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 Tutorial menu
Hearts of Iron II Windows Intro starts
Hearts of Iron II Windows Unit summary
Hearts of Iron II Windows Field Marshal Juin helps Chinese troops against Japanese invasion

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

Game industry News (GiN) Jan 16, 2005 5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars5 Stars 100
FiringSquad Jan 20, 2005 91 out of 100 91
GameSpy Feb 04, 2005 4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars4.5 Stars 90
Armchair Empire, The Jan 30, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Gamers Europe Apr 01, 2005 8.5 out of 10 85
Game Captain Jan 28, 2005 83 out of 100 83
Gaming Age Jan 12, 2005 B+ 83
GamersMark Apr 06, 2005 8.2 out of 10 82
Jeuxvideo.com Feb 10, 2005 16 out of 20 80
GameStar (Germany) Jan, 2005 79 out of 100 79


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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 (4465) added Hearts of Iron II (Windows) on Aug 22, 2005
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