Hearts of Iron 3

Okay, so maybe I am a day or two late… but the sequel to one of my favorite games of all time has been released. I am probably going to pick it up on Steam although I’d prefer disc copies. I downloaded the demo and have found an amazing installment of the series.

The learning curve is steeper then ever. The demo seems a little off base, though; it starts in 1939 and you can play one of the 4 major European powers. What’s odd is the placement of troops makes for some interesting game play. As Germany, for example, you start with the bulk of your forces on the Polish frontier and the Northern half of Alsace-Lorraine. You should, as the German player, move forces West from the Polish frontier, rearrange your forces on the Western frontier, and execute a successful campaign in Poland. All quite daunting while you are trying to to learn a brand new game. The tech tree is rich and interesting. The optional AI control, though a little retarded at times, does a good job getting you what you need.

I was up late Saturday night starting the demo several times and then a few hours Sunday until I was able to finish the demo which abruptly end, I believe, on December 31st, 1939. I bet most of my gripes will be solved if I had started in 1936. Since this is a game and developr I really enjoy, I will gladly pay the asking price of $39.99.

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