Excerpt: War brings up so many memories for so many people - all over the world. Hearts of Iron III takes us into the World War II era, and lets us take control of a nation. We then get to live out those years. We can increase production, attack our foes, or grind them down with our defenses. The choices are all yours. Choices and decisions is what Hearts of Iron III is all about. There is so much content in this real time strategy game that it can be exhausting to learn it all.
Conclusion: This is a must get expansion for all HOI3 fans, as there are significant and welcomed additions/enhancements included here. These add even more to the games immersion factor and all-round playability. Veteran players will appreciate all the additions in this new expansion.
Excerpt: Hearts of Iron III: Their Finest Hour has brought with it an array of unique elite units. These units include, but are not limited to: Ghurkhas for the United Kingdom, the Waffen SS for Germany, Imperial Guards for Japan and Rangers for the United States. The new and unique units that are added to each major power’s arsenal are a welcome addition to the game, as these units are more powerful and specialised than the standard army units that can be produced.
Excerpt: First of all, let me tell you what I’m not going to do. I’m not going to review Hearts of Iron III. If you’re here, I’m going to assume that you’re enough of a fan of the sprawling, complicated, what-the-heck-were-they-thinking marvel that is Hearts of Iron III to be considering purchasing some DLC. And if that is you, then welcome. I, like you, want my games to take themselves seriously and not to pull their punches.
Pros: Clever tweaks, Espionage works well, Leaders feel more real
Excerpt: Hearts of Iron 3 is a pausable real-time historical strategy sim, which, in true paradox style, means that, to play the game well, you need to have read the manual, browsed the forums a bit, and experimented a lot to get the hang of things, although, as with most of Paradox's releases, the load can be lightened, slightly, by allowing the AI to control certain areas.
Summary: Hearts of Iron III would be an amazing game, had it not been rushed so quickly out the door; as it stands now, it is too buggy and the AI is too dumb. However, Paradox games are like a fine wine and only get better with age… and several doses of patching. Once it’s fully patched, it will most certainly live up to its unfulfilled potential.
Excerpt: Paradox Entertainment once again revisit this popular turn based counter game for the PC in Hearts of Iron III which is set in the turbulent era of World War II. Although this was generally a niche market, Paradox Entertainment have streamlined their latest title, ensuring that even those a little wary of similar games will enjoy this war strategy game.
Excerpt: Hearts of Iron III is a marvelous and highly complex grand strategy game that pushes the limits of what most people (and their computers) can handle. Master this game, and you have earned the title of supreme armchair general. Every time a Hearts of Iron game comes out, it adds a bit more complexity to the field. While this will enthrall hardcore strategy gamers like myself, it moves the series father and farther away from anyone remotely like a casual gamer.