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: Excellent game for those who love true historical strategy games. Play is from brigade to global level. Detail can be overwhelming and you have to play it a number of times before you get a complete feel for the game, but this is a game you will enjoy playing multiple times. Only disappointment is the US player. Really hard to play the US starting on the earlier periods (you can start as early as 1936) without the game being entirely to one sided for the allies.
Summary: I have no idea what I am doing, the in game tutorial is horrible. I shouldn't have to do research on how to play a game, I want to love it but damn I do not have the time that I once did to sit down and really learn it.
Awesome game... but you must be patient and love history
Grüner Adler, Amazon
4 February 2012
Summary: This game is not for everybody. You must be very patient, since it takes a long time to learn how to play it, and you must also love history, WWII history that is. If you're not patient and you find history boring, stay away from it.
Summary: I ordered Hearts of Iron 3 as soon as I could, and was very excited when it got to me last year. I will admit that back then, when I loaded the game up for the first time, I was very disappointed. The main problem that I had with the game was that it ran very slowly. Right off the bat, loading up as Germany in 1936, it took around 30 seconds to 1 minute in real time for each day to pass in game. That was simply too slow for me.
Summary: For those that like deep strategy gaming this is the game for you. Make sure and download the latest patch as it has fixed allot of the bugs that the original release had. I'm a big WWII buff and a strategy nut so it fit me perfectly. I recommended it to my friends that like in depth strategy games like this.
Summary: I'm a big fan of the HOI series, and I have spent a lot of hours in the last month playing HOI3. So I have gotten my money's worth. One of the troubles with Paradox games is that people get disgruntled after a hours and hours of gameplay without thinking how low the actual cost per hour is compared to a game that you play once in a weekend and then never touch again.
Summary: Hearts of Iron 3 is without a doubt, the most in-depth WAR game ever made. If you've never played a paradox before, you'll be in for a major surprise. It took me roughly a month of every day play to "master" all of the basics. The tutorials are woefully inadequate and a complete waste of time, but the strategy guide is a gem and the paradox forum is an excellent resource. To ease your learning, parts of the game can be automated.
Summary: Niche games like this one usually ship with lots of bugs. Therefore, even though I was a big fan of HOI2, I waited until the first patch (1.1) came out before buying this game. That was obviously still too early. The promised support for 2560x1600 resolution was not working, and I decided to ignore it for the time being. Version 1.2 & 1.3 came in subsequent months, but high resolution support remained missing.