Adrenaline Vault, The (AVault)
Starving fans of the genre will find Hearts of Iron to be nearly flawless, their exuberance overcoming any misgiving they have about the real time play. Those who have experience with Europa Universalis 2 will certainly appreciate the new material, even if the abstractions are a bit more glaring due to the title’s proximity to our own era, and will have the benefit of having experience with the engine. For those considering entering the world of war games, however, Hearts of Iron has somewhat of a cruel learning curve that’s accentuated by pockets of boredom and frustration – and not all players will enjoy the real time nature of the title. Because of this unconventional aspect, while it currently might be the only Panzer on the block, its chances of breathing new life into the genre are slim.