Summary: So may want to debate the title of this review but in terms of requiring you to consider EVERY aspect of running a nation in war, there is no other game even close to this one. Scroll down to the bottom if you just want a brief summary. In Hearts of Iron, which came out back in 2002 or 2003, there was a game that was excellent but still lacked alot of things and the technology development was just so clustered. HOI 2 improved upon that. HOI Doomsday adds even more.
Summary: Let me say first that I loved the original Hearts of Iron 2. It is an addictive, in-depth and exciting game that takes you through the World War II era at the helm of any country you choose. I bought Doomsday because I liked the idea of an improved and lengthened campaign. The improvements, however, weren't terribly impressive. Okay, the espiange addition was really cool. But there were only limited additional senariors. The upgraded tech tree was ho-hum.
Summary: Hearts of Iron 2 Doomsday is a worthy extension of Hearts of Iron 2, in that it maintains most of the best features while adding speculative years from 1948 to 1953. It is a strategy game that does not require a powerful video processor. It does require that you select a strategy, create a plan, and execute your plan logically throughout the game. The learning curve is steep, so do not expect to master it quickly.
Summary: Overall, this is a pretty good game. I find it to be rather one-dimensional; there isn't a lot of variation so it gets played-out pretty quickly. Don't bother playing the U.S.S.R. or the U.S.--it's too easy. Only playing the "bad guys" is really enjoyable. I don't think the expansion pack really adds that much to the game. The AI does seem to be improved a bit. The tweaks to the technology tree are limited; the new espionage aspect is worthless.
Summary: Its always fun messing with history. But, there is so much you can't do in this game. It works if you consider that it was made to be played in the perspective of the leader of a whole country. It would be a lot more fun if you could control how a battle plays out or accually see the effects of different unit upgrades in action. Overall, though, its a good game(much more fun than playing a game of risk against AI).
Excerpt: "...described as an ‘add-on’ to Hearts of Iron 2. But in fact it is a complete game – the actual modifications it made to HOI 2 were minimal, and you don’t need to own the first game to play this one. It added some Cold War scenarios for when the World War ends, and adds new elements to the technology aspect of the game. It will only set you back about £6. A further small add-on, Armageddon, is available for download and only costs about £5. Hearts of ...