"On the other hand, if you want a massive, extremely fulfilling and rewarding simulation of World War II, then this game is a giant cornucopia of conflicts, engaging politics, management gameplay and pure fun. And when you’re tired of World War II, you’ll have endless alternate history scenarios to explore. Just make sure to go to work or school in the morning, because if Hearts of Iron IV really clicks with you, it won’t let go easily."
9.0 / 10.0 - DualShockers
"Sandbox possibilities and endless ‘what-if’ questions bump up what is already an impressive level of replayability. Paradox Interactive have created a game that strategy gamers and history buffs should get on their shelves as soon as possible."
9.0 / 10.0 - GameGrin
"Dramatically improving accessibility while retaining the precision and complexity of a classic stopwatch, Hearts of Iron IV is a must-buy for any grand-strategy aficionado."
8.5 / 10.0 - TechRaptor
“Hearts of Iron 4 wields complexity like a swift armor division during the blitzkrieg, allowing it to serve the idea of layered, cerebral, strategic warfare instead of letting it needlessly bog down the experience.”
9/10 – IGN
“It captivates me because—imperfectly, impressionistically, and perhaps a little amorally—it lets me orchestrate the most titanic armed struggles in history, from the fussy economic details to the cut-and-thrust of mechanized warfare. There are other great strategic-level wargames out there. But I have never played anything like Hearts of Iron 4”
8.8/10 – PC Gamer
“For now, after many dozens of hours, I'm taking a break from Hearts of Iron 4. Not because I'm sick of it; quite the contrary, in fact. What I need to do is some serious reading, some careful planning on what my vision for the United States should be in 1936. And when I've done that planning — when I've formulated my character sheet, as it were — I have the utmost confidence that Hearts of Iron 4 will be ready for me to play a role in world affairs.”
8/10 – Polygon
The Colonel Edition includes the following items:
Heavy Cruiser Pack (cosmetic):
Seven heavy cruisers available for both Axis and Allies - Exeter, Prinz Eugen and Mogami amongst others.
Soviet Tank Pack (cosmetic):
Eight tanks for when playing as Soviet, ranging from light all the way up to Super Heavy.
US Tank Pack (cosmetic):
Eight tanks for when playing as USA, ranging from light all the way up to Super Heavy.
British Tank Pack (cosmetic):
Eight tanks for when playing as United Kingdom, ranging from light all the way up to Super Heavy.
German Tank Pack (cosmetic):
Eight tanks for when playing as Germany, ranging from light all the way up to Super Heavy.
French Tank Pack (cosmetic):
Eight tanks for when playing as France, ranging from light all the way up to Super Heavy.
Wallpapers:Wallpapers made with art from the game.
Colonel Forum Icon:
A icon that can be used on Paradox own forum.
Victory is at your fingertips! Your ability to lead your nation is your supreme weapon, the strategy game Hearts of Iron IV lets you take command of any nation in World War II; the most engaging conflict in world history.
From the heart of the battlefield to the command center, you will guide your nation to glory and wage war, negotiate or invade. You hold the power to tip the very balance of WWII.
It is time to show your ability as the greatest military leader in the world. Will you relive or change history? Will you change the fate of the world by achieving victory at all costs?
Total strategic war:
War is not only won on land, sea and in the air. It’s also achieved in the hearts and minds of men and women.
Authentic real-time war simulation:
Let the greatest commanders of WW2 fight your war with the tools of the time; tanks, planes, ships, guns and newly discovered weapons of mass destruction.
Assume control of any nation:
Choose from the greatest powers striving for victory, or the small nations trying to weather the storm.
Turn the world into your battlefield: Experience the full WWII timespan in a topographical map complete with seasons, weather and terrain. Snow, mud, storms can be both your strong ally and a ruthless enemy.
Negotiate or force your will:
Experience the advanced politics and diplomacy systems, form factions, engage in trade for resources and appoint ministers to your party.Intense Online Combat: Battle in both competitive and cooperative multiplayer for up to 32 players. Featuring cross-platform multiplayer.
Give your nation a unique edge:
Experience the flexible technology system, where all major powers get their own unique identity. Develop detailed historic tanks and planes through research and army experience.
Everyone will receive:
Poland: United and Ready:
A Free DLC adds a unique focus tree for Poland, new 3d models for tanks and planes, 2d assets, and extra leader portraits for the ultimate in historical accuracy.