Overall Rating: 7.5/10
Hello everyone, Codey here coming in with a review on the relatively new release Hearts of Iron IV. Hearts of Iron IV for those who don’t know what it is, it’s a World War II Grand Strategy game which allows you to control any country you desire. You get two scenarios, starting in 1936 or in the beginning of World War II, 1939. It also allows you to play A-historical, meaning nothing to do with historical events, or it allows you to play historical, which is fairly self explanatory. Hearts of Iron IV was released on June 6th, 2016 by Paradox Interactive.
Now, lets get down to the review. The games visuals are something quite unique to itself, and you can tell time and effort have been put into them. The animations are fluent, the color palette fits the game-play well and gives it quite a unique flavor in the Art & Animation category. Personally, I believe the games visuals are some of the best I have seen in the whole Grand Strategy area of games. When I first booted up the game, that’s one of the first things I had noticed.
The second thing I noticed would have to of been the music. The music is overall very good. In game the music isn’t ever really repetitive, and fits the theme quite well. It allows you to listen to the music while playing at the same time, not getting distracted by the music either. It just flows. The music has great diversity as well, allowing you to not get bored by it. Personally, I find it a really nice touch as music is a large part of any game really. I enjoy the music thoroughly, and for Paradox to accomplish such fitting music I give them a large round of applause.
Mechanics and features. The mechanics in Hearts of Iron IV, in my opinion are far better than Hearts of Iron III, the predecessor to Hearts of Iron IV. The Mechanics took a huge upgrade from the old and clunky ones in the earlier games. Drawing out battles, creating new factories and trading are all much, much easier. It’s more of just taking time to get use to it more than anything, as I’ll admit the game does have quite a learning curve if you’ve played a Hearts of Iron game before. I would suggest watching tutorials if you’re new and wondering whether or not you want to purchase this game. Now, let’s talk about the UI. It’s very streamline and effective as well as easy to learn. It’s just easy, (and yes I know, I’ve been comparing far too much to the past games), it’s a huge step-up from the previous games, allowing you to get a grasp on what you’re gonna be dealing with and how to efficiently use it. I particularly like the trading and line preparing features. Both seem just so simple to use, if you’re going to be trading a lot (which you will, trust me), you might be using the trade system frequently, but really there is no learning needed for it to be completely honest. It’s a simple click of a button, there is even a button that automatically sets the amount of civilian factories needed for the amount of goods you need. And drawing battles. It’s one of those things that you don’t see too often in games, but this in particular just makes me love it. You can draw out how you want your attack to be done, and your troops will automatically align themselves to where you want them to be. It’s just perfect.
Well… Not perfect. Sometimes the AI doesn’t really know what to do on your side, so you have to manually override their commands, and push them into battle. It’s not really too big of an issue, and it even could be my fault. But for the sake of the review, I am going to say it is a bug as other people seem to have the same things happen where their AI just gets stuck during battle. Having to micro-manage them into victory. Over all, there are a few other bugs which I wont go into detail for right now. But there ARE indeed issues with the game that need fixes. Luckily, Paradox seems to be there and is active in the community. Kudos to you Paradox, it’s always nice to see developers actually use the forums they made.
Anyways guys, it’s about time to wrap up this review. But first, one last thing I would like to touch up on. I feel the game doesn’t have near as much replay-ability on the vanilla game mode itself than it should for the price tag coming in with it. (Which is currently $39.99 USD). Hopefully Paradox releases some good content patches along with it, anyways guys I’m gonna stop blabbing on and put a end to this review.
Would I recommend this game? It’s tough for me to really recommend you guys and girls to go out and buy with that large price-tag and lack of content. But I am going to recommend it to those few die-hard Hearts of Iron people. I really urge you to watch a YouTuber play a series of it before buying it though. Overall, I would give the game a 7.5/10. Thanks for reading, and I’ll see you all in the next one!