Summary: To begin with, I was a diehard HOI2 fan, having played every major power in the game, often many times. In HOI 3 so far I've played Germany several times now, with 25+ hours of game time in HOI 3 is basically the same concept, with a changed interface. First negative: no manual. Not in the case, not on the disk. I had to find it online. A small issue, but not a positive first impression. Paradox's on-line registration is impossibly buggy as well.
Summary: good game, but not for the feint of heart. You have to be a detail oriented die hard war gamer not only to play this game but also in appreciate it as well....At least that's my felling about it. I also found the service timely and beyond my expectation.
Summary: This doesn't come with the final expansion of the series, Their Finest Hour. It's a great game but TFH should have been included if this was a "complete" collection. In reality, this collection is from 2011 and is not complete. Which isn't so bad, but I didn't realize this when I bought it.
Hearts of Iron 3? Masters of Orion 3 is more like it.
James Gillen, Amazon
18 September 2014
Summary: Where to begin? Compared to HoI2 games (including Darkest Hour) Hearts of Iron III takes forever to load. The controls are balky at best. The main map is ugly as sin, and the colored version is that much worse. It seems to lack certain options, such as the chance to play one of the non-Great Powers.
Summary: It arrived today. Works on windows7 64 pro. Tried a game and had forgotten how the Hearts of Iron series plays. Lots of screens. Also feels like it cheats towards the computer player. But it arrived in good shape.
Summary: Downloaded this game, looks like a bargain to me. Upon downloading, it crashes at game launch, repeatedly. Tried launching it, restarting my laptop, reinstalling the game. None of the above works. I am using Retina Macbook Pro, 2012 version. With OS Maverick. 8GB ram, i7..... IT JUST DONT WORK!
Summary: I was a huge Hearts of Iron fan from previous releases. It seems that they tried to take and build off of that success with even more 'controls' but for me it was just too much going on. Too much to wrap my head around. Too much to keep track over. Too much of a chore rather than being enjoyable. I think that they could have built out in other more enjoyable ways than the direction they did take it.