Metascore
65

Mixed or average reviews - based on 7 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 7
  2. Negative: 0 out of 7
  1. The tweaks and changes are definitely appreciated, but there's really nothing here that couldn't have been done in a patch to improve the base game.
  2. It's more a fine super-patch than an extension or elaboration on the game as it stood.
  3. How do you expand a game that already has everything? In this case, by trying to fix its problems. Unfortunately, it looks like HOI3's issues go deeper than a patch can address. Like a true marine, Semper Fi got a thankless job.
  4. Jan 3, 2011
    56
    Hearts of Iron III: Semper Fi is a nice add-on for a very complicated game.
  5. Semper Fi is an expansion pack to the well received Hearts of Iron 3. It offers many improvements to the game's systems, such as the AI, the maps and the command structure. It brings great new options, but the expansion is very small and adds no new content.
  6. Truth be told, Semper Fi is just a ginormous patch that should have been given out for free to all Hearts of Iron 3 owners. Its improvements and new features are unarguably great, but it is not a good sign when you have to shell out $20 more in order to enjoy the game.
  7. Dec 23, 2010
    65
    Semper Fi brings HoI III on the right track, but due to lack of playful increments, it is more of a big patch than a true Add-On.
User Score
5.7

Mixed or average reviews- based on 18 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 4 out of 7
  1. May 15, 2011
    4
    Unnecessarily complex, which wouldn't have been its undoing if said complexities actually worked together to create a playable game. RequiresUnnecessarily complex, which wouldn't have been its undoing if said complexities actually worked together to create a playable game. Requires absurd amounts of repetitive micromanagement. The supply and HQ system is designed for the sole purpose of making things difficult and unwieldy. Appealing to people who wish every night that nazis won world war two. Seriously its the only reason people play this game. As for multiplayer, the only scenario where you would find enough players with enough time to play a 'round' of this would be in a mental institutions' common room. This expansion is basically a patch that people pay for, which means, yes, vanilla HOI 3 is actually worse. I mean the AI literally didn't work. here at least it move units around sometimes.

    In short, game tries to do too much, can't do it.
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  2. Jul 3, 2011
    10
    Getting a ton of enjoyment out of this game. I was disappointed with the lack of depth offered in Civ V and had someone recommend I check outGetting a ton of enjoyment out of this game. I was disappointed with the lack of depth offered in Civ V and had someone recommend I check out Hearts of Iron. The learning curve is very steep (Took me about 4-5 Hours before I was able to feel like I had any control) however once you figure out the basics you're in for a treat. This game is a micro-managers dream come true. Full Review »
  3. May 16, 2011
    3
    Essentially a Patch for Hearts of Iron III. Paradox Interactive just plain gave up trying to fix the original game and decided to nickel andEssentially a Patch for Hearts of Iron III. Paradox Interactive just plain gave up trying to fix the original game and decided to nickel and dime their fan base. Poor show. However, with the Semper Fi Patch, the game is finally playable, though excruciatingly difficult to play due to a non-existent game manual that covers nothing about the game mechanics. Worst still is a broken Supply System which is still the biggest problem that Paradox Interactive has finally admitted to try to fix in the next Expansion called "For the Motherland". Therefore to finally enjoy the game in all it's complexity, one simply has to wait till the next expansion. By then, Hearts of Iron II and the semper fi expansion will costt a buck on steam. If you can't wait for your WW2 Grand Strategy Fix, buy it now, grin and bear with the atrocious and poorly designed Supply system and have a lol at the 'historical gameplay'. Full Review »