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Hearts of Iron II

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Like the first part, this game situate the gameplay at World War II, but the map spans the entire world and allows you to play one of over 175 countries during the course of World War II, not only the typical countries.

This game does not center in battles, instead you have to control the production, research, diplomacy, supply of no communicated regions, the infrastructure and a lot of features that makes this game a long learning curve.

You can play a free game, with all aspects of the game at your disposal or a scenario like Barbarossa, The Coral Sea, the Spanish Civil War, North Africa, and a few for the German Blitz into Eastern Europe and France and the Allied invasions of Italy, Normandy and Japan. While these scenarios teach the basics of combat, the production, research and diplomacy options are limited or entirely absent.

All of the major personalities in the war are here. Photographs or generals, government officials, etc. are all in the game with detailed descriptions.


Hearts of Iron II Windows Production screen
Hearts of Iron II Windows Battle scenario setting up
Hearts of Iron II Windows Japan Navy move progress
Hearts of Iron II Windows Production screen

Alternate Titles

  • "钢铁之心II" -- Chinese spelling (simplified)
  • "День Победы II" -- Russian spelling
  • "HoI2" -- Informal title
  • "Gangtie zhi Xin II" -- Chinese title (simplified)
  • "Den' Pobedy 2" -- Russian title
  • "ハーツ オブ アイアンⅡ" -- Japanese spelling

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User Reviews

Technology and combat systems have been improved drastically, otherwise it's like the original. Windows Va Jaa (18)
For WW2 buffs who wonder "What If...?" Windows APFelon (18)

Critic Reviews

Netjak Windows Feb 07, 2005 9.5 out of 10 95
FiringSquad Windows Jan 20, 2005 91 out of 100 91
Gaming Nexus Windows Feb 01, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Absolute Games (AG.ru) Windows Mar 29, 2005 85 out of 100 85
GameSpot Windows Jan 18, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83
Gameplay (Benelux) Windows Feb, 2005 82 out of 100 82
DreamStation.cc Windows Apr 17, 2005 8 out of 10 80
GameStar (Germany) Windows Jan, 2005 79 out of 100 79
PC Powerplay Windows Jan, 2005 73 out of 100 73
Next Level Gaming Windows Jan 31, 2005 73 out of 100 73


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Version differences

The German version of the game features some USK censorship on the names. The leader of Germany becomes "Adolph Hiller" and the person at head of the airforce is changed to "Hermann Gorink".

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