The Bottom Line
- Extremely detailed and historically based.
- User interface much improved over Hearts of Iron.
- Ability to play any of 130 nations.
- Rules still are a bit complicated and difficult to learn.
- AI is a little weak, but mods and add ons are sure to address this.
- Command one of 130 countries throught the trying times of World War 2.
- Manage all aspects of your nation; military, economics, diplomacy, and research and development.
- Virtually limitless replayability with different countries and different outcomes of the war.
- Excellent modding community that offers enhancements to the base HOI2 game and full game mods.
Guide Review - Hearts of Iron 2
Managing your nation's military is just one element of HOI2. You must also manage the economy, resources, production, technology and research, as well as diplomacy. There doesn't seem to be a single element that is more important than another; production must be carefully managed by distributing manpower and resources, while research into new technologies must have enough funding and smart enough scientists to stay ahead of or keep pace with the enemy's advancements. Diplomacy offers you the ability to sign treaties, trade, declare war, and more.
Hearts of Iron II has a dedicated modding community that has/will release enhancements and fixes to the game's AI, images, as well as offering full mods that turn HOI2 into a game set during World War I, The Cold War, Alternate History, and more. Strategy game fans should be more than satisfied with the detail that Paradox has delivered and for those were frustrated with the original HOI should find this to be be much more friendly and fun.