Hearts of Iron II (Windows)

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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 Setting up scenario
Hearts of Iron II Windows Battle scenario overview
Hearts of Iron II Windows The whole world map is included. This view shows the different regions.
Hearts of Iron II Windows Battle scenario setting up

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. Va Jaa (18) 3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars3.8 Stars
For WW2 buffs who wonder "What If...?" APFelon (18) 4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars4.2 Stars

Critic Reviews

Absolute Games (AG.ru) Mar 29, 2005 85 out of 100 85
Gaming Age Jan 12, 2005 B+ 83
GameSpot Jan 18, 2005 8.3 out of 10 83
GamersMark Apr 06, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82
Gamers' Temple, The Feb 08, 2005 82 out of 100 82
Game Chronicles Jan 17, 2005 8 out of 10 80
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 10, 2005 16 out of 20 80
DreamStation.cc Apr 17, 2005 8 out of 10 80
PC Powerplay Jan, 2005 73 out of 100 73
PC Action Feb 04, 2005 65 out of 100 65


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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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DarkDante (4454) added Hearts of Iron II (Windows) on Aug 22, 2005
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