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  • Summary: The game's map spans the entire world and allows players to take the War to any new front of their choosing. Any nation in the world is playable, but the game focuses on the struggle between the great alliances of the new world orders: Fascism, Communism and Democracy. Hearts of Iron is developed by the team behind the award-winning sales success "Europa Universalis I" and "II" and brings the same depth of gameplay and historical accuracy to a modern day gaming experience. Hearts of Iron aims to be no less than the definitive World War II strategic experience. Expand
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  1. One of the most in depth strategy games I have ever played. There is so much to do in this game it is baffling, no matter what your WWII fantasy scenario might be you can just about live it out while playing this game.
  2. Given the overall complexity of Hearts of Iron, it’s surprising that Paradox found such a smooth interface. Everything is quickly available with just a few clicks or hotkeys, and helpful tooltips pop up for just about everything on the screen. After a short amount of time I was up and running efficiently, if not effectively.
  3. Brings a few changes from the original release and seems like an overall better polished title. The learning curve however may stop this game from having any sort of retail success and won’t appeal to the masses. This game is for hardcore strategists only—tank rushers and zerg herders need not inquire.
  4. For the price and the quality of the game, Hearts Of Iron Platinum is the best WWII strategy simulation on the market currently.
  5. A perfect buy for the “thinking” strategist that is willing to learn something; all others steer clear because you’ll get bored real quick.
  6. A good game in it's own right, however it is a niche title. So what are you strategy fans waiting for? Hitler isn't going to overthrow himself.
  7. The interface is very efficient for maneuvering the pieces around the board, for creating a unit, for performing research and for performing political actions. But when it comes to deploying troops, grouping units and selecting specific units, the interface fails pretty miserably.

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  1. T.H.
    Dec 2, 2004
    This is the most incredible strategy game that I have ever played. It is a must-have for any serious strategy gamer.
  2. DonS.
    Nov 12, 2004
    For the deep thinker and meticulous planner only, this game provides an incredibly detailed portrait of the World War II era as to be completely amazing. Yet, it is not a slavish servant of history and, thereby, can serve as a teacher as well as a toy. As the U.S., I spent from 1936 to 1941 convincing Japan to remain neutral and to become a democracy so that when the inevitable war in Europe came my way, I would be fighting a one-front war. Imagine my shock, anger and dismay when Japan, In April of 1942, attacked me for the sole purpose of seizing Guam and securing the only territory that I possessed within striking distance of the Home Islands. Having acheived this limited goal, she immediately sued for peace to keep her new gains. I felt much of the anger and betrayal that America must have felt on December 8th 1941 and refused to make peace.... I got to live a bit of WWII without being in the trenches. Marvelous game!!! Expand