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The Final Battle Of Britain: Hearts Of Iron IV Set For 2016

"It'll be over by Christmas," Hearts of Iron IV [official site] thinks to itself as the engineers at Paradox fiddle with its guts. "They'll send me home via Steam-tube, rather than back to the frontlines of testing and development." No such luck. The World War II grand strategy game is due to spend another Christmas in development. That's good news for us though because it…

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Feature: Five Plans For a More Peaceful Nazi Germany

Subverting The Nazis: Alternative Hearts Of Iron Playstyles

Hearts of Iron [official site] is the one Paradox grand strategy series that I've been unable to befriend. Partly that's because it's a more guided experience, a game about a specific war rather than a historical sandbox and it's partly because of the micromanagement involved in production and resource chains. Hearts of Iron IV might change that, with its cleverly streamlined factory operations and improved…

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Feature: The best laid plans

Hands On: Hearts Of Iron IV

Hearts of Iron [official site] is my Moby Dick. I've spent an inordinate portion of my adult life playing grand strategy games, particularly those of the Paradox variety. I'm slightly unusual in that Europa Universalis wasn't my gateway game – I entered the fold by means of the first Crusader Kings, which swiftly became one of my favourite games, despite its problems. From there I…

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Monty’s Icons: Hearts Of Iron IV

In the distant year of January 2014, I saw an early version of Hearts of Iron IV at the annual Paradox convention. It was one of the games that I was most interested to see because of the four Paradox grand strategy series (Europa, Crusader Kings and Victoria being the others), the World War II simulation HOI is the one I've never quite managed to…

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World At War: Hearts Of Iron IV

My internet connection during the Paradox Convention was about as spotty as Superted's best chum, forcing me to return with a satchel full of hand-written notes. There's still plenty to write about, not least my dangerous new Wizard Wars obsession, but buried at the bottom of my inky papers are six pages of scribbles about Hearts of Iron IV. As the latest representative of the…

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Cold Steel: East Vs West – A Hearts Of Iron Game

I love maps and I love horror, but is it possible for a map to be frightening? Defcon says 'yes, they most certainly can', and then the next thing it says is a a sequence of numbers, a countdown, a terrible unnerving countdown. Maps communicate events and some events, nuclear war being a notable example, are certainly the stuff of horror. Today, Paradox announced a…

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Hearts Of Iron II: Iron Cross Released

Despite the stat-tacular Hearts of Iron III coming out last year and an expansion for it coming out earlier this year, it seems Paradox are still releasing expansions for Hearts of Iron II. And why not? If I had my way all games would be ever-expanding, like some strange breed of digital fungus, occasionally growing so big that one would completely swallow another. Hearts of…

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Paradox Selling “Insane Amounts” On PC

We know when we're being manipulated. And we're being manipulated by the press release just put out by Paradox. It shows us nothing but this tantalising paraphrase of Hearts of Iron developer, Johan Andersson: "PC sales makes it difficult for us to consider developing console based titles." Ooh, you scamps. It seems Andersson is selling "insane amounts" of his games on PC, and sales are…

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