Hearts of Iron is one of Paradox’s premier strategy games of which they have become known for. As we near the end of the Paradox Publisher Weekend I thought it would be a good idea to give it a Review.
Gameplay: Hearts of Iron is an Incredibly in-depth real-time strategy game that focuses on the conflict of World War 2. You can choose ANY, and I mean ANY country in the world (this does include countries that no longer exist such as Yugoslavia). The primary aim of the game differs based on what Country you are, Germany, for example, is world Domination, while Britain is to prevent the spread of Communism as well as to stop the Nazi Empire from expanding. The game features resource management in addition to management of Factories and their individual output (whether consumer goods or military machines where you select the number of factories working on each product). Heats of Iron also dives into politics as you can choose your foreign policy, hire adviser into certain positions (such as Rommel as a military adviser) each of whom gives you perks based on their expertise.
Furthermore, you can even manage the command of your armies, which generals, each of whom also provide perks or pitfalls as well as the number of units (and each of their sizes) within that army. This makes the game incredibly in depth, however, it has a huge learning curve, as each unit has different properties aside from damage and health, such as organization (Tanks make the army more disorganized while Infantry increase organization) which is important as a disorganized army has a higher fleeing and routing coefficient. The balancing of the game is a bit off, as it favors certain countries (above all, Germany) as for example, Germany, basically dictates the pace of the entire game, they decide when War starts, and they decide when they are ready to fight. The game can get very overwhelming at the later stage, as you can be fighting on over 3 fronts at once at a time in real time, making you split your attention back and forth and therefore making it overwhelming. Lastly, the game is very slow and time-consuming, it can take you weeks before you finish a game at times.
Graphics and UI: The Graphics in
Multiplayer: The Multiplayer of the Game is great, as other actual human beings are making the decisions, making the game more dynamic. My only problem with its system is that you need to have a few people to play with as there is no online matchmaking that I know off, so you need to have actual friends to play multiplayer, I know it’s challenging. Furthermore, the overall layout of the Server Brower is not very good in my opinion, it’s ok, but not that good.
Mods: It is worth noting that there is a wide range of mods available to the game.
Conclusion: In conclusion, Hearts of Iron IV is a great in-depth real-time strategy game. The game allows you to customize your strategies, units, army