Hearts of Iron IV

Rating Summary

Based on 21 critic reviews
Strong Man

OpenCritic Rating

83

Top Critic Average

80%

Critics Recommend

Based on 21 critic reviews
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T.J. Hafer

Top Critic

9 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2016

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.

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88 / 100
Jun 9, 2016

An accessible and arresting strategy game that captures the size and scale of World War 2.

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8 / 10
Jun 8, 2016

The king of World War II-era grand strategy has returned with more engaging choices and a streamlined interface.

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Unscored
Jun 6, 2016

Hearts of Iron IV is an incredibly rewarding strategy experience, letting you roll your sleeves up and re-fight the Second World War in a way that few other series have ever even attempted, let alone pulled off. Just know that to reap those rewards, you’re going to need to put in some work, and put up with a few quirks while you’re at it.

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8.5 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2016

A great game with a couple of fatal flaws, mainly in the AI department. Patches to the rescue!

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9.2 / 10.0
Jun 6, 2016

In my opinion, Hearts of Iron 4 is the best grand strategy game out there. The setting is added an excellent level of authenticity with the battle-plan feature, excellent Ai and a world map that is absolutely splendid to look at and watch the war unfold. Combined with a well developed political and infrastructure system, there is so much that can be done in the game, one that will absorb your time and leave you with lost time.

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7 / 10
Jun 8, 2016

It demands dedication (unless you’re a series vet) and neither AI nor UI are exactly flawless, but once you’re entrenched Hearts of Iron IV reveals itself as a capable and absorbing alt-history WW2 generator.

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8.8 / 10.0
Jun 24, 2016

I mean why repeat history when you can write it? It was my first Hearts of Iron game and I'm disgusted it took me so long to settle into the franchise. The learning curve is very reasonable, just expect to spend the first hour of a campaign reading everything. If you're into history that shouldn't be a problem. The game does a fantastic job at delivering accurate content and historical events. It does all this while allowing the player to go in any direction during a campaign

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7 / 10
May 19, 2016

I bloody love Hearts of Iron IV. Even when I’m not doing anything, I really am, because my brain is still racing through all the things I need to do, all the focuses I’m contemplating, all the countries that might soon face my wrath.

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9 / 10.0
Aug 9, 2016

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.

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