Summary: This game gets a 10 to show that I don't have a special hatred of Paradox interactive. It's worth a 9, but we go to 10 to make the point. While this is NOT the best WWII game ever. It is possibly the best grand strategy WWII game. The best WWII game BY FAR is CCV (Invasion Normandy) modded version Gold Juno Sword, played versus a human opponent. HOI2 meanwhile is still a great game, and far more accessible, functional and user friendly than its bloated decendent HOI3.
Summary: This game is not flashy, but the combination of historical accuracy and strong online community can turn this game into anything you want it to be. Out of the box, it is difficult to get the hang of, but after a few games you will really feel like you can conquer the world. If the vanilla game gets boring, there are numerous different patches and alterations made by the community to make it more difficult or more realistic.
Summary: An intellectually stimulating, historically accurate game that does not use pretty graphics to hide lack of depth, this is HoI II. The focus of the game is to provide a more accurate RTS. No "great commander" that produces factories on a tactical map, rather a strategic view, this is more akin to what a general would see. Learning the game may take a game or two before you can fully appreciate what you can do.
Summary: This is a unique game that makes it possible for you to play a major country in the WW2 conflict. It is not only about war but also about diplomacy and economics which should drive the war-machine. Newbies to the Paradox game engine must realise that it takes weeks of study to master the game. There are some nice 'small' campaigns to have some fun while you are studying. It is a game for the armchair-generals among us.
Summary: Hearts of Iron 2 seems more of an attempt to make a historical model program rather than a "game". After going through the very awkwardly done and inadequqte "tutorial", i found the gaphics, the structure, and the game play itselt to be very dull. Yes, there are photos of every cabinet member and general. But so what, if the game isn't fun to play?
Summary: Amazing! If you are interested in a detail oriented simulation of World War II, this is your game. However, I caution anyone who is looking for another Command and Conquer game to look elsewhere. This isn't an "action" game - it is pure strategy. Don't buy this game expecting to "blow stuff up." On the positive side, the level of detail is fantastic.