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  • Summary: Hearts of Iron IV challenges players to face the brutal conflict of World War II in a multifaceted grand strategy game, where history can be fully relived or rewritten from the perspective of a global superpower attempting to change the world, or a small nation simply trying to survive.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 33 out of 37
  2. Negative: 0 out of 37
  1. Jun 6, 2016
    100
    Hearts of Iron IV delivers everything grand strategy is about, and balances armies, navies and air forces with the need for resources and industry. It is a true strategy game that can be played in countless ways, and offers potentially hundreds and thousands of hours of pure enjoyment.
  2. Jun 6, 2016
    90
    Sandbox possibilities and endless ‘what-if’ questions bump up what is already an impressive level of replayability. Paradox Interactive have created a game that strategy gamers and history buffs should get on their shelves as soon as possible.
  3. Jul 29, 2016
    90
    Hearts of Iron 4 is a wonderful grand strategy experience capable of giving the player many interesting levers while explaining them properly and efficiently; also it comes with top notch production values.
  4. Jun 6, 2016
    85
    A great game with a couple of fatal flaws, mainly in the AI department.
  5. CD-Action
    Aug 21, 2016
    80
    A brilliant, deep strategy game that offers a lot and at the same time leaves much room for growth, which probable means it will ripen over the years. [08/2016, p.62]
  6. Jul 6, 2016
    80
    Hearts of Iron IV proves why it’s the king of grand strategy games once more. With a plethora of improvements, this game is a must-have for every grand strategy and history buff.
  7. Jun 7, 2016
    50
    I’m sure some WWII enthusiasts and military logisticians will appreciate the level of optimisable detail of armies and their behavior, but for a general audience, the managerial emphasis is in all the wrong places.

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Score distribution:
  1. Negative: 45 out of 179
  1. Jun 7, 2016
    10
    This is my fisrt Paradox game. I tried to play their previous ones such as Darkest Hour and HOI III, but they were really hard to get intoThis is my fisrt Paradox game. I tried to play their previous ones such as Darkest Hour and HOI III, but they were really hard to get into (i'm mostly a RTS player) and i gave up really fast because i simply had no fun playing them.
    While Still overwhelming at times, this game is far more easier than their previous games, thanks to a really good interface and less microing.
    Veterans should not be afraid, since it's possible to micro if they want to.
    I would say this game combines the depth of the previous Paradox games, but with a welcome Interface and mechanics overhaul.
    If i should summarize, i would say it's easy to learn, hard to master.
    Everyone should try it, and they will like it !
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  2. Jan 13, 2021
    10
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  3. Jun 12, 2016
    9
    HOI4 provides the perfect level of detail and control compared with hearts of iron 3. It is a strong core foundation with excellent gameHOI4 provides the perfect level of detail and control compared with hearts of iron 3. It is a strong core foundation with excellent game mechanics and with balance improvements and expansions it will be the best Paradox strategy game to date. I really like the army management and operation planner and the intuitiveness (compared with the horror of hoi3) really broadens the appeal of the game. Nonetheless, great depth of strategy in the game with industrial management, division designer, tech tree and equipment designer. AI is stronger than I expected it would be. Excellent Expand
  4. Dec 13, 2020
    8
    This is the game that introduced me to RTS games. Positives: The UI looks better and cleaner compared to other Paradox games; It is very veryThis is the game that introduced me to RTS games. Positives: The UI looks better and cleaner compared to other Paradox games; It is very very very addicting (I can never stop playing); Literally thousands of posibilities with historical AI turned off, DLCs and of course the huge amount of mods! Negatives: The game gets boring if you don't have DLCs, but there are mods so it balances it out; The game gets boring after the 1945 mark; This game isn't that well optimised; AI can sometimes be retarded. In conclusion, it's not bad, it's not amazing either, it's just addicting for some reason for me. Expand
  5. May 10, 2021
    7
    Paradox pushing every major expansion including overhauls of already existing features and simple mechanics into DLC instead if as an updateParadox pushing every major expansion including overhauls of already existing features and simple mechanics into DLC instead if as an update makes the value of this game much worse, as you may have to spend 200€ for the full game and many of the DLC also include poor focus trees which youll be forced to have if you enable the DLC for important features like stopping your ships from sailing through an enemy-occupied channel Expand
  6. Apr 15, 2017
    5
    This game drives me crazy. I have been playing as the Germans and have forced Russia to surrender. I got Mongolia out of the deal and madeThis game drives me crazy. I have been playing as the Germans and have forced Russia to surrender. I got Mongolia out of the deal and made Greece a puppet. Russian empire joined my war against china. i have 174 top notch divisions. When I quit to main, understand that I destroyed the Soviet army and captured most of the soviet union. The Russian empire took over all of the Soviet land including all that I had conquered and their army score is 3x mine. I have also not been able to make the big army attacks. every time I set a starting line ll of my troops just go to one Provence and sit there, the don't cover the starting line. And I can never actually get them to jump off on the attach so I have to micromanage the sh it out of the battles which worked out well as I continually encircled the soviets and destroyed many divisions that way.

    Anyway the game needs much work but I do see promise. The scoring is terrible though.
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  7. Mar 8, 2018
    0
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