Class Reunion - Class of 1969 - Liberty, Mississippi
Includes Hearts of Iron II plus the two expansions, Doomsday and Armageddon
When Germany is defeated in 1945, the Allies and the new Soviet alliance fight for supremacy. World War III is drawing closer.
Play as the ruler of one of 175 countries through World Wars II and III. As the Allies and the Soviet Union clash in Europe, the fate of the world hangs in the balance.
Doomsday Expansion Features
Armageddon Expansion Features
Title: Hearts of Iron 2 Complete
Paradox Development Studio
Release Date: 6 Jan, 2006
There is no better World War 2 grand strategy game, and there probably never will be.. Hearts of Iron II is one of the best Grand Strategy games I have ever played. It's deep and detailed yet easy enough to learn. Keep in mind though, when I say easy, I mean easy for a Grand Strategy game, for the usual RTS player it still is quite a hill to climb.
The big strategic elements are well made and fulfilling with lots to do in building your country up, fine tuning your army and position it just so. The expansions add tons to that with an expanded diplomacy system and a espionage system both of which, although not as good as the actual warfare, works fairly well.
The tactical elements is where this game really shines. Spearheads, encirclements, it's all at your fingertips. Think you could have held off the German onslaught as France? Go do it.
The music is of the usual high Paradox quality and the sounds and graphics does what little is needed.
A great buy for any fan of Grand Strategy. A game that needs to be played.. I like to steamroll the Russians into dust, makes up for all the lagging russian kids on late night in TF2 :D. Very good game, sadly i updated to windows 10 so it doesnt work anymore and i have tried every compatibility mode and have tried to change resolution and downloaded resolution editor but no. Doesnt work anymore :(
**UPDATE to REVIEW!**
Game didnt work on Amd R9 390 8G
But with Nvidia Gtx 1080 it does work.
Nvidia asked if it can install Direct play and pressed yes and game started to work.
So problems might be on AMD side and game possible works much better on Nvidia gpu´s. Cannot play in Win10.. It's still the best game in the serie. If you prefer an historical and "realistic" game then choose this one.
It's a relatively simple and fast game, at least after you learn how to play.
It's different from the following titles of the HOI serie in many ways, it's not a completely open sandbox, you will LUCKILY never see impossible alliances here (unless you conquer them and set them up as a puppet nation of course). By 1936 when the game starts the blocks are mostly set and the game shows it.
With hoi3 and hoi4 the developers unfortunately moved away from the "historical events" system which I loved. In the new titles they tried to make hearts of iron another pure sandbox where ANYTHING can happen, but it shouldn't be like that (there are other Paradox titles much better as sandbox after all, this title was supposed to be about WWII instead!). I don't want to see weird and absurd alliances and other nonsense in my WWII games and on the opposite I want to see as many carefully researched events as possible, as in some of the best mods for HOI2.
There is the chance for "what if" scenarios but they are about what can happen in the few years before the war and during it. The base game starts in 1936 as earliest date, on mods that could be 1933 or earlier.. but if you really wanted to change the diplomatic setup you would need a game starting more than 40 years before to take it up from the last years of Otto Von Bismarck and continue his policies for instance, or at the very least completely evade or change the outcome of WWI (the easiest way in my opinion would still involve keeping Von Bismarck as chancellor or at least evading Kaiser Wilhelm II megalomaniac and suicidal foreign policy).
There is no need to spend hours to set the OOB or being forced to delegate things to the AI.
There are some very good mods that can improve difficulty, tech tree, espionage, the AI itself and other aspects of the game up to your preferences.
Check the mods "Compendium" and "Iron Cross" for instance, both are more difficult than the base game. Unfortunately I forgot the names of too many others.
In my opinion a lot of micromanagement is good only in extremely realistic and complex games like "War In the East" or "War In The Pacific"... which are definitely not for "casuals".
In my opinion HOI as a serie should be more of a middle ground between "easy titles" and the giants of complexity and realism and it should make grand strategy accessible while still being HISTORICAL, without making it childish.
HOI 3 and HOI4 moved away from history and realism, while at the same time increasing micro (mostly HOI3) when not needed and making other things shallow and flat where they needed more depth if anything. Exactly the opposite of what I wanted. That's why I consider HOI 2, modded, as the top of the serie.
I think I have just a few hours on it on steam, I have other versions with different mods on my pc (and my "Darkest Hour" one is on GOG), but I played HOI2 for close to 14 years, including at least trying most mods.
Of course if you are already experienced with this kind of games you can start with mods right away. Vanilla is good to start and learn though.
There are also mods like the famous "Kaiserreich" for an interesting "what if" scenario to start with.
After all EVERY paradox game is way better with mods, and often the older it gets the better (for the needed patches and mods. After all Paradox was famous for releasing potentially great titles but with lots of bugs or missing content at first, to then make them better in time step by step, even before they became famous for their greedy policy of DLCs as in EU4).
You can find also the version of HOI2 called "Darkest Hour" which is itself a huge mod, improved in many ways from the basic game, but still not my favourite "mod". :) It's one of those I spent more hours into tho.
I advice to get both the "basic" hoi2 and "Darkest Hour" if you enjoy one of the two games. You can also keep different versions of the game at the same time.
You will need a bit of research on the web to find the older mods though.
There is even the possibility to import your country from Victoria (and EU3 or EU2, I forgot) into HOI2 and keep playing the same nation. I'm not sure how it works, I always play with mods after all and I want the game to be more of a challenge not less of it... even if the idea to import from other games for a really EPIC and long match (starting with a small country) is quite interesting.. Hands down my favorite Grand Strategy game ever made. Maybe favorite game period. The ability to play as any nation no matter the size, the depth, the tough yet not too tough learning curve, an interface while not amazing or beautiful is easily understandble (once you get your feet wet) and fairly slick and easy to use. the endless mods and great community. It all just works IMO. I love it and I've dumped countless hours into it (my steam hours on this game are far from accurate since I count playing this games mods and the years i spent playing it before buying it on steam). Check out Aresenal of Democracy as well, it's arguably the best mod for this game. If you love Grand Strategy this is it right here. Top recommendation of all time.. The first Hearts of Iron was my introduction to the Grand Strategy genre and I've been hooked ever since. HO2 is the standard by which I compare all other games in the genre and I have yet to see a game surpass it to this day including the two sequels. The unit composition is rather basic and there are fewer resources to monitor compared to HO3 and HO4 which are two reasons I prefer HO2 to HO3. The only problem is the game stopped working correctly a few months ago after an update for Windows 10 and no amount of reinstalls and deletions could fix it. I'll have to research common solutions to the problem I'm having. Despite this Hearts of Iron 2 is my favorite game of all time up to this point.. If you want to find a great way to sink 700 hours+, buy this game.. DO NOT BUY IF YOU HAVE AN OS NEWER THAN WINDOWS XP.
It crashes on startup on new operating systems. If you want to experience HoI2 than buy Darkest Hour instead, which does not crash if played in windowed mode. It has an option to play in a way which is pretty much HoI2 with bugfixes.
Real shame though, because i think HoI 2 is best HoI.
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