Hearts of Iron was released on November 24, 2002 by Strategy First. The game was developed by Paradox Development Studio. Hearts of Iron is an isometric strategy game.
Hearts of Iron is the first ever World War II PC game of true Grand Strategic scope. The game map spans the entire world and allows players to take the War to any new front of their choosing. Any nation in the world is playable, but the game focuses on the epic struggle between the great alliances of the new world orders Fascism, Communism and Democracy.
There are three main alliances in the game, the Allies, the Axis, and the Communist International, that the player can either participate in or stay out of. The game ends when there is only one alliance left standing or on midnight, December 30, 1947, and the winning alliance is determined through a victory point system, giving points to alliances controlling key regions or cities
The game was banned in the People’s Republic of China because the game depicts Tibet, Sinkiang, and Manchuria as independent countries, and Taiwan under Japanese control (historically, Manchuria was a Japanese puppet state and Taiwan was under Japanese rule at the time),
Paradox indicated that the game was intended to be historically accurate.
Grand strategy wargames typically focus on a war or series of wars, often over a long period of time. Individual units or armies may not be represented; instead, attention is given to theaters of operation. The resources of the nations involved may be mobilized as part of a long-term struggle. The simulation typically involves political and economic as well as military conflict.
Grand strategy games tend to be more involed with the few that have been published so far. Romance of the Three Kingdoms came out in 1985 in the NES and PC and its gameplay is similar. Given the popularity of strategy titiles it suggests more of them are to come.
|Operating System||Windows 98 or better|
|CPU||Intel Pentium III 300 MHz or better|
|Memory||256 MB or more|
|Hard Drive Space||2 GB|
|Graphics Hardware||DX9 3D graphics or better|
|Network||Broadband Internet Connection Required|