network, politics, diplomacy and of course, unit production and army. AI's being what they are, the one that comes with Hearts of Iron 3 isn't all that bad and will give you a run for your money. The game can be paused at will but takes place in real-time. If you enjoy strategy games or playing complex board games with your friends, give Hearts of Iron 3 a shot. The collection contains Semper Fi and For The Motherland, two expansion packs that add more functions to the game. It does not contain Their Finest Hour, which has to be bought separately (and is definitely recommended). Expand
  2. Dec 25, 2012
    9
    A solid game and a welcome addition to the WW2 genre. It could use some improvements in its co-op play, but compared to the otherwise solidA solid game and a welcome addition to the WW2 genre. It could use some improvements in its co-op play, but compared to the otherwise solid gameplay this is a small gripe that doesn't take from an otherwise fun game. Expand
  3. Sep 12, 2014
    0
    Pros: The World War II scenarios are fun at first; the graphics look much better than Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon when the game isn'tPros: The World War II scenarios are fun at first; the graphics look much better than Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon when the game isn't stuttering into a low frame-rate oblivion.

    Cons: Worse music than Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon; the AI for the game is quite dumb, very much worse than it was in Hearts of Iron II; game has a much reduced scope from Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon; idiotic "neutrality system"; super-long loading screens; a huge amount of problems with realism and history in the game; the huge amount of tiny provinces destroys the performance and fun of the game; the good graphics destroy the framerate and make the game seem to go by ten times slower than Hearts of Iron II; feels like a huge unnecessary waste of resources to have a 3D graphics engine for what is essentially a 2D board game; game is so so bloated that it cannot run on older computers which could run Hearts of Iron II very well; the so-called expansions are glorified, paid patches for a broken game.

    Score Breakdown: Graphics 7/10, Sound Effects and Music 3/10, Realism 2/10, Game Stability 1/10, Gameplay 1/10, Loading Screens and Frame Rate 1/10, Replay Value 0/10, Game Publisher's Ethics -100/10, Total Score 0/10

    Conclusion: Overall a huge step backwards from its prequel Hearts of Iron II: Armageddon. Instead of playing Hearts of Iron III or any of the Hearts of Iron III expansions, buy Hearts of Iron II: Doomsday with the Armageddon expansion and perhaps try the game Darkest Hour.
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