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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. Positive: 63 out of 112
  2. Negative: 35 out of 112
  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. Jun 3, 2017
    10
    Best. Game. Ever. No Argument. Ok, fine, the AI is a bit bad, but the level of detail is amazing, and the Modding community is the best. JustBest. Game. Ever. No Argument. Ok, fine, the AI is a bit bad, but the level of detail is amazing, and the Modding community is the best. Just ever, it can fix whatever problems you may have, also the production system is the best, and also the air combat is the best. Expand
  3. Jun 7, 2016
    9
    I went with Italy for my first playthrough (not tutorial):

    I decided to ignore Western Europe and Africa, and instead focus my expansion in
    I went with Italy for my first playthrough (not tutorial):

    I decided to ignore Western Europe and Africa, and instead focus my expansion in Eastern Europe. I started by lending support to the Yugoslavian Fascist Party, and eventually progressed to fomenting a fascist rebellion which began in Bosnia. When the civil war broke out, I immediately invaded Slovenia from the northwest, broke through the Yugoslav lines, and made a dash to secure coastal ports and open up a supply corridor to the besieged rebels in Sarajevo. Meanwhile, my navy maneuvered to cut off all Yugoslav shipping in the Adriatic, while my air wings (hastily rebased to captured Slovenian airfields near the front) flew round-the-clock CAS missions to help the rebels fend off Yugoslav counterattacks.

    You should buy this game because I basically played the Bosnian War in 1937.
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  4. Nov 4, 2019
    8
    buen juego, aunque es agobiante durante las primeras horas debido a la gran cantidad de informacion a manejar luego se convierte en unabuen juego, aunque es agobiante durante las primeras horas debido a la gran cantidad de informacion a manejar luego se convierte en una delicia, para mi ese es precisamente el problema demasiada informacion y un tutorial que da mucho que desear, aparte de eso no le encontrado algun fallo mayor, bueno a ecxepcion de la mala autogestion que tiene el juego sobre los suministros, que en partidas avanzadas llegan a ser un problema, y que estos suministros no se pueden gestionar manualmente Expand
  5. Mar 25, 2017
    6
    If you want a casualized, easy Hearts of Iron game, this is made for you. If you expect hard situations, rigorous historical aspects and an IAIf you want a casualized, easy Hearts of Iron game, this is made for you. If you expect hard situations, rigorous historical aspects and an IA made only to face WW2 as it should be, then go back and return to Hearts of Iron III.

    The game itself is nice, beautifully made. The map is way more simple than what we have seen on HOI3, and the building system is very intuitive. There's no currency necessary to build, buy or craft. The system to build divisions has completely lost the meaning it had on HOI3. In this HOI game, you directly build a Division, you can't choose the composition of batalions, and the technologies are handled in a very deficient way. ¡The Theatre system is an absolute failure compared to it's predecessor! Another negative aspect is that some interesting countries lack content. the generical names, no sprites for units, and the focus system is a completely mess for some very important countries that faced WWII.

    But not all of this game is a failure. The naval system is well implemented, maintaining some good aspects of HOI franchise. The new aviation system is not bad at all, making more easy to face the air missions. The way to prepare some battle plans is quite interesting and the possibility to create your own factions add some new possibilities to the game.

    I give a 6 to this game thanks to the modifications you may do to it. Thank's god that some mod's teams are modding it, and trying to revive the game to what it should have been.
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  6. Jun 25, 2016
    4
    Paradox has been recently traveling one-way road. Don't shoot your own feet Paradox. If you mess Victoria III like you did with these 2 lastParadox has been recently traveling one-way road. Don't shoot your own feet Paradox. If you mess Victoria III like you did with these 2 last releases your fanbase is not going to forgive you. Expand
  7. Mar 8, 2018
    0
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