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Hearts of Iron 2


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"Historian's Dream"
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Hearts of Iron 2 not only builds on its predecessor's ga­meplay, but significantly refines and adds to the experience.

As someone who played the first Hearts of Iron to death, I appreciate the vast changes present in the second version. HOI2 is by and large a better game, the improvements in resource gathering , military command, User interface and depth of historical accuracy surpass the first version.

Resource gathering in this game is based around Power, Steel, Oil and Rare materials. The trade and prodauction of these is vital to a successful economy.

Military command in this game is much improved allowing players greater ability to effect the outcome they desire in a given battle through skill; chance, while present, can be minimised by an effective general.

The depth of Historical accuracy is actually mindblowing. Every countries' military is led by the real generals of the time, each with positive and negative attributes. Weapons, vehicles and technologies are all accurate as well.

The user interface, one of the big let downs of the previous game is also improved, allowing a more enjoyable and less frustrating gameplay experience.

I recommend this game to the strategy gamer who craves real historical depth, the casual historian may be turned away at first by the sheer depth on offer.


The sequel to the greatest World War II strategy game ever made.

Hearts of Iron II is the sequel to the most appreciated World War II PC game of true Grand Strategic scope! As in its forbear, the map spans the entire world and allows you to play one of over 130 countries during the years of World War II.

Hearts of Iron II is a dream come true for every armchair general and forces the player to choose sides when democracy, communism and fascism clash in the battles that changed history.

In Hearts of Iron 2, you are the supreme leader of a country of your choosing during the tumultuous struggle of World War II, with the goal of winning the War through warfare and diplomacy. To achieve your goals you need to guide your nation through a multitude of aspects including alliances, technological advances, strategic thinking and military production.

  • Re-designed user interface enhancing the player experience as well as deepening the gameplay.
  • Detailed diplomacy and production systems with help functions to avoid micromanagement.
  • "Movement-is-attack" combat system, making warfare more realistic.
  • Mission-based Air and Naval system, giving options for logistical strikes and targeted bombing.
  • New political system with possibilities to change the political base of your country during the war.
  • 4 major campaigns and 15 battle scenarios optimized for an evening or two of gaming. Historical scenarios like Case White, Operation Barbarossa and many more.
  • Co-operative multiplayer, enabling up to 32 players to play against each other or share the same country over a LAN or the Internet.
  • System Requirements:

    Windows 98/ ME / 2000 / XP
    Pentium III 800 MHz 128 Mb RAM
    1 GB Free Hard Drive Space
    4 Mb Video Card DirectX Compatible
    DirectX compatible Sound Card
    DirectX 9.0 or higher (included on the CD)
    Release date NZ
    February 18th, 2005
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