Hearts of Iron 4 is a war strategy game developed by Paradox Development Studio from Sweden. The game was released on 6th June 2016, which was the 72nd anniversary of the Normandy landings. The sequel of Hearts of Iron III allows the player to be a part of World War II’s events and lead the Allies, the Comintern or the Axis to victory. You can be a leader of any nation that existed at that time and change the course of history.
Are you interested in World War II events? Have you ever thought what would have happened if one nation had made different decisions? Now you can check it and decide if your nation will be led according to the real World War II events or begin to look for the better solutions which had not happened. To be the best leader, you have to take control of both leading the land, naval and air forces and managing the economy, international politics and trade.
You can be a leader of any nation, but there are several nations that have more developed details than the others. If you want to be a leader of Brazil or Argentina, you can, but you have to be conscious of the fact that the creators have developed fewer options for the countries that were less engaged in the real conflict. We can start the game in 1936 or 1939 – it depends on whether you want to be at the heart of events or have some time to manage the nation’s economy or army. The game ends in 1948, two years after the real ending, so you can see the consequences of the events.
Hearts of Iron IV is the latest part of the series – it has also been the best prepared wargame from Paradox so far. At the beginning, it is uneasy to manage the army and take care of the nation’s politics and economy. But after some hours you will start to be satisfied with this high quality wargame for people who are fed up with watching historical documentaries and war films, in which history is unchangeable. The player begins with choosing one of the ideology (Communism, Fascism or Democracy) or staying Non-Aligned.
Together with Europa Universalis and Crusader Kings, Hearts of Iron is called a grand strategy game, which is a type of wargame that places focus on military strategy and leading the whole nation in an “authentic real-time war simulation”. Paradox Development Studio decided to continue their cooperation with Swedish heavy metal band Sabaton known from the songs about historical events. Sabaton released ten songs for Hearts of Iron IV about World War II, including the human side of the greatest historical event.
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